29 South Eats (Permanently Closed)

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What’s Clean

At 29 South Eats, most of the produce is local and organically grown. Depending on the season, several varieties are harvested from their own garden located directly behind the restaurant. The bread is organic and the seafood is wild caught and fresh. 29 South Eats is a chef driven restaurant and almost everything is scratch made.

What’s Served

29 South Eats serves American cuisine with a Southern flair. Their menu offers small plates, salads, sides, sandwiches, desserts, and entrees. Menu items that caught my eye were the Lobster Corn Dog, the Grilled Romaine Salad, the Sweet Tea Brined Pork Chop, and Chestnut Pappardelle.

What I Ordered

We ordered the Jar of Polenta appetizer which quickly became the table favorite. Beyond creamy and savory, the mouthwatering polenta was fluffy yet decadent and mixed with flavorful roasted mushrooms, tender asparagus, truffles, and pecorino. We also ordered the Cider Braised Pork Shank over Grits and the Southern BBQ Cobb Salad. Every morsel of the pork shank disappeared, leaving a bone without its coat. The meat was tender and pulled away from the bone with barely an effort, while the velvety grits were superb. The salad was good, but not great. I wasn’t a fan of the BBQ sauce flavor over greens.

The Vibe

29 South Eats occupies an older home near downtown with a quaint front porch and tables for outdoor dining. The interior dining area takes up 2 small separate rooms downstairs as well as a room upstairs. The decor consists of black and white checkered floors and red walls.

The Takeaway

29 South Eats offers a few clean choices and tasty food with a Southern twist. I love the front porch and vegetable garden in the back and I highly recommend the Jar of Polenta, yum! They are open for dinner and brunch on the weekends.

29 South Eats Polenta
Gluten Free Options
Outdoor Seating

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29 S 3rd St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

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