Three Ohio State graduates have returned from New York City, bringing their own little piece of the Big Apple with them. After a few years in New York City George Mathew, Chuck Xu and Ben Christopher brought one of their favorite dining spots from NYC back to Columbus. If you google Bareburger, you’ll notice all of the other locations are situated within a stone’s throw from Manhattan.
The new location at 463 N. High St. (in the former Yankee Trader building) is one of few Bareburger restaurants outside of New York.
After the trio brought Bareburger found and CEO Euripides Pelekanos to the high-energy Short North, they were able to convince him that Columbus would be the perfect place to open a new restaurant. It is a welcome addition to the neighborhood, and from the looks of the lunch crowd, a popular one as well. I have visited several times and encourage you to give it a try.
Bareburger doesn’t serve your average burger, but instead very creative ones made from your choice of beef, lamb, bison, elk, ostrich and even wild boar. You also have your choice of a lettuce wrap, flour wrap, tapioca or brioche bun.
The brioche is excellent. I have also tried the â€œBrisketâ€ made from ground smoked bison with pepper jack cheese, panko crusted butter pickle chips with smoked paprika mayo â€” this was my favorite.
But they have several other entrÃ© items including 11 different salads that come in small and large sizes. I had the small Cobb salad and added jerk chicken â€” more than enough for lunch.
The appetizers are very good and big enough to share. Try the sweet potato “croqs” which are sweet potato hush puppies served with multiple dipping sauces. Better yet try the panko crusted spicy butter pickle chips with Thai chili mayo.
Prices range in the $11-$13 for the burgers, $5-$9 for the appetizers, and depending on size and additions, $7-$14 for the salads.
There is a full bar. The milk shakes are supposed to be wonderful, but so far I have been too full to try. Perhaps I’ll go back and start with one.
The dÃ©cor is very well done, and preserves the integrity of the more than 100 year old building, utilizing high ceilings, barn siding walls, large booths and multiple seating country tables. The service was excellent.
Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
463 N High St
Columbus, OH 43215