In Columbus, it’s not just the chefs and cocktail artists and writers pushing our palates forward, it’s the everyday folks who, via social media, are leaving a trail of crumbs for the rest of us to follow. Taste Profile is a new monthly feature in (614) that will introduce you to the local handles and give you the low-down on what’s good in the capital city.
Dana Glick | @followthefood
What’s the last great dish you had? I have an obsession with belly-warming noodles—specifically the Black Tonkotsu Ramen from Menya Noodle House in Dublin. It’s hands-down the most authentically umami ramen in Columbus. Not only are the noodles slurp-worthy, but the savory broth is perfectly balanced by their house roasted black garlic sauce. Complemented with succulent pork belly and a soft-boiled soy sauce egg, this dish consistently tops my list.
What drives you to be a tastemaker in Columbus? A number of unique dining experiences have left a lasting impression on me over the years. Food drives me to push myself, my friends and followers to try new things and get out of our comfort zones. Some of my fondest memories include taking friends to experience new cuisines for the first time. Keeping an open mind has given me the opportunity to eat amazingly diverse dishes. Moreover, I have had the pleasure of getting to know truly extraordinary humans. Given this polarizing time in our country, we as food lovers have an opportunity to foster compassion and understanding through our ability to sit together and share a meal. Food is a great way to do that because, well, people have to eat! I have never been to Tibet or Nepal, but I have learned from Lama, chef-owner of Momo Ghar in Saraga Market, that momos, a filled bun similar to a dumpling, are among the most popular fast foods in the region. I deeply appreciate the interesting conversations I have enjoyed with their staff while sitting at the counter. It is a search for more that drives me to keep learning and sharing.
What is the most significant way food and drink has changed in Columbus in the last five years? Having lived in Columbus for about a year now as a transplant from NYC … I am encouraged to see the growth of the food scene driven by strong support of community and local businesses. On my first trip to Columbus, I was already scouting places to eat and decided to pop into Denmark to nosh on a bowl from Hai Poké, where I met Nile and Mico, co-owners and restaurant start-up entrepreneurs. Through our friendship, I’ve had a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to organically scale a restaurant. I’m super excited to share that they will be making some big moves this year. And they are not alone—from Mikey’s Late Night Slice to Hot Chicken Takeover, Columbus has embraced local entrepreneurs… making it a truly unique place to explore and contribute to your community.
Favorite filter: The best food filter is natural light, so go out to eat during the daytime and grab a table by the window. Not only will you get a great photo, but you’re likely to enjoy quicker seating and menu options that include an egg on top. As for editing… I prefer Snapseed, but if I had to pick an IG filter I’d go with Clarendon.
Put together your perfect night on the town, from pre-meal cocktail, to dinner, to nightcap: Since my partner and I fell in love over countless meals together, I know how important it is to find the right spot for date night. For all you lovebirds out there, here’s my roadmap: Grab a glass of wine or pre-dinner cocktail at Mouton or Denmark, which both have charming atmospheres good for cosy conversations. And since interactive dinners are just more fun, head to GOGI Korean BBQ for delicious platters of meat, including beef bulgogi and short rib complemented by their house ban chan. When you’re ready to wash that all down, hit up Curio for late-night cleverly named craft cocktails. Fun fact: you can also expand your alcoholic palate with their break-even bottle deal, where you can sample a one-ounce pour of any liquor at cost. As I am working on building my appreciation of dark liquor, this gave me a prime opportunity to try some top shelf 1608 Bushmills Irish Whisky. Just remember to get home safe.
One Columbus celebrity you want to break bread with? Hands down my favorite meal to chat over is brunch, so Kevin Caskey of Skillet in German Village is on the top of my list. I really appreciate Kevin’s approach to sustainable local farm to table sourcing. If you visit Skillet’s website, you can find a lengthy list of partnerships that have influenced the restaurant’s ever-changing seasonal menu. Some highlights I often enjoy are variations of shrimp or scallop and grits, goetta and eggs, and of course their biscuits and gravy.
Describe Columbus’s taste in a six-word sentence: Budding with authentic, recognizable, personable cuisine.