Hey Hey Bar and Grill Brings Yak Burgers To Merion Village

| August 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Yak Burger at Hey Hey Bar and Grill

The Yak Burger at Hey Hey Bar and Grill. Photo by Mollie Lyman FornixPhotography.com

Yak meat is no longer hard to find in the Columbus community.

There is a real old-timers bar, the Hey Hey Bar and Grill at 361 East Whittier in Merion Village, just shy of the wonderful Skillet food emporium that is serving Yak meat.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings you can treat yourself to the best Yak burger for miles around. Probably the only one. Angela Theado, who brought us the heralded Coop food truck, has taken up residence at the Hey Hey and is producing some incredible food in an incredulous setting.

The bar itself is a delightful hodge podge of decorating with OSU banners, flamingos and baby hippos placed artfully around. The crowd is eclectic as well with some neighbors whose great grandfathers probably frequented the place, but also there is a hip crowd of village characters occupying the long bar. Discrete foodies can be spotted in the booths and there is room for larger parties in a back room.

They come to partake of the Sauerkraut balls, 4 for $5 or 10 for $10 which allows you to try the jalapeno version as well. They are notable and the best around since the long ago closed Pewter Mug downtown.

The Yak Burger really is worth a try for $9.50. The very lean Yak meat is wisely enhanced with bacon strips, a sunny side up egg mayo and topped with arugula on a very good bun.

For the less adventuresome there is a good quality sausage burger, mild and much more moist than the yak but also loaded up with condiments. I need to go back for the French omelet BLT and a great selection of crepe like desserts, maybe for those days when I am beaten to Skillet’s door and have a hankering for some similarly very creative food—Turducken Tacos or Duck Confit anyone?

In a great old dive bar. Columbus has come a long way!

Oh and lest I forget, a great beer selection and cheap and generous martini’s.

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The senior Rich Terapak has been the resident restaurant reviewer for WOSU 89.7 for more than 15 years. He has taught cooking as a hobby for over 35 years, first with Jim Budros and for the last 30 plus with Steve Stover. (All of whom are amateurs, but zealots none the less.) Rich has been involved in menu planning for countless charitable events for decades and has often cooked for them as well. He has served as chair or honorary chair for several food related events, most recently as chairs with his wife, Roberta, along with his son and daughter–in-law, Rich and Cindy, for the granddaddy of them all, the CORA Food and Wine Gala for 2012. In his professional life Rich is a partner with the law firm of Porter Wright in Columbus and co-chairs the Health Care practice there.