Saturday, June 27, 2009

Jeni's in Columbus

People of Cincinnati, you're gonna hate me.

I am proud of our hometown, what with our rolling hills and spectacular tradition of good food.

Screw what the Texans say- nobody can beat our chili.

And our goetta is a special treasure I secretly want to keep for ourselves.

But (this is the bad part) if you want the best ice cream in Ohio, I'm afraid you have to head two hours north of The River.

Ms. 5chw4r7z and I are taking a round-trip jaunt to Akron as I type, and she was kind enough to offer a restroom break in Columbus.

The restroom happened to be at Jeni's Ice Cream in the Short North.

No complaints on my end.

This place is amazing.

Lambic Cherry. Grapefruit Hibiscus. Riesling Pear. A lavender flavored concoction. This place really pushes the envelope where ice cream flavors are concerned.

And it works.

I went with a trio of half scoops - Goat cheese with roasted red cherries, Thai chili and Queen City Cayenne.

The first was like a cheesecake made with Wisconsin cherries. Fantastic. Very summery and refreshing on a day when you feel like you could sweat the equivalent of your body weight.

The second involved toasted coconut, a locally made peanut butter and a hint of chili powder. Again - score. It tasted like my favorite Bangkok Bistro dish minus the noodles and whopping bill.

The third - a tribute to Ohio's southern most city (and our chili). Chocolate, cinnamon and lots of cayenne kick. The heat on this one was a slow burn- only after you swallow do you realize your tongue is burning. The only other ice cream I had that was this "hot" was a wasabe version that once came to the newsroom. Everyone was afraid but me.

What can I say - I'll try anything once.

Including Ohio's best ice cream.

Can't wait to see what the next bathroom break offers.

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mkhall said...

Those sound amazing! I am jealous.

Unknown said...

all right, next time I'm in the Short North, I'll have to give the place a try. I have no idea how it can be better than Graeters, but it's earned an honest try.

*cough* traitor *cough*


Ryan at Jeni's said...

You rock, Kate. And so does Ms. 5chw4r7z, by the way (and her husband too).

Thanks for the love.


The Notorious N.A.T said...

Jeni's is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE Columbus treat. I want to just open a store in NOVA so I can have it with me always. Love the goat cheese/cherries. They also had a phenomenal berries/cabernet thing going on this summer and the lemon yo is unbelievable. Needless to say, I make my sister (not hard) go with me everytime I'm home...LOVVVVEEE IT.

Ryan at Jeni's said...

Thanks for the kind words, N.A.T. NOVA -- is that Annandale, VA?

BetweenQueens said...

Jeni's recipes are like crack - it's just so damn good! We order it from the Market in dee-lish! Also goes down nicely with Cincinnati's Jean Francois Flechet's Belgium Waffles, too!