Whenever my little sister comes home to visit from Hawaii, I quickly (and greedily) bogart all her free time and make lengthy lists of new Phoenix places we need to explore.
This weekend was no different, and we finally got to check out Welcome Diner. A quick walk from my house, the Diner is a quirky little joint with an interesting history. Says the website:
"The Welcome Diner is located on Roosevelt Street in the Garfield neighborhood of downtown Phoenix. It is a 9-stool Valentine Diner that was built in 1945 in Wichita, KS. It was later moved in 1955 to Williams, AZ, where it operated on Route 66 for 25 years. In 1980 the Diner was moved to it's current location on Roosevelt, though it remained vacant until opening in 2004."
Fast forward to 2013. The Diner has only been open for special events for the last few years, until late January when the owners partnered with Old Dixie's Southern Kitchen, a Phoenix food truck, to open the doors again. With a fresh coat of paint, lots of grassy area with new outdoor seating, cold beer on tap and fun, friendly staff, good things were bound to happen.
Old Dixie's knows how it's done, and the super creative folks behind the grill make some epic food. The special when we were there was a buffalo chicken and bacon sandwich on a biscuit (no really), and it did not disappoint. The fries were salty and crispy (just the way we like them) and my red plastic cup of frothy, ice cold Four Peaks Sunbru sealed the deal and made me so happy I never wanted to leave.
The folks that work the counter are some of the friendliest I've met, and chatting with them made the meal that much more enjoyable.
Right now, the Diner is only open on weekends for dinner from 5-10pm and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10-3pm. Rumor has it the hope is to expand their hours, so keep an eye out. Either way, it's something every Phoenician (and their friends!) needs to check out.