I would like to think I eat relatively healthy. A majority of my diet is made up of lean protein and fresh fruits and vegetables. However, every now and then a girl needs to splurge. That is exactly what I did when I had lunch at Epik Burger.
Epik Burger is the first of its kind in Jacksonville. They offer gluten free burgers, buns, desserts, onion rings and fries. They are located on Atlantic Blvd right where Girvin runs into Atlantic. I have no idea what part of town that is considered, but it is about 5 minutes East of 2-95. It is not really close to a major area where they might get foot traffic or a lot of drive bys; it is definitely a place you have to know about.
They are super nice there! I asked a lot of questions and found out that all of their fryers are gluten-free (including those that they cook onion rings in). Their onion rings are beer battered with Redbridge beer and gluten free flour. They also have a separate toaster for the gluten free buns. The atmosphere reminded me of something we see in Chicago; clean and contemporary.
They offer a lot of different burger options, including vegetarian, chicken, tuna and the beef is all grass fed. You can order a fast food size or restaurant size burger depending on your hunger. I especially love how everything is marked vegan, vegetarian or gluten free. They have quite a menu. Prices are reasonable, however there is a $2.00 upcharge for a gluten-free bun.
Restaurant size gluten- free Epik Burger. It had pancetta, brie, lettuce, tomato, onion, cornichons, and basalmic mayo. This is a beautiful burger. Full of color and flavor. My boyfriend ordered this and I was really envious. He loved it; he ate it all!
Ahh, gluten- free french fries. There are not many restaurants that serve fries that are TRULY gluten-free so I had to get these. I loved the large chunks of salt and pepper and it was a great portion to share, not too big, not too small.
Gluten- free Beer Battered Onion Rings. This was the highlight of my day. I was never a big onion ring person, however, since my diagnosis of Celiac disease I jump at the opportunity to indulge safely. They were awesome. They were flakey and not too chewy. While there was a tiny bit of oil residue, it was light and seasoned perfectly with salt and pepper. I never wanted these onion rings to end…
The food was amazing! However, I felt like I needed to go run a marathon to burn off the calories; but it was worth every second. While I didn’t order the Epik Burger I really wish I did. Some other things:
- They are environmentally friendly. They don’t have a lot of packaging and pretty much every container was recyclable or compostable.
- The wait for your burger is a little longer than I expected, but not too bad.
- The place seats only about 35 people.
I will definitely make this a place I go to as a treat, however I doubt I need to order fries AND onion rings. I highly recommend this place! Have you been? What do you think?
12740 Atlantic Blvd Suite 105
Jacksonville, FL 32225