Jacksonville has a variety of new and established restaurants that have achieved some renown. My wife and I are interested in food and food culture, so we’re constantly thinking about our next meal. These are some of my family’s favorite places to grab a bite to eat.
- Metro Diner (5/17/2017)
There are six Metro Diner locations around Jacksonville that feed most of the city’s major neighborhoods. Diners can enjoy their favorite Metro menu items at the original diner in San Marco or at the locations in Ortega, the Beaches, Mandarin, Baymeadows, and Ponte Vedra. In recent years they have expanded beyond Jacksonville, but they are a mainstay in the Jax food-scene. They have been featured on the Food Network. Whether you live locally or are passing through and just have to try its TV-famous menu, you will be served great food in a relaxed atmosphere. Expect a bit of a wait for a table, unless you’re happy to eat outside (which is our favorite place to eat, under the oaks in San Marco). Bring your appetite or carry home your leftovers. Everything we’ve ever had at Metro has been great, but a few of our family favorites are the fried chicken and waffles (try it with the maple syrup/hot sauce combo, above), big fish sandwich, yo’hala on the square, and huevos rancheros.