7 Burgeoning Trends of Jacksonville Dining

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From EUJacksonville: When it comes to food, some trends go beyond being just “trendy.” These so-called trends actually develop and expand the fabric of our food scene into something better. Written by Jennifer Earnest AND Christopher Irvin.

Food Truck To Brick and Mortar

A new trend we are seeing is Food Trucks expanding to brick and mortar restaurants. Corner Taco and the folks behind The Blind Fig have been major leaders in this trend. We know that The Happy Grilled Cheese is taking up permanent residence in 5 Points in the near future and are excited to see who might be next. One of the most obvious advantages behind this trend is creating a following before opening a restaurant. Chef Chris from Corner Taco believes these food trucks succeed greatly because of the operators’ past experiences. “I think that the biggest food trend is more casual restaurants started by chefs who cut their teeth in fine dining restaurants.”

The big, generic chains aren’t going anywhere, at least not anytime soon. But the success of food trucks, the B&M establishments that come from them, and the Maple Street Biscuit craze, is that they are so specialized. We think restaurant-goers are affirming the fact that they appreciate chefs who don’t try to be all things to all people.

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