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El Diablo is a massive hoagie loaded with pepperoni, hard salami, spicy mustard, melted cheddar, nacho cheese Dorito chips, lettuce, homemade pickles, onions, tomatoes and OTF sauce.  
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The marinated chicken soft taco with cheddar, tomato, lettuce, avocado and On The Fly Sauce is a popular item. Get a taco combo — one marinated chicken and one pulled pork — for $6.
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The salt and pepper blue cheese chips are topped with balsamic reduction, salt, pepper and a generous amount of blue cheese.
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Individual Butterfinger crème brûlée cups are among Chef Andrew Ferenc's dessert specials that occasionally grace the menu.
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The pesto, brie and tomato grilled cheese gets a generous sprinkling of shredded parmesan before it's grilled, forming a cheesy crust when finished.
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You can find On The Fly at the corner of Adams and Jefferson streets in Downtown Jacksonville 11 a.m.-3 p.m. most weekdays.
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On The Fly earned three awards, including the highly coveted People's Choice and Judge's Best Overall, at the second annual Jax Truckies Food Truck Championships June 15 next to Burrito Gallery.
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On The Fly participates in several community events, like the historical Springfield Main Street Car Cruise.
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The overloaded sweet potato planks are piled high with melted blue cheese crumbles, braised pulled pork, sliced scallions and a drizzle of the On The Fly signature sauce, a sweet chili and cilantro aioli.
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On the weekends, On The Fly serves at many charity events and festivals around Northeast Florida, like the Save the Mayport Ferry Festival.
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The sweet and spicy marinated chicken quesadilla is the perfect mix of spicy and sweet with caramelized onions, tomatoes, banana peppers and melted cheese inside a flour tortilla, topped with Siracha, On the Fly sauce, scallions and fresh avocado slices.
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The chocolate caramel peanut butter pretzel bar earned the judges' vote for the Sweet Tooth award.
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For 17 years, Chef Andrew Ferenc has found comfort in the kitchen. For the past two-and-a-half years, that kitchen has been one he happily calls his own — and it's on wheels.

Ferenc's popular food truck, On The Fly Sandwiches & Stuff, recently claimed three awards at the June 15 Jax Truckies Food Truck Championships in Downtown Jacksonville. Competing against 13 other trucks, Ferenc offered smaller portions of his bestselling items. (Full disclosure: I am one of the founders of Jax Truckies.)

After a blind tasting of nearly three dozen items from the competing trucks, a panel of six judges named On The Fly, or "OTF" as regulars call it, the 2013 Overall Champion.

OTF also snagged two more awards — the Sweet Tooth, for its addictive sweet-and-salty chocolate caramel peanut butter pretzel bars, and the People's Choice, as determined by fans at the event via ballot. OTF won the Overall and People's Choice awards in the 2012 inaugural competition.

OTF's bestsellers include the overloaded sweet potato planks (with melted blue cheese, braised pulled pork, sliced scallions and the signature On the Fly sauce, a sweet chili and cilantro aioli) and firecracker sesame-seared ahi tuna (over crunchy wasabi napa cabbage that's drizzled with sweet-chile-and-soy glaze and pickled ginger).

Weekdays, you can enjoy these items near the new Duval County Courthouse in a lot at the corner of Adams and Jefferson streets, where OTF parks. The area is outfitted with covered tables and chairs. When the weather's right, a line can form quickly. But be aware: It moves fast.

"Don't be intimidated by the long lunch line," Ferenc said. "We pump out orders in less than 10 minutes!" "On the fly" is restaurant lingo for creating an order fast.

Aside from a recent batch of Butterfinger crème brûlée cups, his latest hit is a sweet-and-spicy avocado tostada with shredded lettuce, sweet corn, scallions, black beans, OTF sauce and a dash of Siracha. And there's the El Diablo, a massive hoagie loaded with pepperoni, hard salami, spicy mustard, melted cheddar, nacho cheese Dorito chips, lettuce, homemade pickles, onions, tomatoes and OTF sauce.

"A lot of my ideas and inspiration come from flavors and experiences from the past," Ferenc said. "The El Diablo was inspired by my grandfather, who always ate hard salami sandwiches. It's a memory I'll never forget. And who doesn't like Doritos and cured meat?"

Even OTF's pesto, brie and tomato grilled cheese is creative. The outside of the bread gets a generous sprinkling of shredded parmesan, before it's grilled, forming a cheesy crust when finished. Double cheese, double delicious.

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TheFatKid

I have been eating at On The Fly Sandwiches from the beginning the food is killer. Super Fresh and really Fast. From ordering with Phyllis to watching your food being prepared by Chefs Andrew and Eric (in the back) it takes no time. So sit enjoy your lunch time in the sun or under the umbrellas. Theses guys are that good I don't even work downtown and I drive in just to eat at the Truck. The only bad part is trying to make your mind up on what to order. The wedge salads is yummy and the sesame seed seared tuna with napa cabbage with OTF sauce and wasabi sure helped this Fat Kid lose a lot of weight. OTF RulZ Wednesday, July 3, 2013|Report this

 
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