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!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Rude Dog Bar & Grill

March 20, 2011

Rude Dog Bar & Grill
8711 Sancus Blvd
Columbus, Oh 43240
614/847-RDOG (7364)


It has been two months since my last blog post (hmm, sounds like I'm about to make a confession!) and it has been the busiest two months I can recall.  As I have told a number of people who have asked about my absence, I'm not too busy to eat, but I am too busy to write!

In the last several weeks, I have been to many restaurants (including Dragon One, Genji, Da Levee, Zanzibar, La Choza, Basil, Cafe Brioso, Cap City Fine Diner & Bar, Kogen's, Lee Garden, and Mexica to name but a few).  Perhaps one day I will catch up, but for now, I am starting anew with a restaurant I just visited today.

My friend, Ed, and I have bought Columbus Clippers season ticket packages since the Cleveland Indians moved their AAA farm team to Columbus in 2009.  Each year, we get together to divide up the tickets, typically over adult beverages.

This afternoon, we met at Rude Dog Bar & Grill.  Ed had been there the previous night and offered many fine recommendations.

I selected the Black & Bleu burger consisting of a spicy beef patty topped with a generous helping of crumbled bleu cheese, thick cut bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo.  I opted for the onion rings and a Diet Coke, an adolescent beverage!

The burger was a "man-size" sandwich that was only a bit spicy, but the bleu cheese and bacon made it much better than your ordinary burger.  The onion rings, however, were a disappointment.  I am not an onion ring snob, but do prefer a thicker coating and a larger onion slice.  These were quite possibly frozen onion rings.

I already know what I am going to order on my return visit - The Rude Dog!  Ed ordered this signature sandwich which is a quarter pound hot dog smothered with chili, cheese, and crispy jalapenos.  He topped his with mustard.  The jalapenos were covered in a very light batter, similar to a tempura, and fried.  Appropriately, the Rude Dog is served in a dog dish and accompanied by a serving of chili cheese fries.

The Rude Dog is definitely a "knife-and-fork" kind of sandwich!  I really wanted to have a taste, but I know not to get between a dog and his food!

The Rude Dog Bar & Grill is just south of the Polaris mall on Sancus Boulevard.  Next time, you're in the Polaris area, make it a point to stop in and try some of the creative menu items.

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