Food + Drink

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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the 100-mile diet

by anna rabhan Could you go a whole year eating only food grown or raised within 100 miles of where you live? That was the question contemplated by Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon, both freelance writers, after successfully feeding surprise guests by foraging from the land at their off-the-grid cabin in northern British Colombia. The resulting feast made them wonder, “Was it possible to eat this way in every day life?” In order to answer that question, they committed to one year of eating food originating within a 100-mile radius of Vancouver, where they live most of the year. The …

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Dish Update

by Erin Thursby Beethoven’s Bistro (5917 Roosevelt Blvd., 771-6606) got a little glory as the backdrop for a faith-based indie film called Daniel’s Lot. The film should be completed by Christmas. Karlene’s Deli in the Jacksonville Landing closed down last month, leaving the store front empty once again. Also closed Downtown, the beloved Worman’s, which has been around for a solid 70 years. Folks are attributing their demise to the unfinished courthouse. Brown Brothers BBQ on King Street bit the dust last month. A sad turn of events, because although the Westside does have its share of barbecue, Riverside doesn’t. …

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culinary hidden gems

by oliver dodd For anyone who enjoys the occasional meal out, it can be easy to constantly fall back on old, familiar favorites. But hidden along the winding roads of this sprawling city are some incredible little restaurants that you’d never know existed were it not for a friendly suggestion. And there are plenty more hidden in plain sight, part of the scenery we pass by every day during our high speed commutes. They are unassuming little eateries that, for some reason or another, never succeeded in beckoning us to stop by. We here at EU hope to reveal these …

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Ingredient Secret: Mushrooms

by Erin Thursby The mushroom is one of the best standbys for both vegetarian cooking and hearty meat filled dishes. The most popular variety of mushroom found in the supermarket is the button mushroom. Like many mushrooms, it gains in flavor when it is cooked, and is an excellent “sponge” of flavor that soaks up sauces and broths. When choosing mushrooms look for firm, smooth and plump mushrooms. Because mushrooms do soak up water so readily, you’ll never want to place them under running water to rinse them off as you would other produce. Instead use a damp paper towel …

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cool summer treats

It’s time to beat the summer heat with some cool summer treats here in Jacksonville! Here are a few local faves and new spots to cool down with something sweet to eat. Bella Ice Cream Gelato Italian Ices 13475 Atlantic Blvd. Bella’s is a family-run establishment on Atlantic Boulevard near the Intracoastal. They’re situated in the relatively new Harbor Village Shopping Center, notable for its Fresh Market and Zaitoon Mediterranean. The gelato is made fresh everyday, using a technique the owners learned in Italy. I love their incredible, bursting-with-flavor cantaloupe gelato, made with fresh cantaloupes. They tend to serve gelatos …

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savor the vino

by anna rabhan A few years ago, I sojourned in Napa Valley soaking in that region’s wine culture. Then, this May, I spent a week in Paris sampling the offerings of that wine-lover’s mecca. You might be as surprised as I was to learn that there are just as many interpretations of what a wine bar is in those quintessential wine paradises as there are wine bars themselves. You might be equally surprised to learn that Jacksonville has a similarly wide variety of wine bar interpretations. Enjoy that new bar smell at 2692 Post Street. The interior sets the tone …

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dish update + events

by erin thursby One of our newer farmer’s markets, the St. Johns Town Center Farmers Market, has moved from a rather dusty lot behind Dick’s Sporting Goods and onto the tarmac. It’s also been growing rapidly as word has spread. The market is held on Fridays from 3 pm- 8 pm. Produce does go quickly, so get there as early as possible. Go for a Twofer Tuesday at the Landing. Through September 1st each Tuesday, certain food vendors at the Landing will be offering two-for-one deals. Participating vendors include: Apple A Day, American Cafe, Benny’s Steak & Seafood, Cinco de …

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new web resource for jax eats

It’s Friday night and you’re trying to think of where to grab a bite to eat with a hot date. You remember reading (in EU Jacksonville, of course) about the great food at the restaurant down the street but you want to know more. Well, Tami Ricketts is the woman to ask. Her site, www.BestFoodJax.com , is potentially a terrific new resource designed to give you an inside look at area restaurants through her online video ads. Seeing is believing, so her site is geared toward seeing what a restaurant has to offer, rather than just reading about it. She …

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