With locations in nine different states, Metro Diner seems to have made quite the name for itself. Serving what it calls “comfort food with flair,” the restaurant’s cozy yet trendy atmosphere goes hand-in-hand with its style of food. The restaurant chain even has made its way onto the television show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” by showcasing dishes such as Pittsburgh Steak Salad and Yo Hala on the Square. The Pittsburgh Steak Salad differs from the normal, everyday salad with the addition of both New York strip steak and fries on a bed of leafy greens. The Yo Hala on the Square is an upscale French toast that has “two thick slices of challah bread stuffed with a mixture of bananas, brown sugar, cream cheese and hazelnut syrup,” according to the Metro Diner website. What I loved most about the diner is that its menu consists of popular comfort food mixed up in a way that makes each recipe unique. Chicken and waffles consists of a waffle topped with chicken tenders and powdered sugar and maple syrup, but the Metro Diner’s recipe kicks it up a notch with fried chicken, waffles topped with strawberry butter and a sweet and spicy sauce on the side. I chose one of their extreme-sounding dishes, J.C.’s Vortex Burger. The half-pound burger had mounds of lettuce slaw with cheese, tomatoes, bacon and a fried egg, but the best part was that the buns were grilled cheese sandwiches. The burger was near the top of my list as one of the best burgers I’ve had, receiving extra points for originality and the grilled cheese that was grilled to a perfect golden brown on both sides of both buns.
7225 US 31 S. INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46227