Written by: Rich Terepak Sr.
Date: August 13, 2013
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 Skilletâ€™s door and have a hankering for some similarly very creative foodâ€”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 martiniâ€™s.