Written by: Rich Terepak Sr.
Date: July 1, 2015

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Tucked between Little Palace and Dirty Frank¹s just north of Main at 246 South Fourth Street is a place that provides a stark contrast to its neighbors. Red Velvet Café has no bar and specializes in cupcakes.

Great cupcakes, interesting coffees and teas, but also some pretty healthy food fare. For a delicious and guilt free breakfast or light lunch try the avocado toast, a toasted slice of whole wheat, a layer of baby spinach covered with smashed avocado infused with a house vinegar dressing and laced with bits of bacon(optional) and for a dollar more a poached egg. Delicious ($6).


For lunch or dinner try one of their sandwiches. We tried the chicken adobo and the lechon paksiw (pulled pork) both on ciabatta with a traditional Pilipino sauce and served with a small spinach and cherry tomato salad dressed with a vinaigrette and sprinkled with goat cheese. Either sandwich also $6.

There is a breakfast sandwich which is served until noon and consists of roasted tomato, provolone, spinach and egg ($5). Ham or Bistek (Cheesesteak) sandwiches or a vegetable panini round out the menu. ($5.00-6.50).

Considering their name they better have bakery products and they do. We had a great caramel swirl cupcake with a caramel sauce shot in the center and topped with a butter cream icing and more caramel, but they had several other options of homemade cupcakes as well as apple turnover, pear and almond turnover and a banana loaf billed as a vegan banana bread, all at $2.75. Cupcakes were flying out the door by the dozen as take out orders were filled.

The place is well appointed with brick walls and local art and seating for about 16 with sidewalk tables outside as well. Take out on all items is available. There is ample street parking in the neighborhood.

Red Velvet Cafe
246 S 4th St, Columbus, OH 43215
Monday – Thursday: 8am-9pm
Friday – Saturday: 8am-10pm
Sunday: 9am-9pm
(614) 221-1889

  • 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.