Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Fremont Diner - Review

The Fremont Diner - Dude Grade: A
2660 Fremont Dr
Sonoma, CA 95476-9537
Phone: (707) 938-7370

During our xmas vacation with the wife and the in-laws, we decided to make a trip up to Napa since the in-laws have never been to wine country. Referencing our trusty blog, I remembered Porthos raved about this joint called Fremont Diner up in Sonoma so I figured why not give it a go. Phenomenal idea - this is comfort food done to a level 11 - meaning it don't get no better than this m eff'n joint. Uber highly recommended.

Our Menu
Hush Puppie ***
I've had quite a plethora of hush puppies over the years, but nothing prepared me for these wtf delicious little bites. Lightly fried on the outside and insanely soft on the inside - almost like the lightest beignets bursting with this buttery flavor. Dipping these puppies into the remoulade sauce and you have an insanely addictive homerun.

Basket of Biscuits ***
Another completely shocking wtf moment with the best biscuits I've ever had. These were oddly light as a cloud, but very substantial at the same time. The flavor on these things were off the charts delicious too. Then, add a jam that had the consistency of maple syrup with it's own awesome flavor and some excellent butter and you get a flavor wmd.

Chicken & Waffle ***
I do love me some fried chicken and I've had a ton of it, but this may rate as the best one I've ever had. Everything I want in a fried chicken is completed here - great flavored crust (check), huge crunch (check), big chicken flavor (check), and uber moist (check). This crust was insane - perfectly seasoned and so thick and crunchy - felt like it was almost triple dipped. The waffles were solid too and adding maple syrup and butter was definitely over the top awesomeness. Oddly enough, these were by far the best chicken and waffles I've ever had putting a lot of versions I had in Harlem to shame.

Mac & Cheese *
These were solid with some good cheesy flavor and nice creamy texture. Although very delicious, I would have liked a bit more cheesy flavor and the mac to be a little more al dente. Still pretty damn fun.
Rating System
--- What the F - in a bad way | (no stars - poor to average) | * Good | ** Great | *** What the F – in a good way

Overall Restaurant Experience
  • Food (A+) – I love me some American comfort food and I honestly think it'll be pretty tough to top this. Even the coffee was friggin phenomenal too. The in laws ordered some other dishes that they loved also, but I didn't want to stop everyone from eating to document what they had.
  • Service (A) – Waitresses were extremely helpful / pleasant and the food comes out pretty quickly.
  • Atmosphere (B+) – The brother in law made the decision to get there early based on some internet comments on how popular this place was and it was a wise decision. We got there at 10:30, but our party of 5 didn't get seated till 11:20. Inside is insanely tiny - 5 tables in the back and 1 in the kitchen (we were lucky to get the kitchen seat). There are plenty of outdoor seats which makes sense since you can order take out and eat outside. The place is in the middle of nowhere with chickens running around and you're surrounded by beautiful sonoma county - a definite plus. Sitting at the kitchen table was pretty awesome watching the one chick and latino chef rock out all the dishes. Pretty amazing that with just the two of them they were kicking so much ars. They're on a mission though so don't expect any smiles or friendly banter - they had a ton of work to do and kicked ass at it.
  • Price (A) – $75 for 5 people which was 100% worth it about $15 per head.
Closing Comments
Whenever I'm back in the bay area, I always need to go to Swan Oyster Depot and I think this place will be added to the list. If you're in the area, you are crazy to not check this place out. FYI - this is another reason why you can't trust random internet reviews. Some yelpers said it's not worth the price, but they are eff'n crazy. You're not getting these quality biscuits and fried chix at some cheap ass diner. This place just eff'n rawks.

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