Panclog #24: Niecie’s Restaurant
Nice is Normal at Niecie’s
April 19th, 2016
Niecie’s is a locally owned diner that opened in 1985. They have 2 different locations one in Raytown and one at 6441 Troost Avenue. The Panclog visited the latter. You can visit their website and enjoy a lovely instrumental version of “At Last” by Etta James. Their hours re 5:30 AM – 8 PM every single day.
Location/Environment: The location we visited was enjoyable. The route from my house took me through quaint little Brookside. The interior of the Troost location was vintage; tile floors and wooden fixtures.The décor of the restaurant was simple, relaxed, and inviting. All of these elements made the place feel like home, or at least a place that was just as comfortable. The music was classic pop. Humming along was absolutely necessary.
Service: Service was incredible. Our server was terrific. Sharee was her name and she made us feel like we were the only people in the restaurant. She was engaging and very fun to interact with.
Wait time for food: 6 minutes
Menu/Selection: Niecie’s has a full menu with a ton of options, most all of which sound terrific.
The specials board on the morning we arrived had a few options that would probably be difficult to find at other places. Those items include Channel Catfish, Pinto and Hock, Tender Beef Ox-Tails, and Tender Pork Neck Bones. I don’t think I have heard of a restaurant serving pork neck bones before. I will most certainly have to go back and try the smothered chicken sometime.
The Pancake Breakfast (Brentles)
Niecie’s Restaurant reminds me a lot of Mom’s Kitchen. Both are straight up diners with pleasant staff and great food.
I ordered a simple breakfast of Pancakes, Bacon, and Eggs. All of which came out warm and tasty. The bacon and eggs were quite flavorful and pleasing to the palate. The bacon was crisp although not overly so.
The pancakes were exactly as you would expect, fluffy and filling, with plenty of butter to spread around.
As noted in a prior Panclog, I prefer to spread jelly on my cakes instead of pouring syrup all over them. I am pleased to report our server vindicated that opinion expressing how good jelly is on pancakes. You need to get out there and try it, you won’t regret it.
If you do somehow regret the jelly, just fill the comments area with all manner of vitriol about the evils of jelly on pancakes. You can take extra credit for creativity if you make me laugh.
The coffee served at Niecie’s was terrific by the way. It tasted fresh, clean, and didn’t have the burned flavor that some other restaurants and shops seem to be aiming for. The coffee had very little after taste and didn’t require any adornment. I would go back just for another cup.
My experience at Niecie’s was excellent. I could heap on more praise, but don’t want to sound like I am going over the top. Basically, when you have the opportunity, head on over and enjoy a great meal. I know I will be returning sometime in the future.
It bears mentioning that the floors were kind of slick at the location we went to.
Pancake Breakfast – $7.29
Sunrise Breakfast and French Toast (Jared)
Niecie’s Restaurant, I should declare that my good friend at work, Alisha, recommended this fine establishment for the Panclog. Thank you Alisha! This Niecie’s is located on Troost Avenue. I would like to say that both Brent and I both received concerned looks when we told people where this was. I want to say that people shouldn’t be scared of a street only because of a name’s reputation. Experience the city and then make your own mind up about where you don’t feel like going.
The sunrise breakfast came with sausage or bacon, 2 eggs and a biscuit. I almost always choose bacon over sausage because I feel like bacon has much more flavor than standard sausage. I also like to experience all types of egg flavors. To make that happen, I rotate through different egg preparations. I.E. Scrambled, Sunny-Side Up, Over easy, Over hard. Today I chose over easy. The biscuit was fluffy and buttery. It was perfect with some jam.
The French toast was spectacular. It was slightly egg-y which I love. I do not want a very dry French toast. I have had both sides of the wet/dry french toast spectrum. This French toast played the fence to my exact liking.
The coffee was extremely simple and nice. It was some of the best Joe I have had in the Panclog era of my life.
Sunrise Breakfast: $3.85
French Toast: $5.89
Overall: Niecie’s is near the pinnacle of diner experience. Altogether friendly service, great prices, and tasty food combine for a truly splendid experience for any meal. Check it out or be bummed.