Remember in high school when there was that mysterious new kid that was totally awesome and into all the coolest stuff and you immediately wanted to be their best friend?
I eat lunch at my desk a lot… like most days a week a lot. And contrary to popular belief, I don’t like every meal to be battered, deep-fried and wrapped with bacon, so I often find myself opting for salads and sandwiches at lunch. We all know that can get boring rather quickly, so I’m glad my office is surrounded by tons of options on both Southside and St Johns Town Center. While I’ve been aware of it’s presence since it opened, I hadn’t tried tossgreen yet. I’d either forget about it or wind up somewhere else, but it’s been on my to-try list for ages.
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year here in Jacksonville: The PLAYERS Championship Week! The sun is shining, birds are chirping, Adam Scott and I are in the same metropolitan area, and some of the city’s best restaurants and food trucks have joined forces to serve up some delicious dining options at the tournament. Just like last year, I had the opportunity to stop by TPC Sawgrass to try some of the food in advance. And let me tell you, nothing beats The PLAYERS Championship food this year.
Because there are so many options, I’m just going to give you a quick rundown. I mean, I could write like a 12-part series on this, but I know no one cares to read that much nor do I really have to time to do that. So here’s your quick guide to all the food hot spots at this year’s tournament:
I think we can all agree that one of the worst parts of traveling is crappy, overpriced airport food and booze. $15 for a margarita at Chili’s? Nah, bro. I ain’t about that life, yet I get SUCKED IN EVERY TIME, and I always end up posting this same pic every time I’m flying out of JAX on vacation:
Another Pele’s Wood Fire post? Sure why not. Look, it’s not rocket science: You invite me to eat amazing food for free, I’ll do it. And I’ll take pictures of it. I’m a shameless food blogger like that, and Pele’s Wood Fire has got my number. So when they invited me and some of my fellow food blogging friends to come by, meet new Executive Chef Bradley Kennett, and try his concoctions, who was I to say no?
Come on. Like you would say no to Roasted Peach Risotto topped with a big ol’ seared scallop.
Exactly. Didn’t think so.
Y’all know I love food.
I mean, it’s kind of the reason I started this whole blog in the first place. Not much beats the taste of an amazing taco, a perfectly cooked filet mignon, or a red velvet cupcake. And that’s what I want to talk about today.
I also love Jacksonville. Man, this city can be awesome, but it can also be all kinds of backwards sometimes (exhibit A). And lately, our leaders and some of our local business owners have their heads shoved up their asses. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard about the piece of local legislation that essentially paralyzes food trucks from doing business in our city. Yesterday, local food truck supporters and owners amassed at City Hall to express their right to fight for the food vendors they love.
What ensued was a battle of he said/she said: Food truck supporters blamed restaurant owners and vice versa. Many forgot that our leaders were the ones behind this proposed legislation (although their motives? Who knows) and in turn, were pointing fingers in so many directions. What killed me was the hypocrisy of it all: small business owners accusing other small business owners for ruining their business.
No, your restaurant isn’t failing because of food trucks. Your restaurant is (probably) failing because the food sucks. Good food is good food regardless of venue. If the food is good, it speaks for itself and people will come (even if it is overpriced – people will still pay for it if it’s that good). That’s what matters.
Does food taste better out of a truck? No, of course not. I’ve tasted some crappy food come out of a food truck in my day, but I’ve also had some life-changing food as well. Food trucks are an economical and efficient way to feed people, and for some like Corner Taco, it’s been a stepping stone to opening a brick and mortar spot.
Does food fried in a Mom and Pop fryer taste better than something you can pick up at a drive-thru? I love me some Beach Road Chicken Dinners, but Chick-Fil-A is awesome too. That’s why they’re both successful businesses – they have delicious food.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying we shouldn’t support local business owners or that we should only eat at certain places. My food philosophy has always been simple: eat what you love. It just sucks when our palates get bogged down in politics.