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Sat, March 23

Chew on This: Pinky's American Diner

Seating at Pinky's American Diner is the sort that will leave an impression on diners. The '50s- and '60s-themed restaurant features the bottom half of three cast aluminum girls and one cowboy at the diner's counter top. The four stools are shaped like legs while the seats are the rear ends. Those who stop for a visit can't miss them, nor an opportunity for a photo while sitting in the creative seats.

Located at 415 White Spar Road, Pinky's American Diner opened in late March.

"When we bought the place it looked like a diner, so the name seemed to fit," owner Richard Gilbert said. He also thought the seats, which he'd seen on a trip to visit his son in Texas, would make a perfect addition to the restaurant's ambience.

"I said if we ever got another place with a bar then we'd go back to Texas and pick them up, so we did. Everybody loves them. They all jump up there and take pictures, from 90-year-old ladies to 3-year-old kids," Gilbert said.

Gilbert and his family moved to the area from Globe, where they owned and operated a large restaurant for a number of years.

"We looked and looked until we found a place we wanted to live," Gilbert said.

With almost a month in business under their belt, the family owned and operated restaurant is currently working on obtaining a liquor license, which Gilbert hopes to have in place in the coming weeks.

Pinky's is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The menu

Customer favorites at Pinky's American Diner include blackened catfish and their charbroiled burgers, made with a half pound of chopped beefsteak. Burgers are served with lettuce, tomato and onion with a choice of a side of fries or almond coleslaw.

"We serve a good burger. The burgers I'm serving here I've served for the last 12 years. I used to serve 300 a day in Globe," Gilbert said.

Burger choices include the classic, cheeseburger, Chipotle bleu cheese, green chili cheese, mushroom Swiss and their western barbecue burger.

"The blackened catfish is one of our Cajun favorites. I used to cook a lot of Cajun food. At lunchtime we do a blackened catfish sandwich that sells very well. At night I do a blackened Cajun catfish, which has a Creole sauce over the top of it. We sell a lot of that," Gilbert said.

Other menu items include a line of chicken sandwiches, such as the Crispy Chicken Club, Holy Guacamole Chicken, and others. Other sandwich choices include the Best of Both Worlds, made with ham, turkey, bacon and American choose with tomato, onion and lettuce on wheat bread; the Turkey Bacon Guacamole, made with turkey breast, American Cheese, bacon, guacamole on a croissant with lettuce and tomato, a BLT, and their Green Chili Philly.

Seafood choices include a shrimp basket, cod and shrimp basket, catfish sandwich and two-piece cod basket. Salads, such as their signature Pinky's Salad and others also are available. Starter items include jalapeno cheese sticks, fried corn fritters, beer battered fried zucchini, chicken wings and other items. Pinky's also is open for breakfast.

Currently, the diner offers a special punch card for patrons. Those who buy six burgers get their seventh one free. For more information, visit Pinky's American Diner online at or like them on Facebook at Pinky's American Diner. Call 928-227-3571.


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