The Mustard Seed

I have long been curious about the adorable bright yellow restaurant, the Mustard Seed in Jacksonville, and my partner and I were finally able to enjoy lunch there this week. From the outside of the restaurant the big windows and sunny patio gives an immediate message of warm friendliness. Inside the décor is country family diner, minus the counter seating. This is the type of place were older farmers probably come in for their daily cup of coffee, and one can catch up on the local gossip. This small restaurant was mostly empty at our late lunch hour. A very friendly server and the cook/owner Tammy greeted us and invited us to sit at one of the vinyl tables, set with ketchup and mustard.

Burgers and hot and cold sandwiches are the staple of lunch menu. This is not the restaurant for the raw food vegans out there, but if you are looking for a quiet, casual burger or sandwich for lunch, the Mustard Seed is a good choice. I ordered the Rueben and enjoyed the authentic corned beef, ‘just like grandma used to make.” My sandwich was warm and toasty; perfect comfort food. My partner enjoyed the roasted turkey and avocado sandwich loaded with fresh ingredients. All sandwiches come with a bag of chips, but for a little extra, we substituted a side of delicious potato salad, that was enough to share.

The Mustard Seed is the kind of place where it wouldn’t take long to become a ‘regular.’ The staff was casual, and sincerely friendly, and even happily giving directions to a lost tourist who wandered in. The food was prepared freshly and service was fast, but not at all rushed. If I lived in Jacksonville I might hope to become a ‘regular,’ but I will certainly return for lunch the next time I arrive early to wait in line at Britt. Located at 130 N 5th street in Jacksonville, just off  California Street. Open until 2pm, everyday except Sunday.  541-899-2977

By BrandyTheMidwife