I only stopped at BB’s Restaurant and Bar for a quick bite so I am not much of an expert on this place- however- what I did have was delicious.
It was a busy weekday afternoon around lunchtime and I walked into this tiny little unassuming place in the Riverwalk neighborhood of Jacksonville. Most of the 20 or so tables were filled with business workers on their lunch hours, laughing and talking over White Truffle Pizza and Grilled Cajun Shrimp Salad. I always say you can tell how great a place is by the lunch crowds. In an area of Jacksonville filled with all types of dining options, having a full house is a great indication that BB’s is a local favorite.
I grabbed an empty seat at the bar and was immediately greeted by the bartender. I had already done my research online and knew exactly what I was going to order- the Fried Green Tomato Sandwich. Fried Green Tomatoes are such a Southern thing. I know, Florida isn’t exactly a true Southern state as we have so many transplants from the North that move here. Florida is a true melting pot of cultures in America. However, Jacksonville is only about 30 miles from the Georgia border and I consider Georgia to be a real Southern state, therefore, I felt that ordering Fried Green Tomatoes in Jacksonville was a very Southern thing to do.
Anyways, my sandwich arrived rather quickly. I have to admit, I was disappointed that the bread was so…..thick. However, once I had my first bite my mouth exploded with flavor. The tomatoes were meaty and thick and the roasted pepper and olive relish made everything tangy and robust. This was a perfectly light but hearty sandwich for lunch.
All the sandwiches are served with a side- your choice of field greens, a caeser salad, a fruit and nut couscous salad or parmesan herb fries. I chose the caeser as I think how the salad is prepared says a lot about a place too. I liked it- not too creamy, not too vinegary and it went nicely with the pungent mix of flavors in the sandwich.
I can only base my rating on one sandwich and my only complaint would be that the prices are a little high. I saw a cheese and tomato pizza on the menu for $11, a turkey sandwich for $10, the same as my fried green tomato fare. A little expensive for lunch in my opinion but like I said, the place was packed so no one else seemed to mind.