Pros: good service, good food, decent prices, fun diners
The Bottom Line: You can't go wrong at Easy Street
Thats just one of the many signs that adorn the walls of Easy Street Café in the heart of German Village. Established in 1994, Easy Street is a small café with only 6 booths, 5 tables and bar seating for maximum occupancy of 80. There is barely wall space that is not covered with outstanding pictures and memorabilia. Over our table was a picture of the old Budweiser brewing company with the workers lined up out front, circa 1938.
One wall is devoted to everything and anything dealing with Ohio State University with many autographed photos of prior coaches and football heroes. Street signs and old bar signs are scattered everywhere, a huge cigar store Indian in one corner. Movie posters, those old huge ones from old theaters, are around and my favorite is - surprise - the King Kong poster with the adoring King climbing the Empire State Building. Buster Keaton, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, the Rat Pack - just a few of the pics around and many of them signed.
One of the necessary evils of Easy Street is the bathroom. I think they started remodeling it when the café opened but forgot they were doing it. Not that they dont keep it fairly clean but for the most part if I can avoid it I do. Im not sure there is a tank lid on the toilet most of the time and the sink is stained by rust. I guess they figure if youve got a snout full ya dont care where ya are. I just have bathroom issues.
Foodwise, this has a Greek flavor to it. How I ever ended up there is a mystery but why Ive gone back isnt - their All American Burger. Its an absolute killer @ $5.35 including more fries than you can possibly swallow. There are 5 other types of burgers ranging from $6.35 - $8.85, with more variations than you can imagine.
Appetizers - Hummus & Tzaziki, Calamari, Smelts, Cheese Stix, Fried Mushrooms, Jalapeno Poppers, Pita Pizza, and Chicken Wings. Prices range from $4.75 - $5.95. Ive had the wings and a friend had the Calamari - he loved it, I loved the wings.
Soups & Salads French Onion or Avgolemono @ $2.75 for one of those little cup-o-soup.
Several Greek salads are offered as well as general tossed salad. Tuna, chicken or chef salads are also available. Prices for salads run from $3.25 - $7.60.
Gyros Chicken, Cajun Chicken, Italian Sausage, Veggie, Souvloki, Chicken Fajita, or Rueben are available at $4.35 - $5.85.
Chicken Sandwiches Greek, New York, Chicken Melt, Cajun Chicken, Grilled, BBQ Chicken, Chicken Philly, Chicken Club - all 6 ounce breasts - at $5.85 - $6.85.
Pasta Greek Ravoli, Veggie Ravoli, Spinach Gnocchi, Grilled Chicken Linguine, Linguine Marinara. Prices from $9.95 - $11.25. Lots of eggplant, garlic, peppers, olives, pan seared corn and feta. I dont know, dont sound Italian to me ... lol ...
Pizza Traditional, Greek, Chicken, Chipolthe, Ceasar, Greek Veggie & Alfredo. Prices from $9.50 - $12.00, sizes are large cut in pie shape. I had one of the traditional ones - cheese & pepperoni. It was good and filling, decent crust and cheese but the sauce wasnt to my taste. The other people in the party liked it but Im more a traditional person I guess. Also, Ive never really thought anyplace that handles pasta can do a pizza and visa versa. Seems they use the same sauce for both and that just doesnt work.
Sandwiches Batter Fried Cod, Reuben on Grilled Rye, Tuna Melt, BLT, Classic Grilled Cheese, Club, Turkey Club, Corned Beef on Rye, Tuna or Chicken Salad on Texas Toast. Prices from $4.10 - $6.10. Ive had the BLT ($4.35) and Classic Grilled Cheese ($4.10). Thought the prices were a little steep for such basic sandwiches but they were delicious.
They have a full range of take-out, a nice dessert selection, plenty of ala carte goods and drinks. Any kinda drink you want. Plenty of beer selections and mixed drinks with speedy refills. The waitstaff, no matter how busy they are, are attentive and joke around. Food service is fairly fast and Ive never been disappointed with the presentation. The owner & head cook, George (with too many letters in his last name) wanders around and gladhands the people, chatting and paying personal attention where needed.
Its an eclectic group of individuals that pass through the battered doors of Easy Street. On our last trip there were 3-piece suits and people in shorts. Brief cases and cell phones were all over the place as well as body piercings, spiked hair and tattoos. Seated next to our table were two young women - off to who knows where - in beaded dresses and furs. Watching people at Easy Street is almost as fun as the food and drinks.
If you are ever passing through town and want a fast and fullfilling lunch or dinner, stop by Easy Street Café . You wont be sorry. Its just off I-70 & High Street.
Easy Street Café 197 Thurman Avenue Columbus, Ohio 43206 614-444-EASY
Many thanks to megugrrl for getting Columbus recognized as a stop on the map in the restaurant section and for adding this interesting café for me.
Kid Friendliness: Yes Vegetarian Friendly: Yes Notes, Tips or Menu Recommendations My all time favorite - The All American Burger