Metro Diner: Member of the Good Grub Hall of Fame!

Though Grub travels often, Jacksonville will always be home. With it’s temperate climate, beaches, and low cost of living, I enjoy being a Floridian. And since Jacksonville holds the distinction of having more mom and pos restaurants then any other city in the Southeast, there are plenty of culinary castles for Grub to explore! Today’s review probably counts as a homer review. I visited an old haunt of mine because I hadn’t been there in awhile, and Grub had a taste for diner food. The solution: I went to the Metro Diner! Now, for the purposes of full disclosure, I have to admit that I am a regular. Metro Diner is on my rotation of good grub spots, partly because of the quality of their food, but mainly because of the consistency of it. Metro has three Jacksonville locations – the original on Hendricks Avenue and the second one opened south of the city on San Jose Boulevard just north of the Duval/St. Johns County line. The newest location is in Jacksonville Beach on 3rd Street North. The newer locations are great, but nothing beats the original.

Metro regularly posts breakfast and lunch specials on Facebook, and I just happened to be online when they posted the specials for Monday – waffles for breakfast and a blackened chicken quesadilla. I love Mexican food, but at a diner? Grub is adventurous, so what the heck – I headed over to check it out! I wont go into too much detail regarding Metro Diner. They are one of the top ten restaurants in Jacksonville. They have won numerous awards for their culinary creations, and among them one of my favorites, the Pittsburgh Steak Salad, which is essentially a steak salad on top of a bed of French fries! Yep, you heard me. Fries. Metro Diner has also been featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” starring Guy Fieri.

Again, I am not going to go into too much detail, but I had the quesadilla, which was filled with a large portion of blackened chicken breast, a black bean salsa, and bound together with both cheddar and mozzarella cheese. The quesadilla was large, and I was only able to eat half, but it was tasty. The chicken was moist and spicy, but not ridiculous with heat. The black beans added a bit of texture to the bite, but served more as a supporting cast to the chicken’s headliner.

One of the things that set Metro Diner apart from other restaurants is their service. When you walk in, the place seems chaotic with servers all over the place and no one seems to be performing any one particular task. But in reality, everyone helps each other. The food always comes out hot; it never sits under a warmer for any amount of time. One of Grub’s tests is to sample the French fries. If the fries are cold, chances are you are in for more disappointment as the meal progresses.

Metro Diner serves hot, fresh, and creative diner food at reasonable prices. The service is good, the staff is friendly, and the overall experience it good. This is a Good Grub Spot, and an inaugural member of Good Grub’s Hall of Fame, so give it a try!

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Restaurant:      Metro Diner

Address:          3302 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville, FL  32207

Telephone:      (904) 398-3701

Website:         www.metrodiner.com

Date of Visit:  June 4, 2012

Good Grub or Garbage © 2012

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