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ProjectMaximus

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what new places to try out?
« on: November 26, 2017, 03:48:37 PM »
Our holiday trip back to Jax has been cut short to a few days only. I am excited to try Cowford Chophouse and River and Post with my wife, but may not be able to do both. Which would you recommend to prioritize?? Lunch or dinner? Any other new spots we should try?

I come back to town pretty regularly but my wife does not and I would guess her next trip won't be til the summer. So if it's not a date night type of place I can always go on my own another time. Thanks for your advice!

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Re: what new places to try out?
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2017, 09:44:18 PM »
We've been to both and they both have lots of positives going for them but also, as one might expect from new ventures, some bugs to iron out.

That said, for now, we think Chop House has a significant edge on food quality (albeit, you pay more there), service and overall experience.  The building is beautiful and the rooftop is a great experience too.  Consistency on meat prep and cooking was their main issue the first time we visited a few weeks ago but we didn't see it as a deal breaker.  The sides, deserts and bread were excellent.  Complimentary valet (dinner only) is recommended if you don't want to look for parking otherwise.

River and Post food is adequate to excellent but not yet at the top of its game across the board.  Likewise, the service.  They also had a few operational issues which we believe were a result of biting off more they could chew opening week.  I will say their rooftop bar (check out the sliding canopy over the outdoor deck) has one of the best views, at least after dark, of the Jacksonville skyline and river we have ever seen and the downstairs dining decor is uptown.  While they have valet parking, they also have plenty of self serve parking behind the building which is nice.

Either should be enjoyable as long as you go in with the right expectations for newly birthed restaurants.

We think both are great additions to Jacksonville's food scene and hope, with time, they will smooth out all the rough edges and be mainstays for years to come.  Jax really needs places like these to succeed and it's important we support them as long as they do their job :) .
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Re: what new places to try out?
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2017, 10:24:22 AM »
Not on your list but Rue St Marc is good.

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Re: what new places to try out?
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2017, 10:32:40 AM »
Not on your list but Rue St Marc is good.

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Re: what new places to try out?
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2017, 05:40:16 PM »
Thanks for all the info/suggestions guys! Rue St Marc opened before we left so we ate there a couple times. I've also been to Crispy's on my own and LOVED the space. Springfield is back!!

Ok, so would either Cowford or River and Post be better for lunch instead of dinner?

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« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2017, 12:06:49 AM »
Ok, so would either Cowford or River and Post be better for lunch instead of dinner?

Haven't done lunch at R & P, but have recently been back to Cowford for lunch with several others.  Everyone found their meals to be excellent.  My wife also returned for lunch and had the same experience.  Note, Cowford's first floor is more casual and I think is the only option for lunch while the second floor is white tablecloth and recommended for dinner if you want a more refined evening.

Maybe you do one for lunch and the other for dinner and cover all the bases :).

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Re: what new places to try out?
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2017, 07:35:08 PM »
I went to River & Post today for lunch. The service and food was great. I’ll definitely be back.

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Re: what new places to try out?
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2017, 07:55:04 AM »
I have really enjoyed The Local the few times I have been.  it's nice, but not "fancy", and the food has been really good.

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Re: what new places to try out?
« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2017, 08:30:57 AM »
Had reservations for River and Post Saturday... The place was packed... First floor bar and dining room and upstairs bar.  Spectacular space!
 Cold night so people did not stay long on the rooftop despite blankets and the gas fires... Dining was kind of disappointing.  Our server was clearly frazzled, distracted, or simply overwhelmed.  Appetizers were not very good.  (Blue crab beignets and calamari)  The timing was also off... waited a looong time between appetizer and entree... I suspect our order got lost.  Entree's were ok... nothing spectacular.  Will try again as rooftop is very cool and am hoping the dining experience gets better over time.
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Re: what new places to try out?
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2017, 07:10:09 PM »
Had dinner with out of towns friends Saturday night at Cowford Chophouse. We all enjoyed ourselves. The service was extremely good. The food was tasty. The space is ridiculously cool. Hats off to Jaques Klempf for doing this. I will support it!

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Re: what new places to try out?
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2017, 10:35:34 AM »
Had reservations for River and Post Saturday... The place was packed... First floor bar and dining room and upstairs bar.  Spectacular space!
 Cold night so people did not stay long on the rooftop despite blankets and the gas fires... Dining was kind of disappointing.  Our server was clearly frazzled, distracted, or simply overwhelmed.  Appetizers were not very good.  (Blue crab beignets and calamari)  The timing was also off... waited a looong time between appetizer and entree... I suspect our order got lost.  Entree's were ok... nothing spectacular.  Will try again as rooftop is very cool and am hoping the dining experience gets better over time.

Thanks for the review; sounds like I'll be giving them a couple weeks to get things together.

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Re: what new places to try out?
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2017, 11:37:20 AM »
Thanks for all the tips and reviews. I'm still not sure what we'll do...maybe pass on both until the service is figured out lol.