Sun Dog Diner


Tuesday8:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Wednesday8:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Thursday8:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Friday8:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Saturday8:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Sunday8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

2-10 Papanui Road, Merivale

03-260 1166

Based on traditional American diners, Sun Dog Diner aims to provide the locals of Christchurch with a place to enjoy great comfort food in an old-fashioned diner, but with a modern, quirky twist.

Owner Jess Lynch has honed her skills as a chef over the years, most recently as the owner and operator of the much-loved Mexican food truck Mamacita’s. However, it had always been her intention to open up a diner in Christchurch, but finding the right space wasn’t easy. It had to be the sort of place where you could walk in, day or night, and have a sit down meal or a drink with friends. Sun Dog Diner is just that sort of place - fitted out with eclectic artwork, retro-style furniture and vintage gaming machines.

The food is self-described ‘hoity toity’ comfort food, designed to be both affordable and great quality. Where possible, Jess and her team make the food from scratch and are committed to using free range options, while still keeping the price of food low. With degrees in both molecular biology and philosophy, she’s learned to use both sides of her brain and applies the same method to her cooking. The result? A menu bursting at the seams with options, that’ll make choosing one dish very difficult. Think Southern-style comfort food, with some Mexican influence too. From buttermilk biscuits with gravy and homemade mac and cheese to spicy pulled pork grilled sandwiches and eggs benedict with sweet and spicy enchilada sauce, there are endless options at Sun Dog. It’s not just their food menu that’s epic either. The drinks options are a hub of creative takes on classic cocktail recipes, as well as the quintessential brewed ‘Diner Coffee’ - bottomless of course.

Words by Tahlia Vogel & Photography by Naomi Haussmann

2-10 Papanui Road, Merivale

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