I finally got to eat at Nadines Bar and Restaurant in the Southside.  I pass by it on my way home from work everyday.  I keep telling myself, “Self, you need to go there and eat one of these days.”  It especially peaked my interest when I found out Diners, Drive In’s and Dives filmed there.

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From the outside it looks like a small dive bar.  Guess what?  From the inside it’s a small dive bar and I love it.

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Passing by many days there is an older man in one of those power chairs, sometimes it’s just the chair.  Sometimes the chair is covered with a small tarp or umbrella.  Sometimes it’s in the snow.  Most days you can count on it being there.  When I go by and it’s not there I wonder about the strange man who occupies it.  Where might he be?  If I don’t see him for days I hope he is okay.  I don’t even know him, never met him and have no idea what his name is.  My trip to eat there the chair was outside and he was perched on a stool at the bar, eating food.

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It seems like that kind of place.  Where regulars go.  They probably go to talk to the same people.  Watch the same stuff on tv.  Drink the same drinks.  I bet you can count on them being there.  I bet they consider each other friends if not family in a way.

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When I walked in i wasn’t sure where to sit.  There is a bar going much of the length of the building with stools around it.  The outer walls had tables with 2-4 chairs.  I sat at a table in the corner and my sister asked for menu’s.  The man running the bar was incredibly nice and went over all the specials.  We decided on the roast beef special.  In the episode of Diners, Drive In’s and Dives it states the specials are $4.50 with tax and drink.  They are currently $6.35 with tax and drink which to me is still a steal.  10 mintues after ordering he set the plate in front of me.

It looks just like the plate Guy ate.  The smell made me even hungrier.

The meat was so juicy and tender it melted in your mouth.  I have had some great home cooking but this tops my list of roast beef.  The mashed potatoes had some skin in it and were lumpy.  If your me thats a treat!

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It was so good I cleaned my plate.

I will be sure to go back and try some of their other specials and menu items.  I bet they make a great breakfast.

If your looking for good home cookin and some all around nice people a visit to Nadines is a must!

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