The chef-inspired Bexley sandwich shop reimagines classic American meatloaf.

 Tender, hearty and seasoned to perfection, thick slices of house-made meatloaf are the backbone of Newfangled Kitchen’s Main Street sandwich shop next to Bexley’s Drexel Theatre.

Eric and Laura Dennison, a husband-and-wife team, opened the restaurant in December 2018. In Columbus, Eric previously held senior roles at Lexi’s on Third and Katzinger’s Delicatessen. Prior to that, he served as the executive chef at several restaurants in Northwest Ohio, where he’s from.

“When Laura and I brainstormed restaurant concepts, we always came back to the idea of the nostalgia of food making a place great,” Eric explains. “Meatloaf kept coming up,” he says with a chuckle. “Everyone’s got a meatloaf story. Some are really bad, and some are really good.”

With five different takes on the beefy main attraction, the shop has something to please almost any meatloaf aficionado. And if meatloaf doesn’t strike your fancy, there are nearly a dozen other sandwiches featuring other proteins, cheeses or vegetables at the heart of each dish.

The shop’s most popular menu item, The Fang ($8), is a meatloaf-centered version of a great American cheeseburger. But, dare I say, better.

Served warm, the generous offering contains a giant slice of meatloaf topped with lettuce, tomato, red onion and cheddar cheese on an egg-washed bun. Don’t omit Newfangled’s signature Fang Sauce. Described by the restaurant as a “mayo-based, smoky, slightly sweet condiment,” the creamy dressing takes the sandwich up a notch, leaving it messy yet satisfying.

The Southern Melt ($8) pairs meatloaf with pimento cheese, tomato and red onion on marbled rye bread. There’s a tinge of heat to the dish, which mingles nicely with the comfort of the warm meatloaf and the depth of the rye bread.

Be sure to spring for the dill pickle potato salad ($2.75). The mayo-based creation features bursts of the diced preserve every few bites. The menu also offers a fun selection of craft sodas and Carolina Kettle chips, in addition to a daily soup, coleslaw, kids’ items and an enticing chocolate kettle chip cookie ($1.75) to satisfy your sweet tooth.

If an enormous sandwich isn’t your thing, try one of the shop’s plentiful salads. The colorful Asian salad ($8.25) couples edamame, carrots, roasted red peppers, cabbage and cashews with a tangy sesame-ginger dressing on a bed of greens and kale.