Ah, the DeepWood sandwich. This riff on a classic Dagwood is one of the most impressive dishes I've encountered thus far on my dining adventures this week. We're in the midst of the March installment of Dine Originals Week, a biannual event offering special menus at the city's independent restaurants, and I've been checking out as many menus as I can. Specials run through Sunday at most Dine Originals restaurants, so there's still plenty of time to get out and take advantage of some amazing deals.

DeepWood's sandwich, offered at lunch, is an epic tower of meats and cheeses, including: housemake corned beef, tasso ham and mortadella schmear, roasted turkey, mozzarella and gouda. Beyond that is a bevy of veggie-based goodness, like roasted tomatoes, pickled peppers and red onion jam. It's all on housemade pepper jack bread, and it's pretty fantastic.

Here's a look at what other Dine Originals dishes I've sampled so far:

DeepWood's second lunch special is a Tasting of Petite Sandwiches, including a New England Lobster Roll, Housemade Pastrami on rye and a Lentil Patty with a great aioli on top.

Both DeepWood's lunch specials come with a Lemon Meringue Pie Pop, which was pure sugary goodness even if it fell right off the stick.


Next up, the four-course dinner at Black Creek Bistro ($30). For my first course, I went with the Creamy Black Bean Dip in Wonton Cup.

My dining companions, meanwhile, both chose the Steamed Mussels in Lemongrass Broth

Second course: we all went for the Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad tossed in Bacon Vinaigrette. So good.

For my third course, the Lamb Pot Pie. Under a great puff pastry crust is lots of tender lamb, celery, carrots, winter squash, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions and garlic.

I also tried a bite of one of the other entree options, the Slow Roasted Pork Belly with Maple & Sherry Vinegar Gastrique.

Fourth course, dessert. Option one that night was an Orange White Chocolate Tart.

Option two: Buckeye Bread Pudding


Tasi is offering a three-course lunch for $10. First course: Caldo Verde, a Portuguese green soup with ground pork, potatoes, onions and kale.

Second course: Chicken Taquitos with a roasted tomato and lemon salsa.

Third course: Tres Leches Bites (more accurately, two pieces of Tres Leches cake).

So what are you waiting for? Go support our great local restaurant scene! Here's a link to all the special Dine Originals Week menus.

Dine Originals Week - March 2012

March 5-11

50 locally owned, independent Columbus restaurants