Original Market Diner
The Diner was originally built in 1954 as a classic drive-in. Jimmy Vergo’s parents, Sam and Kathy Vergos, with the help of his grandparents, purchased and remodeled it to make the Diner what it is today. The Diner has had many names throughout the years. Some of the most notable names were 77 Hamburgers & Jim’s Sandwich Palace. Back then, they served Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Beer. Jimmy’s Pappou (Greek for grandfather), “Mr. Jim”, used to pour the beer on tap while his grandmother, Yiayia (Greek for grandmother), Toula Mihalopoulos, worked the register.
After growing up in the business, Jimmy decided to follow in my family’s footsteps. So in 2001,he took over the business to continue the Original Market Diner tradition. Lisa Petty, a columnist for the Dallas Observer wrote, “In the words of one thrice-weekly regular, "It's just like home, but with better food!" Jimmy Vergos' mom and dad and Pappou and YiaYia developed a loyal following over the years at the Original Market Diner by serving home style recipes in a friendly atmosphere.” Yes, they have great food, but the other thing you’ll notice is their employees...most of them stay for years...something that is unheard of in the restaurant industry. It’s one of the reasons you’ll come back for more and continue to make us one of Dallas’ favorites. We are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and now serve beer, wine & mimosas!
Over the years, we’ve been featured in many write ups and received many awards. Thank you, Dallas!
2012 Dallas Voice Award: Best Authentic Diner
2012 Jimmy featured on NBC’s “Foodies” 2011 Good Morning Texas Appearance
2010 Winner of Best of Big D’s Best Breakfast in Dallas 2009 Dallas Observer Blog City of Ate
2009 Best in DFW: Best Service