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Da Levee Express

14 Oct

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Location: mostly 15th Ave. and N. High Street (weekdays, 11am-2pm) and with trips to Gay St., Clintonville, and special events occasionally.
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If you’ve heard of Da Levee, it might be because their Short North location has made a reputation for offering piles of delicious and flavorful Cajun favorites. On the sidewalks, Da Levee Express has the most vibrant paint job in town and dishes up those same comforting favorites as the bricks and mortar, Mardi Gras bead laden counter. Anticipating colder weather, the saucy stews have made it onto my list of lunchtime eats on campus. I caught them north of 15th Ave on N. High St. between classes and picked up a very late breakfast.

By no means am I an expert on Cajun cuisine so Justin, the owner, was quick to break each dish down to their main ingredients. On today’s menu, pulled pork in the form of Ropa Vieja (did I hear with capers?) and an all vegan succotash with hearty beans and veggies. Since I had skipped breakfast, I was famished and debating between the chicken in the Creole (tomato based sauce with cilantro) or the Pozole Stew.

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Fans of Pozole are pretty vocal about their love for the hominy stew so it was the deciding factor for my lunch, I had to try this popular dish. From the above photo, you can see the hominy, black beans, corn, and red bell pepper. The shredded white chicken was plentiful and the generous helping of rice and heaping spoonful of pozole was more than enough to last me through the afternoon. I didn’t need to eat the bread but it was so greasy and salty that I couldn’t help myself.

Da Levee Express will be making appearances at the Ohio Historical Society Food-Truck-A-Palooza (get there early!) on October 14th and at Food Cart Food Court at Wonderland Columbus on October 17th.