#EATUPJAX: New eating places and hangouts this summer time in Jacksonville

Seafood-hungry residents of Downtown Jax now have a new place to eat: Whispers Oyster Bar & Crabs at 331 W. Forsyth Street. Caribbean and Mediterranean dishes are offered at special prices, such as: B. $ 12.99 junior crabs in a bag, $ 10.99 shrimp noodles, $ 9.99 jerk noodles, $ 5 wings, and $ 7 shrimp baskets. Expect south sides like Collards and classic Mac & Cheese to round out the selection. Those who work in the area will appreciate the 10% discount offered to government employees and businesses in the downtown area. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., happy hour from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Jacksonville hit the food news nationwide last month. And it wasn’t exactly positive. But at least it was just a Burger King. Footage of an employee cleaning a table with a floor mop went viral. Burger King, of course, made a statement about how unacceptable this was. For those of you curious, the Burger King is located in Fruit Cove, and yes, they’ve had some health code violations, according to News4Jax, which reported being cited for eight health code violations like dirty freezers and moldy kitchen openings.

Courtyard Beer Garden at the Strings Sports Brewery in Springfield

Another microbrewery opens its doors in Jacksonville, this time in Springfield: Strings Sports Brewery. As the name suggests, sport is the theme. So expect memorabilia, big screen TVs, and less obviously real basketball hoops and dartboards! For the less physical inclinations, they’ll have Jenga and Connect Four, among others, to turn it into a family-friendly pub space. Around the back there is a spacious beer garden. They’ll open with at least a couple of their own beers on tap, but they’ll have around 20 total to choose from, including their own.

Also on the beer news, Jacksonville’s Fishweir Brewing Co. of Murray Hill is sold after signing an agreement with Champion Brands. Counties included in the range include Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns.

Buchner's Beer Hall, Murray Hill, Jacksonville, Florida, German Bar, Jason GrimesBuchner’s beer hall in Murray Hill

Something new opened in Murray Hill last month that’s so hidden you might not even know it’s there. It’s a German bar called Buchner’s Bierhalle, and you can get there through Blackhat Vapor or through the back door. They specialize in European beers, especially German beers, and make many of their bar snacks by hand, using the small space for maximum delicacy. Expect pickled eggs, roasted nut specialties, hand-carved sausages and homemade sauerkraut, including brats and even caviar. They open Monday through Saturday at 4 p.m. and are closed on Sundays. Food and drinks are served late into the night, a special feature of the Murray Hill neighborhood until 2am.

Posting House, San Marco, Jacksonville, FloridaPosting house now open in San Marco

Just opened this month: Posting House in San Marco on Hendricks Avenue 2018, serving modern English pub fare. Don’t expect an early lunch there yet, aim for a late lunch or dinner as they are open at 2pm every day, except on Mondays when they are closed. They stay open Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday until 10 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays until midnight.

Mimi’s on Town Center Parkway is closed this year, but there are already plans for a new restaurant. The expansion will cost $ 1.8 million in the neighborhood to convert it into an Ida Claire. This would be the second Ida Claire in the world as the first is in Dallas. Another is slated to open in San Antonio this fall. The food will be Mediterranean with a cocktail menu. No word yet on when exactly they will open here in Jax but we will keep you updated.

Chef Dennis Chan opens another restaurant in Mandarin

Blue Bambooā€™s Dennis Chan plans to open another restaurant in the Mandarin neighborhood at 10110 San Jose Boulevard near Haley Road. They serve alcohol and the more casual items from the Blue Bamboo menu with an emphasis on Cantonese Chinese. If you don’t know Blue Bamboo or Chef Chan, you’re missing out – his Jacksonville family has served local restaurants for over 70 years. He himself is an award-winning chef and an important part of our local food community. We are curious what the new place will look like!

Blue Bamboo isn’t the only Jacksonville restaurant looking to open a new Mandarin venue. The Happy Grilled Cheese is likely to open a locale at 9965 San Jose Boulevard very soon (find them on Facebook and click the Mandarin location to get updates). They specialize in exactly what it says on the can (grilled cheese sandwiches!) And are one of Jacksonville’s food truck success stories. They went downtown on Hogan Street, and this will be their second locale. The space they will take up on San Jose is the former home of another food truck owner who went to brick (Blue Pacific Tacos).

Angies Subs, Jacksonville BeachFuture site plans for Angie’s Subs

Locals love Angie’s Subs in Jacksonville Beach, but there are going to be some big changes coming soon, although the sub-shop and their delicious subs will continue to be on sale during most of the construction. They are still in the approval process, but a three-story distillery and grill restaurant are planned next to the sub-shop. The biggest consideration is parking, and if you’ve ever been to Angie’s on a busy day, you’ve probably seen quite a lot there. If the city agrees, they will make plans for more parking spaces.

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