Comfort food — roast beef and meatloaf — the bedrock of Scotty's Cafe near Bexley

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Since 1989, Scott Bast has been keeping things simple, affordable and homemade at Scotty’s Cafe just east of Bexley.

Bast, formerly of Miami, Florida, moved to central Ohio to marry his future wife, Gina, and brought his culinary tradition with him.

The cafe, open for breakfast and lunch, is a family-run business, with Bast’s wife and their daughter, Audriana, taking part in the restaurant.

Scotty’s Cafe offers classics such as a roast beef sandwich, an inside top round cooked medium-rare, served hot or cold, with a choice of breads and topping.

“We just make sure everything we make is homemade and fresh,” he said. “That’s the bedrock of what we believe in.”

The melt ($10.95) has caramelized onions and cheese. The chilled roast beef ($9.25), Bast’s preference, has typical garnishes.

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“I believe in the basics,” Bast said. “When you’ve got a great product, you don’t dress it up with sauces.”

Challah, a braided egg bread, is made on-premises. It is used as a sandwich bun and the restaurant’s highly rated French toast ($6.25 for a half-order, $9.50 for a full).

The wash is rich with heavy cream and eggs, and spices for dimension. Showered with powdered sugar, the French toast is offered with fresh blueberry compote.

Breakfast and lunch are served all day.

A three-egg Western omelet ($8.25 with a choice of toast, English muffin or bagel) has peppers and onions — cooked per order — along with ham and cheese.

“We don’t use any of the egg substitutes,” he said.

Among the house-seasoned salads, the tuna option ($9.95  a platter, $5.50 for a scoop) is the most popular, Bast said.

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A special canned tuna is mixed with Hellmann’s mayonnaise (Bast’s only choice) and celery.

Tuna and other salads and several meats also are available by the pound.

“The tuna is out of the world,” he said. “I can’t even tell you how many pounds of tuna we sell a week.”

The chicken parm sandwich ($9.50) features a deep-fried chicken breast ladled with a light marinara sauce, topped with melted provolone and served on a challah bun.

The girth of the meatloaf sandwich ($12.50) is stunning, Bast said.

The beef is served with garlic mashed potatoes and homemade gravy made from pan drippings.

“Our meatloaf, I would say, 80% can’t finish it,” he said. “People don’t leave here hungry. We do so many to-go boxes for people.”

There are several Jewish classics on the menu at the cafe, which is a sibling of Catering by Scott, also owned by Bast.

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Three potato latkes ($7.95), seasoned with onion, are served with a choice of sour cream and apple sauce.

“It is an old-style, traditional Jewish potato latke,” Bast said. “It doesn’t get more traditional than the way we do it.”

Bast said he hasn’t been quick to change what has been a winning formula.

“The other thing about our cafe, I truly believe in, is the highest level of customer service,” he said. “When you don’t provide great customer service, that’s half the meal.”

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Scotty’s Cafe

Where: 2980 E. Broad St., just east of Bexley

Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, closed Saturdays and Sundays

Contact: 614-676-0074, https://www.cafecolumbusoh.com/


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