On a recent trip to Columbus we decided to make a stop at Schmidt’s Sausage Haus after seeing it featured on the Travel Channel’s Man V Food show. In general we are fans of sausage and I have German heritage so it sounded interesting.
The restaurant itself is kind of small and compartmentalized. The décor is rustic. The servers seemed to be primarily female and they were wearing German bar-maid dresses. We stopped by on a Saturday afternoon and found the restaurant pretty full, although we did not have to wait around for a table.
We browsed the sausage buffet, but it did not seem too fresh so Ben and I decided to share the sausage sampler and order a side of potato pancakes. We tried to convince Jonathan to order some sort of sausage, but he was more in a cheeseburger mood.
The Sausage sampler was plated on top of sauerkraut and served with a side of German potato salad and apple sauce. The German potato salad was vinegary and warm like my Mom’s but it was not quite as flavorful as my Mom’s (she uses bacon, yum!). The apple sauce was chunky and sweet, and the sauerkraut was average. We were not impressed by the sausages. They were good, but they were not “Wow” good. They were all moist and had a satisfying snap to the casing. Our favorite sausage ended up being the garlicky knockwurst, second place went to the bratwurst and a tie for last place was the not-so-spicy bahama mama and milder mama.
The potato pancakes were served with the same applesauce and were pretty good. They had a slight onion flavor and were nice and crisp. Although I still like my Mom’s better — with apple sauce and sour cream.
Our verdict on this place is that it is OK, it is good winter weather stick-to-your-ribs food but I don’t think we’ll need to make a return trip.