Guest Blogger: Get Back to Your RootsAugust 20, 2012
You could say Kristin's happiest time is when she's at a favorite restaurant enjoying an amazing meal with the people she loves. She absolutely does not need any persuasion when it comes to immersing herself in the food world; however, she hopes that blogging will encourage her to become even more involved in celebrating the local foods and restaurants that are at her fingertips right here in Columbus.
Knowing Local Foods Week was approaching, I decided that I would contribute by feasting at a local restaurant that I’d never been to. As much as I love trying new places, I tend to stick with my favorites. I’m like a dog that is surrounded by an electric fence… I try to leave the Short North and I get zapped. Well, Local Roots in Powell threw me a bone that I couldn’t resist. And as an extra treat, my best friend lives in Dublin, so it was only a hop, skip, and a jump away for her.
Okay, let’s get down and dirty and talk menu. Not only did their everyday menu look tempting, Local Roots teamed up with Columbus Crave and are offering a special Farm to Plate menu until this Sunday. The menus of the participating restaurants feature dishes with at least 70 percent locally grown ingredients! Anyway, I’ve been on a serious fried green tomato kick lately. Last week, I got my fix while visiting Nashville, and I was lucky enough to get a dose this week at Local Roots. It was the first dish listed on their Farm to Plate menu. Destiny! The “right out of the garden” fried green tomatoes were picked fresh from Local Roots’ own farm in Plain City. They were drizzled ever so lightly with a red pepper and horseradish dipping sauce. So crunchy and fresh. And the sauce… spoon please.
Since I can’t get fried green tomatoes just anywhere, I was a little disappointed that I had to share the dish with my best friend. I’d be a monster not to offer, right? As soon as the server set the dish down, I immediately did the math in my head. Ugh, only two for me… two for her. Unfortunately for her (but very fortunate for me), the poor girl has a bridesmaid dress to fit into in two weeks that’s a wee bit snug. Best friend: “I’m just going to have one.” Monster: “Oh yea, I mean it’s coming up so soon. When do you go back to the alterations place?”
A win-win for both of us, am I wrong?