Down Home Diner

(215) 627-1955

51 N 12TH St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions   19107

39.953109 -75.159589

Open Hours

Mon. - Sat. 7am - 7pm;Sun. 8am - 4pm

 
Restaurants, Diners, Traditional American  more

More Cuisine: Southern

Price: $

Tags: Breakfast, Brunch, Family-Friendly Dining, Group Dining, Lunch Spot

Payment Methods: Cash

Neighborhoods: Center City East, Center City

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Menu
Grilled Marinated Chicken Sandwich, Crispy Fried Chicken Sandwich, Louisiana Po' Boy Catfish Sandwich, Philly Cheese Steak, Old Fashioned Grilled Cheese, Pulled Pork Barbecue Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Tenderloin, Open Faced Slow Smoked Brisket, Country Fried Whiting, Granny's Meatloaf... more

Reviews for Down Home Diner

9 months ago

I had breakfast there and was very disappointed. I had the corned beef hash. As a chef and breakfast person i don,t always expect the meals to be something one would expect to see on diners, drive in,s, and dives but if i had to chose which of the three D,s to title this establishment it would certainly be a dive and not because the breakfast was wonderful. When my food arrived the presentation looked like the cook just threw the product on the plate without any thought to it,s appearance. The hash had the taste and texture of ground sausage tossed with potatoes and fried with the eggs on top to conceal the over cooked portion (slightly burnt) of the product. The plate was also presented with a fresh mixed fruit salad which was probably the best part of the meal. I really like the triple D,s tv show and i think if the cook at down home would check out some of the episodes to get some ideas and work them into the menu down home might be the spot to take top honors in the city at least for the best breakfast in town.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Literally THE worst breakfast EVER! – Went to this place for breakfast on a Sunday morning with a friend and my son. I have never had a worse breakfast in my life. The scrapple looked like it had been sitting out for 2 days..it was hard, cool, and disgusting. My friends eggs were so uncooked and runny that the whites were clear rather than white..it was gross to even look at. We could not figure out what was in the corned beef has but we are certain it was not corned beef. The bacon was so greasy and soggy that even my son who LOVES bacon would not eat more than one piece. And that is really saying something. We were all so hungry that morning that we would have eaten just about anything but the 'food' we were served was so inedible that we all 3 just ended up sharing my sons french toast and my homefries since they were the only edible food on our plates. I WOULD NEVER EAT AT THIS PLACE AGAIN.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Stay Home Diner – This place is a disgusting, filthy heckhole. Where's the H department when you need 'em? We'd heard nothing but great things about this place and checked it out on a Thursday around 7:15. They told us they normally close at 7 but had decided to stay open later. Why we'll never know. The dining room was FILTHY, trash and food strewn all over the floors, greasy tables, dirty dishes all over the place. It looked like a bomb had gone off, and there were CREATURES, big fat healthy little mammals (can't use the M or V word on here) running around in plain view in the corner. Still we rationalized - old building, bound to be some running around. We ordered the fried egg burger and a grilled cheese with ham. They told us all the buns were gone so they were serving everything on challah bread. No problem, sounded good. Our food finally comes and they're on thin-sliced white bread (they didn't bother checking with us first to see if we wanted something else). Ever try to eat a burger on thin sliced white bread? Also no cheese on the fries (they ran out of that too and didn't bother checking with us), and the fries were greasy, bland like cheapo ones right out of the freezer bag. We could have made a better meal at home. It's like everything was being made by a kid, a very filthy kid. The ham on my girlfriend's sandwich was RONCID (can't use this word here either), inedible. She ate a few bites and skipped the rest. Still she was sick and orally evacuating (can't use the V word) for the next 2 days. Can't prove the food badness (can't use the p word) came from here but it's a very likely candidate. We won't be back. AVOID THIS PLACE LIKE THE BUBONIC PLAGUE. Shame on you, McDavid.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

outstanding food and service – I came to philadelphia on a business trip dec 3, staying at the marriot i enquried where i could get breakfast i was pointed in the direction of the down home diner i was greated by a irish/english lady who also turned out to be my waitress the food and service was both outstanding. After returning home i noticed i has somehow lost $450.00. A few weeks later a letter arrived at my door, i must have droped it in the resturant, my only form of id was a blockbuster card but the waitress went out of her way to contact them and get my address to return my stuff. I will always be ever so thankful. These are the type of people that serve you at the down home diner. There are still good people around. I would without a second thought recomend the diner how can you go wrong with these kind of people looking after you and the outstanding food.(cornbeef hash w eggs) My best breakfast ever.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Place to have breakfast in Philadelphia! – I live in Wilmington Delaware, we take the train once a month into Philadelphia. The first place we stop in to have breakfast is the DOWN HOME DINER. Yes, the lines are long at times, but they go fdown pretty fast, it's worth the wait. The food is so fresh, and the wait staff are wonderful, very friendly! I recommend the Down Home Diner.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

That many people can't be wrong – Only negative...LONG LINES. So many people try to eat here every saturday and sunday morning that you'll have to wait in line. This Philadelphia Breakfast institution deserves the reputation. BEST BACON EVER! I'm not sure the other reviewers ate at the same restaurant. We came for a convention, had breakfast the first day and ate there for the next five days. Try the Country Eggs Benedict. Poached eggs on a biscuit with Sausage Gravy. Out of this world!!! BEST BREAKFAST IN PHILLY...HANDS DOWN!!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Worst Breakfast Ever – My wife and I ?ate? at Down Home Diner and it was terrible. The food was so bad that both of our plates were inedible. Actually we concluded that this was the worst breakfast we have ever had. This is a real accomplishment considering breakfast is the one meal that is almost impossible to ruin. The food here was so bad that we went to McDonald?s two blocks away and had a hot Egg McMuffin and crispy hash browns for the cost of one plate. We were so disgusted and disappointed that I was actually compelled to write this.

First, my wife had the low carb plate. She is not a foodie, and has never been this disappointed by food. Ever. Her eggs were cold and runny while the bacon was rubbery and lacked any heat. I ordered the biscuits and gravy. I can honestly say that aside of 8 years ago at Arthur Treacher?s in an airport THIS WAS THE WOST MEAL I HAVE EVER HAD. This plate consisted of one terrible ice cold biscuit, no potatoes, and they forgot toast. Actually it should have been called biscuit and gravy. The gravy was cold and nasty. And then there were the eggs. These eggs were so cold and runny to look at them repulsed me.

While we partly attribute this culinary disaster to the waitress not delivering our food in a timely manner, I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND Down Home Diner to anyone at any time.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Great Breakfast!! – I was on vacation and I was looking for a good place to eat breakfast, and the Down Home Diner came highly recommended by a person I asked on the street. I was very happy I took his advice. I loved the food! Everything tasted fresh, including the wonderful orange juice they serve. I got the breakfast burrito with egg, cheese and spinach with a side of potatoes and it was wonderful. The restaurant is busy and you might have to wait for a table, but it's worth it!!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Bad costumer service / Bad food – I went to this restuarant this past Sunday before going to The Flower Show. The waitress was rude slamming our dishes down and rolling her eyes when we asked for juice that came with our breakfast. I ordered poached eggs and whe they came they were swimmimg in water on my plate. My boyfriend had the corned beef hash. He said it was so bad he couldn't even finish it, & he eats almost anything. Overall the food was gross and service really bad. DON"T GO!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Worst diner ever – I had a friend in from out of town and we were walking through Reading terminal. I had always wanted to go to The Down home diner so we tried it. Big mistake. The indifferent server reluctantly seated us in the dirty dining area (i like a good dive but this place smelled bad). Two of us had the pulled pork and one a turkey club and soup. The pork was cold and flavorless except for the excessive vinegar taste,the soup was luke warm, and the turkey sandwich was wawa turkey and cold bacon on burnt toast. The prices were not bad but that said, it was a rip-off based on quality. My feeling is that it is an unmanaged place capitalizing on a busy location. The food is bad and the service mediocre. We won't ever be back and it was the only bad meal my buddy from out of town had in philly.

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