The German Village Coffee Shop is a coffee shop in the German Village area of Columbus. The feeling of the place is comfortable, neighborhood hang out, old school, and inviting. It is a diner with booth and counter service. You can see your food being made right in front of you. The coffee shop is open for breakfast and lunch. Expect the place to be more popular on weekends. It is not huge, so one might have to wait. The food was very tasty and the coffee was good. One true test of diner, is if the coffee cup is keep full. Their was the right amount of attention to our needs. The menu consists of omelets, burgers, sandwiches, hotcakes, pancakes, and salads. The place is one of those neighborhood spots where people come in and know each other, this place was really showing this when we were there. The German Village Coffee Shop is a place to try out when visiting Columbus.
32 rooms of books. Wow sounds like a lot. Barnes and Noble it is not however. This is more of your local “We care about our Community as much as our books” style bookseller.
The Book Loft is nestled in Historic German Village section of Columbus, just blocks from Schmidt’s Sausage Haus. The store feels like it fits perfectly from the outside. Nothing looks out of place or showy. It looks like a small little book store. Once inside however everything changes.
The rooms are organized by category with what seems like an almost perfect flow from one category to another. Walking to a certain section to look up a subject or author can draw interest in so many different things that one may have trouble finding what they originally were looking for. This is a great way to find some lost gems, or spark interest in a new topic.
The rooms themselves are rather small. not much bigger than the average small bedroom. But they hold a wealth of books. Books seem to be hidden in every place possible. Even with the amazing amounts, nothing is too hard to find. The categorizing of the place must have been completed by a genius. Rooms literally flow and merge into one another, yet are still separate with a separate theme and even sometime separate music to help set the mood.
In the end one will get lost in a world of ideas and books at the Book Loft. Go in expecting to find one thing and leaving with another is not at all unheard of, and actually the norm.
Quick Tip: A ton of coupons can be found on the website.
Quick Review: Good sausage in an authentic atmosphere that is as true to its history as it is to its food.
Schmidt’s is one of those little hole in the wall locations that you might never go to if nobody ever took you there. But once you go there it is one of those places that you will visit every time you are in the town.
Although Schmidt’s says it is authentic it does not fell forced like some places. The atmosphere nicely complements the food without being over bearing. This is one reason the place is so hard to find. It seems to blend in to the quaint little area it is housed.
Schmidt’s is known worldwide for it sausage. As it should be. The firm meat has a bit of a spice in the mild variety and a good amount heat in the hot, but still tastes like meat. The Sausage stew is a heap of noodles meat and flavor. The side dishes all speak of their German heritage without seeming foreign and strange. The buffet has a great variety of both sausage and side dishes but does not commit the cardinal sin of sacrificing quality for quality. It is recommended to try only a piece of everything before getting too much of one thing. Even though there are some vegetables, and a salad portion, on the buffet, the amount of meat and starch will quickly load you up.
The staff is extremely friendly but do not expect blazing fast service on a busy night. While this may seem like a minus, it does give you a chance to digest your food before trying to move. A good thing when loaded down with meat and starch.
Every aspect is nicely tailored at this unique German restaurant. From the ambiance all the way down to the horseradish on the tables. A great place to go once, a hard place not to go back to.
Quick Tip: The desserts are cheaper if you get the buffet, but who has room for dessert after the buffet? Take them to go. They are a great way to remember the place. Also take home some sausage. Also to work off the food take a walk to The Book Loft just a few blocks down the street.