This past week I had the honor of being invited to a blogger event hosted at Jax Deli & Ale House in Lake Mary, Florida! My bestie, Izzy, got to come with me (this was her first blogger event) and we both had a great time and even met some new foodie friends!
Right upon entering Jax you immediately notice the dark woodgrain carved ceiling with beautiful elegant beams, its richness almost looks semi-out of place for a sports bar like atmosphere. We quickly learned the history and that the building was originally designed by a Swedish hotelier that had a vision for it to look like a Swiss chalet in 1988. The beams were shipped from the swiss alps and a family in Austria hand carved and stained each one of these beauties! “Legend” has it that the craftsmen that were brought to Lake Mary to construct the building buried their tools somewhere in the building (pretty cool).
In 2007 another man came along with a vision of a more casual atmosphere and Jax 5th Avenue Deli and Ale House was born! The new owner’s goal was to create an atmosphere that was casual, with delicious food inspired by the deli’s in New York, with massive big screen TV’s viewable from anywhere in the restaurant…it’s a sports fanatics dream! One of the best surprises was that on each and every table they have jars of pickles for you to snack on while you wait for your food! I loved this!!
When Izzy and I settled into our seats we were immediately greeted and told about Jax’s extensive craft beer menu! Did you say craft beer?! My eyes lit up as she told us about the over 60 craft beers that were on tap! Throughout the night I sipped on Sweetwater 410, Angry Orchard Cider, and a concoction called the “Angry Beaver” which included cider and a shot of raspberry liquor…it was amazing!
We also got to try a selection of their fabulous appetizers! The Quesadilla Rolls were my absolute favorite, they included a fried tortilla stuffed with chicken, jalapeños, jack cheese, and served with a side of the house ranchero sauce! The Potato Skins were delightful as were the Fried Pickle Spears (the perfect accompaniment with a Sweetwater 420 brew).
The entree’s are HUGE in portion size and they have an amazing selection of all different types of food depending on what you’re in the mood for! We tasted their Chef Salad which had huge strips of swiss cheese on top, their Prime Rib, the Monster Roast Beef Wrap (it really was monstrous in size!), the Jax Burger which has 1/2 lb. of fresh choice beef, and the wings. My personal favorite was actually the wings! They had such a great flavor and had lots of meat on them!
If you know me really well…heck, you don’t even have to know me really well…you know how much I love sweets! We got the opportunity to try 3 of their signature desserts. The Brownie Sandwich was my personal favorite, total mouthgasm, which was created using a homemade brownie and two scoops of vanilla ice cream. The Strawberry Shortcake is created with eight layers of moist sponge cake with strawberry puree cream frosting topped with whipped cream. And last but not least the Fried Cheese Cake Sundae which is exactly as it sounds with fried cheesecake, with whip cream served in a martini glass.
This honestly has to be one of the absolute best food events I have been too, the staff was incredible and it was so organized that we could enjoy every second of the event! I can’t wait to come back with my friends (especially during football season) and suggest you try Jax’s out too!
If you’d like to see more photo’s of the event check out my twitter posts @tastefullykate or hop on the hashtag #jaxalehouse