I've been going to Planks for years. We used to go to their other (High St) location after softball at Berliner Park. We even had a wake of sorts at Planks on Parsons for my wife's dad when he passed several years ago (what's not to like if you're an Irish Catholic Buckeye fan?).
As other reviewers have mentioned, it's not in the nicest part of town, but it is on the edge of German Village and only a couple of blocks away from Nationwide Childrens Hospital. It sits in an unremarkable single story building, but has a generous parking lot (unusual for German Village area restaurants).
If you're a true believer (=Buckeye Fan) you'll enjoy the memorabilia packed into every corner of this place. And yes, they still have Jim Tressel's picture on the wall (he was railroaded by ESPN, I swear!).
I met a friend their to share a cold pitcher of brew and sandwich the other day. When we got there at 4pm, there were only a few people dining (the older crowd trying to beat the dinner rush apparently). We were greeted by a seasoned citizen hostess and promptly seated. In a minute or two, our friendly waitress stopped by and returned quickly with a pitcher and a couple of frosty mugs.
I had a very tasty bratwurst (after much deliberation - lots of good comfort food on the menu) and my friend had an Italian sub that he gave two thumbs up. I believe they do a fair share of carryout pizza and sub business there as well. Many locals & regulars at the bar, but also some sort of company gathering was going on in the dining room when we were there.
It's clean, bright, with friendly mature servers and no over-amp'd music. I will be returning to Planks soon for the Johnny Marzetti (a lunch favorite, but only certain days of the week).
BTW, if the parking lot is any indication of how popular this place is, when we left two hours later the lot was full.
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