The Perfect Bite
St. Johns Magazine's exclusive reviews of Local Restaurants by Local Foodie Lori Allen
By Nikki Lyn Holme
I consider myself a salad snob. Maple Street Biscuit Company makes noshing on lettuce, combined with various textured ingredients, taste like a party in your mouth. Although they made a name for themselves with their decadent, gravy enhanced biscuit creations, I'm very excited to have healthier options at this creative, local establishment. What makes dining here even cooler? Well, aside from their twangy country music, that reminds me of a trip to see Disney's "Country Bear Jamboree," another magical touch is their "Question of the month." It's very personal, and interactive. I love placing my order, and being asked nostalgic or fun, conversation prompting questions, such as: My favorite children's book, last song heard, or favorite band. Such a great ice-breaker when meeting with clients too.
Another wonderful part of this dining experience is eating their Mason jar packed salads, and emptying it out on a paper lined, silver tray. The "Grazer” is my absolute favorite: Fresh spinach, sprinkled with chopped pecans, strawberries, avocado, and goat cheese. Drizzled with their homemade balsamic dressing, and complimented by a tiny veggie biscuit, with just enough kick and veggies to “justify” the carbs.
Whether I add thick pecan wood smoked bacon or roasted chicken, this salad always gives me a five star vibe for satisfaction, taste, and presentation. By the way, they also offer fried chicken, but I would recommend saving that protein for the RBC: Romaine, Bacon, Cherry Tomato and Cheddar cheese salad.
With the holiday season upon us, I love knowing that there we can make healthier choices (if we really want too) by choosing from their “field to fork” section. Clean eating is not always possible, and Maple Street Biscuit Company now offers the perfect fitness-minded, fabulous-foodie options. #Grateful
What you need to know:
Breakfast and Brunch Type food: Entrees under $10 (& Kid friendly atmosphere)
1627 Race Track Rd, Fruit Cove, FL 32259 / 904 460-2483
*Other locations in St. Augustine
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Lori Allen is a local who moved from the Boston area to attend Flagler College and never left. She is a family person that loves the beach, football, working out and finding new places to try. Her love for food comes from her northern background and her love of cooking as well as meeting new and interesting people. She has never met a stranger nor has she ever been afraid to try an intriguing place. (Check out all her reviews on stjohnsmag.com)