Nestled in a nook in a once almost-forgotten block of South Washington Avenue in REO Town is a little oasis of deliciousness.
What began in 2017 as a truck serving yummy truckin’ food is now a diner that serves breakfast with a twist. However, it’s not just breakfast that’s twisted. According to one guest, “I could eat their tacos every day. Hot, cold, it doesn’t matter.”
Nick Sinicropi, the owner of Good Truckin’ Diner and a lifelong Lansing resident, concurred that the tacos at his establishment are definitely worth a try.
Good Truckin’ is a quaint old-fashioned-style flat-grill diner with a nouveau zest and 26 seats inside plus a few on the bar rail and 16 patio seats in the shadow of the Lansing Board of Water and Lights stacks. Although Good Truckin’ Diner sits within an eclectic mix of businesses, the restaurant has snuck in a wonderfully unexpected varied menu of enticing selections.
Here’s a little secret: There are many gluten-free and vegan choices. What’s cool about Good Truckin’ Diner is that those options are not in another section. They’re woven into the menu. The pancakes are vegan. The waffles are gluten-free. The sour cream and mayonnaise-based stuff are also vegan.
“It’s all about being inclusive. We want to have a little something for everybody,” Sinicropi said.
When asked how the diner has made it through the years, Sinicropi noted that he’s “just happy that when I drive by here or come into the restaurant, people are still coming. It’s the people. They make me smile.”
Photos and article by Metro Melik