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The Football Foodie: Manwiches Edition

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson The Football Foodie: Manwiches Edition
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In a football town like Columbus, there are no shortages of places to catch the game.  Whether for game day on Saturdays, or NFL showings on Sundays and Monday nights, there are over 100 bars and restaurants with over 500 screens tuned to battles featuring our favorite teams.

Football weather is defined by brisk winds, darker-colored beers, and sweatshirts. Fall weather meals are anchored by sandwiches: the ultimate amalgamation of comfort food and tailgate. When it’s cold outside, football fans want food that’s gonna keep them warm the whole game through.

Real stick-to-your-ribs sandwiches, manwiches if you will, will sustain you from opening whistle till last play. If you’re looking for a good manwich as the Buckeyes get ready to chomp on the Wolverines (and the rest of the nation for that matter), here are five places you might want to check out:

Olde Towne Tavern

  • Number of televisions: 3
  • Buckeye Capacity: 100 seats, 125 fans
  • Patio: Yes
  • Continuous Game Sound: Yes
  • Game Day Special: Happy Hour during game (except night games): 1/2 off draft, $1 off wine, $3 well drink, $1 pretzels
  • Manwich to HaveRed Masher Grilled Cheese

Olde Towne East has come into its own this year, due in part to the success of Olde Towne Tavern, the neighborhood bar that sits at 889 Oak Street.  Though not large in size, Olde Towne Tavern is as true to football as they are to their patrons: there’s not a bad seat in the house, and everyone will be welcomed and well-fed, whether local or not.

Patrons of Olde Towne Tavern boast of its people and how well they care for the eclectic mix of guests. A healthy blend of downtown residents, both younger and older, all spirit and heart, the Tavern fills up quickly on game day, so get there early for a laid back, but whallop-filled night of football fun. And oh, get that sandwich when you’re there.

The Red Masher Grilled Cheese is a strange, but utterly delicious and enticing, creation of red mashed potatoes, broccoli, and bacon, gorgingly-stuffed between two slices of grilled sourdough, topped with melted cheddar and havarti cheeses. It’s a hardy sandwich meant to fill up and satisfy.

Served alongside crispy house-made chips, the Red Masher is a manwich built for game day. It’s starch-on-starch, so it’ll stick with you for the length of the game. And, there’s bacon. Nothing more needs to be said on that. The broccoli is also classic mom-sneaking-the-veg, so, what more could you want?

The Olde Towne Tavern proudly supports its many Browns and Bengals fans throughout Central Ohio, so don’t be afraid to openly show your love there. They open at 11am on game days.

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