When we go out of town for a few days, we do a lot of research online rummaging through menus and reading reviews of popular places where ever we go. On a recent trip to Jacksonville, one place kept popping up in all of my research- the Maple Street Biscuit Company.
We visited on a mid Thursday morning, just after about 9 in the morning and the place was fairly crowded. There wasn’t a line to order food, just a lot of people kind of lingering. I liked that. Banjo music was softly piping through speakers and the smell of freshly baked biscuits drifted through the restaurant. This seemed to be a comfortable hangout in the heart of the San Marco district where friends met and talked over coffee and biscuits. I wish we had more places like that in Orlando. Anyway, on to the food……
Though they have a very unique menu, everything revolves around their homemade fresh biscuits. Not a bad thing unless you are trying to avoid the carbs or really don’t care for biscuits. However, if you are a fan of all things biscuits this is the place for you. From traditional egg and cheese biscuits to biscuit sandwiches with fried chicken and gravy, there is something for almost any taste.
I ordered the Iron Goat– sautéed spinach and goat cheese melted between two biscuits. They certainly did not skimp on the spinach or the cheese and it was pretty tasty. They were running as a special but I really hope that it will find a permanent place on the regular menu because the only other biscuit option for a non-meat eater was the Garden Bird (a biscuit with a fried egg, collard greens and hot sauce.)
Chad put together his own sandwich with a fried egg, cheese, lettuce and tomato. He thought it was good if not ordinary.
Chad also ordered sweet potato fries with a maple-mustard sauce. The fries were OK and would have been really plain and boring without the sauce. There was a prominent maple flavor with a pungent mustard flavor. I would dip my left toe in that sauce and it would have been so tasty.
I had decided to also try their hashups– “Home fries with chopped smoked ham, red and green peppers, grilled onions, mushrooms, and melted cheese” only I ordered mine without the ham. What I got was a big plate of potatoes. just plain potatoes. I really had to hunt for any signs of peppers, onions or mushrooms. I only found tiny little slivers of such vegetables and the cheese was barely sprinkled on. Very disappointed when it was advertised to have “toppings.”
Overall, it was a very cozy and inviting breakfast joint and we would certainly go there again if even just to meet some friends and relax over some hot tea. I am not sure the food itself will lure us back anytime soon but if we are ever craving biscuits again this would certainly be the place.
Maple Street Biscuit Company website There is also a newly opened location in Jacksonville Beach.