Columbus >Schmidt's Restaurant und Sausage Haus
A Columbus staple. Ive been there a number of times, but Im just not blown away by the food. The meats are somewhat greasy, and lack taste. Buffets are almost never a good idea and theirs proves the point. Pasties are just okay, and the sides are more American-German than authentic German fare...again, not bad, but nothing really jumps out either. I might find myself going back sometime, but its certainly not on my "must go back" list.
was good and some what authentic. About a week ago me, wife and a couple of friends made the trek to schmidts. After living in Germany for 12 years I couldnt wait to try it! If your looking for true german flavor the only thing to eat is the potato salad and red cabbage. I didnt want to be too hard on them, because it was good but the brats need some serious help to be more authentic. very greasy and I havent ever seen any german place that didnt have pomme frites. So after not getting the craving i was looking for. my wife made me chicken schnitzel the following day. But i will say who ever wrote about soggy cream puffs was crazy, unbelievably good!
I'm sorry, but once you visit this place - you'll be hooked, especially on the brats and cream puffs!
If you're not German, you will be after stuffing your face at Schmidt's - one of Columbus' most legendary restaurants. Schmidt's captures and sustains the Germanic heritage of Columbus. Germans were among the first to inhabit Central Ohio back in the 19th century. Fortunately, they brought their old country recipes with them!
If you haven't been to Schmidt's, you haven't tasted Columbus. Their most famous fare is the "Bahama Mama" - a spicy brat exploding with succulent, juicy flavor. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. The best bet is their buffet. You can choose among any of their wieners, brats or sausages among other sides like sauerkraut and German potatoes.
This is the real deal! Before you leave or move out of the area - do yourself a HUGE favor - eat at Schmidt's! You'll love it!!!
What is a Bahama Mama Sausage???.
After seeing this on Man Vs Food, I just had to give it a try. I will admit that I am a junkie when it comes to places that are on TV.
I was excited to see they had the buffet. Simply one of the best ways to get a taste of everything. The sausage was good and the Bahama Mama, not German I am sure, was a nice treat. The sausage stew was the spiciest thing I had and it was great. I even tried sauerkraut for the first time with a brat. It was good, I may be a fan of the kraut. Although the selection is limited, if you grab some of everything they have you will get full. I also had the peanut butter cream puff. Now coming from Wisconsin (we have the best cream puffs ever) this was not bad. It was big but you can kind of tell it sat in the fridge for a little while. But it was still tasty and I even took it back with me to finish for breakfast the next morning. The beer sampler was also a nice treat. Good way to taste some great German beer.
Would I go back?? If I am in the area and want a sausage fix I may, but I will probably venture out to other restaurants before I do.
Average American German food.
My husband and I had been anticipating the visit to Schmidt`s for weeks! After seeing it praised on the travel channel and reading the hype, I have to say we were quite disappointed!!
We were seated in the corner at a table crammed between a booth and 3 very vocal women. You might expect that if it were a peak time or day, but we arrived about 4:45 on a Tues.
I was surprised at how small the buffet was and the fact that they used canned green beans instead of fresh. And the fist-sized cream puffs are soggy as well.
The best part of the buffet is definitely the Bahama Mamas and the sausage stew. I think I had more salad than anything else.
We won`t be returning.
Hearty Delicious Homestyle German.
Coming from an old German family, whose matriarch was a ridiculously talented cook from the old country, I have very high standards for my family cuisine, so to speak. I adore the bratwurst, knockwurst, and especially Schmidt's own "Bahama Mama" sausages. Similar to a traditional sausage with more kick and just a hint of bite to it, it is complemented perfectly with a simple hot mustard or horseradish.
Often, the side dishes are sacrificed for the core product of a menu. This family-owned and operated restaurant defies that convention with hot delicious potato salads, the obligatory sauerkraut, and a bevy of others. Unlike most buffets, the one offered at Schmidt's stays fresh, stocked, and to temperature consistently.
Quality of the food aside, this is a popular and often freakishly busy venue, and you should plan accordingly. I've waited up to an hour and a half for a seat at my worst, as little as 5 at the best. If you aren't a restaurant professional, or lack the sense to visit new places at off-peak hours, don't be surprised to find yourself waiting. Quality, consistency, and memorable experiences take time, work, and dedication. Avoid the wait and call ahead about peak times, buffet schedule(it is not an open to close asset), and know that you'll get a great smorgasbord of fine food and a good variety to try of everything that makes Schmidt's a local legend and a tourist destination.
Fantastic restaurant, fantastic food.. If you live in Columbus and you like German food, you must go to Schmidt's. It seems a little touristy-German with the nearby fudge and gift shops, but the food here is the real deal. Schmidt's makes their own sausage and it is superior; the buffet, which is around $14 per person, features tons of delicious homemade food and all-you-can-eat delicious sausage, plus homemade mashed potatoes and German potato salad, cabbage and corned beef, sauerkraut, a salad bar, and usually a non-sausage meat option (chicken, meatloaf, etc). Unlike large chain buffets, the food is all homemade (except the mac and cheese, but whatever) and great; if this stuff is homemade, I can only imagine that the individual menu dinners are also great. Get a creme puff to round out your meal!
I can't say enough good things about Schmidt's. The staff is always cheery and friendly, they dress in traditional German clothing as well. The restaurant itself has a fun but relaxed feel to it. They even have an accordion player and tuba player in some nights. A friend of mine yelled 'Play Freebird', and they did!
Then, there's the food! All of their sausages are amazing. I love the schnitzel and bahama mama. The non-sausage entrees are great as well. I suggest the alpine chicken. The only thing I don't like about Schmidt's is picking my sides because they're all so good. Sauerkraut, German potato salad, applesauce, all freshly made. That potato salad is like ambrosia.
Don't pass up this German Village gem.
Best Wursts - no Best of the Worst. we were first timers to Schmidt's tonight and the experience was poor enough to compel me to write a review. Food took 50 minutes to arrive - the side salad alone took 30. The waitress spent more time talking to the busboys than to our table and neglected to keep us informed on any delays. Likewise, the manager seemed to care less about our experience stating "we try to get our food out in less than 20 minutes - your ticket was out in 18." No apology, which would have been nice. Bad first impression, unfortunately will be my last.
No place better for German Food. There is no place like Schmidt's for German Food. If you like sourkraut, this is the place to be. Try the schnitzel, it is the best in Columbus. The atmosphere is good, and they serve good German beer. The buffet is good for first timers, to get a change to try different offerings.
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