It’s a crying shame that I’ve lived in South Durham for over a year and I’d never once eaten at True Flavors Diner. Food blogger extraordinaire Ron Wen invited me to go there for lunch with him. It’s probably because he knew I had a good appreciation for diner fare. I’m much more of an “eat like you mean it” sort of foodie so I was all in for the visit.
One look at the lunch menu and you realize, this is not your stereotypical diner. Literally every item on the menu has a comfort food familiarity while still bringing a fine dining vibe. I was sorely tempted by the Country Fried Steak plate because in one menu item it had three of my litmus test items for restaurants: Country fried steak, mac ‘n cheese, and collard greens. In the end, I opted for the Chicken And Waffles. It’s inexplicable to me why Chicken and Waffles are even a thing, but they are. It’s one of life’s mysteries. Perhaps a better foodie than I could explain the appeal. But there’s something about the starchiness of the waffles combined with the crispy juiciness of the chicken. And then you accent it with a few extra flavors and a hint of sweetness.
I’m not a technical judge of food preparation, but I’ll say I thoroughly enjoyed the True Flavors Chicken And Waffles:
I’d be negligent if I did not also mention the biscuits. As a diehard carbaholic, I was excited when the wait staff brought biscuits to our table while we waited on our entrée. Now, I’ve got to say that I consider myself a connoisseur of biscuits and have very high standards. I give the True Flavors biscuits high marks. They were fluffy on the inside, well browned on the outside, and just the right amount of butter. They were served with a home-made jelly which I believe the waiter said was made from watermelon rind. I liked it.
True Flavors is tucked away in Greenwood Commons shopping center on Highway 55 in south Durham. It’s nondescript on the outside. Looks like just another RTP lunch spot:
But on the inside, its very comfortable while still being some what utilitarian and diner-ish.