Know Your Breakfast: Basted Eggs


How do you you usually order your eggs? 9 times out of 10, I go with “over easy” or “over medium”. It’s almost always a pretty safe bet that the eggs will be fried with a runny yolk, but still fully cooked whites. Every once in a while, I’ll opt for scrambled eggs if they are part of another dish, like a burrito or a “scramble” (imagine that!). And I will almost always pick a nice, silky poached egg to top a benedict or some really good corned beef hash.

But imagine sitting in your neighborhood diner, and your server asking “How do you want your eggs?”, and you respond ….”basted”.

Huh?? Basted??

Unfortunately, I have a feeling that a lot of servers wouldn’t have a clue what that means. But actually, I’ve discovered that basting is a pretty popular method of cooking eggs, and is preferred by a lot of folks. Now, honestly I’ve only had basted eggs a handful of times, but really, I enjoyed them just as much as any other way to cook them. Basting eggs generally means to simply liquid or steam cook an egg thoroughly (whites and yolk) without having to flip it. Many restaurants have started offering basted eggs as an alternative to flip-fried and poached eggs, because they’re relatively delicate, easier and quicker to cook, and they are aesthetically pleasing in a beautiful breakfast plate presentation.

So, I thought I’d show you guys the two most popular ways to cook basted eggs.  First up is the “glass lid” method…


Start by cracking your egg into a small, lightly greased (or you can just use cooking spray like I do) skillet over medium heat.


Now for this method, I take one half of the cracked egg shell and fill it with about a tablespoon of water. Add the water directly into the skillet with the egg. This will help produce the steam you’re going to need to cook your egg.


Cover your skillet with a glass lid so that you can keep an eye on your egg. Yeah, this means watching it through a steamy, cloudy cover, but stop complaining….you’ll love the outcome. Let the egg steam for about a minute and a half to two minutes, or until the yolk has just slightly clouded over and takes on a light pink hue. Cooking it longer could mean an overcooked, hard yolk.


Once clouded over, remove it from the pan and serve immediately. Simply beautiful. The egg white should be firm and your yolk a silky, flowing river of delish!

Alternatively, the second method of basting an egg is to cook it by repeatedly spooning hot oil or butter over the top of the egg. The act of scooping the oil/butter will cook the top of your egg fully, and will eliminate the need to flip it. Here we go…


This time, we’re going to start with a couple of tablespoons of bacon grease, your choice of cooking oil, or a couple pats of butter.


Once the butter melts and the temp is hot, add the egg into the skillet over medium heat.


As soon as the egg hits the skillet, you’ll want to take a spoon and start scooping the fat/oil over the top of the egg repeatedly. The yolk will again start to become cloudy when the egg is cooked. It should only take maybe 90 seconds to cook your egg. Any longer and the edges of the egg white will start to brown and crisp up, and the yolk will harden.


I prefer this method to the glass lid version, because I love the rich, nutty flavor that scooping the butter or bacon grease gives to the whole egg.

So there you go. Now you know what a basted egg is and how to cook them! If you give it a try, let me know how yours turn out!!

City Restaurant – Fairview Village, PA

So here it is…breakfast in Philadelphia. Well, technically the suburbs, but you know. We’re finally settled in (sort of) to our new digs here and life is starting to come around to something vaguely resembling normalcy, so I figured it was time jump on TBGG and get this breakfast blog going in high gear again!! Choosing a spot for my first Philly review was actually a tough decision. I wanted to introduce myself to my future Philadelphia readers in a way that would encompass the soul of the blog, but I kept wondering, “How do I do that??” Should I start someplace big, like Reading Terminal Market? With an upscale brunch? Or a trendy breakfast spot in the city? Maybe a donut shop? Or do I start by showcasing some of Philly’s coffee scene? But after plenty of contemplation, I decided to go with my gut…literally. Mom & Pop diners and restaurants are the backbone of this blog and always have been, and Southeastern PA, and the surrounding area, most definitely has no shortage of them. These are the shops I love – the neighborhood spots where you’ll find a dining room full of regular customers doing life. These are the places the locals eat. Of course I also love the fancy and trendy places where every dish is an Instagram hit, but the Mom & Pop shops are dear to my heart. So that is where I decided to start.


City Restaurant is about 5 minutes from my house and is a place that’s been racking up 4 – 5 star reviews on Yelp (which I’ll probably be relying on more than usual until I get more familiar with the breakfast scene here). So, hearing the beckoning call of bacon and eggs and all things breakfast, we headed out to check out this little neighborhood gem.

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Located right on Germantown Pike in Fairview Village, City Restaurant’s parking lot is roomy enough to accommodate plenty of visitors. We seemed to arrive right between the breakfast and lunch crowds, at around 10:30 AM, but the dining area was still half full of breakfast latecomers like us. The interior is clean and comfortable, with a mix of vinyl booths and tables. The servers greeted us immediately upon entering and invited us to find out own seats.


We started by ordering a couple of mugs full of familiar diner brown coffee. It was warm and satisfying. albeit a bit weak. Our server was friendly and talkative, just as you’d expect at a small shop. She told us that over the past year and a half or so that they’ve been open, they’ve become known for their fairly wide selection of eggs benedict dishes, and the waffles. We decided that both options sounded good, but then the daily specials card caught my eye.


The weekday specials are basically your diner standards: eggs, potatoes, meat & toast, and omelettes. I was pretty surprised that the bacon option was actually a dollar less than the others. At these prices, how can you pass that up??


I ordered the 2 Eggs with Scrapple Special ($4.99). It had been years since I tried my hand at the scrapple game, and wanted to give it a go. I know I’m in Philly now and you guys know all about scrapple, but for those who aren’t familiar with it, it’s a breakfast meat found in diners and restaurants mainly along the Eastern PA/New Jersey/Delaware/Maryland section of the East coast. It’s made of a combination of pork scraps, cornmeal, wheat flour and spices, which are processed and then formed into a congealed loaf, where slices are cut off and pan-fried. I’ve determined that, for me, it’s a food that takes some getting used to…meaning I might have to try it a few more times before I develop a fondness for it :) The eggs were cooked well – over medium with no runny whites, the potatoes were good (could have used some more seasoning), and the toast came buttered. Overall, pretty simple and tasty…and a steal at under 5 bucks!!


Their American Waffle ($8.99) is a customer favorite, and it’s easy to see why. This big, fluffy Belgian waffle came out warm and yummy, piled with enough whipped cream and fruit to make adults and kids alike gaze across the room in amazement as it’s being brought to the table!


This big, delicious dish was almost like a breakfast dessert. The toasty, cakey waffle had great flavor, and it cradled tons of fresh blueberries, strawberries and bananas, and had a nice dusting of powdered sugar to boot. If breakfast sweets are your thing, come here and order this! You won’t be sorry.

Overall, I really enjoyed breakfast at City Restaurant. It’s a charming little place with a great feel, and wonderful folks. The staff is super friendly and the servers are attentive. The food was seriously good – I can see now why they’re lighting up the online review sites with more stars than a clear, Summer’s night. I’m glad it’s just down the road from me, because this place might just become my regular go-to breakfast spot when I’m in a diner mood. I can’t wait to come back and try their benedicts and more of their other breakfast goodness!!

City Restaurant is located at 2974 W. Germantown Pike, Fairview Village, PA 19403. They’re open Monday – Sunday, 6:00 AM – 3:00 PM and breakfast is served all day. For more info, visit their Facebook page.


Know Your Breakfast: Goetta


Welcome to a new feature here on The Breakfast Grub Guy: Know Your Breakfast!!

Know Your Breakfast will be a regular blog post that I will share with you guys every couple of weeks, in addition to my upcoming local breakfast reviews throughout the Philadelphia area. I want TBGG to be not only a source of awesome breakfast and brunch reviews and recommendations for you to use as a tool, but also a source of info on the wonderful world of breakfast.

Each week I will highlight a regionally-specific breakfast food, little knows breakfast facts and tips, a cultural or ethnic breakfast meal, unique cooking techniques, and more! The idea is to introduce you to things you may have never experienced, and to get you in the mood to explore new breakfast and brunch options. Our area is a hugely diversified, cultural mix, and there are all kinds of new foods to try and new ways to up your breakfast game all around you!!

So without further ado….


This is goetta.

Similar to what we know as scrapple here in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Goetta (pronounced Get-uh) is made of ground pork scraps, or sometimes pork and beef, and is primarily eaten in the Cincinnati area. It’s a combination of the ground meat, pin-head oats (also called Steel-cut oats), and spices, and is then usually formed into a loaf or roll, and congealed. The typical cooking method is to simply slice and pan fry.


It’s considered a sausage mush and is of German inspiration. Goetta was originally a peasant dish meant to stretch out servings of meat over several meals to conserve money.


Today, most people enjoy goetta as a side meat to their breakfast, just as you would bacon, sausage, ham or scrapple.


Glier’s Goetta is the largest commercial producer of the breakfast meat. They produce more than 1 Million pounds annually, around 99% of which is consumed locally in Greater Cincinnati.


Folks in that area love goetta so much, that every year Glier’s hosts Goettafest. It’s a weekend event, usually held in August, where goetta is used in all sorts of foods – goetta pizza, goetta desserts, and even goetta cheesesteaks!!

Unfortunately, I’m not familiar with any restaurant that currently serves goetta in our area. If you do ever see it on a breakfast menu around town, be sure to try it, and let us know too!!

Goodbye, Columbus.

Well, guys…the time has come. Today is my last day in Columbus, and tomorrow I will call Philadelphia my new home.

I’m sad to go, because I will miss my city. I love Columbus. I love the people, I love the community, I love the Buckeyes…and I love the breakfasts. I’ve eaten at some of the best Columbus has to offer, but there were many, many more that I never reviewed. I’ll certainly be targeting those places upon my future visits home.

As my last post in Cbus, and before beginning TBGG: Philly Edition, I wanted to look back at just a few of my favorite photos of breakfasting and blogging over the last three years.



The Cuban Scramble @ Starliner Diner


Tatoheads’ Chorizo Fries


The famous Dagwood from Ohio Deli


Saturday morning Pancake breakfast @ Hills Market Downtown


A trio of tacos from El Camioncito Sel Sabor Taqueria


Amazingly spicy Greek Fire Feta Dip @ King Gyro


Iced Chai @ Impero Coffee


A hungry crowd at the Columbus Food Truck Fastival


One of my favorite diner signs in Cbus!!


Jerk Chicken @ Island Vibes


A sampling of donuts from Resch’s Bakery


The delicious Italian Beef sandwich @ Tristano’s


The ULTIMATE diner photo at German Village Coffee Shop


A Southwest Bacon & Egg Sammie at Spinelli’s Deli


A sampling of poutine @ Skillet


Columbus’ meat master, Albert Thurn, breaking down the meat anatomy of a freshly butchered pig.


North Market Coffee Roast


Lots of One Line Coffee’s Slow Drip Cold Brew


Babybacks @ Ray Ray’s Hog Pit


Sampling Mya’s Fried Chicken goodness


Breakfast at home


The Juggernaut breakfast sandwich @ Superchef’s


Coffee Granola from Birdhouse Bakery


101 Beer Kitchen’s Short Rib Hash


The Polar Blast @ Colin’s


Delicious Biscuits & Chorizo Gravy at Ethyl & Tank


Freah seafood from Giant Eagle Market District Grandview


Yummy gelato @ Market District Grandview


Woonsen Sen Nam Sei @ Bangkok Grocery & Restaurant


The awesome Undertaker sandwich from Neighbor’s Deli


Bronuts @ Cravings Carryout Cafe


The delicious Breakfast Sandwich & a cappuccino @ Fox in the Snow


Desserts @ Fox in the Snow


The AMAZING Pancake Balls ans Sweet & Spicy Bacon @ Katalina’s


A table full of breakfast love @ Katalina’s


The best donuts ever @ DK Diner


Pineapple Upside Down Cake Donuts @ Hudson 29


Pour overs @ Boston Stoker


The flavorful Breakfast Hot Brown @ Grand Day Cafe


The brisket sandwich and mac & cheese at Ray Ray’s is SOOO good!!


A wonderful breakfast of Challah French Toast @ Zoe Cafe


Thank you so much, Columbus, for all of your support and love. I’ll miss you all. Remember to continue to taste and explore all of the wonderful breakfast and brunch places this awesome city offers you.

Be sure to follow along with my breakfasting adventures in the City of Brotherly Love.


Guest post: A Columbus newbie reviews Zoe Cafe

I’m pleased to offer space to a guest blogger this week, my good friend, David Young. David moved to Columbus from Florida a couple of months ago to attend Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Bexley, and he has been exploring Columbus as often as he’s able to get out there (between classes and studying!!), and in the process he has discovered many of the incredible local eateries that our awesome city offers. He shares my love for the morning meal, and recently visited Zoe Café in search of more breakfast goodness.


Zoe Café – 2376 E. Main St, Columbus, OH 43209

Located in the heart of Bexley, Zoe Café is a contemporary take on the classic urban gathering place. The décor consists of natural elements like dark-stained wood alongside poured concrete and stainless steel creating a space that feels chic and new, yet warm and comfortable. The back of the restaurant is open to the kitchen which ads to the atmosphere. The front of the restaurant has large glass windows l that let natural light in and allow you to feel connected to neighborhood outside. There is also an outdoor dining area if you enjoy eating “al fresco.” Serving a clientele that varies from families, to couples, to local college students, the atmosphere is upbeat and full of energy.


The menu offers an eclectic mix of traditional staples such as Buttermilk Pancakes with Sweet and Spicy Bacon and Ohio Amish Maple Syrup ($10), Biscuits and Sausage Gravy ($9) to more creative items like the Huevos Rancheros with Queso Fresco and Black Bean Tortilla ($8) and Café Frittata with Mesclun Salad ($8).


I stayed pretty traditional and ordered the Cinnamon Challah French Toast with Bananas and Ohio Amish Maple Syrup ($9). I also ordered a side of the Sweet and Spicy Bacon ($3). Presentation of this simple dish was wonderful. It took will power to take time out and photograph my plate before diving in. The French Toast was made with fresh-baked Challah bread dipped in an egg batter with just a hint of cinnamon. The bread was dense and chewy but not heavy – the sign of good Challah for sure! Because they use just a hint of cinnamon, I was able to enjoy the layers of flavor from the bread, the egg batter, fresh bananas and the light nuttiness of the cinnamon. For me, the warm Amish Maple Syrup poured over made this dish extraordinary. Nothing says delicious like warm maple syrup (not that stuff from a plastic squeeze bottle). And for me, it isn’t breakfast without a side of bacon. Zoe’s bacon is thick-cut with a smoky flavor that makes me want to order more!

My waiter was a friendly young man who I never had to look for when I needed something, but was not overly attentive. Wait time for service and food was paced nicely for a casual morning meal.

Zoe Café is a great place to go when you want a good breakfast at a good price in an upscale setting. Breakfast here is a treat for your palate and your soul!

Zoe Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Dempsey’s Food & Spirits – Columbus, OH

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Since my move to Philadelphia got pushed back another month, I figured I’d extend my “farewell breakfast tour” and spend the next few weeks visiting more of my home town favorites. Dempsey’s Food & Spirits has been partnering with TBGG for over a year now, which means that they often supply gift cards for us to give out to you guys for our bi-monthly giveaways (you can partner too!! Click HERE to find out how). It’s one of my favorite spots downtown for a casual and classy meal, and so while we were close by on a recent Saturday morning, I knew we had to visit for breakfast. Dempsey’s opened in 2012 in Downtown Columbus across the street from the courthouse on S. High St., between Mound and Main.


Dempsey’s is a very stylish space. The dark wood bar, furniture and floors, the intricate tile, the brick, the dim lighting…it very much has the feel of an 1800’s bar or pub. Their actual bar is very well stocked with a full array of Irish whisky, local drafts, and an extensive wine list. They’re open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which is pretty impressive for a downtown establishment.


I really love the décor here….vintage black and white photos of Columbus history on exposed brick.


On the morning we visited, the sun was out and it was warm, so we decided to sit out front. It’s a nice location to sit and people watch while enjoying a delicious meal. Dempsey’s breakfast menu features a fairly wide variety of breakfast favorites with several dishes featuring some great Irish-American inspired flare.


One such dish is their Irish Breakfast 2.0 ($11.00). This was a big, all-inclusive plate of breakfast love done really well – scrambled eggs & Irish cheddar, griddled redskin potatoes, local bacon and bread pudding French toast with Jameson salted caramel. First and foremost, I got to taste the French toast with the caramel sauce and it was absolutely incredible. My friend David ordered it on the recommendation of our very friendly and knowledgeable server, and he certainly wasn’t disappointed. The bacon was cooked nicely, the potatoes were tender and seasoned well, the eggs just right, but man…that French toast though.


We also sampled a Side order of biscuits ($1.50) and sausage gravy ($3.00). Dempsey’s does have a full biscuit & gravy breakfast they call the Ei Ei Oh, which comes complete with eggs and potatoes, but I ordered this in addition to my meal. When our server brought it to our table, I was wowed by the portion size, since this was considered a “side”. The biscuits are homemade and were really flaky, and the gravy was super creamy with lots of chunky, locally produced sausage. The flavor of the gravy was good, but it could have used just a touch less salt and a little more seasoning. Otherwise, another terrific biscuits & gravy plate in the 614.


After some deliberation, I ordered the Hash & Eggs ($9.50), which is a nice-sized portion of slow-cooked corned beef brisket, griddled redskins w/ carrots & onions, and topped with two eggs and toast. I substituted the listed fried eggs for poached, and the toast for biscuits.


Dempsey’s Hash & Eggs dish was really, really flavorful. The hash was full of big chunks of tender brisket, soft potatoes and other veggies, and it was seasoned nicely. I usually prefer a nice crust on my corned beef hash, but this hash was more of a succulent, elegantly-styled meal, and the flavors here made me forget the need for a crusty exterior. It’s advertised on the menu to include a dash of hot sauce, but I couldn’t detect any. It was ok though, because our server brought a carousel with a half dozen varieties so that I could add my own desired amount of heat/spice. My eggs were about 30 seconds undercooked for my liking, but not so much that I didn’t still eat and enjoy them. Overall,a really nice plate.


Dempsey’s is easily one of my favorite spots for breakfast downtown. The atmosphere inside is great, and when the weather is nice, you’ve gotta love a nice patio right in the heart of the city. I was also SUPER impressed with the service we received. Sometimes when you opt for patio seating, you might have to wait a little longer for your server to check on you, offer refills, etc. Not here, not on this day. She kept my iced tea filled, brought food and cleared plates in a very timely fashion, offered recommendations, and was incredibly personable to boot. It was an extremely pleasant breakfast experience.

There’s always somewhere to go when looking for great breakfast in Cbus. But the next time you’re downtown and you have a little bit of time for a good morning meal, be sure to remember this place!!

Dempsey’s Food & Spirits is located at 346 S. High St, Columbus, OH 43215 (MAP). They’re open Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 11:00pm, and Saturday – Sunday, 8:00am – 11:00pm. For more info you can connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and can also check out their website, too.

Dempsey's Food & Spirits Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



Hang Over Easy – Columbus, OH



So, I’ve found myself on a bit of a “farewell breakfast tour” lately by revisiting some of my favorite Columbus diners and eateries in recent weeks, before I head off to Philadelphia. We’ve been to DK Diner, Katalina’s, Jack & Benny’s Barnstormer Diner, Buckeye Donuts, Fox in the Snow Café and more…but I knew I HAD to get back to Hang Over Easy before I left. It’s easily one of my favorite campus breakfast joints. I realized that I had never reviewed it for the blog, so when my buddy David, who is new to town, wanted to grab some breakfast, I decided to kill two birds with one stone: I’d take the opportunity to say farewell to HOE by using this meal as my one of my final Columbus reviews (sigh…that hurts), and introduce him to one of his new city’s breakfast gems.


Hang Over Easy is one of those places where college kids come to grub after a night of heavy…umm…indulgence? Thankfully, they let regular guys like me come and partake too, so there’s always a good mix of students and people just looking for awesome breakfast food.


The atmosphere here is very laid back and casual. There’s plenty of room during the week, but as you can imagine, the place gets packed on the weekends, so expect a wait.


HOE does utilize lots of chalk board signage, for everything from their daily specials to their beer list. We found this nice little shout-out to the local products and vendors they use, which was a nice touch.


Their breakfast menu is labeled “Morning Prescription”, and offers tons of amazing dishes with quirky names such as their breakfast burrito called the “Dirty Sanchez” (heh), a plate of biscuits & gravy topped with two eggs they call “Frog’s Eyes”, and combo plates like the “Angry Egg” and “Sloppy Seconds”.


I ordered the CBH ($7.99), which was a HUGE plate of, you guessed it, Corned Beef Hash. It was made from their sliced, house-made corned beef and a huge portion of their famous HOE fries (i.e. really good fried potatoes). It was topped with two eggs and came with a side of toast (in my book, you ALWAYS order rye toast with corned beef hash).


I ordered my eggs over-medium, which came out perfectly (whites totally cooked with the yolks slightly runny), and the hash was absolutely delicious. The crispy, chunky HOE fries were seasoned very well and the tender, briny corned beef was outstanding. The portion size on this plate was huge, and I didn’t need anything else until dinner. Positively a winner!!


Here’s one of their all-inclusive plates, the Ramblin’ Man ($7.50), which included two eggs, HOE fries, toast, and 3 slices of French toast or pancakes. We ordered a side of bacon ($2.99) to go with it. Again, the eggs were cooked perfectly, delicious potatoes, and crisp bacon…all good stuff.


The French toast was a really tasty diner-style variety, powdered with sugar and a big scoop of butter, and came with a side pitcher of syrup. Who doesn’t love that??

Pro Tip: Hang Over Easy recently expanded by opening a shop in the Clifton/Avondale area of Cincinnati!! So, the next time you’re in the Queen City, stop in for an awesome start to your day.

I’ll tell you what guys, if you live here and have never been to HOE, or haven’t been in a while, it’s definitely worth the visit. I had forgotten just how good their food is! The prices are really affordable, especially for the portion sizes you get. And I seriously can’t say enough about the service – our server was super friendly and she made sure our meal was just what we wanted it to be, including keeping our coffee mugs filled for our entire visit.

College campus grub doesn’t get better than this.

HOE Rocks! Goodnight, Columbus!!

Hang Over Easy is located at 1646 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH 43201 (MAP). They’re open Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 3:00pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 8:00am – 3:00pm. For more info, you can check the out on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram


Giveaway: Cravings Carryout Café gift card!!


Hey guys, I know it’s a HUGE foodie weekend in Columbus, but it’s about to get better – it’s time for another Gift Card Giveaway!! Sadly, it will be my last giveaway from Columbus, and soon I will be giving away breakfasts at some of Philly’s best eateries. But lets focus on this month….

We’re giving away a $15 gift card to one of my favorite little eateries in Cbus, Cravings Carryout Café!! They’re selling their famous bronuts every Saturday now, and also regularly feature some awesome breakfasts and tremendous lunch sandwiches and soups.

The contest starts now and runs through this Sunday, Aug. 16th at 11:00pm. All I want you to do is to comment on this post and tell me your favorite place for donuts in Columbus!!

A winner will be picked Sunday night and will be announced Monday morning right here.

Good luck!!

***** Congratulations to Doug Hauschild!! Doug, you are the winner of a $15 gift card to Cravings Carryout Cafe. Please email your address to me at

Thanks to all who entered!! ******

Recapping the 2015 Ohio Pork Rib-Off Competition

This past week I had the opportunity to take part in the 2015 Ohio Pork Rib-Off Competition at the Ohio State Fair, and I’ve got to tell you, it was one of the tastiest “jobs” I’ve ever been given. We sampled ribs and pulled pork from nine of the best BBQ teams across Ohio, and collectively determined who we thought was the King of ‘Que. Below are just a few photos I took from the event, as well as the official press release from Ohio Pork Council:

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COLUMBUS  Nine of Ohio’s finest barbecue teams, from backyard chefs to major restaurateurs, gathered in Columbus for the 19th annual Ohio Pork Rib-Off. This event invites teams to prepare both ribs and pulled pork that are evaluated by a judging panel for taste, tenderness and appearance.


This year’s contestants prepared their best pork for guest judges;

Senator Bob Peterson, Ohio Senate District 17

James Phillips, The Breakfast Grub Guy

Jim Ellison, Stock & Barrel and Columbus Brew Adventures

Steve Reinhard, Ohio Soybean Council

Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net

and Virgil Strickler, General Manager, Ohio Expo Center.


Dave Russell of Brownfield Ag News served as the competition emcee and announced the following award winners:


Grand Champion Ribs: Smokin’ Joe’s, Columbus, OH

Reserve Champion Ribs: Team Baney-Q, Columbus, OH

Grand Champion Pulled Pork: Smokin’ Joe’s, Columbus, OH

Reserve Pulled Pork: Bark Brothers BBQ, Columbus, OH

People’s Choice Award Winner: Tony’s Restaurant, Findlay, OH

Best BBQ Sauce containing Soy: Team Baney-Q, Columbus, OH


In addition to $3,000 in prizes through support from the Ohio Soybean Council, top teams received commemorative banners and trophies.

“We (the Ohio Pork Council) are very pleased with today’s event and the opportunity we are given each year to showcase pork and some of Ohio’s most competitive barbecue teams,” said Quinton Keeran, OPC Director of Communications and Rib-Off coordinator. “The Rib-Off provides the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the versatility of pork and celebrate what individuals are able to do with the product. Eat more pork!”



I’d like to thank Quinton Keeran and everyone at Ohio Pork for inviting me to be  part of this year’s competition. Eating tons of delicious BBQ is a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. If you need some more help next year…I’m your man.

Bexley Coffee Shop – Bexley, OH


I have a friend who’s just moved to Columbus to attend Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and he’s the kind of guy who likes to explore local shops. So when he emailed me and wanted to meet up somewhere for coffee, I suggested checking out someplace that would be close by for him, and we settled on the Bexley Coffee Shop on N. Cassidy Ave in Bexley. I had been to the shop once or twice several years ago when it was under previous ownership, but I was excited to see the shop these days, since I’ve heard what a great job the new owners have done in giving the space some new life.


You’ll see one of the biggest examples of the changes that new owners, Nikki Ore and Maria Schlegel, have implemented at the shop as soon as you pull into the parking lot. A beautifully decorated garden patio has been created just to the side of the building, where visitors can enjoy their food and drink in the warm, Summer sun.


Inside, the shop’s makeover is equally as noticeable. A new coat of paint, stylish décor, new tables and a cozy reading nook have all been added to create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere.


Since taking over the store, Nikki told us that business has been booming! On the day we visited, there were constant lines of customers coming in for their morning fuel.


The Bexley Coffee Shop features a nice menu of all of your coffee shop usuals, including hot & cold drinks, smoothies, kid’s drinks, and food.


I was impressed with the spread of delicious, homemade baked goods that are prepared fresh, in-house every day. The options rotate frequently, but you can usually find a great assortment of bagels, muffins, coffee cakes, scones, gluten-free snacks, and more.

PRO TIP: I’ve heard that their Saturday morning iced cinnamon rolls are To. Die. For. I’ve gotta get back here to try these.


One of their biggest selling snacks are their Coffee Bombs. They sell these on Tuesdays and Fridays, and most often sell out as quickly as they can be put out on the counter. It’s similar to a small muffin, that’s been made with espresso, and rolled in cinnamon sugar. Get there early to grab one of these!!


The homemade quiche is also a favorite.


I tried one of their bacon-cheddar scones and a delicious, hot latte. They serve locally-roasted Thunderkiss Coffee, which is always a favorite.


The scone was moist but flakey, and had a ton of flavor. Good stuff!!


My pal David tried one of their giant chocolate chip cookie bars, and an iced hot chocolate.


Have you guys seen these before?? These are gourmet chocolates from Michael’s Artisan Chocolates in Bexley. The candy itself is absolutely beautiful, with vibrant colors and designs, but it’s the flavors that make them extra special – flavors like Mandarin Orange, Citrus Rosemary, Lavender Honey, and more. And if that’s not enough, he’s also making some crazy-hot caramels from habanero, scorpion, Carolina Reaper and ghost chilis!! Make sure you check these out when you visit!!

As you can see, Nikki and Maria have been hard at work to make The Bexley Coffee Shop an extra special place for you to enjoy. Their scrumptious baked goods, specialty drinks, and the Thunderkiss Coffee all make a stop worth while, but it’s the friendliness of the owners and that great new patio that sets the place apart.

Stop in soon for a coffee an a big slice of quiche. And maybe a ghost chili caramel for dessert :)

The Bexley Coffee Shop is located at 492 N. Cassady Ave, Bexley, OH 43209 (MAP). They’re open Monday – Friday, 6:00am – 5:00pm, Saturday, 7:00am – 3:00pm, and Sunday, 8:00am – 1:00pm. For more info, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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