Uncle John’s Ham & Eggs, the 35+ year old diner on 8th btw. Olive & Hill, is not exactly a hidden Downtown gem. But it isn’t Philippe’s either. It lives somewhere in between, and for those who work or live or breakfast downtown, it’s borderline legendary. For me, it’s a no-brainer Midtown Lunch. The idea is so simple in its genius, that some might be confused at first by its brilliance. On one hand its unfamiliar, on the other it’s so familiar you can’t understand how this place isn’t a nationwide franchise. Breakfast diner + Chinese food. That’s it. Think Chinese roast pork with eggs, hash browns and toast. Or corned beef hash and eggs over fried rice.
I first heard of Uncle John’s last month, when Dig Lounge (run by yesterday’s profiled lunch’er Matt) reported that Uncle John’s would be opening a second location on Grand btw. 8+9th, in the Stillwater Hotel. I couldn’t wait that long, and immediately rushed to their original location… only to find it closed! For good (so sad). Thankfully their new location on Grand opened last week, so on Monday I headed over for some over easy egg topped salt and pepper pork chops.