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TV host eats well at Goshen diner

Guy Fieri tried a forkful of Carol Miller's peanut butter pie. He was elated, to use a $5 word. But he doesn't use $5 words. The Food Network star said, "I just had the peanut butter pie. It was out of bounds, man. I don't like sweets, but that pie was smokin'." Fieri was at the South Side Soda Shop, 1122 S. Main St., on Thursday to film a segment for his new show, "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives."
Marshall King
Posted on April 6, 2007 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on April 6, 2007 at 6:37 p.m.

GOSHEN -- Guy Fieri tried a forkful of Carol Miller's peanut butter pie.

He was elated, to use a $5 word.

But he doesn't use $5 words.

The Food Network star said, "I just had the peanut butter pie. It was out of bounds, man. I don't like sweets, but that pie was smokin'."

Fieri was at the South Side Soda Shop, 1122 S. Main St., on Thursday to film a segment for his new show, "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives." Starting April 23, it will air at 10 p.m. Mondays on Food Network.

Fieri, who owns four restaurants in California, helped owner Nick Boyd bake the Swedish limpah bread. From now on, it may bear Fieri's name for it: "Oompah loompah bread."

He helped make other food from scratch and sat down with those who gathered for lunch, including Carol Miller and family members Evan and Ben.

"I think he likes pie," Mrs. Miller said, though Fieri said he rarely eats it. He was wowed by the mix of pudding, peanut butter and cream in Nick Boyd's flaky crust.

Evan said he eats at South Side about once a week, but the visit Thursday by the spiky-haired guy being followed by a television crew wasn't what he normally sees.

"He's fun. High-energy," Evan said.

A few regulars came to support the restaurant on its big day. Other people were just there to get something warm on a cold, gray day in Goshen.

Either way, Fieri sat down and chatted while the camera zoomed.

Dr. Laura Morris and Laurie Busby explained why they like the food at the soda shop and Morris told Fieri one should start the meal with dessert. He joked about whether she was making that recommendation as a doctor.

They explained that the food at the soda shop is consistent and they like local places.

"It's like family," Morris said.

David Page, president of Page Productions and executive producer for the show, said part of what attracted him to include South Side in the show is that the Boyds are working hard to make great food in a place that emphasizes history.

"This is a show about classic places where people are interested in keeping a flame alive on the kind of joints that are such a central part of American cooking," he said.

The soda shop started as a grocery store in 1910. Several decades later, it became a soda shop. Junior Kirkdorffer owned it for many years.

Beverly Moles of Goshen, who was there for lunch with co-workers from HomeCrest, said she remembers getting an ice cream cone on the way home from kindergarten at Parkside Elementary School years ago.

In the mid-1980s, Dave Pottinger purchased and renovated the building and the Boyds started running it in 1986.

"This is the kind of story we're looking for," Fieri said, noting that a husband and wife with their kids are keeping a legend alive.

"This is a great one. People of Goshen should be very happy with what they have," he said.

In his opinion, this diner food is done right. Fries are cut by hand. Pies and chili are made from scratch. Crab cakes have lots of what the cakes are named for.

"I don't see a bunch of microwaves going ding," he said.

Fieri and the show searches for "good food, quality food, made right" and said he found it Thursday at the soda shop, where he liked the flavors and the friendly people.

By summer, it may not be just the local people at the soda shop enjoying the Boyds' food.

The national attention is likely to be good for business.

Matt Sprouls, a friend traveling with Fieri, asked Nick Boyd, "Are you guys ready? You are going to get slammed."

Contact Marshall V. King at mking@etruth.com.



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