Gina’s Delicatessen was the next stop on my tour of delis in Avondale and Riverside. Unfortunately, by the time I arrived their post street location was no more. Thanks to the Google I learned Gina’s had a Murray Hill location, and made the short drive over.
Gina’s stands at 803 Edgewood Avenue and is open for breakfast and lunch. Various posters advertising their specials were plastered on the exterior of the building.
I walked in and was immediately greeted by a smiling woman. I knew what I wanted, and ordered a camel rider*. Instead of the French fries, I opted to swap it out for an order of tabbouleh. I took a seat at the counter and watched as my sandwich was expertly assembled.
In minutes my camel rider arrived wrapped in a sheet of sandwich paper. A generous serving of tabbouleh accompanied it as a side. The camel rider was full of ham, bologna, salami, yellow American cheese, shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, onions, pickles, and banana peppers. Underneath the meat was a thin layer of mayo. The pita bread was fresh, and the sandwich had a great flavor. Of the camel riders I have sampled, this is one of the best.
As for the tabbouleh, it was on point. Chopped parsley was the star with a finely chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, and bulgur, playing a supporting role. The tabbouleh was nicely seasoned and had a great fresh flavor. The woman behind the counter said she makes it in house, and I would go just for the tabbouleh. Gina’s cherry limeade was also very good with a nice mixture of sweet and tartness.
Service was wonderful, the restaurant was well kept and Gina’s is well worth a visit the next time you are in Jacksonville. The restaruant is open Monday – Friday 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Gina’s can be found on Facebook, and contacted by telephone at (904) 388-4975.
*See: Ask Jax: Camel Rider is a Sandwich not an Insult.
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