I haven’t had time to write a proper review, but I think it’s about time Goody’s Diner had it’s own post. It’ll give me a chance to answer some of the questions I’ve gotten so far.
Goody’s isn’t a gourmet burger restaurant. It’s a diner first with some mighty fine burgers. Those creations came about by customer demand. They add their own little signature twist to every dish they serve, but the burgers are their tour de force.
Yes, scarberian, the owner is a young guy. That older Santa Claus looking gent you probably saw mopping floors with a smile on his face is this guy: http://www.chefdb.com/nm/96/Neal-Noble He’s also dad. That apple must have fallen right next to the tree ‘cause those two are the Delicious Duo. It’s a father and son team with mom looking after their websites. Most restaurants create some sort of mythology to hook you. These guys are the real thing. Talented, nice, humble, happy to help you.
Get goin’ mom with that Twitter page. I want a tweet every time those two devise something new. I assure you I can be there in 5 minutes.
As to what they do well, I’d have to say everything I’ve had so far. I see the braised beef isn’t on the menu right now. That’s too bad. The one I had was lovely. Maybe a winter time comeback? Please? Served in a shallow bowl, the succulent chunks of beef were surrounded by tender-crisp root vegetables all served atop garlic mashed potatoes and swimming in braising liquid. Fab.
Salads, though not why people go there, come with house made dressing. And they’re good. C’mon you have to at least consider a little roughage if you’re going to take on their portions.
Their Reuben is a generous pile of pastrami perfectly Panini pressed and, of course, house made dressing and served with fries, or sweet potato frites, or salad. Scarberian may disagree, but I swear if those French fries have ever seen the inside of a freezer I’ll hang up my cast iron grill pan.
And you gotta try the steak sandwich. I’ve been looking for that exact composition and have had to be content with making it myself. Char-grilled steak served on garlic loaf with carmelized onions, jalapeno havarti (okay, I never thought of that) and sautéed mushrooms. Yay! 9 bucks and no dishes.
Now to the burgers. Start with 8 ounces of all beef deftly seasoned with just salt and pepper and handled lightly so it’s ever so tender, char-grilled to a moist interior and well, grill-marked exterior. Add to that perfectly matched bun selections (egg, pretzel, and more) and their creativity and every bite’s a winner. I hesitate to mention the varieties for fear of copycats. I will say that every composition makes perfect sense. It isn’t just about wow factor. Each topping they choose creates a harmony with the next it shares a bun with. The wow happens naturally. You really have to make the journey to the east side if you want to know.
Monday-Friday 9am-7pm only. Really. Their website hours are incorrect.