Written by: Rich Terepak Jr.
Date: June 10, 2013

Build your-own Pad Thai at Papaya Street Grill.

Build your-own Pad Thai at Papaya Street Grill. Photo by Rich Terapak Jr.

The proliferation of unique Asian eateries in Columbus continues, with the addition of Papaya Street Grill on Dublin-Granville road, just east of Sawmill Road.

Yellow Curry at Papaya Street Grill.

Yellow Curry at Papaya Street Grill. Photo by Rich Terapak Jr.

While they feature house specialty items, from the traditional Pad Thai to Red, Green and Yellow Curries, the feature that sets this restaurant apart from most Thai places in town is the build-your-own-bowl feature, pioneered by Chipotle, and copied by so many others. Entrees range from $7 to $13.

The first step in the process brings a choice of noodles, rice or salad. Then pick your protein, which includes choices of Tilapia and Tofu. Bowls come with a vegetable medley consisting of broccoli, carrots and celery, with other items offered at an up-charge. Last, choose from any of 12 house made sauces.

If you’re not willing to take a chance, they offer sample tastes of each of the sauces. I really enjoyed the creamy cilantro sauce, but there appears to be something for every taste.

The house menu features appetizers of the fried and grilled variety, with the exception of the papaya salad. The Firecracker Shrimp were quite tasty, served over a bed of undressed slaw, then drizzled with firecracker sauce, which tastes like a mix of Sriracha, onion and ginger sauces.

The specialty items consist of different variations on noodles and curries. We tried the Pacific Volcano Noodles ($9), and were very impressed. This dish is similar to Pad Thai, but with fried shallots and cilantro plus their volcano chili sauce.

We also opted for the Red Curry ($9), which was billed as a spicy curry, and lived up to it, although the zucchini and bell peppers did not add a lot to the dish.

Firecracker Shrimp at Papaya Street Grill.

Firecracker Shrimp at Papaya Street Grill. Photo by Rich Terapak Jr.

The rest of the menu consists of grilled proteins, like Tandoori Chicken, Garlic Basil Ribs, or stir-fried Orange Chicken. They also offer some very interesting sandwiches like Kalua, with pulled-pork and firecracker slaw, to the vegetarian P.L.T. which is Portobello mushroom sandwich.

Perhaps the most unique thing on this Thai menu is the burgers. You can build-your-own, or choose from a few with non-traditional Asian dressings. This feature certainly makes the menu a bit more kid friendly, which Papaya Street certainly is, while at the same time, featuring a small bar with just three seats and a full liquor license.

Papaya Street Grill, 3512 W. Dublin Granville Road, is open 11 am to 9 pm Monday through Thursday, 11 am to 10 pm Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 pm Sunday. 614-889-9300. More information is available at papayastreetgrill.com.


  • 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.

    • 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.

    • Butches started out as a Dog N Suds in the 1960’s then was Joseppi’s for a number of years, then Armondo’s for a while then Butches

  • 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

  • Galata Mediterranean Cuisine

    In NYC, for Turkish food, you should visit Galata. Here you can get a modern selection of most popular and most loved dishes of Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine as well as the mouth watering desserts.

  • Teri Gallagan-Horning

    There was a place on the West side called Sir Loin that served…well…sirloin steak dinners. There was also a place called the Fireside Inn that was owned by Bob Marvin (a.k.a. Flippo the Clown) that was also on the West side.

  • ubu62001

    Cockerells in Westerville.

  • The Silent woman was a bar in Whitehall on E Main between Hamilton and Yearling, South side of the street.