Diner food is some of the most amazing food ever. In my family we made a habit out of road trips and scenic routes. It wasn’t unheard of in my home to drive two or three hours for pie, or chicken fried steak. Heck, supposedly, my Nana went out for milk one day and was gone for a few months. She remembered to bring milk home with her when she came back, though!
Anyways, Diner/Dive food has always held a special place in my heart. We spent a lot of time on the road between archery tournaments, figure skating competitions, and visits to my mom. My Nana, Gramma, and Grandpa Bill could tell you how to get anywhere in the United States without a map and the best part is they can tell you the best place to get good, hearty food and an excellent cup of coffee. They can usually tell you the best place to get gas on those roads where you’d least expect to find a gas station.
Xannatos and I discovered this old casino in Downtown Reno the other day. It was featured on Diners, Dives and Drive-Ins at some point, but I only watched the episode recently. This place is open 24 hours a day, and best as I can tell serves all of their meals, including dinner at any point of the day as well.
We’ve been to the Gold ‘N Silver Inn twice now. The first time, it wasn’t anything super special, but I’ll admit that the coffee took me back to my childhood (yes, I drank coffee as a child). There’s just something, well, different, about diner coffee. I can’t explain it, but anyone who’s spent any time at all in a diner knows what I’m talking about. Also, the Zucchini Sticks were the most flavorful I’ve ever had, and their milk shakes are to die for.
When we went back today, we hit the jackpot. Xannatos got the Fried Chicken, and I got their Lemonade Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes; we also ordered an appetizer of Asparagus Sticks. Unfortunately, I had to order Decaf as I’m in my two week wait, but you know what? I didn’t miss my normal coffee; their Decaf is excellent! Hubby gave the Fried Chicken a thumbs up, though he states that he still prefers mine (and he’s not just kissing ass, either. I’ve been told by many people that my fried chicken is amazing… which is funny because I can’t stand fried chicken and don’t eat it when I make it… *shrug*). My Pork Chops were great, but the star of the meal was the Mashed Potatoes. They used Red Potatoes versus Russets, and between the artery clogging flavor of butter and the smoothness of those Reds, we discovered that there was absolutely no need for gravy. Yes people, I ate my potatoes without gravy… and I enjoyed every bite! The Asparagus Fries were amazing, even Xannatos was nomm-nomming those things down like there was no tomorrow. Those will now be ordered whenever we go there.
I’m hoping that our search has ended for some good old fashioned diner food. I really am. There’s something about good food that brings people together. Usually we each have a book, or have our phones out and are busy surfing the internet, but tonight we simply enjoyed our food and each other. It was a nice change of pace from the usual. It’s nice to know that even after nearly ten years we’re still capable of having conversations… I don’t know why that was so important to me tonight. I guess between all of the life and money hardships we’ve been through it’s just nice to be reminded. I still love my best friend, and he still loves me. 😀