My Wandering Fork
written by Lori Allen
St. Johns Magazine's exclusive reviews of Local Restaurants by Local Foodie
By Lori Allen, My Wandering Fork
Palm Valley Fact # 2:
Palm Valley remained a quiet area of the Beaches, between A1A and U.S. 1 for many years. There were tons of farms where produce and livestock were raised. The development of the Beaches affected Palm Valley in a way where today most farms in "the valley" have disappeared. Thus opening the land for luxurious residences overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.
Low-Key Coastal Cuisine
Tucked inbetween all the beautiful homes you will find a low-key Coastal Southern Cuisine restaurant with picturesque views of the Intracoastal Waterway called Barbara Jeans on the Water.
This unassuming restaurant offers some of the best authentic homestyle dishes with hearty southern size portions. Blackened CatFish white cheddar grits smothered in a spicy andouille sausage sauce comes to mind.
Dishes You Won't Forget
How can you go wrong with a light white fish seared with mildly spicy seasonings ,cooling creamy grits and topped off with a sausage sauce to sop up all the goodness. Its a dish you wont forget. Lets talk about the bread, I know most times its one of those things that if you are starving you will eat otherwise its a pass, but this bread is not your average bread basket. It comes with their home made brown bread, both jalapeno and sweet fluffly corn bread and yes those big fat yeast rolls. With their whipped butter, its a feast on its own!
A good day for me is after a day at the beach, stopping in to sit on the waterfront dock with a cool craft cocktail. The view is spectacular.
A few other faves of mine are their lobster roll, stuffed with delicious lobster and a side of creamy coleslaw. The fresh fish bites, sounds silly but these are hand breaded made with the freshest local fish. They are so good you wont be able to stop popping them in your mouth. And then of course their onion rings! Being a northerner it's tough to find a good ring, but here they are made to order, lightly battered and melt in your mouth. More? yes please!
The sides and homestyle meals are some of the locals favorites but you mustn't forget the cobbler. Did you notice that I didnt say what kind?? That's because they make a different kind from the juiciest fruits everyday, They are so good you must try them all!
Whether you are going out to enjoy the evening on the water or coming in from the beach, Barbara Jeans will take care of you.... Southern Style!
15 Roscoe Blvd, Ponte vedra Beach ,
St. Johns Mag
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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)
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