With a new sign in place, Nicki’s Diner is now officially Lizzie’s Café, and if the new sign confuses regulars, they will be pleasantly surprised to find the old classics are still on the menu – along with a few new items in the making.
Owner Liz Stacy was a server at Nicki’s Diner for four years before taking over the business on Peace Portal Drive in April.
With reasonably priced family fare for lunch and dinner, the ‘50s-style diner is known for its fish and chips, burgers and emphasis on homemade quality.
“Our goal has always been to serve good food and make people feel at home,” Stacy said.
The first part of that goal is accomplished with homemade pies, chowder, chili and entrée standbys such as fish and chips and burgers.
“For our burgers, we use fresh ground beef that’s never frozen, we shape the patties by hand and we use specially made buns,” Stacy said.
The menu will be expanded in the fall and winter months to include comfort food such as meatloaf, liver and onions and more soup options. Stacy, who grew up in Arkansas with family roots in Blaine, may add a touch of southern flavor to the menu as well.
“We’ll try out a few southern recipes. I’ll be looking for feedback to see if people are interested,” Stacy said.
For example, a Friday seafood special might include catfish and hush puppies, an iconic southern combo that’s tough to find in the Northwest.
Lizzie’s Café also offers homemade potpies that can be ordered for pickup.
Visitors will still find a ’50s-style interior with fresh paint on the walls and a few updates. The restaurant, open for more than 20 years, has a lot of history. Stacy said she has maintained the general atmosphere with minor adjustments to make the dining experience more comfortable, including the addition of a large-screen TV.
Lizzie’s Café is located at 1700 Peace Portal Drive and is open 11 a.m.– 9 p.m. seven days a week. Call 360/332-9400.