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Review: Park Creek Kitchen runs well on organic food

Amanda Abney / Lantern reporter

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Tucked into the historical district in Upper Arlington, Park Creek Kitchen prides itself on using mostly organic and locally-grown products.

I went on a Thursday evening to the restaurant located at 2124 Arlington Ave., and dined with a friend. The staff was very nice. The restaurant is host to a huge patio for outdoor dinning. The décor and ambiance inside the restaurant is somewhere between casual and upscale, with a bar with seating, green walls and minimal artwork.

The drink selection offered a good mix of American and microbrews. A fair selection of red and white wines was offered as well. I got the UA-lo Martini, which was made with OYO Vanilla Vodka, grapefruit and orange juices.

The cocktail was simply delicious. The sweet of the vanilla and the tart of the grapefruit really complemented each other.

For appetizers we got the PCK Nachos and the flatbread. The nachos were the most notable of the two appetizers. They were made with homemade chorizo, sour cream, Monterey Jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and pickled peppers.

The homemade chorizo was phenomenal, and the pickled peppers were spicy, which added the perfect amount of heat to the dish.

For an entreé, I got the angel hair pomodora with chili flakes, chicken, roasted tomato, goat cheese and spinach. The goat cheese was the highlight for me, because it was creamy and not as bitter as the other goat cheeses that I have encountered. The chicken was tender and juicy, but could have been cut up in smaller bite-sized pieces.

I was disappointed that the dish was not spicy. When I see chili flakes in a dish, I expect it to have a kick, and unfortunately this dish fell flat.

The dessert, however, was fantastic. We shared the Seasonal Cheesecake, which was caramelized on the top. The cake was topped with vanilla bean ice cream and a mixture of blackberries, strawberries and raspberries. The texture and flavor were amazing. The creamy center of the cheesecake with the crunch of the brûléed top and berries and the cold deliciousness of the ice cream was sensational.

I would recommend Park Creek Kitchen to anyone who is interested in fresh local organic food with modest pricing. I know that I will be returning to savor more of what Park Creek Kitchen has to offer.

Grade: A-

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