Written by: Steve Stover
Date: May 4, 2017
The Eagle Food & Beer Hall, a fried chicken-centric new restaurant, is a nice addition to the Short North. Open since July 2016, The Eagle has developed a loyal following for made-from-scratch fried chicken, new Southern comfort food, and plenty of beer.
The Eagle originated in Cincinnati, and locations have opened in Louisville and Indianapolis.
Set in the former La Fogata location on North High Street, The Eagle has undergone a major renovation, starting with the lovely patio in front with High Street views. The restaurant features lots of wood, mostly high-top seating and communal tables and booths. The large, 24-seat u-shaped bar dominates the room.
The food is clearly important at The Eagle. Sam, the manager, took great care to explain all of the attention that went into each dish.
We visited on a Tuesday, and The Eagle filled up quickly. We started with two of the 16 draft beers: North Coast Scrimshaw of California and Victory Prima Pils of Pennsylvania ($6 each). We enjoyed the house pickled country vegetables — including carrots, green beans and pickles ($6).
We especially favored the brined-and-fried Ohio chicken with spicy, hot honey ($11 half, $19 whole); the drop biscuits with house-made blackberry jam and honey butter ($4); iron-skillet spoonbread with sweet corn and maple butter glaze ($5); and the five-cheese mac & cheese – featuring sharp and white cheddar, American, smoked gouda and a touch of blue — with garlic Panko bread crumbs ($5).
The menu includes five snacks, ranging in price from $4 to $7 for the popular Southern greens and artichoke dip; three salads and soups, half or full ($4 to $9); five very large sandwiches: sloppy joe, braised pork, fried chicken, grilled cheese, and blackened shrimp po’ boy ($7 to $12); and 10 sides ($3 to $5). There are no desserts.
The Eagle is an excellent value for the quality of the food and the large portions. It was a lot of fun and we plan to return.
The Eagle Food & Beer Hall
790 N. High St
Columbus, OH 43215
Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.