When some people hear “chomp chomp,” their first thought might be of the Florida Gators. Others might think of the sound that happens when biting into food. But, those who frequent downtown Jacksonville are likely to answer that it is the name of a popular local restaurant.
Located next to Ocean St.’s Burro Bar, Chomp Chomp (106 E. Adams St) is a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant with limited seating and often a line out the door. Most first-timers typically appear with a Chomp Chomp regular, or after getting lost trying to find it. Don’t despair if you do get lost (as I did) — the reward for perseverance is high!
Chomp Chomp has a refined menu of 10 – 12 items that are always executed as close to perfection as possible. From their Chomp Burger to Bahn Mi, from Panko-Crusted Chicken to Chinois Tacos and Waldorf Salads, there is something for everyone to enjoy — including tofu options. The ingredients are all locally purchased — even the sandwich bread comes from French Pantry. The menu has been known to change daily or weekly depending on seasonal ingredients and to keep a generally fresh and eclectic menu. To stay updated on Chomp Chomp’s most current menu, you can follow them on Instagram.
Personally, my favorite item on their menu is the Panko-Crusted Chicken as previously mentioned. The freshly marinated tomatoes and bleu cheese really provides a savory combination with the crunchy chicken. As if the sandwich alone isn’t enough, when paired with a fresh salad and home-made dressing or the (again, home-made) curry chips (which I also LOVE), you will not leave the restaurant with an empty stomach — unless you got your meal as takeout!
If you’re lucky enough to find seating to dine-in, you will find yourself immersed with personable staff who engages customers in conversation and has a genuine love for where they work and what they do. Chomp Chomp also delivers to the Downtown and Springfield areas of Jacksonville for a minimum order of $14 with a fee of $1.50, so if you don’t want to fight for seating takeout and delivery are always equally as delicious options.
What Chomp Chomp might lack in sitting space, they make up for with generous portions all for $7 – $10 per meal. If you want other opinions, there are plenty of Yelp and Urbanspoon reviewers who will agree that Chomp Chomp is not a restaurant you want to skip! Even WJCT regards Chomp Chomp as one of Jacksonville’s hidden gems. Do not rely on other marketing to persuade you to visit the restaurant because you won’t find it. Chomp Chomp’s only marketing is done purely by word-of-mouth recommendations.
Please keep in mind, their hours are subject to change, but are typically open Tuesday – Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. You can call the restaurant at 904.762.4667 to verify, but their hours are typically as follows:
Tuesday and Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday: 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
If you love to dine and support local establishments, I, among many, highly recommend you give Chomp Chomp a try. You will find your second visit will not be far behind your first. Chomp Chomp also happens to be co-owned by the same owner as Avondale’s The Fox.