SHOUP’S SAVORY VISITS: PINEGROVE

Welcome to the newest addition of Shoup’s Savory Visits. I was going to try and get this up earlier, but with Hurricane Matthew my time schedule has been pushed back a bit, my apologies.

This addition features Pinegrove Market and Deli. This is a Jacksonville favorite and I am always surprised more people do not know about it. Located on Jacksonville’s westside in the Riverside/Avondale area (near FSCJ Kent Campus), this business started as a local grocery store and has been open for over 60 years. It has won numerous awards, including the 2015 Jacksonville Magazine’s Hall of Fame award.

This is a fantastic deli where you can get fresh steak, burgers, sausages and other cuts of meat to take home and grill with your family and friends. I enjoy eating in, where they will prepare a variety of dishes any way you like. The menu features everything from the Famous Cuban, a great Philly Cheese Steak, and Camel Riders to Steak in a Sack, Big Burgers, and Meatball Subs. There is also a traditional breakfast menu and recently added dinner options with beer and wine.

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My last visit there I had a Steak and Cheese sandwich, which came with a large helping of steak (cooked medium rare as requested) and cheddar cheese (again a special request without a up-charge) on a toasted hoagie roll, which was lightly toasted to give it a nice crunch. I added “Nader Sauce” to the sandwich. It is a special hot sauce that one of the owner/operator’s (Nader) makes in-house and it gives the sandwich the right amount of kick.

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I chose the skinny onion rings as my side. As you will come to learn, I am not a fruit or vegetable guy and do not particularly care for onions either. But, I make an exception for Pinegrove’s onion rings. Hand battered to order and crispy and fresh without being oily, these are the top side of many good ones.

I could talk for days about @pinegrovemarket, but instead, go give them a try. You will not be disappointed.

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Pinegrove Market & Deli is located at 1511 Pine Grove Ave, Jax, FL 32205. Hours of operation: 10 am-8 pm M-F, 8 am-7 pm Sat, Closed Sun.