Burger Beast On The Road Part 2 – March 2016

The part 2 to my 2016 Road Trip with Miami Meat Machine guys (DaChew, DJ Cow Money & Gerther) has us staying 5 days in Columbus and then making our way home with stops in Kentucky, Tennessee, & Georgia to our final stop in Miami, Florida.

B Spot (Columbus, OH) – Our first night we went to B Spot by Chef Michael Symon who’s got a couple of SoBeFest Burger Bash wins under his belt. I attended the Burger Bash where he won with the Fat Doug (topped with Slaw, Pastrami, Stadium Mustard & Swiss Cheese). I thought here’s an opportunity to try a larger version of the Slider I had enjoyed a few years back, great Burger. Both the Stadium Brat (Beer Brat w/Griddled Onions & Stadium Mustard) and Chocolate Shake w/Kahlua are worthy of ordering, you will love them.

Fat Doug Burger

Fat Doug Burger

If you wanna go:

B Spot
5091 N. Hamilton Rd., Columbus, OH 43230
614-337-2455


Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace (Columbus, OH) – We stopped in at Dirty Frank’s a couple of timed but I preferred what I ordered the first time around: a Chili Dog (Meat Coney Sauce, Fresh Diced Onions, Yellow Mustard & Cheddar Cheese) , Puff The Magic Popper & the Cincinnati 4-Way (Spaghetti, Meat Coney Sauce, Cheddar Cheese, Diced Onions, Jalapeños & Sriracha Sauce drizzle).

Puff The Magic Popper (Cheddar Cream Cheese, Jalapeños & Real Bacon Bits)

Puff The Magic Popper (Cheddar Cream Cheese, Jalapeños & Real Bacon Bits)

Cincinnati 4-Way

Cincinnati 4-Way

If you wanna go:

Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace
248 South 4th St Columbus, OH 43215
614-947-0074


Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream (Columbus, OH) – After hitting up Dirty’s Franks we knew that Dessert in the form of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream was in our future. A couple of Salted Caramel scoops on a house-made Waffle Cone was excellent.

Salted Caramel Ice Cream on a Waffle Cone

Salted Caramel Ice Cream on a Waffle Cone

If you wanna go:

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215
614–228-9960


Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop (Columbus, OH) – Our visit to Tim Hortons was a spur of the moment decision since I wasn’t able to eat there 5 years ago in New York. DJ Cow Money chose a Boston Creme, I ordered a few Timbits (Bite-sized Donuts) w/ a cup of Joe. The snacks did their job and we were off.

Boston Creme Doughnut

Boston Creme Doughnut

If you wanna go:

Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop
1135 Dublin Road Columbus OH 43215
614-487-1631


Raising Cane’s Chicken Tenders (Columbus, OH) – I’m not sure how we did it but at our fourth restaurant in a row we each got a Chicken Tenders Platter. I’ve got a big weakness for Chicken Tenders and knew I needed this in my life. There’s a plethora of Chicken Tender restaurants around Northern Florida and near College Campuses in the South Eastern States, Raising Cane’s ranks right near the top.

Chicken Fingers Platter

Chicken Fingers Platter

If you wanna go:

Raising Cane’s Chicken Tenders
2823 Olentangy River Rd Columbus, OH 43202
614-261-0011


The Thurman Cafe (Columbus, OH) – As punishment for leaving Gerther & DaChew behind on the 4 stop excursion, they head out to the Thurman Cafe. DaChew not only dares to order the Thurmanator (Lettuce, Tomato, Mayo, American Cheese, Provolone Cheese, Ham, Sautéed Onions, Mushrooms, Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Hot Peppers & 2 – 12 ounce Burger Patties) but he eats the entire thing. The worst part is we’re never gonna hear the end of it from him.

The Thurminator

The Thurminator

If you wanna go:

The Thurman Cafe (since 1942)
183 Thurman Ave, Columbus, OH 43206
614-443-1570


We were lucky enough to have been invited to White Castle HQ and had quite the experience. Check it out: White Castle Headquarters

White Castle HQ

White Castle HQ


Still can’t over that we made it to KewPee Hamburgers, Dave Thomas’ inspiration for Wendy’s. Read about the entire: KewPee Hamburgers Visit.

KewPee Hamburgers - Lima, Ohio

Kewpee Hamburgers
111 N Elizabeth, Lima, OH 45804
419-228-1778


Thanks to an introduction by White Castle VP Jamie Richardson to the folks at Wendy’s we ended up at their HQ for a visit to their Innovation Center. Read about it: Wendy’s Innovation Center & Flagship Store

Wendy's HQ - Dublin, Ohio


We didn’t have Hometown HotDogs in Millersport, OH on our list of planned stops but I wish that we had. We sure could have used another stop or two here. Read about it: Hometown HotDogs – Millersport, OH

West Virginia Dog

West Virginia Dog

If you wanna go:

Hometown Hot Dogs
12031 Lancaster St, Millersport, OH 43046
740-467-1310


Roxy’s Pizza (Millersport, OH) – We laid low on the last night in the Columbus area and picked up some Pizza, along with Cheese Bread and a Chicken Parm Hero from Roxy’s Pizza. It’s a good little neighborhood Pizza Joint.

Chicken Parm Hero

Chicken Parm Hero

If you wanna go:

Roxy’s Pizza
12110 Lancaster St, Millersport, OH 43046
740-467-2989


Sander’s Cafe (Corbin, KY) – It houses a museum of Colonel Sanders and Kentucky Fried Chicken Artifacts. Sander’s Cafe also houses a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. It was right near here where the Colonel created his Fried Chicken in the early 1930s at Sanders Court & Café.

Sander's Cafe - Corbin, Kentucky Sander's Cafe - Corbin, Kentucky

If you wanna go:

Harland Sanders Cafe & Museum
688 US 25W & 25E, Corbin, KY 40701
606-528-2163


A&W Drive-In (Madisonville, TN) – A&W opened their first Drive-In restaurant in 1923. This Drive-In isn’t that old but it’s been around quite a while so that meant we needed to pay it a visit. The experience of being at a real A&W Drive-In that’s stood the test of time enjoying a Burger and a Root Beer could never be replicated for me. But I’ll try again soon.

A & W Drive-In - Madisonville, Tennessee

Papa Burger – Two Burger Patties, American Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Pickles & their signature A&W Papa Sauce on a Toasted Bun.

Root Beer Float

Root Beer Float

If you wanna go:

A&W Restaurants
3989 Highway 411 Madisonville TN, 37354
423-442-2128


The Dwarf House (Hapeville, GA) – Staying on the historical tip we hit up the Hapeville Dwarf House, where Chick-fil-A started. The restaurant is half full service diner and half regular Chick-fil-A. We take a seat at the booth and I gotta order the Hot Brown (Chopped Chicken, Cream Sauce, Cheddar Cheese, Paprika & Bacon), the Sweet Potato Soufflé and a Cheeseburger. The moral of this story is stay away from the Cheeseburger.

The Dwarf House - Hapeville, Georgia

The Hot Brown

The Hot Brown

Sweet Potato Souffle

Sweet Potato Souffle

If you wanna go:

Dwarf House
461 N Central Ave., Hapeville, GA
404-762-1746


The Varsity (Atlanta, GA) – No visit to Atlanta is complete without a stop in at the Varsity for Chili Dogs & Fresh Cut Fries. This time it was made extra special since my good friends Droolius & Odessa met up with us.

The Varsity - Atlanta, Georgia

If you wanna go:

The Varsity
61 North Avenue Atlanta, GA 30308
404-881-1706


Carroll’s Sausage & Country Store (Ashburn, GA) – A couple of years ago we stopped in at Carroll’s on our drive back to Miami. We had such an awesome time that we figured we’d attempt to duplicate it and did.

Carroll's Sausage & Country Store - Ashburn, Georgia

Bacon Biscuit

Bacon Biscuit

Mild Sausage Sandwich

Mild Sausage Sandwich

If you wanna go:

Carroll’s Sausage & Country Store
315 Whittle Drive Ashburn, GA 31714 (Off of I-75, Exit 82)
229-567-2355


In case you missed Part 1: Burger Beast on the Road – March 2016