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Taverna, Jacksonville, Fl.
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.

Bold Bean Coffee

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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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Community Loaves

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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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Corner Taco

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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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Hawkers Asian Street Fare

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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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kazu Japanese Restaurant

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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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Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails

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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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Sidecar

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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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Silver Cow

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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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Taverna San Marco

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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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V Pizza

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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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Bold Bean Coffee

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]

Community Loaves

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]

Corner Taco

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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Hawkers Asian Street Fare

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]

kazu Japanese Restaurant

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]

Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails

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]

Sidecar

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]

Silver Cow

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]

Taverna San Marco

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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V Pizza

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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