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Taverna, Jacksonville, Fl.
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The Eater Jacksonville Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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Taverna, Jacksonville, Fl.
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Today Eater returns to Jacksonville, Florida to focus on 10 newish restaurants that have opened within the past year and have been garnering some serious buzz. It's been about six months since the last Jacksonville Heatmap, and Jessica Taylor once again kindly offers up her picks for the hottest dining her city currently has to offer.

On the list are a street food-inspired hotspot (Hawkers Asian Street Fare), a popular food truck's brick and mortar (Corner Taco), a proper Neapolitan-style pizzeria (V Pizza), a new cocktail lounge from top barmen (Sidecar), and plenty more. Here now, and in alphabetical order, the Eater Heatmap to Jacksonville.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bold Bean Coffee

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2400 3rd St S
Jacksonville Beach, FL
Locally roasted coffee is now caffeinating Jax Beach with the arrival of Bold Bean Coffee Roasters’ second location. Friendly baristas make their single-origin coffee feel accessible, and drinks like the orange blossom honey latte make it delicious. Plus, be on the lookout for their pastry chef’s expansion from a single pastry case to Knead Bakeshop, coming soon to Riverside.
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2. Community Loaves

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1120 Edgewood Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32205
(904) 381-0097
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Community Loaves recently made the jump from a booth at the weekly Riverside Arts Market to their own space. They're using the Murray Hill storefront to bake their fresh breads and pastries and to host community-building events like cooking classes and special dinners.
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3. Corner Taco

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818 Post St
Jacksonville, FL 32204
(904) 240-0412
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Jacksonville's preeminent food truck has found a permanent home in the happening 5 Points area. The menu has grown from just “semi-swanky tacos” to include local craft beers on tap, sides (like black beans with country ham and porcini broth), and the added unpredictability of Whim Wednesdays, when chef/owner Chris Dickerson cooks up whatever’s fresh.
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4. Hawkers Asian Street Fare

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1001 Park St
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Jacksonville’s most hotly anticipated restaurant opening has now become one of its busiest. Small plates of street food from locales across Southeast Asia are attracting a near-constant stream of diners. Seats in front of the large windows which open onto Park Street are a great place to people-watch and enjoy the popular Malaysian roti cani.
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5. kazu Japanese Restaurant

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9965 San Jose Blvd #35
Jacksonville, FL 32257
(904) 683-9903
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The usually quiet Mandarin area is now home to a sushi restaurant making a lot of noise. Kazu Japanese’s remodel of a former Thai restaurant has been an upgrade both in terms of the space and the cuisine. Tantalizingly fresh fish on the menu and sushi-making classes teach patrons to appreciate what this coastal city has to offer.
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6. Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails

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4972 Big Island Dr
Jacksonville, FL 32246
(904) 998-9744
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Chef Tom Gray’s labor of love is still attracting crowds to the Town Center. In addition to the new daily happy hour and Saturday and Sunday brunch, constant updates to the seasonal menu ensure the experience always feels fresh. Recent specials have included cheese-stuffed fried squash blossoms and housemade sweet corn ice cream.
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7. Sidecar

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1406 Hendricks Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Sharing space with V Pizza is the equally new, and equally as exciting cocktail lounge Sidecar. Owners Kurt Rogers (Orsay, Black Sheep) and Matt Carson (DC’s Tonic, Last Exit) bring some serious mixology expertise to the table. Sidecars are seen on the menu in three rotating incarnations: classic, modern, and “guest”, chosen from on-site cocktail competitions.
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8. Silver Cow

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1506 King St
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Silver Cow has been quickly adopted into the fold of great bars with great food along the King St corridor. Owner Regina Heffington, also known as blogger Jax Brew Bitch, hails from South Louisiana, so a little Cajun flair (and beer) permeates the menu in items like crawfish quesadillas made with Bold City’s Dukes Cold Nose Brown Ale.
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9. Taverna San Marco

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1986 San Marco Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32207
With a menu of sandwiches and entrees all under $20 owner Kiley Efron has succeeded in changing the perception that Taverna is only about expensive dining. So fret not, the white tablecloths have come off at Taverna.
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10. V Pizza

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1406 Hendricks Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Jacksonville has no shortage of pizza places, but just-opened V Pizza is raising the bar. Wood-fired ovens handmade by third-generation artisan Stefano Ferrara turn out Neapolitan-style pizzas in under 4 minutes. The menu is strictly traditional (the restaurant has even applied for VPN certification), but the oven-roasted chicken wings with fresh lemon, rosemary, salt & pepper, and caramelized onions are fresh and exciting.
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1. Bold Bean Coffee

2400 3rd St S, Jacksonville Beach, FL
Locally roasted coffee is now caffeinating Jax Beach with the arrival of Bold Bean Coffee Roasters’ second location. Friendly baristas make their single-origin coffee feel accessible, and drinks like the orange blossom honey latte make it delicious. Plus, be on the lookout for their pastry chef’s expansion from a single pastry case to Knead Bakeshop, coming soon to Riverside.
[Photo]
2400 3rd St S
Jacksonville Beach, FL

2. Community Loaves

1120 Edgewood Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32205
Community Loaves recently made the jump from a booth at the weekly Riverside Arts Market to their own space. They're using the Murray Hill storefront to bake their fresh breads and pastries and to host community-building events like cooking classes and special dinners.
[Photo]
1120 Edgewood Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32205

3. Corner Taco

818 Post St, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Jacksonville's preeminent food truck has found a permanent home in the happening 5 Points area. The menu has grown from just “semi-swanky tacos” to include local craft beers on tap, sides (like black beans with country ham and porcini broth), and the added unpredictability of Whim Wednesdays, when chef/owner Chris Dickerson cooks up whatever’s fresh.
[Photo]
818 Post St
Jacksonville, FL 32204

4. Hawkers Asian Street Fare

1001 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Jacksonville’s most hotly anticipated restaurant opening has now become one of its busiest. Small plates of street food from locales across Southeast Asia are attracting a near-constant stream of diners. Seats in front of the large windows which open onto Park Street are a great place to people-watch and enjoy the popular Malaysian roti cani.
[Photo]
1001 Park St
Jacksonville, FL 32204

5. kazu Japanese Restaurant

9965 San Jose Blvd #35, Jacksonville, FL 32257
The usually quiet Mandarin area is now home to a sushi restaurant making a lot of noise. Kazu Japanese’s remodel of a former Thai restaurant has been an upgrade both in terms of the space and the cuisine. Tantalizingly fresh fish on the menu and sushi-making classes teach patrons to appreciate what this coastal city has to offer.
[Photo]
9965 San Jose Blvd #35
Jacksonville, FL 32257

6. Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails

4972 Big Island Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32246
Chef Tom Gray’s labor of love is still attracting crowds to the Town Center. In addition to the new daily happy hour and Saturday and Sunday brunch, constant updates to the seasonal menu ensure the experience always feels fresh. Recent specials have included cheese-stuffed fried squash blossoms and housemade sweet corn ice cream.
[Photo]
4972 Big Island Dr
Jacksonville, FL 32246

7. Sidecar

1406 Hendricks Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207
Sharing space with V Pizza is the equally new, and equally as exciting cocktail lounge Sidecar. Owners Kurt Rogers (Orsay, Black Sheep) and Matt Carson (DC’s Tonic, Last Exit) bring some serious mixology expertise to the table. Sidecars are seen on the menu in three rotating incarnations: classic, modern, and “guest”, chosen from on-site cocktail competitions.
[Photo]
1406 Hendricks Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32207

8. Silver Cow

1506 King St, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Silver Cow has been quickly adopted into the fold of great bars with great food along the King St corridor. Owner Regina Heffington, also known as blogger Jax Brew Bitch, hails from South Louisiana, so a little Cajun flair (and beer) permeates the menu in items like crawfish quesadillas made with Bold City’s Dukes Cold Nose Brown Ale.
[Photo]
1506 King St
Jacksonville, FL 32204

9. Taverna San Marco

1986 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207
With a menu of sandwiches and entrees all under $20 owner Kiley Efron has succeeded in changing the perception that Taverna is only about expensive dining. So fret not, the white tablecloths have come off at Taverna.
[Photo]
1986 San Marco Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32207

10. V Pizza

1406 Hendricks Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207
Jacksonville has no shortage of pizza places, but just-opened V Pizza is raising the bar. Wood-fired ovens handmade by third-generation artisan Stefano Ferrara turn out Neapolitan-style pizzas in under 4 minutes. The menu is strictly traditional (the restaurant has even applied for VPN certification), but the oven-roasted chicken wings with fresh lemon, rosemary, salt & pepper, and caramelized onions are fresh and exciting.
[Photo]
1406 Hendricks Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32207

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