More tavern than restaurant, the Old Mohawk offers a true taste of Columbus’ German Village. The redbrick walls, worn wooden floor and oilcloth-covered tables have been welcoming Village neighbors, downtown workers and tourists since the end of Prohibition.
The diverse menu covers all the basic sandwiches, salads and several types of quesadillas (two for $10 on Tuesdays), but the turtle soup is the main attraction. Legend has it the original owner raised turtles in the basement for the recipe. (We like to think the ingredients are a little less homegrown these days.) Customers can sample the signature concoction for $6.79 a bowl or $4.99 a cup. The Mother Mohawk sandwich is also a crowd-pleaser, sporting an unlikely combination of grilled roast beef and chicken salad with melted Swiss cheese on marble rye ($8.69). On Thursdays, don’t miss Tammy's special meat loaf ($9.29), a favorite for the past 25 years, now made by Tammy's daughter. A woman who lives down the street brings in homemade desserts each day, adding to the neighborly feel.
With an excellent assortment of beers on tap, including the local Columbus Brewing Co. IPA ($5.25 a pint) and a bartender who knows his way around a martini, there's seldom an open seat at the two-sided bar. Off-street parking only.