III Forks Jacksonville

I was excited about dinner but didn’t care that each course was paired with wine… until I learned from IIIForks Sommelier Jeremy Vass that proper pairing of wine with great food is a beautiful thing. 

Jacksonville’s III Forks is a test location- so executive chef Dylan Hauge gets to have fun in the kitchen.  I experienced his creativity first hand when local media influencers & I sampled our way through the new IIIForks Bar Bites menu.  It is a fun, creative menu with all the flavor of III Forks full menu but admittedly less stuffy {read: fun, delish and affordable!}

We started with a bowl of the Blue Cheese Taro Chips ($6.95).  This dish was a lot more flavorful than I expected- in a good way!  The chips were small enough that I could have blue cheese sauce with every bite without double dipping.  :)   Good for me and for the people I was sharing with, too!  Jeremy paired this course with Chamisal Chardonnay.  This chardonnay was “clean & crisp” {so I heard}… I know enough to say it cut through the richness of the blue cheese yet light enough to pair well with the salad wrap.  Great choice.

By the way, whether you’re a wine novice or an expert with certain regions you prefer, you’ll love III Forks’ iPad app.  They’ll bring you an iPad which pairs foods with wines, describes regions, flavors {etc} for the wines in house!  Ask next time you’re in!

Check out these Wedge Salad Wraps ($7.95).  I love the idea of picking up my salad and eating it taco-style; it’s a fun and fresh presentation.  Two come in the order, one for you and one to share, which is great, because you won’t want to share the next course… Duck & Waffle!!

Oh. my. gracious.  The Ahi Tuna ($14.95) was predictably tasty but the Duck & Waffle ($12.95) was uh-ma-zing.  Rich seared duck on a petite waffle with port wine cherries and creme fraiche… be still, my beating heart!  I think it was the port wine cherry that put this over the top.  The ahi & duck were paired with Chandon Pinot Noir.  By the way, pinot is a “safe” pairing with duck.  So next time you serve duck, you know what wine to buy.  Thank me later.

For our third course, we sampled the Prime Burger, French Dip Sandwich (each $14.95) and IIIForks Kobe Beef Sliders ($8.95 for two).  If I want a burger, I go to GAS Full Service Restaurant where local beef is crafted into fork-and-knife masterpieces.  So to me, the III Forks French Dip was the standout in this course.  Tender, shaved prime rib was perfectly prepared- it didn’t even need the jus to be moist {heresy for me to say, I know!}.  All around the table, foodies enjoyed this sandwich with balsamic caramelized onions and roasted peppers.  {Fries?  What fries?  Beg to sub some more duck waffles!  hahaha!}

If you pop into III Forks’ Bar or patio with some friends and want something special to share, check out the artisinal cheese plate.  I love that the cheeses are locally sourced from Sweet Grass Dairy in Thomasville, GA- a farm 30 minutes from my childhood home!  Another dish-to-share with wow! factor is the Steak Tartar served in a Himalayan pink salt bowl.

I thought the cheese plate was my dessert but then this trio came out:

Creme Brulee, Bread Pudding, Chocolate Cake… make it stop!  I’m going to have to work out for weeks to make up for this!

Honestly, I’ll order the cheese plate as my dessert next time.  The creme brulee was my favorite of the trio {loved the fresh berries with the crisp, caramelized sugar and creamy custard} but artisinal cheeses accompanied by a glass of Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto d’Acqui is my idea of a perfect dessert!

You don’t have to host a huge event to enjoy Chef Dylan’s creations or Sommelier Jeremy’s pairings, head to a III Forks Wine Tasting or one of their fun patio events.

The country club ambiance and menu of the dining room is great for certain occasions, but I’m a fan of the Bar Bites Menu.  See ya there!

Jacksonville III Forks Steaks & Seafood
9822 Tapestry Park Circle
(904) 928-9277
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also visit IIIForks in Austin, Dallas, Chicago, Hallandale, Houston and Palm Beach Gardens

2 comments


  • red bottoms

    Hi, I log on to your blog daily. Your story-telling style is witty, keep up the good work!

    August 15, 2012
  • iherb.com

    Appreciate this post. Will try it out.

    August 21, 2013

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