Metro Diner, a Guy Fieri favorite, debuts in West Palm

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There’s a spiffy new diner in town and it has a Guy Fieri connection. Metro Diner, which opened in West Palm Beach Tuesday, is the Jacksonville-born restaurant concept that charmed the Food Network star with its homey meatloaf

Fieri featured the chain’s original location in a 2010 episode of his “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” and life was never the same for the gravy-rich dish or the diner. He took a bite of the meatloaf and declared it a hit. 

“I think diners across the world have to take a lesson on this one. Tender, juicy, good exterior crust… why do you even mess up the plate with vegetables and bread? I’d like you to float that in gravy,” Fieri remarked on camera to Metro Diner’s founding chef Mark Davoli, whose family took over the vintage diner in 2000. 


The West Palm outpost, the chain’s first in Palm Beach County, offers an extensive menu of hearty, affordable dishes (most under $16) served at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Chances are any diner dish you might expect or crave – like fried chicken and waffle, corned beef hash, shrimp and grits, chicken pot pie, pot roast, hot turkey plate, club and Monte Cristo sandwiches, grilled cheese and more – is on the menu. (Buzzkill alert: The menu lists caloric counts and, yes, that fried chicken and waffle plate comes in at a whopping 2360 calories.) 

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“Metro Diner is known as the place where ‘the locals eat’ and we hope to be the new go-to destination where our West Palm Beach diners turn into regulars,” Lance Baitsholts, Metro Diner’s managing partner in West Palm, said in a news release. 

For those who may desire a cocktail with their Benedicts, Metro Diner serves nicely priced wine, beer, mimosa and Bloody Marys ($5 or less). 

The restaurant chain also plans a Royal Palm Beach location, which aims for an early 2019 debut. Metro Diner has a location in Stuart and two locations in Broward County, with a third coming soon.  


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