MetroJacksonville's gypsy restaurant cataloger, Janice Price reports on the centerpiece restaurant of King Street. Pele's is certainly no stranger to the readers of metrojacksonville, as there were literally hundreds glued to the screen watching comments and counter responses after the restaurant opened, but now we have the dispassionate details just for you after the Jump!
Pele's Wood Fire Restaurant
2665 Park St (corner of Park and King)
Jacksonville, FL 32204
The first impression upon walking into Pele's Wood Fire Restaurant is warmth. The color scheme is black, white, and a rich red-orange, with high tables, tall booths, and a full bar with forty-nine draft beers and TV sets tuned to sports channels. There is free wifi and there are electrical outlets in the booths for the convenience of laptop-toting diners.
The modern Italian-American menu is varied and changes with the seasons; a good deal of the food is locally sourced. Influences range from Italy to New Jersey to Hawaii (which explains why it's named after a Polynesian fire goddess). Vegetarian and vegan options are available, as well as some unusual items like buffalo ragu. They make their own bread, pasta and mozzarella on-site, and one of their specialties is traditional Neapolitan-style pizza. You can see the full menu on their website. It's pretty extensive -- appetizers, pizza, pastas, sandwiches, salads, entrees, and some wicked-sounding desserts and coffees.
Pele's does not require reservations, but they are recommended for parties of eight or more, and it's a good idea to call ahead on weekends.
There's a fairly wide range of prices on the menu; lunch costs about $6 and up; dinner is around $14 and up; brunch starts at $8.
Hours and specials:
Mon-Wed: 11am to 10pm
Thu: 11am to 11pm
Fri-Sat: 11am to midnight
Sun: 11am to 10 pm
Brunch is served Sat & Sun until 2pm
Magnifico Monday is well drink and appetizer specials from 3pm to close.
Wednesday is Ladies' Day; drink and appetizer specials from 3pm to 9pm and live music from 6pm to 9pm.
Happy Hour is drink and appetizer specials from 3pm to 6:30
article by Janice Price