After filling my gas tank countless times at the Daily’s station near my house, I finally stopped in for breakfast and lunch — and was pleasantly surprised at the quality, selection and freshness of fast-casual Dash’s made-to-order food. I can now get a kale salad and cold-brew coffee inside my gas station. Variety aside, price and convenience are additional selling points.
Menus are on overhead screens. Order at an easy-to-follow, self-service kiosk. To test the breadth of Dash’s selections, I ordered a salad, soup of the day and a few sandwiches. I loved the deli sandwiches and the high quality meats — free of nitrates, gluten, hormones, antibiotics and binders. The Boss ($6.99) was one of my favorites: a fresh baguette, toasted and sliced, then piled high with enticing oven-roasted roast beef, muenster cheese, roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions and a spicy Dash sauce. (Tip: those avoiding gluten or with Celiac disease can opt for gluten-free bread.)
A spin off the original club, Dash’s hearty ‘The No Ordinary Club”($6.49) features oven-roasted chicken instead of turkey, plus slices of avocado, bacon, lettuce, tomato and spicy mayo on multi-grain toast. Pair it with a bag of chips (prices vary), or 12-ounce cup of soup ($1.99) to make it a meal. I had the corn chowder, which was creamy and comforting and served with crackers.
Dash also serves up flatbreads and melts. My pressed BBQ chicken flatbread ($6.49) had a mix of jack and cheddar cheese, crisp bacon, iceberg lettuce, tomato and ranch dressing. Though good, it didn’t wow me like The Boss and Club did.
My “Power Salad” ($5.99) was an abundant portion of healthy kale and spinach, topped with dried cranberries, toasted almonds, grapes, diced red apples, feta cheese crumbles and a light, raspberry walnut vinaigrette. I enjoyed the salad and am eager to try the chicken salad or possibly the Asian grilled chicken salad next time.
Breakfast starts at 6 a.m. (7 a.m. Sunday), with full barista coffee service. I loved my “piled high” breakfast sandwich ($2.79), and see many more in my future: crispy bacon, melted American cheese and a farm-fresh egg on a warm, fluffy biscuit. These too are customizable, so if you prefer a different cheese or prefer sausage to bacon, those are easy swaps.
The cinnamon “cinnayum” roll ($1.99), warmed and glazed to order, is a tasty treat worth pairing with one of Dash’s specialty coffees. From regular to decaf, and caramel macchiatos to lattes, nitro cold brew and blended beverages, options abound. The caramel dream ($3.25) was a sweet mix of brewed coffee, caramel syrup, milk and ice, blended and topped with whipped cream and caramel drizzle.
Also chilled are Dash’s dairy-free smoothies blended with fresh fruit puree and ice. They’re refreshing as the temperatures outside rise.
With 18 locations around Jacksonville, and a Dash food truck and 19th brick-and-mortar location opening in July, there are plenty of convenient opportunities to grab your next meal on the go.
Caron Streibich is an avid food-lover who reviews restaurants every other week in the Dining section. Follow her dining adventures at facebook.com/caroneats and #caroneats on Instagram.