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Columbus, OH - Burger and a beer

harrison Aug 30, 2010 10:14 AM

I'll be in Columbus for one night this week. Looking for a place with great burger and greater beer selection. Any ideas?


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    Diane in Bexley Aug 30, 2010 10:47 AM

    I am not a drinker, my recommendation would be The Thurman Cafe in German Village http://thethurmancafe.com/ Their selection of beer must be good, though, because it is always full and on weekends plenty of OSU students drinking. They have been featured on Man vs. Food and other TV shows. Their burgers are delicious and HUGE, come hungry. Be warned, this is a dive and be prepared to wait, it's always busy (a good sign in my book).

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    1. re: Diane in Bexley
      JanPrimus Aug 30, 2010 06:15 PM

      I will third the Thurman vote....worth the wait in my book.

      1. re: Diane in Bexley
        uhockey Aug 30, 2010 06:22 PM

        I don't even eat burgers and I can attest to Thurman's quality - it is the last Burger I ate, many many years ago. :-)


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        kura kura Aug 30, 2010 03:50 PM

        You might check out one of the Barley's locations. http://www.barleysbrewing.com/ They were a brewpub before these things were ubiquitous. Try the sauerkraut balls, too.

        The wait at Thurman Cafe can be insane. But the burgers are great.

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          GRLisk Aug 31, 2010 05:14 PM

          I haven't lived in Columbus for thirty years, however, the very best hamburger at one time was Max and Erma's. I tried to get there every time I visited. Please tell me it is still there!

          Max and Erma's Restaurant
          55 E Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215

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          1. re: GRLisk
            uhockey Aug 31, 2010 06:10 PM

            M + E's is a national chain that just so happened to start in Cbus.....much like Wendy's.


            1. re: uhockey
              Fibber McGee Sep 1, 2010 04:24 AM

              They're shuttering stores, though. I think the one in the arena district, which wasn't the arena district 30 years ago, is still there.

              1. re: Fibber McGee
                Budser1228 Sep 1, 2010 06:56 AM

                Max & Erma's is now hit or miss - they have been bought out, then going bankrupt and just bought out again in July or August.

              2. re: uhockey
                kura kura Sep 1, 2010 04:13 PM

                It is a chain, but the original in German Village is very different from the rest of the chain. But it wouldn't be my first, second, or third choice for a burger in Columbus.

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