Here at EU Jacksonville, we want to spread the word about everything tasty here on the First Coast. We’ve talked to some of our area’s chefs about what they think you should order at their restaurants this season and why.
By Erin Thursby, EU Food Editor & Executive Director of GastroJax
(Riverside) Those who haven’t been to 13 Gypsies are missing out on some of the best food Jacksonville has to offer. In conversations with area chefs, 13 G comes up often as a place they like to indulge their palates whenever they have a day off. One taste of any of their artisan dishes, and you’ll know why. If it can be made by hand in the kitchen, they do. It’s a small place, with about seven tables, so we recommend a reservation, although I’ve had luck during the week, calling the night of and asking if they have any cancellations.
Chef Howard Kirk says that the dish you should be ordering is the Pappardelle Pasta Chorizo & Shrimp, because “you can taste the entire restaurant in one dish.” Chef Howard is passionate about handcrafting any charcuterie in the restaurant, so he contributes the flavorful chorizo sausage, and Chef Brian Moore makes all their pasta fresh by hand.
You can pair the dish with practically any beverage on their menu, since their wine and beer has all been specifically chosen to go well with all their flavors.