This lovely Saturday morning, the husband and I decided to try out a local favorite, Metro Diner. I had heard nothing but good things about it, and everytime I drive by, there is always a line out the door, so I figured, must be something special.
Oh my goodness, YES! It was fantastic! Definitely worth the 35 minute wait with a grumbly tummy. And, I didn’t know this until today, but the restaurant was actually featured on “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” on Food Network!
We finally took a seat at the counter, which was awesome, getting to see the cooks at work, and all the different items that other people were order. Like watching a concert pianist.
Everything on the menu looked amazing, but I always ask the server what their favorite thing on the menu is, because, chances are, they eat here often, and know whats good. Our server was fantastic, very sweet and calm, even though the place was PACKED and I’m sure stressful. She said her favorite thing was the Pot Roast lunch, with red skinned potato mash, and that she basically has it everyday. So I ordered it.
Dear god, this was delicious. I skipped on the baguette (don’t really eat bread too much), but the meat was so tender and paired with the mash, I knew why she chose this as her go-to meal. My husband ordered a salmon bagel sandwich, with capers, cream cheese, lettuce, onion. He was also in love.
I’m looking forward to going back to try pretty much everything else on the menu. I have a feeling we are going to become regulars here.
So, needless to say at this point, but if you are ever in the Jacksonville San Marco area, you MUST try out Metro Diner. Affordable, delicious, and “where the locals eat.” Worth it!
Last Wednesday night, My husband and I were famished and decided that our [now] nightly bike ride was going to be to this local pizza parlour everyone downtown keeps talking about: Carmine’s Pie House. I wasn’t really in the mood for pizza, but I was up for anything at that point, and all the rave reviews we kept hearing really were intriguing for a “supporter of the local businesses” girl like myself. So, we threw on our backpacks and made our way into Riverside.
We arrived pretty late for a Wednesday night, around 9:00PM. The waitress was really friendly, and said it was no problem to serve us, they don’t really have a specific time they close, just anywhere from 9:45pm-10:30pm, depending on how busy it is. She gave us our menus, and I was really impressed by the amount of items they had, as well as the variety! Majority of their pizzas are “Specialties,” and can be New York or Chicago style. The variety of flavors were very interesting, from Hummus Pie to a “Bobby Bushea” Cajun pie with crawfish and shrimp! On top of that, they offer calzones, stromboli, subs/paninis, salads, and pasta dinners. It was hard to choose, everything sounded amazing! After going back and forth on several items, I decided to try a “Torpedo” panini: ham, salami, pepperoni, provolone, lettuce, tomato, onion, red pepper, oil and vinegar.
Two words: Holy. Crap. This was seriously one of the best things I have ever eaten. The bread was very fresh, had the perfect crispy crust and soft inside, and it was a huge portion for an affordable price!
While we were sitting in the restaurant, I was really drawn to the random inspiration quotes painted on the walls. It was like a rainbow of sunshine and optimism with a really delicious meal. Is this heaven?
After we finished our meal, we were getting up to pay when we spotted the dessert case, equipped with it’s own quote scripted on the bottom: “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.”
Everything in the case looked very delicious, and of course, being a pastry chef myself, I had to try something. The husband chose the red velvet cupcake for us to split. It was very tasty, sweet, with really good cream cheese frosting. Sometimes, I’ve noticed, shops that sell Red Velvet with cream cheese frosting make the frosting a bit too oily/buttery/sweet and not enough cream cheese flavor. This cupcake was delicious, and the cream cheese frosting was definitely cream cheese frosting. My only suggestion would have been to add something a bit different to it.. like maybe a dash of cinnamon in the cream cheese frosting? Hmm…
Overall, I LOVED Carmines. I recommend anyone and everyone in, near, or around the Jacksonville area to check it out! We spent around $25 for two people with tip, and we fully fed and definitely happy to bike off those calories on the way home.