Gastrophoria a heaping plate of freshly roasted and glazed corn with an ice-cold grapefruit pop at Good Girl Dinette.
Ever met someone that you just can’t figure out? No matter how brief the meeting may be, the conversation you share is just so intriguing that your mind replays the memory over and over, in hopes of stumbling upon a new clue to solve that puzzle of a person.
Now, replace that person with corn. That is exactly how I feel about this dish. It arrived on the table presented simply on a white plate with a pool of golden hue sauce and a sprinkling of green onions—nothing showy, run-of-the-mill even. However, the first bite yield the sweetest, juiciest, crispiest (think apple, not chips) corn I’ve ever tasted. But wait, then the glaze, made partly of fish sauce and a bunch of “I-have-no-idea” cuts through the sweetness and whisk it all into a full-blown flavor tango with dash of green onion flair. It’s like Clark Kent transforming into Superman… in your mouth. So simple, yet so complex—how did they do it?!
Who cares that the corn came piping hot, with each bite searing my tongue? It was easily ameliorated with a tall glass of house-made grapefruit pop. The only way I can describe the taste is to quote the Starburst commercial: “Taste the rainbow.” Now, Starburst has always been a let-down for me cause of the expectation of tasting said rainbow and not getting that (the tease!).
But this soda? Destination: grapefruit rainbow. It’s like condensing a grove of the best tasting grapefruits in one glass. Pulp, juice and all. My tongue, upon tasting this pop, went on Rainbow Road a la Mario Kart.
If you can handle more flavor (and food), there are the galangal chicken banh mi—be sure to get a side of their spicy fries—and their house curry, both of which are extremely satisfying. But if you’re after the bad-boy-with-the-secret-sensitive-side? Get the corn, but be prepare to get burned (just a little). It’s so worth it.
Good Girl Dinette
110 N. Avenue 56
Los Angeles, CA 90042
Phone: (323) 257–8980