Bringing it home

. September 18, 2012.

Chef Bart’s Flag City Diner
816 Tiffin Ave.

If you are looking for a cozy place to sample some down-home cooking, pull up a chair at Chef Bart’s Flag City Diner.

The diner held its ribbon cutting in November and began offering Findlay residents comfort food favorites.

This particular Sunday we were looking for simple fare that hearkened back to suppers at Grandma’s. As the menu demonstrates, simple doesn’t have to mean boring. Flag City Diner offers platters, deli sandwiches, burgers and daily specials, as well as breakfast all day. Specialties include the pot roast dip sandwich, lake perch platter and made-from-scratch meatloaf.

A bevy of choices

My husband and oldest daughter both chose the country club sandwich with fries ($6.99), which featured Virginia ham, roast turkey, bacon and other trimmings with a choice of bread. My husband also ordered the city chili. My younger daughter ordered the fettucine alfredo with garlic bread ($7.99).The children’s menu offers macaroni and cheese, spaghetti with a meatball and two chicken tenders with one side — for $2.99 each. I decided to have breakfast for dinner and ordered a short stack of pancakes ($2.99) with homefries.

We shared an order of onion rings as an appetizer ($3.99) which was a mistake – they were too good to share; thick-cut, whole onion slices that had just the right amount of crisp. My husband enjoyed the chili. “It’s perfect,” he said. “When I think of a bowl of chili, this is what I think of.” We all enjoyed our meals, and my oldest even brought her leftovers to school for lunch the next day.

Tasty treats

Flag City Diner also offers a rotating list of homemade desserts. On the day we visited, they offered chocolate cake, raspberry cheesecake bars, carrot cake, pumpkin pie, apple pie and red velvet cupcakes. Too full for dessert, we took a sampling home for a yummy bedtime snack. The cupcakes were moist and delicious, and the apple pie and carrot cake didn’t last past the first glass of milk.

Though it’s relatively new, Flag City Diner has all the fixings to become a Flag City favorite.

The Short Course:
Kid friendly: Yes
To avoid the wait:
Consider off-peak hours
Noise level: Fine
Bathroom amenities: Fine
High chairs? Yes
Got milk? Yes
Kids’ menu? Yes
Anything healthy for the kids? Applesauce and other veggies can be added as sides
Food allergy concerns? As always, ask