Written by: Rich Terepak Sr.
Date: June 28, 2013

Fried Chicken at The Pearl.

Fried Chicken at The Pearl. Photo by Steve Stover.

One of the hottest trends on the national, even world restaurant scene is the “gastro-pub,” a bar or pub setting with the emphasis on food.

The Pearl, Cameron Mitchell’s take on gastro-pubs, sure looks like a pub, with brick and dark wood; a large, very busy bar in front; and an open kitchen opposite the bar. On our two visits, The Pearl was lively and jammed; reservations are necessary.

Mitchell’s latest venture has 10 featured draft beers and at least 40 beers by the bottle. There is also a wine list with a number of reasonably priced choices, plus a large array of cocktails

On several weeknight visits with groups, we were able to sample much of the menu.

Among the snacks, which range from $4 – 9, the crispy fried cheese curds were addictive, and we also enjoyed the devils on horseback and house made pickles; all were great.

The nine starters, ranging from $7 – 21, include soup, salads, and other items; we especially enjoyed the charcuterie board, which includes duck terrine, chicken liver pate, sausages, accompaniments, and the hand-cranked sausage sampler, as well as the spoon bread, New England clam chowder, and the salads.

Among the dozen entrees, which start at $12 and go up to $39 for the steak, the short ribs, grilled cheese with brie, pub burger, fried chicken, and fish and chips got strong votes at our tables. There is also an extensive oyster and shellfish section on the menu.

The Pub Burger at The Pearl. Photo by Steve Stover.

The Pub Burger at The Pearl. Photo by Steve Stover.

The dessert menu includes fresh pies that are made daily, but not a singe gastro-pub diner at our table had room for dessert.

The Pearl, 641 North High Street in the Short North, open daily at 4 pm, brunch on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 am. 614-227-0151. More information at

– Rick Terapak Sr. and Steve Stover.

  • shrimlock

    The Silent Woman Bar was i believe on East Main, just east of James.
    The signage in neon or lit up from behind maybe, was extremely provocative.
    It showed an image of a female with her, holding her own head or her head somehow detached.
    Depicting the female as presumably silent. And even holding the knife?
    pretty grisly, and disturbing and was evident to anyone driving around there up till the 90’s, it seems.

  • shrimlock

    The other one that was near the Motel Greg Lashutka got in trouble win he was prosecutor, And i think that was on East Broad, that was the Pink Elephant.

  • Barbara Cruz

    what about hanleys steak house sullivant ave Columbus ohio

  • Barbara Cruz

    does anyone have a copy of the menu or pictures

  • Mr.Gale.B

    I need an exact and correct answer:
    Where was “Top of the Center” located? In WHAT building?

  • Otto Gronkowski

    Slow hipster service and slow kitchen. Expensive prices. Don’t visit if you want to see food on your table in under 45 minutes. However the food quality, taste and presentation is very good! Ambiance is contemporary cool inside, very different from what you may have the impression of from the exterior of this old Tim Horton’s location. Good bar and drink selection. Overpriced menu. On the west coast you can find this style of filipino restaurant serving same dishes for $7.50. Here they will set you back $12-$18. You can’t even get into appetizers for less than $10 unless you want a bowl of rice. Don’t know if they’ll survive, table turnover is way too slow, even though they’re making large profit margin per dish, it’s just way too slow. If you have an evening to kill, this would be a good hangout. Don’t attempt a weekday lunch or dinner. You’ll see a good hipster millinial crowd here.