Two softshell crabs from 2 Beans in two hours!
So yeah, to satisfy my craving I first visited Banana Bean on Greenlawn (Beanlawn?). I was greeted warmly by chef Candace, and then by Angie and Natalie. The Island Shandy (mix of Leinenkugel and lemonade) was fitting for the hot day. During lunch Beanlawn has a Po'Boy, which is what I was looking for. It was coated with cornmeal and spices, and was very good. I downed some keylime pie and headed for the next Banana Bean on Whittier (Bhittier?).
So when I arrived at Whittier, it was happy hour, and sandwiches were $2 off. Christie was there to warmly greet me, and brought me a $2 Hemingway (rum, grapefruit juice, and grenadine). Instead of the Po'Boy, I opted for the Softshell BLAT. I have to say this was amazing. I really liked the round kaiser bun, and the avocado mash was an excellent addition to the crab. The sweet potato fries were done just right, soft inside, and lightly crispy outside. So good!
I opted for a $2 margarita, and was stuffed not long after.
So Christie and I chatted about all things Columbus during dinner, and was very content. But I was pleasantly surprised when Banana Bean co owner Jane Ann came out to greet me, give me a "tour", and talk shop a bit.
I've got to say, Banana Bean has incredible food, and employs wonderful people. Recommendations were spot on for softshell crab, and I can't wait to try their fish taco with mango habanero sauce. Jane Ann let me sample the sauce and it's so good.
You hooked me up alright, Elaine!
Do I hear a third Banana Bean is coming to Central Ohio? Keep your eyes open, guys!