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Comfort Food With a Side of Nostalgia

Restaurant used to be a drive-in

By Andrew Tanielian
|  Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012  |  Updated 1:56 PM CDT
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If you'd like a taste of Americana with a side of nostalgia then you?ll want to try the Original Market Diner in Dallas.

Andrew Tanielian, NBCDFW Nonstop

If you'd like a taste of Americana with a side of nostalgia then you?ll want to try the Original Market Diner in Dallas.

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If you'd like a taste of Americana with a side of nostalgia then you’ll want to try the Original Market Diner in Dallas.

The diner originally opened in the '70s and re-launched in 1989. James Vergos now owns the diner originally started by his parents.

“In 2001, I started running the place on my own and I’ve been trying to keep the same traditions my parents started. My dad ran the kitchen and my mother ran the front,” said Vergos.

The diner does breakfast all day while also offering lunch and dinner.

There are specials every day. One of the most talked about is the chicken and dumplings.

“Chicken and dumplings is everyone’s favorite on Wednesday’s,” said Vergos.

There's another favorite dish you can get anytime of the week -- the meatloaf.

“It’s homemade meatloaf, we make it here and the sauce is homemade. I get a lot of compliments. People tell me they don’t eat meatloaf, but they eat our meatloaf,” said Vergos.

The diner also offers another famous southern staple, chicken fried steak and many homemade pies.

The restaurant wants its interior to be just as soothing as its comfort food.

“We keep it a simple diner feel nothing fancy, simple colors, black and white. The building it used to be a drive-in," Vergos explains. "It was a car hop. They used to come out to your car, serve you up. It’s the original building. You know, we’ve kept up with it, remodeled it, a little bit."

Original Market Diner
4434 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas, TX
(214) 521-0992
www.originalmarketdiner.com

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