Food + Drink

What?s Brewing – September 2013

by REGINA HEFFINGTON A book by Hillary Rodham Clinton focuses on the impact individuals and groups outside the family have, for better or worse, on a child’s well-being, and advocates a society which meets all of a child’s needs. Some dispute the concept and favor stronger and more effective parenting. However, this concept can certainly be applied to the Greater Jacksonville-area craft beer “village.” Any new microbrew making its debut in our community’s “brews and chews” scene MUST be adopted, loved and cared for if it is going to “make it” for any significant length of time. Recently, our local …

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After the Show

by ERIN THURSBY San Marco After a show at Theatre Jacksonville, there are several options within walking distance. The most classic choice is tucked away on the same side of the street as Theatre Jacksonville. It’s called The Grotto (2012 San Marco Blvd). Although it’s mainly a wine bar, the Grotto also has a tapas menu. They’re open til about midnight Thursday through Saturday, but they serve food until 11 pm on those nights. That, and the fact that it’s steps away from the theater, makes it a perfect place for light food after an evening show. Monday through Wednesday …

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Tres Leches Eatery

by ERIN THURSBY There are certain places that make a neighborhood not only more neighborly, but a better place to live and work. Tres Leches Eatery is one of these places. Eddie Sweda and his wife Irene feed hungry office workers, stay-at-home dads and, occasionally, tourists, in Riverside. Serving up South American and Euro-Spanish flavors, they often hit that sweet spot between innovation and comfort food. Most importantly, they seem to enjoy every customer that walks through their door. And, good news, there will be even more space for those customers. Claiming office space in the back of the restaurant, …

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What's Brewing – August 2013

by REGINA HEFFINGTON A doctor, a lawyer and an engineer walk into a bar on Ladies Night…Years ago, this lead-in to a joke would have created a mental image of three men entering a honky-tonk in search of something to drink and, well, ladies. Though feminist progress has been made over the past few decades, some modern thinkers still need a figurative slap in the face to wake up to the realization that all three of the professionals above could easily be women. This same stodgy thinking has been rampant in the craft beer industry in the past. Believe me, …

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Eat Up Downtown

by LIZA MITCHELL Just as no two diners share an identical palate, no two restaurants offer the same taste experience. Downtown Vision, Inc. is dishing up a special, two-week event that highlights the myriad of dining options offered in our city’s core. Eat Up Downtown is held August 12-25 at participating restaurants. Menu options range from casual, comfort food to exotic, fine dining. Patrons can choose from three-course meals priced at $15, $25 and $35, all offering more bang for their buck, not just in portion size but in healthy, fresh dishes with an emphasis on local resources. For those …

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DISH UPDATE – July 2013

by Erin Thursby 4 Rivers Smokehouse is a chain begun in Orlando by Jacksonville-native John Rivers in 2009. He graduated high school at Bishop Kenny and returned to Jacksonville last month for the grand opening of the new location at Baymeadows Road, in the old location of the Roadhouse Grill. While you might come for the barbecue, you may stay for The Sweet Shop, which takes up a full wall of the 7,000 square-foot restaurant. The Sweet Shop features cupcakes, baked goods and confectioneries. Hours are 11 am-8 pm during the week, with hours extended till 9 pm on Friday …

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Jax Truckies Food Truck Championship

Experience the thrill of big-city street eats when the 2nd Annual Jax Truckies Food Truck Championship rolls into Downtown on Saturday, June 15th from 6-10 pm. In the past year, Jacksonville’s culinary scene has evolved to include previously undiscovered, talented chefs who have embraced an efficient entryway into the entrepreneurial world by opening a diverse range of food trucks. And these aren’t your father’s food trucks! Corn dogs have been replaced by seared ahi tuna atop napa slaw, and frozen burritos have taken a backseat to the fusion of brisket tacos braised in Sicilian wine. This championship event, held at …

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DISH UPDATE June 2013

by Erin Thursby At Maggiano’s, by ordering from a special menu you can Eat-A-Dish for Make-A-Wish through July 3rd. And, for every new Facebook “like” they’ll donate $1 to Make-A-Wish. According to the Orlando Sentinel, an Asian, street-fare restaurant will open in October at 1001 Park Street in Five Points. It will be the second location of Orlando’s Hawkers. John Rivers, owner of 4 Rivers Smokehouse, is a native to the First Coast. Previously, his Texas-style barbecue, much adored in Orlando, was only available in Central Florida. This month a 4 Rivers Smokehouse will be opening at 9220 Baymeadows Rd. …

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WHAT'S BREWING – June 2013

by Regina Heffington – the Jax Brew Bitch Big hair! Big shoulders! Big bushy eyebrows! No, I’m not describing the model of the latest romance novel cover. I’m talking about the popular fashion styles of the 80s. In keeping with what I absorbed in that decade as I sat mesmerized in front of my state-of-the-art, boxy television set watching MTV, I adopted the popular trends at that time. I brushed, teased and sprayed my hair into several orders of magnitude of radii around my head, pumped up the shoulders of my blouses, jackets and coats with chunks of preformed padding …

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WHAT'S BREWING – May 2013

by Regina Heffington – the Jax Brew Bitch Caterpillars. For me, that word brings back memories of elementary school, as my fellow classmates and I would make our daily inspection of the dry aquarium holding everything needed by the little creatures to confirm what our teacher said would happen in their development into adulthood. The appearance of another chrysalis inside the aquarium brought preadolescent cheers – we were really pulling for each little caterpillar. They had a motivated audience providing encouragement for successful growth into an adult member of the species. No better adaptation of this concept of metamorphosis applies …

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