As American as apple pie? Or is cherry pie more to your liking? Either way, Southbank's newest international neighbour hits all the right sweet notes with their USA influenced fare.
A blast of nostalgia with a modern twist, South Side Diner promises more than 50s style kitsch.
Yes, you'll see hotdogs. And yes, you'll see mac and cheese. But South Side Diner takes these dishes one step further, mixing old fashioned US grub with gastro flair — how good does caramelised onion and double smoked spec mac sound?
Butterfield jumbo shrimp with dirty rice, roast sweet corn and chipotle mayo packs a spicy punch, while baby back pork ribs served with mustard slaw fall apart at the touch.
Super friendly, knowledgeable staff only add to the experience. The fact that they are dressed up in 50s circle skirts and serve bottomless cups of filter coffee (for $4.50) doesn't hurt either.
And if you're just after something to snack on, there are plenty of moreish Americana-inspired bites available — think buffalo wings, fried mozzarella cheese sticks, and sliders.
While the diner is licenced, you could happily go booze-free and enjoy black cherry cream soda, root beer, or one of the many classic or specialty shakes.
Saving the best till last, back to the pie. Cherry pie may sound like a standard diner dessert, but not when you add a layer of cheesecake filling, freeze-dried cherries, and the best darn ice cream you've ever had.
As the waiters' t-shirts predict, "We'll see you on the south side". They sure will.
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