Tastecasting: City Kidz Ice Cream Cafe
::Tastecasting is not a restaurant review. If you are unfamiliar with Tastecasting, please learn more at “What Is Tastecasting?”::
Pastor Clinton Bush is on a mission.
Last July, he opened City Kidz Ice Cream Cafe to bring good food to Springfield and financial literacy to as many children as he can. Pastor Bush works with children, teaching them about real-world financial skills using balance sheets, checks and other monetary examples which they may encounter as they move into adulthood. That’s why you’ll see “An Inner City Enterprise Fostering Financial Literacy” on the logo for City Kidz.
At first glance, City Kidz is obviously an ice cream shop, but what isn’t so obvious is that this is one of the best places to get lunch in Jacksonville – not just in Springfield, but in the whole city.
Pastor Bush greeted us warmly and introduced his wife Sonya to us. He lovingly described each dish as he brought it out. Believe me, Pastor Bush is all about the experience. If you order the Chicken and Waffles, you aren’t allowed to have it to go. He knows that by the time you get it to your home or office, it’ll be soggy. So, he won’t let you leave with it. Nothing is ever left under a warming light in this cafe. That’s the kind of authenticity that I love to see. The man is passionate about the food.
We started our Tastecasting with the “Two-Bite-Shrimp Cocktail” – an collection of a dozen extra-large shrimp with a mild seasoning and a sweet, tangy cocktail sauce. (1/2 dozen for $7 – Full dozen for $14) These shrimp really are big enough to need two bites. The full dozen shrimp are the only item on the menu over $10.
Our next tasting was the Crabcake Sandwich Plate with Seafood Macaroni Salad. ($7) This crabcake is magnificent! Sweet and PACKED with crab. I honestly believe the cake just stays together from power of suggestion, because I couldn’t find much binder – it’s all crab!
There are plenty of places in Jacksonville that sell a crabcake sandwich that is good. It’s hard to find one that sells a great one for this size and price. Make no mistake, this is a high-end crabcake – Ocean City, Maryland blue crab, organic lettuce and tomato and a cognac sauce. Did I mention that this is $7?
Our next tasting was the Chicken Salad Panini Sandwich ($5.75)
Again, we’re talking organic lettuce and tomato, a finely cut all-white chicken breast, nuts and raisins on a lovely panini bread. Depending on your tastes, you may be tempted to skip the fruit and nuts… don’t! The texture and sweetness elevate the sandwich to something really, really great.
One more photo, just because I know how much everyone loves seeing my chubby little paws holding food.
$5.75 – seriously.
As much as I want to emphasize that City Kidz is a great cafe, of course I have to talk about the ice cream!
There are too many treats to try in just one trip – 32 flavors of premium Breyers Ice Cream, shakes, sundaes and baked goods!
Pretzel Cones… mmm!
I told Pastor Bush to “surprise us” with our sundae flavors. He did so with glee!
This is the “Wally Waffle Sundae” ($6.99) – a homemade Belgian waffle topped with two scoops of ice cream, toppings and sauces of your choice. We had Butter Almond and Sara Lee Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream with chocolate and caramel sauces, whipped cream, cherries and nuts. It was rather tasty and it more than satisfied the four ladies in our group.
If you walk into City Kidz and can buy cookies, you’re very lucky. City Kidz doesn’t make cookies and put them out in a case like this. These were made for us! If you would like to try the Kosher certified made-to-order cookies, you’ll have to call the cafe a minimum of 25 minutes before pick-up. Pastor Bush doesn’t sell cookies that aren’t fresh. Cookies are $1 each, 2 for $1.50, 6 for $4.95 or $9.95 per dozen.
If you’re looking for a great deal, go into City Kidz between now and Monday for lunch and mention that you heard about them through “Tastecasting.” If you buy a sandwich and beverage (less than $10!) you’ll receive a $10 City Kidz Convenience Card. That’s like getting a full meal for free!
When you visit City Kidz, please take a moment to meet Pastor Bush and his wife, Sonya. They were absolutely delightful people. They are funny and sweet with a real passion for their food and neighborhood.
City Kidz is in the beautiful new 3rd & Main building in the Springfield neighborhood in Jacksonville. If you haven’t visited this newly revitalized neighborhood, City Kidz is a perfect excuse to drop by. There is no better value for the quality of food in the downtown/Springfield area. The combination of chef-quality recipes with home cooking and special people make City Kidz well worth the trip.
See more from the Grand Opening of City Kidz Ice Cream Cafe:
City Kidz Ice Cream Cafe is located at 1303 North Main Street in the 3rd & Main building.
You can visit their website and sign up for their email newsletter at www.citykidzicecream.com.
Call ahead for take out or cookies by calling (904) 598-5115.
Thank you to Pastor and Sonya Bush and the whole crew at City Kidz for a great Tastecasting!