Tummyrumbles first drew my attention to Misty's Diner a few years ago. I'm a sucker for burgers, chips and desserts and I was surprised at how veg-friendly the online menu looked. (Since then a couple of friends have expressed disappointment at the vegan options; the meat-free dishes are still quite lacto-ovo-heavy.)
Misty's is a loud-and-proud American-style diner with booths boasting jukeboxes and TVs, walls heaving with memorabilia, and a menu stuffed with the foods the U.S. is famous for: 18 burgers, 9 hot dogs, sodas, thickshakes, Tex-Mex and all things deep-fried. I asked twitter for advice on what Michael and I should check out.
Within seconds, Nashina urged us to try the jalapeno poppers (and sizeoftheocean later agreed). These deep-fried nuggets (we received 8 for $12.90) were more cheese than jalapeno, and barely needed a dipping sauce at all. They weren't all that spicy but were darn tasty nonetheless.
I was mighty impressed to note that they're willing to make any of their burgers with a vegetarian patty, and put them to the test by ordering a bleu cheese and cajun burger veg-style ($10.90). They package it up pretty, wrapped carefully to prevent spilling, with a half-pickle pinned through the top with a miniature US flag. It was pretty mild, bordering on bland - the patty was a standard potato/carrot/pea mix and lthough the dressing had a nice tang to it, I didn't pick up any Cajun spices.
Michael was keen for a vegetarian chili dog ($9.90), such an intimidating mass of chili and cheese that it took several bites to ascertain whether or not it even included a 'dog' (it did). Once Michael overcame his concerns as to how to eat this, he rather liked it - it was rich with beany protein.
On katspat's advice (because I totally wouldn't have done this on my own, oh no), I made the Reese's Pieces thickshake ($7.95) my beverage and dessert. It was both of these and more, a morass of peanut butter, chocolate syrup, crispy chunks and general sweet creaminess. It's unashamedly over-the-top and a definite winner in its class.
Our trip to Misty's was fun. It's pretty novel and not something I'd be inclined to eat regularly though it clearly has a following, with all of the booths booked out on the night we stopped by. (If/when we do make it back I'll be agitating to try the deep-fried pickles and cherry pie, as recommended by rbbrown and sizeoftheocean.) The menu has a distinctly high-fat vibe, with the couple of lighter options not sounding all that appetising (steamed mixed veges or Oriental vegetarian salad, anyone?). That said, our mains were pleasantly grease-free and reasonably portioned. Though chili fries and gut-busting burgers are their bread and butter, Misty's have got the ovo-lacto-vego with an all-American appetite covered.
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103-105 High St, Prahran
veg snacks and mains $5.90-$16.90
Accessibility: Entry includes a couple of steps and a fairly narrow door. The front tables are quite well-spaced and are a good vantage point for checking out the dessert display. There is table service, although payment is to be made at the low-ish front counter.