Well, I crossed big item off my Columbus-dishes-I-still-need-to-try list this week: The Thurmanator. I'll just go ahead and admit up front that I didn't even get close to completing the Thurmanator Challenge, aka eating the whole thing plus fries. I split the burger in half with a very hungry friend and even then had a bunch left over. I'd say I managed to eat maybe one-fifth?

Well, I crossed big item off my Columbus-dishes-I-still-need-to-try list this week: The Thurmanator. I'll just go ahead and admit up front that I didn't even get close to completing the Thurmanator Challenge, aka eating the whole thing plus fries. I split the burger in half with a very hungry friend and even then had a bunch left over. I'd say I managed to eat maybe one-fifth?

Here's the menu description:

The THURMANATOR: Bottom bun, mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickle, banana peppers, 12-ounce burger, bacon, cheddar, another 12-ounce burger, sauteed mushrooms and onions, ham, mozzarella & American cheese, top bun. Served with fries. $16.49.

Our waiter grinned when we ordered the Thurmanator to share, and asked if we wanted them to cut it in half in the kitchen. I wanted to take a picture of the sandwich in all its towering glory, so we said no. But now I'm wondering, what in the heck is the best way to tackle this thing?

A few tables away, a kid of about 10 years old ordered the Thurmanator too. When it came out, his eyes sparkled with glee but the first words out of his mouth were "how do I eat it?" And honestly, that was my reaction too. It's probably close to a foot tall, and just look at all this meat. There's literally no way you can bite into the thing like a normal burger. So how do most people go about eating it?

Here's what I did: First, we cut it in half down the middle. See, doesn't it look more manageable already? But from there, I dug in with a fork, trying to spear a bit of burger, bacon, ham, cheese, bun and tomato on each forkful. It worked pretty well, but I'm thinking there must be a better way. Anybody have a good strategy for tackling this thing?

Thurman Cafe

183 Thurman Ave., German Village

614-443-1570

thethurmancafe.com