My background is from the Northeast, Long Island boy and when you talk about diners, Ihave to say Long Island Diners are the best for a quick bite. Appetizers were the best during late night after going out with the guys and leaving with a huge appetite. Diners offered a selection of dishes, from bacon and eggs to regular hamburgers and always crispy French fries and maybe a nice dessert cake or pastry.
Ever since leaving New York, I only know of the Double T Diner and the Nautilus Diner. Now the owner of the Nautilus Diner in Maryland was the same owner of the Nautilus Diner on Long Island. My view and obviously his view is if it aint broken why change it.
Now, regarding the Double T Diner, what can I say, they need to comply with the demands of their customers and that is "give them value" not necessarily good quality but good value. And they sure do!
But Southside, to me is a little different. I order the club sandwich with a crabcake and shrimp salad and included is bacon, tomato and lettuce. The portion was a typical club sandwich with a dill pickle too. It was delicious. You can actually appreciate the flavor of the crabmeat and shrimp salad. The chicken noodle soup was just as delicious a clean chicken flavor not from the can but definitely homemade.
I heard from friends that Southside has some good and bad days but this is the food industry but generally they've had mostly great days.
The staff was professional, attentive and friendly.
On a scale of 1-5 with 5 being excellent, my first experience with Southside was a 5.
Keep up the good work and never compromise your quality!
By Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocan.com