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SOMETHING SUPER IS BREWING DOWNTOWN

Food truck turned brick-and-mortar place packs a flavor punch

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What began just a few years back as a food truck, SUPER FOOD & BREW has outgrown its set of wheels and opened a permanent brick-and-mortar location downtown on the bustling corner of Main and Forsyth streets.

The space, once a Starbucks, received a major facelift and now reflects the modern optimism that permeates throughout a downtown driven by a new class of young entrepreneurs. Natural light streams in from large exterior windows illuminating an open bar. Hanging from the mint-hued walls, oversized rolls of brown butcher paper display carefully handwritten daily offerings – pork belly sandwich ($8), soy miso bowl ($9), turkey pesto panini ($8), caprese panini ($7), a ham, Havarti, prosciutto and gruyère pretzelwich ($7), salmon BLT ($9), turkey Sloppy Joe ($7).

I was drawn to the tuna poke bowl ($10) because finding one of these Downtown, or even in the surrounding areas, is a nearly impossible task. Super Food’s version has chunks of fresh ahi tuna, fluffy white rice, protein-packed slightly sweet edamame (a super food – how Super Food Truck originally got its name), shredded carrots and crunchy red cabbage, paired with a tangy seaweed salad, fiery wasabi and pickled ginger. The whole thing is sprinkled with black sesame seeds and served with soy sauce.

Also impressive was the lobster salad ($10) – a bed of mixed greens topped with a copious amount of lobster, slivers of celery, and avocado slices. The accompanying lemon wedge and lemon vinaigrette were a nice complement to the lobster, and I found it much lighter than a traditional mayonnaise-based preparation.

We ordered a side of mac-and-cheese balls ($3.50), a favorite from when we frequented the food truck. Two perfectly golden colossal orbs of fried orzo and cheese arrived with a creamy dipping sauce. These pair happily with a draft craft beer ($3 all day). On offer are three local brews and three from outside Jax, so I ordered a pint of Nonchalant IPA from nearby San Marco’s Aardwolf Brewing Company. There’s also an assortment of canned and bottled beers, wine by the glass and a full coffee line-up (Super Food opens at 8 a.m.) – Americano, double espresso, mocha, café breve, caramel macchiato.

I’m eager to return and work my way down the literally super-sized menu.

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