When we were visiting my mother in Huntsville Alabama as a part of our college road trip, she was excited to take us to the Metro Diner. My mom discovered the location on Airport Road by accident one afternoon when they were in their pre-opening and serving free food. She was so impressed, this was the one place she said we had to eat on this trip to Huntsville.
Metro Dinner has a long history in Jacksonville Florida. The original building started in 1938 and the current Metro Dinner opened there in 1992. In 2000, master chef Mark Davoli and family took over and elevated the menu to include innovative new dishes created from local ingredients. Metro Diner has developed such a following, that the local pestered the Diners, Drive-in’s and Dives show on Food Network to feature the restaurant on an episode.
Since opening in Jacksonville, the Metro Diner has locations across the Southeast and as far North as Pennsylvania and West to Oklahoma.
We ate a late breakfast at the Airport road Location in Huntsville after our trip to the Botanical Gardens. All of us cleaned our plates. That was easily the best breakfast we had on our 5300-mile road trip this summer. I had the Meat Lovers omelet. I love omelets, and this may have been the best I have ever had. The eggs were perfect. The bacon and sausage was exactly the right. It comes with a side of hash browns or grits for only $9.99. My youngest (11) of course ordered the chicken tenders and they were good, not what you typically get off a kids menu. My mother had the Chicken Pot Pie. She was really impressed by it, flaky biscuit crust, piping hot and creamy on the inside. Every one of us said we were ready to go back anytime. I really do look forward to dining there the next time I get home.
I have seen many great restaurants that started off to great beginnings and then really failed
when they tried to grow and the operators got away from the principles of the folks that started the original. Metro Diner looks like it has missed that pitfall.
Mon – Sat: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sun: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm