The wife, our fractious felines, and I are finally getting settled into our new home in Ohio. The Northside neighborhood we are in reminds me of home in a lot of ways. The community is of mixed ethnicity and is artistic in general temperament. In many ways it is like a tamer version of the Marigny back in New Orleans, with a little Magazine St. thrown in for good measure.
I’ve discovered a few neighborhood resources online that I’m throwing up for the edification of friends and colleagues who might be interested in what kind place we ended up in after leaving the Crescent City a few months ago.Of course this is going to include some links for food and restaurants, that’s one of the most important aspects of one’s new home.
First up there is Northside.net, a really decent example of a well done neighborhood website. It is the effort of the Northside Business Association (a group which I am preparing to join). For those wishing a view of the area there is a Northside Flickr Community, my New Orleans friends will find a bit of visual similarity in some respects.
So I decided to pick a few favorite things about the neighborhood after our three months here. The result is as follows:
Honey– this place blew me away. I think it could stand head and shoulders with most restaurants back home. Even just their approach to fries is outstanding: Sweet, Yukon, and Idaho potatoes with chili-lime honey. Fans of the Delachaise and The Green Goddess in NOLA would adore this place.
The Northside Farmer’s Market– With lots of rural expanse outside the city there is a lot of farming going on. We got lucky and inadvertently moved in an easy walk from the weekly farmer’s market. I’ve already developed a habit f going to the Blue Oven Bakery stall first, the do this bread called Bad Boy that is phenomenal!
The Sidewinder Coffee House – This place would fit in perfectly on Magazine St. or in the Marigny. Good coffee (a rarity up here), cocktails, live music in the evenings, and a really pleasant staff make for my favorite non-home place to hop online and get some work done or relax in the courtyard.
The Northside Tavern-Live music, decent drinks, and a little restaurant that shares it’s courtyard. Grab drinks at the bar and go dine at The Hideaway, or the reverse. Great courtyard the two share as well.
The Blue Jay-This is the local equivalent to The Bluebird Cafe in NOLA which just closed after 20 years. Solid, simple, American fare with a variety of breakfast and lunch options. My lovely wife has become quite fond of this regional stuff called goetta thanks to The Blue Jay.
Shake It Records– These guys started their own indie label back in the late seventies, I’ve run across a lot of their output off and on over the years. I never really thought about the fact that they might have a storefront, much less one in my new ‘hood. It’s my new stop for vinyl (yes, vinyl. I can even play 16’s and 78’s.) and secondhand DVDs. Terrific selection in whatever medium you prefer.
Cluxton Alley Roasters– This is where I go to replenish the household stockpile of caffeine. Roasted fresh every morning the way coffee should be! My only complaint is that medium roasts seem hard to come by up here…
So there you have it, an Internet window into our new corner of the world!
George “Loki” Williams is the owner of SocialGumbo, LLC