July 26, 2010
I interned for a year in Gahanna and drove by this place every day, and sometimes multiple times a day. I was always curious about it. It looked like an old restaurant institution that would definitely have its regulars, but could either serve amazingly good food or amazingly bad. Unfortunately, I was busy enough that year that I never got the opportunity to try it out. However, I tucked it away in my head as a place I'd like to try someday (along with approximately 5 million other places).
But the day for Gahanna Grill came last July, approximately 5 years after I had first wondered about the place. Some places I tuck away on my "to try" list are out of business 5 years later. But since the Gahanna Grill has been around since 1939, I was glad that was not the case this time around.
On that summer day I was craving a burger and I wanted a really good, classic burger. Thurman's was definitely an option, but I was also in the mood to give something new a try. Gahanna Grill was it.
As we drove up I quickly realized the front facing the main street had been updated since I had interned. It now had a bit more of an inviting look, and not so much a place that the waitresses would yell at ya if you weren't a regular. I kind of missed the original look, but understand how this might be better for business overall.
This restaurant's claim to fame is the Beanie Burger, so naturally that was what I had to try.
Erik went with the Academy Burger which was the 1/2 pound burger topped with Swiss cheese, bacon, and grilled onions. This burger was also very good, but my carnivore husband would have preferred more bacon (of course).
Overall, the service was fast and friendly, the burgers were big and juicy, and the sides were perfectly fried. What more could you want?
Bill Total: For a Beanie burger with rings, an Academy burger with fries, 2 Pepsis, tax and tip; we were at about $28.
Overall Rating: 3 1/2 buckeyes