Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bar and Grill Isn't Quite What's Going on at Eva's; but Jacksonville Beach Eatery's Food Is Outstanding and Ample

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bar and Grill Isn't Quite What's Going on at Eva's; but Jacksonville Beach Eatery's Food Is Outstanding and Ample

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Byline: J.F. Mix

Eva's Bar & Grill in Jacksonville Beach has a lot going for it. However, its name isn't one of them. I have no problem with Eva, I've never met the woman. It's the "Bar & Grill" portion of the name that is ill fitting.

Located on 610 Third St. S., in the former Mario's location, Eva's doesn't offer much as a bar and it does so much more than grill. The bar is a small and oval-shaped and sits in front of the kitchen. The draft beer selection is rather limited and it is often used as a makeshift work station for waiters who are folding napkins or arranging orders.

"Bar & Grill" doesn't begin to convey the food served there. It's a mix of Italian and Greek food with a bit of New Orleans and homestyle fare as well.

Let's start with some appetizers. The Greek Meatballs ($7) were golfball-size rounds of ground meat. They were perfectly cooked as to not have a flat bottom anywhere and were moist and flavorful and the sour cream-based tzaziki sauce was an excellent match.

The Crispy Duck Springrolls ($7) came as advertised. They were crisp and not the least bit greasy. The filling was generous and full of duck flavor.

The duck theme continued on the Charcuterie plate ($12), which featured thinly sliced cold cuts of salami and prosciutto, as well as an ample serving of liver pate and minced duck. It also featured a small Greek salad, bread and goat and blue cheese dollops. The liver pate looked formidable, but it was rather sweet instead of pungent. The minced duck, severed in an au jus, was a treat. The plate is large enough for two to share.

Maybe it is because duck is rarely a menu staple, but it kept catching our attention. The Provencal Duck Salad ($8 or $12) was a thing of beauty. The small duck breast was precisely sliced into several pieces and placed atop the fresh greens. While I would have liked to have had the duck a little more rare, it was not overcooked in the least. The fresh-from-the-farmers'-market strawberries were sweet and popped with flavor, unlike the tasteless cardboard ones found in the supermarket.

Beef Short Rib Lasagna ($14) served as fair warning that Eva is a very generous woman. …

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