Something about oppressive heat makes me want to escape into the secret passageways of a castle. Or something. Funny enough, I found something similar when checking out the Capitol Cafe at the Ohio Statehouse, now being operated by Milo's Deli.

The restaurant's in the area of the Statehouse called the Crypt, and it's got whitewashed brick walls, neat arched doorways and not a single window. Which translates into not a speck of sunlight. That's usually not a selling point, but this week, it was.

The crowd at the cafe seemed to be mostly Statehouse workers and folks touring the 150-year-old building. It wasn't super crowded when I was there, but Milo's food is great, so I predict more and more Downtown workers will start flocking here once word gets out.

Milo's took the cafe over from previous operator Catering by Design. The new menu is basically an abbreviated version of the one found at the original Milo's in Franklinton. It's a nice collection of sandwiches, salads and burgers, plus Nathan's hot dogs.

I tried the Capitol Chicken Club, a new addition for the Statehouse, with bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato and guacamole. Look for my full review in next week's Alive.

Capitol Cafe by Milo's Ohio Statehouse 614-728-9231 ohiostatehouse.org Link to the full menu