The result of 1950’s Pop Diner meets pin-up star Bettie Page, Planet Diner excels at “eclectic” — and elevated — comfort food that is out of this world. Flipping the common script whereby vegetarians have a few token options, the menu here is primarily plant-based. Owner Dee Christensen says, “This is where herbivores can bring their carnivore friends.”
Located just steps from the Avon Theatre, Planet Diner evokes a classic 1950s retro vibe, with candy apple-red upholstered booths, polka dot wallpaper and local pop art. The cozy 26-seat diner, which also boasts a comfortable 14-seat seasonal patio, is warm and welcoming, enhanced by enthusiastic, well-informed staff. Large windows facing the street provide lots of natural light and an opportunity to people watch.
The menu is all about comfort food. Think mac & cheese, nachos, burgers, floats, thick milkshakes, and banana splits. But SHHH! Everything is almost entirely plant-based. All sauces are made in-house from plant-based ingredients, including salad dressings, “cheeze” sauces, sour cream, dessert sauces and gravy. The restaurant has its own herb garden and the kitchen works closely with area farmers in order to offer the freshest ingredients available. Meat dishes are clearly labelled for carnivore patrons, but other than the meat itself (or the eggs on the all-day breakfast menu), everything is 100% plant-based. Be sure to try the cashew-based banana split, bound to be a hit with die-hard ice cream lovers. Other recommendations include:
• Planet Burger, a sumptuous “plant-based beef” patty topped with sautéed mushrooms, onions and “cheese” sauce with lettuce and tomato on a warm pretzel bun with Planet sauce;
• Southern Combo, two pieces of signature crispy Chick’un strips with homemade barbeque sauce, a bowl of libation mac & cheese and creamy Dijon-agave Granny Smith cabbage slaw;
• There’s just nothing like the Planet Diner’s original crispy corn-breaded soy Chick’un Burger, made in-house and tossed in vegan buffalo butter.
Plant-based Comfort Food Diner
118 Downie Street
(across from the Avon Theatre)
HOURS: WED–SUN 11 am–8 pm
open year round
MENU: $8– $18
Sunday Brunch 11 am–3 pm
Vegan & Gluten-Free Options
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