Chef Diep Tran describes her Good Girl Dinette as “American diner meets Vietnamese comfort food,” and her potpie perfectly illustrates this fusion. The pie is a twist on Vietnamese chicken curry, a stewlike dish that's commonly served with rice, noodles or a crusty chunk of baguette. Tran grew up eating the meal with her family — they run the Pho 79 chain of Vietnamese noodle shops in L.A. Tran's version becomes a potpie with the addition of a flaky buttermilk biscuit crust. (Unlike traditional potpies, it's just a top, not a base.) The filling is flavored with Madras curry powder, lemongrass and coconut milk, and features either chicken or vegetables (such as zucchini or kohlrabi) along with carrots and potatoes. To achieve the crisp crust and hot filling, each potpie is made to order, taking 30 minutes. Call ahead to request the potpie and it can be ready just minutes after you arrive. Nothing else could make a classic comfort food more comforting. 110 N. Avenue 56, Highland Park. (323) 257-8980, goodgirldinette.com.
—Daina Beth Solomon
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