It’s summer. It’s hot — at least, it’s supposed to be, although lately Columbus has been unseasonably cool — so who wants to eat soup? Who wants to spoon down piping hot liquid on a day when the temperature is up around 90?
All true . . . but there is one soup that is perfect for the summer. I’m not talking about vegetable-intensive gazpacho, which always looks like a bad excuse to use up the odds and ends from the vegetable crisper drawer in the fridge. No, I’m talking about the premier summer soup: vichyssoise. Vichyssoise, which rolls down your throat like a brisk stream of rich, creamy goodness and cools you to the very core. G Michael’s has potato leak vichyssoise on its current summer menu, and it’s just what the doctor ordered on a hot summer’s day.
Don’t you love it when you go to a favorite restaurant and see something that perfectly fits the circumstances and your taste buds?
I’ve got no quibble with the restaurants on the list, although I haven’t been to Katalina yet. In fact, I’ve written about my excellent omelet at Skillet, the delicious toad in the hole at Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, and the mid-boggling amdong chicken at Ajumama, pictured at right. The Refectory has long been a Columbus gastronomic landmark — its oyster soup may be the best soup this committed soupophile has ever tasted — and Basi Italia is a favorite of our friends the Bahamians where we’ve always had great meals. I also commend the Journal for including a food truck, Ajumama, among the six choices. I’m a huge fan of the Columbus food truck culture, whether found at Dinin’ Hall or the annual food truck festival, and I’m glad to see one of their number get a deserving nod in the pantheon of foodie destinations.
A list of six just isn’t enough to do justice to the great foodie options in Columbus. And one other thing about the Journal article: it says Columbus isn’t well known for its dining scene — yet. Says who, WSJ?