The first time I tried 5 Loaves 2 Fish was at their food truck. It was a scallop dish with curried fennel and apple slaw that was simply amazing. When I heard that they were opening a brick and mortar restaurant, all I could think about was scallops floating around my head like a halo.
I recently paid a little visit to the new location and sampled some of their menu … needless to say, you should probably try this place out when you get a chance.
Executive chef and owner Toben Stubee will still use the food truck for special events, but the brick and mortar location will now be the primary focus. Toben has a bachelor’s degree from The Culinary Institute of America in restaurant operations and was previously at Matthew’s in San Marco and Eleven South in Jax Beach. The space is huge at around 10,000 square feet and seating about 200 people.
I was able to sample some dishes today at the soft opening, but it will open to the public starting this Wednesday 12/21. Prices range from $6.75 for a massive texas toast grilled cheese sandwich to $14 for the Mahi entree. High quality ingredients is a major key at 5L2F. Many of the sandwiches are filled with Boar’s Head meats like: The Cajun Beef Panini, The Pastrami Rueben, and The Turkey Bacon Panini. Shrimp and Mahi are sourced locally. They also source from Twin Bridges (Maclenny, FL), Tomazin Farms (Samsula, FL), Gyo Greens (Ponte Vedra, FL), and White Oak Pastures (Bluffton, GA).
Some standout menu items include:
At the moment, they will only be serving breakfast and lunch. As soon as the ball gets rolling, brunch and dinner will be added to the mix. 5L2F is everything that Panera should be — reasonably priced, large portion sizes and headed by a chef with over 25 years of experience.
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