Restaurants

Eat Up Downtown

“Ate” years & counting The word restaurant comes from the French word restaurer, meaning to restore. This makes sense when you consider the first restaurants came about to serve weary travelers and offer nourishment during long journeys. In today’s busy world, we spend much of our social time staring at the screens of computers or smart phones. Dining out offers us face-to-face time with the people in our lives, from catching up with friends to celebrating milestones with loved ones. August is the perfect time to plan some restorative time with friends and family, thanks to Downtown’s annual dining promotion, …

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Flying Iguana: Unexpected Latin flavors worth the drive to the Beach

Living on the Westside, it’s difficult to draw me out to our beaches, but  is a restaurant that fits both my criteria for a drive to the Beaches: excellent food, and you can’t get anything like it in Jacksonville proper. You’ll find the Flying Iguana at the Beaches Town Center, a little strip that’s split down the middle between Atlantic and Neptune Beaches. The area is a bit of a culinary oasis, with lots of variation in dining choices. It’s located where the old Sundog Diner used to be. The floor plan is far more open than it was before …

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Hawkers restaurant – a great location, a cool factor, and good food

hawkers pad thai

After months of watching the build out, followed by a ton of social media chatter, I was very interested in checking out  for myself. After hearing so many good things about it, I was a little worried I was being set up for disappointment. However, luckily for me, it turned out to be a pretty perfect first date–from vibe to food to price. Hawkers has tapped into the three essential elements for success: a great location, a cool factor, and good food. It is perfectly situated on the corner of Park and Post, serving to expand the 5 Points dining …

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Social Security – Alhambra Dining & Theatre review

The Alhambra opened Andrew Bergman’s comedy “Social Security” for a limited run through June 8, 2014. It is the hottest ticket in town, starring BARBARA EDEN from the long-running television series “I Dream of Jeannie.” This play was on Broadway beginning in 1986, and featured star power there also. With Mike Nichols as Director and Marlo Thomas and Olympia Dukakis in the leading roles, it ran for 388 performances. The plot concerns a feisty, widowed senior citizen Sophie (BARBARA EDEN) who disrupts the lives of her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and David Kahn, by moving into their up-scale New York …

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Downtown, In Focus

In the immortal words of former Jacksonville Mayor , “As your Downtown goes, so goes your city.” So then, how are things Downtown going today? The number of Downtown residents is the highest it’s been in decades, and residential properties are more than 90% occupied. Downtown office vacancy rates continue to drop each year. Crime in Downtown accounts for only 2% of serious crime in the entire City of Jacksonville. And, Downtown has more parking than , not including . Downtown champions are hard at work. The  has created a Spark Grant program for Downtown revitalization through the arts. , …

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One Spark Creator – GASTROFEST 2015

Have you heard about  2015? It’s a  project with the hefty aspiration of creating a food and beer festival that will bring national attention and (over)due respect to our evolving food and craft beer scene.  (EU Jacksonville’s Food Editor) is the creative mastermind behind this project. While still early in its genesis, the mission is to create a very inclusive festival that celebrates our local talent, from fine dining to farmers, and everything in between. For the inaugural year, the festival will be a single day event, but will eventually grow into a multi-day experience. The core of the festival …

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eating at one spark

ONE SPARK FOOD VILLAGE This year, the One Spark Food Village will be a hotspot with food options, seating, and entertainment. All this creative energy will get you hungry, so the  will be on hand to nourish your day and delight your palates. Gourmet food from, , , , and will be available. Food trucks will also be on hand for more casual food. Other food vendors in the dining district include these delicious options: , , , ,  Food Truck, , , , , and . Food vendors will span two blocks of Laura Street between Adams Street and …

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Urban Flats

If there’s one constant factor about  newly arrived , it’s the buzz. They’re constantly busy, even throughout the rainy Saturday lunch hours during which we paid our first visit. Photos of Jacksonville from eras long gone adorn the walls, accenting the clean, low-key atmosphere with a touch of nostalgic and reverence. But, as nice as the ambiance is, this place doesn’t get by on its decor alone. Urban Flats, as the name suggests, specializes in gourmet flatbreads. Made from whole-wheat flour and baked in a stone-hearth, they take their flatbreads very seriously and it is highly recommended to at least …

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JJ’s Liberty Bistro in Ponte Vedra

In hopes of an authentic French experience (as in owned and operated by a French expatriate) our quest lead us to  in . Although we’d passed  on Gate Parkway many times and had wanted to try it for a while, we thought it best to visit the Ponte Vedra restaurant first because it is the original and is where owner-operator JJ himself works. Most items on their lunch menu are under $10. JJ’s Bistro, which is far cuter on the inside than its strip mall location implies, goes beyond the scope of a regular restaurant. It doubles as a wine, …

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