Tim and I attempted to have a little day-date on Saturday. It was my day off, he didn’t have work, and we’d been given a Christmas gift of money with explicit instructions to go out and do something nice with it, not use it for bills or anything else. Always willing to spend someone else’s money, we took Tim’s “mum” Heidi’s advice and went off in search of something good to do. I wanted to see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and (helpful hint) in Brisbane, the Southbank Cineplex is the cheapest place to go.

So we headed into the city with plans to get an early dinner and head off to the cinema. We wandered around Southbank, listened to an awesome busker (Micka Semfel of Pacha Mamma), and after I said no to every place we walked past, we finally found South Side Diner. I immediately said yes, as it’s too-cool vintage feel really appealed to me. And they had multiple choices for mac and cheese on their menu. I was sold.

I totally stole this (oops)

I totally stole this (oops)

Their site says “South Side Diner brings together everything we love about the US of A.  The Diner creates a little modern nostalgia in the heart of South Bank offering local, fresh, honest fare mixed with American popularity and playfulness.  Complete with booth seating, swivel bar stools, endless cups of coffee, and the best mac ‘n cheese in town, we open up early and stay open late!”

I can definitely attest to the best mac and cheese, I ordered the goat’s cheese option and it was soooo good. Tim had the NYC Tower burger and being in one of his ravenous moods, also ordered sweet potato fries (and finished off my generous portion of mac and cheese as well!) and they were all super tasty.

Mac & Cheese

Goat’s cheese mac & cheese with crumbly goodness on top.

Burger & Fries

Sweet potato fries with chipotle sour cream, and Tim’s NYC Tower burger.

We sat on the outer edge, and got to spend our meal watching people come and go on the street, which was quite nice and relaxing. The food came really quickly after we ordered, and I was absolutely stuffed about halfway through my meal (the chocolate injected banana I scoffed before lunch probably didn’t help). Tim ate everything – his burger, the fries and the rest of my mac and cheese, and then he was full.

Our view of Grey Street from our indoor bench.

Our view of Grey Street from our indoor seats.

They have a really extensive and unique vintage cocktails menu, which neither of us were really in the mood to try, but there were a few I would consider going back for if I wasn’t going to stop drinking. The staff were really helpful, a little too helpful in Tim’s opinion but that’s because he’s a solo kind of guy. I dropped my glass of cider all over the table and myself and they were totally cool about it all. Which was good because it embarrassed the heck out of me and I made a very quick escape afterwards.

Some of these sound really interesting!

Some of these sound really interesting!

I would definitely go back (when they’ve forgotten that I throw cider about) and try out their lunch or breakfast menu and get a bit of variety in. Our meal and drinks came to $63, which fits in the average category out of the cafes and restaurants located along Grey Street and Little Stanley Street in Southbank. And South Side Diner has the advantage of serving actual meals, not just tapas or share platters like a lot of the other choices available. It was a tasty experience, complete with a cool retro feel and music from Grease and the Jersey Boys soundtracks.

Tim can't decide what to drink.

Tim can’t decide what to drink.

Why did this glass have to be so slippery?

Why did this glass have to be so slippery?