Today we decided to head down to Maple street biscuit company to indulge on biscuits, bacon and fried goodness. Maple street is a trendy breakfast spot with an almost complete focus on biscuits. Don’t drop in hoping to eat something healthy with your biscuits. There are virtually no healthy options on the menu. The closest thing to healthy offered is oatmeal, a small salad, or plain grits. Flaky biscuits and fried deliciousness are what you can count on. Maple street has two locations. On this visit we dropped in to the new beaches location although the food in our experience is very consistent between the two and any comments we make on the food in general you can assume relate to both locations. As far as newer breakfast spots go Maple street might be the hottest in town. Maple street gives you a clean, new, upscale sort of feeling without sacrificing the feel of being a locals place. They do this through community tables where you eat with other guests and kitschy traditions like calling out the answer to a “get to know you” question rather than your name when your food is ready.
Food: They offer the basic biscuit with meat which they call their retro sandwich options. You can pick from sausage, ham, bacon, or fried chicken and then add egg and/or cheese to it. Generally most people go for the more gourmet options. The first item we sank our teeth into was the The Farmer($7)-Flaky biscuit, all natural fried chicken, pecan wood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese topped with fresh house made apple butter. The biscuits at Maple street in my experience are always moist and flaky. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who didn’t think they were great. Personally I prefer my biscuits to have a flavor of their own. Usually I like them a little salty and buttery. Maple streets are pretty plain. I wouldn’t eat them by themselves. Though, I suspect the reason they’re so plain is they offer a great base to add flavors too. Maple Street does a great job of adding wonderful flavors on top of their biscuits. “The Farmer” was pretty darn good. The chicken was moist and the apple buttery really gave it a nice salty sweet balance. The only thing I wasn’t crazy about was the bacon. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed the bacon. However, the pecan wood taste really took away from the super salty meaty flavor I normally love in bacon.
The second biscuit we tried was the Squawking goat($7.50)-Flaky biscuit, all natural fried chicken breast, fried goat cheese medallion and house made pepper jelly. If there ever were perfection in a biscuit sandwich this might be it. If you like goat cheese you’ll love this sandwich. Again, moist chicken with great flavor plus fried goat cheese and a bit of sweetness and added flavor from the pepper jelly. This is probably my favorite Maple Street biscuit. We also sampled a couple of the sides.
The first one we tried was the Smokey Mountain Mac-N-Cheese($4)- Five cheese baked macaroni with cheese cracker crust. I consider myself a bit of a mac-n-cheese connoisseur. If it’s on the menu I usually order it. Often I think gourmet mac-n-cheese’s do too much to take away from the cheesy goodness we know and love. This macaroni was awesome! Good cheesy flavor without overdoing it as many 5 cheese macaronis often do. The description said cracker crust. It’s actually cheez-its on top and also mixed in a bit. The cheez-its add a nice crunch to the mac-n-cheese without taking anything away from the cheesy flavor itself. This is another item you don’t want to miss if you’re a mac-n-cheese fan! The other side we tried was the blue grass grits($3). The grits were decent. The texture was pretty close to what I would expect from stone ground grits. Add a little butter or cheese to them and you’ll probably really like them if you’re a fan of grits.
Service: Maple Street operates in the fast casual style. You walk up to the counter, place your order, and then you’re called when your food is ready. One of the neater things they do here is ask you a question like “What’s your favorite super hero?” and then use the answer to call you to pick up your food. People love it. The order taker was friendly and efficient. We didn’t have any wait to order but we were there after the breakfast rush. At the San Marco location every time I’ve gone I had a bit of a wait. They move the line quickly though so the wait is never too bad.
- Great food
- Fair pricing
- Very welcoming atmosphere
- I’ve got nothing
Monday- Saturday 7:00 am -2:00 pm
Friday- Saturday Dinner 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
Address: 2004 San Marco Blvd. Jacksonville, Florida 32207
Monday-Saturday 7:00 am-2:00 pm
Friday- Saturday Dinner 5:00 pm- 9:00pm
Address: 410 North 3rd Street Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250
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