The Blind Rabbit, a new venue from the creators of The Salty Fig, has opened to great acclaim in Jacksonville Beach.
Opening day was Tuesday, October 15. By the weekend, word had spread, and The Blind Rabbit was hopping on Saturday night.
After a brief but comfortable wait at the bar, my party of two was seated and presented with an extensive list of bourbon, beer, and cocktails from which to choose. Our waiter was a helpful and personable guide. He highlighted the Jefferson’s Reserve.
Because this is “a burger and whiskey bar,” we decided to stick to burgers. I ordered the Southern Burger.
When you order a burger or handheld, you are asked to choose your “root and sauce.” The “root” selection consists of hand cut fries or chips, sweet potato fries, tobacco onions, southern potato salad, garlic smashed potatoes, baby turnips or carrots.
The sauce selection includes curry mayo, spicy ketchup, Creole mayo, bourbon-spiked Creole mustard and tartar sauce.
I tried the sweet potato fries, and my escort chose the hand cut fries. His were better: hot and soft, but slightly crisp on the edges with just the right amount of salt. My sweet potato fries were not as hot as I would have liked, but I didn’t complain.
I was too distracted by my delicious burger: a large, juicy patty topped with a fried green tomato, Creole pimento cheese, peach habanero hot sauce, arugula, Georgia cane syrup and pickled okra on an artisan bun. It was cooked exactly as ordered, which always impresses me, and tasted out of this world.
My companion chose the Whiskey Smoked Burger, topped with whiskey smoked onions & mushrooms, smoked Gouda and five pepper jelly. It was smoky and delicious, piled with tender, melt-in-your-mouth onions and mushrooms.
Our debate over which burger was better ended in a tie, and a full stomach. If only I’d saved room for a bourbon-spiked milkshake! Maybe next time…