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.

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Inside ordering area.

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The massive dining area.

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.

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Sandwiches, entrees and sides.

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).

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Soup and salad menu.

Some standout menu items include:

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Shrimp Po-Boy: Cornmeal dusted & fried local shrimp, tossed in Crystals hot butter, romaine, tomato, remoulade, baguette.

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Local Mahi sandwich: Pineapple salsa, remoulade, lettuce, tomato, butter brioche roll.

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Gourmet Grilled Cheese: Fontina & Gruyere cheeses, sourdough Texas toast, roasted mushrooms, slow-roasted tomato.

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Pork tenderloin entree: Chipotle-maple glazed, stone ground grits with white cheddar and pancetta, grilled asparagus, mushroom sauce.

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Braised lamb pita: Braised lamb shoulder, tzatziki, arugula, tomato & cucumber relish.

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.

Follow them on Instagram @5loaves2fishtruck