It only takes a couple steps inside Burt’s Butcher Shoppe and Eatery to know you found the real deal. Before seating yourself in the dining area, you’ll pass by the counter where locals have ordered fresh cuts of meat for years. And once you’ve chosen a booth or table, get ready for one of the best off-the-grid dining experiences in the city.
Okay, a little clarification here. If “dining experience” paints pictures of themed decor, uber-perky servers and cocktails with funny names, you’ll find what you’re looking for just down the road. There’s nothing fancy about Burt’s, but you’ll be too busy enjoying the food to really notice. Dinner meals include your choice of side orders and plentiful portions of fresh steaks, chops, schnitzel, ham or chicken. Salads are basic lettuce-and-tomato fare, but they arrive at your table crisp and fresh. Whether you order them as a side or an appetizer, do yourself a favor and don’t leave Burt’s without putting away a few fried green tomatoes. Beverages include soft drinks, tea, lemonade and coffee.
You’ll find a wide range of sandwiches and “mini-dinners” on Burt’s lunch menu. Servings are still generous, with prices that rival those of the franchise burger joints. Just remember to show up early: the place can get jam-packed around noon. Service is attentive and courteous. The staff refills empty glasses and looks after diners without that obtrusive “server smother.” They’ll even bring a styrofoam tray for those leftovers, a good thing since you won’t want to leave anything behind. The eatery is open from 11am-7:30pm Tuesdays through Saturdays: the butcher shop opens at 9am and closes at 7pm those same days. The address is 2932 Warm Springs Road and you can call 706-653-0677 to place orders or check on daily specials.
There’s no shortage of good places to eat in Columbus, it all depends on the food and mood you have in mind. If you’re willing to trade fancy trappings for a delicious full-on meal at a price that’s better than reasonable, you can’t beat Burt’s.