Escape to Lunch at Eleven South Bistro and Bar | Lady Who Lunches

10/20/2014

On the Menu:
Organic Baby Kale Salad with Grilled Atlantic Salmon

Lunch often gets overlooked as a non event meal. Generally it becomes a "thing" when it involves business or some of your favorite girls getting together for a ladies lunch. Personally, I love the thrill of sneaking away from my overwhelming to do list during the day to meet up with the hubby for an impromptu lunch date. Part of my inspiration for this series was to reawaken your imagination, and reveal a few great lunch spots that make the perfect mid day getaway. Eleven South Bistro and Bar is one of these special spots. You may remember them from my "Date Night Destination" series and thought perhaps it was just for date night. I'm happy to showcase their amazing lunch, which has recently undergone a little renovation.




On the Menu:
Orecchiette Pasta with Wild Gulf Shrimp
Intimate Escape

Eleven South's New Lunch Menu Features
New Weekly Specials for the Adventurous Palate
Eleven South is quite the desirable getaway for lunch time diners. If you are looking for an elegant escape with first rate menu selections prepared with finesse then this is your place. Add to that top notch service and you will leave your afternoon meal feeling positively doted upon. I love the courtyard which provides ample natural light and the soft sounds of a nearby fountain to erase the stress of your work day in a private setting. With a great climate inviting you to embrace the outdoors nearly year around, Eleven South's outdoor seating also accommodates weather fluctuations with fans and heaters accordingly, and is safely covered for those rainy summer afternoons, or you can always grab a table inside their intimate dining room.  Located in South Jacksonville Beach just steps from the sand and sea, this destination is ideal for business luncheons, and a great spot for infamous "Ladies Who Lunch" get togethers.  Sip on a selection from the miles long wine list which Eleven South has won many awards for, or taste the Bistro's signature classics. What's more, you may find a few new surprises...
On the Menu:
Tuscan Sandwich
Portobello, Fresh Mozzarella, Roasted Roma Tomatoes, Baby Arugula
Full of Surprises 


Eleven South is among the Top Restaurants in Jacksonville and one of the few fine dining destinations locally that has consistently impressed diners for years. One might think that it would be easy to kick a successful restaurant into auto pilot and stick with the basics that made it famous, but not at Eleven South. Their philosophy of maintaining a variety of classics while keeping patrons guessing with daily specials has long impressed. Now this methodology is gearing up for even more success. Over the past few years the foodie population in Jacksonville has increased dramatically. With dining being one of the top three reasons why visitors travel to the First Coast, you can be sure palates are becoming more refined. Critical tastebuds have begun demanding exotic flavors, and popular trends, and Eleven South has answered that demand with innovation. 

On the Menu:
Smoked Salmon Bruschetta
Now instead of a few daily specials including an entrĂ©e, a soup, and an app, you will now see weekly menu changes that are available in short runs just as you might see on a "Chalk Board" style menu. A classic set of local favorites will still remain, but now the chefs will have the opportunity to express themselves creatively more each week while exploring current trends, and seasonal specialties. You'll want to visit often to stay on top of each new dish, which to me only adds to the fun! 
On the Menu:
Ahi Tuna Tartare with Crispy Wantons
Personally, I can't wait to see what exciting new dishes rise as shining stars on this new adventurous menu. During my sit down I couldn't get enough of selections like Smoked Salmon Bruschetta which is smoked in house and balanced well with the salty tang of capers. The Organic Baby Kale Salad had me returning again recently with the family for more, and the playful spin on Coffee and Donuts has a magical combination of Panna Cotta and Beignets. 


On the Menu:
Coffee and Donoughts
Espresso Panna Cotta and Cinnamon Sugar Dusted Beignets

Unlike some finer dining destinations Eleven South doesn't skimp on the meal size and you can be sure when you leave you will have received a great portion of an incredibly conceived dish. So come enjoy this intimate getaway on the First Coast and embrace "destination lunch". Let's make lunching an event again, I think you will agree Eleven South is certainly one of the best places to start. 

Until then...

Enjoy the Journey!

xo- Amy West


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