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Hole in the Wall Restaurants, Part II

Five more "hole in the wall restaurants" you should try.

Published August 19, 2013 in Dining & Nightlife      20 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article


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Little Saigon

It's exciting, and unexpected, to see Jacksonville become such a haven for incredible Vietnamese cuisine. There are more than 20 Vietnamese restaurants open for business and more are coming.

One of my favorite places to order Vietnamese is not from the cult followed Bowl of Pho on Baymeadows road. Nope, this jewel is in Orange Park and the food comes without the bit of snobbery, albeit well-deserved, that seems to accent Bowl of Pho meals.

Little Saigon's intimate location has no more than seven tables. The Pho broth is deep, earthy and well-flavored. They don't skimp on the protein and it's never dried out from overcooking.

You'll leave satisfied and happy with Little Saigon.

Address:
1975 Wells Rd
Orange Park, FL 32073
(904) 375-0061

Hours:
Tue - Sat 11 am - 9 pm

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20 Comments

Noone

August 19, 2013, 05:37:34 AM
Thanks for another update about more hidden culinary treasures.

sheclown

August 19, 2013, 07:26:04 AM
Tommy's is the only place in town to get a bologna omelet -- and a hearty breakfast is under $5

I just wish they were open more.

fsujax

August 19, 2013, 08:49:39 AM
Love Ardens and Pinegrove has an awesome steak in the sack!

jaxlore

August 19, 2013, 09:28:12 AM
Island Tropics is the bomb and they have veggie chunks!!!!

riverside planner

August 19, 2013, 09:33:43 AM
Love Ardens and Pinegrove has an awesome steak in the sack!

Pinegrove's steak in a sack is probably the best I've ever had.  They do a great breakfast also.

TheCat

August 19, 2013, 12:40:29 PM
Island Tropics is the bomb and they have veggie chunks!!!!

They are the bomb. Some of the best food in town.

@fsujax, have you visited Arden's for their seafood buffet?

Debbie Thompson

August 19, 2013, 01:38:22 PM
The Sultan sandwich shop on Philips Highway, across from the old Philips Mall, has the best steak-in-a-sack I ever ate, although I have not tried Pinegrove, so clearly now I have to go check it out.

fsujax

August 19, 2013, 01:48:21 PM
i have Cat. It is not bad. Fried catfish, cheese-grits, collard greens probably the best for that day, which is on Friday.

thelakelander

August 19, 2013, 02:15:41 PM
How is Arden's buffet compared to Checker's BBQ's?

Cheshire Cat

August 19, 2013, 02:21:14 PM
Really enjoyed this article guys!  Thanks for not only sharing the food pics but addresses to the businesses as well.  :)

Cheshire Cat

August 19, 2013, 02:21:57 PM
Tommy's is the only place in town to get a bologna omelet -- and a hearty breakfast is under $5

I just wish they were open more.
Are they only open during the work week and closed on the weekends?

fsujax

August 19, 2013, 02:56:29 PM
Ardens has a much bigger selection, but no Art! the food is comparable. Checkers may be slightly better.

ben says

August 19, 2013, 03:42:39 PM
Tommy's is the only place in town to get a bologna omelet -- and a hearty breakfast is under $5

I just wish they were open more.
Are they only open during the work week and closed on the weekends?

Yes. And very limited hours during the work week, too. Closed by 10 (11?) if I'm not mistaken.

Cheshire Cat

August 19, 2013, 03:53:00 PM
Thanks Ben.  Want to sneak over someday and try one of the breakfasts I hear so much about.  :)

Slankinship

August 19, 2013, 06:33:16 PM
Not that it needs to be said again.... but seriously, the Veggie Chunks at Island Paradise are perfect!!!

AshleyLauren

August 22, 2013, 11:22:42 AM
@thecat Arash, great articles. Good to see you wriring a little.

TheCat

August 22, 2013, 05:18:34 PM
@thecat Arash, great articles. Good to see you wriring a little.

Ashley!!! You were in my thoughts this week. Good to "see" you.

Thanks for the compliment but thecat and arash are not the same person. totally different.

DavidWilliams

August 22, 2013, 09:45:18 PM
How are these veggie chunks prepared? What makes them so tasty? Side note....has anyone tried Celebs on AP Randolph? I'm a bit intrigued that a business would choose that location to try something new. Looks a bit like Beirut right there.

Jazzdlw

November 26, 2013, 05:00:39 PM
 8) I have been looking for a great hole in the wall for breakfast...From the posts here, Tommy's Diner has been added to my list! This is will be my 1st stop on Monday morning!

Wacca Pilatka

November 26, 2013, 05:07:24 PM
How are these veggie chunks prepared? What makes them so tasty? Side note....has anyone tried Celebs on AP Randolph? I'm a bit intrigued that a business would choose that location to try something new. Looks a bit like Beirut right there.

Celebs got a positive review on Jaxfoodcritic.com, though the prices seem surprisingly high.

P.S. Excellent choice of avatar.
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