Kid Hit Menu Items: GGD actually has a kid’s menu that doesn’t pander. It consists of smaller portions of other menu items for $3, as well as simple sides. You might get your kid to eat the beautifully blistered deep fried Imperial Mushroom Rolls ($5.75). Or maybe he or she will just go for the fries with cilantro, garlic, and chiles ($4.75, $3 small size). My kid will only eat the non-spicy version, which they’ll gladly make upon request. Bowls of pho ($9) are delightfully slurpable.
Adult Perks: The rich, piping hot curry chicken pot pie, with its slightly funky, spicy gravy and flaky crust. GGD’s rice noodle salads/bun have that perfect balance of protein, vegetable, and carbohydrates.
Pros: Large room. Durable seating that’s somewhat flexible to configure. Also bench seating on one side of the room. Proximity to the Highland Park Gold Line station.
Cons: Bathroom down the hall. Might freak some kids out a bit. But whatever, they’ll deal or get over it. Lunch is weekends only.
Changing Station: No
High Chairs: Yes
Parking and Access: Easy peasy. Street parking or city lot across the street.
Other Tidbits: Good Girl Dinette, where the “American diner meets Vietnamese comfort food,” embodies the best of Los Angels. The down-to-earth vibe, earnest but sophisticated DIY sensibility, interesting twist on a genre of cuisine, and fair prices makes it an organic product of its Highland Park neighborhood. Plus, it’s located on the side street-facing storefront in a gorgeous historic building where during weekend dinner you might hear the thumping bass lines of banda music blaring from a gathering at the social hall next door. Groovy multi-culturalism and distinct style makes GGD worthy of being a backdrop of an Adrian Tomine graphic novel, should he ever chose to set characters in L.A.
110 N. Avenue 56, Highland Park
Cuisine: Vietnamese “Comfort Food”
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 5:30 – 9:30 pm.; Friday 5:30 – 10 p.m.; Saturday 12 – 10 p.m.; Sunday 12 – 9 p.m.