by: Dana Mason
Catching up with a friend
A friend and I had planned to meet up over the week to just hang out and catch up on things. At first, I wanted to go see a movie but then it hit me that we needed to actually sit down and talk. What better way to do that? Go out for brunch! Well, we didn’t specify it was “brunch” we just met up and ate. Aside from the fact that we we’re eating, I’m really excited to see my friend. She was having a hard week, even though I initially wanted to make sure she was okay. Halfway through the meal I realized it was best that we BOTH take a break from school, work, and our personal lives just to talk about random things. So, she’s been to Metro Diner before and I haven’t. I am the newbie here. Let’s start.
When we first walked in it was pretty busy. We got there around 2pm on a Friday. I expected more people to be at work, which is why I prefer to go places on Friday. We still got a seat as fast was we walked in though, so the crowd wasn’t a big deal. Even though the place is called Metro Diner, I viewed it more like a traditional restaurant more than a diner. It has a service counter where you eat in front of where the food is being made, but I didn’t really notice that at first. The staff is nice and welcoming, literally all of them. There’s staff that wasn’t waiting our table that came to check on us. This guy who, I assume was at least manager level, was even cracking jokes with us towards the end of our meal.
Huevos Rancheros or Chicken and Waffles?
Immediately we started with drinks of course like at any restaurant. Sweet tea and lemonade. I don’t like sweet tea, so hopefully you assume what I got. I only looked at the breakfast portion of the menu because I didn’t eat for the whole portion of the day we weren’t at the restaurant. I skipped over various dinner food. In fact, I don’t even remember any other foods besides the breakfast. My eyes looked right at the biggest picture on the page: The Chicken and Waffles. It looked so good. I’m always in the mood for chicken. And, I always want to try a restaurant’s chicken and waffles. Whether it’s White Castle or Joella’s hot chicken. But, that $15 price for two pieces of food wasn’t sitting with me. So, I skimmed the same page and noticed the Huevos Rancheros. I had huevos rancheros homecooked before, so I just wanted to try a restaurant version. I knew this is going to be a more Americanized version. Like how I mentioned in previous blog post, the difference between authentic Mexican tacos and Americanized ones. I ordered it anyway though. The price of $11 was better than $15.
The Food comes!
When the waiter brought us our food I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Like I said, I never had huevos rancheros outside of homecooked meals. It amazed me when I first saw it. It looks like a starfish made out of food. So many colors on this palette of food. I didn’t know where to start. It’s funny because I’m stuck in a daze and my friend is already into her meal. I honestly don’t know what the large tortilla looking things are on the plate. I know they were most likely some sort of crispy fried dough type of thing. It wasn’t the same thing as a chip though. It was more pastry like, without the sweetness. The rest of it consisted of scrambled eggs, chorizo sausage, jalapenos, sour cream, salsa, and black beans. My friend is a picky eater so she was eyeballing my plate. I took one of the friend pastries and put a little bit of everything on it. The first bite, not gonna lie, was kind of bland. So I put some salt and pepper on it. It was a little better. I feel as though the flavor in terms of seasoning, in a dish like this, comes from the salsa and the heat from the jalapenos. The ate more and more. Every bite I tried different combinations of what was on my plate. I like it more. The blandness was going away too. I finished my whole plate too. One thing I’m going to gripe about is the fact that the chorizo is called “chorizo” but wasn’t at all spicy. But, not all chorizo is spicy, I’m just going off of what I’ve bought at the store.
After my friend and I finished our food we sat and talked for another 45 minutes or so. The longer we talked the more people came and left. Overall, I think I most definitely would come back to Metro Diner. I personally don’t think the prices are that bad. $11 for a pretty big plate of food can do me good. I want to go back for the Chicken and Waffles. Big time.