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The mac ‘n cheese sounded intriguing - four flavours all $14.50 each - how much better can they all be than the boxed Kraft variety?

Growing up in a world of Disney-pop movies and films set in New York diners it’s easy to assume South Side will try and bring the diner experience to Brisbane with sparkly red vinyl seats, waitresses chewing gum and shitty bottomless coffee. Fortunately only the last part is true, and even then the bottomless coffee is a certainly-not-shitty Di Bella.

Step into a diner for the 21st century – South Side is decked out with wooden bench seating and tables, a pop art mural and polished concrete floors. Still maintaining a retro vibe, but not a la Hungry Jacks style, South Side Diner’s subtle ode to yesteryear is in its small touches – sauce bottles on the table and the tastefully styled tiled bar with chrome bar stools.

Popping in for lunch we ordered the New York Skyscraper ($13.50) burger. Towering high in the basket, this guy is stacked with a beef patty, caramelised onion, cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon and mustard mayo – all makings of a great burger, but nothing too special. The mac ‘n cheese sounded intriguing – four flavours all $14.50 each – how much better can they all be than the boxed Kraft variety? We ordered the goat’s cheese, spring pea and spinach variety, it was delicious and for the most part justifiable.

To stay cool, we ordered the salted caramel shake ($9.50) and while beautifully styled – with a striped paper straw and pink rock salt rim – we were a little underwhelmed. Paying nearly $10 you want an excellent, if not mind-blowing, milkshake. It was, however, delicious.

While we’re glad the South Side Diner isn’t playing up to the ‘Merican diner stereotypes, we can’t help but feel a little disappointed the waitresses don’t wear rollerskates, but hey what can you do. See you on the South Side.

Published on January 02 , 2014 by

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