One of Cameron Mitchell’s latest — if not the latest, there’s a lot of them, it’s hard to keep track — restaurants, The Guild House, opened earlier this year in the Short North, adjacent to the posh new Le Meridien, the Joseph hotel. The restaurant impresses upon entering, with gorgeous wood slat ceilings and chic but comfy leather couches throughout the space with bright green chandeliers for a pop of modern color.
Their House Cocktails are titled simply with the name of the predominant spirit in each: Rum, Rye, Gin, Mezcal, Bourbon, Vodka, or Pimm’s. That’s gotta be the easiest way for a bartender invented to answer a customer’s “what would you recommend for someone who likes vodka?” inqury. “Uh, the Vodka?” I tried the Rum — a delicious fruity concoction with pineapple juice and two types of bitters. They also offer a rotating seasonal “cocktail for two,” three craft taps, a vast wine selection and even two tempting mocktails.
There are only six options on the brunch menu — including a create-your-own omelet with about a dozen different filling options — but that’s OK, because you only need one: the smoked chicken hash. I don’t generally gravitate toward skillets or hashes on brunch menus because there is always some sort of bacon wrapped or triple cheese stuffed or chocolate orgasm filled dish on the menu, and I find I am physically incapable of choosing a dish with vegetables and egg whites over something like that. This hash said it had bacon and gouda, though, sit earned an order. The bacon and gouda join smoked chicken, poached eggs, sweet potatoes, roasted poblano, caramelized onions and salsa verde for one of the tastiest brunch dishes I’ve had in a while.
The Guild House is located at 624 N. High Street in the Short North. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 11am–3pm.