Goody’s Steakburgers may be getting a new coat of bright paint outside, but inside owners Terry and Dana Goodman and their crew is still serving up the same great steakburgers that Sedalia has come to love and they are adding a few new menu items.
A few years ago, the Goodman’s redecorated the interior of the diner keeping with the 1950s theme they are known for with booths and plastic and chrome chairs. Customers are greeted with framed posters of Marylin Monroe, Elvis, The Beatles, James Dean and Betty Boop while Sirus FM plays 50’s and 60’s music. Several gumball machines sit to one side and a Pac Man game machine sits toward the back.
Goodman recently decided to update the outside of the building with bright 1950s colors—red, aqua and purple trimmed with aluminum.
“We got the inside done about three years ago and it was time to do something with the outside,” Goodman said. “We’ve been here 21 years. All these colors are from the 50’s. So, I thought we look like a diner anyway so I wanted to give it a little bit better look for a diner, and draw people’s attention. And it’s definitely getting people’s attention. If we can get them in the door, then they can try our burgers.”
Goodman worked Eddies Drive-In for 16 years before opening his diner. Eddies is where he gained all his burger knowledge. Eddies Drive-In, before it closed, was once a Sedalia icon that originally opened in the 1930s as Garst Drive-in.
“I’ve been here a long time,” he added. “(The burgers) they are fresh and I’ll put them up against anybody in town or out of town. Unless somebody’s taking Filet Mignon and grinding it up.”
Goody’s also has fresh cut tenderloins, and have added a Ruben sandwich served on marbled rye bread.
“We added it just over a year ago, but it’s new to people,” He said, “I’m not a big Ruben fan, but I started eating them and I’ve worked them into my diet. I like my burgers best, but I’ve had people tell me that’s the best Ruben they’ve had. We’ve got a little bit of everything. We found some good brisket that we found at a food show and we have good barbecue sauces, and pulled pork sandwiches.”
The Goodman’s have also changed the way they fry their foods by adding a new type of oil.
“One thing that’s new is we use rice oil for cooking,” he said.
The oil has a higher flash point and is claimed to be better for your health than other cooking oils.
“Like I say, it costs more, but it lasts longer,” he added. “I was very satisfied with it.”
Goodman said fried food looks good and tastes good and there is no food transfer taste from cooking fish or shrimp.
The most popular menu item of course is the steakburgers made with ground chuck steak. They come in singles, doubles, triple and quads. Coming in second is the fresh cut breaded or grilled tenderloin.
“We got 20 some side orders,” he added. “Just in fries, we have crinkle cut, sweet potato fries, tater tots, and curly and waffle seasoned fries.”
He said they also offer button mushrooms, portabella mushrooms and the popular cheddar bites and pepper jack bites.
“We have two kinds of onion rings, beer batter and gourmet with a crumb coating,” he added.
He has plans to add other items to his menu.
“About every year we try to add one or two new things,” he said. “I try to make where if someone don’t want a burger they can have a Ruben … or quarter pound all beef hot dog.”
They also serve polish sausages and chicken salad sandwiches.
Goodman said that his prices are comparable with national hamburger chains but he added that the locally owned Goody’s provides quality and flavor.
The diner employees 12 people, with Tim Spalding and Cassidy Kleoppel as supervisors and as far as the improvements go — Goodman said that he is grateful to Theo Asbury of A to Z Home Improvement for painting his building and to David Boyle and Nancy Powell of 24 HR Signs for installing the neon lighting.
“Like everybody else the last few years, it’s picking up now, but it’s been a struggle,” he said. “But we’re still here you know. And the best compliment we’ve ever gotten is that these (burgers) taste like Garst’s used to taste like.”
Goody’s Steakburgers, 901 S. Limit Ave., is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information, call Goodman at 826-2828.