This summer, Westfield Siesta Key welcomed a Jacksonville-based diner full of comfort food favorites and star power.
Metro Diner, which made a 2010 appearance on the Food Network TV show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” opened its first location south of St. Petersburg for the first time this summer. “DDD” host Guy Fieri highlighted Metro Diner’s Meatloaf Plate, which he said diners across the world should “take a lesson on,” the Pittsburgh Steak Salad and Yo Hala on the Square, a French toast dish made with challah bread, bananas, cream cheese and berry compote.
Metro Diner was first founded in Jacksonville in 1992 and has since expanded to more than dozen locations in Florida and more nationwide
The Sarasota location spans 3,400 square feet, sits 125 people and serves diner classics for breakfast, lunch and dinner along with daily specials.
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“Guests feel at home when they come to Metro Diner because we welcome them as if they are coming to our own house,” Metro Diner founder and Chef Mark Davoli said in a release. “Sarasota is a tight-knit community and we look forward to instilling that same sense of familiarity when our diner opens its doors in the heart of the suburbs.”
Other Metro Diner favorites include Fried Chicken and Waffles, Charleston Shrimp and Grits and Pork Chops with Spiced Apple Chutney. The diner at 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 1185, hired more than 100 Sarasota-area residents, according to the release.
Metro Diner has 17 other Florida locations with an 18th to come in The Villages. Nationwide, Metro Diner can be found in Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Metro Diner: if you go
Address: 3501 Tamiami Trail, Suite 1185, inside Westfield Siesta Key mall
Prices: Most dishes under $15
Open hours: Sunday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.