Bald Eagle Diner
Tastes like Better Burger on steroids, topped with the tears of patriots.
Mission Bay now has a brash and brazen American resident in the Bald Eagle Diner. It's the good kind of American: more Bernie Sanders and fireworks than Donald Trump and firearms.
This baby blue beauty sits right next to Dos Amigos in full traditional diner costume. The floors are black and white checked, the booths resemble the backseat a of 1970's Chevvy, there's a stylised American flag on the wall and even a hot pot of coffee brewing on the vinyl counter. The staff add to the classic American diner appeal with Tupac-esque bandanas tied around heads and snapbacks on backwards, as well as blue shirts emblazoned with the words 'Awesome in BED' (took me a while to figure that one out).
The menu follows a similar tact offering hot wings, burgers, hot dogs, bagels, chilli cheese fries, warm apple pie and of course fried chicken and waffles. If you're a fan of a quality cheeseburger, go with the deluxe ($13). It's a thick and juicy patty cooked medium rare, sandwiched between two brioche buns then topped with that delicious yellow American cheese, fried pickle, smoked tomato relish and mustard mayo. This thing tastes like Better Burger on steroids, topped with the tears of patriots.
The Texan chilli fries prove that everything is bigger in Texas. For $12 you get a massive portion of skinny fries slathered in American cheese then topped with saucy slow cooked beef. It ain't fine dining and it might give you IBS instantly but my oh my it's delicious.
They also nail the southern fried chicken bites. The perfect mixture of crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside - plus they don't go too bad with the buffalo hot sauce (it's actually hot).
If you're still hungry after all that seek help, then perhaps try a hard shake for dessert. There's a salted caramel one with Jack Daniels, a cookies and cream one with Stolen Rum and even a mango margarita milkshake, which sounds ridiculous because it is.
There's many more diner delights on the menu, and not enough words to describe them. So my recommendation is that you chuck on some stretchy pants and get to Mission Bay to sample a wee taste of the 50 states.
237 Tamaki Drive, Auckland