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Yellow Springs, OH


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Yellow Springs, OH

DistrictSelectman | May 19, 2007 12:07 PM

Just got back from a day trip to Yellow Springs. If you've never been and you live within a few hours, you should go. It's a great little town, very progressive. There's a lot of new age and "reactionary liberal" sort of stuff, but it's also a very free-feeling place and possibly the most racially integrated community of any size I've ever seen. There's also great nature with Clifton Gorge/John Bryan State Park and Glen Helen nearby. Anyway, on to the food.

I had lunch at the Winds and got "la Boqueria," which is garbanzos and red peppers in a very richly flavored stew, with rice and a hard-boiled egg. It comes with a romesco sauce, which was delicious. On the whole, however, it could have been better. Some of the garbanzos were undercooked, and the egg -- which was quartered -- had some very unsightly green around the yolk. Too bad, because the egg really was good. The highlight for me was seeing Dave Chappelle nip in for something, which he then ate in his car out front. Pretty funny. The service was very pleasant and professional, if somewhat novice.

For dinner I went to Sunrise Cafe, up the street. I got a Thai-style tofu & broccoli in peanut sauce, that was very good. The broccoli was perfectly done, and the sauce was just right. The service here was both professional and almost unbelievably friendly, and not in a cloying way. They even let me bring in a big bottle of Three Floyd's Dreadnaught IPA, which I found at Emporium down the street (and it's apparently a very difficult beer to find), for no extra charge. I highly recommend Sunrise. Not quite the variety and refinement of the Winds (although not too far off), but at least as good an experience. (Incidentally, the Dreadnaught was well made, but too sweet and a little hoppy for my taste.)

I stopped into Ye Olde Trail Tavern and, although I didn't get food there, it looked like good bar food made with farmers market-type ingredients. Nice little place. Lastly, I popped into Peach's, which I expected to be kind of a cheeseball place based on the name, but it was very nice inside. Lots of tap beers, but I can't comment on the food.

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