Confession time: I got married in Vegas by ‘Elvis’ in a pink Cadillac. So, I got a bit misty-eyed walking into this great little space, decked out like a movie set small-town American diner, accurate down to the slightly bored waitress in denim cut-offs.
Charming head chef Zachary Sykes mans the grill with aplomb. Between burger flips, he coyly warns the Baja Dog ($9.50) “is a messy one... it’s not a first date thing.”
When our (gluten free) spiced sausage sandwiched in a bun and overflowing with chilli con carne, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, cheese and chopped habaneros arrives, I have to agree. My only criticism would be the canned corn should be replaced with some of the... you know... fresh stuff, preferably barbecued?
To be honest, I am more about his Mum’s Macaroni and Cheese ($11.50) which was lightly spiced with a little tomato edge and some bacon. It is the ultimate drunk comfort food.
I'd also heartily recommend a side of Chilli Chips ($7.50) to get a taste of the ‘Famous Homemade Chilli’ with good quality ground beef.
Generous serves mean you will have to be hungry to fit in some Barbeque Pork Baby Back Ribs ($8/ 6) as well, but believe me, they’re tasty right down to the last lick.
Appropriate tunes, a fruity jug of White Sangria ($30) and a platter of sizzling beef Fajitas ($15) with a good selection of condiments make you want to sit a while...
...watching the door, waiting for The Man From Another Place to walk in. So expect a wait... I think it's worth it.
My dining companion and I remarked that seeing all our favourite vintage-wearing ladies like Tish, Elise and Madellen sitting at the counter in their retro-fabulous frocks would be jaw-dropping... think we can find six retro glam girls for an excursion?
The Big Rig Diner
231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
Ph: (02) 9332 3197