Posts Tagged ‘Lunch’

Metropolitan Cafe Stays Constant in Changing Neighborhood

Posted by    |    June 13th, 2012 at 3:04 pm

For more than a decade, office workers in Downtown Dallas have spent their lunch hours enjoying the tasty food and warm atmosphere provided by the Metropolitan Cafe. Located at the corner of Main and Pearl (right near our offices), the Cafe has become a neighborhood staple and has developed a near cult following amongst its loyal patrons. Whether it’s the fan-favorite Caesar and Greek salads, the Wednesday crab cake special or the brownies that have almost become a neighborhood currency, Metropolitan Cafe has no trouble finding customers to fill seats whilst filling their stomachs. So dedicated are some patrons that even after moving office locations they’ll still come back for lunch every now and again.

Since it opened in 2001, the restaurant has been maintained and run entirely by the Vouras family who help to create a homey atmosphere within the restaurant. Owner Michael Vouras is a jazz musician and theater actor whose musical interests can be seen in the pictures on the walls and heard over the speakers. The player piano on the west wall of the Cafe was shipped down to Dallas from Detroit, where it had been signed by several local musicians at a nightclub. The building that the Cafe is located in, a former Masonic Lodge, is set to turn 100 next year.

During its time in Downtown, the Cafe has watched the neighborhood around it experience a dramatic revival. The empty offices that once populated the vicinity have been filled, crime has gone down, and the area has seen a resurgence of life. Throughout all of this, the Cafe still remains one of the more popular eateries in the Main Street District. If you haven’t had the chance to drop in for a bite yet, there’s no time like the present to discover something new.

There’s a New Breakfast Sheriff in Grapevine

Posted by    |    July 1st, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Restaurant critic Luke with his "Dutch Baby"

We tend to be a fairly skeptical family when it comes to most claims — “Best Dry Cleaner,” “Best Service,” “Biggest Selection” — we hear it all the time. So, when we ventured over to the new Original Pancake House in Grapevine, we were skeptical of claims that their pancakes would be truly remarkable.

Their location is a little hard to find, having moved into the former Denny’s location on William D. Tate (close to Hooters and Bone Daddy’s if that helps)  Upon arrival, we were greeted by everyone, including the owners, and the whole staff exuded enthusiasm including our server who wanted to know all our names (and remembered them through the whole meal).

In addition to a wide variety of pancakes, they boast two signature items: the Apple Pancake, a single large pancake smothered with sauteed apples and cinnamon sugar; and the “Dutch Baby.”