Gilberts Underground Kitchen's menu is full of classic favorites reimagined, like these Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches — Photo courtesy of Amy West
From the imagination of celebrity chef Kenny Gilbert, Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen reveals much about the chef’s return to his First Coast roots, with a menu rich in locally procured ingredients and a sense of place as comfortable as home.
Located just 30 minutes from downtown Jacksonville, Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen is destination dining at its best. Situated in Fernandina Beach, the location is just minutes from coastal waterways and the historic charms of old town Fernandina.
The atmosphere gives equal respect to days gone by, as well as Gilbert's present-day achievements. You’ll find antiques thoughtfully highlighted throughout the restaurant, along with special details paying homage to the region and even personal touches straight from the chef's own collection.
Gilbert's Underground Kitchen is celebrity chef Kenny Gilbert's latest creation — Photo courtesy of Amy West
This neighborhood-driven restaurant features three inviting areas inside its “Modern Southern” digs, including The Safe House Lounge, ideal for casual cocktails and small bites; Muscadine Hall, a traditional dining area; and Datil Pepper Park, the perfect destination for al fresco dining year-round.
Serving up inspired Southern fare reimagined for the discerning palate, Gilbert takes good ole comfort food to another level by challenging the ideals of nostalgic flavors and giving them a modern twist. Utilizing ingredients native to the region, each plate bursts with as much flavor as it displays in vivid color.
Taste the flavors of the region, with seasonal ingredients harvested locally — Photo courtesy of Amy West
The seasonal menu showcases the local harvest and serves as a platform for the chef to reveal his latest inspired dishes; it's truly full of surprises.
The Express BBQ lunch is a popular pitstop designed to satisfy the ravenous mid-day appetite with selections ranging from classic pulled pork to the more adventurous Alligator Ribs.
Dinner service shines with finely tuned favorites like Southern Noodles, the Smoked Oxtail Hot Pot and Fernandina’s Local Wild Shrimp and Grits.
Brunch is not to be missed, bringing together crowd favorites that diners will enjoy morning or afternoon, like the Fried Green Tomato Sandwich slathered in pimento cheese and iconic Southern Biscuits and Gravy not to be outdone by Grandma Della’s Sweet Potato Pie or KG’s Banana Pudding as a tasty finale.
Additionally, Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen's weekly pop-up menu features special creations driven by the chef's international cooking style.
Put a little South in your mouth at Gilbert's Underground Kitchen! — Photo courtesy of Amy West
A fan favorite from Bravo’s 2010 seventh season of Top Chef, Gilbert returns to his roots in his first solo venture with Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen. Having begun his career at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island, it’s truly a full circle moment, returning after 20 years of culinary experience across the country to bring his talent back to the region.
Along with his wife and partner Anna, Gilbert seeks to provide diners seasonal, delicious comfort food whipped together with finesse and inspiration. Inspiration that began in his own home kitchen as a boy fostered at the hands of his supportive parents.
From inspired childhood to professional achievement, you can expect not only talent, but a whole lot of heart when you venture to Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen and taste the flavors of the region. Each plate is not just a dish; it’s an illustration that tells the story of Gilbert’s lifetime of concocting quality fare created with passion.
Make a reservation today. This is food folks are willing to stand in line for.