What’s Columbus got that other hometowns lack? Well, a lot of things, but one that comes to mind is the selection of mind-blowing sandwiches throughout the city. What’s a girl to do with so many delicious sandwiches to choose from? Why, try them all, of course!
So there you are, minding your own business walking down Kossuth Street in German Village, when a delicious smell greets your senses, emanating from Schmidt’s Sausage Haus und Restaurant. Follow your nose and order yourself a Mama Rueben sandwich. Once it arrives, go ahead and marvel at the masterpiece before you. You’ll find Schmidt’s signature Bahama Mama sausage in a unique patty style (no links for you!), served on special toasty Rye bread, and smothered with melted Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing and…wait for it…sweet slaw instead of sauerkraut! Oh, the glory of it all!
What’s a Bahama Mama and why is it on a German restaurant menu, you ask? Good question. I wondered myself. As the story goes, Grover Schmidt, third generation of the Schmidt family, traveled to the Bahamas one year. He tasted and brought back a spicy sausage that his brother George and the rest of the Schmidt family loved so much that they decided to make their own version. Thus, the Bahama Mama was born, and the legacy lives on through what is now the fifth generation of the Schmidt family. A unique blending of Bahamian and German cultures has become Columbus’ top sandwich ingredient. All I can say is, thank you, Grover!
The Thurman Café in German Village has dibs on THE biggest burger in all of Columbus. Aptly monikered “The Thurminator,” this baby could feed a hungry family of eight for a month. (Well, almost.) I know I’m not foraging for food anytime soon after chowing down on this double burger doozie. Comes with not one, but two 12-ounce patties, and the works. Mushrooms, bacon, onions – you name it, it’s on there. This monster is so huge it barely fits inside your mouth. Got a hungry man in your life? Bring him to the Thurman Café and he’ll love you forever.