Stephanie Bewley, the newest food writer for MetroJacksonville.com takes a peek at Cool Moose Cafe in Riverside. Check out her notes and observations (plus a little mouthwatering food porn) in her debut article for Metro Jacksonville! Steph is a Graphic Designer, Artist, Writer and advocate of all things Jacksonville.
Surprisingly, this was my first visit to Cool Moose. I lived in Avondale in 2002 and have been meaning to visit since then. For some reason (not that this would have been a bad thing), I was expecting it to be small and have a very light menu - maybe some bagels, muffins and a few light sandwiches. I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into a space with 2 rather good sizes rooms full of people. People playing scrabble, reading, talking and eating. They offer an extensive breakfast and lunch menu, but not to the point of being overwhelming. I also had no idea they offer some decent beers on draft (Redhook IPA and more), wine and morning-time cocktails.
They offer daily specials and yesterday I opted to try one out.
I went with the Portabello Mushroom, Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Pesto on pressed panini with a side of cheese grits and an unsweet tropical iced tea for $10. Cheese grits probably wasn't the best accompaniment, but it sounded good and I wasn't disappointed.
My friend Mandy went with the French Dip and Sweet Potato fries and polished most of hers off.
I love the vibe of this place and would definitely go back with friends or alone to read and grab a bite to eat or a cup of coffee (they serve Green Mountain). They have a good chunk of one wall dedicated to Moose "stuff" which I thought was pretty cute.
Cool Moose Cafe is located at 2708 Park St
M - Closed
T - F 8am - 3pm
Sat 8am - 4pm (Breakfast served until noon)
Sun - 8am - 2pm