**Just as a sidenote - although Gallo's address is Olentangy River Road, most people (myself included) would consider it to be on Bethel Road - it is in the Olentangy Plazy shopping center, the same one as Columbus Asian Market at the corner of Bethel & Olentangy, further east than CAM.**
As a blogger, there are certain occasions which are really weird. I had one those a few months ago when I was at work and was introduced to a very nice man - Tommy Gallo. And he knew who I was. You may read my previous burger hunt here.
There's this really weird moment when coming face to face with someone whose product you've been less than blown away by. But you know what? Tommy was a stand up guy. He was super cool about it, and he stood by his product. And made it better.
First of all, a little bit about Gallo's - if it were closer to my house, we would be there a lot. It beats a lot of bars in beer selection, especially on tap, and they take their bar food seriously. The owners are awesome, really, and, they show the Steelers when they aren't on TV. Now, I know a few of you think I'm joking when I say I'm a Steelers fan, but I'm not. I married into it and found it was much more fun to embrace it than whine about it.
So, we headed out to Gallo's on Sunday around noonish. One of you very nice readers told me I had to have the wings at Gallo's. Now, I am a wing lover. I even love bad wings. Husband and I used to eat tons of wings together. It worked out perfectly, because he loves drummies and I love flappers, and since you usually get about equal parts of both, it was the perfect sharing situation. However, some where along the way, he stopped loving wings. And I was alone. So, thanks to the reader who said I had to try the wings, I was determined. I ordered 6, but Husband overruled, and ordered 12. We had them medium.
WOW. The wings were delicious. Hands down, best wings in Columbus, no questions asked. I don't know what they do to these wings - we were warned by the bartender that their wings take a lot longer than we might be used to in other restaurants, but we are restaurant people, and we're patient. Well, we're patient in restaurants, anyway. These wings were plump but still maintained a good meat to skin ratio. The skin was crisp but not dry, and the interior of the wings were delicious - incredibly moist, tender, juicy - we were amazed. I have a few theories about how they come up with this - brining, baking at high heat, and then frying are involved, and we tossed around a few ideas. It doesn't matter, because we'll never make wings at home. But seriously, go try these. They are really good. Even Husband loved these. We really couldn't stop talking about how good they were. These wings get 5 flappers. A perfect score.
So then we were on to the main dish, even though in truth, I was nearly full from the 6 flappers I had. Husband chose the Big Easy, Gallo's version of the New Orleans Classic Muffaletta, and I opted to give the burger another go around, because Tommy stood behind it.
And you know what? I'm glad I did. This time around, it was really great. The ciabatta roll remained, but this time it was lightly grilled on the cut side and soft and bite-throughable on the outside (I managed to easily cut through it with my plastic knife). The burger was juicy and had a great chargrilled flavor. The fries are really good, and my only disappointment is that after the wings I made it through about half the burger and 6 fries. I wanted to keep going but I was defeated. And the giant Rogue beer I was trying to suck down at 1 in the afternoon wasn't helping. Husband agreed that this was, indeed, the burger we had heard about.
Oh, and his sandwich was very tasty as well, although it was mostly boxed up and taken home in favor of eating the burger while it was still hot.
Husband and I concur, we were very happy with our Gallo's revisit. We've always like the bar and the food, and we were very happy to find the burger worth talking about. Oh, and another really nice thing about Gallo's is they have a good selection of lighter items, so while you might want nothing but the tasty fried mushrooms, wings, and burgers, you can get grilled chicken breasts and portabella sandwiches.