Keep Calm and Eat at Gilbert’s Social

I love Gilbert’s. I hate driving. That being said, my friend Kristen and I gladly took at least eight road trips to Amelia Island just to eat at Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen. That’s just how damn good it is. I’ve made an appearance there many times: whether it be for brunch, lunch, dinner, or a Yelp Elite event. Chef Kenny Gilbert, the Head Chef of Gilbert’s Social, was once even nice enough to make a special, five-course menu for my birthday dinner earlier this year. So when I got word that he was opening a new restaurant in Jacksonville, my stomach lit up. It’s crazy to see how fast they were able to get the restaurant up and running. They started from the bottom at the beginning of August, and will open their doors for the first time later this month, on August 30th.

Gilbert's Social, Low Country Boil, Photo by Nate Mayo, Kenny Gilbert, EU Jacksonville, Natedoesfood, Nomnomjax, #eatupjax, #nomnomjax, #natedoesfood
Gilbert’s Social version of a Low Country Boil, Photo by Nate Mayo

“Modern and traditional southern cuisine with international influences.”

For those who are unfamiliar, Chef Kenny was on Top Chef: Season 7. Since then, he’s won Cutthroat Kitchen, beat Bobby Flay, and has made appearances numerous times on The Food Network. And for good reason. The food. I asked Chef Kenny: “How would you describe the type of food you serve at Gilbert’s Social?” He replied, simply stating: “Modern and traditional southern cuisine with international influences.”

I got to sneak in for a photo, video shoot, tasting of the whole menu, and for an invitational dinner before they opened the doors. All I gotta say, is RAMEN. Southern ramen, to be exact. This has to be the best $12 you could possibly spend: smoked ham hock shoyu broth, ginger, bonito flakes, mirin, soy, kombu, smoked pulled pork, kale, nori, roasted shiitake, oyster, and crimini mushrooms, benne seeds, 63-degree egg, house-made jalapeño shrimp cake and egg noodles. Did you get all that? No shortcuts, all love. Chef Kenny says that this delight is planned to only be served at lunch at the moment. I told him to get this on the dinner menu ASAP because people will be asking for it. I’ll handily put it against any ramen in Jacksonville.

Gilbert's Social, ramen, Photo by Kristen Penoyer, Kenny Gilbert, EU Jacksonville, Natedoesfood, Nomnomjax, #eatupjax, #nomnomjax, #natedoesfood
Gilbert’s Social Ramen, Photo by Kristen Penoyer

Other favorites include:

Brisket Duo

Gilbert's Social, Brisket, Photo by Nate Mayo, Kenny Gilbert, EU Jacksonville, Natedoesfood, Nomnomjax, #eatupjax, #nomnomjax, #natedoesfood
Gilbert’s Social Brisket Duo, Photo by Nate Mayo

Wild Boar Ham Toast

Gilbert's Social, Wild Boar Ham Toast, Photo by Nate Mayo, Kenny Gilbert, EU Jacksonville, Natedoesfood, Nomnomjax, #eatupjax, #nomnomjax, #natedoesfood
Gilbert’s Social Wild Boar Ham Toast, Photo by Nate Mayo
Gilbert's Social, Sauces, Photo by Nate Mayo, Kenny Gilbert, EU Jacksonville, Natedoesfood, Nomnomjax, #eatupjax, #nomnomjax, #natedoesfood
Gilbert’s Social Sauces, Photo by Nate Mayo

Sauces for days

FL Citrus Mop, SC Mustard, Tomato Molasses, Alabama White, Hot Tomato Molasses, Hot Mustard, Datil Pepper Hot Sauce, Datil Pepper Remoulade, and Half and Half BBQ Sauce.

Grilled Marinated Okra

Don’t want to eat meat? Order the Grilled Marinated Okra: Roasted garlic, sun dried tomatoes, collard green curry, Jasmine Rice. Or the kale salad

Gilbert's Social, Grilled Marinated Okra, Photo by Nate Mayo, Kenny Gilbert, EU Jacksonville, Natedoesfood, Nomnomjax, #eatupjax, #nomnomjax, #natedoesfood
Gilbert’s Social Grilled Marinated Okra, Photo by Nate Mayo

Gilbert’s Social is on the Southside located north of the Tinseltown movie theaters and right across the street just before Blue Bamboo. It’s bright orange for pete’s sake, you can’t miss it! The doors will open for the first time Tuesday, August 30th. The resto only seats 52 people and has an open kitchen. Make your reservations now, because, trust me, there is going to be a line. http://www.gilbertssocial.co Instagram – Gilberts_Social

Kenny Gilbert and Nate Mayo, Gilbert's Social, ramen, Photo by Kristen Penoyer, Kenny Gilbert, EU Jacksonville, Natedoesfood, Nomnomjax, #eatupjax, #nomnomjax, #natedoesfood
Kenny Gilbert and Nate Mayo, aka Natedoesfood, Photo by Kristen Penoyer

Hours of operation:

Sunday 11-2 for Lunch
Monday – Closed
Tuesday 11-2 for Lunch / 5-9 for dinner
Wednesday 11-2 for Lunch/ 5-9 for dinner
Thursday 11-2 for Lunch/ 5-9 for dinner
Friday 11-2 for Lunch/ 5-9 for dinner
Saturday 11-2 for Lunch/ 5-9 for dinner

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