last week I made the short trip down to jacksonville, florida for work. normally, I cab around while traveling and stay close to my hotel - mostly because I'm too lazy to get a loaner car, way too impatient for the pickup and return process. on this trip, I had dinner plans and had arranged some wheels so I was good to go!
I met some family at hawkers in five points, which was about 15 minutes from where I was staying. they gave me an address and I showed up with no idea what to expect. I assumed hawkers was a weird hooters spin off, thankfully I was wrong.
hawkers serves asian street food, which means the name makes sense (palm to forehead). what I loved most about the place was the portions, shareable and just right. I started with a chenin blanc/viognier blend, which was nice. anytime I find viognier by the glass, that's what I choose since normally you only see it by the bottle. we also started with some potstickers that were dense and yummy.
at 7pm on a tuesday, hawkers was packed. we ate at the bar and experienced great, attentive service. five points in general was very busy, it took me a few laps to find street parking but it wasn't too terrible.
I perused the menu and bam! there was pad thai listed. I can't turn down pad thai. usually I have at least half of the dish left over and am super sickly full due to huge portions, but not at hawkers. the portion was just right and I devoured the whole serving. the pad thai came with chicken and shrimp, but I nixed the chicken. overall, hawkers pad thai was a bit spicier than normal and very good. we also had lettuce wraps and a fish dish, which were both tasty.
five points definitely has a historical and hipster vibe, which kind of reminds me of five points in atlanta. the street was lined with independent shops, thrift stores, tea and coffee houses, and even an adorable theatre (evidenced by my awesome iphone photo below). if you find yourself in jacksonville, check out this cool, walkable part of town. I wish I had more time to explore and will for sure be back!
some photos via hawkers facebook