In 1937 a teenage boy from Macedonian named Kosta arrived here in the United States with his family. Five years later in 1942, his family did what they had always done which was to open a restaurant. That restaurant, Thurman’s Cafe in Columbus, Ohio, has been featured on Food Networks Man vs. Food where they did a feature spot about what they are famous for – The Thurmanator! A burger consisting of two 12 oz. beef burgers with lettuce, pickle, tomato, banana peppers, sauteed onions and mushrooms, ham, mozzarella, cheddar and American cheese on a bun served with a pickle spear and fries.
Yes! You read that right!
Our visit was not to the original restaurant but to it’s offspring, Son of Thurman. Son of Thurman was opened on February 13, 2014 in Delaware, Ohio by the grandson of Kosta, Christopher. It is a family friendly casual restaurant that serves a large and varied selection of burgers along with subs, wings, pizza, sandwiches, beer and so much more. You just have to see the menu to believe it! The two most popular burgers are the Thurman (not the same as the Thurmanator) and the Son of Bacon.
We went in for lunch and chose a booth to sit in. The decor is not fancy with wooden floors and exposed brick walls, televisions, booths, tables and chairs and a bar. Nearly every available surface is covered in dollar bills signed by its many visitors. There are also family photos, newspaper articles, bumper stickers and more decorating the restaurant. Souvenir tee shirts are available for purchase as well.
Deciding to not hurt ourselves by going too big we chose the dry rubbed wings, a large chef dinner salad and the beefy garden burger. That burger is not a veggie burger although they do offer one that is; it is a beef burger with lots of sauteed veggies on it.
The burger was thick, juicy, loaded with cheese and veggies and came with a nice side of crunchy chips. We shared the salad (which really is a meal all by itself) and finished everything but two wings. By that time we just had no more room. We will never win any food eating contests!
The food is tasty and very filling, the atmosphere is comfortable and the service friendly. Son of Thurman fills up quickly and often there is a wait to get in so either get there early or be prepared to wait. There’s no parking lot here so you have to find a spot on the street or at one of the surrounding public parking lots.
If burgers are your thing then give Son of Thurman a visit. For more information about Son of Thurman please visit their website.
Note: This article was photographed and written before the governor, in an effort to flatten the viral curve, ordered all restaurants to go to carry out only. Currently Son of Thurman is doing carryout so you can still get a great giant burger but to enjoy at home.