Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe
14035 Beach Blvd. Suite 8
Jacksonville, FL 32224
Taziki’s Mediterranean Café prides themselves on making their menu items from scratch each day. They currently have 3 locations in Florida but have big plans for other stores (the 2nd Jacksonville area store will be in Mandarin) in the area. Taziki’s also puts a big focus on community and relationships. The company as a whole support Victor Over Cancer, an organization that promotes Melanoma education and prevention and the local store has already built a relationship with a local school. It was clear during our visit that the goal is to bring people together over delicious, healthy food.
We started off our meal with the hummus trias and the spicy pimento cheese. The hummus trias includes three types of hummus (original, basil pesto, and rustic tomato) with your choice of baked or soft pita chips. My dining companion is not a fan of tomatoes but found the rustic tomato hummus to be his favorite of the three hummus options. I preferred the basil pesto, despite not typically loving pesto so be sure to try all three and pick your own favorite. The pimento cheese appetizer isn’t something you might expect from a Mediterranean restaurant but it definitely explains the “southern accent” of their menu.
There are quite a few varied entree options (they have over 100 fresh menu items!) ranging from salads and sandwiches to their “feasts” and daily specials. The herb roasted pork loin feast (served with Greek salad and your choice of roasted potatoes or basmati rice) with tomato chutney aioli and a side of grilled asparagus was not only delicious but also a great deal. It includes a very generous 9-oz. serving of pork marinated with fresh rosemary and garlic (we actually watched the chef, Romel, chop the garlic by hand 10 minutes before we were tasting the dish). The tomato chutney aioli is a perfect complement to the pork but the seriously fresh flavors of this dish really can stand on their own.
The Mediterranean salad with salmon is a lighter but still filling option. The piece of salmon was nicely cooked and had great flavor without overpowering the salad itself. The roasted pecans added a nice nuttiness to balance out the salty feta.
You can’t really go wrong with a gyro at a Mediterranean restaurant and the grilled beef tender gyro was no exception. Full of tender chunks of beef and a delicious taziki sauce, the gyro comes with a choice of side (basmati rice, roasted potatoes, pasta salad, fresh fruit, or tomato cucumber salad) and chips. If you’re like me and you take your potatoes very seriously, order the roasted potato side (you can thank me later). The potatoes are roasted in a three-step process and the result shows the time that went into them. The tomato cucumber salad is also a great lighter choice that still has a lot of flavor.
If you’re looking for a fast meal that is healthy and delicious at a great price, Taziki’s is the place to stop. They serve lunch and dinner every day of the week and also offer catering as well as “meals for 4” to feed your entire family.
Note: From time to time we’re invited out to try a restaurant or to taste new menu items. This meal is usually comped, as this one was. We’re under no obligation to write a positive review or any review at all when we’re invited out to try a place. Every review you see on our site will be an honest review of the place whether or not the restaurant provided us with the meal at their cost.