Jacksonville Restaurants: Hole In The Wall, Part 10August 17, 2015 12 comments Print Article
6 More Jacksonville "Hole in the Wall" Restaurants to try.
Located on the corner of Oak and Barrs Street, Judson's may be one of the most overlooked lunch spots in the Riverside area. You may think, as I did, it's just another copy cat deli with your basic assortment of prefab meats and mayo based salads. It's not. It's so much more. It's legit. Too legit, too quit.
I walked in pessimistic. The owner, whose name I can't remember introduced himself. I'm calling him "A Great Guy".
I started our exchange with a couple of pretentious questions:
"Uh, so, is the crab in the crab and cheddar quiche, like, imitation crab?"
"I wouldn't mind trying the burger...are they just frozen patties plopped on a grill?"
Annoyed, A Great Guy responded, "you don't come here much, do you?"
In my defense, I'm just tired of being burned by subpar hole in the wall spots. Especially, the Riverside and San Marco delis. I try to avoid them (microwaving falafel's is never okay).
As we were ordering A Great Guy said something like "Usually, if someone came in asking the type of questions you were asking I'd just ask them to leave."
In my secondary defense, A Great Guy is a bit of a curmudgeon. A lovable curmudgeon who cares deeply about the food he makes. So, rightfully, he was slightly perturbed at some random dude (who knows shit about food) questioning his culinary credibility. We became chummy and A Great Guy explained a bit of Judson's history, which is interesting, nuanced and dynamic.
For now, you should know, the restaurant is essentially a one man show with a focus on catering.
A Great Guy does the ordering. He does the cooking. He does the serving. He does the bussing.
Don't go here if you need a Panera/Starbucks saccharine customer service experience. Go here if you want real food made by a real human.
Still, expect a kinder, more thoughtful and introspective version of Seinfeld's soup-nazi.
The food, of course, is great.
The hand made burger patty with the hand-cut french fries (for only $5 bucks) were better than many of Jax's top burger spots. The crab and cheddar quiche was perfect for our brunch-ish meal. It came with a VERY fresh mixed salad and homemade dressing. The only draw-back since I ordered the quiche was I was still hungry. I ate a lot of my wife's burger. She did not take kindly to my intrusion.
2548 Oak St
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Phone number (904) 389-3199