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Originally opened by the parents and grandparents of Jimmy Vergos in 1954, this diner is as authentic as diners come. The owner is Greek. (Everyone knows the only diners worth their salt are owned by Greeks.) The place has gone through several permutations, even suffering closure during the 1980s. The current incarnation, opened in 1989, is underneath a DART line and is once again family operated. Vergos' father created all the recipes. Vergos' mother pops in to greet customers as if they were her children. The employees never seem to quit. Everyone is treated as family. With breakfast items in particular, sides of homemade potato chips are included. Customers are encouraged to put Vergos' mantra into practice: "Pie fixes everything"
Many a weekday you'll find half the editorial and production staff of the Dallas Observer hunkered down at the Original Market Diner, enjoying meatloaf, a turkey club (forget fries—try the homemade potato chips), or best yet, a scrumptious breakfast of eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy. You see, unlike our other old-school favorite—Mama's Daughter's Diner—the OMD serves the most important meal of the day from open till close, allowing the late risers in our ranks to enjoy the same advantages as the early birds without having to resort to Denny's or IHOP. Throw in the friendliest waitstaff in town and the always-fruitful people-watching and you've got the best diner anyone could ever hope for.
Many a weekday you'll find half the editorial and production staff of the Dallas Observer hunkered down at the Original Market Diner, enjoying meatloaf, a turkey club (forget fries--try the homemade potato chips), or best yet, a scrumptious breakfast of eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy. You see, unlike our other old-school favorite--Mama's Daughter's Diner--the OMD serves the most important meal of the day from open till close, allowing the late risers in our ranks to enjoy the... More »
For much of the last couple of decades, two sisters "of a certain age" have been serving meatloaf and attitude to customers at competing diners. In the process they have won fans and even a bit of fame. Barbara Woodley, 70, in her signature oversized sunglasses, works the crowd at Mama's Daughter's Diner, while little sis Natalie, 66, in oversized barrel-curl up-do, serves the masses at nearby Original Market Diner. The fare is similar at both spots: chicken-fried steak, mac and cheese,... More »
Some lunch hours you just want something cheap and filling to quiet the beast in your belly so you can get back to work. Sometimes, on the other hand, you want to splurge, to eat something you're not going to forget about before you pay the check. With its blue plate special, the Original Market Diner gives you both. For $5.25 you get the kind of flavor that only labor-intensive home cooking provides: a slab of meatloaf and mashed potatoes with cornbread, say, or a giant bowl of chicken and... More »
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