About "Eat My Words"

About this blog

"Eat My Words" is a long time in the making. There is no question that my favorite activity is eating, but beyond that obvious fact, I especially like visiting new restaurants and trying new foods.

That's where the "Adventures in Dining" comes in. I won't be reviewing chain restaurants. The food may be fine, but there is no adventure to a Bob Evans, Applebee's, or Olive Garden! The only time I may blog about one of these establishments might be to comment on something unusual - whether it be good or bad - that may have occurred during my visit. Otherwise, I will be focusing on small, local restaurants that feature unique menu items.

I am not a food snob. I do not have any culinary training. I like what I like and will share my thoughts regarding my meal, a restaurant's ambiance, the attentiveness of the staff, and any other thoughts that may come to mind. Hopefully, readers will enjoy my reviews and try these restaurants for themselves.

Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to share your own feedback!

Gary Dougherty
November 24, 2010

UPDATE (October 13, 2012): I'm back!! For a variety of reasons (none of them good), I have not posted any reviews for about 18 months. Rest assured, I have continued to eat...just not write! I hope you enjoy my culinary adventures and I welcome any recommendations you might have for me. Bon appetit!

Thursday, January 6, 2011


January 5, 2011

7400 Sawmill Road
Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 791-0939

Having lived on the northwest side of town for 17 years, I have been to Sumeno's many times.  It's a very low-key Italian restaurant in a strip center at the corner of Sawmill and Hard Road that is also occupied by the resale stores Once Upon a Child, Play it Again Sports, and General Uses.

Sumeno's offers and extensive menu as well as a lunch and dinner buffet.  In addition to the standard pizza, pasta, and salad bar, the Sunday buffet also features lasagna, Italian baked chicken, and sausage with green peppers and onions.

The restaurant has always been a favorite of ours.  Kids are given pizza dough when they arrive so they can play with it at their tables.  Molly and Sarah would always make their own little imaginary pizzas or cookies with their dough as we awaited our food.

On this evening, we opted for the buffet.  At $6.99 per person, it really is hard to beat.  Soft drinks are a bit overpriced at $2.59, but how many places can you have dinner for less than $10.00?

For pasta fans, there is a selection of rigatoni, rotoli, and spaghetti that is cooked for you right at the counter.  As you wait the few short minutes for your pasta to cook, you can look right into the kitchen and watch the cooks at work.  Once the pasta is ready, you are faced with another decision...which sauce to choose.  Typically, the choices are cheddar cheese, meat, mushroom, sausage, tomato, and white sauce.

There are generally at least four or five pizzas as well as a dessert pizza and other sweet items.

Although I did not order it on this visit, my favorite Sumeno's dish is the Spaghetti Parmesan.  It is described on the menu as spaghetti tossed with tomato sauce and covered with mozzarella and parmesan cheese and baked.  It is a large portion, usually necessitating a take home box, and well worth the $10.99.

Sumeno's is a family-oriented restaurant (although I remember one visit about 13 years ago when Molly was just a baby and the staff wasn't too thrilled to provide her with saltine crackers for fear they would end up on the floor...some of which undoubtedly did!), that is comfortable and not the least bit pretentious.

The staff is friendly, the food is good, and the price is right.  I recommend Sumeno's if you find yourself in the Sawmill Road area with an appetite for Italian food.

(Photos from http://www.idine.com/)

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