mixed feelings about Misty’s

I want to keep loving Misty’s, I really do. I’ve been quite a few times – even long ago enough for this sign not to mean anything to me, oh those days of innocence.

Sierra Nevada sign

One of my old friends used to live in the area and first suggested we go. It’s really cool inside – 50s booths and memorabilia on the walls.

Sadly, when I last went there to take L while she was down from Sydney, we went on a very busy evening. First we were told that we could only dine in if we wanted to sit outside. There were lots of bookings and we didn’t have one. That’s fine: we chose to eat outside rather than not eat here at all.

Later on, we learnt that you could indeed sit inside if you were willing to wait and that many folks did do this. Argh, what the hell?! Anyway, we were here and we placed our order. As I tell newcomers as it was told to me, cheesy chilli fries are the way to go when you’re here for your first time.

These are the famous cheesy chilli fries, when eaten at the restaurant. Yup, they look a little gross but they’re so freaking good.

cheesy chilli fries

This is what we ended up with instead, eaten huddled in my parked car. These are wet fries – still delicious and reminiscent of poutine. Originally we ordered the dish above as a starter to share but they forgot to put in our order. Yes yes, of course we asked about it a few times and got it when we’d actually finished our mains. The reason we got wet fries instead of cheesy chilli fries was because when someone came out to confirm our order for the third or fourth time (seriously, I lost count), I was told that because I’d said yes when the lady said ‘wet fries’, I got wet fries.

My bad that the wait staff, the dude taking my order and the kitchen staff initially stuffed up my order. I confess I just said yes so I could get my food and get the hell out of there to somewhere warm.

Still, the wet fries are good and me, Tristan and L gobbled them up like hungry, hungry hippos. Basically, they’re what I initially ordered but without the spiciness – gravy, melted cheese and chopped spring onions.

wet fries

But let’s get back to when we were still dining at the restaurant and not forced to my car shivering like mad.

L decided on the Philly cheese dog for her main. It looked and smelt so good! Lots of onions, thinly sliced beef and drowned in sauce. If I went back I would so order this next time!

philadelphia steak sandwich

Tristan and I shared the ‘I Want What Misty’s Having’ platter – which was two mini blue cheese and Cajun burgers, and a serve to share of the mini blue cheese salad and mini taco nachos. This is perfect if you’re wanting to try out lots of things and not feel sick with overeating!

what misty's having

These burgers are small. Here’s my fist curled next to one for comparison’s sake. Suck on that White Castle!

what misty's having

Crazily, despite us girls freezing our tits off outside, we still had to have the thickshakes. L and I shared a cherry cola one – I am a fan from way back.

cherry cola thickshake

Tristan went for one of their most popular ones – a Reese’s pieces thickshake. I don’t even like Reese’s peanut butter cups but have to admit the thickshake is delicious.

reece's pieces thickshake

Tristan reckons the food here is so good that despite the appalling customer service on this occasion, I’d still come back. There are loads of things on the menu I do still want to try and it’s guilty pleasure eating at its finest but no. I won’t be returning, not even for takeaway, not even for the breakfast burrito I saw on their menu and not even in spite of their ability to cater for vegetarians (there are loads of vegetarian options, believe it or not!).

So yeah, if you know of any other ace places offering the American junk food experience in all its glory, you be sure to let me know! I could never ever fault the food at Misty’s Diner but am not returning (or indeed recommending) a place where they make you feel like their incompetence is something you have to grin and bear. I’m pretty downcast about having to ‘demote’ one of my favourite junk food haunts.

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12 thoughts on “mixed feelings about Misty’s

  1. Fatbooo

    Hello you two. ; )

    I know how it feels, eating from memory at places that have lost some of their charm.

    Gosh the food at this joint looks incredibly filling, shakes included!

    1. gem Post author

      Hullo! It sure is! Well, if they ever clean up their customer service act, I’d certainly go back. And yes, those shakes are filling too.

  2. Emily

    I remember reading about Misty’s ages ago on someone else’s blog and I loved the concept. They were a bit ‘meh’ on the food though.

    Interesting that your take is great food, crap service. I still think I’d like to give it a go sometime (maybe when I am massively hungover and need the fat injection), I’ll just try to visit at a quiet time and hope for the best. Will let you know if I get there…

    1. gem Post author

      I guess when you’re hungover you won’t care about the service, hehehehe. Be keen to see what your experience is like when you go.

  3. VioletLily

    The service drove me nuts too, but yeah… I would still go back as well, that Philly dog was AMAZING!!! And that peanut butter shake was the inspiration for my dinner two nights in a row 😀

      1. VioletLily

        dang, didn’t get notified of this! Well, the next night was your yummy tofu and noodles which I’m going to make soon, then the next two nights was a chocolate peanut butter thickshake which I was inspired to make after Misty’s! Going to blog it soon 😀

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