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Title: Jacksonville Hole in the Wall Restaurants, Part V
Post by: Metro Jacksonville on April 24, 2014, 03:25:02 AM
Jacksonville Hole in the Wall Restaurants, Part V

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A hole in the wall scandal and four more restaurants to check out.

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Title: Re: Jacksonville Hole in the Wall Restaurants, Part V
Post by: Noone on April 24, 2014, 05:52:58 AM
Will have to add to the bucket list. Enjoy this segment and the experiences that you have and share. Good stuff.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Hole in the Wall Restaurants, Part V
Post by: camarocane on April 24, 2014, 07:05:40 AM
FYI... the Blue Boys Laura Street location has been closed for some time.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Hole in the Wall Restaurants, Part V
Post by: FSBA on April 24, 2014, 08:57:38 AM
Blue Boys is Jacksonville's true gift to the world
Title: Re: Jacksonville Hole in the Wall Restaurants, Part V
Post by: heelsnjax on April 24, 2014, 09:28:40 AM
Love ... Sunrise Bakery. Going there for years. I get the Jerk Chicken every time.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Hole in the Wall Restaurants, Part V
Post by: mbwright on April 24, 2014, 09:57:44 AM
Sunrise always has a big line, at all hours.  Never got a chance to stop by.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Hole in the Wall Restaurants, Part V
Post by: TheCat on April 24, 2014, 12:06:01 PM
Love ... Sunrise Bakery. Going there for years. I get the Jerk Chicken every time.

If you like curry type flavors try  the chicken curry. I'm looking forward to trying their goat curry.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Hole in the Wall Restaurants, Part V
Post by: Rob68 on April 24, 2014, 07:37:21 PM
Is this the same blue boys on norwood?...love that place
Title: Re: Jacksonville Hole in the Wall Restaurants, Part V
Post by: JeffreyS on April 24, 2014, 09:50:46 PM
Blue Boys is great the fox has slipped and is just ok.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Hole in the Wall Restaurants, Part V
Post by: TheCat on April 24, 2014, 11:18:45 PM
Blue Boys is great the fox has slipped and is just ok.

What do you think is going on with Fox? It may just be the avondale shoppes? I'm not impressed with any of the restaurants there. I wonder if the mediocrity of Brick has crossed the street.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Hole in the Wall Restaurants, Part V
Post by: PeeJayEss on April 25, 2014, 05:25:09 PM
Blue Boy is amazeballs.
Agree on the Fox. It is basic diner food. The presence of the line confounds me, especially when you can pop into Biscottis down the street for better food and no wait.
Definitely need to try the other 2.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Hole in the Wall Restaurants, Part V
Post by: thekillingwax on April 25, 2014, 07:39:44 PM
Blue Boy has been a favorite for years- I remember my grandfather going up there and us splitting a sandwich many times.

It's sad that it didn't work out downtown- I think there was some issue with the actual location, they weren't allowed to have a fryer or open-top griddle there so the hot sandwiches weren't available. I did have breakfast and lunch there many times when I worked at FBC and one other thing that kinda hurt them was that they kinda let this mentally unstable guy just hang around in there and in the span of half an hour, he'd go from quietly talking to himself to screaming about hitler. It got to the point that if we walked by and saw him sitting in there, we'd go elsewhere and I know we weren't the only ones doing that.

As for the fox? Been there once, the greatest praise I can give it is "it was breakfast".

I think as more pho places open, people will typically just stand behind their favorites. I know saigon time has been there forever but I'm not in love with it. One time we went, the broth was really good, the other- I wouldn't have been shocked if you had told me it came from a packet. Service was okay, we were the only folks in there on both visits. But that's okay. Everyone has their favorites, ST just isn't one of mine.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Hole in the Wall Restaurants, Part V
Post by: TheCat on April 25, 2014, 09:39:52 PM
@thekillingwax, where do you go for vietnamese?
Title: Re: Jacksonville Hole in the Wall Restaurants, Part V
Post by: thekillingwax on April 26, 2014, 08:48:55 AM
Pho Viet in Mayport if I can make it. I've been a little too busy this side of town and haven't had a chance to head to the beaches in a a few months. I really like PK Noodles as well- I think I like their hue style pho the best of the places I've had it in town. Honestly, I've really been enjoying Yummy Pho on Normandy and that's where I've been eating the most. I've eaten at every pho place in town (I love soup.) and I'd put them right behind Pho Viet (again, this is all a personal pref, everyone seems to experience these things differently). One thing I do like is that if you order the XL bowl, it's a larger soup to noodle ratio. Some folks might not like that- I watch my carbs and I'm honestly really into the broth- I don't do much doctoring to it.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Hole in the Wall Restaurants, Part V
Post by: ben says on April 26, 2014, 09:22:33 AM
Pho Viet in Mayport if I can make it. I've been a little too busy this side of town and haven't had a chance to head to the beaches in a a few months. I really like PK Noodles as well- I think I like their hue style pho the best of the places I've had it in town. Honestly, I've really been enjoying Yummy Pho on Normandy and that's where I've been eating the most. I've eaten at every pho place in town (I love soup.) and I'd put them right behind Pho Viet (again, this is all a personal pref, everyone seems to experience these things differently). One thing I do like is that if you order the XL bowl, it's a larger soup to noodle ratio. Some folks might not like that- I watch my carbs and I'm honestly really into the broth- I don't do much doctoring to it.

I'm w/ you on Pho Viet. Yummy Pho, too, although I've only been there once.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Hole in the Wall Restaurants, Part V
Post by: TheCat on April 26, 2014, 11:37:04 AM
I've never been to pho viet. Or, Yummy Pho. When I saw Yummy being built I was stricken with "fear" that vietnamese was going to devolve into Chinese level cuisine in Jax. So, I pretended it didn't exist. good to know that it's worth trying.

I may be late to the game but I'm putting the pieces together and it seems like Mayport Rd might hold some of the best eateries in Jacksonville.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Hole in the Wall Restaurants, Part V
Post by: thekillingwax on April 26, 2014, 07:21:43 PM
I'm pretty sure Yummy is run by the folks who own the grocery store behind it, service has always been very friendly. First time we went to Viet, the staff put together a fantastic group of appetizers for us and they have some things on the menu there I haven't seen anywhere else.

Honestly, I'm not too worried about too many Vietnamese places. I think Atlanta has over 100 and most of them are within a 10 mile stretch of Buford, it's crazy. Nothing like that's going to happen here, we don't have the Vietnamese population to support it but it's a bit of an exercise in simplicity- about the only way you can really cut corners is to use a mix and having tried it at home, it's a very obvious jump in quality- making pho is pretty damned simple and cheap.

Mayport Rd has some gems. Pho Viet, Simply Tasty Thai, and Nick the Greek are all pretty great.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Hole in the Wall Restaurants, Part V
Post by: mtraininjax on April 27, 2014, 12:17:34 AM
The old Blue Boys was directly across from City Hall in what we all called the JEA parking garage, the sandwiches were HUGE. Never really much of a crowd though, but then again this is downtown Jacksonville and Hemming plaza is within site. Perception - Reality.

Ian, who owns The Fox also owns Chomp Chomp downtown, never been to it, but i've heard good things about it. The Fox is a diner, it is what it is, he and the staff do a great job and never try and sell you that they are making Orsay's fare in there, and that is fine. Its great for what it is, a nice local diner. Its as much a part of Avondale as the perception that there is no parking available, EVER in Avondale.
Title: Re: Jacksonville Hole in the Wall Restaurants, Part V
Post by: mfischer0 on April 28, 2014, 11:31:37 AM
I feel awesome that once again, I have been to most on these lists. Saigon Times here I come!