Today we decided to head down to the Short North for lunch before Richard started on his way back to Pittsburgh. We parked and walked down High Street, looking for a restaurant option that struck our fancy. We ended up at the Philco Bar + Diner.
The first thing you notice about the Philco is its size. It’s intimate and snug, with a bar/counter, three booths, and a few high-top tables. It’s decorated in classic diner lines — booths and stools and stationary seats at the counter — but with more muted colors. We strolled in a few minutes after noon and lucked out, getting a table in the back that had just been vacated by another party.
The second thing you notice about the Philco is the menu. It’s like a diner menu, but with a twist. Nutella grilled cheese? Sweet chili meatloaf? Johnnycake sliders? Hmmm. And, like any good diner should, it serves breakfast all day.
So, even though it was technically lunch time, I had to try one of the breakfast options. I decided on the baked grits with two eggs over easy, and the three of us shared an order of maple ricotta cornbread. The grits were hot and creamy and tasted great with a little egg yolk mixed in. The cornbread was also very good, with the maple adding sweetness but not overpowering. The service by the counterman was excellent, too.
The world needs more diners. The Philco is doing its duty at filling that crying need.