Asian street fare comes to town

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HAWKERS is a hit. No doubt about it.

The food at Hawkers Asian Street Fare, the new restaurant in Five Points in Jacksonville, is hardly “food from the street”. 

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Well, food from the street by the “American” definition…but we created the Big Mac so…I digress.

Asian street food is generally top notch, affordable, and quality quality quality. So, when I heard about Hawkers opening up in Riverside in Jax, I immediately thought about Hawker Centers in Asia that Anthony Bourdain so often frequented  in No Reservations and The Layover. If Tony went there and liked it, you know it was good. The guy has taste. And he is pretty debonair too. (sadly, he’s happily married)Imagepad thai

Well Hawkers Asian Street Fare seems to “hit the nail on the head” when it comes to modeling after the Hawker Centers in Asia.

The food was tasty, tasty, tasty. Flavorful and fun. The tapas-style portions were generous and perfect for sharing.

From the Pad Thai to the Coconut Shrimp to the Cod in Black Bean Sauce, everything was full of flavor, fun, and fabulous. The drink selection didn’t disappoint either. We know Tony Bourdain would like this part too.

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An extensive beer list and a specific section of the drink menu dedicated to hard cider #happycamper

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I tried a seasonal blend of McKenzie’s cider on draft. It went well with the food and tasted great, plus it’s made in the USA, is only 3 years old, and made in small batches in Buffalo, NY.

Overall, Hawkers was impressive and unique. Just what the doctor ordered for the Five Points frequenters. 

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