Mandarin Jacksonville, Florida - The Red Elephant Pizza and Grill: a restaurant review.
A few years ago we began hearing about purple cows thanks to famed author, Seth Godin. I must admit, I grew to really like purple cows so when I heard that we had a Red Elephant in Mandarin my curiosity was piqued.
The Red Elephant Pizza and Grill in Mandarin has become one of our favorite spots to chill out and enjoy good food and beverage... in fact, we find ourselves eating there once or twice a week. The fact that it is right across the street from our office on San Jose Boulevard in Mandarin about 1 mile north of I-295 is certainly a plus but even if it were located miles away from us we would surely visit at least once a week for the following reasons:
- The food is consistently good and the beer is always cold at the Red Elephant.
- The atmosphere at the Red Elephant is relaxed and friendly - great for families or anyone.
- The staff at the Red Elephant Pizza and Grill are by far the most attentive, friendly and fun-loving we've met anywhere!
Now, although I love to eat (which is evidenced by my ever-increasing waistline), I don't claim to be a food critic... but I do know what I like so far I've enjoyed almost everything I've had from the menu at the Red Elephant Pizza and Grill.
Favorites include the boiled peanuts or fried onion rings for an appetizer - I gotta tell you the onion rings are sensational... never greasy! For the main meal, I tend to rotate between any of a number of their great pizzas, a nice juicy hamburger cooked the way I WANT IT and the Pasta Ya Ya ...oh yeah, it is sensational!
For dessert, I've heard from others that everything is good but I've always been too full to try anything except the Elephant Ear and I loved it! The Red Elephant has a good variety of appetizers, main courses and deserts from which to choose but not so many that they can't do a great job on each. Everything we've had tastes fresh and homemade.
The atmosphere is suited for anyone and everyone. They have a small bar area if you just want to hang out with friends, enough televisions spread out that you can catch the game from any seat in the restaurant and even a game room for the kids to enjoy while mom and dad kick back, relax and have some "us" time. The booths are large and comfortable too (this is important for a big guy like me).
And I've gotta tell you... even if the food and atmosphere were only 'okay' (which it is far better than 'okay'), the incredible staff led by Casey and Mark are more than enough to keep us coming back again and again. Everyone is always so upbeat and friendly. They take time to get to know their customers by name and seem to really care about each and every one of them.
All in all, I have no hesitancy in recommending the Red Elephant Pizza and Grill in Mandarin to any and everyone! When you visit, be sure to tell them that Tim and Susan sent you!
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