Bar profile: Michael’s Goody Boy

  • Photos by Joe Maiorana
By Columbus Alive
From the March 29, 2012 edition

If you’re looking for a place to watch the Buckeyes exact revenge for their early season loss (while they were without Jared Sullinger) to the University of Kansas Jayhawks, Michael’s Goody Boy is a good choice. But it also offers up a dilemma.

With one of the best (and newest) patios in the Short North, patrons of Michael’s Goody Boy will have to make the tough decision between enjoying the early stages of spring or watching Sully and the Craftastics inside.

Okay, you’re probably not willing to miss the game, no matter how enticing the weather is, so head inside to enjoy the wonderfully remodeled interior.

The new Goody Boy maintains some of the characteristics of the older incarnation of the Short North diner — breakfast served on weekends, the indelible Goody Boy sign — while making some smart additions.

The newly added dining room, filled with plenty of TVs for watching hoops, is roomy and perfect if you’re gathering with a group of Buckeye fans.

With a full bar and a number of beer and wine choices, Michael’s Goody Boy also has you covered on the most important requirement for watching sports. The draft beers ($4-$5) include some respectable crafts from Ohio’s Great Lakes Brewing Co. and Rivertown Brewing Co., as well as Yuengling Lager and Black & Tan, which are $2 all day, every day.

The decent selection of red and white wines for $4-$6 is also appealing. I’m an uninitiated wine drinker, but the malbec I tried was pretty tasty.

Finally, perhaps my favorite part of Michael’s Goody Boy is the monstrous menu. A part of the local Jimmy V’s outlet, Goody Boy offers Greek staples as well as its more Americanized menu items — including many sandwiches and paninis ($7-$8), and pork chop and steak dinner platters ($15-$17).

The “Old World Style” gyro ($8), which comes stuffed with the traditional gyro fixings and accompanied by excellent hand-cut fries, is a must. I saw someone near me order the Red Door Reuben ($8), and now I can’t wait to go back to the Goody and get one.