Sydney's current craze is American BBQ and burgers and who am I to complain! I get to indulge in some good ole fashioned American comfort food.
The best thing about this craze is that alot of new places are opening up out of the inner city area and heading to the burbs including Miss America's Diner. By day this place is The Spot Caffe and on a Friday night it comes alive as an American Diner, complete with flag bunting and quitchy 50's Americana memorabilia. I am instantly the smitten kitten.
Our party of 9 were sitting outside at a red and white checked table. Jumbo playing cards are supplied for some entertainment (for the kids, however adults are welcome to play to!)
The menu is two pages long and is filled with classic's, burgers, dawg's fries, sundaes, spiders and sodapop. Miss America's Diner is also BYO. So adults are drinking wine while the kids opt for shakes.
Brown Cow and Blue Cow shakes. The flavours come in chocolate (brown), pink (strawberry), yellow (banana), black and white (vanilla). Ask for a Fat cow and it comes thickshake style.
These shakes are malted with soft serve and cream. I love the addition of lollies, wafers and cream atop of the shakes.
I think we ordered most of the menu!
I went with the James Dean burger. Double beef patties separated by cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and sauce.
I have to admit the cheese melted between the patties is a revelation! Juicy and full of burger flavour, this burg was GOOD. Really good!
I couldn't eat it all, particularly as we were also nibbling on side dishes (see below) and one of the boys polished it off on top of his dawg. Big appetites are needed!
A juicy beef patty with double cheese, lettuce
A couple tried the Love Me Tender and both said it was good. Chicken breast, bacon, cheddar, lettuce and honey mustard burger.
Someone went with the Chilli Dog. The bun was filled with a pork sausage smothered in chilli beef, onions, peppers, spices and was piled high with chilli and oozy melted cheesy sauce.
The tiddly winks (aka the kids) went with either a junior dawg which is a sausage in a bun with sauce or the Hot Diggity Dawg which was topped with bacon and melted cheese (hold the mustard sauce).
We could not pass up a selection of sides to share. We ordered the chilli fries, which in my opinion some of hte best chilli fries I have ever had. The chilli had a good kick of heat but it also was thick and really tasty. pairs with the best cheese to come out of America and these were the bomb!
Another must try was the Heart Attack Fries and I know why they are called that and equally delicious. Skinny fries topped with crispy bacon, two types of melted cheese (and I forgot to ask what ones) and shallots. Let's just say 'skinny fries' is a misnomer!
These were pretty delicious and reminiscent of a cabonara sauce flavour. Although these were very good we all decided that we preferred the chilli fries (saying that I would definitely have these again as a side if I wasn't feeling up to spicy heat).
The Buffalo Wings are something I feel in love with while I was living in Canada. I would always meet up with one of my great friends there for a pub night once a week or so and we would have beer and wings. Proper Buffalo wings.
So I had to try these out tonight. 6 wings fried golden and crispy and dipped in a vinegar based hot sauce and perhaps butter? (that's the traditional way). Served with celery sticks and blue cheese sauce.
I liked these but I reckon they could be a little more vinegar-y and spicy...but then again spiciness is subjective!
Even though we realised we had to much food we couldn't stop ourselves ordering a serve of the Corny Corn. Boiled ears with butter and topped with crushed cheese corn chips.
Crunchy, cheesy and tasty. I love me some corn and they are the perfectly bite sized.
The kids wanted Banana Splits and these were glorified with lollies again! Sweet heavens.....
For those adults wanting dessert they finished off with the warm Apple Pie (and we will ignore all the references to the movie made at the table). This was simply served with a glass of soft serve icecream
We had a fun night out and ate some great food. The memorabilia is awesome and the atmosphere is great.
The only downside thing I noticed and it's no bigger really was service was a little hit and miss, it was busy and the girls were run off their feet and we were left waiting for a few things that were needed at the table. It happens and we weren't in any rush and mentioned no big deal.
Making the trek to Riverwood (okay I'm not to far but others might grumble) is worth the effort on a Friday night and I am looking forward to those chilli fries again.