From the outside -- with its chrome and glass-block exterior studded with neon -- Metro 29 Diner looks like an old-fashioned diner. Inside, the decor and menu make it clear that this is, by every measure, a contemporary restaurant.
The smoking section, with tabletop jukeboxes in small booths, however, has an old-fashioned feel not to be found in the rest of the restaurant, outfitted as it is with sleek lighting fixtures, pink Formica tables and modern green chairs.
The menu is far larger -- and far more eclectic -- than you might find in a typical diner. While Metro 29 offers standard diner fare, it also has an international touch, with an emphasis on Greek specialties (the large Greek salads and spinach pie should not be missed). The varied offerings make this the perfect place to go when your group can't agree on what to eat.
Don't leave without dessert -- you'll find a huge selection of cakes, including strawberry shortcake, lemon cake and cheesecakes, as well as cookies, pies and assorted ice cream treats.
The portions are huge, and there's an entree for every price range ($8.95 to $24.95), which explains the frequent lines waiting for a table. That also accounts for Metro 29's popularity among seniors and families.
-- Caroline Mayer