On a Saturday morning in Pooler, we decided to drop in at The Metro Diner located in the front of the Tanger Outlets (you know, next to H&M). The place was packed, but we only waited less than 10 minutes for a seat. I’m “that guy” when it comes to deciding what I want to order, so waiting is not a bad thing for me. It gives me time to go through all of my options and narrow it down to exactly what I’m feeling. While our table was being prepared, I was happily surprised to find out that the flagship restaurant was started in Jacksonville, FL. That’s my old stomping grounds, so shoutout to all of my folks from Duuuuuuvaaaaaaal!
Let’s get into the menu. Think levels up from Waffle House, but casual enough to frequented by the locals. Prices were moderate ranging from $5.99 for a Bacon or Sausage, Egg, & Cheese Croissant to $16.99 for the Charleston Shrimp & Grits. It was around 11:30 a.m., so that meant brunch for us. I ordered the San Francisco Benedict ($11.99) subbing Croissant French Toast instead of the side of hashbrowns. (And yes, you read that right… Croissant. French. Toast.)
I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of benedicts that they offer. There were six to choose from, and it was a difficult decision! My favorite breakfast food is an eggs benedict with its oozy, creamy goodness on top of an English muffin or a fresh biscuit with some pork of any kind in between. The addition of the avocado and tomato were just bonuses in the case of this eggs benny. Our waitress described the unorthodox french toast as flaky, buttery, and sweet with powdered sugar on top. Let’s just say she had me at croissant.
The ol’ man opted for his classic breakfast combo of bacon, eggs, and grits subbing a Belgian waffle for pancakes in what Metro Diner calls The Bissell Breakfast ($9.49). The eggs were over easy, the bacon crispy and savory, grits the perfect consistency, and the waffle had that light crust on the outside and fluffy interior. Definitely reminiscent of the Waffle House All Star Breakfast but just a lil fancier.
After all of that, we were stuffed. We ordered more food to-go, so we could try the lunch/dinner options. This was definitely a debate. The thing about this place is that you are constantly looking at the plates that go by. The portion sizes are ridiculous. These lovely elderly women with their poodle were sitting right next to us and ordered Gram D’s Big Fish ($10.99) sandwich and the Rueben ($9.99). When I say that those sandwiches were the size of a small child, I’m only half exaggerating. They didn’t have a problem finishing them though, so hey can’t let them show me up!
We went for the Fried Chicken & Waffles ($15.49) and the Bold City Burger ($11.99) with a side of pasta salad. Now before you shake your head at that price of fried chicken, look at this picture.
That is half a chicken fried served with a Belgian waffle topped with powdered sugar and my new favorite, strawberry butter. That butter should be illegal. It’s dangerous, y’all. Later that night, we devoured it all. The skin was crispy and the batter was seasoned well. Anyone from the South should be able to tell you how much that sweet n’ savory combination is heaven on Earth.
Now this burger came photo-ready and loaded with a meat lover’s favorites. It comes with Provel cheese, caramelized onions, bacon, sausage, fried jalapeños, and garlic aioli on a brioche bun. I’m hungry just writing about it. No condiments needed with all of those toppings! You would think that it would be protein overload, but it was quite enjoyable with each bite bringing different flavors and textures.
That was all for our “food haul” at Metro Diner. The manager, Kraig, was awesome and loves the Metro Diner brand. He was seen all throughout the floor and kitchen making sure everything was in order and people were enjoying their meals. Next time you’re shopping out at the Outlets or just looking for some good breakfast food, stop by Metro Diner.
*Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but my opinion is solely influenced by my experience of the restaurant and food. If I truly didn’t like it, it wouldn’t be on the blog. Thanks for reading!