Stuck for ideas on how to celebrate 4th of July? We may just have the perfect solution for you. Whether you’re mourning Bernie, hopeful about Hillary or dreading the prospect of Trump, tapping into your American side has never been more delicious now that Fredy’s Diner is on the scene.
With a rich and creative menu, friendly staff and all the trappings of an old school American style diner in its decor, Fredy’s makes for a satisfying experience all-round.
Located slap-bang in front of the imposing San Bastjan Church in Qormi (which also means free and spacious parking right by the parvis, natch!) and run by the coolest and most heavily tattooed chef you are ever likely to meet, Fredy’s invites you to leave all your food-based inhibitions at the door and simply indulge.
It’s only right that trademark American dishes like Chicken Wings, Mac ‘n Cheese, spare ribs, Hot Dogs and a variety of burgers feature heavily on the menu – with the ‘Brutal Burger’ in particular being a tasty challenge for all you serious meat-eaters out there.
However, the jewel in Fredy’s crown remains the Beef Brisket. Served either in sandwich form or as a juicy main accompanied by the classic mashed potatoes and corn-on-the-cob, the brisket actually lives up to the ‘melt in your mouth’ cliché.
Fredy’s tattooed and metal-as-fuck owner chef Christian Stellini gave us the lowdown on how this slice of culinary delight is made.
“The brisket is imported from the ol’ US of A and is the highest grade Angus beef I can find. I trim it from its chain (excess fat), but leave quite a bit in there also because the fat in and of itself absorbs a lot of flavors.”
“Then I make a very thick rub, which consists of a myriad ingredients including wild herbs, honey, smoked chilies and a super duper secret ingredient. Also lots of hugs and TLC. I rub the brisket with this thick mixture and leave it to marinade for a few days. Then into the oven it goes for hours, depending on the size and weight of the joint.”
“This could take up to 8 to 9 hours. After the deed is done, I let it cool down very slowly as well so as not to toughen the meat with a cold blast. Then, it’s basically ready to serve!”
But it’s not all about the macho meat meals. Even vegetarians have expressed their enthusiasm for the new restaurant, since its generous menu includes a good selection of pasta and risotto dishes, not to mention the inspired ‘Butternut Squash Steaks’, topped with broccoli florets, chopped pecans and mature cheddar gratin.
Fredy’s is open every day except Tuesday from 6.30pm to 11:00pm, and is also open for lunch on Sundays from noon to 3pm.