fRESHSTREET is a food vendor in Columbus, who does Japanese takoyaki (octopus skewers) and Japanese crepes in the daytime from Wednesday to Sunday, and then Yakitori (skewers) at a different venue location on Thursday to Saturday nights inside a bar called Double Happiness.
I wanted to try this place, and made it a point to squeeze in a visit to fRESHSTREET while visiting Columbus, Ohio. It was located inside a small bar in Columbus’ “Brewery District” on Front Street. We were lucky and found meter parking about a block away. Even though it was just a two minute walk, it was the longest walk for a thin blooded tourist like me.
Double Happiness is not well marked, but there is a sign that says “Bar Open”. Once inside, walk to the rear of the bar and place your order. The menus are posted on the wall, but ask the cashier for the updated menu as things seem to sell out. The prices start at $2 for a skewer, with the most expensive item for this evening at $12.
Seating is limited, and it’s good if you don’t mind making new friends. You can sit at the bar or at one of the small, cozy rooms by the front door. The decor reminded me of San Francisco Chinatown, with zen-like pop music playing on the juke.
I was coming from a previous dinner engagement, so I wasn’t very hungry. I ordered a few skewers, and wish I had more time (or room in my stomach) to enjoy more of the food. It reminded me of Honda Ya here in Orange County. If I return back to Columbus, I will come back for the Takoyaki and Crepes, and of course, more Yakitori.
fRESHSTREET Takoyaki & J-Crepes:1030 N. High St. 43201 Open: (NooN-3pm Wed-Thu-Fri)(NooN-4pm Sat-Sun)
fRESHSTREET Yakitori is located at 482 S. Front St. 43215, inside the Double Happiness bar. Open Th,Fr,Sat (6:30pm-mid)