Author Topic: Food & Wine: We Can't Believe How Cool Jacksonville Is Being Right Now  (Read 3431 times)

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Nice profile of our fair city in Food & Wine:

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We Can't Believe How Cool Jacksonville Is Being Right Now

Do you like surprises? Come see what's happening in this fast growing Sun Belt city.

DAVID LANDSEL January 31, 2018
On a sunny winter morning in North Florida, temperatures have already climbed up into the 70's, and down along the St. Johns River, Jacksonville is having its weekly farmers market. This happens every Saturday, year-round, as part of the city's popular Riverside Arts Market; underneath a soaring highway overpass, people are lining up for organic Meyer lemons, kale, freshly-baked morning rolls, locally-grown rice and Filipino lunch plates; one of the city's dozen-plus microbreweries has its mobile taps out, because 10 o'clock in the morning is really not too early for beer, not when it's good beer, anyway.

If you blindfolded someone, dropped them down here, and asked them to figure out where they were, they might guess Northern California before this part of Florida—that is, until they have the opportunity to get to know Jacksonville a little better. This is not something a ton of people are looking to do, if we're honest; while the region is growing faster than most, outperforming other places in the Sun Belt, even, Jacksonville, with all it has going on at the moment, has yet to break out as a must-see destination. Too cold, too far north to belong to the Florida of our imagination, not nearly Southern enough for the South, Jacksonville, despite being close to a lot of things people might know (Amelia Island, St. Augustine, even Orlando isn't that far away) remains pretty much off on its own, doing its own thing, which for years meant it was kind of, well, nowhere.

Cut to the present day, and you have all this growth, all these people piling in from everywhere—turns out, Jacksonville's outsider status, and the relatively low cost of living here, has made it a natural fit for a stream of doers and makers, for creative, often quite young entrepreneurs either attracted here for the very first time, or lured back home by the promise of change. There is something exciting about the opportunity to grow with a city, rather than have to claw your way in, and then there is that abundant sunshine to consider, particularly at this time of year. As Jacksonville evolves and matures, so has the regional palate—one of the greatest surprises out of many, spending time in the city today, is just how much good stuff is going on here, how much there is worth eating and drinking. Should you find yourself here now, consider yourself just a little bit lucky—and then go check out these terrific spots.

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http://www.foodandwine.com/travel/united-states/we-cant-believe-how-cool-jacksonville-being-right-now

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Re: Food & Wine: We Can't Believe How Cool Jacksonville Is Being Right Now
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2018, 07:48:47 PM »
"There is something exciting about the opportunity to grow with a city, rather than have to claw your way in"

That's why I came back.

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Re: Food & Wine: We Can't Believe How Cool Jacksonville Is Being Right Now
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2018, 08:20:56 PM »
"There is something exciting about the opportunity to grow with a city, rather than have to claw your way in"

That's why I came back.
Me too! I've always known we could be so much better.  I'm liking the new Jacksonville.  Don't stop progressing.

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Re: Food & Wine: We Can't Believe How Cool Jacksonville Is Being Right Now
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2018, 08:44:43 PM »
"There is something exciting about the opportunity to grow with a city, rather than have to claw your way in"

That's why I came back.
Me too! I've always known we could be so much better.  I'm liking the new Jacksonville.  Don't stop progressing.

No, you guys.  You've got it all wrong.  If this gets out, people will keep moving here and then, they'll build more cool things, and then more people will move here, and... well, we don't need more of those people from up north!   ;D ;D ;D

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Re: Food & Wine: We Can't Believe How Cool Jacksonville Is Being Right Now
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2018, 06:50:41 AM »
Nice article... we need more of those...  8)
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Re: Food & Wine: We Can't Believe How Cool Jacksonville Is Being Right Now
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2018, 09:22:44 AM »
Nice article... we need more of those...  8)

I agree.

And what's really cool is that are 50 more places they could have easily named instead.

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Re: Food & Wine: We Can't Believe How Cool Jacksonville Is Being Right Now
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2018, 09:48:48 AM »
Three places in Murray Hill woo!
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Re: Food & Wine: We Can't Believe How Cool Jacksonville Is Being Right Now
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2018, 09:50:31 AM »
Jax definitely punches above its weight class for food and dining. Nice article!

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Re: Food & Wine: We Can't Believe How Cool Jacksonville Is Being Right Now
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2018, 12:27:07 PM »
^ Not quite the same form of publicity, but the comedian Katt Williams recently shot a comedy special in Jacksonville, and he talked extensively about how good the food is.
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Re: Food & Wine: We Can't Believe How Cool Jacksonville Is Being Right Now
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2020, 10:39:37 PM »
Florida’s First Coast!......... Where Miami Begins

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Re: Food & Wine: We Can't Believe How Cool Jacksonville Is Being Right Now
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2020, 07:40:10 AM »
I've been pretty homesick for a while now and this definitely isn't helping.
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