Today Eater returns to Jacksonville, FL to focus on nine bars and restaurants that have opened in the past year and are garnering some serious buzz. It's been about six months since the last Jacksonville heatmap and Florida Times-Union restaurant critic and food blogger Jessica Taylor once again offers up her picks for the hottest dining her city currently has to offer.
So what's hot in Jacksonville? Some of the city's best known chefs have left their former posts to stike out on their own (Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails, Flying Iguana Taqueria & Tequila Bar). In the past six months, there's also been a bit of an expansion boom, with restaurateurs creating additional locations or brand new concepts in the Jacksonville area (The Blind Rabbit, Maple Street Biscuit Company, and M Shack, which opens today.) On the drinking front there's a stunning new cocktail destination (Ice Plant), a new craft brewery (Aardwolf Brewing Company), and much more. Here now, the Eater Heatmap to Jacksonville: