Great Place for a VT Meeting
We came to Columbus to see the Statehouse, the art, the Bookloft, German Village, and The Old Deaf School Topiary Park; however, after I found out that we would be meeting Stephen and Karen Conn, everything else "paled" when compared to that event!
Stephen suggested that we meet at Schmidt's Sausage Haus and Restaurant in the German Village section of Columbus, Ohio.
The German enclave of Columbus flourished between 1840 and 1918 with its beer breweries. However, World Wars I and II created a negative sentiment toward anything German; thus, this neighborhood fell into much decline. But, in 1960 The German Village Society was formed, and revitalization became a reality.
Schmidt's is located in a brick livery stable on Kossuth Street and Purdy Alley. The original here was a Packing Haus that processed meat products.. The restaurant today still has a large wooden lard paddle from that old packing haus; it is used as a door handle. Inside this restaurant, it is quite rustic. There's wooden floors, paneling, old brick walls, and some stall-like booths.
The restaurant specializes in original German and American dinners along with sandwiches and desserts. They also serve several German Beers, micro brews (bottle and on tab).
Schmidt's has been around since 1886, and after visiting it, I assume it will survive for years to come.
I think the reason I enjoyed it so much was because of the wonderful banter and conversation that Jill and I shared with Stephen and Karen.We also discussed the Growing Up Pentecostal book that Stephen wrote and that was recently published AND the book that Jill Marin edited called Gurnee and Warren Township( both signed my copies). Karen and I were lunching with celebrities! I tried a "Starter" called Sauerkraut-Bratwurst Balls which were Sauerkraut and Schmidt's own bratwurst combined and coated with a crispy batter. Both Karen and I had this; it was too large of a portion to finish, but it was quite good. I also had a delicious Schmidt's Haus Salad with Mixed lettuce, tomato wedges, and croutons with low-cal Italian dressing.
They have Soups, Salads, Signature Sausage Platters, German Traditional Dinners, Sandwiches, Side Dishes, Desserts, and Beverages.
While in Columbus, try this Columbus Landmark called Schmidt's Sausage Haus and Restaurant.