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Another Reason JAX Attracts: It’s a “Surprising Foodie City”

By Siddharth Mariappan

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Add one more to the list of reasons our JAX market is becoming increasingly attractive to visit or to live: it is now a “Surprising Foodie City.”

In an April 26, 2016 article titled “5 Surprising Foodie Cities to Visit Right Now,” Forbes Travel Guide named Jacksonville a place “with thriving foodie scenes that are just waiting to be explored.” Here’s what it had to say about specific restaurants:

Noting that Jacksonville, with its many beaches and the St. Johns River is often referred to as the “River City by the Sea,” Forbes checked out our local seafood restaurants and was wowed by their quality. “Try spectacular fresh off-the-dock fare at popular ‘shacks’ such as Clark’s Fish Camp or North Beach Fish Camp. Or indulge in oceanside dining with an order of the Long Line Catch 3 Ways at oceanfront Azurea, the signature restaurant at Four-Star One Ocean Resort & Spa where chefs prepare three different preparations of the same incredible, fresh-off-the boat fish for your entree.”
Noting that Jax’s food culture is often described by locals as a “melting pot of cuisines,” Forbes also reported “you can find everything from Southern fried chicken (Beach Road Chicken Dinners) and lick-your-fingers-clean ribs (Jenkins Quality Barbecue) to curry chicken burritos (Burrito Gallery) and Guinness beef stew (Culhane’s Irish Pub).”
Forbes recommended the duck confit hash for brunch at Restaurant Orsay and the “crazy-good crab rangoon” at Indochine.
To complete a Jacksonville taste tour, Forbes Travel suggested “buzzy live-work-dine address 220 Riverside to sample from Sbraga & Company and Hobnob. With the latter, you have to try chef Roger Regulacion’s spicy truffled edamame and shrimp kiliwin. And at the former, you won’t go wrong with Top Chef season seven winner Kevin Sbraga’s Hog and Hominy, the toque’s delicious take on cheesy grits with pork.”
Jacksonville is becoming an increasingly popular destination, not only for visitors but also for those seeking to relocate to an area with temperate climate, great beaches, good health care, and multiple cultural attractions. Becoming known as an up-and-coming foodie haven can only add to the allure of the Jacksonville housing market.

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