photograph courtesy of phil’s grill
Darien locals have been talking about Phil’s, a good place for a casual meal with the whole family, thanks to an eclectic menu featuring burgers, pastas, salads and more that will leave patrons satiated but unlike your average burger joint, not feeling full of grease when they’re done.
From our table we could see chefs cooking behind the counter that separates the kitchen from the restaurant, or we could watch TV on one of Phil’s three large flat-screens.
When dinner arrived we were pleasantly surprised by the large portions. “You’ve got to give people enough food to hang around,” says Phil Santomassi, who owns Phil’s with his wife, Patty, and fellow Darien resident James Calcagnini.
The pulled pork sandwich had just the right amount of spice, the chili was chunky with meat and beans, the Cobb salad was fresh (though the dressing could have used a kick), and everyone loved the nongreasy onion rings and sweet potato fries. The mac and cheese had a unique extra-sharp taste, which our table was so-so on. If you like the cottage fries (Phil’s version of potato chips), they’ll soon be for sale at Darien Doughnut.
Also new this winter, Phil’s is offering an after-school special where diners can get a shake or soda, a side and a burger, chicken fingers, a plate of nachos or a hot dog for just five dollars. A kids-eat-free night may also be in the works.
For fresh American classics in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere, Phil’s is the place to be.
340 Heights Rd., Darien, 203-202-9404