Le Bar @ Bistro Aix

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With all the new restaurant news floating around Jacksonville, did you know that Bistro Aix remodeled their bar area and private dining room? They finished it recently, and invited me to stop by to check it out. Last weekend, Austin and I took them up on their offer and enjoyed a nice date night. We were greeted by friendly bartenders and sipped on champagne while we looked over the menu. My favorite feature of the redesigned space was the unique chalkboard map wine menu:

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Taverna San Marco {+Giveaway!}

Taverna San Marco

Just wanted to take a few minutes to talk about a revamped lunch option in San Marco, kids – Taverna! After expanding and opening a private dining room and a revamped menu including quick casual lunch, the San Marco staple is ready to wow.

The wonderful people behind this spot invited me and some fellow Jacksonville food lovers to come in and try some of the new cocktails and menu offerings. Who am I to say no to that kind of offer?

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Moxie Kitchen & Cocktails

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.

Moxie Menu

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.

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Chomp Chomp

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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).

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Downtown Jacksonville’s Café Nola

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:

Cafe Nola Flatbread

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Ovinte Brunch

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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.

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