An unlikely match
A dish at Black Creek Bistro, created by executive chef David Morrison, is causing diners to take a second look at the menu.
The peanut butter and jelly duck ($25) "really does taste like peanut butter and jelly," says Morrison. He butchers the ducks-which come from Maple Leaf Farms-in-house, where they are seared to remove fat. The duck is cooked medium rare and served with Thai peanut noodles and a raspberry honey glaze. (There's also a little cabernet demi glace to add body, explains Morrison.) The Thai noodles are made with coconut milk and chili garlic paste. Sometimes, Morrison even uses curry for flavor. "You don't normally put peanut butter and jelly and duck together, but Kent [Peters, who owns the restaurant] encourages me to experiment outside of the box, and it has sold like mad."
Jon Cohen, general manager of Mezzo Italian Kitchen & Wine in Gahanna, shares that Sheila Trautner, Mezzo's owner, is opening two restaurants in the next few months. A second location of Mezzo is scheduled to open by early fall in historic Dublin, and the Hubbard Grille is supposed to debut by July at 793 N. High St., in the former Rosendales location. While the menu at the Dublin restaurant will be the same as the Gahanna site, Cohen says the Grille, a new concept from the group, will offer "approachable, creative, American dishes," and entrees will be priced below $25.
Landon's Corners, located in the former Gibby's spot at 29 S. High St. in New Albany, opened in late April, says manager Eric Johnson. The pub-style place offers, among other things, fish tacos and burgers, including a "Juicy Lucy," with cheese mixed in with the meat. Average prices are between $8 and $11, and there's a full bar. The restaurant, including the patio, seats more than 200 people, and there's also a banquet hall-where Johnson hopes to eventually host cooking classes, wine tastings and weddings-that holds an additional 200 people.
Brio Tuscan Grille, located at Easton and Polaris, announced the summer version of its Tuscan taster bar menu. You'll find beef carpaccio, margherita flatbread and roasted red pepper and fresh mozzarella bruschetta, among other items, for $2.95 each. The bar menu is available Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 pm and from 9 pm to close, says director of marketing Nicole Roope.
Sushi Rock, 570 N. High St., hosts Tsunami Night every Wednesday from 5 to 10 pm, says Jodie Arrick, marketing and catering manager. Selected sushi rolls are half-price, and after 9 pm martinis are half-off for women. The average price for rolls during the special is $3.25, and it's expected to run indefinitely at the Short North restaurant.
Bexley Monk offers a Twilight Menu, says general manager and owner Remo Stirpe. It runs Monday through Thursday from 3 to 7 pm. The first course is soup du jour, a Monk salad or a baby iceberg wedge; Boursin-stuffed chicken breast, jerked spiced mahi mahi or grilled lamb chops are second-course options, and a chocolate fudge torte or fresh strawberries and Sabayon are dessert choices. The cost for three courses is $20. Also, you may have heard Capital University purchased Bexley Square, where Bexley Monk is located, in late March. Stirpe says, "We will remain at Bexley Square since Capital University has to honor all current leases."
Eddie Merlot's will offer a beef and burgundy special through July 30. There are five entrees priced from $21.95 to $79.95. Three entrees are for an individual: the Winemaker's steak ($21.95), the lobster and beef Wellington ($34.95) and a veal chopped dijonaise ($29.95). The two remaining dishes, Steak Diane and Châteaubriand, both $79.95, are made for two to share. Joseph Drouhin wines accompany each dish, says sales manager Jesica Kantner.