Food + Drink

  • Cataluna Jax 

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

  • Bite by Bite — June

    Arlington  Cajun Crab Juice Seafood & Bar Jax cajuncrabjax.com   Cliff’s Bar & Grill cl…

  • 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

    Arlington  Cliff’s Bar & Grill cliffsbarandgrill.com   Fancy Sushi & Grill Japanese Res…

dish update

by erin thursby There’s a new Mellow Mushroom open in Jax Beach and I’m sure it’s going to be wildly popular. It’s located in a strip mall adjacent to the DQ on North 3rd Street. Their killer artisan pizzas with a hippie flair will be a hit, especially with their gigantic full bar. Because it’s a Beaches location, they’ve made sure to have plenty of room at the bar. For those not familiar with the franchise, it was born in the 1970s in Atlanta, and has since expanded throughout the South. Each has different, colorful murals, most of which harken …

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ingredient secrets: basil

by erin thursby Basil is one of the most versatile herbs in the culinary arsenal. It can be found in a variety of cuisines, most notably in Thai and Italian cooking. The basil most people use is Ocimum basilicum, or Sweet Basil, but there are a dizzying number of different types of basil. There are over 60 varieties, with more being developed by herb growers. Lemon Basil, popular in Indonesia, can be used in salads and specialty ethnic preparations. As the name indicates, it has a lemon smell and flavor, mainly because of natural chemical called citral that can also …

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cozy tea

by erin thursby Situated near the center of the 5 Points strip, Cozy Tea will remind you more of Avondale than it will funky 5 Points. Maybe it’s just a marker of how the neighborhood is changing. An eclectic English tea room, Cozy Tea serves up more than just tea. It’s starting to become an alternative lunch spot. The pacing can be slow, which is the complaint I’ve heard most often from the work-a-day crowd that only has so long for lunch. The owner brought up that problem before I did when I was talking to her, and mentioned that …

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Dish Update + Events

by Erin Thursby Rumors of their demise came long before the actual closing at The Bungalow on Park. They were thought to be shutting their doors back in December, but they re-opened in January, limping along until last month, when they finally closed. If you’re looking for restaurant equipment, visit their website thebungalowonpark.com for more info. As fast as places are closing, other restaurateurs see this as opportunity to get into position for the economic bounce back. Catering by Liz’s Liz Grenamyer is one of the partners in a new Jacksonville restaurant on St. Johns Avenue, which has just broken …

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Ingredient Secrets: Papaya

Popular in tropical climes, papaya is found most frequently in Thai and Hawaiian dishes. Thai cooking uses green papaya, and the ripe version is found most in Hawaiian dishes. Two basic varieties of papaya exist: Hawaiian and Mexican. Hawaiian is the most commonly found in supermarkets. They generally weigh a maximum of a pound and are more intense and smaller than their Mexican cousins. Papaya varieties vary in taste but most taste like a combination of cantaloupe, peach and pineapple, minus the tartness with just a hint or more of musk, depending on the type. It’s a very mild fruit, …

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ingredient secrets

by Erin Thursby A favorite fruit in the Philippines, Southern Asia and warm island countries, it has a distinctive flavor, just a bit like pineapple but less tart and juicy. There’s an urban legend out there that the basis for the flavor of the original Juicy Fruit gum was the jackfruit. On the outside, jackfruit is large, nubby, a bit prickly and green. Inside the flesh is a yellow-orange color, surrounding large seeds. This fruit can reach up to 100 pounds, but you won’t find one that large in a market. Still the fruit is huge, and if you get …

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mortal sin burgers

by erin thursby For those that live and work Downtown, Karlene’s is a stimulating edition to the city scene. Sandwich and lunch stops are plentiful, but after 2 pm and the lunch rush, most of these places shutter their windows and close their doors. Not so at Karlene’s. They plan to be open as late as possible, closing after 10 on weekdays and staying open even later Thursday through Saturday. The food at Karlene’s is casual-the sort of things that are served in baskets with red and white checkered paper. They hit an in-between price-point and sensibility. Nothing on the …

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Produce at the Riverside Arts Market

by Erin Thursby I came to the first Riverside Arts Market with one goal: to buy produce. Knowing that I would be tempted by other wares, I carried only $10. Once in the market I wandered around a bit before finding the produce area. The placement of the produce section was puzzling to me. One of the worst things you can do is to put fresh produce directly in the sun. And yet, that’s exactly where it was for the hottest part of the day. It would be better for the buyers and the vendors if the produce was on …

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dish update + events

by erin thursby 1171 on Edgewood bit the proverbial dust last month. Not really sure if it was a victim of the economy or the location. It sure wasn’t the food that sounded their death knell. In brighter news, Fu Hao Bistro (1003 Park St) should be opening soon, adding a little non-sushi, pan-Asian flair to 5-Points. Open in mid-April is Walker’s Wine Bar, located at the corner of Post and King, across from Park Palace. A glass of wine starts at about $5. The place is all exposed brick and racks of wine. It looks like a cool place …

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hip asian comfort food

Michael Franti Counting Crows Augustana by erin thursby (photos by linda blakely) Restaurant cookbooks are about more than just recipes. They’re a window into the secrets of the cuisine they serve. That’s why I was eager to get my hands on a new local cookbook by Dennis Chan, the chef and owner of one of my favorite restaurants, Blue Bamboo. The gorgeous book is titled Hip Asian Comfort Food. Not only does it have beautiful pictures (kudos to photographer Linda Blakely) and easy to follow recipes, it gives you a peek as to what goes on in Dennis Chan’s wok. …

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