3 Best Crazy Good Sandwiches in Columbus, Ohio

What's Columbus got that other hometowns lack? Well, a lot of things, but one that comes to mind is the selection of mind-blowing sandwiches throughout the city. What's a girl to do with so many delicious sandwiches to choose from? Why, try them all, of course!

Mama Rueben

So there you are, minding your own business walking down Kossuth Street in German Village, when a delicious smell greets your senses, emanating from Schmidt's Sausage Haus und Restaurant. Follow your nose and order yourself a Mama Rueben sandwich. Once it arrives, go ahead and marvel at the masterpiece before you. You'll find Schmidt's signature Bahama Mama sausage in a unique patty style (no links for you!), served on special toasty Rye bread, and smothered with melted Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing and...wait for it...sweet slaw instead of sauerkraut! Oh, the glory of it all!

What's a Bahama Mama and why is it on a German restaurant menu, you ask? Good question. I wondered myself. As the story goes, Grover Schmidt, third generation of the Schmidt family, traveled to the Bahamas one year. He tasted and brought back a spicy sausage that his brother George and the rest of the Schmidt family loved so much that they decided to make their own version. Thus, the Bahama Mama was born, and the legacy lives on through what is now the fifth generation of the Schmidt family. A unique blending of Bahamian and German cultures has become Columbus' top sandwich ingredient. All I can say is, thank you, Grover!

The Thurminator

The Thurman Café in German Village has dibs on THE biggest burger in all of Columbus. Aptly monikered "The Thurminator," this baby could feed a hungry family of eight for a month. (Well, almost.) I know I'm not foraging for food anytime soon after chowing down on this double burger doozie. Comes with not one, but two 12-ounce patties, and the works. Mushrooms, bacon, onions - you name it, it's on there. This monster is so huge it barely fits inside your mouth. Got a hungry man in your life? Bring him to the Thurman Café and he'll love you forever.

The Melt Challenge

Who says grilled cheese sandwiches can't be out of this world? The Melt Bar and Grill has taken this American favorite into a whole new stratosphere. The menu certainly has some stellar sandwich selections, like the Mighty Macaroni grilled cheese and the Wake & Bacon, but my vote goes for the Melt Challenge. Anytime there's an actual prize for eating, sign me up.

The Melt Challenge works like this. You finish a grilled cheese sandwich, they give you your choice of a free beer and gift card, or a Melt Army tee to rock around Columbus. No prob, right? Yeah, wait till you see the sandwich you have to eat. It's made with 3 slices of grilled bread, 12 cheeses (that's right, 12!), plus a big ol' pile of fries and cole slaw. Eat up and win! Oh, and by the way, no help from anyone else, and no bathroom breaks allowed. Is that a challenge you're willing to accept? Then head on down to Melt Bar and Grill and try your luck.

So there you have it. A reason not to cook. With sandwiches like these available in the greatest city in the Midwest, why settle for anything else? See you downtown!

Kate Supino is a born and bred Buckeye, proud to be back in her hometown of Columbus after traveling the world. You can view her online portfolio here.