Sausage and Buffet two words that bring all kinds of wonderful and tasty images to one’s mind. We were lucky to find a restaurant that combines them in the most delicious way.
Over the years we have noted interesting restaurants that we have seen on programs on both the Food Network and Travel Channel. A little while back the Travel Channel had a series of what they consider to be the 101 tastiest places to eat – The Chowdown Countdown.
Number 83 on the show is a restaurant in Columbus, Ohio called Schmidt’s Restaurant and Sausage Haus. J. Fred Schmidt emigrated from Germany and opened the J. Fred Schmidt Meat Packing House in 1886. Schmidt’s first foray into the restaurant business was food booth in the Ohio State Fair back in the 1920’s. Today Schmidt’s booth is the second oldest and among the most popular. J. Fred’s grandson, George opened the first restaurant around the corner from his grandfather’s meat packing plant.
We were seated in the restaurant and started looking at the menu, but then we went to take a look at the buffet and knew we did not need to look at the menu. The Buffet had the making for salad, Potato Soup, 4 different kinds of sausage (their famous spicy Bahama Mama, mild Bahama Mama, Bratwurst, and Garlic Knockwurst), Sausage Stew, Meatloaf, German Potato Salad, green beans, mashed potatoes, and various accompaniments.
The Potato Soup was superb; all of the sausage was good the Bahama Mama and Garlic Knockwurst were excellent. Leslie said the meatloaf was just like her grandmother made. I feel that many German Potato salads I have had were too sweet, but not Schmidt’s – it was the best I ever ate.
We filled ourselves at the buffet but couldn’t leave without one of their giant cream puffs. These (according to Man V. Food) 8 oz. cream puffs come in 3 flavors vanilla, chocolate, and peanut butter fudge. We ordered 2 to go and they are fabulous.
We have eaten at numerous places from the 101 countdown and this may be one of our favorites so far. So many places to eat, so little time.