Albright’s Flowers and Gifts has been a Columbus institution for 70 years. New is the eight-month-old Friendship Cafe, which has carved out a space inside Albright’s.
An offshoot of the International Friendship Ministries, the cafe features sandwiches with bread made of organic, whole ground grains. You can choose from whole wheat, seed, raisin or Ezekiel breads.
Sandwiches vary daily, but one of the most popular is the Turkey Bacon Ranch. This sandwich uses cubed breast meat mixed with chopped bacon and homemade ranch dressing.
If you’re not interested in the healthy sandwiches, the cafe does offer chili dogs ($4) and corn dogs ($1.25). Every sandwich is $5 and comes with Sun Chips.
The combo special offers half a sandwich, a cup of soup and a drink for $5.If you really enjoyed the sandwiches, you can buy whole loaves of bread for $5-$7. Hamburger and hot dog buns and dinner rolls are $5 each. A box of cookies is $4 and a box of muffins is $7.
3400 University Ave., 706-507-2487Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday; other times by reservation onlyAtmosphere: Inside Albright’s Flower & Gift Shop, The Friendship Cafe has carved out a pretty little restaurant. Beverages: Various bottled drinks by Snapple; organic teas and coffees.Main dishes: It’s basically a sandwich shop, featuring breads by the Real Bread Co. of Kennesaw, Ga. One of the most popular is the Turkey Bacon Ranch. Specialty diets: If you call ahead of time, the kitchen can accommodate you if you’re a vegetarian. What to wear: Casual, but lots of work attire at lunch.Who to bring: It’s a great place for someone who wants to eat healthy, though there are chili dogs and corn dogs for someone who doesn’t.Of note: All breads are made with organic ingredients, as are desserts.Desserts: Try the Pecan Apple Pie for $2.75. Other desserts include cookies (50 cents); muffins ($1.50), cheesecake ($2.50).The bottom line: It’s a great place if you’re on a budget. A sandwich is $5; a bowl of soup is $3.50. The combo (half a sandwich, cup of soup and a drink) is $5.