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Good Truckin’ Diner: Next level waffle

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 Good Truckin’ Diner is known for creative twists on classic American diner food, plus tacos.  

They offer an array of interesting options like jackfruit, spicy maple syrup, arugula and vegan chorizo. The breakfasts range from meaty omelets to migas with punny names like “Jacked-Up” and “Steak it Easy.” While it’s an adventurous eater’s paradise, the diner also has choices for more conventional palettes. If hot chicken and pickles don’t make your eyes widen, you can respectably order eggs, toasts and meat. One thing is for sure, no one will judge you here.  

I finally tried the vegan blueberry GF waffle with lemon glaze and powdered sugar. I’m using GF here to mean gluten-friendly instead of 100% gluten-free. I don’t have celiac disease, but avoiding gluten for the past four years has improved my health and led to unending prosperity.  

There are side effects: With my dietary restriction, I have largely become waffle-blind with breakfast orders. And this waffle is buried at the very bottom of the menu. Even then, I think of waffles as being light on protein and heavy on carbs. They’re usually kind of expensive and covered in whipped cream and syrupy fruits from a can. When I ate them as a kid, I’d be hungry again in two hours, not to mention positively zooted on the sugar. But, once piqued, my GF waffle curiosity had to be sated. It wasn’t what I expected.  

The vegan, GF blueberry waffle has big, juicy berries cooked into a buckwheat-colored batter. It comes from the waffle iron still steaming and is lightly coated in a white-ish lemon glaze with a bit of powdered sugar for added vibes. You first notice they’re deliciously doughy, chewy and dense. The consistency is not crunchy, more like crisp. Next, the lemon flavor hits. It’s pleasant and subtle, not overly sweet or tart.  

The sides of potatoes and meat add saltiness to a sweet, savory and filling meal. This refreshingly regular American breakfast is a gift to the gluten-avoidant and vegan who are bored with always having to opt for that one “healthy” thing on the menu. 

Most people go to Good Truckin’ on the weekend. But if you can swing it, it opens at 7 a.m. daily. It’s a great time to sit around with weekday regulars and see who pops in.  

With a big, fresh cup of coffee, my meal cost $16.54, plus the tip.  

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