One thing I can say about the city of Jacksonville is that it sure has a lot of interesting dining options to choose from! Last Saturday, while doing a little shopping at the Town Center one of my friends said "I'm hungry.....I want some cheese." We all laughed and said "Cheeeese???" She made it very clear that she didn't want something "cheesy" like pizza, but actual "cheese". Everyone looked at me because I'm the food blogger of the group and the first thing that came to mind was Ovinte. I had been wanting to get over there for a while and this was the perfect opportunity to try their cheese and charcuterie and some wine for an early start to our evening.
When we walked we were instantly impressed with the decor and the lounge set-up! Perfect for our girls night out gathering. The atmosphere was very relaxing, the music was awesome, and our server was the best (Hi Hunter!) This made for a wonderful dining experience.
There were a lot of things on the menu we wanted to try and lucky for us, the menu options are tapas and small plates. This made it easy for us to share so we ordered a few different things to satisfy all of our palates, and we made sure my friend got her "cheese" LOL! Here's what we had!
Cheese & Charcuterie
Ofcourse, the cheese and fresh fruit were good but the honeycomb and Marcona almonds were divine!
Herb Truffle Fries
These were my favorite! I was gobbling them down like I was in a fries eating contest LOL! These shoestring cut fries were dusted with sea-salt, fresh herbs, parmesan, and truffle oil.....YUM!
Bacon Wrapped Dates
These were amazing...they were so good we placed a second order of them. The little mahon cheese surprise inside of the dates and the apple wood bacon did it for us!
Chorizo Al Vino Tinto
Another amazing choice! The chorizo had a nice spiciness to it that wasn't overwhelming and the wine and herbs it was cooked in was heavenly! It was perfect to dip our grilled bread in ...
Empanadas de Chorizo
These were our least favorite of everything. A little too doughy perhaps and not much flavor. Pretty to look at though. :)
Moroccan-Spiced Pork Skewers
These were very good especially with the arugula salad! The meat had the perfect blend of moorish spices.
We all agreed Ovinte would be our new ladies night out meet up spot! The atmosphere is perfect, the wine and food is amazing, and the staff are wonderful! I can see this place becoming a favorite and I look forward to returning!
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!
Be back soon!