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Dining Notes

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Dining Notes

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Byline: LIZ VAN HOOSER

TPOM RETURNS, FOR A NIGHT

It's been seven months since Pom Souvannasoth pulled out of his Pom's Thai Bistro in San Marco and closed Old Siam at Jacksonville Beach. He's not running a restaurant these days, but Souvannasoth is still in Jacksonville, and Monday he will be the featured chef at Eleven South in Jacksonville Beach.

Souvannasoth will prepare a selection of his best dishes alongside favorites from Eleven South. Diners can order from a special a la carte menu that offers Thai as well as Eleven South options. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (904) 241-1112.

Old Siam closed in December, but Pom's San Marco restaurant has continued and is now called Thai Bistro. Incidentally, I tried to eat there a month ago with former Times-Union food editor Dan Macdonald. There were three diners outside and no hostess to be found inside or out. We gave up and ate at The Loop instead. Let me know if you've had better luck.

BEACH DINER EXPANDS TO MANDARIN

Veteran restaurateur Barry Adeeb has opened his third Beach Diner at 11362 San Jose Blvd. in Mandarin at Mandarin Road. Like his other locations on Atlantic Boulevard and in Ponte Vedra Beach, this eatery features a simple menu and a bright, clean "beachy" decor.

Although you'll find the greasy spoon fare you'd expect anywhere, Beach Diner offers a distinctive First Coast twist with items such as a Mayport shrimp and crab omelette topped with hollandaise sauce for $9.89. Or The AM Rider, with eggs, ham, peppers, onion, mushrooms and cheese in a pita for $7.59. You can also order fried catfish, eggs and grits for $8.99.

All three locations are open daily from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Adeeb opened his first location on Atlantic Boulevard in 1997. Four years after he opened that spot, he partnered with Stan Jordan, with whom he now co-owns all the Beach Diner locations.

The eatery opened in late spring when many restaurants were closing their doors. Adeeb concedes it's been a challenging time for restaurants, but he said the downturn has also created opportunity. In his case, he said he was able to find a prime location that would have been more challenging to land in better times. …

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