Set on a little street on the edge of the German Village in Columbus, OH, lies a “cafe” (and believe me, it really is nothing like a quaint coffee shop you would imagine when the word cafe comes to mind)— Thurman Cafe. It’s more like an old sports bar, with a pinball and pacman video game machine in the waiting area, Ohio’s sports team memorabilia hanging from the walls, neon signs and beer posters, and whole lot of character and attitude. It is also home to one of the most monstrous, and delicious, burgers in Columbus.
I watched Adam Richman from Man vs. Food consume the massive Thurmanator; a 2x3/4 pound beef patties, a generous heap of ham, cheddar and american cheese, sauteed onions, banana peppers and pickles and the regular lettuce and tomato. Since Shannon and I were in Columbus, we had to pay homage to this legendary burger joint.
We arrived around 6.30pm on a Saturday evening and had to wait for almost an hour before we were given a seat by the bar. The idea of 1.5 pounds of beef were daunting to our little asian stomachs. So we chickened out and ordered the regular thurman burger, basically a mini thurmanator (with one less beef patty).
There’s only so many ways a burger can go wrong— dry tasteless patty, bad/unmelted cheese, cold bun.. but the thurman burger was awesome! The patty was juicy and tasty, and so was everything else that was smothered on that patty. Shannon and I shared one burger, and we were already feeling the struggle to consume our entire halves (I woke up the next morning still feeling semi-full from the dinner). This burger, along with the fried pickles (a new found favourite appetizer of mine!) and fries smothered with teriyaki garlic bbq sauce glaze and bleu cheese, definitely a highlight of our day trip to Columbus!