This week’s Blogger in the Spotlight is the one and only JeffEats.com, the South Florida restaurant review King of joints, dives and a few other places. With well over 1300 South Florida dining exposés JeffEats.com is the undisputed voice of quality affordable eating in South Florida. JeffEats.com actually became a lifeline of support for me a few years back when my parents did their stint as Snowbirds. I turned my Father onto Jeff’s site and gave him the task of finding the best joints within a 30 minute driving distance (one way) and have at it, this usually made for compelling conversation at the end of the day. Ah the life of a Snowbird! Thanks Jeff, you have been a lifesaver!
This Brooklyn, New York transplant has spent a lifetime either working for or eating in restaurants, so he definitely knows something of what he writes. JeffEats.com eats out 7 nights a week, not sure for how long this endeavor has been going on but I would venture to say for quite some time. The man is a riot his answers are quick, short and to the point, kind of like an attorney! But just like last week’s Blogger in the Spotlight, Bill Citara, JeffEats.com does not take himself too seriously, will not destroy someone’s livelihood for the sake of a post and above all recognizes the fact it’s just food, so sit down, be quiet and eat it! Blogger in the Spotlight readers, I present to you JeffEats.com
South Florida Food and Wine: How did you start food blogging/writing?
JeffEats.com: In early 2006 my 16 year old son Adam (who is a computer-wizard) came to me and said, “Dad, you eat in so many joints, I made you a food critic. You now have a blog where you can tell others about all of the places that you haunt.” That’s how it all started.
South Florida Food and Wine: Do you do anything else other than blog/write about food-wine-beverage?
JeffEats.com: I am a graduate of The Brooklyn Law School class of 1973. Over the past 37 years I have been involved as an attorney and business person with numerous fast food businesses and entertainment projects.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most challenging thing about blogging/writing?
JeffEats.com: Sounding witty and charming when describing a run of the mill pizza or diner joint.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the greatest opportunity that has come from blogging/writing for you?
JeffEats.com: I have received several offers to do full time radio shows. I am still undecided if that’s the route to take with JeffEats.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your most memorable blogging/writing moment?
JeffEats.com: That’s an easy one. A few months ago, I was in a restaurant named Pasta & in Margate. A table of 4 actually recognized me based on my JeffEats logo caricature and carried on as if I was Elvis. Now that’s scary.
South Florida Food and Wine: It’s your last day on earth, what would your final meal be?
JeffEats.com: My final meal would be, 2 slices & a large Coke, 4 egg rolls, 7 Dunkin’ Donuts glazed donuts, a 6″ veal parm sub, a rack of bbq beef ribs, Nathan’s French fries, and 2 Rolaids.
South Florida Food and Wine: What super-action-hero would you like to be and why?
JeffEats.com: I don’t particular care for seafood. That said, maybe your psychiatrist readers can figure out my fascination with Aquaman. I watch that show Entourage, so maybe you can see where I’m going with this!
South Florida Food and Wine: Do you have any wacky cooking habits?
JeffEats.com: I’m really not much of a cook. I will tell you, that one of my “specialties” is a toasted everything bagel with cream cheese and bacon. I also love cream cheese on Jimmy Dean’s pre-cooked breakfast sausage links.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the best food advice you have to share?
JeffEats.com: Decide for yourself. Most critics don’t know —-.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your one obsessive kitchen habit?
JeffEats.com: I love to eat standing up.
South Florida Food and Wine: If you could choose to be any food, what would it be?
JeffEats.com: A slice of pizza.
South Florida Food and Wine: If looked in your refrigerator, what would I find?
JeffEats.com: A lot of different foods with a strange spreading green color.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the one “staple” food you always have in your cupboard?
JeffEats.com: Twizzler Black Licorice Nibs.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your beverage of choice?
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your favorite comfort food?
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your culinary claim to fame?
JeffEats.com: My culinary claim to fame, is that my wife and I somehow manage to eat out almost 7 nights a week
South Florida Food and Wine: What is in your kitchen junk drawer?
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the best culinary gift you ever received?
JeffEats.com: Keep in mind; I’m not a cook or chef. That said, the best culinary gift that I ever received was a $1,000 worth of gift cards for Chick fil-A. I got a friend who owns a franchise.
South Florida Food and Wine: What kitchen chore do you dislike the most?
JeffEats.com: That’s a hard one. I think the hardest chore is opening the refrigerator. I’m not as strong as I use to be.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most exotic food you have ever eaten and where?
JeffEats.com: I once had pineapple on a pizza. Didn’t like it, so I’ve blocked “where” I had it from my memory. Pizza is dough, cheese, sauce–end of story. Maybe you do sausage or pepperoni, but that’s it.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most extravagant food or beverage item or culinary tool you spent money on?
JeffEats.com: I am a real simple eater. That’s what JeffEats is all about, finding great food in every day joints. I’m really not into extravagant “full of itself” food. Too me, you can’t beat 2 slices & a large Coke, or 2 Nathan’s hot dogs covered with mustard & sauerkraut with French fries and a large Coke.
South Florida Food and Wine: Where was the best meal you ever had and why?
JeffEats.com: That’s a tough one. Let’s go with Wong Kee Chinese Restaurant, 113 Mott Street, in NYC’s Chinatown. This joint made the best sweet & sour pork with fried wontons that I have ever tasted. Wong Kee isn’t around anymore, but from 1973-1991 I was a regular at twice a month.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most bizarre thing you have ever done with food?
JeffEats.com: We attorneys aren’t known for doing bizarre things with food. That said, I’m not looking to get disbarred here, so we’ll keep the answer a secret.
South Florida Food and Wine: If you could have dinner with anyone who would it be and why?
JeffEats.com: I’m going to assume that my wife Karen is going to read this, so KAREN would be the person. If we cut family out of this I think that George Washington would be the pick. I’d like his take on cherry pies.