Written by: Rich Terepak Sr.
Date: August 13, 2013

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.