Sometimes you just want a big plate of bacon and eggs at two o’clock in the afternoon. At least I do. Thankfully, there are plenty of places around town serving breakfast goodness well into the lunch hour, or better yet, all day long. These types of establishments are usually your small, neighborhood diners where you’re likely to find a no frills, no fuss approach to great comfort food. I’ve detailed many local places in town where you can stroll through the door at any hour and order up your favorite morning grub, and here’s another to add to the list: George’s Beechwold Diner on Indianola near Clintonville, just south of Morse Rd. George’s has been alive and kickin’ since 2010, when owner, George Cela, who worked for years for the Pappas Family as a line cook at Tommy’s Diner, took over operations. Before that, the restaurant re-opened in early 2010 as Suzzie’s Beechwold Diner, and was Rube’s Diner several years prior, before closing in 2005.
Inside, Beechwold Diner looks like many other diners in Columbus, with a few upgrades. Granite countertops, track lighting, and wider booths (much appreciated by those of us who don’t weigh 150 lbs or less) are just a few of the things that made George’s stand out to me, but many of the old diner stand-by’s were present as well (plastic menus, movie star and Coca-Cola wall hangings, and an open grill.)
The comfort and intimate setting of a diner is honestly something that is found in many places all over the city, but can still feel personal and sacred to the place where you call your “regular spot”. It’s great to have one of those places where you know the menu and what to expect, and know you’re going to be in good company. George’s Beechwold Diner is clearly one of those places to a lot of people in that part of town.
AND…they get extra points for having not just one, but TWO Beatles posters in the dining room!!
The food at Beechwold Diner is pretty basic, yet very tasty, diner food. Although it was technically after lunch time, I opted for the breakfast menu, and at the recommendation of my very friendly server, I ordered the Big Breakfast ($9.75). It was a large meal that consisted of two eggs, fried potatoes with onions, meat, toast, and either two slices of French toast, or three pancakes.
The French toast was the highlight of the meal in my opinion. As the two, thick slices were placed on my table, I could smell the vanilla waft up from the plate. It was a heavenly aroma. The butter was already generously applied when it arrived, and once the maple syrup was poured, it was on like Donkey Kong!!
I ordered my eggs fried, and added onions to my potatoes. The bacon was crisp and the rye toast was hot and buttery. It was a very good plate of breakfast love. The Big Breakfast was extremely filling and kept me going strong for the rest of my work day.
After I ate, George came by to introduce himself and say hello. It’s always nice to chat with people who are passionate about serving great food, and are appreciative for the people who keep them in business. He was very friendly, as were the servers and staff I encountered.
Overall, I was very happy with Beechwold Diner. If you’re looking for a place in the Indianola/Clintonville area to make your regular breakfast spot, they will be more than happy to serve you. Heck, they’ll even happily cook you breakfast in the middle of the afternoon, if you like that kind of thing (like I do).
George’s Beechwold Diner is located at 4408 Indianola Ave, Columbus, OH 43214 (Map). They’re open Monday – Saturday, 6:30am – 3:00pm, and Sunday 7:00am – 3:00pm. For more info, check them out on Facebook, or their website.