5 Must Taste Upscale Southern Dishes in Jax


Smoked Shrimp and Grits at Salt

1. Salt

Located inside the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

Smoked Shrimp and Grits

A dish to remember, this dish features Crispy Prawns with Goat Cheese,

Shredded Phyllo, and Creamy Grits Flash Smoked for a theatrical finish that will leave you breathless.

Bonus!!! Recipe Here




Korean Beef Short Ribs from Black Sheep


2. Black Sheep

Korean Beef Short Ribs

For a fusion of flavors try Black Sheep’s tasty dish including:

Bulgogi BBQ marinade, Logan Turnpike grits, Kimchi, Anson mills benne seeds, and soft boiled egg

The marinade is a Korean bbq style

The grits are straight out of Georgia

The Kimichi is house made with Napa Cabbage

Benne seeds from South Carolina

Soft boiled egg from Black Hog farm – East Palatka

Crab Cakes from Azurea

3. Azurea

Cast Iron Seared Jumbo Blue Crab Cake

An elegant choice that makes a savory statement, I love the combination of:

Apple Cider Braised Collard Greens Charred Heirloom Tomatoes, Crisp Smoked Bacon



Tacos from Flying Iguana


4. Flying Iguana


Dirty South Taco

I want to personally thank Flying Iguana for taking everything I love about Southern comfort food and putting it in a taco. Yum! The Dirty South Taco is loaded with:

Fried Green Tomato, Black Eyed “Peaco” de Gallo, Pimento Cheese Sauce, and Baby Arugula


The Taste of Sawgrass at Vernon's

5. Vernon’s


Taste of Sawgrass

Sawgrass Marriott signature restaurant Vernon’s has recently undergone a major shift with the addition of Executive Chef Joe Natoli. Chef Joe has done his research and infused tons of local ingredients and regional flavors into the seasonal menu. A fine example of the Southern influence is the Taste of Sawgrass which features:

Buttermilk Biscuits, Pickled Local Vegetable, Pimento Cheese,

Boiled Peanuts and House Charcuterie, Datil Peach Marmalade Spread Seek out these fabulous dishes before they are gone. These upscale dishes are seasonal and may not be available year around, however I have faith these incredible dining destinations will find a way to please your palate regardless of season.

Until then…



Enjoy the Journey!


xo- Amy West


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