Written by: Rich Terepak Sr.
Date: October 3, 2013

The Buckeye Bar and Grill is packed with Ohio State memorabilia. Image courtesy of discoveringohio.com.

The Buckeye Bar and Grill is packed with Ohio State memorabilia. Image courtesy of discoveringohio.com.

Since all of Buckeye Nation is kicking off a new year with the start of OSU football it seems only appropriate to take the opportunity to have some Buckeye grub in a place baring the name ”Buckeye Hall of Fame Grill.”

I revisited the spot that I had not sampled for some time and can report that things are still Buckeye centric. Located at 900 Goodale Boulevard in Grandview Yard, it is the successor to the venerable establishment on Olentangy River Road which was demolished to make room for a new hotel.

Much of the memorabilia from the old location now resides there. It is a large and pleasant place with an outdoor patio and an appropriately large bar with multiple big screen TV’s and a mini Brutus doll enshrined there. And the food is good decent bar food.

Wings and things, multiple sandwiches and wraps and of course, burgers. I had the Buckeye Burger, what else, which was an eight ounce patty they cooked to my preferred doneness of medium rare. It was topped with grilled onion and melted blue cheese and served with a mustard mayo sauce. I choose to forego the bun and have it on a bed of iceberg. Kettle chips, peanut coleslaw or smashed potatoes are served with it for $9.99.

The Buckeye Burger can be served many dfiferent ways including on a bed of lettuce instead of a bun. Photo by Rich Terapak Sr.

The Buckeye Burger can be served many dfiferent ways including on a bed of lettuce instead of a bun. Photo by Rich Terapak Sr.

There are several other burger choices including a vegetarian. Entrees range from $28.99 for the ribeye to $13.99 for the fish tacos. Sides are ala carte for $3.99 and include both sweet and French fries, black beans, onion straws among several others. There are several salad offerings, but missing was one of my former favorites, a shredded rotisserie chicken over spring mix greens, maybe too healthy to garner enough interest to stay on the menu. But it would be nice to have back.

It is a big menu with lots of appetizers, a daily soup and lunch combos of soup or salad with the usual selection of half sandwiches.

They have only three dessert offerings and the closest thing to a Buckeye Ball is the Buckeye Pie—share it with a friend for $6.49. Of course there is a full bar with multiple brews. All in all not a bad place for a diehard fan to take in the game with kindred spirits, close, but out of the stadium weather.

You can call in a reservation or order at 614-29-Woody! You expected less?


  • shrimlock

    The Silent Woman Bar was i believe on East Main, just east of James.
    The signage in neon or lit up from behind maybe, was extremely provocative.
    It showed an image of a female with her, holding her own head or her head somehow detached.
    Depicting the female as presumably silent. And even holding the knife?
    pretty grisly, and disturbing and was evident to anyone driving around there up till the 90’s, it seems.

    • Sara Davis

      Not quite, the Silent Woman was located a couple blocks East of Yearling Rd, the sign depicted a maiden type female form holding a couple of steins, she had no head. There was no severed head, no knife. The same sign has been there for over 40 yrs now (per my last trip to ohio)

  • shrimlock

    The other one that was near the Motel Greg Lashutka got in trouble win he was prosecutor, And i think that was on East Broad, that was the Pink Elephant.

  • Barbara Cruz

    what about hanleys steak house sullivant ave Columbus ohio

  • Barbara Cruz

    does anyone have a copy of the menu or pictures

  • Mr.Gale.B

    I need an exact and correct answer:
    Where was “Top of the Center” located? In WHAT building?

  • Otto Gronkowski

    Slow hipster service and slow kitchen. Expensive prices. Don’t visit if you want to see food on your table in under 45 minutes. However the food quality, taste and presentation is very good! Ambiance is contemporary cool inside, very different from what you may have the impression of from the exterior of this old Tim Horton’s location. Good bar and drink selection. Overpriced menu. On the west coast you can find this style of filipino restaurant serving same dishes for $7.50. Here they will set you back $12-$18. You can’t even get into appetizers for less than $10 unless you want a bowl of rice. Don’t know if they’ll survive, table turnover is way too slow, even though they’re making large profit margin per dish, it’s just way too slow. If you have an evening to kill, this would be a good hangout. Don’t attempt a weekday lunch or dinner. You’ll see a good hipster millinial crowd here.

    • lettuce dolphin

      hello, I have worked at a Bibibop for 2 years now, the price for a chicken (spicy or regular) bowl currently is 6.75$, steak bowl is 7.25$, and a tofu bowl is 6.65$. Along with that the appetizers are 1$ for pineapple, 1.50$ for edamame and kimchi. Also drinks are 1.75$ but come out to 1.88$ after tax.
      A chicken bowl with a drink is 9.14$ if you eat in and 8.63$ if you take it to go.
      Also the service is incredibly fast, if there is no line we can usually get someone to make an entire bowl in about 1-2 minutes. The only time service is slow is when there is a rush, around 11am-1pm and 5pm-7pm, and even slow is an understatement, once you get to the line it usually takes about 2 1/2 – 3 minutes to get through. Also the line length and time depends on the store, i have worked at several Bibibop’s and some attract a larger crowd than others. The most visited age demographic in my opinion is about 20-25 and 40-50.

      The reason i started working at a Bibibop is because of the low prices for such a delicious and large amount of food, the bowls are about the size of two softballs, i do not know how many fluid ounces off hand though, i believe around 48 fluid ounces.
      If you have any other questions or anything about Bibibop i got you, i’m not being paid to do this, i just came across it while on the internet and saw a lot of inflated prices and felt like sharing the exact price.

      I hope you all have a great day, Take care always!

      • lettuce dolphin

        Also a lot of the prices on the op post are not correct and we do not carry some items anymore, such as the Pellegrino.

        Take care always!

  • Laurie Wickline

    Didn’t see Milanos. Used to go there all the time! Loved the lasagna!!!

  • Denise Lafferty

    Bill Knapps

    • Jim Early

      looks like they closed in 2001:
      Bill Knapps 2100 Bethel Road Columbus
      Bill Knapps 6851 N High St Worthington
      Bill Knapps 2199 Riverside Dr Columbus
      Bill Knapps 12995 Stonecreek Dr Pickerington

  • Carol Francis

    Knights Ice Cream has been closed since 2015!

  • Judith Swanson

    I have a few random comments. There was a restaurant in the early 80’s on Main (downtown) called Numbers which was run by Steven Bimbo (King of the Gypsies). Siam (both the original restaurant on Bethel and a branch in German Village (where Bavaria House used to be). John’s Village Junction on High in German Village. Many restaurants opened and closed in Brewery District. Butchie’s (east) had a couple of other names which were more Italian sounding. Columbus Steak House was in a shopping center at east of 71 on 161. We went there a lot in the 1980’s.

  • Sara Davis

    The Silent Woman was locared on Main St in Whitehall, a couple blocks East of Yearling Rd

  • Sandy B

    This is one of my favorite restaurants and I always recommend it to friends who want good seafood, but don’t want to take out a loan to get it. The service is terrific, the food is great, the prices are beyond reasonable, and parking is easy. I do wish the Gaslight were still at the other end of this shopping center!

  • Ben Huntoon

    How about Shakey’s Pizza in Whitehall. Don’s Drive-In in Reynoldsburg.

  • Lynne Groban

    There used to be a restaurant on E. Main Street next to Norwood’s amusement park . The neon sign showed a chicken. It was on the west side of the amusement park toward Nelson Rd. Does anyone remember the name of the restaurant and was it any good?

    Also, there was the Berwick Grill on College Avenue.

  • Mike Poliseno

    Pete’s Red Pig at Hamilton and Main or Emils

  • Dean Congin

    Farrell’s Ice Cream, Cadillac Cafe, Rockys