Wednesday, March 6, 2013

11th Street diner: A deliciously tasty treat

I consider myself to be food obsessed, most people who know me would completely agree. I sleep, breath, eat and think food constantly and I'm always glued to the food network and cooking channel. One of my all-time favourite Food Network shows besides Iron Chef is Guy Fieri's Triple D a.k.a. Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. I have always wanted to take a road trip throughout the United States, stopping at all the Triple D stops, maybe one day I will. For now I was more than happy to settle for a visit to one Triple D spot during my trip to Miami, the appropriately named 11th Street Diner on the corner of Washington and you guessed it 11th street.

On a chilly Miami night my sisters and I walked the 9 blocks to the Diner and sat at a table on their side patio. The relaxed diner atmosphere and funky decor wasn't lost on us, we enjoyed the warm homey feeling. The menu at 11th Street Diner has a lot of amazing choices and the dishes recommended by Guy Fieri are carefully labelled with the Food-network seal of approval. I had the Argentinian steak with Chimichuri, recommended/as seen on Triple D, one sister had the southern fried chicken, another had the meatloaf and my other sister had the grilled apple glazed pork chops - also recommended by Guy.

The friendly and attentive waiter took our orders and served is our drinks quite quickly, totally impressed by the service for such a busy place! The food arrived shortly thereafter and boy oh boy did it not disappoint. The Argentinian steak was cooked to a perfect medium rare with a heaping mound of their delicious house chimichuri. All main meals at 11th Street Diner are served with your choice of two sides from their plethora of options.  I chose my meal to be served with crispy delicious sweet potato fries and their delicious home made mac n cheese.   The mac n cheese was cheesy, gooey and oh so good.  The sweet potato fries were crispy on the outside and sugary soft goodness on the inside, one of the best sweet potato fries I have ever eaten. This plate was absolutely perfect and I really enjoyed each bite. So much so that I managed to eat the entire portion served, it really is enough for two.

The crispy fried chicken was moist and juicy, not over cooked and seasoned just right.  The tender chicken was so beautifully balanced and the crispy fried crust was absolutely delicious.  Truly what good fried chicken should be.  The chicken was not oily at all, and the delicious crust was not hiding a layer of chicken skin, like at other chicken places.   The portion was so large for one person that we ended up bringing it home and had a delicious lunch the next day - chicken salad!

The grilled pork chop served with an apple and raisin sauce was the best meal at the table.  The perfectly seasoned and cooked pork chop was tender, juicy and flavoured perfectly.  It had a savory taste that complimented the delicious and sweet homemade apple/raisin sauce.  Served with a side salad and veggies, our choice, the meal was well balanced and truly enjoyable.  We now understand why Guy Fieri recommends this dish as a must have.

The last dish we had was the meatloaf served with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables.  As I am not a huge meatloaf lover I did not expect to enjoy this dish as much as I did.  The savory meatloaf was tender, juicy and not rubbery as it sometimes can be.  The mashed potatoes served as the perfect gravy boat encompassing the delicious brown sauce inside their smooth creamy potato goodness.  

We all agreed that 11th Street Diner is the perfect spot for comfort food on a chilly Miami night.  My family and I enjoyed ourselves immensely, so much so that after I left Miami, my family returned a couple more times for more delicious food.





Argentinian Steak w/ Chimichurri 



Meatloaf and mashed potatoes



Pork Chop 



Southern fried chicken







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