Top 5 Summer Foods
Whitey's Fish Camp shrimp boil, Dreamette, Angie's Subs, Orsay Fourth of July Backyard BBQ and The Pier's Sunday Funday
Sunday afternoon (live music on the deck 4-8 p.m.)
Whitey’s Fish Camp, 2032 C.R. 220, Orange Park
Nothing quite says summer like a low-country boil on the water. With live music wafting through the air, a breeze blowing through your hair and a frosty beverage in your hand, Whitey’s is the perfect spot to unwind. Shrimp are served with pieces of potatoes, spicy sausage and corn on the cob — a finger-licking-good spread, bebe.
DIPPED SOFT-SERVE VANILLA ICE CREAM CONE
Dreamette, 3646 Post St., Murray Hill
Price: $2.40 for a small cone
Cones, shakes and banana splits, oh my! This neighborhood spot is perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day — good thing the cones have a little plastic drip-guard. The soft-serve vanilla is dipped in your choice of flavored coatings (butterscotch, cake batter, chocolate, etc.). For 65 years, Dreamette has doled out sweet delights to adults and children alike. Portions are generous, prices are reasonable, it’s all delicious — and because of that, you’ll usually find yourself waiting in line. Bring a wad of dollar bills: Dreamette only takes cash.
THE JACK DEL RIO GRANDE SUB AND LARGE SWEET TEA
Angie’s Subs, 1436 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach
Price: $6.45 for a 10-inch sub
Warm turkey, roast beef, crispy bacon, melted provolone, sautéed mushrooms, crunchy barbecue Frito chips and spicy ranch dressing on a toasted white or wheat hoagie roll (your choice) make for a perfect pre- or post-beach lunch. Douse it with one of the squeeze bottles of tangy Peruvian sauce and pair it with a bag of chips. Fill up your cup from an oversized vat of award-winning sweet iced tea. The atmosphere’s laid-back with mismatched tables and chairs and an authentic, casual, easy-going beach vibe.
FOURTH OF JULY BACKYARD BBQ
1-6 p.m. July 4
Orsay, 3630 Park St., Riverside
Tickets: $25 all you can eat, cash bar
Popular French spot Orsay takes barbecue fare up a few notches. Beneath a large tent in Orsay’s parking lot, the all-you-can-eat menu changes annually and is announced a few weeks prior. Some of 2012’s standouts were grass-fed beef sliders with fromage Américaine and thick slices of crisp Berkshire bacon, Intuition Jon Boat Ale, poached hot dogs with Cubanelle pepper chow chow, sherry vinegar-braised Black Hog Farm pork shoulder with Napa cabbage slaw and a popcorn bar with toppings like truffle oil powder, parmigiano-reggiano and foie gras oil. Cans of local Intuition beers and a cash bar were available to wash everything down. And there were free coozies and fun swag.
2 p.m. Sundays
The Pier Cantina & Sandbar, 412 First St. N, Jacksonville Beach
With the tunes of popular local band Split Tone heard from 6 p.m. until close, The Pier is the place to be for Sunday Funday. Watch beachgoers while sipping an icy-cold Corona or Corona Light for just $3. Pair it with an oversized California burrito stuffed with steak or grilled chicken and all the fixings — lettuce, tomato, rice, refried beans, sour cream and cheese sauce. Or bring your crew and unwind with a few shareable appetizers like queso, guacamole and queso fundido.