Derby on Park Restaurant Review

Lately I’ve been hanging out in the Five Points (5 Points….I’m not sure of the correct lingo) and the location of this restaurant, and the look of it, has always intrigued me. Every time I see people coming out of it, they seemed to be very happy. That’s a good sign…right?
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1068 Park St.
Jacksonville, FL. 32204
(904)379-3343

Latest Health Inspection: 02/06/2014
High Priority Violations: 1
Intermediate Violations: 1
Basic Violations: 5

Kid Friendly: Yep! There was a little munchkin eating next to me. He was making a horrible mess on the floor and the parents even cleaned up after him. Well done parents, well done!

Food: Ok, so I was going to do this review alone. I want you to know that I do this for you…all 6 people who read this :) Knowing that I was going alone, I fasted because I knew I was going to have to order two different things so I could get a better judge on what the quality was of their brunch. And for the record…I’m ashamed…but I finished off both. Please feel free to point and shame me when you see me next.

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I ordered a cup of coffee to get me started while I zeroed in on what I was going to order. The coffee was standard, nothing remarkable about it…nothing bad about it…hot and flavorful. I put it up there with Maple Street Biscuit Co. coffee.

I ordered the Shrimp and Grits for $13.25 (Menu Description: Fresh Mayport shrimp sauteed with onions, peppers, tomatoes, and tasso ham in a creamy shrimp bisque served over fried grit cakes). They hit on every mark with this dish. Easily one of my favorite shrimp and grit dishes in town. It is on the spicy side, I liked it. The shrimp were big and plump, not cooked into a rubbery state. The grit cakes were crisp on the outside and nice and creamy/white on the inside. This is a fairly healthy sized portion, so don’t let the slightly higher price scare you off. This is one of the more expensive dishes on the Brunch Menu, tons of other options at lower price points, but it’s worth it. You won’t be disappointed.

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Next up was the Oak Street Toast for $8.50 (Menu Description: Locally baked ciabatta bread dipped in a sweet vanilla and bourbon batter and grilled until gold brown and finished with a rum caramel sauce, and served with bacon or sausage). First off, I got the bacon. If you don’t like bacon, I don’t know if we can be friends. Second off, these pieces of french toast were HUGE! The outside of the toast had a nice crunch and then the inside was soft like a pillow. Perfect. The sauce was amazing, they need to bottle and sell that stuff. They serve it with a small cup of syrup (I used it just for dipping my bacon in, the toast was great by itself). The Oak Street Toast came highly recommended on Twitter, so I think it’s safe to say, they know what they are doing with this dish.

Extras: For the record, they had no idea I was there. I was just the average customer in there and they knocked it out of the park. This is easily my favorite place for Brunch and I can’t wait to go back and try their lunch and dinner service out. I wonder if I can get a permanent booth there??

The Good:
- awesome decor
- great service
- big portions
- every dish was great
- outdoor and indoor seating
- great location

The Bad
- the same thing everyone in 5 Points struggles with…parking.
- that’s it!

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