Food + Drink

  • Cataluna Jax 

      Words by Amiyah Golden    I am a proud self-proclaimed foodie — through and through — bu…

  • Bite by Bite — June

    Arlington  Cajun Crab Juice Seafood & Bar Jax cajuncrabjax.com   Cliff’s Bar & Grill cl…

  • Gas Station Heroin

      Words and Photos by Amiyah Golden    Half-full Chipotle Bowls. A Non-Existent Work-Life Balan…

  • Snaccident: Doughnuts and Tater Tots

     Words by Ernest Matthews A snack is generally described as a small food item eaten in between meals…

  • Bite by Bite

    Arlington  Cliff’s Bar & Grill cliffsbarandgrill.com   Fancy Sushi & Grill Japanese Res…

Bite by Bite

Arlington  Cliff’s Bar & Grill cliffsbarandgrill.com   Fancy Sushi & Grill Japanese Restaurant fancysushiandgrill.com   Fuji Sushi  fujisushi-fl.com   The Good Place Nutrition facebook.com/thegoodplacenutrition   Grinders American Diner grindersamdiner.com   La Palmerita orderlapalmerita.com   Rice + Noodles Korean Restaurant riceandnoodles.net   Seven Wonders Restaurant 7wondersbakery.com   Southern Coast Seafood southerncoastseafood.com   Tabouleh Cafe taboulehcafe.com   Thai & Lao Bistro thaiandlaobistro.com   Beaches/Intracoastal West ABBQ  abbqmeatdrink.com   Anejo anejococinamexicana.com   Angie’s Subs facebook.com/angiessubs   Aqua Grill aquagrill.net   Azurea at One Ocean azurearestaurant.com   Barbara Jean’s on the Water barbarajeansonthewater.com   Caffe Andiamo caffeandiamo.com   Cantina Louie cantinalouie.com   Coop 303 …

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The amateur’s guide to a wine and chip pairing

Words by Mallory Pace WATCH THE FULL VIDEO HERE Another TikTok trend has infiltrated my mind and bank account. But this one especially piqued my interest because it involves my two favorite things in the whole world. You’ve heard of cheese and wine. You’ve heard of meat and wine. I’d like to introduce a new snack to add to your charcuterie board and wine nights … chips. I personally love nothing more than a glass of chilled chardonnay and a good chip. Truly nothing. So when I discovered certain chips pair especially well with certain wines, I was hooked. Therefore, …

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The Hunt for the Best Ramen in Jacksonville 

Words by Carmen Macri and Ambar Ramirez    Kyuramen Tucked away on the corner of Old Baymeadows and Southside, walking into Kyuramen is like walking straight into Tokyo. It is likely one of the only authentic feeling ramen shops in Jacksonville. The skin of the restaurant does little to show the gem that is hidden inside, however.    It’s precisely what you’d envision in a classic Japanese ramen establishment. To achieve the utmost authenticity, the owner made multiple trips to Japan to refine his business. The interior features private booths with curtains, is adorned with traditional red lanterns and has …

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 Raising the Bar: Hardwicks

Words by Kelila Ritchie   “Refreshing, welcoming and different.”   These are three words Sarah Merritt used to describe her new gig as a bartender at Hardwicks Bar. Located in the Elbow District Downtown (in the old London Bridge space), Hardwicks is the perfect place to go if you want to feel like you’re in an ’80s film with disco balls and strobe lights. And with a full liquor bar, beer, wine, seltzer, cocktails and shots are all on the menu.   My favorite thing, for sure, about this establishment is the freedom it holds. It’s a place where people …

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Pesca Vilano

Words by Jessica Walton The latest addition to North Florida’s fine dining landscape is a feast for the eyes as well as the belly. Located inside the modern, beachside Hyatt Place St. Augustine/Vilano Beach, Pesca Vilano focuses on “globally inspired coastal cuisine with bold Latin flavors and fresh from Florida ingredients.” Chef Michael Lugo combines his Puerto Rican heritage and love of seafood (“pesca” is Spanish for “fishing”) in a gorgeous space with an almost 360-degree view of St. Augustine and Vilano Beach. Not surprising, the menu is heavy on seafood with entrees including whole roasted snapper, Chilean sea bass …

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Korean Food for the Soul

Words by Su Ertekin-Taner   When I search for spaces to occupy, I search for untrodden spaces. That is not to say I don’t traverse or find myself in well-trafficked places, I just prefer those less-trafficked. Spaces uncharted or else well-charted but hidden. Places not at the center or the crossroads but in the peripheries. I search for the somewhat inconvenient places because there is little reward in the convenient.   I approach my restaurant search process in this way, trying to find a recess from large food outlets and plazas that become congested with patrons. This Monday my search …

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Speakeasy Scavenger Hunt

By Ambar Ramirez Admit it. When a friend tells you they have something to say to you, something that you can’t tell anybody, you feel piqued, eager and dare I say … excited. There’s something about secrecy that activates some sort of primal reaction. Which begs the question, why are secrets so fun? Is it a sense of pride that your friend trusted you with some vital information? Or is it that with secrecy comes this unspoken role, that you are some undercover spy having to be very careful with what you say and do? I think, and maybe it’s …

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Table for One

 by Ernest Matthews   In my current period of life I often find myself thinking about how quickly the world is moving around us. Days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months before we can even process the first second. Every moment sprints to the next, and it’s not always pretty. Many times life moves like a kindergarten relay race; lots of falling, stumbling and occasionally going in the wrong direction entirely. This kind of chaos can also define a dining experience, sometimes with disastrous results. I could share a story of disaster, but instead I choose a story …

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The Hunt: The Best Espresso Martini in Town

By Ambar Ramirez & Carmen Macri   It is the perfect pick-me-up. The best dessert drink. Pairs incredibly with just about anything. If you’re like us, one is never enough.    The Volstead: 4/5 Tucked away on Adams Street between a row of businesses is the moody speakeasy Volstead. Walking through what looks like an old barber shop and red velvet curtains, we were met with a dimly lit and surprisingly full bar. The lovely Alexandra greeted us and as soon as we mentioned we needed two espresso martinis, she said we were in for a treat as she won …

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Raising The Bar: Michael Fox

By Ambar Ramirez   Not all heroes wear capes. In fact, my favorite type of hero is the one who pours a strong one and doesn’t ask questions. And no, I’m not an alcoholic, just a 23-year-old facing the brutal reality of adulthood. Anyway, this story isn’t about me — it’s about Michael Fox.   Fox started bartending by bar backing at the Top Golf in St. Johns Town Center. While bar backing, Fox was able to get a glimpse of the inner workings of a bar and what being a bartender is like. From there, he worked his way …

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