If I had a Bar and Restaurant I imagine it would be a lot like Edward Delk’s Bar and Restaurant. Fully stocked bar, simple and elegant menu and a nice casual atmosphere make this a elegant dive for downtown dining.
I enjoyed dining here, the experience was made better because I was dining with my bride. She informed me that Edward Delk was the architect of the Philtower, a beautiful example of art deco architecture. The restaurant is a mixture of modern and late 1920’s styling and it features a HUGE picture of the building under construction and an AWESOME spiral staircase that is probably original to the building. There are also 3 flat panel televisions at the bar.
The restaurant has been open almost the entire time I have worked downtown and I just noticed it last week. An art deco inspired lighted sign will probably pay for itself in one month. We dined a late lunch and found the restaurant almost vacant. During our meal a trio of ladies arrived and braved the spiral staircase to the 2nd floor loft lounge, featuring one 2 top table and a couple of couches.
THE FOOD!: It was good. The appetizer was probably the best of the entire meal. Burrata, Prosciutto & Pesto. Arugula, topped with a slice of mozzarella, healthy portion of prosciutto, some oil, spices and Parmesan. We followed this with a wedge salad, featuring bacon, tomato, crumbled blue cheese, hard-boiled egg chunks and a creamy blue cheese dressing, and a Bowl of Tomato Basil Soup. Finally, the Mozzarella & Provolone Panini sandwich with a bag of chips and a pickle.
Restroom: VERY CLEAN. Like several of the finer dining establishments in large downtown office buildings the restroom services all the first floor tenants and has a keypad to gain access. If you are visiting the restroom (at least the men’s room) looking for art deco styling you will be disappointed. The only original thing to the restroom is the door.
Kitchen: The kitchen, from what I could see, was tidy. Never did get a good look at the cook.
Dining Area: Clean, simple and spacious. They offer outside dining but it is on the sidewalk.
Wait staff: My drink was never empty, a plus in my book. She was friendly and answered my questions as best as she could.
Price: Lunch for myself and the wife with a lemon-aid and cocktail was $38. A good value considering we split an appetizer, a bowl of soup, a salad and the entree.