Featuring a twist on French toast celebrity chef Guy Fieri says is worth the visit alone, Metro Diner has been a fixture in Jacksonville, Florida, since 1992 and overseen by chef Mark Davoli and his family since 2000.
In recent years they have begun an aggressive expansion program, with 12 existing Florida restaurants, two to come in both Georgia and North Carolina and three more in Indiana. Now comes word they are currently hiring for positions across the board for a forthcoming Las Vegas diner, aiming to build a place "where the locals eat."
While the exact size and location has yet to be confirmed, expect many details to be imported from the east. From a scratch kitchen, the company promises "traditional diner fare with flair," with all locations opening daily at 6.30 a.m and most staying open until 8 p.m.
On the menu, fried chicken and waffle, a sourdough Monte Cristo and Charleston shrimp and grits for breakfast, plus a familiar roster of egg favorites including six different Benedicts. For lunch and dinner, think burgers, a meatloaf plate, chicken pot pie, soups, salads and sandwiches in hearty portions.
The Metro Diner has appeared on Guy Fieri’s Food Network show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, spotlighting their "Yo Hala on the Square" creation, created with "two thick slices of challah bread stuffed with a mixture of bananas, brown sugar, cream cheese and hazelnut syrup, prepared like French toast. Topped with a blueberry strawberry compote!"
Fieri gave the dish a three "Dude!" seal of approval, expounding, "that, Dude, is outta control."