Erin Thursby

CuliVino – Local Chef Tom Gray Offering Product Line at Local Markets

Campanelle pasta, Arrabiata sauce, both made right here in Jacksonville by a master Chef and his team right here in Jacksonville are waiting for you at Native Sun Kitchen + Market in Jacksonville Beach. Going out in the age of Corona hasn’t been as much of an option, and a lot of us are cooking at home. To support those safe decisions, for a lot of restaurateurs that means doing something differently, from online cooking classes to more convenient take-out. That’s why you can find CuliVino’s line of sauces, pizza kits, pasta and more– straight from  Chef Tom Gray’s kitchen …

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#EatUpJax: Restaurant Openings, Closings, and New Locations

#EATUPJAX is a monthly column featuring restaurant openings, closings, new locations and other food news in the local Jacksonville food scene brought to you by GastroJax, Inc. Native Sun, Bread & Board, Pizza Cave and Pizza Vending Machine We were all sad to hear that our home-grown, green-conscious grocer Native Sun, shuttered their locations in August 2019. There’s some good news on that front, but first, a little on our grocery store situation and their history. Opening in the 19997, Native Sun filled a need–namely the desire for an organic, sustainable, large-scale grocer, and this being sprawling Jacksonville, they had …

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#EATUPJAX: January Restaurant Openings, Closings, and New Locations, Midtown Table

#EATUPJAX: January Restaurant Openings, Closings, and New Locations

We’ve written about closing his restaurant, and assured you that your gift cards could be spent at his restaurant, . That WAS true, for a few months, but it isn’t true any more. Seems that Kenny Gilbert is pulling up stakes entirely and moving on from the First Coast to North Carolina. He opened the Fernandina restaurant in 2015. Over the holidays in St. Nicholas, a drunk driver plowed into the neighborhood watering hole . Nobody was hurt and business resumed the next day! In early December, the of Jacksonville let it be known that they had bought the old …

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Ida Claire open at the St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville, Florida, Blueberry Waffle, #EATUPJAX: November Restaurant Openings, Closings, and New Locations in the Local Jacksonville Food Scene

#EATUPJAX: November Restaurant Openings, Closings, and New Locations

#EATUPJAX is a monthly column featuring restaurant openings, closings, new locations and other food news in the local Jacksonville food scene brought to you by   on the is now closed. If you still have gift cards or turkey orders, they will be honored at ’s restaurant, Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen.  Craving some vegan and gluten-free? This November, coming to 311 West Ashley Street near the Duval County courthouse in , is Grenville Kitchen. They’ll be serving pastries, soups, salads, and Caribbean-inspired cuisine. The most intriguing of their selections: the voxtail, a vegan version of an oxtail.  The super-swanky Downtown eatery, , …

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10/Six Grille, #EATUPJAX: October Restaurant Openings, Closings, and New Locations in the Local Jacksonville Food Scene

#EATUPJAX: October Restaurant Openings, Closings, and New Locations in the Local Jacksonville Food Scene

Can I say I’m stoked about the decor of a restaurant? The building was briefly home to MLG after moved out. They drained all the color out of the place, opting for stark black and white instead. They tried being whimsical with menu item names, but it just didn’t work. I think the color has to be coming back with the 10/Six Grille, an Alice in Wonderland-themed restaurant. Best of all, they aren’t going Disney with it, sticking instead to the original inspiration of the actual source material which is trippy enough that I think the fun will be back. …

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#EATUPJAX: Restaurant Openings, Closings, and New Locations in the Local Jacksonville Food Scene, JaxMinerva

#EATUPJAX: Restaurant Openings, Closings, and New Locations in the Local Jacksonville Food Scene

Long-time Italian chef and restaurant owner Jerry Moran recently did a good deed for a dying man. His New York-style cheesecake has many fans, and when a customer learned that a terminal man in asked for NY cheesecake, they asked Moran if he could help. Moran hand-delivered the cheesecake to the hospital. His restaurant, , was located Downtown for many years but made the move to on Edgewood Avenue, a couple of years ago. The owners of  in are making use of the space next door, which used to be Pure Barre, by converting into a secondary restaurant space, this …

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1748 Bakehouse in Springfield, #EATUPJAX: Openings, Closings, and New Locations in the Local Jacksonville Food Scene

#EATUPJAX: Restaurant Openings, Closings, and New Locations in the Local Jacksonville Food Scene

#EATUPJAX: Local Food News From the Folks at   is open at the Markets at Town Center, which is just south of the . The grocery chain, based out of Phoenix, provides shoppers with an organic and healthsome selection. This is their first in the Jacksonville area, but there are plans to open up a second on Beach Boulevard.  We’ve had quite a spate of specialty grocers opening in the Jacksonville area, places like Sprouts, something that the owners of  cites as the reason they’ll be closing all three of their locations. opened the first Native Sun here in Jacksonville …

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Palms Fish Camp, waterfront deck, Water View Dining Around Jacksonville, The Beaches, and St. Augustine

Water View Dining Around Jacksonville, The Beaches, and St. Augustine

The First Coast doesn’t lack for food and drink with a view, specifically a water view. Here’s a rundown of a few of the places you can find with varying water vistas. For a view of the St. Johns River and , there are two places you might try: the River City Brewing Company (835 Museum Cir, Jacksonville, 398-2299) and Charthouse (1501 Riverplace Blvd, Jacksonville, 398-3353). If you go to the Charthouse for the view, it’s a good idea to come during happy hour for bar snacks. Prices are exceptionally high on their dinner menu. River City Brewing Company is more …

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Buchner's Bierhalle, Murray Hill, Jacksonville, Florida, German Bar, Jason Grimes, Photo by Charlie Shuck

#EATUPJAX: New Restaurants and Hangouts To Checkout Around Jacksonville This Summer

Seafood-hungry denizens of now have a new place to dine: Whispers Oyster Bar & Crabs at 331 W. Forsyth Street. Carribean and Southern dishes are on offer with decently priced specials such as their $12.99 junior crab in a bag, $10.99 shrimp pasta, $9.99 jerk pasta, $5 wings and $7 shrimp baskets. Expect southern sides like collards and classic mac & cheese to round out the selections. Those who work in the area will be glad of the 10% discount offered to government employees and Downtown businesses. Open every day 11:30am-11pm, with happy hour 5-9 pm. Jacksonville showed up in …

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Bellwether Restaurant in Downtown Jacksonville, Catch of the day- Flounder, coconut jasmine rice, baby bok choy, oyster mushroom, house kimchi, thai broth, Photo by Nate Mayo

Jacksonville Restaurants: Downtown Dining

Downtown dining keeps getting more and more tasty. This month we’ve picked three restaurants you should try if you happen to be in ! Gili’s Kitchen Catering & Bakery 126 W Adams St # 102, (904) 475-1400, giliskitchen.com Even with the wide variety of cuisines in Jacksonville, finding Kosher in our fair city is more difficult than you’d expect. Chef Gili owned a catering company in Israel before teaming up with Ricki Ben Simon to form . While they serve up traditional Jewish fare, especially when it comes to catering events, their menu is surprisingly international, with Vietnamese-inspired items alongside …

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