Written by: Steve Stover
Date: April 25, 2014

Jerry's Galaxy Cafe Pizza Bread Salad. Photo: Steve Stover

Jerry’s Galaxy Cafe Pizza Bread Salad. Photo: Steve Stover

Jerry Burgos has been cooking in and around Columbus for years. He worked with Ricky Barnes at the original Galaxy Cafe in Powell. Later, he started the Starliner Diner in Hilliard, which as spawned several imitators, which he eventually sold and moved on.

Now comes Jerry’s Galaxy Cafe on Scioto Darby Road in Hilliard, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner featuring full-flavored Cuban, Southwestern, Creole/Cajun, and Tex-Mex specialties in large portions at bargain prices – what a combination! The cafe is somewhat difficult to find. It doesn’t have signage yet, look for the eatery’s name on the front door.

Jerry’s has the same eclectic, funky decor as his previous spots, with bright yellow walls, crazy knick-knacks, and a brick wall with fireplace. Jerry’s seats 50, and does not yet have a liquor license.

Interior of Jerry's Galaxy Cafe in Hilliard. Photo Steve Stover

Interior of Jerry’s Galaxy Cafe in Hilliard. Photo Steve Stover

In two visits, we tried the signature grilled pizza bread salad with mixed greens, chicken, mushrooms, potatoes, and veggies, and wondeful

Jerry's Galaxy Cafe Creole Mac & Cheese. Photo Steve Stover

Jerry’s Galaxy Cafe Creole Mac & Cheese. Photo Steve Stover

heese with sausage, chicken, bacon, veg, and Cajun cream, served with Cuban bread….and the hand-cut sweet potato fries.

On a second visit, I had the special chicken & chorizo burrito, which even I couldn’t finish, and my buddy had the ham, mushroom, and cheddar omelet with superb roasted potatoes. The breakfasts are hearty and feature dishes such as huevos rancheros, chiliquiles, omelets, French toast, and pancakes.

Jerry's Galaxy Cafe chicken & chorizo burrito. Photo Steve Stover

Jerry’s Galaxy Cafe chicken & chorizo burrito. Photo Steve Stover

The lunch and dinner menu has seven appetizers, from $4.50 to $7.50; 4 burgers, $7 to $8.50, including fries; five sandwiches, $7.50 to $9, including sides; three burritos, $8 – 9; three quesadillas, $7 – 9; and five salads, from $3.50 to $9.

The dinner menu adds six large plates, all $11 – 12, including Cajun jamabalya, Cuban roast chicken, and Yucatan marinated chicken.

Desserts vary, but include key lime pie and strawberry shortcake.

So head out to Jerry’s Galaxy Cafe for some great food…who was it that said “you won’t go hungry, you won’t go broke.”

Jerry’s Galaxy Cafe
4920 Scioto Darby Rd, Hilliard, 43026
Tuesday through Thursday, 9 am – 9 pm
Friday and Saturday, 9 am – 10 pm
Sunday, 9 am – 4 pm
Closed Monday

  • 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.