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Coordinates: 39°56′22.416″N 82°59′27.97″W / 39.93956000°N 82.9911028°W / 39.93956000; -82.9911028

The Thurman Cafe, Inc.
FounderNick Suclescy
HeadquartersGerman Village, ,
ProductsFood service

The Thurman Cafe or Thurman's is a cafe and bar found in the German Village district of Columbus, Ohio.[1][2][3][4][5] It was opened in 1942 by Nick Suclescy and has remained a family owned establishment ever since.[6] Thurman Cafe is considered to have one of the best hamburgers in the country.[7][8][9]

The Thurman Burger[edit]

Thurman's is often associated with its famous burger known as the Thurmanator.[10][11] It consists of a bun, lettuce, tomato, mayo, American cheese, provolone cheese, ham, sauteed onions, mushrooms, a 12 ounce burger, bacon, cheddar cheese, hot peppers, and another 12 ounce burger. The burger also comes with house made kettle chips and a pickle spear.[12] The burger was featured on the Travel Channel's TV show Man v. Food (season 1) where the host, Adam Richman, ate a Thurman burger and was then introduced to the Thurmanator.[13] Richman explains the Thurmanator originated as the preferred fuel for competitors in the Arnold Classic bodybuilding competition. The burger was not listed on the menu at the time of the Man v. Food taping (originally aired December 10, 2008), but has since been added.[12]

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  2. ^ "Discover Columbus Restorations and Cultural Renaissance Revitalize Ohio City". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. 18 May 1997. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  3. ^ Beck, Aaron (1 May 2008). "Food: Restaurants mix it up in creating original, American fare". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  4. ^ King, John. "John King USA: JKUSA's road trip grub". CNN. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
  5. ^ Blackledge, Todd (24 September 2010). "'Taste of the Town' checks out Ohio State eats". Retrieved 27 September 2010.
  6. ^ "Thurman Cafe: History". Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  7. ^ Motz, George (2008). Hamburger America: One Man's Cross-Country Odyssey to Find the Best Burgers. Running Press. p. 312. ISBN 0-7624-3102-4.
  8. ^ Warren, Rich (6 September 2009). "Burger Bliss: All-American sandwich has meaty reputation across the Buckeye State". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  9. ^ a b Cordes, Jill (2004). Food Network Best of the Best of. HP Trade. p. 304. ISBN 1-55788-436-6.
  10. ^ "Thurman Burger 'meats' carnivores' culinary needs". The Lantern. 2 May 2001. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  11. ^ "Ohio burger tour will take you to six of the best, according to George Motz". Cleveland Plain Dealer. 4 October 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  12. ^ a b "Thurman Cafe Menu" (PDF). Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  13. ^ "Episode: Columbus". The Travel Channel. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  14. ^ "CitySearch: Thurman Cafe". CitySearch. Retrieved 20 July 2010.