So, this summer I decided to take my boyfriend on a food tour of my hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. Although my city is not that well known, despite almost making it to the Super Bowl last year (shout out to the Jaguars). I wanted him to try some of my favorite spots
Happy Grilled Cheese
Happy Grilled Cheese is a food truck that serves designer grilled cheese sandwiches that happen to be completely delicious. I got the California Melt which had three cheeses, turkey, bacon, tomato, & avocado while he tried the Buffalo Chicken Melt which included pepper jack cheese, blue cheese, mozzarella, grilled chicken, buffalo sauce, jalapenos, a ranch drizzle.
Devin’s rating: 8.5/10
Maple Street Biscuit Company
Maple Street Biscuit Company is a Jacksonville bred franchise, and when I say it is fantastic it is amazing. However there are plenty of locations outside of Jacksonville, including in Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia. I got the Sticky Maple which is a biscuit in maple syrup, with fried chicken breast and bacon while Devin tried the Reinhold which is a biscuit with all natural fried chicken breast, crunchy dill pickles, house made honey mustard.
Devin’s Rating: 9/10 (however he tasted mine and said if he’d ordered that he would’ve given it a perfect 10)
Bento Cafe Asian Kitchen and Sushi
Bento is actually a company out of Gainesville, Florida but I love the “Bento Red” location in Jacksonville. I always get a Bento Box and then split some sushi with my friend, and get a Boba smoothie.
Devin ordered the Sriracha Garlic Chicken Bento Box while I got the Chicken and Vegetable Stir fry box, we shared a specialty sushi roll that I can’t remember the name of, and respectively ordered the strawberry blended ice and coffee milk tea bobas.
Devin’s Rating: 9.5/10
Jeremiah’s Italian Ice
I love Jeremiah’s Italian Ice which only exists in Florida as far as I know. Devin ordered the cookies and cream ice with vanilla softserve which I got the mango ice served with the same ice cream.
Devin’s Rating: 10/10
Publix Chicken Tender Sub
If you know anyone from Florida then you know we treat Publix as both a grocery store and a restaurant, and the chicken tender sub is a delicacy. I let him order his sandwich by himself, since I was sharing mine with a friend so I have no clue what he put on it. However, we were at a Publix in Miami and my order was not as good as my usual at home, but still fantastic. Apologies for this photo quality I am not a food photographer!
Devin’s rating: 8.5/10
Where do you live? What are restaurants at home that you swear by? Let me know in the comments!