Kim Porter and her son Bo enjoy a good southern meal which is why they've opened the McCreight Street Diner to bring Bastrop down home cooking with a southern Louisiana flare.

“I like cooking, my son likes cooking, and we wanted to do something different in Bastrop,” said Kim.

Opened on Monday, August 20, the McCreight Street Diner is a restaurant full of classic southern homestyle cooking. The menu includes classics like chicken fried steak, po boys, fish, chicken strips, and burgers. The menu is also full of favorite side dishes like green beans, mashed potatoes, and corn on the cob. They have deserts such as pecan pie and Mississippi mud cake.

“We're a down home comfort food kind of place,” said Kim.

Out of everything, though, their burgers are the favorite. People are already commenting about them on the diner's Facebook.

“One of the main things people are talking about are our burgers,” said Kim. “We have some good homestyle burgers.”

The restaurant serves not just lunch and dinner but breakfast as well. This includes favorites such as grits, pancakes, eggs, biscuits, and bacon.

What gives them distinction from other places is their southern Louisiana fare. For instance they offer Cajun eggs and boudin omelettes for breakfast.

Another difference that makes them stand out is that they are open until 9 p.m. They know people can be busy and end up having to eat late at times.

“I know some families are busy with ball games and other things and need a place to eat,” Kim said.

The diner itself, located at 1011 McCreight Street is remodeled from an old hair salon.

“We bought the building in early March and have been redecorating, putting new fixtures in, and trying to make it look nice,” said Kim. “We're trying to make it comfortable in here.”

The interior is painted in bright, welcoming colors and many of the old hair cutting stations have been turned into comfortable booths for eating. It's meant to have a laid back old-fashioned diner feel.

“It's an old-fashioned diner where you can come in, relax and enjoy yourself,” said Bo.

Kim and her son Bo wanted to give Bastrop another nice place to eat. They've been in retail for many years and just want to make people happy and give them a good time. They want their restaurant to be a local favorite.

“I want the community to have a nice place to go eat and enjoy with their families,” said Kim. “We want to be the hole in the wall restaurant that people think 'oh I would never stop there' but the food is great.”

Kim and Bo encourage people to come out and try the diner for themselves. They look forward to sharing their homestyle favorites and south Louisiana cuisine with the community.