Restaurant Review: Easy Street Cafe

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

North-Siders must've been starving for a fun gyro joint. The new Easy Street Cafe has been packed since opening its doors two weeks ago at the corner of Liberty and Olentangy streets, and the amped-up diners all delight in yelling "Opa!" every time the saganaki bursts into flames.

Fans of the German Village original will feel right at home in the new Powell location. It's anchored by a huge wooden bar that looks like it's been there forever, but in fact the rambling old Victorian house has been completely rehabbed, with brand-new floors, a row of comfy booths and four giant TVs hanging over the gleaming granite bar.

The decor leans toward Hollywood kitsch, with a baby-grand piano and statues of Jake and Elwood Blues greeting guests at the door. A huge wall of windows up front opens onto the relaxed porch, where outdoor seating overlooks the heart of Powell.

I was thrilled to find the same Easy Street menu I remember from my days rolling around German Village: a full slate of burgers, soups, sandwiches and pasta. (The only omission is pizza, which is coming soon pending some final kitchen upgrades. Brunch is on its way, too.)

If you're looking for apps, try the Greek Quesadilla ($7.95), a melty mashup of spinach, tomato, kalamata olives and four kinds of cheese; you gotta add gyro meat for $2.25 more.

Of course, you can't go wrong with a gyro served on freshly toasted pita. The classic Greek Gyro ($6.55) is a mouthful of spiced lamb and beef, tzatziki, lettuce, onion, tomato and feta.

For a contemporary kick, the popular Cajun Chicken Gyro ($6.75) adds Louisiana hot sauce to the mix.

The beer selection takes center stage at the bar, with nine imports and craft brews on tap ($4.50) and PBR for good measure ($3).

From the fancy cocktail list, the Easy Street Martini ($7) has a lot of fans this time of year. The icy mix of Ketel One and Stoli Razberi is a great way to cool off after yet another round of flaming cheese.

Easy Street Cafe


5 S. Liberty St., Powell


11 a.m.-12 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday

Happy hour:

4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday

$2 domestics

$1 off drafts

In short:

German Village's great Greek uncle immigrates to Powell

Draft picks:

Blue Moon

Dos Equis


Harpoon IPA

Magic Hat No. 9

Leinenkugel Summer Shandy

Magners Irish Cider

Newcastle Brown Ale

Pabst Blue Ribbon

Stella Artois