Food + Drink

7 Burgeoning Trends of Jacksonville Dining

by JENNIFER EARNEST AND CHRISTOPHER IRVIN Just like in the world of fashion, food trends come and go. Some, like the shoulder pads of the 80s, have gratefully come and gone. When it comes to food, some trends go beyond being just “trendy.” These so-called trends actually develop and expand the fabric of our food scene into something better. The thing with trends is that they are all relative to whom you talk to– some people still dig shoulder pads, just as some people still believe vegans only eat salad.So, for the purpose of this article, we reached out to local …

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Eat Up Downtown

“Ate” years & counting The word restaurant comes from the French word restaurer, meaning to restore. This makes sense when you consider the first restaurants came about to serve weary travelers and offer nourishment during long journeys. In today’s busy world, we spend much of our social time staring at the screens of computers or smart phones. Dining out offers us face-to-face time with the people in our lives, from catching up with friends to celebrating milestones with loved ones. August is the perfect time to plan some restorative time with friends and family, thanks to Downtown’s annual dining promotion, …

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Envirofest at the Cummer

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is continuing its journey to artfully connect people and the environment by hosting on Saturday, August 9th. Envirofest is a free, eco-focused, family festival dedicated to bringing the arts and environment together to inspire all ages to have fun, creative, and healthy lifestyles. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the City of Jacksonville’s Environmental Protection Board, the Museum is able to offer the entire event free to the public, from 10am to 4pm. The day is packed full of exciting programing for both children and adults. The ,  and  are ready to help …

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Sidecar: San Marco’s New Craft Cocktail Destination

is the latest craft cocktail bar to open in the Jacksonville core, in a convenient location along Hendricks Avenue in the San Marco area. It is in the same building as , which is a Neapolitan-style pizza place. It also happens to be right up the street from . All in all, this area is beginning to hop with nightlife possibilities. Sidecar is the literal dark side of the building it shares with V Pizza, with its half painted in a dark gray with a black awning and a small wooden sign. The space itself is surprisingly large, with a …

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Flying Iguana: Unexpected Latin flavors worth the drive to the Beach

Living on the Westside, it’s difficult to draw me out to our beaches, but  is a restaurant that fits both my criteria for a drive to the Beaches: excellent food, and you can’t get anything like it in Jacksonville proper. You’ll find the Flying Iguana at the Beaches Town Center, a little strip that’s split down the middle between Atlantic and Neptune Beaches. The area is a bit of a culinary oasis, with lots of variation in dining choices. It’s located where the old Sundog Diner used to be. The floor plan is far more open than it was before …

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River Ruckus 2014

715 Riverside Drive, July 5th at 10am – 9pm www.riversideartsmarket.com  and the are partnering to host River Ruckus on Saturday, July 5, under the .  is a family festival that shows Jacksonville our River provides more than just a scenic view. The river is also a recreational asset for enjoyment and exploration. The day’s events include a flotilla, celebrity jump, fishing clinic, SUP board lessons, kids crafts, live music, SweetWater Brewing Co. craft beer, plus all the great art, crafts, and produce that the Riverside Arts Market offers each Saturday. The St. Johns River in the downtown area is full of …

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2nd Annual Community First Seawalk Music Festival

There are so many reasons to love where we live, and the 2nd Annual  celebrates them in abundance. The event is held from noon to 10pm on June 14th at the  in Jacksonville Beach. The free festival spotlights local food vendors, artists and culture with an eclectic collection of the area’s top musicians, including , , , , , , , , and . With such a feel-good menu of reggae, funk, bluegrass, southern rock and blues, festival organizers are hoping to introduce up-and-coming local artists to a wider audience. “This year we will present a very eclectic lineup of …

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boating to the Zoo

The Trout River flows past the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens just before joining the  on its way to the . Being located on the river’s edge provides unique opportunities for educational river experiences not found at most zoos. Visitors can arrive via water and enjoy exhibits, educational displays, and events along the river; soon the zoo will feature a manatee rescue center. Here are some more of the great things about having a riverfront zoo.Paddle to the Zoo  Did you know that you can access the Jacksonville Zoo from the water? Arrive in style to the Jacksonville Zoo via the …

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Hawkers restaurant – a great location, a cool factor, and good food

hawkers pad thai

After months of watching the build out, followed by a ton of social media chatter, I was very interested in checking out  for myself. After hearing so many good things about it, I was a little worried I was being set up for disappointment. However, luckily for me, it turned out to be a pretty perfect first date–from vibe to food to price. Hawkers has tapped into the three essential elements for success: a great location, a cool factor, and good food. It is perfectly situated on the corner of Park and Post, serving to expand the 5 Points dining …

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What’s Brewing? May 2014

Call your significant other NOW! May is National Date Your Mate Month. Deciding exactly where to go may be a little daunting. The Greater Jacksonville area has a lot going on and plenty of places to take your mate during this month. May 13 Brewer’s Pizza (Orange Park) Barrel-aged beers and Kentucky Bourbon Stout Release – 5 pm to close May 14 Engine 15 Brewing Company (Jax Beach) He’brew, the Chosen Beer Pint Night – 4 to 7pm May 16 Zeta (Jax Beach) Pint Night – 6 to 9 pm May 26 Engine 15 Brewing Company (Jax Beach) New Brewery …

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