Comfort Food on Colfax
After an unusually rough week, I was feeling lonely and put upon by the world. When my brother and his family offered to take me to dinner, I knew I was in desperate need of some comfort food. Meat and potatoes. And gravy. Lots and lots of gravy.
Colfax is home to dozens of eating establishments, and a few of them have quickly become favorites of mine. Good Times Burgers and Fries is the best when it comes to fulfilling my occasional need for grease and a banana shake. Pizza Fusion claims to be “saving the world, one pizza at a time,” and when I'm in a hurry and financially embarrassed, the China Kitchen serves up a hearty helping of Chinese food for the modest price of $1.35 per scoop.
But this day, I needed someplace that felt like home. So we headed for Tom's Diner, on the corner of Pearl and Colfax. Amy has quickly become my favorite waitress, with her charm, wit and excellent service, and she greeted us with a smile and seated us in a corner booth.
The color scheme of Tom's immediately makes me feel better -- the booths are yellow or purple vinyl, accompanied by either yellow or red tables. The aroma drifting from the kitchen reminds me of visiting my grandma for Sunday dinner.
We enjoyed good conversation, among ourselves and with Amy, and the variety of fare we ordered was more than enough to soothe my soul. We watched patrons and their canine pets enjoy the outdoor, pet-friendly patio, and my niece fell in love with the strawberry shake.
While perusing the side-order menu, I ran across an item that I knew I shouldn't ask about, but couldn't resist.
“What's this 'stupid questions' side?” I asked Amy, thinking it might be code for an extra-delicious dish.
“That's thirty eight cents,” she replied.
Ha! I knew no good could come of asking about any menu item called 'stupid questions,' but Amy was kind enough to give me a pass on my first time, and didn't charge us the thirty eight cent fare for the stupid question.
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Posted on February 10, 2012 by Tabatha Deans