I could eat chicken wings every single night and be happy. Buffalo is my favorite flavor/sauce, and I don't care how unhealthy it is.
The best wings I've ever had come from a place called Tarks of Dania Beach. Since 5 hours is a bit far to drive for dinner, I've had to find something comparable here in Jacksonville. Like any other question, I turned to Facebook for some suggestions. The hands down most popular answer was V Pizza. I'll be checking out the other suggestions in the future, but for now, I took a trip for something a little different.
V Pizza has 3 locations around Jacksonville - San Marco, the Beach, and Mandarin. After a lame day, I decided to treat myself to dinner at the San Marco location. I don't need a reason to eat wings, but I figured I'd take it.
V's slogan is "The Art of Pizza." They serve up authentic Napoletana pizza that has been cooked in ovens straight from Naples - the real deal. If you're looking for New York style, this isn't what you would expect. They're all about unique ingredients, and that carries over throughout the menu.
So, the wings. The menu lists them as "Marinated with Fresh lemon, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Rosemary, Salt & Pepper, Fresh Garlic, and Caramelized onions." That's right - they aren't buffalo.
But, don't stop reading! I knew that going in, but I've heard so many things about these wings that I had to check them out.
I also ordered a pizza, because #EmotionalEating. The pizza wasn't that good...
What's the verdict on the wings?
Surprisingly, the wings are really good. Typically when people go crazy and tell me I HAVE to try something, it isn't worth it. But, I really enjoyed these - they were crispy, juicy, and had a ton of flavor to them. They cook them in their special ovens, so there is a bit of extra char on them that adds to the crispiness. I wasn't let down by them, and I'd probably go back to have them again. Unfortunately, they aren't buffalo, so they'll never fill my "oh man I need wings!" craving.
What's the best cure for post-Gate River Run hunger pains?
Burgers, fries, and milkshakes.
As part of my quest to find the best burger in Jax, I joined my friends Chris and Jesse to check out Epik Burger. Chris raves about this place, and he is on his way to finishing their challenge (eat every burger on the menu). For me, it was all about rewarding myself for not dying at the top of the Hart Bridge.
This one is #1 on the list for a reason - it is truly the best of the best when it comes to events in Jacksonville.
When I first thought up the idea for a Jacksonville Bucket List, there were a few things that had to be on it. While I don't want to turn this into a "things to eat" blog, I have to admit that there are many awesome places to get food in town. One of those is Edgewood Bakery, which has been a Jacksonville institution since 1947.
Moe's. Chipotle. Taco Bell. Surely when it comes to Mexican food, we can do better, right?
Living on Long Island, I really don't remember there being too many places to go for really good Mexican takeout. In college we went to Moe's a few times (thanks for the free chips!) and Chipotle had just become a thing.
That all changed when I moved down to Jacksonville. During my first visit, my mom kept raving about this place called Tijuana Flats. We went there several times when I was in town for just a few days - I was hooked.
But again, we can do better - and we can do it with some local flavor.
I'm Jenn! I'm a baker, blogger, sorta-runner, and writer living in Jacksonville, Florida!