Hollywood in Ohio?

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It’s taken me a few years, but I finally made it out to Third & Hollywood in Grandview, Ohio. As soon as I walked in, I loved the place. The lights were dimmed, and the warm glow of candlelight and rich woods gave the place a romantic and cozy feel. The classic lounge music (c. 1940) also contributed to the great ambiance. Good thing I was there on a date with my husband! We started our order with an order of the Cheddar Herb Biscuits (pictured above), which were indescribably delicious. My mouth is watering just remembering them. You can see the light layer of melted butter on top of these biscuits, and the flavoring was just heavenly.

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I also ordered a house-made ginger ale, and while the bar service was on the slow side, the drink was well worth it. It had a pronounced ginger flavor that managed to still be mild, and had a nice sweetness to it that kept the drink from being too dry. For my entree, I ordered the Hollywood Burger (a fairly standard cheeseburger), but I had them substitute their house-made veggie patty to make it a vegetarian dish. They were happy to do this for me and automatically subbed in the bell peppers for the fries (not something I’d asked for or necessarily wanted, but it was okay because the burger was soooo good). I know some Columbus locals will probably get mad at me for saying this, but their veggie patty was even better than the one they make at the Northstar Cafe (and that one’s pretty damn hard to beat). I’m not sure if it was the perfect amount of smoky flavoring from being cooked over an open flame (I’m assuming) or what, but that veggie patty is amazing. It looked so much like meat I made my non-veg husband take a bite first, and when I tasted it I was blown away by the texture and the complete lack of crumbliness. I’ll be back, I can tell you that much.

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Tiny Bakery

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The French Loaf Bakery in Grandview, Ohio, is a great little place that dishes up quality pastries, pies, and cookies (plus an assortment of other baked goods) for surprisingly low prices. The tiny bakery is staffed by friendly and helpful people who let you take your time as you peruse their bountiful cases. When I went in, I purchased this adorable cherry pie (pictured above) that was tasty and fresh — and how cute are those star-shaped cut-outs? They’re a nice touch that made the pie really fun to eat! I also couldn’t help myself and grabbed a Croissant Amandes (a croissant filled with almond pastry cream and topped with powdered sugar and sliced almonds). It was beautifully messy, and unbelievably delicious. If you have $5 and feel like a nice sweet treat, swing by this charming little bakery and check out their delectable selection.

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chocolate and gold…for dessert!

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This delicious “Brazilian” is an amazing little cake. It’s filled with almond cake, pecans, coffee, and milk chocolate. And of course, you can see the gold shavings decorating the outer milk chocolate layer, as well as the other pieces of chocolate, the bits of fruit, and the various syrups and whipped cream that adorn this well-plated little dessert from Spagio. Another great little edible from that wonderful restaurant!

brie and kiwi delight

Photo by Anne Jansen

I’ve been to Spagio before, but I had to write about the Brie Pizza I tried the last time I was in. It’s a taste-explosion in your mouth: apple butter, brie cheese, pears, and candied walnuts make this one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had…and incredibly innovative at that! The flavors were rich and thick, but the pizza itself was nice and light.

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Every time I go to Spagio, I order their lemonade-of-the-day — this time, it was Kiwi Lemonade. The playful flavors were exactly the refreshing treat I needed on a hot summer’s day, and it was an oddly suitable complement to the Brie Pizza. The original combination of ingredients and tastes in Spagio’s dishes is what makes me keep coming back for more. Awesome, as usual!

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creative fusion

photo by Anne Jansen

This eccentrically decorated restaurant was a definite surprise. In Columbus, OH, where many restaurants feature well-recognized and often heavy dishes, Spagio‘s light dishes were a real treat (especially in the hot and humid summer weather). The Tomato Basil Pizza (pictured above) was made with Spagio’s wheat crust, which was airy and mildly sweet in flavor. The tomatoes were fresh and juicy, and the cheese was nicely balanced giving it just the right amount without overdoing it. Perhaps most surprising was the lemonade. Our server informed us that they change their lemonade flavor regularly, often serving mango lemonade but sometimes getting more creating and serving flavors like Pomegranate Strawberry Lemonade (today’s flavor, pictured below) and Watermelon Lemonade (currently in the works). It was a refreshing beverage, with a nice tart kick to offset the sweetness. You can definitely expect more posts on Spagio in the future!

photo by Anne Jansen

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