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 Camel Rider sandwiches - Jacksonville FLA

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ken8038

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Camel Rider sandwiches - Jacksonville FLA Wed, 08/1/12 9:01 AM (permalink)
Interesting article in today's NY Times about a type of local sandwich popular in Jacksonville FLA that I never before read or heard a thing about, in spite of all the books and TV shows out there about local and regional sandwiches:
 
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/01/dining/in-jacksonville-camel-rider-sandwiches-are-ubiquitous.html?ref=todayspaper
 
 
 
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    brisketboy

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    Re:Camel Rider sandwiches - Jacksonville FLA Wed, 08/1/12 9:27 AM (permalink)
    I often frequent the Jax Mayport area and I swear I have never seen any of these places. Guess I'm going to have to seek one out and give this a try.
     
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      kevincad

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      Re:Camel Rider sandwiches - Jacksonville FLA Wed, 08/1/12 9:50 AM (permalink)
      brisketboy


      I often frequent the Jax Mayport area and I swear I have never seen any of these places. Guess I'm going to have to seek one out and give this a try.

      Same here, I've spent quite a bit of time there and never heard of them.
       
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        plb

        Re:Camel Rider sandwiches - Jacksonville FLA Wed, 08/1/12 12:27 PM (permalink)
        This is from a pre-Roadfood travel food book I use called "The Best Places to Eat in America."
        "With one of the largest Middle Eastern populations in the US, Jacksonville has tribes of sandwich shops featuring "Riders," aka "Desert Riders."  Hot steak-in-a-sack affairs (strip of beef fried peppery with onions, and mildly spices, heaped into pita pockets). 
        They list The Sheik restaurants as well as The Goal Post Sandwich Shop.
         
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          whatnameisnottaken

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          Re:Camel Rider sandwiches - Jacksonville FLA Wed, 08/1/12 7:48 PM (permalink)
          I grew up in Jax in the 70s and remember the camel rider sandwiches quite well. We even had them served at our school. I was just about to write "And always with a cherry limeade" and then read the article and there you have it :)
           
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            Large Man

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            Re:Camel Rider sandwiches - Jacksonville FLA Wed, 08/1/12 8:28 PM (permalink)
            Gre up in Jville and love Camel Riders.  The Shiek is ok but they are not the best.  Whiteway deli is great.  My favorite used to be at The Nile Sandwich Shop on 103rd St. but it is long gone.  Think of a hoagie in a pita instead of a hoagie roll with mayo, oil and vinegar, a pepper, lettuce and tomato.  Oh the pitas are begger, fresh and thicker than the store bought variety.  Most of these placed serve a killer cherry limeade.
             
             
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              bigd

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              Re:Camel Rider sandwiches - Jacksonville FLA Wed, 01/9/13 8:53 PM (permalink)
              I lived in JAX for 12 years and these sandwiches are unremarkable. Typically served on cold pita with bad cold cuts. No interesting sauces or even decent tsezeke ( sp?). It is hard to find a decent gyro or chicken schwarma. Jacksonville is and always will be a food desert.
               
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                badbyron722

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                Re:Camel Rider sandwiches - Jacksonville FLA Sun, 01/20/13 4:30 PM (permalink)
                I"ll pass.
                 
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