Dr. Science knows all of the best food places in Columbus. On Monday, his innate ability to identify strong options at every point on the taste bud spectrum led us to Cravings Cafe, which just recently moved downtown.
Cravings Cafe is located on Front Street between Gay and Long Streets, in a space that used to be occupied by the legendary Saigon Palace. The physical space has been renovated inside and out, and now features an airy, exposed brick ambiance that it looks nothing like the old SP — which is a good thing in my book — and the food is nothing like that served by the former occupant of the space, either. Cravings offers breakfast and lunch menus, with the lunch options being heavily weighted toward sandwiches. There are daily specials, too, which suggests to me that the people running the place are both creative and serious about their craft.
In fact, Dr. Science and I both had the special on Monday, which was a grilled cheese sandwich. This wasn’t the kind of grilled cheese that Mom used to make with Wonder bread and Kraft American cheese squares, though. The Cravings version had at least four different kinds of cheese and a delectable bacon jam, and was served on hot, crunchy bread. Dr. Science dipped his in hot sauce, while I speedily polished mine off au naturel. Either way, it was excellent, and Cravings’ other, everyday menu sandwiches look pretty good, too.
Cravings Cafe is only a few blocks from my office, in an area of downtown that hasn’t really been known for food. I’ll gladly welcome a top-notch sandwich place to the ‘hood anytime.