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All That And Dim Sum: 5 dumpling spots around Columbus

Regina Fox



I was today-years-old when I learned that dim sum was not a specific food but, rather, a type of food. I was under the impression that dumplings and dim sum were basically one in the same when in actuality, dumplings are just one type of dim sum.

NDTV Food said it best: “Dim sum itself refers to a style of Chinese cuisine served in small bite-sized portions, including but not limited to dumplings.”

So, now that we’ve straighten all that out, I’d like to wish you a happy National Dim Sum Day. And even though the Chinese food custom can encapsulate nearly 2,000 offerings, I’m going to focus on just one: dumpling.

Here are five of my favorite places to score the doughy delicacy around Columbus.

Momo Ghar | North Market and 1265 Morse Rd.

It would be irresponsible, nay, criminal for me to curate a list of my starting five dumpling spots and not kick it off with nationally-revered Momo Ghar. As Food & Wine so affectionately wrote, “Once you try this food, you will never have any problem finding your way back here.”

Jiu Thai Asian Cafe | 787 Bethel Rd.

Known for their stir fried lamb ribs, Jui Thai spreads the wealth by also stuffing the tasty protein in small, steamed dough pockets for dumplings enthusiasts. Sharing is caring. This north Columbus restaurant comes in at an impressive 4.5 stars on Yelp to boot!


Hong Kong House | 1831 W. Henderson Rd.

At Hong Kong House, they keep it authentic by serving their steamed dumplings in the traditional wooden boxes—is it just me, or do they taste better like this? These little bundles are stuffed with pork, ginger, and green onion.

Sunflower Chinese Restaurant | 7370 Sawmill Rd.

This relaxed restaurant offers familiar Cantonese-style Chinese food and daily lunchtime dim sum including, you guessed it, dumplings! Variety includes Deep-Fried Shrimp Dumplings, Parsley Dumplings, and Chui Chow Dumplings. Come hungry—very hungry—and adventurous. Leave happy—very happy.

Helen’s Asian Kitchen | 1070 E. Dublin Granville Rd.

Helen, whose Chinese name is Guang Hong Jiao, immigrated to the U.S. in 1997 and opened Helen’s Asian Kitchen shortly thereafter. When her husband was diagnosed with cancer, she was forced to sell her food venture. But, a few years ago, Helen got a second chance to own her restaurant and is happy to continue bringing the flavors of authentic Chinese cuisine to Columbus.

When I'm not weaving a beautiful tapestry of words, I'm likely digging through jewels and vinyls at an antique shop near you.

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The End of the Road?

Julian Foglietti



As the economic impacts of COVID-19 continue, we are beginning to see the effects take their toll on Columbus eateries. Here's a list of some of the changes taking place.

The Sycamore+Cosecha Cocina  

Grow Restaurants, the company which owns Harvest Pizza, has listed The Sycamore and Cosecha for sale. While there hasn't been confirmation that the restaurants won’t make a reappearance in some form, Chris Crader stated in Columbus Underground, “It’s a lot of work to re-open after the pandemic and we have a considerable amount of interest in these two properties so it doesn’t make sense to open and then close again so quickly.”

Miller's Ale House

Both Miller’s Ale House locations are closing. The Florida-based company has removed mention of the Ohio locations from their websites.

Flowers and Bread Co.

In a recent article with Columbus CEO, owners Sarah Lagrotteria and Tricia Wheeler announced the closure of the cafe portion of their business. There are plans to expand the flower and bread workshop portion of the business under the new name Flower and Bread Society.

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Rémy Cointreau presents: The Sidecar





We teamed up with Rémy Cointreau and local bartender, Ben Griest, from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo to bring you an icon of cognac cocktails. Ben's previous videos featured the art of margarita-mixology, and now we are moving on to another tasty cocktail. This timeless, opulent drink is well-balanced and fresh.

With National Cognac Day coming up, we figured it would be great to share, Rémy Martin 1738 presents The Sidecar.

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National Brisket Day is Today!

Julian Foglietti



Photo by Brian Kaiser

With meat shortages starting to take their toll and National Brisket Day here at last - we've gathered a roundup of some spots you can go to to get your brisket fix.

Legacy Smoke House

With their main location in Hilliard and a food truck moving throughout the city, Legacy Smoke House is a solid choice for brisket on National Brisket Day, just be sure to get there while supplies last. Enjoy!

Pecan Pennys

Just off Main Street, Pecan Pennys is ready to fulfill your brisket needs. If your looking to feed a family though be sure to get your orders in advance as they're requesting 24 hours notice on dinner bundles.

Ray-Ray's Hog Pit

With locations in Franklinton, Westerville, Clintonville and Powell Ray Ray's Hog Pit is open for business with brisket stocked at all locations. #NationalBrisketDay is the best day!

Hoggy’s Restaurant and Catering

Located on Bethel Road, Hoggy’s will be stocking brisket for both dine-in or carryout. Feel free to stop in or stop by!

The Pit

With a new location opened up on Parsons Ave. The Pit BBQ will be offering brisket for the National day. Celebrate with some tasty brisket!

City Barbeque

City Barbeque will be offering brisket for the National day! So get excited and get ready for some yummy BBQ brisket!

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