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Comfort food overload at Metro Diner in Pembroke Pines

Correspondent

Metro Diner

8390 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, 954-743-4732, MetroDiner.com

This 26-year-old national chain, founded in Jacksonville and featured by Guy Fieri on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” has introduced its fourth South Florida location.

“Metro Diner locations are generally located in high-traffic areas, often near shopping centers or busy thoroughfares, so the diners are conveniently located for guests looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner,” partner Jonathan Ginsburg says. “The Pembroke Pines location lies in the heart of the city on Pines Boulevard, which is a highly populated family area that continues to grow.”

Large portions of indulgent comfort food include a fruity Belgian waffle ($8.29), chicken pot pie ($9.29-$10.29), meatloaf plate ($11.79), huevos rancheros ($11.49), fried chicken and waffle topped with house-made strawberry butter and sweet-and-spicy sauce ($15.49) and Charleston shrimp and grits ($16.99).

The Mac Stack boasts a half pound of pulled barbecue pork, which is piled over macaroni and cheese and a cheddar cornbread waffle topped with maple butter ($12.99).

Seasonal desserts rotate daily and weekly. Beer ($3.49-$4.49), wine ($3.99), mimosas and Bloody Marys (both $4.99) are available.

Three meals a day are served amid yellow walls, dark-wood chairs and silver-trimmed tables, along with American flag artwork on whitewashed brick walls. There’s also an oversize blackboard for daily specials, and an open kitchen with countertop stools.

“This is a freestanding location with a beautiful patio overlooking a pond,” Ginsburg says. “We have plans to open two Palm Beach County diners in mid-2019 in Delray Beach and Royal Palm Beach.”

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