With over 3,200 likes on their Facebook page even before opening their doors, the brand new “Son of Thurman” restaurant is a veritable force to be reckoned with. The popular brand has decided to branch out into new territory and give the folks North of Columbus a taste of what a burger can be. If you have ever been to the original “Thurman Café”, then you know that food this good is worth the drive and takes time to prepare. You probably also know that it is no coincidence that there is a line to visit the popular spot which wraps around the street corner on any given day. If you are a connoisseur of pub food and have never visited the 72-year-old original location, I highly recommend you try it out.
The “Son of Thurman” has an enormous selection of gourmet burgers. One burger, “The Jaeger” is served open-faced with sautéed mushrooms and onions along with a good slathering of French onion dip. Another flagship burger is “The Thurman Burger” (Pictured) which comes with a pile of ham, sautéed mushrooms and onions, mozzarella and American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, banana peppers and mayo all layered atop a massive, fresh beef patty. Is your mouth watering yet?
The “Thurman” name is synonymous with a massive culinary masterpiece bearing the intimidating name, “The Thurmanator”. Here is the list of the burger’s constituents as they are arranged: Bottom bun, mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickle, banana peppers, 12 ounce burger, bacon, cheddar, another 12 ounce burger, sautéed mushrooms & onions, ham, mozzarella & American cheese, top bun served with fries. This burger is so unbelievably large, that it was featured as a challenge on The Travel Channel’s hit series “Man Vs. Food”. You will notice heads turning as someone from the wait staff carries one of these monsters out of the kitchen to deliver it to the victim…. I mean customer.
Not into burgers? “Son of Thurman” offers much more. The appetizers range from $1.99 for coleslaw to $6.49 for the delicious Thurman cordon bleu bites. Their menu also boasts a large selection of chicken sandwiches, reubens, jumbo wings with 11 different sauces, enormous toasted subs, pizza thins, gyros and even a kid’s menu. For you non-meat-eaters, they even have an extensive variety of salads. The one thing you will not find on the menu is dessert. After countless visits where I never clear my plate, I realize that it is because nobody will ever have the room. If you leave here hungry, it is your own fault.
I had an opportunity to sit down with, Chris DeVol (the owner) and ask him a few questions about the restaurant. Here is how it went down.
Scott: Obviously, “The Thurman Café” is a huge success. When did you realize that it was time to expand?
Chris: It was actually over ten years ago, but it was only about two years ago that I started to really plan it.
Scott: How did you decide to put the new store in Delaware?
Chris: I had considered a few different areas, but Delaware really stands out because it is so unique in many ways. There seems to be a general migration from Downtown Columbus to the Delaware area. Delaware really has a lot of character that other communities don’t have. The locals here are so loyal.
Scott: Are there any plans to add additional locations to the “Thurman” family of restaurants?
Chris: (Laughing explosively) HA! Ask me again in a few weeks.
Scott: Do you have any menu items that cannot be found at the original restaurant?
Chris: Yes. We actually have a couple of appetizers that are exclusive to this location. One of them is a pizza roll.
Scott: What is your perfect meal here at “Son of Thurman”?
Chris: Easy. “The Johnny Burger” (a ¾ lb. bleu cheese burger with loads of bacon, horseradish cheese and a splash of tequila cooked in. No lettuce, tomato or mayo because “Johnny” doesn’t eat salad) with mushrooms, a plate of fries and a Labatt Blue draught.
Scott: I just ate and I could go for that! Ok, here’s one just for fun. If you had to relive a day over and over like, Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day” and you had to watch the same movie for eternity, what would that movie be?
Chris: (Without hesitation and the best “game face” I have ever witnessed) “Goodfellas”.
“Son of Thurman” is located at 5 N. Sandusky Street in Downtown Delaware, Ohio. Do yourself a favor and schedule a family trip. It is a very inviting atmosphere and has a great staff to make sure that your visit is pleasant.
• Location – ★★★★★ There is plenty of parking around back, and Delaware is a beautiful town.
• Speed of Service – ★★★★ Don’t show up here if you have somewhere to be in an hour. Expect a wait. Good food takes time, and these guys do it right.
• Plate Appeal – ★★★★ The plates are not meant to look pretty, but they are dressed to impress and overflowing with great food.
• Value – ★★★★★ Twice the price of McDonalds – Infinitely better tasting.
• Friendliness of the staff – ★★★★★ Our server was very friendly and accommodating.
Photo Credits: Dawn Hall from http://www.DawnHallPhoto.com