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Eatery offers a taste of nostalgia, large portions and a different twist

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri discovered Metro Diner in Florida in 2010 for Food Network’s “Diners, Driveins and Dives” and now it has opened its first location in Las Vegas on March 14. With two more restaurants due to open soon in Southern Nevada, Metro Diner will offer all-day breakfast as well as lunch and dinner.

The restaurants are known for warm, welcoming service, large portions and indulgent comfort food with flair. With most dishes priced under $15, the eatery offers a great value.

Menu items by founder Mark Davoli to be featured include Yo Hala on the Square. The dish is made with two thick slices of challah bread stuffed with a mixture of bananas, brown sugar, cream cheese and hazelnut syrup, prepared like French toast. It is then topped with blueberry and strawberry compote and powdered sugar.

Another choice is Charleston Shrimp & Grits with two fried grit cakes infused with cheese, roasted red peppers and Andouille sausage. The creamy sauce includes shrimp, sausage, onions and peppers with the dish garnished with chopped bacon and green onions.

Its fried chicken and waffles is a taste sensation with juicy chicken with a crispy coasting paired with perfectly made waffles (fluffy and toasted on the outside) toped with housemade strawberry butter.

Its kid’s menu offers smaller portions with favorites including pigs in a blanket and macaroni and cheese. There are five different types of eggs Benedict including Classic Eggs Benedict made with Canadian bacon; Crab Cake Benedict with homemade crab cakes; Country Benedict featuring sausage patties and caramelized onions; Sandi Beaches Benedict made with Canadian bacon, spinach and tomato and San Francisco Benedict with Canadian bacon, sliced avocado and tomato.

Over 80 items are offered, all freshly made and prepared in an open, scratch kitchen and counter seating as well as patio dining.

“We served menu items that people grew up with and our motto, ‘Where the locals eat,’ says it all, whether in Florida or Las Vegas,” said longtime Las Vegas restaurateur Tony Grappo, one of the joint venture partners.

According to Tony Alonge, the other joint venture partner, with extensive restaurant expertise from Florida, “Las Vegas is a town of foodies and people love to dine out. While Orlando is more about the attractions, I am finding people in Las Vegas love their food, to party and have fun and we are now here to cater to the people of Las Vegas.”

Metro Diner will start with three Las Vegas locales. The first located at 9595 W. Tropicana Ave. opens March 14. Other locations to be opened include restaurants on Rainbow Boulevard in Las Vegas and Stephanie Street in Henderson. The total number of restaurants planned for Southern Nevada will be eight, including Laughlin, with more locations to be opened in Northern Nevada, Utah and Arizona.

The hours for Metro Diner are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and Friday and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. To learn more about Metro Diner, visit www.metrodiner.com, like Metro Diner on Facebook and follow @MetroDiner on Twitter and metrodiner_official on Instagram.

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