Before leaving Columbus and returning home to Cincinnati this past weekend, we made one last stop for breakfast at a little place called Tommy’s Diner. From the outside I wasn’t expecting much from Tommy’s. After parking the car beneath the large sign out front, we weren’t sure which direction the restaurant actually was. Fortunately a line of people were leaving the restaurant as we had arrived, so we just followed the crowd into this rather plain-looking building.
Once inside, however, it was clear that this truly was a diner. It isn’t a dingy diner though, as the booths and tables all seemed to have been updated at least sometime in the last ten years. There are neon lights everywhere and a checkered floor as you would expect from a diner. Autographed photos cover the walls from famous visitors of the past. There was a pretty large crowd in the rather small space, but enough open tables for us to find a seat immediately.
After being sat at a booth by who I would assume was Tommy, our server was at our side within minutes to take our drink order.
Breakfast is served all day, and most of our group went that route. Though when my twelve-year-old brother-in-law heard that lunch was also available he went straight for the old fashioned burger with American cheese ($4.75). He also ordered a side of fries ($1.95). At this point in our trip he was really into providing ratings to me for my reviews. He rated the burger an 8 out of 10, and the fries just a 5. It seemed that the fries weren’t salty enough for his tastes, so once we added a little more salt, he was good to go.
My wife ordered a breakfast combo with an omelet and home fries. I didn’t have any of the omelet, but I had a big share of the home fries and these were a nice mix of crunchy and soft potatoes. I couldn’t find a price online, but the omelets are in the $6 – $7 range and a side of home fries are $1.75.
We ordered a short stack of hotcakes for our two-year-old son ($3.50). These were pretty typical pancakes, but with a huge mound of butter.
And now for the star of our meal, I ordered the stuffed French toast with fruit topping. This was a large stack of sourdough French toast with a cream cheese filling, topped with a mound of strawberries and a healthy amount of whipped cream. I was in heaven!
Our food varied from average to amazing. Our service couldn’t have been any nicer and the food was out to us in adequate time. Forget what the outside of Tommy’s Diner looks like, there is plenty of good stuff inside.