A massive big-screen television casts a festive glow across Wing City’s dining room. Pitchers of beer slosh atop tables next to sizzling plates of finger food, including wings doused in 20 types of sauce. Specialty sandwiches, such as classic burgers and philly cheesesteaks, provide filling meals or tasty footballs in case patrons are inspired to go long.
At their studio in historic Riverside, the artists of Old School Electric Tattoos adorn bodies with both ink and piercings. Helmed by a master tattooist, body-art professionals possess experience in an array of styles, such as East Coast, West Coast, portraits, and illustrations. They also apply their experience in custom designs, helping guests develop original images or dynamic renderings of their social security number. Beside the tattoo team, piercers work under the direction of several master practitioners who studied with renowned body-modification artists such as Fakir Musafar and Steve Haworth. Each member of Old School Electric Tattoos' staff complies with certified sterilization standards and biohazard practices.
The Salty Fig has been renamed the Blind Fig to sync with its sister gastropub The Blind Rabbit, but it maintains the same Southern-inspired cooking that has made its name well-known to those in Jacksonville. This Avondale eatery is full of gourmet turns on simple recipes, while the lavish dining area further sets the mood thanks to deep booths, dark wood trim and a rustic tin ceiling. The cavernous, funky space is mood-lit for soft, glowing evenings out over plates of shrimp and grits or flatiron steak. Beer-battered fish sliders and a pork belly and oyster sandwich serve the simple gastro side of the menu, while drinks like the Fig Manhattan, touched with fig-infused Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Averna Amaro and housemade rhubarb bitters, keep the pub motif going.
Burrito Gallery, hidden away in the center of downtown Jacksonville, is a unique and casual hot spot for Mexican favorites like burritos, tacos and quesadillas. Far from the usual carne asada or ground beef, customers can swing for something much more unique, like ginger teriyaki tofu tacos, which are grilled to perfection inside flour tortillas and topped with slaw. Other dishes, like Paul’s Extreme Nachos, play on the eatery’s fun side – though beer, wine and full liquor bar certainly help. The small restaurant is simplistically styled, with red tiled floors, light oak tables and local art featured across the walls. A Day of the Dead-themed mural shows off colorfully-painted skulls, while music plays loud enough for eaters on the back patio to hear.