Whenever I think of America, I initially conjure up the image of platefuls and platefuls of ridiculously satisfying food.
This is exactly what you find at South Side Diner in Southbank.
Keeping in theme with the old school diners of the US of A, South Side Diner is playfully styled as a nostalgic 50s cafeteria with long booths, swivel bar stools and chequered tiles.
We kicked off our meal with a couple of snickers milkshakes, complete with whipped cream and a cherry on top. These shakes were a meal in themselves, with a rich choc-peanut taste to them. They were thick enough to support the weight of a spoon, which is always a good sign in terms of how much ice cream has been used.
Other drink options included a peanut butter and jelly shake, or for anyone not driving, a series of hard shakes are available, each with a couple of shots of alcohol included.
From the starters menu, we opted for the corn bread with smoked dripping butter. This was hands down the best corn bread I have tried, with a nice crisp exterior and a soft-as-a-cloud inside. The generous slab of smoked butter was highly addictive, and we ended up spreading it on thickly, like it was cake icing.
Moving on to the mains, we tried the crispy fried duck, served on a toasted waffle with roasted pumpkin puree, stem broccoli and a maple jus. This was duck decadence, with beautifully moist meat on a crispy, maple-soaked waffle that was very moreish.
We also tried the Reuben sandwich packed full of shaved corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and spicy mayo on rye with a Brooklyn pickle. This came complete with fries, but we went for a side of onion rings with aioli as well, just to be on the safe side.
The sandwich featured an excitingly insane amount of meat that was super tasty, especially with the melted cheese. The onion rings were cooked to perfection as well, without being burnt as they so often can be.
Other food offerings include an array of gourmet burgers, any of which can be served with double meat. It is an American diner after all.
Pancakes are available as well, and we particularly liked the sound of the Violet Crumble pancakes with house made honeycomb, chocolate sauce and Canadian maple syrup.
If you can possible fit in dessert, a range of sweet pies are on offer including a cherry pie, or a chocolate peanut butter pie.
For a place that’s sure to satisfy, South Side Diner is open from 10:30am to late every day of the week, and can be found at 168 Grey St, Southbank.