Lately, I seem to be unable to stay in one place for long. Not too long ago I was in California. Then a couple weeks later I found myself in Atlanta. And last weekend I was in Columbus, Ohio. And this weekend I was in New Jersey. But since I'm on some back-log here (there are just so many good food opportunities!) I am currently only caught up until Ohio.
I headed to Columbus to visit my cousin, Emily, who attends Ohio State. My whole family (grandma, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins) made a special weekend trip to go to a football game. My grandfather went to Ohio State, and so we went to celebrate his favorite team in his memory. But besides watching some great football (Ohio State won 24-17) we ate!
We had brunch at Hang Over Easy:
I had egg whites with cheddar cheese sprinkled on top, sausage, and hash browns! I love a place that has the option of hash browns, instead of just home fries. There is something about the grated, seasoned potatoes that really make a great brunch. This was a good, local spot and it got us all into the Buckeyes spirit.
After the exhilarating win we celebrated at another one of my cousin Emily's favorite spots, Lindey's. We luckily had a great, long table secluded in the back of the restaurant. We were a big group and my family loves to talk so we were very comfortable! We also ordered a ton of food, including a sampler platter of calamari,crab cakes, and chicken potstickers. I was pretty addicted to the calamari and the creamy remoulade and so I was very full when this arrived for me:
This was a huge piece of New York Strip Steak with mushroom and chive butter. I only managed a couple of bites both because I was very full and also because it was very, very salty. And, admittedly, I am a very big fan of salt and usually have a higher tolerance for sodium rich dishes than some people. But this was much too intense for me.
My mom had the Veal Saltimbocca:
Which she loved, but also commented on its saltiness. However, my Aunt had the scallops which she thought were too bland- and actually added salt to, so it seemed there were discrepancies in the seasonings.
We also had to try a sampling of desserts and opted for the Bananas Foster:
And the Warm Chocolate Cake:
The Bananas Foster was not good at all. The crepe tasted like a bland sheet of frozen puff pastry, and we couldn't taste the white chocolate or mascarpone cheese.
However, the warm chocolate cake was divine. It had a molten chocolate center that was piping hot and complimented the moist cake surrounding the more liquid middle.
The best part of the evening was certainly being with family, but I wish the restaurant had impressed me a little more. It was a very busy night, and we were one of the last parties (and a party of 12 at that) seated, but I don't think that should be an allowable excuse for a drop in the quality of food.