One good thing that comes out of food blogging is that I have the opportunity to interact with the local community enough to get some really good tips on places to check out from those who love good food as much as I do. Most of the tips come from the feedback on my reviews at Columbus Underground. Walker Evans has put together one hell of a resource there for locals. Some tips come from comments on my posts here. I follow up on nearly every recommendation given to me. Here are a couple that I agree wholeheartedly with, and wanted to pass on to you. I’d love to do a more detailed overview of both in the future, but here’s a quick heads up.
First, when I posted about my love of Carfagna’s last week, someone told me if I liked Carfagna’s, I definitely needed to check out Mr. Meatball. I had never even heard of this place before. We headed there a couple of days ago, getting there right before they closed. It’s not a big space, but is chock full of all homemade food – pasta, meatballs and sausage, sauce, and best of all, frozen microwave meals. Before you guys think I’m nuts, let me explain…
For many years, my husband and I had a weakness for one frozen meal – Lombardo’s Spaghetti and Meatballs, which could only be found at Meijer’s. Meijers stopped carrying them a few months ago, and we’ve been absolutely despondent. Heartbroken and disillusioned and feeling that everything that we enjoy (that can be bought in a grocery store) eventually disappears (anyone remember Salsa flavored Torengos?). We found out the other day that Mr. Meatball provided the meatballs wholesale to Lombardo’s, and that their spaghetti and meatballs frozen meal tastes *identical* to Lombardo’s. Needless to say, we’re going back for more. But if you eat lunch regularly at work, they have fresh Italian frozen single serve microwave dinners (like 1 lb. spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, ravioli, gnocchi, chicken and noodles, and more) for $2.95 each – cheaper even than a Lean Cuisine and much better tasting and much more filling. So if for no other reason than that, drop in. It won’t replace Carfagna’s for produce, meat, wine, pasta selection, etc. but it is definitely a worthy resource for both frozen pasta/sauce/meatballs and frozen microwavables.
Another recommendation I was given recently was to try Curry and Kebab for Indian carryout. As I mentioned recently, I usually go to Sher E Punjab, and was told that this place was just as good but not quite as expensive. It fits the bill on both counts. It’s a carry-out joint only, and we stopped there on the way home from running errands a few days ago. Everything we tried was delicious, from the fish pakora to the naan to the chicken makhani to the kheer. While we’ll still hit Sher E Punjab for the buffet, this place has replaced it for carryout. Its North Campus location is quite convenient, and they are super quick (we were in and out in 15 minutes).
I’m always game to hear your recommendations – I love discovering new places. If there’s somewhere that you think is a gem that I’ve missed, comment with it. I know that you lot are holding out on me. 😉
If you’d like to go to the places I mentioned: Mr. Meatball Italian Foods, 3716 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, 614.471.0700; Curry and Kebab, 2412 N. High St, North Campus, 614.261.7671.