Metro Diner Recreates Popular Hangouts of the Past
By Susan O’Keefe
There’s a new restaurant on the Augusta National end of Washington Road. Metro Diner hails from Jacksonville, Fla., and in recent months has made its way north. Based on the crowds, it seems the Garden City is giving the diner a warm welcome.
Eager to try a new spot and armed with rave reviews from friends, I met a few colleagues for a holiday gathering at the diner in December. It was quite a treat. From the friendly waitress who disclosed how well management runs the eatery to the plentiful portions served with a smile, Metro Diner is a must.
Imagine the popular hangout diners of the 1950s and ‘60s. That’s a glimpse of Metro Diner.
For the business guru seeking networking opportunities, Metro Diner is bustling with activity. I dare say, it’s where the locals eat (or will eat once word spreads). There were countless conversations amidst the energetic environment. Patrons ranged from serious business folks sipping on a cup of joe and taking “The 12-Inch Challenge,” which includes a lot of pride and a fluffy 12-inch pancake, to college students cramming for exams and loading up on the protein power in eggs, bacon, sausage and cheese.
Colorful, artistic writing listed the daily specials on a large mounted chalkboard. Chef Jeff Freehof, who owned and operated The Garlic Clove in Evans for a decade, has brought his expertise into Richmond County.
Since Metro Diner serves breakfast all day, every day, it seemed logical to order from the breakfast side of the menu. My two colleagues and I each chose a simple omelet, griddle great, and side item. Once our food was delivered, our table resembled an athletic training table. The wildly generous portions add pleasure to the purse. From the calorie counter’s perspective, the meals are easily enough for two. From the bean counter’s perspective, 10 bucks is an economical delight.
Our nearby neighbors, who graciously allowed me to snap a few pictures, ordered the house favorite –half a fried chicken and a Belgian waffle topped with an array of sweets including strawberries, powdered sugar and butter. Now that meal costs more than a Hamilton by a few bucks.
Lunch and dinner options included meatloaf to fish and chips with pot roast and fried chicken also on the list. There are traditional burgers, sandwiches (Philly cheese steak, French dip, Reuben, and for our vegetarian friends, an avocado veggie wrap) plus salads and a few soups to warm up patrons on a brisk winter day.
With only three months under their belt, Metro Diner earns a superior service rating complete with prompt, pleasant staffers. It seems like a perfect place to treat a client to lunch, seal a deal, or pitch a proposal. With ample seating and room for rearrangement, a small business gathering could easily be accommodated.
Metro Diner is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday with hours extended until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Their location is 2820 Washington Road. Call 706-750-0520 for more information or reservations.
Food: 4 ½
Price: 4 ½
Location: 4 ½
Networking: 4 ½
Noise Level: 4 ½