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!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Windy City BBQ Ribs (February 27, 2013)

Windy City BBQ Ribs

32 Grace Drive
Powell, OH 43065

Tucked away in a strip center just down the road from the Powell post office, Windy City BBQ Ribs is not a conspicuous dining establishment by any definition.

The food, however, is worth a visit.

The first time I went to Windy City, several months ago, they had run out of ribs and were giving out $25 gift certificates to those who came in requesting them.  Whereas this is definitely a strong customer service gesture, it is unexpected and entirely too much to give away.  I was concerned that such generosity may doom the restaurant to a short life in an obscure location, at least for non-Powell residents.

That day, instead of accepting the gift certificate, I ordered the Cajun Hot Link meal ($14.95) and my daughter selected the Carolina Pulled Pork ($14.95).  Both entrees were very good and we vowed to return.

When I call Windy City BBQ Ribs a restaurant, that is being very generous.  The small storefront has room for only three tables.  Clearly, they do their best business with carry-out and catering orders.  Also catching the attention of an patron is the writing on the walls!  Customers use sharpie pens to write their own "reviews" of the food and other comments and artwork that are germane to the food...or not.  Seems as if nearly anything goes on the graffiti walls.

Several weeks ago, I purchased a Groupon for $29.  Upon redemption, it was good for four meals, eight sides, and a dessert.  This represented a savings of at least 50%.

Using the Groupon, my two daughters and I ordered the Carolina Pulled Pork meals and had two sides each of macaroni and cheese, potato salad, macaroni salad, and baked beans.  One of the pulled pork meals was prepared with a hot, jalapeno sauce while the other three were prepared with a mild sauce.

The meals included nearly a pound of meat, roughly cut, with a slice of white bread.  With the leftovers and the fourth meal, I had enough food for lunch the next two days!

The dessert was four sugar cookies and the order included a small takeout box of peanuts!

The menu boasts that all meats, fruits, and vegetables are organic and everything is cooked fresh daily.

With a City Barbeque just a mile or so away, each of these establishments appears to be able to peacefully co-exist.

I recommend that you give Windy City BBQ Ribs a try.  Call ahead to ensure that your desired meat is available, particularly if you are ordering for dinner or a particularly large quantity.

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