The Metro Diner
A chain diner? Say it isn’t so. Recently, I went to the Metro Diner with Nick K. Many people across the USA have told me I should try the Metro Diner. Apparently, it’s “where locals eat.” There is one location of the Metro Diner in East Brunswick. I guess going to a chain diner in the Garden State is like getting Papa John’s in New York. Anyway, I was looking forward to trying the Metro Diner. Besides the Bear Diner out West, the Metro Diner is the only chain diner I know of.
The Metro Diner was clean and modern, but it resembled a “fast food” or chain restaurant. It wasn’t a big, shiny, metallic building, but it was neat and clean. The inside has plenty of seating and booths. While the Metro Diner was busy for a weekday morning, it wasn’t overwhelming and we never felt like we were sitting on top of anyone.
I was pleasantly surprised by the Metro Diner coffee and it appears they even have specialty coffees like “sugar cookie.” How fun is that? I appreciate a good personalized mug as well. In all, great coffee.
Compared to a typical diner, the Metro Diner menu is small. It’s known for their comfort food and that is pretty much all they sere. There are a few healthier options like salads but you won’t find a lot.
At any diner, I expect more than 3 omelet choices, but with chain restaurants, they need to keep things more simple. I was between the avocado toast and the eggie omelet but decided to try the veggie omelet. The waitress asked if I wanted onions, mushrooms, cheese, or a bunch of other things in my hashbrowns. I chose onions.
When the meal came out, it was stuffed. I was shocked by how many eggies were stuffed in there, including asparagus, mushrooms, and onions. Both the hashbrowns and biscuit were good. I was impressed by the meal, but I do wish there were more options at the Metro Diner.
Our waitress at the Metro Diner was friendly and our food came out fast. I wasn’t expecting the food to come out within 10 minutes of ordering.
For my meal and coffee, the cost was $12.
Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the Metro Diner?
I liked Metro Diner and it was a good stop. Is it the diehard New Jersey Diner? No, but for a chain restaurant, the Metro Diner does a good job. I would go back. Plus, chances are for friends that aren’t local, there is a Metro Diner near you.
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Questions for you:
What is your favorite chain restaurant? Have you tried avocado toast?
I had just eaten at a Metro Diner in Frederickburg, VA when I saw your Tweet asking for suggestions haha. I hesitated to suggest it only because it was a chain. I liked it. 🙂
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