I grew up in Columbus, and I have to say that Schmidt's has always been one of my favorite places. So when I ventured up to Columbus the other day, I knew I would have to make a stop in German Village to get some of my absolute favorite food! Schmidt's has become a bit of a staple for anyone who has been there or had their food...I've never had a bite of food that I didn't enjoy. They've become quite famous not only in Ohio, but also across the country! A restaurant full of history and German roots right here in the heart of Ohio:
Schmidt's first opened in 1886 as a meat packing house. They quickly became popular and known for sending out quality meats. In 1914, they opened a stand at the Ohio State Fair and then in 1967 they opened their first restaurant just around the corner from the meat packing house. Now, business is booming and Schmidt's has become famous for their sausage desserts and just about everything else on the menu. If you've never been before, my recommendation would be to order yourself a Bahama Mama sausage and one of their giant cream puffs and then settle in for one of the best meals of your life.
I love Schmidt's, not only for their food, but their commitment to their community in German Village. German Village is an amazing historic neighborhood in Columbus (much more to come on this) and Schmidt's has been running out of the same location for over 120 years. Rooted in a very German community, Schmidt's is a standing historical declaration of German pride and I love that they haven't lost that. There's always German music playing in the restaurant, and you might even feel like you're grabbing lunch or dinner in Germany itself. They have brought an authentic German atmosphere to Central Ohio. Schmidt's is definitely a place to be proud of!