Jacksonville, Florida, May 4, 2013 – I am in Jacksonville, Florida covering the annual 2013 JAX Kayak Fishing Classic which brings together kayak anglers from all across America and the world. Last night was the Captains Meeting and today is a full day of fishing for the tournament entrants. When I woke up on this rainy Saturday morning I was looking for a place to eat breakfast. I went to the computer in the Hampton Inn front lobby and looked up on Google the best places for breakfast in Jacksonville. I just happened to pick the Metro Diner because it was the closest to my location.
The Metro Diner was recently purchased by John and Mark Davoli (father and son). John was the former vice president of the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain, and Mark is a chef crafted his skills at the Bolles School. Mark has been in the kitchen since he was 12 years old and loves to cook. Metro Diner is located at 3302 Hendricks Ave., south of the San Marco square, and is open from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.
It was a short three plus miles by my Garmin so the drive was short and sweet. When I arrived the morning rush was just getting started and I was able to get a table in the main dining area. Up on the wall was a big poster of Guy Fieri. At that time I knew I had arrived.
This is a cozy restaurant with lots of small town charm. I was greeted by my server and given a menu loaded with great things to eat. They had three specials on the board this morning, Apple Strudel Waffle, 10-oz. Rib Eye Steak and Eggs and a Seafood Frittata. While deciding on what to eat, my coffee arrived. It was very good. My coffee cup said that it was Condaxis Coffee. This coffee and tea company was started by Peter Condaxis in Jacksonville in 1959. Condaxis Coffee and Tea imports their coffees from Central and South Americas, Indonesia, Hawaii and Africa. I do not know what flavor I was drinking. All I can say is that it was very good.
Still being unable to decide as what to eat, I kept looking around the room trying to see what everyone else was eating. Just to my left in a booth was couple that has a big pike of chicken bones in the middle of their plate. At that moment, I knew that I was going to have Chicken and Waffles. I must confess that I am on a low carb diet and everything on the menu was going to be a disaster. So when my plate arrived, I decided to mitigate my losses and only eat the chicken. I carried out the waffles and strawberry butter for my wife Kathi. All I can say about the fried chicken is that it was truly “Finger Lick “In Good” and I mean it. Some of the best fried chicken I have had in a long time. I was moist with a great crust.
My tab, tax and tip came to $26.00 and some change and it included a souvenir coffee cup. Might seem pricey for breakfast but it was worth every bite. So the next time you are in Jacksonville, you have got to try the Metro Diner.
Until next time be safe in the sun and have a great day in the great outdoors.