My MISS AMERICA’S DINER experience started a few months ago now. I left work to drive to Riverwood to meet some foodie friends. The forty minute drive turned into two and a half hours of the worst traffic I have ever been in. By the time I arrived I was in a murderous rage and in desperate need of alcohol with alcohol chaser laced with roofies and valium accompaniments. My friends had waited patiently for an hour and a half for me. They were quite scared to inform me that the venue didn’t serve alcohol haha.
MISS AMERICA’S DINER VENUE AND CONCEPT:
Miss America’s Diner is a genius concept – by day the venue is actually The Spot Caffe in Riverwood. On Friday and Sunday nights sisters Constance Chalazia and Alexis Barberakis take over their mother’s cafe. In a well practiced frenzy they transform this mild mannered Riverwood Cafe back sixty years to the 1950s quicker than Clark Kent to Superman. I really need to see the transformation take place because it isn’t a few posters they put up, they literally transform the entire venue into a near museum of pop culture. Elvis, Monroe, Dean, Formica, American flags, comic books, abundant street signs, licence plates, loads of pictures and even a white picket fence come out of storage and turn Miss America’s Diner wholly into its namesake.
Everywhere you look there is something to take your attention. The staff were dressed in 50s styled clothes and the only thing missing was the staff on roller-skates. My wonder at all the incredibly cool stuff quickly assuaged my murderous post traffic rage. A Brown Cow Milkshake was on its way in replace of valium laced triple strength drinks – and I was fine with this. Now my goal was set on steeling the awesome Bakelight Radio on the counter hahaha.
MISS AMERICA’S DINER MENU:
The menu is American diner food on crack – it’s as simple as that. They do Burgers, Dawgs, Sweet Tooth Goodies, Sides to Make you Scream or Cheer or Both and then Shakes and Spiders. Constance is the chef and Alexis is the Hostess/ Super Waitress. When Constance saw a table of four food bloggers order conservatively she came out to say she was completely changing our order to be more suitable to a burger whore, his posse and more importantly for the photos. She didn’t word it remotely that way but you get my drift.
WE SMASHED SO MUCH FOOD I THOUGHT I WOULD DIE:
- HOT WANGS – 6 Buffalo wings with fresh celery and homemade tangy mayonnaise
- CHESSY FRIES – skinny fries topped with cheese sauce
- HEART ATTACK FRIES – skinny fries topped with crispy bacon, melted cheese and shallots
- CHILIDOG – pork sausage smothered in ground chilli beef with onion and spices sprinkled with cheddar
- FAT ELVIS DOG – Krasky dog topped in sweet onion and melted cheese
- LOVE ME TENDER – chicken breast, bacon, cheddar, lettuce and tangy mayonnaise
- SLOPPY JOE – house ground beef mix of onion and spices in a rich tomato salsa between two slices of cheddar cheese
- NEVADA GET ME WONG BURGER PIMPED TO THE MAX – (usually served with two patties) 5x beef patties, separated by bacon, cheese, lettuce and tomato with homemade Nevada sauce topped with freshly cut onions and pickles
- BROWN COW – chocolate milkshake
- BLACK AND WHITE COW – Oreo milkshake
- PINK COW – strawberry milkshake
- And thennnnnnnnnn a bunch of American sodas imported in cans
WHAT WE THOUGHT:
This is American diner food. It was nearly flawless in its execution and presentation. It should only be eaten as a treat as it will eventually kill you. My god I loved it. If I was a young kid and was served what we had I would have died from excitement. The burgers and the dawgs were next level, the shakes were bloody marvellous and pimped out with lollies and piccolo sticks and the Heart Attack Fries were my favourite #carsbarelife. I got some amazing pics of the Nevada Get Me Wong Burger but it had to be cut up to be eaten. It is the single largest burger I have ever attempted and it beat me.
The red and white chequered wrappers and table cloths were a fantastic addition as was the teeny American flags and fold out turkeys stuck in dishes. It added to the entire vibe of the venue. The food itself is pop culture art and it has a soundtrack of rockabilly blues that match the soul and all the paraphernalia of the venue.
I have eaten at a lot at American Diner food venues in Australia and all of them were cheap commercial kitsch copies, MISS AMERICA’S DINER is a bona fide Titan of authenticity in the sea of knock off mediocrity. It is a marvel with superb pop culture and food to keep you entertained for hours. But get in early – you won’t believe how popular this place is.
SCORE BREAKDOWN: 2/3 food, 2/2 service, 1/1 drinks, 1/1 venue & ambience, 1/1 cost, 1/1 toilets and 0/1 bonus
Miss America’s Diner Deets:
PH: 0430 998 548
210 Belmore Rd, Riverwood NSW 2210
HOURS: Friday and Sunday ONLY – 6-11pm
LOCAL DELIVERY: Deliveroo
VEGETARIAN OPTIONS: Minimal
GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS: Minimal
KID FRIENDLY: Definitely
*** JK (and any guests of Spooning Australia) were invited guests of the establishment and/or any PR agencies representing them. However, as always, if it was shite I would happily tell you as such ***