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Game Day Eats: Where to eat after an OSU football game

Tonya Prater, Owner

Heading to an Ohio State Football game and want to grab some tasty grub? We’re sharing where to eat after an OSU football game.

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August is an exciting time of year. The kids are heading back to school, the heat of the summer will soon be subsiding, and college football is right around the corner.

Our beloved Buckeyes are already hard at work at training camp, and it looks like the competition for quarterback is going to be one of the most talked-about in the Big Ten, if not the country. But before you head out to watch Coach Day and his boys beat up on Michigan, you need to fuel up! Here are some of the best game day eats in Buckeye Country.

Buckeye Donuts

Location: 1998 N High St, Columbus, OH
Hours: Open 24 hours a day! They never close!
Website: Buckeye Donuts
Distance from Stadium: .6 miles

Buckeye Donuts has been a staple for Buckeye fans since 1969 and has been enjoyed by the likes of Prince, Woody Hayes, The Black Keys, and a host of ESPN personalities. They make their signature donuts fresh twice daily and have a wide array of flavors, from red velvet to German chocolate.

If you don’t have a sweet tooth, they offer all-day breakfast sandwiches. Started by George Barouxis, Jim Barouxis and George Sauter, Greek immigrants, they are also famous for their Gyros and Greek Salads. Stop by before AND after the big game!

Hang Over Easy

Location: 1646 Neil Street
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 7am – 3pm & Friday – Sunday, 8am-3pm
Website: ”Breakfast Cures All”
Distance from Stadium: .5 miles

If you’re looking for an upbeat, hearty breakfast before a long day of football, look no further than Hang Over Easy. Their creative compilations such as the Sloppy Seconds (two eggs any style with hoe – hang over easy – fries, meat, and toast) or the Frog Eyes (hoe-made biscuits and gravy topped with two eggs) are the perfect way to start your football Saturday.

They also have a bar if you’re looking to get your party started early! Feel like stopping by on a weekday? They offer a “Beat the Clock” special from 7-9 on weekdays. Only $2.25 for two eggs, HOE fries, and toast!

Varsity Club Restaurant and Bar

Location: 278 W Lane Ave.
Hours: Sunday – Wednesday, 11am – Midnight & Thursday – Saturday, 11am – 2am
Website: Varsity Club
Distance from Stadium: .4 miles

Look no further than Varsity Club for one of the biggest tailgate parties in Columbus! They offer a host of classic bar food staples like mozzarella sticks, jalapeno poppers, and burgers. They also offer pizza (including a gluten-free option!).

Pro Tip: On game days, the Varsity Club is reserved for those who are 21 & up and they only accept cash. Don’t have tickets to the big game? The big screens at the Varsity Club have you covered!

Nancy’s Home Cooking

Location: 3133 North High Street
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 6am – 2:30pm & Sunday 8am – 2:30pm
Website: Find Nancy’s on Facebook
Distance from Stadium: 2 miles

Arrive early to enjoy breakfast at Nancy’s before kickoff! This gem serves all of the classic breakfast and brunch staples – pancakes, eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy, the works! It is a small restaurant, so be prepared to stand in line for a table, but it is worth the wait. Nancy’s also offers the option to add $5 to your bill so they can pay it forward and give a meal to someone in need. This family-friendly diner is a great place to start your game day.

The Little Bar

Location: 2195 North High Street
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 4pm – 2am & Friday – Sunday, 3:30pm – 2 am
Website: The Little Bar
Distance from Stadium: .9 miles

The Little Bar’s signature Tiny Gate is one of the most exciting little parties near the big game! Watch the Buckeyes beat up on their Big Ten opponents on their big screen projector and enjoy a live DJ to keep the energy up during commercial breaks. Food can be ordered from The Chop Shop, and there are always plenty of drink specials on game day! This tailgate is for Buckeye fans who are 21 & up.

Eddie George’s Grille 27

Location: 775 Yard Street, Grandview Heights
Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 11am -11pm (Kitchen closes at 10pm) & Friday – Saturday, 11am – 1am (Kitchen closes at 11pm)
Website: Come for the food, stay for the game!
Distance from Stadium: 2.8 miles

Eddie George’s has it ALL. From flatbreads to burgers, pasta to steaks, you can find a pre or post-game meal that everyone will love. Some guests even report rubbing elbows with the famed 1995 Heisman Trophy Winner and namesake of this delicious restaurant. While this one is a little further from the stadium, you’ll find it’s worth it. Parking is free, TVs are everywhere so you don’t miss a minute of the game, and the patio has room for everyone. Don’t miss it!

Whether you want to grab a hearty breakfast before you cheer along TBDBITL at Skull Session or need somewhere to celebrate after the ringing of the Victory Bell, Columbus has plenty of options to satisfy your game day cravings. This list of game day eats should be just what you need to plan your next OSU game day! O-H!

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