Food + Drink

  • Cataluna Jax 

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

  • Bite by Bite — June

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  • 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

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where to eat, drink & be merry

Jimmy Saal photo: Daniel Goncalves by erin thursby Fleming Island is opening up a Farmer’s Market starting December 5th, each Saturday thereafter. Fair weather or foul, the market will be open at the parking lot of Fleming Island Shoppes off of Highway 17 at Village Square Parkway. For more info, email [email protected]. Some vendors at the Jacksonville Farmer’s Market will now accept EBT/SNAP cards for purchase of food, plants and seeds to grow food for their households as well as credit/debit cards for all purchases. Raglands on Park Street in 5 Points has shuttered its doors, but a place called …

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hidden gem – hightide burrito company

photo: Savannah Shray by oliver dodd San Marco spawned a fast-food restaurant, who would have thought? But true to the area, they modeled themselves after one of the most chic and delicious fast food joints to hit the scene: Chipotle. The Hightide Burrito Company, created by Alejandro Juarez, a UNF graduate, prides itself on using only fresh, quality ingredients, some familiar, some not so well known here in the US. Being avid fans of well-crafted burritos and needing some filling food after an evening visit to the San Marco Theatre, we eagerly pulled into Hightide to assess the situation. Much …

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dish update

by erin thursby We all love food with a view. Downtown’s cityscape is pretty impressive dozens of stories up, but in the past the highest restaurants with an aerial Downtown view were also members-only propositions. Not so any more, with the opening of the Skylight Dining and Conference Center (50 N. Laura St.) on the 42nd floor of Jacksonville’s tallest building (the Bank of America Tower, originally called the Barnett Tower). Word is that you can actually eat lunch there for around $10. The Uptown Market & Deli (1303 N. Main St.) is in full swing in Springfield. You can …

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eating fresh

by erin thursby Farmers market fever has hit Jacksonville. With the success of the Riverside Arts Market, farmers markets have popped up all over the place. It’s hard to know if a market is worth driving to when you live across town. Some markets are tiny and cater to their particular neighborhood (Hemming, San Marco) and some pander to the First Coast at large (Riverside Arts Market). Others are conveniently located near shopping, so if you don’t find what you’re looking for at the market, you can either pop into a nearby supermarket (see the Mandarin entry) or go mall …

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hidden gems-mandaloun

by erin thursby The Baymeadows area is a honeycomb of restaurants unexpectedly tucked away in shopping plazas. One such gem is Mandaloun (9862 Old Baymeadows Rd., 646-1881), which serves mix of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern with the barest touch of Indian tossed in. It isn’t a fusion of these countries, but there are items from each on the menu. Mostly it’s Lebanese and Middle Eastern. I expected it to be the typical Baymeadows place on the weekends, namely, not all that busy. Many places out that way depend on the work crowd coming in for lunch or just after work. …

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flavors speak

by erin thursby There’s a new food movement here in Jacksonville. Orsay, 13 Gypsies and now Taverna in San Marco are part of that movement. All three restaurants strive to recreate rustic artisan European fare, the sort of food Americans imagine is served in family bistros somewhere in rural France/Spain/Italy/Greece. While they all work towards this type of ideal, they’ve all got their own niche. Taverna, I’ve found, is the most accessible of the three. 13 Gypsies is terrific, but they are small. I don’t fault them for that because it means that the Chef and owner fixes everything, but …

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absente

by Erin Thursby Looking for a coffee table that shows your sophistication and enables you to mix drinks and make a lovely supper? Look no further than Absente: Images and Tastes of the Green Fairy. Absinthe has a long a storied history. It came back to US markets in the form of Absente, Absinthe Refined in 2000. Although they were forced to use Southern wormwood because of US regulations of certain chemicals, it was the first Absinthe to be sold widely (and legally) in the US since 1912. It’s what started the whole Absinthe craze. Once the US changed their …

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dish events

Miranda Lawson and Lee Hamby, Leslie Richart, Josh Waller, Gary Baker and Julia Fallon by Erin Thursby The Mandarin Farmers Market is now every Sunday from noon to 4 pm. Grand opening of the Orange Park Farmers Market will be on October 3rd. Market hours will be 10 am-2 pm at the Orange Park Mall on the SEARS parking lot, facing Blanding Blvd The Uptown Market in Springfield is now open. The market serves breakfast, lunch, and other deli needs. They feature fresh ingredients in familiar dishes as well as introducing you to new tastes. Hours are 7 am – …

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J. Alexander's at the St. Johns Town Center

by Erin Thursby One of the newest culinary offerings in the St. Johns Town Center is J. Alexander’s. A steak at might be about $40 a la carte at some specialty steak places. Their ceiling is about $27. Their entrees in general go from about $9-27, with some of their steak offerings even hitting under $20. You might wonder how J. Alexander’s is able to offer what they do at such a reasonable price. The answer is satisfaction and volume. If they can get repeat customers, they can sell at a volume that allows for these low prices in a …

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Hidden Gems – johnny angel's diner

by oliver dodd Diners exploded onto the scene across the US during the early 20th century. Many would say that they had their heyday during the 1950’s. Jacksonville’s own Johnny Angel’s Diner (3546 Saint Johns Bluff Rd. S, 997-9850) attempts to capture the essence and vibrant optimism of this monumental decade when the world’s civilizations were undergoing radical changes and the US, in the midst of a post-war economic boom, began its decades long youth-based cultural revolution. Located near the intersection of Saint Johns Bluff and Beach Boulevard and (not to be confused with Angel’s Diner in Palatka) Jonny Angel’s …

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