So let’s talk about the new kid in town, Moxie. This long awaited concept from Chef Tom Gray has been the buzz of the Jacksonville dining scene since Tom left Bistro Aix. I had the chance to give the new menu a try during their soft opening last weekend.
Yes, I left my little Riverside/Avondale bubble. Shocking, I know. Austin and I were in need of a date night, and Moxie’s soft opening was the perfect opportunity. I apologize in advance for the less than stellar pics. I wasn’t planning on doing a review, so I didn’t bring my camera. These are just some snaps with my phone.
Not gonna lie… Chomp Chomp doesn’t exactly look appealing on the outside. Nestled in a tiny strip along Adams Street, this hole-in-the-wall is a diamond in the rough. I’d heard about it from friends and co-workers, but despite working Downtown for a year (I can’t believe it’s been a year already!), I hadn’t made it down there yet.
Here’s a couple things you need to know:
1) This place is TINY. It sits about 8-10 inside people very, very tightly. There are a few tables outside, but considering it’s Florida and it’s still hotter than hell, I suggest grabbing your food to go.
2) The menu changes frequently (which is why you can’t find it online).
I have a serious case of day-before-vacation-ADD today. The struggle is real. I’m trying to get a million things done today. And even though I’m headed to Philly, you can still go enjoy Eat Up Downtown – they extended it for a third week too! This year, I only made it to one restaurant: Café Nola located in MOCA. We headed downtown last week for date night, and it was nice to get out of the Riverside/Avondale bubble.
We both started with the Smoked Chicken Flatbread:
Even though Sunday brunch is one of my favorite activities, I haven’t been in ages. I’m not even sure why I haven’t been! So when Ovinte asked me to come in and give their brunch a try, I jumped at the opportunity.
And as we all know, any good brunch starts with brunch cocktails.
I’ve been such a spoiled food blogger lately.
All these great restaurants keep asking me to come in and eat their food. Life is hard. This time, I had the pleasure of tasting the menu at San Marco’s Bistro Aix.
Bistro Aix speaks my love language – the put a glass of champagne in front of me when I walked in. Bubbles make me happy.
Remember how I went to Thomasville a few weeks ago for a work trip? While we were there, we had dinner at this fantastic little restaurant downtown called Jonah’s Fish and Grits. I know, y’all – the seafood thing around here lately is a little weird and totally out of character. Uncharted waters, actually. But I’m workin’ on it.
First of all, Downtown Thomasville is has been totally transformed from the last time I was there. Granted, that was the early 2000s (maybe even 2002 when I took the ACTs at Brookwood), but it’s definitely been a change for the best. I was pleasantly surprised to see an active downtown with shops and restaurants.