You probably wouldn’t expect to find some of the finest Southern comfort food in Jacksonville to be tucked away in a Lakewood shopping center.
But that’s exactly where Comfort – A Southern Bistro serves up its winning menu, in a unit within the shopping center at 2777 University Blvd. W.
The interior of the restaurant’s small unit features a modern design, with décor that emphasizes its comfort theme. A playlist of country music rounds out the full Southern effect.
Their menu features a collection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and entrees that embody elevated Southern-style cuisine. Options include chicken and waffles adorned with aioli, a Thanksgiving-style turkey sandwich complete with stuffing and cranberry mayo, chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes, and much more. It also features a small breakfast menu, with options such as breakfast sandwiches and bowls as well as pancakes and waffles.
We sampled their grilled mac and cheese sandwich, with mac and cheese sandwiched between two slices of Texas toast and a tomato bisque. It was everything we’d hoped for and more – the deliciously creamy mac and cheese oozes out with each bite, and the tomato bisque added just the right amount of sweetness.
Really, the only disheartening thing about our trip to Comfort was how quiet it was. At around lunch time, just one other party was present. This may be due to its shopping center’s relative lack of activity, making it harder for the restaurant to get noticed.
Comfort is open Tuesday through Thursday from 7 AM to 3 PM, Friday and Saturday from 7 AM to 9 PM, and Sunday from 10 AM to 3 PM. It also provides catering services and Thanksgiving dinner packages.
The restaurant just recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of its grand opening. Jacksonville, let’s make sure Comfort has many more anniversaries to celebrate in the future!