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Black Sheep Restaurant, Jacksonville.
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The Eater Jacksonville, Florida Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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Black Sheep Restaurant, Jacksonville.
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Here now, Eater's first ever Heatmap of Jacksonville, Florida, which contains nine newish restaurants that have been getting some serious buzz. (All of these have been open for a year or less.) For the list, Eater consulted with Florida Times-Union restaurant critic and food writer Jessica Taylor on her picks for the hottest bars and restaurants this city has to offer right this moment.

So what's hot in Jacksonville? A farm-to-table obsession is hitting the city in a big way, and the majority of these establishments, which offer locally sourced twists on Southern cuisine (Black Sheep, Terra, The Salty Fig) and drinks made with small-batch spirits (Grape & Grain Exchange), are gaining serious traction. But that doesn't mean ethnic cuisine is getting snubbed in Jax. The owners behind hit downtown Thai restaurant Indochine recently opened Pho: A Noodle Bar, a casual place to get heaping bowls of their take on the traditional Vietnamese rice noodle soup. Below, the Eater Heatmap to Jacksonville, Florida.



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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Black Sheep Restaurant

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1534 Oak Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204
(904) 355-3793
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Home to one of the city's first rooftop bars, the eponymous restaurant from Black Sheep, the team behind now-closed restaurant Chew and perennial favorite Restaurant Orsay, has quickly become Riverside’s hottest table. Creative Southern-inspired offerings, like barbecue pork rinds with orange blossom honey and sea salt, pepper the menu. [Photo]

2. Tres Leches Bakery Cafe

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869 Stockton Street, 5 Points West Shopping Center
Jacksonville, FL 32204
(904) 551-4375
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Husband and wife team Eddie and Irene Sweda leaned on Irene’s Venezuelan background to create the Latin American-inspired café menu. The moist, sweet namesake tres leches cake (Irene’s favorite dessert) is a must-try. Their made-from-scratch arepas can be adapted for breakfast, lunch, or dinner based on the fillings — from egg and cheese to pulled pork and black beans. [Photo]

3. Maple Street Biscuit Company

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2004 San Marco Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32207
(904) 398-1004
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Orders here aren't called by name — customers have to hear for their response to Maple Street's question of the month (it's currently "What's your favorite book?"). The entire menu is built around the restaurant's version of a Southern-style buttermilk biscuit, which can either be eaten as a sandwich with a piece of fried chicken, or smothered with housemade jam, jelly, apple butter or gravy. [Photo]

4. The Salty Fig

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901 King Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204
(904) 337-0146
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Brothers Jeff and John Stanford have turned their reinvented Southern food truck into a King Street brick-and-mortar. The menu was largely changed for the storefront, but their best-selling shrimp and goat cheese grits remain unchanged. Expect upgrades instead: The local beer-braised pork belly sandwich now includes fried Apalachicola oysters. Sample one (or more) of the bar's 16 brands of moonshine every Monday, either in a cocktail or as a tasting flight. [Photo]

5. Terra

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4260 Herschel Street
Jacksonville, FL 32210
(904) 388-9124
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All the ingredients used at Terra, veteran Jacksonville restaurateur Michael Thomas' (previously of 24 Miramar, Sterling's) latest New American dining concept, come from within a 100 mile radius of the city. Some vegetables and herbs are even grown in the restaurant’s own organic garden. [Photo]

6. Ovinté

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10208 Buckhead Branch Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32246
(904) 900-7730
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Named after the Portuguese slang term for "goodness," Ovinté's main draw is its extensive (220+) wine list. Cocktails here feature spirits from small-batch, domestic distilleries. Aside from a solid selection of aged cheeses and cured meats, playful Spanish and Italian-inspired small plates, like their off-the-menu, angel hair-filled fried wonton "spaghetti tacos," round out the menu. The 50/50 (half sirloin, half Applewood-smoked bacon) Sliders are a consistent hit. [Photo]

7. Grape & Grain Exchange/The Parlour

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2000 San Marco Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32207
(904) 396-4455
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One side of San Marco's new combination specialty liquor store/bar features a spacious bar featuring local microbrews from the likes of Intuition and Bold City. Purchase small-batch spirits and wines in-store, or sample the selections featured that night. Walk past the bar to the back of the store to find a hidden bookshelf entrance to The Parlour, the Grape & Grain's 1930s Chicago art deco-inspired speakeasy. Accessible only by password, get the code from the bartender — or the bar's Facebook page. [Photo]

8. Derby On Park

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1068 Park Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204
(904) 249-4700
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After gutting and expanding the former diner last year, co-owners Michael Williams, Zack Nettles, Cheryl and Neil Corrado charged local chef Kevin Duvall to create a new menu to replace the old diner-style breakfast and brunch menu. The finished product showcases creative diner fare, like bacon-blue cheese guacamole and a grilled, boozy twist on French toast with a sweet vanilla-and-bourbon-dipped batter. [Photo]

9. Pho. A Noodle Bar

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117 West Adams Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204
(904) 353-0320
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The owners of downtown Thai restaurant Indochine opened this trendy Asian fusion restaurant just a few blocks away on Adams St last September. Typical beef broth-based Vietnamese pho is joined by more adventurous versions made with oxtail and duck. The vegan pho here gets its flavor from a dashi/miso-esque mushroom bouillon soup base. [Photo]

1. Black Sheep Restaurant

1534 Oak Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Home to one of the city's first rooftop bars, the eponymous restaurant from Black Sheep, the team behind now-closed restaurant Chew and perennial favorite Restaurant Orsay, has quickly become Riverside’s hottest table. Creative Southern-inspired offerings, like barbecue pork rinds with orange blossom honey and sea salt, pepper the menu. [Photo]
1534 Oak Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204

2. Tres Leches Bakery Cafe

869 Stockton Street, 5 Points West Shopping Center, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Husband and wife team Eddie and Irene Sweda leaned on Irene’s Venezuelan background to create the Latin American-inspired café menu. The moist, sweet namesake tres leches cake (Irene’s favorite dessert) is a must-try. Their made-from-scratch arepas can be adapted for breakfast, lunch, or dinner based on the fillings — from egg and cheese to pulled pork and black beans. [Photo]
869 Stockton Street, 5 Points West Shopping Center
Jacksonville, FL 32204

3. Maple Street Biscuit Company

2004 San Marco Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207
Orders here aren't called by name — customers have to hear for their response to Maple Street's question of the month (it's currently "What's your favorite book?"). The entire menu is built around the restaurant's version of a Southern-style buttermilk biscuit, which can either be eaten as a sandwich with a piece of fried chicken, or smothered with housemade jam, jelly, apple butter or gravy. [Photo]
2004 San Marco Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32207

4. The Salty Fig

901 King Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Brothers Jeff and John Stanford have turned their reinvented Southern food truck into a King Street brick-and-mortar. The menu was largely changed for the storefront, but their best-selling shrimp and goat cheese grits remain unchanged. Expect upgrades instead: The local beer-braised pork belly sandwich now includes fried Apalachicola oysters. Sample one (or more) of the bar's 16 brands of moonshine every Monday, either in a cocktail or as a tasting flight. [Photo]
901 King Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204

5. Terra

4260 Herschel Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210
All the ingredients used at Terra, veteran Jacksonville restaurateur Michael Thomas' (previously of 24 Miramar, Sterling's) latest New American dining concept, come from within a 100 mile radius of the city. Some vegetables and herbs are even grown in the restaurant’s own organic garden. [Photo]
4260 Herschel Street
Jacksonville, FL 32210

6. Ovinté

10208 Buckhead Branch Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32246
Named after the Portuguese slang term for "goodness," Ovinté's main draw is its extensive (220+) wine list. Cocktails here feature spirits from small-batch, domestic distilleries. Aside from a solid selection of aged cheeses and cured meats, playful Spanish and Italian-inspired small plates, like their off-the-menu, angel hair-filled fried wonton "spaghetti tacos," round out the menu. The 50/50 (half sirloin, half Applewood-smoked bacon) Sliders are a consistent hit. [Photo]
10208 Buckhead Branch Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32246

7. Grape & Grain Exchange/The Parlour

2000 San Marco Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207
One side of San Marco's new combination specialty liquor store/bar features a spacious bar featuring local microbrews from the likes of Intuition and Bold City. Purchase small-batch spirits and wines in-store, or sample the selections featured that night. Walk past the bar to the back of the store to find a hidden bookshelf entrance to The Parlour, the Grape & Grain's 1930s Chicago art deco-inspired speakeasy. Accessible only by password, get the code from the bartender — or the bar's Facebook page. [Photo]
2000 San Marco Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32207

8. Derby On Park

1068 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204
After gutting and expanding the former diner last year, co-owners Michael Williams, Zack Nettles, Cheryl and Neil Corrado charged local chef Kevin Duvall to create a new menu to replace the old diner-style breakfast and brunch menu. The finished product showcases creative diner fare, like bacon-blue cheese guacamole and a grilled, boozy twist on French toast with a sweet vanilla-and-bourbon-dipped batter. [Photo]
1068 Park Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204

9. Pho. A Noodle Bar

117 West Adams Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204
The owners of downtown Thai restaurant Indochine opened this trendy Asian fusion restaurant just a few blocks away on Adams St last September. Typical beef broth-based Vietnamese pho is joined by more adventurous versions made with oxtail and duck. The vegan pho here gets its flavor from a dashi/miso-esque mushroom bouillon soup base. [Photo]
117 West Adams Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204

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