A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to check out Dishcrawl Jacksonville on their second tour of the city. Each time they have an event, it tours a different part of town. This month’s haunt of choice was Riverside.
Each Dishcrawl event visits 4 restaurants within walking distance where you get to sample a few signature items from that restaurant. In advance of the event, you know what part of town the event will occur, but you don’t know which restaurants you will be visiting aside from the first restaurant the group meets at.
Our tour was in Riverside, so we met up at Tapa That. I really like this restaurant. I’ve been here a few times; once for ‘girls night’ and another time with the whole group.
It’s interesting because their menu changes frequently. In fact, they don’t even print menus – they just update the chalkboard on the wall.
Note to self: check out the bottomless mimosas on Sundays.
We had a decent sized group so Tapa That had pre-arranged two long areas of tables. While Tapa that was open to the public while we were there, there really weren’t many other seating options left.
I grabbed a beer while we waited. Beverages are not included in the cost of the Dishcrawl Ticket, so your own your own there. Just make sure you remember to cash out in time before everyone’s ready to leave.
At each stop. we received a personal introduction from one of the owners before we got started which was a nice touch.
Love the couch area in the back. It’s a great spot for a‘night out w/ the girls’ and a glass of wine.
Our entrée consisted of a Roasted Veggie Salad with Herb Goat Cheese, Vegan Friendly Olive Tapenade and Dukes Slow Cooked Chicken Taco. All was really delicious and something I would not have ordered traditionally.
As you can see, we hated everything. Ha! Once everyone had finished, we headed out to find our second unknown destination.
As we walked up the street, we passed several restaurants without going in. I was getting really curious as to where we were heading.
Especially once we passed the two churches. I knew at this point, there really wasn’t much of ANYTHING passed here within walking distance. Where in the world were were going?!
Ah ha! I had not been expecting a food truck on our tour, but was pleased to see it. Especially since Adam hadn’t had a chance to try this food truck yet.
The Happy Grilled Cheese is owned by a great guy named Anthony.
I had the chance to visit it on opening day, and it was good. I was looking forward to checking it out again and possibly some different menu items.
We were served the All American Melt which is bacon, tomato and American cheese with a side of their Tomato Bisque and homemade potato chips.
Adam immediately dunked his chips into the soup. Last time I visited, I tried their beer cheese soup. I have to say this tomato gives the beer cheese a good challenge. As a kid, I looked forward to nights when we had grilled cheese and tomato soup for lunch or dinner. This definitely brought back good memories of that.
Mmm. Look at all that cheesy goodness!
After everyone finished up here, we headed out to our third stop of the evening. We ended up walking back to where we’d come from and then some.
The third stop? O’Brother’s Irish Bar. This could be interesting.
It’s always a surprise to come inside and actually have room to move around. I’ve only typically been here for St. Patrick’s Day when it’s absolutely slammed!
Just like the previous two stops, we had an overview from a member of the staff.
We started things out with Corned Beef and Cabbage with Mashed Potatoes,
A side of their Guinness Mac n Cheese
and a legit Scotch Egg! I’ve only had a scotch egg once before (at the 2012 Slow Food First Coast – I hope they do another one soon!) and it was interesting. This only further solidified my love of scotch eggs. So interesting! I would say the corned beef and Scotch egg were the two most surprisingly tasty of this stop.
Finally, everyone was ready to roll over (literally) to the final stop of the night.
Near by, we walked into Derby on Park. I’ve actually never been to this restaurant before.
We began with an introduction from the owner.
Top left is Key Lime pie, the right is Carrot Cake and the bottom left is Double Chocolate Brownie. Whew. These were so incredible. I really wished I wasn’t so full by this point, because the Key Lime pie was spot on. If I were to face plant anything the entire evening, this would be my pick!
Every spoon full was seriously delicious.
We really had a great time on Dishcrawl. These events would be great for a unique date night out or for a whole group of friends. It’s definitely something different and offers a unique perspective on some local restaurants. Considering everything you get to try and the amount of food, the cost of the event is worth it too. I look forward to more of these in the near future!
Dishcrawl provided us with discounted tickets in return for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the spell of a food coma.