1151 Elden St.
Herndon, VA 20170
CUISINE Diner, Greek/Mediterranean, International
PRICE $$ ($13-$20)
HOURS Open 24 hours.
NVM AWARDS None
NEARBY METRO None
SPECIAL FEATURES24 Hrs
By Warren Rojas
The hipster sib to Vienna’s venerable counterpart, the Herndon Amphora helps keep hunger at bay by serving up traditional Greek cuisine, home-style breakfasts and tooth-achingly rich sweets at all hours of the night.
A far cry from the converted dining cars of yore—one dining companion dubbed the gargantuan steel and glass structure the “Cadillac of diners”—Amphora’s Diner Deluxe incorporates plenty of fine-dining touches into its well-choreographed service program.
Bow tie and white jacket-clad servers look pretty-boy sharp, but tackle every job with vigor (run orders for colleagues, clear plates like clockwork). Meals begin with a gourmet bread basket (a wealth of homemade breads and whipped butter), a reminder of Amphora’s bakery roots.
The menu runs the gamut from Mediterranean to Mexican with few major missteps. Tex-Mex egg rolls are almost as big as the longhorn state itself, summoning burrito-like, fried tortilla shells stuffed with grilled chicken, copious amounts of cheese and savory beans. A giant pita piled high with a terrific tomato-feta omelet and cakey hash browns is a big meatless marvel. Homemade moussaka nestles ground beef and eggplant beneath a blanket of tomato sauce. An overly generous gyro arrives stuffed with red onions, tomatoes and miles of tender, shaved lamb and pleasing tzatziki sauce (supplies a cooling nudge).
Diehard chocolate lovers should swoon at the sight of the chunky chocolate mousse cake (weaves together white and dark chocolate, chocolate ganache and shaved chocolate). Elsewhere, an innocent-looking eclair looses a torpedo of flaky pastry, creamy custard and crunchy chocolate.