Food + Drink

Dish Update

by erin thursby The Augustine Grille at Sawgrass Marriott just got the “Snail of Approval” award from the local chapter of Slow Food USA, which promotes equity and sustainability in food policy, production practices and market forces. They’re one of the very few places in the area that serves dry-aged steak, for which they have my seal of approval! Downtown’s Friday Market will be making the move from Hemming Plaza to The Landing this month. During bad weather they’ll have the option to move things inside. Mojo Barbecue is set to open a locale in Avondale. Don’t get your taste …

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Feeding the Family

by erin thursby While there are lots of kid friendly fast-food joints and chains, sometimes it’s good to break out of your culinary rut, even if you do have fussy kids to feed. We’ve rounded up some deals and suggestions for the next time you don’t want to cook, but you’ve got to feed the family. And it’s not just about saving money. Healthy choices, non-chain choices and memorable dining experiences for your kids are all part of the mix! Healthy Choices When going out it’s difficult to find a kid’s menu that doesn’t feature deep-fried chicken fingers, a burger …

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Gourmet Comfort Foods

by Erin Thursby Take Away Gourmet fills several culinary needs. You can eat at the little cafe tables, or you can take a feast home. It’s a frequent lunchtime stop for the business set. Says Chef Matthew Medure, “We get a really good crowd for lunch…mostly working professionals.” He also notes that retirees and locals living in San Marco make TAG a daily or nearly daily stop. Moms and singles stop by for a take home meal, and those who are entertaining pick up some wonderful cheeses, crackers, the meal and a bottle of vino. You may have seen the …

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Dish Update

by erin thursby BlackFinn American Grille at the Markets by St. Johns Town Center will be holding their First Look Party September 11th. It’s by invitation only, but you can win an invite. See their Facebook page for details! It will be open to the general public sometime in September. The menu will feature American cusine, including burgers, steaks and more! Pollo Tropical, fast-food eatery with Cuban/Caribbean flair, is also slated to go into the St. Johns Town Center in the next several weeks. According to their Facebook, Bold City Brewery beer will now be served at EverBank Field and …

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Speckled Hen Tavern & Grille

by By Oliver Dodd Jacksonville’s newest gastropub, the Speckled Hen Tavern & Grille, is already generating quite a buzz. Situated just north of the movie theaters at the Avenues on US 1 in a spot previously inhabited by a Beef O’Brady’s, it’s clear that the Speckled Hen intends to rely on much more than location to bring in business. While it may seem like an odd choice of venue, that part of town is sorely lacking in the dinner and drinks department, making this ambitious newcomer the logical choice when either of those are in your plans and you happen …

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'Town, new restaurant in Avondale

by Erin Thursby In culinary circles, Jacksonville gets underrated. And yet, our dining scene is comparable to other large cities which frequently end up featured on the cover of culinary magazines. We also have a community of culinary artisans who seek to continue to evolve Jacksonville. One such culinary artisan is Scott Ostrander, the Executive Chef for ‘town, the newest dining hotspot in Avondale. Starting in ’05, Ostrander took Bistro Savannah from a tourist establishment to a more respected eatery that locals liked. He worked with local area farmers so that they would sell to his restaurant and built relationships. …

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EAT UP DOWNTOWN

Have you ever wanted to enjoy a fresh dining experience, but found the cost of a fine three-course meal at a top-rated eatery a bit daunting? Discover that excellent eating can be affordable. Downtown Vision, Inc. is dishing out exquisite cuisine at an affordable price during the fourth annual Eat Up Downtown, Downtown Jacksonville’s dining promotion. This annual event is a great way to try new restaurants at a set, and reasonable, price. Tempt your tastebuds with filet mignon from Morton?s Steakhouse, sample Summer Salmon from Cafe Nola or the fire grilled Berkshire pork chops at the University Club with …

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HANDS ON!

by Alina Kodatt When Tony Gelaye decided to open up an Ethiopian restaurant in Jacksonville, he knew he was facing a pretty big obstacle: most Americans have never heard of, much less tried, Ethiopian cuisine. In fact when I first heard about it, I had literally no idea what to expect. But being a curious mind with an adventurous appetite, I rolled up my sleeves and gave Tony a call. Open since January of this year, Queen of Sheba is a labor of love for Tony, his sister Melat, and mother Yeshi. It’s a family affair, mom and Tony cooking …

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antojitos colombianos

by erin thursby In an aging strip mall at Old Kings and Baymeadows, lies a culinary treat, Antojitos Columbianos Panaderia. The bakery isn’t large, but everywhere you look there’s some sort of reminder of Colombia. Even their clock is shaped like Colombia. There are a couple of tables and a counter. Customers watch with interest as a soccer match is broadcast in Spanish. While you can eat there, it’s the kind of place that most people use for “to go” orders. It’s not a place you want to linger since there isn’t much space, but since they deliver on flavor, …

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dish update – july 2010

by erin thursby Make sure you plan ahead for Eat Up Downtown. I’m excited, even though it’s a month away! The dates are set for August 9- 22. Most Downtown eateries participate, providing three-course fixed price menus at $25. It’s an incredible event, so if you’ve been itching to try a place downtown, this is the time! Metro Diner in San Marco is a Jacksonville favorite- so much so that they’ve decided to open a second Metro in the Julington Creek/Mandarin area. It will be located in the same shopping center as Fresh Market at the Shops at Julington Creek. …

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