Crazy Egg, located inside of a mocha and brown brick building on Edgewood Avenue on the west side of Jacksonville, serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. The extensive menu consists of a large variety of sandwiches, like a cheesesteak, a ham steak melt and a reuben. There are also soups, salads and an entire EGG menu. It is clear with offerings like eggs and grilled meatloaf, eggs and hash, eggs benedict and a wide selection of omelets that, here, eggs are the featured food. Crazy Egg sports a true diner ambience, with lime and yellow walls and oak tables surrounded by waffle-pattern oak chairs. Open for dinner only Wednesday through Friday, Crazy Egg serves up an egg-centric menu of mostly breakfast and brunch items.
India House?s owner and chef, Laxman Sharma, celebrates the culinary traditions of North and South India as well as Nepal by re-creating myriad sauces flavored with each region's exotic herbs, spices, and dried fruits. These sauces serve as the marinade for tandoori-cooked chicken and lamb, and simmer in pots with lentils and housemade cheese. Even the breads that accompany entrees are infused with pops of flavor, from green chilies and cilantro to dried mint. India House supersizes orders to fill the lunch-time buffet, and for catered gatherings that celebrate birthdays and straight As on a report card from grade school or clown college.
At Bombay Grille, diners can nosh on ? la carte plates of Indian classics or dive into the weekend brunch buffet, complete with unlimited champagne. Regardless of the meal's style, however, the dishes run the gamut from chicken tikka masala in a tangy cream-based tomato sauce to assorted biryanis and tandoori shrimp, grilled in a traditional clay oven.
Champions of adhering to traditional recipes and culinary practices, a father-and-son team serves as both the owners and head chefs of New Passage to India. Their kitchen staff whips up dishes native to a variety of Indian regions, granting diners a taste of the subcontinent without the paper cuts that come from eating maps. They handcraft ingredients such as house-made paneer cheese, garden-fresh mushrooms, and fresh lamb with pinches of hand-ground spices. Sensitive to varied tolerances of piquancy, the chefs customize the heat levels of many of their creations to individual preferences. Affable servers wend from table to table within the dining room’s deep-green walls and wooden columns.
The aromas of South Asian spices lure passersby into Abhiruchi India Cuisine, where they typically pause for a moment to savor the décor and read the descriptions of more than 100 Indian specialties. Halal and vegetarian options are both well represented on the lengthy menu, which features spicy curries and tandoori-baked entrees based on chicken, seafood, and lamb or goat. When they aren’t scooping tikka masala into trays for the lunch buffet or pilfering Marco Polo’s travelogues for new recipes, the restaurant’s chefs accommodate partygoers with catering services.
An epicurean underdog, Tabla holds its weight against nearby big-name chains and tourist traps with beautifully prepared dishes of superbly seasoned Indian fare. Start with the masala pappadum ($2), topped with onion salad, masalas, and chutneys, or sink forks into a fried samosa pastry to expose warm potatoes and chickpeas ($5). Muligatwany ($4) and garlicy rasam ($4) soups tempt spoon wielders. The expansive offering of entrees, broken down by chicken, seafood, lamb, and vegetarian dishes, are all Indian mainstays. The menu also features an impressive assortment of naan (starting at $2.50), tandoori ($14–$20), and Indo or Chinese platters ($7–$10). For dessert, try the chocolate samosa ($6), a volcanic treat served with vanilla ice cream, or the toffee pudding ($6).