The Metro Diner…ever heard of it? No? Well here is a clip of them on Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives check it out and then read my review and let me know what you think.
3302 Hendricks Avenue
Jacksonville, FL. 32207
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Location: Of course like the address says, it’s off of Hendricks in the San Marco area. It is right by a church so if you are trying to get Sunday breakfast or brunch, you better get there early. The parking is limited and you could end up parking down a residential street and walking. As you can see in the picture there is always a line to get in. Good sign right???
Food: I went with the Charleston Shrimp and Grits $13.99 and the wife went with the Biscuits and Gravy $9.99. The shrimp and grits were a modern take on the traditional dish, the grits were fried in a square pattern with some type of seasoning in them to turn them an orange color. Around the grits was a healthy crème sauce with sausage, green onions, bacon and of course SHRIMP! I absolutely loved mine.
The portion was huge, the flavors were bordering a little rich but that is how I like it. The bacon added a nice salty crunch to it. I’m a big guy and it was hard to eat all this but you know when you get to the point where you say “there isn’t enough to bother taking home” and just push through it and polish it off. Even if it does make you sweat and look like a pig, it’s worth it with this dish. Now, on the other hand, the wife got the southern staple: Biscuits and Gravy.
We both agreed, the biscuits were overdone and the gravy was lacking in the spices. She’s from Baton Rouge but even I (Middleburg boy) thought it needed a little something. The side of eggs were …. well, eggs. The hash browns were a miss. While it is a huge portion, they were almost too big, they weren’t crispy all around. The center was very mushy. Actually she had to get a new order because the first one came out with some cold spots in it. Not room temperature, cold. Anyways, the portions are huge and the prices reflect it. Still worth it though. Well mine was…the wife…not so much lol.
Extra Info: This place has a huge following in Jacksonville. There is always a line, so don’t expect it to be like iHOP. You have to wait for good food. Ever since their appearance on Diner, Drive-In and Dives the place has taken off like wildfire. They now have 3 locations, one in San Marco, one in Mandarin and one out at the Beaches that just opened up.
Overall rating 1-10: 8.5 for now. They hit on my breakfast yet missed on the wife’s. I would definitely eat here again but I would plan around the rush hour there. Maybe I will review a lunch menu next time.