9 Must Taste Upscale Southern Dishes in Jax

Smoked Shrimp and Grits at Salt
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.

Located inside the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Smoked Shrimp and Grits
A dish to remember, this dish features Crispy Prawns with Goat Cheese, 
Shredded Phyllo, and Creamy Grits Flash Smoked for a theatrical finish that will leave you breathless. 
Bonus!!! Recipe Here

Chicken + Waffles at Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails

Chicken + Waffles
A stand out dish in Jacksonville, if a local brings you to Moxie, they inevitably will tell
 you to order this. 
Fried Chicken, Savory Waffle Pudding, Maple Mousse and Pepper Jelly

Korean Beef Short Ribs from Black Sheep

Korean Beef Short Ribs
For a fusion of flavors try Black Sheep’s tasty dish including: 
Bulgogi BBQ marinade, Logan Turnpike grits, Kimchi, Anson mills benne seeds, and soft boiled egg
The marinade is a Korean bbq style
The grits are straight out of Georgia
The Kimichi is house made with Napa Cabbage
Benne seeds from South Carolina
Soft boiled egg from Black Hog farm – East Palatka

Crab Cakes from Azurea

Cast Iron Seared Jumbo Blue Crab Cake
An elegant choice that makes a savory statement, I love the combination of:  
Apple Cider Braised Collard Greens Charred Heirloom Tomatoes, Crisp Smoked Bacon

Deviled Eggs from The Candy Apple Cafe' & Cocktails

Deviled Eggs
Always a guest favorite, each order comes with the “traditional”, cobb, 
and spicy hummus deviled eggs. 
Dirty South Taco
I want to personally thank Flying Iguana for taking everything I love about Southern comfort food and putting it in a taco. Yum! The Dirty South Taco is loaded with:
Fried Green Tomato, Black Eyed “Peaco” de Gallo,
 Pimento Cheese Sauce, and Baby Arugula

Red Fish Creole from Jaxon Social

Red Fish Creole
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! 

Fried Green Tomato Sliders from Gilbert's Underground Kitchen

Fried Green Tomato Sliders
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. 

The Taste of Sawgrass at Vernon's

Taste of Sawgrass
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.

Until then…

Enjoy the Journey!
xo- Amy West

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