|The offerings at Izzy and Mo's Luncheonette harks back to |
owner Magdiale Wolmark's Jewish upbringing in Philadelphia.
I have not had a bagel from either of those metro areas, but I've found that Columbus has a pretty solid core of local bagel purveyors. We've utilized the awesome home delivery service of Sammy's New York Bagels (my spouse, who has had the real deal in New York, says they do about as close a rendition as you can get here in Columbus.) quite a bit, and we have also enjoyed the varieties offered from the East Columbus based Block's. The unique gourmet variations from the farmers market oriented Companion Baking have also proven to be a worthy culinary pursuit. And recently, the choices have grown more diverse with the recent arrival of Izzy and Mo's Luncheonette, the latest venture from Till Restaurant owners/husband & wife team Magdiale Wolmark and Cristin Austin.
|The Izzy Bagel, featuring caviar, cream cheese, gravlax (cured salmon)|
and hot sauce, came with a deviled egg on the side
|Living up to its luncheonette designation, Izzy & Mo's compact|
interior brings its food offerings even more to the fore for the diner
All items are prepared next door in Till's kitchen space, so if you're in house long enough, you'll see a kitchen staffer running various food creations from there into Izzy & Mo's service space through the front door. If nothing else, these freshly prepared items, from hot bagels to steaming corned beef to luscious sweet treats, whets one's appetite even more as you're waiting. During the busier days, some things will temporarily "sell out" of an item at various times during the day due to preparation time until they actually do sell out, a good sign in itself that things are bustling here more often than not.
|Jersualem Bagel with Lentil Pate and pickled vegetables|
As far as sweets, Izzy & Mo's does have donuts in the form of the Israeli version of a jelly donut in the sufganiyot as well as an assortment of rolls, blintzes and babka. The babka proved to be delightful, lightly sweet treat laced with just the right amount of chocolate and cinnamon.
|Left: Izzy & Mo's Iced Tahini Mochas have won us over|
Right: Sufganiyot donuts at the ready on the counter
Izzy & Mo's Luncheonette
249 King Ave (Dennison Place)
Columbus, OH 43201
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