12760 San Jose Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32223 904) 886-2267 For those of you familiar with the area, this well know the spot has had many incarnations over the years, some good, some not so much, the latest incarnation has all the elements required to be a top-notch, go to spot with longevity. Well know restaurateurs Ben and Liza Groshell have added this spot to their list of successful “fish camp” style restaurants as well as the well-known Marker 32 a top fine dining spots since 1992. It was good to be back in this space and see it packed on a Wednesday night. The restaurant has two levels,( there is a ramp for those diners who may need assistance) with stunning views of the river and if your timing is right spectacular sunsets. We scored the best seats in the house, upstairs, out side and the sun was just starting its decent. The gods were with us! And it just got better as the night wore on. Let’s do food, Crispy Artichoke Hearts, Ceviche of the Day with Soda Crackers, Rick’s All Day Seafood Soup, and Peel and Eat shrimp. Artichoke arrived with a spicy horseradish dipping sauce. This was my dish and once it was offered up for sharing well not much was left by the time it got back my way. We ordered another one, and it was quickly devoured. Ceviche was tart plus flavorful and fish well marinated or cooked what ever you prefer. Peel and eat Shrimp, cooked just to translucency, tasty, briny, with a side of better than usual cocktail sauce , and lastly the chowder, I did taste this and must say it was spicy with large pieces of fish, it was difficult for me to give it back. Ceviche of the Day with Soda Crackers Now we get serious: Shrimp and Grits, spicy, large shrimp and creamy grits, I can never get enough of this dish, and any one who reads my stuff knows I am going to eat this any time I see it on a menu. Outstanding dish, large portion, I was kind and shared. I paired this with Grilled Octopus and White Bean salad, although the salad was listed under the Starter category , it was a meal in its self. Most of the time the Octopus is cooked until it is so rubbery its just inedible, not this dish it was perfect and presentation was spot on. Let’s talk about the Low Boil For Two with Shrimp, Clams, Snow Crab, Andouille, Corn, Broccoli, Mushrooms and Onions. We had high hopes, since a single diner ordered this dish, they were going to share, not so….it was more like stay away. The picture speaks for itself. If you’re a fan of the Low Country boil this is your dish. Nuff said. Next on the scene, Blackened Sea Food Platter I could rave about this dish as well but I am finished overloading the reader with my raves. Let’s go to dessert and well be done. White Chocolate Blueberry Bread Pudding, why not I ask myself. Yes, yes it just screams decadence and it is. Barely warm it melts in the mouth. Last dish of the night Chocolate Torte. nice dish, rich, thick but not heavy I certainly would order it again. So make this a must try spot especially if you’re in that area. I fully support the small business owners and this couple has given us reason to do so.