A lot of people eat lunch at the Statehouse's Capitol Cafe. Most of them work at the Statehouse. Once word gets out that the cafe's now being run by the folks behind the great little Milo's Deli in Franklinton, though, I predict the lunch rush will diversify.
A lot of people eat lunch at the Statehouse's Capitol Cafe. Most of them work at the Statehouse.
Once word gets out that the cafe's now being run by the folks behind the great little Milo's Deli in Franklinton, though, I predict the lunch rush will diversify.
Milo's has been providing a steady crowd of regulars with Reubens, paninis and friendly service since the '90s - along with brother restaurant Tommy's Diner, they're two of just a few independently owned restaurants fighting the good fight in Franklinton. Now they're translating that same friendly neighborhood formula to the Statehouse's dining room.
The cafe is located in an area of the 150-year-old building called the Crypt, with winding bricked hallways, neat arched doorways and not a single window. Not great for claustrophobes, but a nice escape from the summer heat for the rest of us.
Capitol Cafe by Milo's is serving an abbreviated menu of crowd-pleasers - including, of course, the Milo's Reuben, made with pastrami, corned beef, turkey, Swiss, sauerkraut and Thousand Island. They've also got gyros, burgers and salads. A slightly controversial full bar is a go, but it'll be opened for special events only.
Myself, I'm more stoked about the full breakfast menu. It's so much more than your standard Downtown breakfast sandwich - omelets, pancakes, French toast and eggs Benedict are served up between 7 and 10:30 a.m. daily. The Milo's Capitol Omelet ($7) is just the sort of Greek-tinged comfort food Milo's is known for, with ham, sauteed mushrooms, roasted red peppers and marinated feta.
A few Statehouse-specific items have been added to the lunch menu, too, like burgers (a cheeseburger topped with chili sounds tasty) and Nathan's hot dogs.
The Capitol Chicken Club ($6.75) does its namesake good. A chargrilled chicken breast is topped with melted cheddar, bacon, lettuce and tomato. The kicker is a thick layer of real-deal, avocado-and-tomato-flecked guacamole.
Sandwiches come with decent ruffled potato chips, but it's worth the upgrade to splurge for a side dish. Try a dish of Redskin Potato Salad ($1.50), with big chunks of tender potatoes tossed in a light mayo-and-dill dressing.
And best of all? Jeni's ice cream for dessert! Snack-size containers of favorite flavors are for sale in the cafe's freezer case.
Shelley Mann is the editor of Crave, Columbus' new dining magazine. Keep up with her at ColumbusCrave.com.