Yup. It’s The Fly Trap. Not what you would expect for a Diner name. If this was Top chef Restaurant wars, Tom Colicchio would totally shoot the name down as unappetizing. Yet, this little gem found its way onto Diners Drive-ins and Dives. You can see the vid on The Fly Trap’s website.
I had the Pea Patch sandwich. ($6.95) – (eggplants, shitake, tomatoes etc…) it was ok. I was jealous of my hubbys omlette and wish I had stuck to what I wanted before I got there. I always do that. Know what I want before I go somewhere, change it last minute, and the regret it later.
I wanted the vegetarian Pho! Yeh. They supposedly make awesome Pho.
What I didn’t like about the sandwich was that the bread wasn’t really toasted, and it was soggy. I didn’t finish it and thats rare for me. However, in all fairness to fully assess the place we would have to go again. We didn’t really have any of their signature dishes.
Oh, did I mention the pickle? It was red. I was curious. I bit into it. There was a familiar taste that I just couldn’t put my finger on. So I took another bite. Strawberries? no. What? not sure. So, I asked the waitress. She laughed and said it was fruit punch! YES! Fruit punch! They pickled those pickles in punch. Such a unique taste.
Their fries were reallllllly good, but it turned out they were not homemade. boohoo.
Now, something that was homemade was their Hot Sauce. The Red one is the Swat Sauce – house made Habanero sauce. The Green one was called Green Hornet – this had a cumin note that stuck with me. You can buy em while you are there. Only $5 a pop. I took a Green Hornet home.
Had the freshly squeezed orange juice. I love orange juice and always order it when fresh. This didn’t really hit the spot for some reason. It wasn’t super cold and felt a bit watered down.
Also, the service itself was good. As in, our cups refilled often, and our food brought hot (there was a small wait becuse they were so busy). But, I didn’t feel that welcoming friendliness that I expect. It was more an aloofness. No smiles. Just business, until towards the end when I started asking questions, and she warmed up to me. I think. Anyways…
Overall, I would rec a trip down to this Ferndale gem. The food is good honest, and cheap. A combo I like in diners.
I already know what I’m ordering next time, hopefully I won’t change my mind last minute again.