Looking for a taste of the South? Jacksonville is rising in the ranks for it’s culinary talents and it’s no secret that if you are looking for original Southern dishes prepared with finesse and delivered with sophistication and distinction, then the river city should be on your radar. Here is a round up of some of the Bold City’s finest dining destinations and their take on elevated Southern dining.
Jaxon Social scores and A+ with this tasty Red Fish dish. Enjoy pan seared Blackened Red Fish, served over home made Asiago Cheese Grit Cakes, topped with Crawfish Tails and Southern Creole Cream Sauce. Devine!
I enjoyed these tasty fried green tomato sliders over brunch in Fernandina at Gilbert’s Underground kitchen. The made from scratch Pimento Cheese reminded me of my childhood and added just the perfect zing and creaminess to these tiny sandwiches.
Sawgrass Marriott signature restaurant Vernon’s has recently undergone a major shift with the addition of Executive Chef Joe Natoli. Chef Joe has done his research and infused tons of local ingredients and regional flavors into the seasonal menu. A fine example of the Southern influence is the Taste of Sawgrass which features:
Buttermilk Biscuits, Pickled Local Vegetable, Pimento Cheese,
Boiled Peanuts and House Charcuterie, Datil Peach Marmalade Spread
Seek out these fabulous dishes before they are gone. These upscale dishes are seasonal and may not be available year around, however I have faith these incredible dining destinations will find a way to please your palate regardless of season.