The Goodnight Diner

In: Eating

21 Feb 2011

UPDATE: closed (map) Comfort food with a gourmet twist? Yes, please! This new place in Drippin’s historic downtown is definitely putting a creative spin on Southern classics like fried chicken, braised short ribs and pork chops. But they’re also mixing in the unexpected. Pierogies? Above, the Sriracha Chicken & Waffles. Boneless chicken breast was battered using the famous Thai hot sauce, which gave it a subtle chili-pepper flavor with a bit of a kick. The sweet, cake-y waffles were served with a dark maple syrup that matched the intensity of the chilies.

You don’t see these on many menus down south: Pork & Potato Pierogies. Mashed potatoes and ground pork are folded up in dough, then fried and served with a fantastic sour cream flavored with smoked paprika.

This Roasted Beet Salad was delicious and like something you’d expect to see at the Four Seasons. The tender sweet beets were served with roasted walnuts and lots of creamy goat cheese, and dressed with a tangy lemon-dill vinaigrette.

Ahh, that Smothered Pork Chop! Extra-thick and juicy, covered with a brown gravy that had just a hint of sweetness. Underneath were soft slices of caramelized sweet potato and fresh, crunchy green beans.

The decor is pretty simple, with some re-claimed wood here and there. During the day, it’s operated by a completely different group as the Sunrise Cafe; at 5:30 pm it transforms into The Goodnight. Make a note – it’s BYOB. If you forget to bring your own beer or wine, there’s a well-stocked Shell station just around the corner.

The Goodnight Diner website

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