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Foodie File: Out by the City Limits

DOING WHAT HE LOVES — Jim Knight, the owner of City Limits Taproom, drinks one of his favorite brews in front of the taps and flat-screen televisions at his sports bar in DeLand. City Limits has been open for more than two years, and Jim has made plenty of renovations and really turned the building into a beautiful venue. 

DOING WHAT HE LOVES — Jim Knight, the owner of City Limits Taproom, drinks one of his favorite brews in front of the taps and flat-screen televisions at his sports bar in DeLand. City Limits has been open for more than two years, and Jim has made plenty of renovations and really turned the building into a beautiful venue. 

VIEW FROM THE FRONT — City Limits Taproom sits on U.S. Highway 17 in northern DeLand, near the community of DeLeon Springs, where Jim Knight remodeled the former home of H2 Bar two years ago. Stop in for an ice-cold beer and a deliciously crafted sandwich.

VIEW FROM THE FRONT — City Limits Taproom sits on U.S. Highway 17 in northern DeLand, near the community of DeLeon Springs, where Jim Knight remodeled the former home of H2 Bar two years ago. Stop in for an ice-cold beer and a deliciously crafted sandwich.

DONORS’ DRAFT BOARD — In the early days of City Limits Taproom, owner Jim Knight created a Kickstarter fund drive to get his system of draft beers up and running. Those who donate get to pick their favorite beer and have it on draft every time they visit. The donors get their first beer free, and always know their favorite beer will be available when they come in. It's a different kind of draft board, for sure.

DONORS’ DRAFT BOARD — In the early days of City Limits Taproom, owner Jim Knight created a Kickstarter fund drive to get his system of draft beers up and running. Those who donate get to pick their favorite beer and have it on draft every time they visit. The donors get their first beer free, and always know their favorite beer will be available when they come in. It's a different kind of draft board, for sure.

FLAVOR-PACKED GRILLED CHEESE — Beacon reporter Ryan Rougeux shows off one of his personal favorite menu items at City Limits Taproom: a sandwich made with chipotle Gouda and havarti cheeses, melted with tomato, bacon, cilantro, and lime juice on five-grain sourdough bread. It’s a foodie's grilled-cheese dream.

FLAVOR-PACKED GRILLED CHEESE — Beacon reporter Ryan Rougeux shows off one of his personal favorite menu items at City Limits Taproom: a sandwich made with chipotle Gouda and havarti cheeses, melted with tomato, bacon, cilantro, and lime juice on five-grain sourdough bread. It’s a foodie's grilled-cheese dream.

Taproom offers craft sandwiches, sports and, of course, beer

On Sept. 11, 2015, Jim Knight opened City Limits Taproom at 2620 N. Woodland Blvd., in the area where northern DeLand segues into DeLeon Springs.

Born and raised in DeLand, Knight learned the hospitality industry starting at age 15 as a dishwasher at JC’s Lobster Pot. He moved up through the industry, becoming a manager of local bars and restaurants, and, eventually, an owner.

When I pulled into the gravel parking lot at City Limits, I saw the large brown cottage-style building with a bright white sign that includes a tap handle — letting you know beer is the star of the establishment.

Inside is a comfortable, nicely kept sports bar. 

On the right are a classic pool table and high-top tables, where you can hang out with friends. On the left is the main bar, with more than 23 flat-screen TVs hanging on the wall, a dartboard, and a TouchTunes jukebox for playing your favorite hits.

Knight previously co-owned The Grotto in Downtown DeLand, which was known for its tasty sandwiches. So when I was alerted, a little over a month ago, that City Limits Taproom had started selling food, I was inspired to check out what Jim would be offering at his new place.

Jim already knew what he would be making me.

“Today I’m going to make you the City Limits Cuban and my famous grilled cheese,” he stated with confidence.

While waiting for my sandwiches and sipping on a soda, I watched one of City Limits’ many TVs, which show a variety of sports.

“We have NFL Sunday Ticket, PPV Fights, MLB Extra Innings, and have live entertainment as well,” Knight explained to me while preparing my food.

City Limits features Boar’s Head meats and other quality ingredients, and also sells a variety of snacks to accompany your favorite beer or wine.

The grilled-cheese is far from ordinary, as it’s concocted with chipotle Gouda cheese, havarti cheese, tomato, bacon, cilantro, and lime juice, on five-grain sourdough bread. 

It’s creamy on the inside, with a crispy-textured crunch on the outside, creating a perfect balance. You’ll find different flavors popping at different times while you eat.

The Cuban was spectacular as well, and all sandwiches are served with a dill-pickle spear.

City Limits’ other sandwiches include a Reuben, a French dip, and the “No Limit,” featuring corned beef, pastrami, blue cheese and sauerkraut on marbled rye.

Knight recently renovated the back patio, creating a fresh new deck and a large space for special events and live music.

City Limits Taproom is a great place to enjoy delicious beer and craft sandwiches while you watch your favorite sports.

— Ryan Rougeux, info@beacononlinenews.com


CITY LIMITS TAPROOM

Location: 2620 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand

Cuisine: Craft sandwiches and snacks

Hours: 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday, and noon-2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

Signature drink: Craft beers

Price range: $1-$10

Kid-friendly: During the day

Pet-friendly: On patio

Limited diets: Vegetarian options available

Seating: Indoor, outdoor, covered patio and bar

Our bill for two sandwiches and a soda: $17.05 plus $5 tip

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