One of the most iconic signs in Columbus is that of Michael’s Goody Boy Drive-In, located in a transitional neighborhood at the northern edge of the Short North. It’s a neon classic, with a tow-headed kid eying a big cheeseburger. Even though I’ve lived in Columbus for decades, I’ve never been to the Goody Boy — until today.
The Wrestling Fan and I were up in that area so he could run an errand, and we decided to stop to see what the Goody Boy had to offer. On the inside there’s a bar and a large, open seating area with the kinds of ’50s signage you’d expect from a diner. I had a cheeseburger and fries, pictured above; the Fan had the fish sandwich special. The cheeseburger was a half-pound of beefy, cheesy goodness, and the fries were hand-cut and well seasoned. The Fan didn’t comment on his fish sandwich, which was huge — but that probably was because he was too busy gobbling it down to mutter any words of praise.
The cost of my sandwich? Less than $10. The Wrestling Fan and I agreed that we would be back.