Coop 303 opened on the finish of August after a multi million greenback transform to the previous Al’s Pizza constructing. Coop 303 includes a small non-public parking zone, complimentary valet service, three eating rooms and two bars unfold over two flooring, plus a balcony for out of doors eating. The restaurant spotlights some nice artwork each inside and outside. The complete constructing is a monument to good design. Whereas it looks like a pleasant, trendy restaurant, it doesn’t take itself too significantly. There are pig snouts protruding from the wall of the steps resulting in the second flooring displayed in a matrix sample, and pigs painted on the far wall of the upstairs eating space. On the primary flooring there’s gigantic portray with a cow watching you inquisitively when you eat. With a spot this large I think about it’s a bear of a restaurant on the subject of “protecting the trains operating on time.”
Coop 303 – Inside Signal
The menu is impressively centered. There may be nothing to steer clear from on the menu as a result of each dish performs a component in speaking the ethos of the restaurant. This additionally means it’s not an enormous menu. It doesn’t should be. There’s sufficient selection to maintain issues fascinating, however not one entry is superfluous. That is such a refreshing and assured selection. It encourages belief within the chef.
This was our third go to to Coop 303. The primary was not lengthy after they opened. Our expertise was general pretty good, however we had heard numerous blended suggestions, and some dishes missed the mark. With the endeavor that’s working Coop 303 we determined to present them a little bit extra time earlier than writing something. Our second go to was strictly for fried rooster as a part of rating the perfect fried rooster in Jax.
The primary dish we dove into was Coop 303’s hottest appetizer, Peaches and Cream. This dish consists of fried inexperienced tomatoes, topped with burrata cheese and peach jam atop of a bit mustard balsamic. This dish has the texture of an merchandise you’d discover on an costly chef’s tasting menu. The savory and heat fried inexperienced tomatoes completely distinction the chilly gentle burrata which affords an exquisite canvas to showcase the candy taste of the peach jam and the subtly tart mustard taste of the balsamic. Each chew was sheer delight! This dish will possible go on our subsequent record of 10 Dishes You’ve Simply Acquired to Attempt in Jax. We are able to’t rave sufficient about it!
Coop 303 – Peaches n Cream
The cauliflower bisque was an equally memorable dish. The soup was blissfully creamy with crunch from the brioche toast, and a savory, salty, earthy taste from the Cheshire bacon and onion jam. That is an explosion of flavors and textures and we ate each chew. I’m fairly certain we picked the bowl too.
Coop 303 – Cauliflower Bisque
The Fried Pimento Cheese was completely different than we anticipated. It got here virtually as medallions of fried pimento cheese, with contrasting flavors within the root vegetable escabeche, okra, and tobacco onions. I virtually didn’t know what I used to be consuming, but it surely was actually good. Pimento cheese lovers will probably be large followers.
Coop 303 – Fried Pimento Cheese
Subsequent we dove into the rooster and waffles. Bacon waffles come topped with boneless fried rooster breast and are served atop a maple crema, onion jam and datil pepper jelly. This dish was a beneficiant measurement with just a few items of boneless fried rooster on prime. The waffle was fluffy and substantial, and the bites with bacon within the waffle have been additional good. The maple crema is precisely what you’d count on, candy and creamy. We liked this dish much more with a drizzle of home made spicy honey, however pure maple syrup is on the market as nicely.
Coop 303 – Hen n Waffle
Stunned to seek out what seemed to be a singular and thrilling vegan possibility on the menu, we ordered the Rosemary Grilled Oyster Mushroom entree. The Rosemary Grilled Oyster Mushrooms include collard greens, Florida corn, roasted potato, and vegan romesco sauce. The day we dined in addition they had lions head mushrooms and included these within the dish as nicely. Oyster mushrooms are such a deal with and this dish didn’t disappoint. The romesco had a kick, the roasted potato had an virtually creamy flesh, and the collards have been stuffed with taste. Anybody who’s a fan of mushrooms will definitely take pleasure in this dish. We additionally ordered the Crispy Pores and skin Salmon and Fried Hen. The Crispy Pores and skin Salmon came to visit Florida corn broth, Cedar Key clams, roasted potato, and snow pea salad. Apart from the salmon itself, every thing else on this dish is sourced in Florida. The roasted potato is the very same iteration because the Oyster Mushroom dish. The salmon itself is fairly darn good. The crispy pores and skin provides a texture that completes the dish. The corn broth is so gentle, however on the similar time is that this stunning savory broth with layers of taste. You’ll be able to style every facet of this dish within the broth: corn, clams, salmon, snow peas. I informed our waiter I needed to drink it. I’m not often large on salmon, however I might make a particular journey to Coop 303 only for this.
Coop 303 – Crispy Pores and skin Salmon
We not too long ago ranked The Prime 5 Spots for Fried Hen in Jax and Coop 303 got here in #2 on that record. On our first go to Coop 303 stumbled a bit and served us a badly ready and over-salted model of their signature fried rooster. On the day the place we traveled the town of Jacksonville to attempt each related fried rooster on the town, Coop 303’s fried rooster was completely unbelievable. They didn’t know we have been coming and didn’t know who we have been. It was each little bit of the juiciness and taste you dream about if you image biting into unbelievable fried rooster. After they’re on their sport their fried rooster is fairly unbelievable.
For sides we tried the mac n cheese and the cheddar biscuits. The mac is available in a small crock topped with cracker crumbs. Like so many different dishes on the menu, this mac is concerned. It has a number of flavors occurring, coming collectively to make an pleasing, tacky mac expertise. The cheddar biscuits draw a parallel with Pink Lobster’s cheddar biscuits, however these are much less greasy. They arrive two per order and we’d undoubtedly get them once more.
Coop 303 – Mac n Cheese & Biscuits
For dessert we have been taken in with the Bacon Bourbon Sundae: white chocolate-butterscotch blondie, bourbon caramel, candied bacon. This dessert was lights out scrumptious and intensely wealthy. It’s undoubtedly one to share. The blondie is tremendous candy, and the candied bacon has simply sufficient salt to chop among the sweetness. That good chew with a little bit little bit of every thing in it was merely divine.
We’ve been to Coop 303 thrice, although the fried rooster expedition was take out. As soon as they knew we have been coming and twice they didn’t. The service was improbable each occasions we dined in. Our servers have been educated concerning the menu, had nice suggestions, and added to the expertise. I do know within the first month or so there have been some struggles, however they honestly appear to have issues ironed out fairly nicely now. If you happen to had a rocky expertise we encourage you to return and provides it one other shot. Coop 303 isn’t the restaurant we anticipated. The meals is way extra concerned, the service is best, and the expertise extra distinctive than we anticipated. With the best way the restaurant is designed, this isn’t a simple restaurant to maintain operating easily, however Coop 303 appears to have discovered their mojo. We hope they maintain it for a very long time.
303 Atlantic Blvd
Atlantic Seashore, FL 32233
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