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Goody's Diner

Posted by Simon Yau / Listed on September 1, 2011 / review policy

goodys dinerGoody's Diner is like some sort of surreal, comfort food oasis. It's not in a desert with sand dunes however; it's hidden amidst a labyrinthine enclave of auto repair shops and commercial warehouses in Scarborough. Also, instead of water, this oasis features greasy spoon fare such as veal meatloaf and burgers the size of your face. So, yea. That was kind of a terrible analogy. But seriously, this place is in the middle of nowhere.

Despite the diner's limited hours (Mon-Friday, 9am-7pm) making just getting there on time a logistical conundrum, I arrange my schedule accordingly and pull into the parking lot (free parking! take that downtown!) with my stomach ready and rumbling.

Crossing the threshold beneath the diner's utilitarian signage, one is greeted with a surprisingly quaint interior. Typical kitsch is present in retro paraphernalia (Betty Boop statues and old gas station signs anyone?) hanging from the walls and a chalk menu with daily specials scrawled across it.

goodys dinerBelying the concrete and metal scrap heaps surrounding it, the cozy restaurant is decidedly warm -- clean, white wood panels and black painted hardwood flooring do well to convey a small-town-Ontario vibe. The friendly service does nothing to dissuade you of this impression.

After receiving our drinks (a run of the mill cream soda float [$2.50] uses olive oil vanilla ice cream) we are helpfully told in meticulous detail what exactly is in each of Goody's specialty hamburgers. Other options sound tempting; a steak sandwich ($9) and mac and cheese ($10) both give me pause, but my companion and I are both sold on the burgers.

As we wait for our orders to arrive, the banter in the small restaurant between the owners and other patrons gives a good idea of the establishment's personality.

Regulars swing through and offers are made to prepare off-menu items "however you want" should they so crave. The friendliness and customer service really deserve special mention. It wasn't crowded when we were there, but it's tough to fake that kind of congeniality.

goodys dinerMy Highway Man burger ($11.95) arrives looking monumental. An 8oz patty seasoned with a "secret spice" mix is topped with pastrami, onion rings, lettuce, tomato, onions, cheese and a fried egg.

The patty is firm and arrives with grill markings. It's borderline too savoury, but forgiven when it crumbles in my mouth just so. The pastrami is equally moist and tender, but ironically lacks the flavourful kick I've come to prefer from my smoked meats. Notably, the
lettuce and tomato are colourfully fresh produce -- not something you expect from vegetables serving a decidedly token role. The fried egg adds an indulgent flavour to each bite and helps tie each component together.

The experience of eating the burger is probably half the fun, as squashing it down still leaves you attempting to shove spherical mess into your maw roughly the size of a small child.

A delightfully spicy whole pickle and a side of sweet potato fries accompanies my burger. The fries are well seasoned and crispy without being overcooked. The potatoes don't seem fresh cut but I can't be sure -- regardless they're hearty and served with a side of addictive chipotle mayo.

goodys dinerMy companions Farmer John burger is equally huge, substituting pastrami for bacon and stacking a few more onion rings into the mix. The rings too, seem from-the-bag, but any skepticism or foodie nitpicking is swept aside by some adept deep frying skills. Additionally, the onion is neither burnt nor frozen, a low standard that a surprising amount of rings fail in our fair city.

With a small but diverse menu of items, my biggest disappointment is that I don't get to try more dishes this evening. The location will be a not-insignificant hurdle for many, and though the food is solid in terms of quality and certainly quantity, this isn't exactly destination dining.

goodys dinerIf you're in the area and looking for unpretentious, fun food with friendly service though, Goody's is a solid option. Considering it's been open less than a year and already seems to have regulars, it seems it's a welcome addition to the neighbourhood as well.

Discussion

32 Comments

Bob Roper / September 1, 2011 at 08:35 am
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An actual address would be helpful.
Iain R / September 1, 2011 at 09:42 am
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I go to Goody's on a regular basis. The food is outstanding and the folks that own and work there are great. There is usually something on their weekly board that catches my eye. Last week it was the fish tacos. This week it might be the fried chicken.
Nah / September 1, 2011 at 09:51 am
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Sorry but that burger looks nasty.
alex / September 1, 2011 at 10:09 am
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hey bob it says at the top on the right 133 Manville Road Unit 13
marie replying to a comment from Nah / September 1, 2011 at 10:47 am
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are you crazy, that burger looks delicious.
Parker / September 1, 2011 at 11:33 am
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This place gets a lot of love on Chowhound's Toronto board, if you want more info about the food. Bear in mind that it's only open Monday-Friday -- no weekend hours.
h / September 1, 2011 at 11:39 am
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That burger looks dreadful; dry and mealy. One would probably be better off just ordering all those toppings sans burger patty.
Bonk / September 1, 2011 at 11:43 am
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Eat here after you visit your brother at East Detention next door!
chooch / September 1, 2011 at 11:54 am
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yes.
Adam / September 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm
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Hey, thanks for the heads up — what a great find. Looks like a den of tasty guilty pleasures.
TheWord replying to a comment from Bob Roper / September 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm
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Hey Bob Roper! An actual brain would also be helpful. There's a map, address and all, right next to the article. Christ. . . . people are cranky on this blog.
hungyboy / September 1, 2011 at 01:09 pm
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Sorry but that burger looks nasty.

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AYFKM!!The burges are outstanding.Don't knock it till you try it...
Davey replying to a comment from hungyboy / September 1, 2011 at 01:11 pm
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meat looks really dry.

I dont care what toppings you cover it with you cant hide dryness.
seanm / September 1, 2011 at 09:46 pm
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Awesome, I work within walking distance of this place and I didn't even hear of it until now. Looks like it's worth checking out, especially since the area is saturated with crappy chains in big box plazas.

Thanks for the heads up, I'm sure it's way better than the McDonald's across the street. Also, what was the service speed like? Reasonable for a lunch break from work (<1 hour)?
Francois / September 1, 2011 at 10:34 pm
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Whenever I am served a sandwich that is so ridiculously large that it cannot possibly be eaten like one - and will therefore turn into disgusting slop on my plate - I feel like throwing it across the room. So thank you for warning me away from that place.
Steve / September 9, 2011 at 10:43 am
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Looks like a mediocre patty covered with piles of stuff to disguise it. I'm immediately skeptical of burger places that do not let the burger stand on its own.
Daniel / September 10, 2011 at 08:41 pm
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I went there last week for the first time, never coming back again. Not that the food is bad because its actually pretty good but the service is really slow, it took almost an hour for my food to come, and when it did I didn't even get a big portion, wasted 11$+tax, possibly because I didn't get a burger/sandwich?? Regardless they only have two people cooking the food when it was a full house, they need to hire more people and MAYBE I'll give them a second chance.
yarra valley wine / September 14, 2011 at 01:22 am
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What a nasty burger. Damn you're making me hungry!
yarra valley wine / September 14, 2011 at 01:25 am
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Man that burger looks nasty. It's really making me hungry right now. The best part I love is the melted cheese and the tomatoes. You just gotta love them!
Dave / November 4, 2011 at 11:00 pm
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Went there today for the Sultan Burger. New Special Burger every week. Don't knock the place until you try it. It's not as bad as the cranky people on here are letting on. I love the ones that have 1 bad experience and make it look bad. I agree, the service is a bit slow, but to perfect the burgers the way they do, it is well worth the wait. Also have to have the Root Beer float. It's included with the Special, so why not give it a try. And for those that say the Burger's "look" dry. The picture does not justify it. Try it for yourself, then make your comments. These burgers have amazing flavor and the portions are huge. Don't let the area and outside of the Diner fool you. It's very nicely decorated on the inside and very clean. I highly recommend this restaurant to all food enthusiasts.
Mark / December 16, 2011 at 08:01 am
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Parking lot? I love Goody's but 4 parking spaces isn't exactly a lot...unless I'm missing some hidden spots around back or something.
vimaxcombr / December 29, 2011 at 06:23 am
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Dois dias atrás eu entrei Do-Siga Blog depois de ler um artigo postado aqui na Triond. Vimax Estou tão feliz que eu. Vimax Depois de apenas postando apenas alguns links eu ganhei cerca de 100 mais vistas, e elas continuam chegando. Melhor do que eu recebi mais comentários de pessoas fora da comunidade Triond. Vimax, Vimax.
afshan / January 18, 2012 at 01:43 pm
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just tried their vegeterian sandwich - must admit its one of the best i have ever had....and their shoe string fires are just to die for....
Graeme / January 19, 2012 at 04:19 pm
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Hey Bob - there's and address, a map, driving directions and in case none of that is sufficient, a phone number.
1500 vip cash / February 3, 2012 at 03:04 am
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I will not talk about your competence, the article simply disgusting
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Laurie Johnson / March 14, 2012 at 10:22 am
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FABULOUS...great food, great staff, great experience.
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Enjoyed every bit of your blog post.Much thanks again. Much obliged.
zkpxo / April 4, 2012 at 10:51 pm
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went here today with my sister for a late lunch date after filing taxes, highlight of the day for sure. good burger, yummy toppings. awesome prices. great pulled pork burrito and sweet potato fries, *DROOOOL* would definitely go back!
Joe Duarte / July 19, 2012 at 02:38 pm
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AMAZING BURGERS! DON'T LISTEN TO THE NAY-SAYERS AND HATERS ON HERE. I WORK RIGHT DOWN THE STREET AND HAVE BEEN COMING HERE FOR JUSTT OVER 1 YEAR AND NOT ONCE HAVE I BEEN DISAPPOINTED BY THE QUALITY/QUANTITY OF MY FOOD OR BY THE SERVICE. EVERYONE IN MY OFFICE ORDERS FROM HERE AS WELL NOW.

THE BEST IS THE BURGER. THIS IS A TOP 10 BURGER IN THE WHOLE CITY OF TORONTO.

THE STEAK SANDWHICH IS JUST AS GOOD.

THE MAC AND CHEESE IS CREAMY AND WONDERFUL - IT COMES WITH A NICELY SEASONED CHICKEN BREAST.

THE WINGS ARE ALSO GOOD.

THE MONTE CRISTO BREAKFAST SANDWHICH IS SO HUGE AND FOR $7 WHO CAN COMPLAIN -- IT COMES WITH HOMEFRIES AND A COFFEE ( BEAT THAT MC' DICKS )

ALL A HIDDEN GEM IN SCARBOROUGH AND WORTH THE DRIVE OUT HERE FOR THE BURGERS.

Jason Sym / August 25, 2012 at 09:07 pm
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Tried the Highwayman and it was SPECTACULAR... I read the comments above & if you think the meat is dry... your spun! I can not wait for my next burger... The wait was longer than usual but worth every penny!
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