by Kevin Sylvester, Buffalo Sports Page

While on assignment for PGA Tour Radio, it is customary to check out the best local joints in the city the tournament happens to be in. This week, I’m in Dublin, Ohio for The Memorial at Jack’s Place, Muirfield village. It’s an absolute gorgeous property that I look (hope) forward to playing someday. Dublin is a suburb of Columbus, a city I have been to several times for NHL games and vacation to visit family. It reminds me a lot of Buffalo, just a little more spread out.

I know a few good spots, other than chains, to dine at, but it was suggested we go to The Thurman Cafe. I thought the exact same thing you did, it’s named after Thurman Thomas. Nope. It’s on Thurman street, and like the HOF Buffalo Bill, it’s great.


The Thurman Cafe is a dive through and through. No reservations, usually long waits (just 20 minutes due to storms), and a reputation for the best pub grub around. The Burgers are the big draw, and that is literal. They are HUGE.  I tweeted a portion of the menu to Thurman Thomas asking him if he could finish his namesake (nickname anyway), and he obliged.

I know I could not. I wasn’t even going to attempt it. A table near us did, and it was massive. Instead, I ordered the Western burger and found a way to finish the colossal 3/4 pound monster. A heroic effort, taking one for the team. A move I’m sure to regret later today, but hopefully I’ll walk it off (not likely).

My colleague from Alabama ordered wings, and I should have taken a picture. His order of a dozen wings, come out as a dozen chicken wings, not wings. The whole chicken wing! Come on Columbus! That’s not how you serve wings, legendary joint or not.

Despite that faux pas, The Thurman Cafe is a must stop joint if you’re in the mood for a great burger and experience. Oh, the owner does know who Thurman Thomas is, and was impressed that Thurman thinks he could finish.

Kevin Sylvester

Kevin Sylvester has over 20 years of experience in media, working for stations, professional sports teams, leagues, and national broadcast entities. This experience includes being an announcer for NHL, NBA, NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball, NCAA Hockey, and The PGA Tour. Kevin also served as the producer for the Buffalo Sabres post-game show, executive producer for a Sabres radio show, and started his own media production company, All Square Media LLC in 2008. All Square Media serves as the executive producer of the Tee 2 Green TV and Radio shows (created by Kevin), handling distribution, sponsorship sales, fulfillment, and production of the shows.

Kevin's business background extends beyond broadcasting. He served as the Director of Amateur Athletics for WNY Arena LLC (Key Bank Center in Buffalo), procuring major amateur sporting events for Buffalo, NY. The major highlights include two sold out NCAA Tournaments First and Second Rounds (2007, 2010), and the 2011 IIHF U20 World Championships (Kevin co-wrote the winning bid, and served on the organizing committee for USA Hockey). Kevin created The Duster Challenge in 2016, a local 18 hole putting competition, and serves as an advisor to WNY golf ball company, OnCore Golf.

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