Food + Drink

Tuptim Thai restaurant review

by Erin Thursby It’s clear that Tuptim Thai has quickly become a neighborhood favorite. I’m always on the hunt for genuine Thai, so I was glad to find this restaurant right in my neighborhood. Tuptim, like some of the best restaurants, is in a strip mall. It’s on Roosevelt, not far from our Lakeshore digs. Once inside, there’s an upscale Thai atmosphere but the prices are mid-range, about $10-15 for an entree. I could smell the pungent aroma of just a little fish sauce punching through the other aromas of my husband’s pad thai. Ah! The real deal! My pad …

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Roy's Charity Dinner and Anniversary

by Erin Thursby On the First Coast holding a tasteful evening for a good cause is something of an art. At Roy’s in Jacksonville Beach, they’ve got that art down to a science. The Monique Burr Foundation for Children held its annual fund raising event, “A Night in the Village,” at Roy’s Restaurant. The dress was beach elegant, the bar was open and the food was superb. Heavy hor d’oeuvres were the order of the evening. Butterfish flaked off my fork, slathered in a complementary pan-Asian sauce. We dined on perfectly fresh seared tuna, drank superb cocktails and finished things …

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Edible Shopping

by Erin Thursby This Earth Day, I decided to do something different. Anthropolgie was holding a class on container gardening. Since many of the places in my yard are shady, moveable container gardens are the way to go for me. Anything can serve as a container garden. I was nervous about using a series of tiered ceramic bowls I bought a while back because they didn’t have drain holes. But, as long as you don’t over water, you can even use things without holes in the bottom. Large coffee cups, bowls, even the proverbial old boot can be used. Just …

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Dinner at the Alhambra

With all the changes at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre, we thought a review of their food and new décor was in order. Dinner has improved, with Matthew Medure on board designing the menu. The Alhambra has been in a fixture in Jacksonville community for over 40 years. In ’84 it was bought by Tod Booth, who continued the proud tradition. By the late 2000s, Booth was relying heavily on out-of-town tickets, mainly from the Red Hat Society and other social clubs. But when the recession hit, this group shrunk considerably. The Alhambra was close to closing at the end of …

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a meal by any other name

photo: Bill Poland by erin thursby Downtown delis are the food of choice for most of the office workers in the area, but if you’re searching for something with a bit more swank, popping inside a Downtown hotel might be the way to go. The Omni Hotel, just across from the Times-Union Center of the Performing Arts, houses Juliette’s Restaurant and Bistro. If you haven’t been there in a few years, now might be the time to check it out, as they have changed the staff and management considerably. Executive Chef Greg Wright, who creates their fresh and seasonal menu, …

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sam won garden restaurant

by oliver dodd With only two authentic restaurants, Korean cuisine is criminally under-represented and under-appreciated in Jacksonville’s food scene. While it doesn’t strike me as being too odd, per se, this is perhaps a bit tragic since there are some strong stylistic parallels between Korean cuisine and that of the great American barbecue with its heavy focus on meat and plethora of side dishes. Perhaps the oversight is due to innocent ignorance, perhaps it’s that these places are so hard to find. Sam Won Garden, the only Korean restaurant I’ve tried in the area, looks more like a strip club …

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Dish Update

by erin thursby City Kidz Ice Cream & Cafe introduced its new corporate box lunch program. Healthy and tasty lunch orders can arrive for a meeting, celebration or as a large lunch order. Order 10 or more lunches and they waive the delivery fee. On a somewhat less healthy note, Dunkin’ Donuts will be opening two more franchises here in Jacksonville. One will open in 2012 and the other will open in 2013. This is part of an expansion that will open a total of 17 new locations throughout Florida. On May 3rd Andy’s Farmer’s Market Grill will open next …

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WHISKY RIVER grand opening

April 14, 2010: Grand Opening for Whisky River Jacksonville at the St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville, FL. Amidst a crowd of J’vlle media the friendly folks at Whisky River hosted a preview of their smashing new club complete with a macho mechanical bull who’s guarded by Willie Nelson (look-alike) and cheered on by their exuberant staff. They’ll be having a special by-invitation-only grand opening celebration on Wednesday, April 21 that will be hosted by club owner, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with music by Luke Bryan. You can register to win tickets to attend by going to thewhiskyriver.com/jacksonville/

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SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK

by Erin Thurby Despite the name, Salt Life Food Shack is not a shack. There’s a studied beach casualness to the place, which looks like it cost plenty to create. Although it’s meant to reflect beach culture all over, it certainly captures Jacksonville’s beach sensibilities. For those of you who don’t know, the Salt Life Food Shack was born out of the much-loved local Salt Life brand. You’ll see Salt Life stickers plastered on cars all over the area. The logo also turns up on t-shirts and the like. There’s a t-shirt or a koozie somewhere out there for you. …

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Sam Won Garden Restaurant

by Oliver Dodd With only two authentic restaurants, Korean cuisine is criminally under-represented and under-appreciated in Jacksonville’s food scene. While it doesn’t strike me as being too odd, per se, this is perhaps a bit tragic since there are some strong stylistic parallels between Korean cuisine and that of the great American barbecue with its heavy focus on meat and plethora of side dishes. Perhaps the oversight is due to innocent ignorance, perhaps its that these places are so hard to find. Sam Won Garden, the only Korean restaurant I’ve tried in the area, looks more like a strip club …

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