Take out the toothpick and hold on tight, as it's challenging to dip the sandwich into the small bowl of jus. But it's worth the effort, as the gravy is beefy and slightly peppery and helps meld together all of the sandwich's contents into manageable bites, with the pungent flavors of the brie and mustard punching through and providing pleasure.
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Dessert and a show. That's what's on tap at a dessert destination with the quirky name of Three F(x) Ice Cream & Waffles in Jacksonville, Florida. The three "F"s are "fresh" for coffee, "fruits" for ice cream, and "fun treats" for waffles. The best part of the show? The taiyaki, a pancake-like sandwich in the shape of a fish.
Editor's note: Occasionally what looks at first glance to be a conventional guidebook transcends the genre in surprising ways. John T. Edge's Southern Belly is just such a read, which is why I'm pleased that he has allowed us to excerpt selected items from it on Serious Eats, where they appear every other week. —Ed Levine By John T. Edge | The Sheik on North Main Street, in business since the 1970s, is one of the six fast-food shops in a Jacksonville chain. Like the unaffiliated Desert Rider downtown and Desert Sand on Beach Boulevard, they serve sandwiches—club, ham and cheese, bacon and egg, that sort of thing—tucked into pita bread. By my count, a couple dozen or more sandwich...