Old Mohawk Serves Up Solid Food, History

| March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Interior of the historic Old Mohawk in German Viilage. Photo by Steve Stover.

Interior of the historic Old Mohawk in German Viilage. Photo by Steve Stover.

The Old Mohawk really is old. It began as a general store and tavern in 1906, is reputed to have been a speakeasy and brothel during Prohibition; it has been a restaurant since 1933.

Today, the Old Mohawk is a popular German Village neighborhood gathering place, featuring “early pub decor,” with brick walls, tin roof, and plastic covered tables. The Old Mohawk has loads of character and local color, and lots of regulars, and it has a friendly, laid-back vibe.

The Old Mohawk menu offers substantial portions of sold, stick-to-your-ribs food at moderate prices.

The Turkey Reuben at the Old Mohawk. Photo by Steve Stover.

The Turkey Reuben at the Old Mohawk. Photo by Steve Stover.

The extensive menu features 12 appetizers, from $5.99 to $12.19, 14 soups and salads, $3.59 to 11.29 for the entree salad), 25 sandwiches, from $4.99 to $8.99 with chips and pickle, nine quesadillas, $5.99 to $8.99, and 10 entrees, from $10.99 to $12.99.

There are specials – Monday Pasta Night; Tuesday quesadillas – two for $10; Wednesday – lasagna $9.29; Thursday – homemade meatloaf $9.29; and Sunday – 8 ounce sirloin $9.99.

The Meat Loaf sandwich at Old Mohawk is a mouthful. Photo by Steve Stover.

The Meat Loaf sandwich at Old Mohawk is a mouthful. Photo by Steve Stover.

Our favorites were the open-faced meat loaf sandwich special with mashed potatoes and gravy; and the Mother Mohawk – grilled roast beef and homemade chicken salad, with Swiss cheese and horseradish sauce all on marble rye bread. The above average burger came cooked as requested on a butter-toasted bun. The homemade kettle chips with blue cheese & bacon were also a hit.

So, if you are looking for a neighborhood bar with a bit of history and solid food, give the Old Mohawk a try. Take a look at the urban legend involving the Old Mohawk and Al Capone.

The Old Mohawk
819 Mohawk Street (German Village)
614-444-7204
Hours: Sunday and Monday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – Midnight
theoldmohawk.com

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Steve Stover is passionate about food. He has taught cooking with Rich Terapak for more than 31 years, and has reviewed restaurants and judged cooking for more than 25 years. He currently teaches cooking at the Franklin Park Conservatory after stints at La Belle Pomme at Lazarus, Columbus State, Sur la Table, and Faire la Cuisine. In addition, he frequently cooks for charity events and speaks to community groups all over Central Ohio. Steve had a weekly restaurant and food commentary program 610 WTVN AM radio from 1996 to 2008. From 1992 to 2004, Steve was the Ohio editor for Zagat Survey, edited five Zagat Survey Ohio editions, and was a contributing editor for several editions of Zagat Survey America’s Top Restaurants. Steve is currently a contributor to Edible Columbus magazine, and a regular guest on WOSU’s Allsides with Ann Fisher. In "real life," Steve retired in January 2012 as the Legislative Counsel for the Ohio State Bar Association, and is involved in numerous community activities.