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Jack & Benny’s brings its ‘Gut Buster,’ more to Downtown

By Gary Seman Jr.

Columbus Dispatch  •  Monday August 15, 2016 11:13 AM

Jack & Benny’s Downtown Diner has brought its signature “Gut Buster” Downtown.

A stack consisting of hash browns, a potato pancake, bacon, ham, eggs, a sausage patty and cheese, sausage gravy and comes with toast for good measure.

“These were all inspired by Ohio State students – hangover food, basically,” said Geno Garcia, a partner in the latest Jack & Benny’s, located at 12 E. Broad St., at the northeast corner of Broad and High streets.

Garcia and his wife, Hilda, christened their third restaurant earlier this month. It joins Jack & Benny’s at 2563 N. High St. in the OSU area and Jack & Benny’s Barnstormer Diner at OSU’s airport, 2160 W. Case Rd., in offering the “Gut Buster,” among other breakfast-and-lunch-oriented fare.

It was a long time coming — 17 months from the time they looked at the space to the opening date, he said. They took possession in September and planned to open in November. But installing a new hood system, and the inspections that followed, led to one delay after another.

Garcia likes the finished product, though: a cozy, no-nonsense diner with modest pricing, classic drip coffee, fresh-squeezed orange juice, nearly 30 omelets and several lunch options, including salads, sandwiches and wraps.

Breakfast, by the way, is served all day. And there are plenty of options lighter than the Gut Buster.

Only a few plates exceed $10.

And there’s a lot of history in the name, with the original Jack & Benny’s opening Downtown, in nearly the same spot, 60 years ago by Jack Sher and Benny Klein, who also owned a steakhouse in the area.

A young Geno Garcia Sr. arrived in Columbus in 1970, working for the two entrepreneurs in almost every capacity in the restaurant business. In 1994, the elder Garcia opened the campus-area Jack & Benny’s as a tribute to the two men.

The younger Garcia, meanwhile, had plans beyond the restaurant industry. He got his degree in aviation management from Ohio State University and was a commercial pilot for a few years, but he detested the schedule. The restaurant life begged his return.

“It was just the way we grew up,” he said. “I didn’t expect to do it the rest of my life.”

His father and mother, Rosa, retired and the younger Garcia and his wife took over Jack & Benny’s and opened the OSU Airport location in 2013.

For now, Jack & Benny’s is closed between 2 and 10 p.m. daily. The plan is to have a 24-hour diner but that won’t happen until September, Garcia said.

As far as supporting a 24-hour diner, “Columbus is at that point,” he said. “It’s a good time, a ‘build it and they will come’ kind of thing.”

For more information, call 614-745-2313.

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The bold can order belly-whopping breakfasts

The bold can order belly-whopping breakfasts
Thursday, February 5, 2009 3:16 AM
By Nick Chordas


To anyone who has never eaten breakfast at Jack & Benny’s, south of the Clintonville neighborhood, I can ask only this: You think you know better than Captain Lou Albano?

I sat beneath a signed photo of the former professional wrestler — who seems to have eaten a few gravy-laden platters in his day — on a recent Sunday morning visit to the restaurant, at N. High and Hudson streets.

Captain Lou shared the wall next to my booth with others who have stopped by the unconsciously retro restaurant since it opened in the mid-1990s — including Arnold Schwarzenegger, college-football commentator Lee Corso and former TV personality Fritz “the Nite Owl” Peerenboom.

Take that, Sardi’s.

But the slapdash decor — which also features vintage arcade games (Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga), a dessert case filled with bobble-heads of Ohio State athletes instead of pies and a 1950s-style counter with padded stools — is just one reason to visit.

There is also the not-so-small matter of the breakfasts.

Stomach-expanding favorites include the Gut Buster (hash browns, a potato pancake, bacon, ham, eggs, sausage and cheese topped with country gravy); 40 furosemide mg and the Buckeye Pancake (with chocolate and peanut-butter chips).

Also recommended: huevos rancheros and one of 23 types of three-egg omelets.

I considered the Gut Buster, figured I’d like to avoid a mid-afternoon nap and settled on the Chorizo Scramble (spicy sausage, onions, green peppers and two eggs). My friend ordered a ham-cheese-and-egg sandwich with a side of hash browns. We also decided to split a Buckeye Pancake.

Add two coffees and an orange juice, and the bill totaled $22.50 — not bad for what amounted to three breakfasts.

And, yes, I ended up needing a nap, anyway.

“We don’t necessarily want to be a ‘greasy spoon’ as much as a breakfast alternative,” co-owner Iggy Garcia said. “We try not to use too much butter, for example.”

Garcia started the restaurant with his father, Genaro, who named it for the long-closed Jack & Benny’s at Broad and High streets — where Genaro first worked after arriving in the United States from Peru.

“My father wanted to carry on the name,” Iggy said.

Jack & Benny’s serves breakfast all day and, after 11 a.m. weekdays, lunch — including hamburgers, jumbo hot dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches.

Weekends can be busy, so expect a wait — especially as bleary-eyed college students and well-dressed churchgoers converge in the narrow dining area.

Jack & Benny’s has a second room, with a long table, for larger parties. Otherwise, groups of more than four face the possibility of splitting up.

We were seated immediately at 11 a.m. but passed a dozen patiently waiting diners on the way out at 11:45. The staff doesn’t hurry patrons along (on the contrary, our server stopped by three times to offer coffee refills), but lucky eaters should be mindful of not dallying when a line forms.

Call it not-so-greasy-spoon etiquette — and remember that Captain Lou is watching.

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Jack & Benny’s, “Breakfast served all day”Posted by finerepa in August 31st, 2008

Breakfast at Jack & Benny’s

Since Ohio State had not officially started classes yet (and won’t do so for at least another three weeks), I decided to give Jack & Benny’s a try. Located 35 actonel mg on the corner of Hudson and High Streets, I hadn’t been to Jack & Benny’s for quite some time. Despite the heavy road construction on High Street and the uncertainty as to where to park (having been towed on campus once before makes me a little gun-shy), we finally found ourselves waiting in line for a table at the landmark diner. I quickly learned that you write your name and the number in your party on a list just inside the doorway. From there, you can either choose to wait outside or in the adjacent “waiting” area to the right.

By the way, if you are wondering about the headline, this should explain it:

“Breakfast served all day”

So if you go there after 3:00 pm, pack a sandwich cause they ain’t open despite what da sign sayz.

And the waiting list was long as there were at least a dozen parties ahead of us. Quite a few people bailed and we were seated sooner than we would have been. By the way, the waiting list is also for the counter/bar seats as well. We still waited a good 45 minutes.

Denver Omelette at Jack & Benny’s

I gave the Denver Omelette a try which was sausage, tomatoes, green peppers and onions as I recall. It was tasty, nothing fancy, but reliable. We were served soon after we ordered and the waitress was friendly. The coffee was good but perhaps bordering on a little overdone. After we were seated, they got us in and out fairly quickly. I’m not sure if it was worth the wait. You may be better off visiting on a weekday especially when all the students are back in town.

Eggs and toast waiting on corned beef hash

I also tried a side of corned beef hash – this was definitely a bit overdone. I’m not sure that there are too many other breakfast spots on campus and this may explain the high demand for seating in addition to the huge emphasis on the Buckeye decor.

Jack & Benny’s
2563 N High St
Columbus, OH 43202
(614) 263-0242

Homestyle dining popular in C-bus


I would like to take a moment and share some reviews about J&B’s.


Homestyle dining popular in C-bus

Jackie Nash

Issue date: 2/29/08
Ohio State students enjoy dining out.

There are numerous eateries near campus to choose from, but most restaurants offer a small menu and a dining experience one step away from fast-food.

Many OSU students have been trying places near campus that serve homemade food in a friendly “mom and pop” atmosphere.

Jack & Benny’s
A popular spot for students to dine, on Hudson and North High streets, is Jack & Benny’s.

Jack & Benny’s is known for its huge breakfast menu and old-fashioned 30 mg paroxetine cuisine. The restaurant serves a variety of pancakes, omelets and breakfast sandwiches.

“We serve ‘comfort food,’ food that just makes you feel good, and students just love it,” said Liberty Garcia, a server at Jack & Benny’s whose family owns the restaurant.

The most popular breakfast meal is the Gut Buster, which has hash browns, potato pancakes, bacon, ham, eggs, sausage and toast, Garcia said. A newer item on the menu is the Farmer Boy omelet, an enormous omelet stuffed with ham, bacon, sausage, hash browns and tomatoes.

Students come to the restaurant on a regular basis.

“We know a lot of people by name,” Garcia said.

The inside of the small restaurant has an old-fashioned décor. The seating consists of 1950s-style booths and a long bar. Two years ago, the restaurant added another room for extra seating, Garcia said.

The walls of the restaurant are engulfed with historic pictures from American pop culture and OSU sports events.

Jack & Benny’s has been around for 13 years and has stayed in the Garcia family.