Several people have complained that my restaurant list does not include a reference to Graeter’s (including a comment that “it’s a crime not to mention Graeter’s ice cream as a must have while in Columbus”). While Graeter’s menu is somewhat predictable, they do serve quality ice cream, and I have therefore added them to my list. However, I don’t know that I have been there since I fell in love with Jeni’s. One of the things I like about Jeni’s–apart from the fact that their ice cream, yogurt, sobet and gelato is the best I have ever had–is that the menu constantly evolves with new (and/or re-introduced) flavors of the highest quality ice cream money can buy. The flavors (salty-caramel, grapefruit-hibiscus, strawberry-rose petal, lime-cardamom, etc, etc, etc) perfectly complement each other. I am glad to see that others agree:
Columbus Alive – Best of 2008 (“With their intense flavors — Jeni always uses only the best and freshest ingredients available — and their remarkably smooth textures, they truly are world-class.”)
New York Times 1 (“Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams’ intense, offbeat flavors would be worth a drive to Ohio.”) I bet it even beats a visit to the Longaberger basket building. I’ve ridden my bike from my home all the way out to that building and back–Jeni’s is a shorter and more satisfying ride.
New York Times 2
Gallo Gold Medal
It also happens to be the ice cream sold by Dean & Deluca
I think I’ll pick some up on my way home tonight.