Go South, The Southern Food Tour, 2018, Jacksonville

Jacksonville’s hidden culinary treasures, overlooked take-out joints, and local foodie havens with lines out the door are nearly as diverse as its residents. So make your dinner reservations and go easy on the lunch because these stops on your foodie tour will blow your belt buckle right off. 

 

Mojo’s Tacos on the Boulevard, mojos904.com

This take-out joint near Downtown St. Augustine is known for its fast-casual, Mexican-American food, laid-back atmosphere, and locally-caught seafood. The Shrimp Arepas are unbeatable and “double-decker style” tacos demand respect.

 

The French Pantry, facebook.com/TheFrenchPantry

If it weren’t for the line snaking out the door, one might miss this Jacksonville gem hidden away in the industrial Southside. Arrive early. Try a slice of Wedding Cake with your bruschetta.

 

Woodpecker’s Backyard BBQ, woodpeckersbbq.weebly.com

Nestled along the St. John’s River in a bright red building among the pine trees, you’ll feel like you’re heading to the middle of nowhere. It’s worth the trip. Locals adore this hole-in-the-wall BBQ destination.

 

Kickbacks Gastropub/ Goozlepipe & Guttyworks, kickbacksgastropub.com

1.1 million hand-glued pennies provide the backdrop for eclectic art and one of the largest beer collections in the world (1000 bottled beer varieties, 204 beers on tap) at Kickbacks Gastropub in Riverside.

 

Hawkers Asian Street Fair, eathawkers.com

Hawker’s Asian Street Fare in historic 5 Points will rock your taste buds with its authentic, eclectic dishes like Curry Laksa and Yaki Udon. Experience the best of Asia on the Small Plates Menu.

 

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