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Aug 9, 2007 07:13 AM

Looking for restaurant in Cols OH

The Columbus Dispatch ran a positive review of a restaurant around the end of June/beginning of July that I wanted to try. For the life of me, I can't remember the name. I believe it was in Old Towne East off Parsons Ave. and was associated with a farm in Canal Winchester that supplied the produce or possibly owned the restaurant. Does this strike a bell with anyone? We wanted to try it this weekend. If you can remember name, please post, thanks!

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  1. Diane, I think the article you are thinking of was in the ThisWeek paper, not the Dispatch. The restaurant is Black Creek Bistro, where Elemental used to be. 53 Parsons Ave. Let me know how it was.

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    1. re: duncanfj

      Thanks Duncan, I think that's it. It was reviewed by the CD June 28, but I am too cheap to pay the archive price for the review. I was hoping they had a web site so I can see the menu, but I don't think so. If we end up going there, I will be glad to post a review.

      1. re: Diane in Bexley

        > I was hoping they had a web site so I can see the menu, but I don't think so.

        Hi Diane, I guessed and typed the most obvious website address into my web browser, and voila! I found their website, complete with all the menus, etc. Try ;)

        1. re: nsxtasy

          Thanks! I didn't try the obvious, I searched Google and couldn't find it. The menu looks interesting but the only thing Mr. Diane would eat is the Cowboy steak. We are still working our way through a strip loin from Carfagna's. Will have to keep in mind for future dining adventure.

          1. re: Diane in Bexley

            Hey Diane - I'll go with you to Black Creek Bistro if Mr. Diane isn't game. Have been dying to try that place and their menu looks really good.

            1. re: HungryLetsEat

              Hungry, I might be up to doing that after Aug. 20, my daughter is home for the moment and leaves to go back to college that day. Let me know how to get in touch with you.

              1. re: Diane in Bexley

                Hungry, we should invite other Columbus Chowhounds to join us. This might be a fun way to meet other "foodies" in the Columbus area and network. Anyone else interested?

                1. re: Diane in Bexley

                  Diane, I completely understand your schedule constraints these days. We leave to take oldest daughter to college tonight. It's her freshman year! If you want to email me directly click on my Hound profile and leave a comment on my blog with your email address. I'd love to meet you, and other C-bus foodies!

                  1. re: HungryLetsEat

                    Hungry, OK, I am obviously not the swiftest CH. When I click on your name, it gives me a list of your recent posts. How do I get to your profile?

                    1. re: Diane in Bexley

                      >> Hungry, OK, I am obviously not the swiftest CH. When I click on your name, it gives me a list of your recent posts. How do I get to your profile? <<

                      Look to the right of that list of Hungry's recent posts, and you'll see a website address for her blog. As she noted, you will then need to go to her blog and leave a comment there with your e-mail address, so that she can get back to you that way.

                      1. re: Diane in Bexley

                        OK, I think I figured this out and left my email address. Looking forward to hearing from you - good luck with dropping off DD at school, I cried for several days afterward last year.

                        1. re: Diane in Bexley

                          Hi Diane. I didn't see a comment on my blog from you...or from anyone for that matter! Can you try again? Ill be in the neighborhood of Black Creek Bistro next Wednesday night if you're free. I've been fantasizing about the duck gnocchi!



                          1. re: HungryLetsEat

                            I commented again, hope you got it. I will have to get back with you about Wednesday.

            2. re: nsxtasy

              Hi guys,

              I did the website and found this site while looking at the web stats. I am a friend of the owner, Kent Peters. Just wanted to say thanks for helping to get the word out. P.S Hungry, Definetely try the duck gnocchi, its my persoanl favorite dish! :)

              Mark Mitchell

        2. I went yesterday and had a pretty tasty meal. I especially like their focus on the use of local, sustainable ingredients. Everything was fresh tasting and pretty good - a few misses, but overall a good value, I think. (Not to be self-promoting, I'm sorry, but click for full review plus pictures:

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          1. re: lisathewaitress

            Lisa, I was hoping to go tomorrow with another Chowhounder, but haven't heard from her. I read about this place in June and really want to go. By the way, I love your column, read it all the time. Thanks for the great review - if you ever need a partner to explore new places in CMH, would love to join you. Except for 20 years in the Chicago area, have lived in Columbus my whole life, went to The Clarmont in utero as my mom worked nearby at Grange Ins., many old time places and can't get over the changes the city has made in the last 9 years since we moved back. Really want to try this place as I also espouse local growing philosophy. Hope to find someone who will want to join me.

            1. re: Diane in Bexley

              Hi Diane - I responded to your email last weekend. Check your Spam folder?

              Lisa - I'm a frequent reader of your blog too and enjoyed your review of Black Creek Bistro. Was disappointed to see you didn't have the duck gnocci as that's what I really want to try. I didn't realize BCB was as into locally sustainable but am now even more of a fan after hearing that! Diane and I have been talking about meeting at BCB and I know you have a little food money leftover. We could have had a little local foodie meeting!

              1. re: HungryLetsEat

                Hungry, received no emails from you. Actually went to BCB Tues eve 8/28 with my mother as I hadn't heard from you. Mom & I shared the crab cake appetizer, which was only $5.00 because of happy hour special. Mom had the scallop small plate and I had the shrimp special small plate. The room was fairly full for a Tues night at 6:30 p.m., which was encouraging. The service was good, the manager (owner??) kept checking with us to ensure we were happy. At one point, a server delivered someone else's dinners to us, but that was quickly corrected. The crab cakes were good and glad to see you got 2 of them. Mom thought her scallops were overly salted but I enjoyed my grilled shrimp. The bread was good and we enjoyed the pepper flavored compound butter. We were prepared to order dessert, but no chocolate items were on the menu and didn't see anything we were in the mood for. We ended up going to Mozart's new location in Bexley to have coffee and dessert. The check was reasonable. Both Mom and I commented that men would not have had enough to eat, but then we ordered small plates. The one distraction was that the place was REALLY noisy and difficult for us to carry on a conversation. It is located in an old building with high ceilings and I am sure contributed to the noise. Would we go back? Yes, it was pleasant.

          2. Well, now I have to try Black Creek Bistro.

            Another restaurant that features local food is Latitude 41 in the Renaissance Hotel (I think it's the Renaissance) downtown. We ate there a couple of weeks ago, had the tasting menu and the food was really, really good. Really surprising for a hotel restaurant.

            The wine pairings unfortunately were just OK (acceptable, but not great), which was probably explained by the fact that our server - who chose the wines - reeked of cigarette smoke. How she could taste anything at all is beyond me.