Indulge. Enjoy. And probably regret.
You’ve made your New Year’s Resolutions. You’ve renewed your gym membership. You’ve dusted off that FitBit that’s been sitting on your dresser and probably just started buying low calorie beer.
You’re looking good. You’re feeling good. You deserve a cheat day!
Tell leg day to screw itself and go enjoy a no-diet meal at one of these local eateries. They are a little off-campus, but why waste a cheat day meal on a cheeseburger from the Union?
B Spot – 5091 N. Hamilton Rd.
Voted as having one of the best burgers in America, B Spot doesn’t mess around. These burgers are packed with flavor in every bite. A personal favorite of mine, the Lola burger comes topped with a sunny side up egg, thick pieces of bacon, pickled red onions and cheddar cheese to make one hell of a brinner.
Not a burger person? No fear. B Spot has bratwursts, bologna, bourbon and beer for days. And don’t miss out on one of their Bad Ass Shakes. As if a giant milkshake wasn’t awesome on its own, you can add a shot of liquor to these babies to really amp them up. Try the vanilla bean with Kahlua and vodka or the chocolate banana marshmallow with dark rum.
Schmidt’s Sausage Haus – 240 E. Kossuth St.
Say “Auf Wiedersehen” (that’s German for goodbye) to kale and “Hallo” (we’re going to let you figure out what this means) to no judgment and German cuisine. A long time Columbus staple, Schmidt’s has the king of all buffets: the Autobahn. Named for the German highway system, the Autobahn has no posted speed limits and neither should you on this buffet.
You can ignore the salad bar and jump right into the bratwursts, sausage, Bahama Mamas, and deliciously rich side dishes like mac and cheese and German potato salad. Treat yo self to draft beer and don’t skip out on a famous jumbo cream puff. You earned it.
Local Cantina – 743 N. High St.
If you’re looking for something to satisfy your south of the border desires, go no further than Local Cantina. This place has all the must-haves for a good taqueria: handcrafted tacos and margaritas, Columbus-based beers on tap and self serve chips and salsa.
Find yourself there on a Tuesday to experience God’s personal gift to the Tex-Mex lover, Taco Tuesday. Feast on $2 tacos all day long, including the buffalo chicken, tempura shrimp, avocado BLT and roasted carnitas tacos. Wash it all down with a mustache ride margarita or a colada-rita and enjoy having no regrets.
Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace – 743 N. High St.
Just hold on, I know you’re probably worried about wasting a cheat day on a dumb old hot dog. But, fear not! Dirty Frank’s hot dogs aren’t your typical ketchup, mustard, and relish dog that your grandma serves up to you on the Fourth of July. Not only do they serve all beef dogs and jumbo sized dogs, Frank has the hook ups with vegetarian options like veggie dogs or veggie coney sauce!
Sip on a local craft beer, munch on some greasy mac-n-cheese bites, and blissfully stuff your face with a hot dog covered in French fries, cheese sauce, and whatever else your imagination can conjure up!
Quaker Steak And Lube – 8500 Lyra Drive
Go big or go home, man. On Tuesdays at Quaker Steak and Lube, you can indulge in all-you-can-eat chicken wings. That’s right. Just hop on 71-N and enjoy as many glorious piles of chicken wings your precious little body can handle.
With more than 20 different sauces to choose from, you can mix and match as you go to add some variety to your life. Like things sweet and mild? Kentucky Bourbon Glaze is where it’s at. Try Haute Parmesan for a little kick. Like things on the wild side? Tread with caution and choose Buckeye BBQ.