Monday, November 7, 2016

Metro Diner

Ok you guys, I have had a lot of people ask me about Metro Diner—it’s in my neighborhood and you guys know it. I have only had a chance to have breakfast here a couple of times and here are my thoughts.

It’s a traditional diner for sure and they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu is huge. You can order from whichever part you want whenever you want, which I appreciate, because you now I like my eggs. My first experience involved the Frisco breakfast sandwich ($6.49) (please people, please stop saying “Frisco” just because it involves sourdough. No one in San Francisco says “Frisco”). It was grilled sourdough with grilled ham, scrambled eggs and cheese. I had a side of hash browns. I enjoyed this basic, yet tasty sandwich. A lot of eggs on there for sure (they have very large portions overall). I particularly enjoyed the very crispy hash browns—I love hash browns and I particularly love them extra crisp. 

My son’s basic deli sandwich looked and tasted a bit boring. He ended up eating half of my sandwich instead. My daughter was happy with her egg breakfast.

So going off of this experience, hubby and I decided to check it out again one day for a breakfast—one of those days when you wanted a greasy breakfast after an evening involving a lot of wine.

On these occasions, I want my classic traditional breakfast, and that’s what I had. Two eggs, bacon, sourdough toast, and hash browns ($7.49) (I was really looking forward to these). So, they do the eggs well—perfectly over easy. But I wasn’t overly wowed with anything else. Well, the toast was good (a little thicker than I like because I like it super crunchy) but it doesn’t come buttered, which is a bummer to me (hard, cold pats of butter are no fun to spread on toast). The bacon was pretty flavorless and the hash browns were sadly, not at all crispy like they were the first time. There was a little crisp edge, but it was mostly mushy potatoes in the middle. I had a couple of bites and gave up. 

Hubby had the corned beef hash, which is one of his favorite breakfast items. He enjoyed the corned beef aspect—and they cooked it with diced red potatoes. He was missing some onions or peppers though---again there was a problem with not a lot of flavor. His poached eggs were done well, but he had the same complaint about the toast (and cold butter).

So….. well I can’t say it will be a go to breakfast place for me. I had been excited about the hash browns, but the consistency issue has put me off. And when bacon doesn’t have flavor, I just don’t understand it. It’s bacon!

I feel like there’s a blandness problem here. Although, I did see someone having fried chicken and waffles…and you know I am going to have to get in there and try the fried chicken at some point. And the pork tenderloin sandwich sounds interesting too. But we’ll see.

The service is very friendly and efficient—they get your food to you very quickly. The atmosphere is chain-feeling diner style. 

Who else had been there? I know several of you have been. I am really interested in hearing what you had and your thoughts.

Metro Diner
3954 East 82nd Street
Indy 46240
317/296-8262

9 comments:

  1. We've been to the new south-side Metro Diner on two different occasions and had great experiences. The tenderloin sandwich was very good and the fried chicken and waffles (with strawberry butter) was perfect. The portions weren't big, they were HUGE! Can hardly wait to go back.

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  2. Steer-In has the best corned beef hash!

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  3. We love The Metro! I don't think they have a "blandness" problem at all. In fact, they are one of the only places in the city where I will order biscuits and gravy from. It's definitely up there on my list for favorite breakfast spots.

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    1. I have actually had the biscuits since I wrote this, and I have to say, there were pretty tasty!

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  4. I know you don't get out to Greenwood very often, but I have a place I think you'd love if you get down here. Yiayia's House of Pancakes on 135. We've been there probably about 5 or 6 times in the last few months and just LOVE it. I don't think it's a chain, it's open until 2:30 and serves breakfast and lunch all day. Their sausage links are unreal and hashbrowns are seasoned and served extra crispy.

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  5. We went last weekend and it was OK. I ordered a Cheese Steak because of the Provel cheese, it was pretty good but the pasta salad I opted for was super dry and undercooked (they replaced it with cole slaw that was average at best). Son had one of their skillet dishes & it has a lot of water in the bottom of the dish. He did like the home fries. They had a pretty good crowd and a lot of the dishes I saw coming out of the kitchen looked good. We're going to give it another shot before writing it off.

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  6. I've gone there twice for lunch. HUGE portions. All in all not bad. My first time the burger was good, the fries were limp. So go with extra crispy hash browns instead, much better option.
    Yesterday I tried the chicken and waffles...very average on both accounts, and priced too high. The chicken was overdone and didn't really stand out flavor wise. The waffles were okay.

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    1. huh. Now you are making me doubt the chicken. But you're right I need to ask for the hash browns extra crispy next time. They are certainly very good when they are crisp!

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  7. Just went yesterday. I had the pork sandwich. There was a lot going on there, but I thought it lacked a flavor pop. When spinach is the dominant flavor, even with fried jalepenos, it's not the best sandwich. I thought it needed salt.

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