Soon after opening the Downtown location of Red Velvet Cafe, Krizzia Yanga and her family introduced their native Filipino breakfast and lunch dishes to the menu, with great success.
Soon after opening the Downtown location of Red Velvet Cafe, Krizzia Yanga and her family introduced their native Filipino breakfast and lunch dishes to the menu, with great success. This spawned the idea for their next restaurant, Bonifacio, a modern, full-service Filipino restaurant that was scheduled to open in late July at 1577 King Ave. Yanga has plenty of Filipino favorites. Kare-kare, a peanut-based beef stew with oxtail, bok choy, eggplant and string beans, is at the top of her list, and she loves serving lechon kawali (deep fried pork belly) to guests. Yanga calls Filipino food-with influences from Spain, China, Malaysia and the Americas-the original fusion food, and her favorite eats around Columbus are just as broadly based.
Dive Bar: I don't really have a go-to dive bar, but I really like going to the Pint House for a casual bar experience. There's something about the atmosphere and energy there. It's always a fun place to hang out.
Upscale Bar: Denmark. The drinks are unique and I really like the service.
Carryout: Pita Hut Grille is the late-night spot for me. The guys who work there are always so nice and accommodating. My friends and I always get the family tray with shawarma.
Special Occasion Restaurant: The Refectory. The food is great, but they do a really great job of creating an enjoyable fine-dining experience for their customers.
All-Time Favorite Meal: Indochine Cafe. My mom and I love to eat there. It's definitely our go-to place for lunch. I usually get the pork chop or their rice noodle dishes. The owners are super friendly and they remember all of their regular customers.
Photos: left, courtesy Krizzia Yanga; right, Tessa Berg