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Bite by Bite By Cuisine

Folio Weekly's comprehensive guide to local restaurants



THE BEARDED PIG SOUTHERN BBQ & BEER GARDEN, 1224 Kings Ave., 619-2247, San Marco,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
The Southern barbecue and beer garden, on the Southbank, offers brisket, ribs, pulled pork, chicken, sausage, beef—and veggie platters. All the sides are made-from-scratch. Kid-friendly. Craft beers and wine. $$ BW K TO L, D Daily

BIG OAK BBQ & CATERING, 1948 Henley Rd., Middleburg, 214-3041; 1440 Dunn Ave., Westside, 757-2225,
Family-owned-and-operated barbecue joints have smoked chicken, pulled pork, ribs, sides and something called “stumps,” which, since some of us here at Folio Weekly headquarters are at least one-quarter Southern, sounds damn good. $ K TO L D M-Sa

BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q, 8011 Merrill Rd., Ste. 23, Arlington, 743-3727; 3303 San Pablo Rd. S., Intracoastal, 223-1391; 1266 Third St. S., Jax Beach, 249-8704; 1275 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 270-2666; 2420 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine, 794-9424; 4907 Beach Blvd., San Marco, 398-4248; 10065 Skinner Lake Dr., Southside, 998-1997; 10645 Philips Hwy., Southside, 886-2801; 5711 Bowden Rd., Southside, 448-5395; 5903 Norwood Ave., Northside, 765-1817; 100 Bartram Oaks Walk, Fruit Cove, 287-7710; 12620 Bartram Park Blvd., Mandarin, 652-2989; 9820 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 268-2666; 1765 Town Center Blvd., Eagle Harbor, 269-8870; 731 Duval Station Rd., Northside, 551-4241; 5229 Jammes Rd., Westside, 900-3259; 2640 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 211, Middleburg, 282-4288; 705 S. Lane Ave., Westside, 783-1404,
For 60-plus years, Bono’s has been slow-cooking all manner of meats, and serving them with tangy sauces, including baby back ribs, barbecue salad and chicken breast sandwiches among the faves. $ FB K TO L D Daily

CAPTAIN STAN’S SMOKEHOUSE, 700 Bedell Ave., Woodbine, Georgia, 912-729-9552
All kinds of barbecue, sides, hot dogs, burgers, desserts. Dine in or out on picnic tables. $$ FB K TO L & D Tu-Sa

COTTEN’S BAR-B-QUE, 2048 Rogero Rd., Arlington, 743-1233
For more than 30 years, Fred Cotten Jr. has been offering his family’s pit-cooked barbecue items, with legendary sauces made in-house from original recipes. Cotten’s moderately priced selections are served in a casual atmosphere. $$ K TO L D M-Sa

JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE, 2025 Emerson St., Southside, 346-3770; 830 N. Pearl St., Downtown, 353-6388; 5945 New Kings Rd., Northside, 765-8515,
For 61 years, family-owned Jenkins has served great down-home barbecue. Slather sauce on a whole chicken or a basket of crinkle-cut fries. All three Jenkins spots have a convenient drive-thru. $ TO L D Daily (Northside & Southside closed Su)

MOJO BAR-B-QUE, 1607 University Blvd. W., Lakewood, 732-7200
MOJO OLD CITY BBQ, 5 Cordova St., St. Augustine, 342-5264
MOJO SMOKEHOUSE, 1810 Town Center Blvd., Ste. 8, Fleming Island, 264-0636
MOJO NO. 4 URBAN BBQ & WHISKEY BAR, 3572 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 1, Avondale, 381-6670
MOJO KITCHEN BBQ PIT & BLUES BAR, 1500 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 247-6636,
2017 Best of Jax winner/favorite
The barbecue joints offer pulled pork, Carolina-style barbecue, chicken-fried steak and Delta fried catfish. A wide bottled beer selection and full bar are available. Avondale’s Mojo No. 4 has shrimp & grits and specialty cocktails. $$ FB K TO B L D Daily

MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BAR-B-Q, 4838 Highway Ave., Westside, 389-5551; 10771 Beach Blvd., Southside, 996-7900,
Monroe’s in-demand smoked meats include wings, pulled pork, brisket, turkey and ribs. Homestyle sides include green beans, baked beans, mac-n-cheese and collards. $$ K TO L M-Sa; D F

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE, 1201 Riverplace Blvd., Southbank, 396-6200; 814 A1A, Ste. 103, Ponte Vedra, 285-0014,
2017 Best of Jax winner/favorite
A consistent Best of Jax winner for Best Steaks, Ruth’s Chris serves Midwestern custom-aged U.S. prime beef, cooked in 1,800°F broilers. Fresh seafood, live Maine lobster and an extensive selection of wines are also on the menu. Reservations suggested. $$$$ FB D Nightly

SONNY’S REAL PIT BAR-B-Q, 1720 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine, 824-3220; 2720 S.R. 16, St. Augustine, 824-3315; 12485 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 288-7928; 1976 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 272-4606; 1923 S. Lane Ave., Westside, 786-0081; 4434 Blanding Blvd., Westside, 777-0730; 5097 University Blvd. W., Lakewood, 737-4906; 12719 Atlantic Blvd., Arlington, 220-9499;  10840 Harts Rd., Northside, 751-4225,
For 50 years, Sonny’s has been a Northeast Florida favorite. Beef, pork, chicken and ribs are cooked in a wood-fired pit, and sides include Vidalia onion rings, corn nuggets, potato salad, barbecue beans and coleslaw. AYCE specials daily. $ BW K TO L D Daily

STICKY FINGERS RIBHOUSE, 13150 City Station Dr., Northside, 309-7427,
The Memphis-style smokehouse slow-smokes meats over aged hickory wood. Award-winning ribs, barbecue, rotisserie-smoked chicken. HH weekdays. $$ FB K TO L D Daily

TERRA GAUCHA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE, 4483 Southside Blvd., 551-5920
2017 Best of Jax winner/favorite
The churrasco has tableside service of fire-roasted meats, plus authentic side dishes. Light lunch available. Reservations encouraged. $$$ FB L, D Daily

TEXAS ROADHOUSE, 550 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, 213-1000,
Your server doesn’t look like Dalton, but after you dig into the steaks, ribs, seafood and chops, you won’t care. The atmosphere’s casual and family-friendly. It’s the kind of place where you just feel like one of the gang. Daily specials, daily HH, ice-cold beer and legendary margaritas. $ FB L D Daily

VALLEY SMOKE BBQ, 11 S. Roscoe Blvd., Ponte Vedra, 285-3235,
Local culinary legends Ben and Liza Groshell add another one to their collection. Right on the ICW, Valley Smoke has slow-smoked barbecue, plus seafood, chicken and venison. Real Palm Valley fare! Rare bourbons and Scotches are in the Bourbon Library, as well as wines, craft beers and cocktails. $$ FB L, Daily; D, M; R, Sa & Su

WOODPECKER’S BACKYARD BBQ ,4930 S.R. 13, St. Augustine, 531-5670,
The barbecue is smoked fresh daily. Brisket, ribs, pork, sausage, turkey available in sandwiches, in plates and by the pound. Eight sauces, 10 sides. $$ TO L D Tu-Su

WOODY’S BAR-B-Q, 8206 Philips Hwy., Ste. 25, Southside, 265-0066; 5930 Powers Ave., Lakewood, 739-7427; 1638 University Blvd. S., Southside, 721-8836; 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., Argyle, 772-7675; 226 Solana Rd., Ste. 1, Palm Valley, 280-1110; 1301 N. Orange Ave., Green Cove Springs, 284-1014; 474323 S.R. 200, Yulee, 206-4046,
The regional favorite offers barbecue plates, barbecue salads and pulled pork sandwiches. Lunch and dinner specials, and several AYCE specials. A seniors’ discount is available at some locations. $ BW K TO L D Daily


ANN O’MALLEY’S DELI & PUB, 23 Orange St., St. Augustine, 825-4040,
Across from Old City Gates, the pub has a casual menu of soups, salads and sandwiches–favorites include the Reuben and chicken salad. Dine inside or on the porch. Irish beers on tap. $ BW K L D Daily

BARLEY REPUBLIC IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE & RESTAURANT, 48 Spanish St., St. Augustine, 547-2023,
The Irish bar and pub serves burgers and sandwiches plus Irish faves, like fish & chips and bangers & mash. More than 70 beers and wines are served, including 10 on draft daily. Dine indoors or out on the deck. $$ BW K L D Daily

THE BRITISH PUB, 213 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 810-5111
The place offers darts and serves ale, beer and wine, as well as traditional meat pies, Cornish pasties and sausage rolls. Authentic British food and candies available at the shop within. $$ FB D Nightly

CULHANE’S IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
Bite Club certified
An upscale Irish pub and restaurant owned and managed by four sisters from County Limerick, Ireland. The menu includes favorites like shepherd’s pie and corned beef, and the gastropub menu reaches new culinary heights. $$ FB K R Sa & Su; L F-Su; D Nightly

DONOVAN’S IRISH PUB, 7440 U.S. 1 N., Ste. 108, St. Augustine, 829-0000,
The spot features a mix of classic Irish entrées and traditional American dinners, plus appetizers and pub grub, Irish beers and whiskeys. $$ FB K L D Daily

FIONN MacCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT, Jax Landing, Ste. 176, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown, 374-1547; 145 Hilden Rd., Nocatee, 217-7021 ,
Newly reopened after hurricane repairs, the popular pub offers casual dining with an uptown Irish atmosphere, serving fish and chips, Guinness lamb stew and black-and-tan brownies. Reuben spring rolls–’nuff said. And Fionn’s now serves a new, lighter lunch menu. $ FB K L D Daily

THE KING’S HEAD BRITISH PUB, 6460 U.S. 1 N., St. Augustine, 823-9787,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
Owner Ann Dyke and her family serve British draught beers and cider in 20-ounce Imperial pints in an authentic pub. Cornish pasties, and fish & chips. North of the airport; look for the red double-decker bus in front. $$ FB K L D Daily

LYNCH’S IRISH PUB, 514 N. First St., Jax Beach, 249-5181,
2017 Best of Jax winner/favorite
A Beaches landmark, the popular pub has corned beef & cabbage, shepherd’s pie, and fish & chips. There’s a vast selection of imported and domestic draft beers on tap. $$ FB TO L D Daily

MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB & SEAFOOD HOUSE, 20 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, 810-1923,
The pub, just south of the old fort, has burgers, traditional pub fare, seafood and a raw bar, along with signature dishes including steak O’Shay’s, Dubliner chicken and Irish Benedict. $$$ FB K Daily

MULLIGANS PUB, 45 PGA Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra, 285-1506,
The Irish pub, at Hilton Garden Inn, offers a variety of favorites and Irish dishes. And Guinness, of course! $$ FB B L D Daily

O’LOUGHLIN PUB, 6975 A1A S., St. Augustine, 429-9715
The popular family-owned-and-operated Irish pub and restaurant serves authentic fish & chips, shepherd’s pie, corned beef & cabbage and bangers & mash. Duck wings are a fave. $$ FB K TO L D Daily


20 WEST CAFÉ, 20 W. Adams St., Downtown, 222-0695,
This farm-to-table, counter service restaurant is run by FSCJ’s Culinary Arts & Hospitality Program students and staff. In other words, it works. The café serves breakfast and lunch weekdays. Chef Brett Cromer is a local who has been all over the region. His passion is offering forward-thinking, healthy options in the Urban Core. $$ B & L, M-F

AKEL’S DELICATESSEN, 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 125, Downtown, 446-3119; 21 W. Church St., Downtown, 665-7324; 12926 Gran Bay Pkwy. W., Mandarin, 880-2008; 245 Riverside Ave., Ste. 195, 791-3336,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
The New York-style deli offers freshly made fare–create from the extensive menu, or order a specialty sandwich: subs (Three Wise Guys, Champ, The Godfather), burgers, gyros, wraps, desserts, vegetarian dishes, full breakfast menu and signature salad dressings. $ K TO B L M-F

ARDEN’S KAFÉ & KATERING, 4555 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 3, Ortega, 240-1404,
From gourmet to Cajun, Chef Arden deSaussure can create it, using local seafood, veggies and meats. $$ TO B Sa; L Tu-Su; D Su

BAGEL LOVE, 4114 Herschel St., Ste. 121, Avondale, 634-7253,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
The locally-owned-and-operated spot offers Northern-style bagels, a variety of cream cheeses, sandwiches, wraps, subs and bakery items, as well as fresh-squeezed lemonade, coffees and teas. $ K TO B L Daily

THE BREAD & BOARD, 1030 Oak St., Riverside, 862-6992,
This newish spot serves massive sandwiches, meat, cheese or vegetable boards, large plates, fresh breads, craft beers, wine and natural sodas. Ingredients are locally sourced when possible; vegetable sides can be oven and fire-roasted. Specialty infused tea and coolers can be enjoyed on an outside patio–and your pooch is welcome there, too. HH M-F. $$ BW K TO L D M-Sa

BRIGHT MORNINGS BISTRO & CAFE, 105 Third St. S., Fernandina, 491-1771,
The delightful café offers breakfast sandwiches, bowls, burgers, lunches and sandwiches. Indoor/outdoor dining; dog-friendly backyard. $ TO B R L Th-Tu

CAFÉ KARIBO, 27 N. Third St., Fernandina, 277-5269,
In a historic building, the family-owned café serves worldly fare, including made-from-scratch dressings, sauces and desserts, in support of local purveyors and sourcing fresh greens, veggies and seafood. Dine inside or al fresco on the shaded outdoor dining area. Microbrew Karibrew Pub offers beer brewed onsite, imports, full bar. $$ FB K TO R, Su; L Daily, D Tu-Sa in season

KARIBREW BREW PUB & GRUB, 27 N 3rd St, Fernandina Beach, 277-5269
The island’s first microbrewery is next door to its sister restaurant, Cafe Karibo. Karibrew offers a variety of beers, spirits and pub food. $$ FB TO R Su; L Daily; D Tu-Su

CHAMBLIN’S UPTOWN, 215 N. Laura St., Downtown, 674-0870,
2017 Best of Jax winner
Breakfast sandwiches made with fresh Healthy Bagel bagels and croissants, unique lunch wraps, homemade soups, desserts, weekly specials. Read ’em and eat. Vegan/vegetarian fare, too. $ BW TO B L Daily

CLARA’S TIDBITS RESTAURANT, 1076 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 396-0528,
For 25-plus years, this spot has specialized in good food served in a friendly atmosphere, with popular lunch items like chicken salad and avocado sandwiches. Delivery available. $ TO L M-F

TIDBITS EXPRESS, 8535 Baymeadows Rd., 516-4144,
The little spot serves the same items as Tidbits. Place your order at a terminal–but there are real people if you need assistance. $ TO L M-Sa

COOL MOOSE CAFE & BISTRO, 2708 Park St., Riverside, 381-4242,
The New England-style café has a full breakfast menu, classic sandwiches, wraps and soups, and brunch all day Sun. Beer, wine and an extensive gourmet coffee selection are available. $$ BW B L Tu-Sa; R Su

THE CUMMER CAFÉ, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., 356-6857,
2017 Best of Jax winner
Light lunch, quick bites, locally roasted coffee, espresso-based beverages, homemade soups, sandwiches, gourmet desserts, daily specials. Dine indoors or in the museum’s gardens. $ BW K L D Tu; L W-Su

FIRST COAST DELI & GRILL, 6082 St. Augustine Rd., Mandarin, 513-4548,
The Grand Opening is today, July 25! Chef Richard Robinson believes in integrity, passion, fresh ingredients, service and customer satisfaction–these tenets will make this place a success. Serving traditional diner fare: oversized pancakes and bacon, sandwiches, salads, wings and burgers. $ K TO B L Daily

THE LOCAL, 4578 San Jose Blvd., Lakewood, 683-8063,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
With an emphasis on giving the customer healthful fare disguised as delicious food, this spot serves innovative items for breakfast and lunch, along with some serious caffeine. Espressos, iced coffee drinks, lattes, cappuccinos and chai drinks are served. Start the day with housemade sangria, Bellinis and mimosas; later, choose from a wide variety of beers and local wines. $ BW K TO B L Daily

OLIO MARKET, 301 E. Bay St., Downtown, 356-7100,
Made-from-scratch soups, salads and sandwiches. They even cure their own bacon and pickle their own pickles. It’s home to the duck grilled cheese, seen on Best Sandwich in America. Open late for First Wednesday Art Walk. $$ BW TO B R L M-F; D F & Sa

THE ORIGINAL CAFÉ ELEVEN, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 460-9311,
The former convenience store serves coffee drinks, vegetarian meals and meaty Southern comfort dishes. $ FB B L D Daily

PINEGROVE MARKET & DELI, 1511 Pine Grove Ave., Avondale, 389-8655,
2017 Best of Jax winner/favorite
Bite Club certified
For 40-plus years, the market has served hearty breakfasts and lunches: Cuban sandwiches, burgers, subs, wraps and homemade chicken salad. The onsite butcher shop sells USDA choice prime aged beef cut to order. Craft beers. $$ BW TO B L D M-Sa

POINTE RESTAURANT, 98 S. Fletcher Ave., Amelia Island, 277-4851,
2017 Best of Jax winner
Owners Jim and Gaye Dunlop’s restaurant, within award-winning inn Elizabeth Pointe Lodge, offers elegant seaside dining with a spectacular view of the island and the sea. Dine indoors or outside. There’s a hot buffet breakfast daily, full lunch menu. Homestyle soups, specialty sandwiches, desserts. Once-a-month Sunday brunch. Reservations suggested. $$$ BW K B L Daily

SURFWICHES SANDWICH SHOP, 1537 Penman Rd., Jax Beach, 241-6996,
The craft sandwich shop boasts Yankee-style steak sandwiches and hoagies. All sandwiches are made to order. $ BW TO K L D Daily

UPTOWN KITCHEN & BAR, 1303 Main St. N., Springfield, 355-0734,
Bite Club certified
In the 1300 Building at the corner of Third and Main. The kitchen has fresh quality fare, innovative breakfast, lunch and dinner farm-to-table selections and creative daily specials. $$ BW TO B L Daily

WHITEWAY DELICATESSEN, 1237 King St., Riverside, 389-0355
The deli sets the bar high with an extensive sandwich selection, including some items you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. It’s a good spot to catch current and former politicos talking about the city’s future over tabouli or ham sandwiches. $ TO B L M-F


ANDY’S FARMERS MARKET GRILL, 1810 W. Beaver St., Northside, 354-2821,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
It’s smack-dab amid the landmark Jacksonville Farmers Market, for 75-plus years offering local, regional and international produce. Andy’s serves breakfast items, sandwiches, snacks and beverages. $ B L D M-Sa

BURRITO WORKS TACO SHOP, 671 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 217-7451; 114 St. George St., St. Augustine, 823-1229,
You’ll find Baja-style tacos and burritos, 100 percent vegetarian bean burritos, fish tacos and hormone-free meats, along with homemade guacamole. $ TO L D Daily

CHOMP CHOMP, 4162 Herschel St., Avondale, 329-1679
The relocated spot has eats at moderate prices–most less than $10. Chef-inspired fare includes The Philadelphia Experiment (sweet pork over arugula), panko-crusted chicken, burgers, Waldorf salad, bahn mi, Southern fried chicken, The Come Up (portabella mushroom, green tomato salsa, almonds). Curry Chomp chips, pasta salad. Dine in or out. HH. $ BW L D M-Sa

CRUISERS GRILL, 319 23rd Ave. S., Jax Beach, 270-0356,
Locally owned and operated for 20-plus years–Bobby Handmaker is a pro–this casual restaurant serves half-pound burgers, fish sandwiches, big salads, award-winning cheddar fries and sangria. $ BW K TO L D Daily

DEERWOOD BISTRO, 8221 Southside Blvd., Ste. 24, 527-3451,
The busy, casual bistro serves familiar fare like baguettes, paninis, burgers, entrées, seafood and desserts. $$ BW K TO B L D Daily

DELICOMB, 102 Sixth Ave. N., Jax Beach, 372-4192,
The folks at the family-owned-and-operated deli make it all with natural, organic ingredients–no hydrogenated oils or high-fructose corn syrup. Granola, tuna salad, kimchi, wraps and spicy panini melts are on the varied menu. Delicomb–just steps from the sand–uses coffees from Strongtree Coffee. $$ TO B L Tu-Su

FIREHOUSE SUBS, 10131 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 8, Mandarin, 886-2179; 9825 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 886-2179; 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr., Mandarin, 338-0142; 6352 103rd St., Ste. 5, Westside, 854-0224; 1620 Margaret St., Ste. 105, Riverside, 674-2204; 13245 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 9, Intracoastal, 220-7140; 8355 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 101, 737-3473; 36B Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, 276-0701; 1855 Cassat Ave., Westside, 695-1055; 200 CBL Dr., Ste. 106, St. Augustine, 819-1808; 2245 C.R. 210 W., Ste. 11, St. Johns, 823-9914; 8221 Southside Blvd., Ste. 4, 996-0894; 1038 Dunn Ave., Ste. 1, Westside, 338-0098; 2640 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 210, Middleburg, 291-4411; 1581 C.R. 220, Ste. 115, Fleming Island, 215-7302; 1978 S. Eighth St., Fernandina, 491-8095; 13470 Beach Blvd., Intracoastal, 223-9557; 2400 Yankee Clipper Dr., Northside; 465 S.R. 13, Ste. 13, Julington, 287-3495; 2285-B Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 276-1537; 1448 S. Sixth St., Macclenny, 259-3473; 6337 Roosevelt Blvd., Ste. 2, NAS, 854-0057; 233 Third St., Neptune Beach, 249-6013; 1234 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 339-0312; 6752 Normandy Blvd., Ste. 03, Westside, 338-9000; 9660 Argyle Forest Blvd., Westside, 329-3944; 357 Marsh Landing Pkwy., Jax Beach, 280-9404; 790 Skymarks Dr., Ste. 103, Northside, 674-2799; 1949 San Marco Blvd., Ste. 1, 396-0001; 10261 River Marsh Dr., Ste. 131, Northside, 674-0536; 4347 University Blvd., Ste. 1, Southside, 731-1888,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
Jacksonville-based sub chain, founded by firefighters, serves large portions of premium meats and cheeses, steamed hot and piled on a toasted sub roll. And cherry-limeade! Kids’ meals include a free fire hat. Delivery. $ K TO L D Daily

GREEN TURTLE TAVERN, 14 S. Third St., Fernandina, 321-2324,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
In a historic shotgun shack, this legendary Dirty ’Dina hangout has Chicago-style Vienna beef hot dogs and pub fare, full bar and a chill island atmosphere. $ FB L D Daily

THE HAPPY TOMATO COURTYARD CAFÉ & BBQ, 7 S. Third St., Fernandina, 321-0707,
The funky little restaurant is slightly off the beaten path, but it’s well worth those 25 extra steps. Owner Richard Bolton’s spot serves fresh deli sandwiches and barbecue–pulled pork, smoked turkey and ribs–in a laid-back atmosphere. Homemade walnut chocolate chunk cookies are a specialty. And a certain FW editor craves the chicken salad. Dine inside or in the shaded courtyard. $ BW K TO L M-Sa

HARPOON LOUIE’S, 4070 Herschel St., Ste. 8, Avondale, 389-5631,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
Locally-owned-and-operated, the American pub has been a fixture here for 20-plus years, offering half-pound burgers, fish sandwiches and pasta, local beers; HH weekdays. $$ FB K TO L D Daily

JIMMY HULA’S, 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 63, Intracoastal, 220-9001,
Beach-themed place serves fish tacos and burgers, craft beers and wines. $ BW K TO L, D Daily

JOHNNY’S DELI & GRILLE, 474 Riverside Ave., 356-8055
The popular casual spot serves made-to-order breakfast and lunch fare, including grilled wraps, gyros and grilled chicken salad. $ TO B L M-Sa

LARRY’S GIANT SUBS, 6586 S.R. 40 B6, St. Marys, 912-576-7006; 474272 S.R. 200, Fernandina, 844-2225; 8616 Baymeadows Rd., 739-2498; 1301 Monument Rd., Ste. 5, Arlington, 724-5802; 10750 Atlantic Blvd., Intracoastal, 642-6980; 3611 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 101, Southside, 641-6499; 4479 Deerwood Lake Pkwy., 425-4060; 830 A1A N., Ste. 6, Ponte Vedra, 273-3993; 657 N. Third St., Jax Beach, 247-9620; 12001 Lem Turner Rd., Northside, 764-9999; 1509 Margaret St., Riverside, 674-2794; 7895 Normandy Blvd., Westside, 781-7600; 5733 Roosevelt Blvd., Westside, 446-9500; 8102 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 1, 779-1933; 700 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 15, Orange Park, 272-3553; 1401 S. Orange Ave., Green Cove, 284-7789; 1330 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, 276-7370; 1545 C.R. 220, Orange Park, 278-2827,
2017 Best of Jax winner/favorite
With locations all over, Larry’s is known for piling hot and cold subs high and serving ’em fast for 35-plus years. Brothers Larry and Mitch Raikes began here in Jax, setting high standards right from the start. The turkey breast is antibiotic-free, the grilled chicken is hormone-free and sustainably farmed. The guys are still Yankees at heart: The award-winning breads are from New York’s Costanzo’s Bakery. Some Larry’s now serve breakfast. $ K TO B L D Daily

LITTLE MARGIE’S FA CAFÉ, 303 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 471-2006,
“FA” is short for First Access–this beachy café is located north of the County Pier, directly across from the first beach access to the sea. The tiny kitchen cranks out daily specials, like jerk fish and mango wrap. $ BW K L D Tu-Su

MERCURY MOON GRILL & BAR, 2015 C.R. 220, Fleming Island, 215-8999
Mercury Moon serves a variety of burgers and wings and signature sandwiches, including Philly cheesesteaks, fried fish sandwiches and half-pound Moon burgers. $ FB D Nightly

NED’S SOUTHSIDE KITCHEN, 2450 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine, 794-2088,
The casual island-influenced place has Mediterranean dishes, tacos, meat loaf and shrimp and grits, in addition to vegetarian options. There’s a drive-thru to pick up orders. $ BW TO L D M-Sa

ONE TWENTY THREE BURGER HOUSE, 123 King St., St. Augustine, 687-2790
The spot, from the owners of Carmelo’s Pizza down the street, has premium burgers, made with beef sourced from renowned NYC butcher Schweid & Sons. There are wood-fired pizzas and an ice cream bar turning out Old World milkshakes, too. Outdoor dining. $$ BW K TO L D Daily

RED FROG & McTOAD’S GRUB-N-PUB, 5545 A1A S., St. Augustine, 814-8430
The casual eatery offers award-winning chowder, seafood, chicken, pasta and sandwiches. $$ FB K TO L D Daily

SANDOLLAR RESTAURANT, 9716 Heckscher Dr., Northside, 251-2449,
Right on the banks of the St. Johns, serving seafood, steaks, chicken and pasta. Dine inside or on the deck, with a panoramic river view. Seafood buffet every W $$ FB R Su; L D Daily

SCARLETT O’HARA’S, 70 Hypolita St., St. Augustine, 824-6535,
2017 Best of Jax winner
In a historic 1861 house with an outdoor bar and pub interior, pit-smoked barbecue, seafood, burgers, wings, steamed oysters and appetizers. $$ FB K TO L D Daily

SUPER FOOD & BREW, 11 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, 723-1180,
Once a food truck, now this popular brick-and-mortar eatery serves health-conscious New American cuisine that’s heavy on the fresh flavors and short on the pre-fab (that’s a good thing). Lots of craft beers to accompany sides like yucca fries and mac-and-cheese balls, along with salads, sandwiches and poke bowls. $$ BW TO L, D Daily


CHEF CHAN ASIAN CUISINE, 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3, 645-7333
2017 Best of Jax favorite
Asian fusion and Cantonese dishes, made to order. Fresh whole fish, roast duck, roast pork, beef, chicken, vegetable, shrimp. It’s generous servings at reasonable prices. One Yelper wrote: “Most of the customers were Chinese.” Validation! Dine inside or out. $$ BW K TO L Sa & Su; D Tu-Su

CHUN KING, 2771 Monument Rd., Ste. 33, Arlington, 646-1393
From sushi to soup to fried bananas, this place has daily chef specials and AYCE Mongolian barbecue. Sake and a full menu, including Thai and Japanese dishes, are also served; all MSG-free. $ BW TO L M-F; D M-Sa

FLAMING SEAFOOD & SHAO KAO BBQ, 1289 Penman Rd., Jax Beach, 853-6398
New place (is it Chinese? Barbecue? Seafood?) serves meats and vegetables, spiced, skewered on bamboo sticks. $ BW TO L, D Daily

GOLDEN CHINA CHINESE RESTAURANT, 11112 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 23, Mandarin, 260-8836,
Mandarin, Szechwan and Cantonese dishes, as well as daily lunch and dinner buffets featuring a hot bar and a cold bar. $$ BW TO L D Daily

GREAT WALL CHINESE RESTAURANT, 12200 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 4, Mandarin, 262-9107
The popular restaurant’s menu features Szechwan, Hunan and Cantonese dishes. $ TO L D Daily

HAWKERS ASIAN STREET FARE, 1001 Park St., 5 Points, 508-0342,; 241 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 425-1025
2017 Best of Jax winner/favorite
The menu is based on Asian street vendors, peddling authentic dishes from mobile stalls. The chefs collected the best hawker recipes to serve under one roof, like BBQ pork char sui, beef haw fun, Hawkers baos, chow faan and grilled hawker skewers. $$ FB TO L D Daily

PAGODA CHINESE RESTAURANT, 8617 Baymeadows Rd., 731-0880,
Mr. Tam, owner and chef, has been serving customers since 1975. Popular dishes include the seafood combination (lobster, shrimp, scallops and Chinese vegetables) and spicy General Tso chicken. $ FB TO L D M-Sa

TIMWAH CHINESE DIM SUM RESTAURANT, 8358 Point Meadows Dr., Ste. 11, Southside, 329-3676
Timwah is all about the dim sum, and it’s a welcome addition to the area. Dim sum is a style of traditional Chinese dumplings prepared as small bites, filled with a variety of meat, veggies and seafood. The menu has a ton of options. Go with a group so y’all can order a lot of different items and sample them all. $$ TO L W-Su


BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS, 869 Stockton St., Stes. 1-2, Riverside, 853-6545; 2400 S. Third St., Ste. 201, Jax Beach, 374-5735; 1905 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 853-6545,
2017 Best of Jax winner/favorite
Directly traded, locally roasted, limited lot coffees. Signature blends, hand-crafted syrups, espressos, craft beers. Pastries and specialty sandwiches from Knead Bakeshop. Great selection of local, regional craft beers and wines. $ BW TO B L Daily

BREEZY COFFEE SHOP WINE BAR, 235 Eighth Ave. S., Jax Beach, 241-2211,
Beachy coffee & wine shop by day; wine bar at night. The casual, local-family-owned coffee shop serves fresh pastries and a variety of espressos and locally roasted coffees, plus vegan and gluten-free options. Sandwiches, local beer, wine and mimosas, too. Relax indoors or outside. Free WiFi. $$ BW K TO B R L Daily

BREW FIVE POINTS, 1024 Park St., Riverside, 374-5789,
Local craft beers, espresso, coffees and wine bar are featured along with rotating drafts, 75-plus canned craft beers, as well as sodas and teas. The seasonal menu of waffles, pastries, toasts, and desserts is designed to pair with specialty coffees and craft beers. $$ BW K B L Daily; late night Tu-Sa

THE COFFEE GRINDER, 9834 Baymeadows Rd., 642-7600,
Owner Slava Micukic runs this coffee gallery, which features works by local artists. A full coffee/espresso menu is available. Beer served after 7 p.m. $ BW B L D Daily

DOS COFFEE & WINE, 300 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 342-2421,
Industrial chic coffee and wine bar features handcrafted pourovers and beans from Covina Roastery. Pressed sandwiches, farm fresh salads, and build-your-own cheese boards. $$ BW TO B L D Daily

SOUTHERN GROUNDS & CO., 200 First St., Beaches Town Center, Neptune Beach, 249-2922; 1671 Atlantic Blvd., San Marco, 619-1503,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
The newest iteration of a Beaches institution, this place offers fine coffees, desserts, wine, craft beers and quick bites. Dine indoors or out, with patio and courtyard seating. $$ BW TO B L D Daily

SPRING PARK COFFEE, 328 Ferris St., Green Cove, 531-9391,
Cozy shop; fresh-roasted Brass Tacks coffee, handcrafted hot & cold drinks, specialty lattes, cappuccino, macchiato, teas, pastries, sandwiches, breakfast. $ B L D Daily

THE URBAN BEAN COFFEEHOUSE CAFÉ, 2023 Park Ave., Orange Park, 541-4938,
Locally-owned-and-operated coffeehouse serves … well, coffee, as well as espresso, smoothies and teas. Breakfast goes all day, every day: omelets, donuts, bagels, paninis, yogurt pots. Lunch: flatbreads, BLTs, hummus, desserts. $$ K TO B L D Daily

URBAN GRIND COFFEE COMPANY, 45 W. Bay St., Ste. 102, Downtown, 516-7799,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
There’s a variety of locally roasted, whole bean brewed coffees, espresso drinks, smoothies, fresh pastries and bagels with homemade cream cheeses. Lunch includes chicken salad (best ever), tuna salad and sandwiches. Plus they’re FW’s tastiest neighbors! Free WiFi. $ B, L M-F
URBAN GRIND EXPRESS, 50 W. Laura St., 516-7799.
2017 Best of Jax favorite. See above.


BEIGNET’S CARIBBEAN CAFÉ, 4770 Barnes Rd., Ste. 1, Southside, 737-6789
A taste of the Caribbean jerk chicken, oxtail, goat, mahi sandwiches, and Caribbean beignets with coffee from New Orleans Cafe Du Monde. $ BW B L D M-Sa

B STREET EATS ,1173 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill, 503-8489,
Festive Latin- and South American-themed place serving salads, sandwiches or boxes of slow-cooked proteins—3-day pork, vegan jackfruit or chicken. Check out the wall featuring hundreds of cross-sections of locally sourced tree trunks. $ BW TO L, D Daily

CASA MAYA, 22 Hypolita St., St. Augustine, 823-0787,
Owner Marco Barrera serves authentic upscale Mayan cuisine that’s mostly organic, including a juice bar and daily specials. In the heart of the historic district, Casa Maya offers a hearty selection of dishes, both vegetarian and meat. $$$ TO B L D W-Su

DE REAL TING CAFÉ, 128 W. Adams St., Downtown, 633-9738
The Caribbean place has jerk or curried chicken, conch fritters and curried goat and oxtail. $ FB TO L Tu-F; D F & Sa

EL PALERMO, 2177 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 276-7701
The flavors are Caribbean and Puerto Rican at the family-friendly spot. Authentically crafted dishes served in a clean, no-frills atmosphere. Empanadas, black beans and rice, plantains, flan and cafe con leche. $$ K L D Tu-Sa

FLYING IGUANA TAQUERIA & TEQUILA BAR, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 853-5680,
2017 Best of Jax winner
The funky spot at The Corner serves a fusion of Latin American and Southwestern-influenced fare: tacos, seafood, carnitas and Cubana sandwiches, plus more than 100 tequilas. Outdoor seating. $$ FB TO L D Daily

HAVANA-JAX CAFÉ/CUBA LIBRE BAR, 2578 Atlantic Blvd., St. Nicholas, 399-0609,
Bite Club certified
2017 Best of Jax winner
The Cuban sandwiches served in this clean, bright café are the real thing: big, thick, flattened. Traditional Cuban fare like black beans and rice, plantains, steaks, seafood, chicken and rice, and roast pork. Spanish wine and Cuban drink specials, mojitos and Cuba libres. We like the electric palm trees outside. HH all day, every day. $ FB K L D Daily

ISLAND TROPICS RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, 2527 N. Main St., Northside, 355-3050,
This relaxed spot serves island dishes like fried plantain and codfish for breakfast, and curry goat, jerk chicken and hot wings for lunch and dinner. Desserts, baked goods, tropical drinks, vegetarian meals. $$ BW TO B L D Daily

LECHONERA EL COQUÍ, 3620 Blanding Blvd., Westside, 432-7545
The Puerto Rican place offers popular chulleta kan kan (pork chops), Tripletta churosco sandwich and more native flavors. It’s like a part of the Isle of Enchantment is now in Jax. $ FB TO L D Tu-Su

MANGO MANGO’S BEACHSIDE BAR & GRILL, 700 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 461-1077,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
Just steps from the A Street beach access, the Caribbean kitchen has comfort food with a tropical twist. Specialties include coconut shrimp and fried plantains. Outdoor seating. $$ BW K L D Daily

MARIANAS GRINDS, 11380 Beach Blvd., Ste. 10, Intracoastal, 206-612-6596
Pacific Islander fare, emphasizing the chamorro culture with soups, stews, fitada, beef oxtail, katden pika; spicy empanadas, lumpia, chicken relaguen, barbecue-style ribs, chicken. $$ TO B L D Tu-Su

THE MOSSFIRE GRILL, 1537 Margaret St., Riverside, 355-4434,
Just a stone’s throw from 5 Points intersection, Mossfire manages to satisfy indie kids and conservative businessfolk alike. Southwestern dishes like fresh fish tacos, chicken enchiladas are popular. HH M-Sa in upstairs lounge, all day Su. $$ FB K L D Daily

PISCO’S RESTAURANT, 4131 Southside Blvd., Ste. 101, 646-3888,
The Peruvian restaurant offers ceviche, jalea, lomo, pollo saltado, arroz con marisco, Inca Cola and Peruvian wines. $$$ BW K L D Daily

PUSSER’S CARIBBEAN BAR & GRILLE, 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, Ponte Vedra, 280-7766,
Bite Club certified
2017 Best of Jax favorite
Named for the rum, Pusser’s serves innovative Caribbean cuisine and regional favorites, like Jamaican grilled pork ribs, Trinidad smoked duck, lobster macaroni & cheese. Tropical drinks, like Pusser’s Painkiller, are popular house remedies. $$ FB K TO L D Daily

TOSSGREEN, 76 S. Laura St., Ste. 101, Downtown, 574-9905; 4668 Town Crossing Dr., Ste. 105, 686-0234,
The “fast-casual” place offers custom salads, burritos and burrito bowls with fresh ingredients like fruits, vegetables, 100 percent natural chicken breast and sirloin, shrimp, tofu, nuts, cheeses, dressings, sauces and salsas. Frozen yogurt, too. $$ K L D Daily


BEACH DINER, 501 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-6500; 2006 S. Eighth St., Fernandina, 310-3750; 11362 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 683-0079; 880 A1A N., Ste. 2, Ponte Vedra, 273-6545; 1965 San Marco Blvd., 399-1306,
These locally owned diners have indoor and outdoor seating and Southern comfort items, like fresh seafood, sandwiches and hot lunch specials. Cooked-to-order breakfast available all day–Eggs on the Bayou, fish & grits, French toast, riders, omelets. Plus burgers, sandwiches, shrimp & crabmeat salad. $ K TO B R L Daily

DEERWOOD DELI & DINER, 9934 Old Baymeadows Rd., 641-4877,
Fresh local seafood, Angus steaks, sandwiches, burgers, TVs. $ BW TO K B L Daily

DERBY ON PARK, 1068 Park St., Riverside, 379-3343,
This Riverside landmark is under new ownership and undergoing renovation We hear it’ll be
open soon.

THE FOX RESTAURANT, 3580 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 387-2669
2017 Best of Jax favorite
Owners Ian and Mary Chase offer fresh fare and homemade desserts. Breakfast served all day, along with signature items like burgers, meatloaf and fried green tomatoes. An area landmark for 50-plus years. $ BW K L D Daily

GEORGIE’S DINER, 100 Malaga St., St. Augustine, 819-9006,
Casual ’60s-themed Georgie’s serves homestyle fare and Greek specialties. Outdoor seating. $$ BW B L D Daily

JAX DINER, 5065 St. Augustine Rd., Mandarin, 739-7070,
Simple name, simple concept: Local. Chef Roderick “Pete” Smith, a local culinary expert with nearly 20 years under his apron strings, emphasizes using locally sourced ingredients from area farmers, vendors and the community for his American and Southern down-home dishes. Dinner served every Fri.; seasonal brunch events. $ K TO B L M-F, D F

METRO DINER, 3302 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 398-3701; 12807 San Jose Blvd., Julington, 638-6185; 4495 Roosevelt Blvd., Ortega, 999-4600; 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Southside, 425-9142; 2034 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 375-8548; 340 Front St., Ste. 700, Ponte Vedra, 513-8422; 1000 S. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine, 758-3323; 1534 N. Third St., Jax Beach, 853-6817,
2017 Best of Jax winner/favorite
The original upscale diner is located in a historic 1930s-era building amid San Marco’s residential district, and there are seven other locations. All serve meatloaf, chicken pot pie and homemade soups. Several Metro Diners now serve dinner, too. $$ B R L Daily

OCEANA DINER, 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, Intracoastal, 374-1915,
The popular diner has traditional American diner fare served in a family atmosphere. $ K TO B L Daily


THE BACK 40 URBAN CAFÉ, 40 S. Dixie Hwy., St. Augustine, 824-0227,
Caribbean-flavored lunch and dinner–wraps, upside-down chicken potpie, fresh, local seafood–in an 1896 building. Local art adorns the walls. $ BW K L D Daily

bb’s RESTAURANT & BAR, 1019 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 306-0100,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
The upscale restaurant features daily specials and variety of dishes from sandwiches and salads, to fresh seafood and specialty meats. Dine inside or on the patio. $$$ FB R L D M-Sa

BISCOTTIS, 3556 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 387-2060,
2017 Best of Jax winner
Now a landmark, Biscottis serves everything from innovative pizzas to a massive selection of almost-too-pretty-to-eat desserts in an intimate setting. $$ BW L D Daily; R Sa & Su

BLACK SHEEP RESTAURANT, 1534 Oak St., Riverside, 380-3091,
2017 Best of Jax winner/favorite
The independent restaurant serves New American favorites with a Southern twist (they call it “where haute meets homegrown”), made with locally sourced ingredients. Daily specials, awesome rooftop bar; handcrafted food and cocktails. HH. $$$ FB R Sa & Su; L M-F; D Nightly

BRICK RESTAURANT, 3585 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 387-0606,
This casual eatery’s exposed-brick façade and interior are classic Avondale. A varied, creative cuisine and the weekend brunch are local favorites. $$ FB L D Daily; R Sa & Su

CAFE CORDOVA, 95 Cordova St., St. Augustine, 810-6810,
In Casa Monica Hotel, this restaurant offers light breakfasts, coffees, teas, pastries, hand-tossed pizzas, sandwiches and soups. The adjacent Cobalt Lounge has a variety of fine wines. $$$ FB R Su; B L D Daily

GYPSY CAB COMPANY, 828 Anastasia Blvd., Anastasia Island, 824-8244,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
A mainstay for 35-plus years, with an urban cuisine menu that changes twice daily. The signature dish is Gypsy chicken; there’s also seafood, tofu, duck and veal dishes. Sunday brunch is mega-popular. $$ FB R Su; L D Daily

HORIZONS, 5472 First Coast Hwy., Ste. 8, Fernandina, 321-2430,
Gourmet fare–rack of lamb, grouper, pork marsala–and sandwiches–mahi BLT, prime rib melt, fish tacos–plus apps, soups and Sunday brunch are served at the upscale place. $$ FB K TO L D Tu-Sa

MARKER 32, 14549 Beach Blvd., Intracoastal, 223-1534,
Established in 1992, with an awesome panoramic ICW view, this restaurant offers an innovative American eclectic menu, with fresh, local seafood, shrimp and Andouille fettuccini, herb-grilled local fish with hoppin’ john and basil pesto rice, broiled oysters and yellow fin tuna poke. $$$ FB K D M-Sa

SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY, 9735 Gate Pkwy. N., Southside, 997-1999,
The grill and brewery has a variety of made-from-scratch fare, and local seafood, steaks and pizzas. Brewer Aaron Nesbit handcrafts award-winning freshly brewed ales and lagers. Dine indoors or out. $$ FB K TO L D Daily

TAVERNA, 1986 San Marco Blvd., 398-3005,
2017 Best of Jax winner/favorite
Chef Sam Efron serves authentic Italian cuisine made with local produce and meats. Craft beers (some local), award-winning wine, craft cocktails. Tapas, small-plate items, Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizzas, homestyle pastas. $$$ FB K TO Br L, D Daily

TOWN HALL, 2012 San Marco Blvd., 398-0726,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
California-inspired American cuisine with an intimate, modern vibe, Chef Tom Gray’s newest venture uses local seasonal ingredients as much as possible. HH daily. $$$ FB D Nightly; Su brunch


BISTRO AIX, 1440 San Marco Blvd., 398-1949,
French- and Mediterranean-inspired fare in an urban-chic atmosphere in the historic district. The menu changes seasonally, and the wine list has 250-plus choices. The wood-fired oven baked and grilled specialties include pizza, pasta, risotto, steaks and seafood. HH M-F; hand-crafted cocktails, specialty drinks. Outdoor dining. $$$ FB L M-F; D Nightly

FIVE POINTS TAVERN, 1521 Margaret St., Riverside, 549-5063,
New American cosmopolitan place serves chef-curated dishes with a French accent in a relaxed environment. $$ FB TO L & D Tu-Su

THE MAGNIFICAT CAFÉ, 231 N. Laura St., Downtown, 353-3588,
On Hemming Plaza, the French-style café serves French onion soup, quiche Lorraine and fresh fruit salad. Dine indoors or out on the covered patio. $ TO L M-F

RESTAURANT ORSAY, 3630 Park St., 381-0909, Avondale,
2017 Best of Jax winner/favorite
The French/Southern American bistro serves steak frites, mussels and Alsatian pork chops in an elegant setting, with an emphasis on locally grown organic ingredients. And if a big dinner seems like too much, grab a seat in the lounge, drink rosé and eat oysters with your smartest pals. HH $$$ FB R Su; D Nightly


GERMAN SCHNITZEL HAUS, 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 40, Intracoastal, 221-9700,
Teutonic through and through, this restaurant offers brauten, goulash, Leberkäse, burgers, handhelds, and a variety of … schnitzels. An array of vegan options also available. The bar menu features spätzle and craft cocktails, as well as viele Biere. (Beers, OK?) HH. $$$ FB K TO L, D Tu-Su

HOPTINGER BIER GARDEN & SAUSAGE HOUSE, 333 First St. N., Jax Beach, 222-0796; 1037 Park St., Riverside, 903-4112,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
A modern “Baverican” bier garden with 62 taps flowing craft beers, as well as creative liquor libations. The menu has sausage dogs, burgers, handhelds and more Bavarian-inspired gastropub fare. Daily HH, Sun. brunch. $$ FB TO L D Daily


3563 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 619-2150,
New spot serving fare inspired by Spanish, French and Italian cuisine, large selection of meats and cheeses, small—yet filling—plates (not so small), and an expansive wine list served in a spacious, fun atmosphere. $$ FB L, D Daily

BURLINGAME RESTAURANT, 20 S. Fifth St., Fernandina, 432-7671,
In a striking building just off Centre Street, the Fanellis have created a dining experience like no other on the island: ‘made-from-scratch food, unobtrusive service in a relaxed atmosphere,’ according to the website. The menu at the fine dining place changes quarterly, focusing on elegantly prepared dishes (six apps, seven mains) made with quality seasonal ingredients. Diver scallops, smoked pork ribs. $$$ BW D Tu-Sa

CASA MARINA INN & RESTAURANT, 691 First St. N., Jax Beach, 270-0025,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
The historic 1924 structure is the oldest in Jax Beach; dine indoors, on the verandah or in the oceanfront courtyard. The daily menu has crab cakes, pulled pork sliders, and homemade breads. Lunch includes burgers, tacos and sandwiches. $$ FB R, Su; L Tu-F; D Nightly

COSTA BRAVA, 95 Cordova St., St. Augustine, 810-6810,
In Casa Monica Hotel, the restaurant offers a meze-style menu with fresh and flavorful coastal cuisine, as well as crafted cocktails and an extensive wine list. $$$ FB R Su; B Daily; L M-Sa; D Nightly

DAVID’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, 802 Ash St., Fernandina, 310-6049,
The fine-dining place serves steaks, fresh seafood, rack of lamb, ribeye, Chilean sea bass. Chef Wesley Cox has created a lounge menu. $$$ FB D Nightly

DWIGHT’S MEDITERRANEAN STYLE BISTRO, 1527 Penman Rd., Jax Beach, 241-4496,
The small bistro specializes in hand-rolled pasta and grilled vegetables. Owner/Chef Dwight DeLude prepares meals in an exhibition kitchen and all dishes, including sea scallops and crab cakes, include pasta and veggies. With limited seating, reservations are suggested. $$$$ BW D Tu-Sa

ELEVEN SOUTH, 216 11th Ave. S., Jax Beach, 241-1112,
Elegance at the beach, Eleven South serves New American eclectic cuisine. There’s a mesquite grill and courtyard dining, and a selection of fine wines. Reservations suggested. $$$ FB L Tu-F; D Nightly

HOUSE OF LEAF & BEAN, 14474 Beach Blvd., Intracoastal, 379-1291,
The new place—‘where East meets West’—aims to make healthy living accessible and tasty, serving only fresh, organic, natural foods. Specialties are tofu, organic coffees and teas, hummus and dumplings. $$ BW K TO B, L, Br, D W-M

JOE’S 2ND STREET BISTRO, 14 S. Second St., Fernandina, 321-2558,
Joe’s offers upscale New American fare with French, Creole, Asian and low country influences. Seating in dining room, out in a large, New Orleans-style courtyard, or up on the porch with an Intracoastal view. $$ BW L D W-M

LE PAVILLON, 45 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 824-6202,
One of the oldest restaurants in the area, it’s family-owned and operated. The rack of lamb, bouillabaisse and Norwegian salmon are popular, as are the duck and the Dover sole. $$ FB L D Tu-Su

MATTHEW’S, 2107 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 396-9922,
This is Chef Matthew Medure’s flagship restaurant; fine dining in a refined, European-style atmosphere, specializing in artfully presented cuisine; the lounge offers small plates, an extensive martini and wine list and a HH M-F. Reservations recommended. $$$$ FB D M-Sa

MEZZA RESTAURANT & BAR, 110 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-5573,
The near-the-ocean eatery (in Beaches Town Center) has been around 20-plus years, serving casual bistro fare like gourmet wood-fired pizzas to nightly specials. Dine indoors or out on the covered patio. HH Tu and Th. Valet parking. $$$ FB K D M-Sa

NORTH BEACH BISTRO, 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach, 372-4105,
Bite Club Certified
The casual neighborhood eatery serves hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and a tapas menu. An extensive wine list and HH are offered. $$$ FB K TO R Su; L D Tu-Su

OCEAN 60 RESTAURANT, WINE BAR & MARTINI ROOM, 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060,
2017 Best of Jax winner
Continental cuisine includes fresh seafood, nightly dinner specials, and a seasonal menu served in the formal dining room or the more casual Martini Room. $$$ FB D M-Sa

OLD CITY HOUSE INN & RESTAURANT, 115 Cordova St., St. Augustine, 826-0184,
St. Augustine’s only Historic Inn with a full-service restaurant and bar. Global cuisine influences are evident in everything from the crab and sweet corn to spring rolls. $$$$ FB B L D M-Sa

THE PATIO PLACE, 416 Ash St., Fernandina, 410-3717,
The bistro/wine bar/crêperie has a full menu of eclectic global tastes, using crêpes every way imaginable–starters, entrées, shareables and desserts, served in an atmosphere that promotes gathering together. $$ BW TO B L D Tu-Su

RAINTREE RESTAURANT, 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 824-7211,
In an 1879 Victorian home for 35-plus years, Raintree offers steak and seafood, and patio dining. Reservations accepted; HH. $$$ FB D Nightly

RESTAURANT MEDURE. 818 A1A N., Ponte Vedra, 543-3797,
Chef David Medure creates dishes with a wide range of flavors from around the world. The lounge offers small plates, creative drinks and HH. $$$ FB D M-Sa

RUE SAINT MARC, 2103 San Marco Blvd., 619-0861,
The Medures have done it again–opened a brand new upscale restaurant, this time in the heart of San Marco. Executive Chef Scott Alters’ French American menu includes innovative dishes and Beverage Director Gabrielle Saul’s skills are poured into every craft cocktail. $$$ FB L D M-Sa


13 GYPSIES, 887 Stockton St., Riverside, 389-0330,
2017 Best of Jax winner
The intimate bistro serves authentic Mediterranean peasant cuisine updated for American tastes, specializing in chorizo, tapas, blackened cod, pork skewers, risotto of the day and coconut mango curry chicken. Breads are made from scratch onsite. $$ BW L D Tu-Sa, R Sa

ATHENS CAFÉ, 6271 St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 7, Mandarin, 733-1199, 
2017 Best of Jax winner
From the dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) to baby shoes (stuffed eggplant), Athens has been serving all the faves for more than 20 years. Greek beers. Vegetarian-friendly. Full bar. Early bird menu M-F. $$ FB L M-F; D M-Sa

THE CASBAH CAFÉ. 3628 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 981-9966,
2017 Best of Jax winner
Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine are served on the patio or in the hookah lounge, where diners sit on ottomans at low tables. Hookah pipes. $$ BW L D Daily

GREEK STREET CAFÉ, 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 106, Southside,
Fresh, authentic, modern fare from Greek owners. Gyros, spanakopita, dolmades, falafel, Greek nachos. Award-winning Greek wines. $$ BW K TO L D M-Sa

HALA CAFÉ & BAKERY, 4323 University Blvd. S., Southside, 733-5141
The Jacksonville institution–since 1975–serves homemade pita bread, kabobs, falafel, tabouli and a daily lunch buffet. The adjacent store carries delicacies from all over the world. $$ BW TO L D M-Sa

Bite Club certified
Owner Pierre Barakat offers authentic Lebanese cuisine: charcoal-grilled lamb kebabs, fattoush, baba ghanouj, falafel. Belly dancing. Outdoor seating. $$ FB K TO L D Daily

MEDITERRANIA RESTAURANT, 3877 Baymeadows Rd., 731-2898,
The Old World atmosphere at the family-owned-and-operated Greek and Italian restaurant is a local favorite–for nearly 30 years. Fresh seafood, veal chops and rack of lamb are among the specialties. $$ BW L M-F; D M-Sa

NOURA CAFÉ, 1533 University Blvd. W., Lakewood, 739-0033,
Family-owned eatery specializing Mediterranean, Lebanese and Middle-Eastern cuisine prepared fresh daily; onsite market. $ BW TO B, Br, L, D Daily

THE OLIVE TREE MEDITERRANEAN GRILLE, 1705 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 396-2250,
Mediterranean fare includes healthy plates, hummus, tabouli, grape leaves, veggie kibbi, and gyros. $$ BW L D M-F

ZODIAC BAR & GRILL, 120 W. Adams St., Downtown, 354-8283,
Owners/managers Jeriees Ewais and Rima Ewais Wegener serve up Mediterranean and American fare, like paninis and vegetarian dishes, in a casual atmosphere. The daily lunch buffet is a Downtown favorite. Espressos and hookahs available. HH M-F. $ FB L M-F; D W-Sa


AUNT KATE’S, 612 Euclid Ave., St. Augustine, 829-1105,
The casual spot has an expansive Tolomato River view and a focus on seafood. Burgers, pasta dishes, steak and ribs also served. $$ FB K TO L D Daily

BEACH ROAD CHICKEN DINNERS, 4132 Atlantic Blvd., St. Nicholas, 398-7980,
Just like Sunday dinner at home–if your folks cook fried chicken, okra, sweet corn nuggets, country-fried steak, gizzards, chicken livers, fish, shrimp. creamed peas, gravy, cole slaw, biscuits, fruit cobbler, fries, rice … at the same site since 1939. $ K TO L D Tu-Su

COMFORT. A SOUTHERN BISTRO, 2777 W. University Blvd., Ste. 32, Lakewood, 683-7182
The neighborhood joint serves comfort food: chicken & waffles, meatloaf sandwiches, fried green tomatoes, Thanksgiving sandwich (sounds yum), mac & cheese and collards. Blueberry biscuit pie for dessert. This place outcooks your mom. $$ BW K TO L D Tu-Sa; Brunch Su

241 Third St., Neptune Beach, 372-4099
Serving the Beaches since 1962, and now at its fourth location (as far as we can recall), the busy kitchen, famed for its homemade sausage gravy and hash browns, serves full breakfast all day. Sandwiches, BLTs and patty melts. There’s usually a line for breakfast on weekends. $ TO B L Daily

FOOD ADDICTZ GRILL, 1044 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill, 240-1987,
The family-and-veteran-owned restaurant is all about home cooking. Customer favorites include barbecued pulled pork, blackened chicken, Caesar wrap and the Portobello mushroom burger. Vegan and vegetarian options, smoothies and desserts. $ K TO L D Tu-Su

SIMPLY SARA’S, 2902 Corinthian Ave., Ortega, 387-1000,
Down-home fare from scratch: eggplant fries, pimento cheese, baked chicken, fruit cobblers, chicken & dumplings, desserts. BYOB. $$ K TO D Tu-Sa, B, L & D Sa, Brunch & D Su

SOUL FOOD BISTRO, 5310 Lenox Ave., Ste. 1, Westside, 394-0860,
SOUL FOOD BISTRO II, 11876 Atlantic Blvd., Intracoastal, 394-2801
2017 Best of Jax winner favorite
Owned by Potters House Christian Fellowship, the cafeteria-style restaurant serves traditional Southern favorites: Fried chicken, greens, mac & cheese, cornbread and other regional delights. $ TO L D Tu-Su


THE 5th ELEMENT, 9485 Baymeadows Rd., 448-8265,
2017 Best of Jax winner
A variety of authentic Indian, South Indian and Indochinese dishes, a large lunch buffet of lamb, goat and chicken dishes, and tandoori and biryani items are served. $$ BW K L D Daily

INDIA’S RESTAURANT, 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 8, 620-0777,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
India’s has claimed many of our readers’ poll Best of Jax nods for authentic Indian cuisine, offering a popular lunch buffet. Dishes include curries, vegetables, lamb, chicken, shrimp and fish tandoori. $$ BW L M-Sa; D Nightly


AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 1915B A1A S., St. Augustine Beach, 461-0102,
The family-owned-and-operated place has traditional pasta, veal, steak and seafood dishes. Daily HH. $$ FB K L D Daily

CAFFÉ ANDIAMO, 500 Sawgrass Village Dr., Ponte Vedra, 280-2299,
The fine dining restaurant offers fresh seafood, veal, steak, pizza prepared in a copper wood-burning oven. There are daily specials and 75 wines by the glass. Customer favorites include fracosta loco and cappesanti di mare. Dine on the outdoor patio or inside. $$$ FB D Nightly

CASA DORA, 108 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, 356-8282,
Serving genuine Italian fare for 40-plus years, like veal, seafood and gourmet pizza. The homemade salad dressing is a specialty. $$ BW K L M-F; D M-Sa

ENZA’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 10601 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 109, Mandarin, 268-4458,
2017 Best of Jax winner
The family-owned place offers casual fine dining, specializing in Italian cuisine, veal and seafood dishes like seafood lasagna. Daily specials. $$$ FB K TO D Tu-Su

GUSTO, 1266 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 372-9925,
The restaurant serves handmade classic Old World Roman cuisine, from a varied Italian menu: homestyle pasta, beef, chicken and fish delicacies, using fresh local ingredients. There’s an open pizza-tossing kitchen. Reservations encouraged. $$ FB TO L R D Tu-Su

JOEY MOZZARELLA, 930 Blanding Blvd., Ste. D, Orange Park, 579-4748,
At this Italian restaurant, calzones, strombolis and lasagna are customer faves, and all the pizza pies are available stuffed. BYOB. $$ K TO L D Daily

MATT’S ITALIAN CUISINE, 2771 Monument Rd., Ste. 8, Arlington, 646-4411,
For 18-plus years, Matt’s been serving seafood, stromboli and veal, and other authentic Italian dishes, cooked-to order. Delivery available. $$ BW TO L D Daily

MILANO’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA, 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 21, Intracoastal, 646-9119; 1504 Third St. N., Jax Beach, 339-0909,
The casual, family-owned restaurant and pizzeria serves homestyle Italian fare, like thin-crust New York-style pizzas, veal and baked dishes. Delivery service. $$ FB K TO L D Daily

NAPOLI’S PASTARIA, 3787 Palm Valley Rd., Ste. 104, Ponte Vedra, 273-0006,
It’s traditional Italian dishes, like veal, pasta and hand-tossed and specialty pizzas. Delivery available. $$ BW K TO L D Daily

PASTA MARKET ITALIAN RESTAURANT & CLAM BAR, 1930 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 276-9551,
The family-owned-and-operated place offers gourmet pizzas, veal, chicken, mussels, shrimp, grouper and (of course) pastas: spaghetti, fettuccine, lasagna, ziti, calzones, linguini, tortellini. $$ BW K D Nightly

POPPY’S ITALIANO, 832 A1A, Ste. 1, Ponte Vedra, 273-7272,
Family-owned-and-operated Poppy’s serves fresh gourmet Italian dishes and familiar faves. Dine inside or outdoors; carry out or drive-thru. $$ BW K TO L D Daily

PRIMI PIATTI, 2722 Park St., Riverside, 389-5545,
The Northern Italian-style restaurant (the name means first plate in Italian) offers dishes made with fresh ingredients, daily specials, pastas and she-crab soup. $$$ BW K L D M-Sa

SHIRAZ PIZZA & ITALIAN GRILLE, 3980 Southside Blvd., Ste. 204, 738-8787,
The Italian restaurant offers an AYCE pizza lunch special, as well as sandwiches, subs and baked dishes. Delivery. $ BW K TO L D Daily

SORRENTO ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 6943 St. Augustine Rd., Mandarin, 636-9196
Luciano Russo and his family opened Sorrento 20-plus years ago. The menu features fish Francese and lamb Torinese, and entrées include a salad, bread and a side of spaghetti. $$$ BW D Tu-Su

TOSCANA LITTLE ITALY, 4440 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 900-1059,
The 150-seat place has Tuscan yellow walls, cherrywood tables and chairs, and tile floors. An extensive menu has traditional Italian dishes. $$ FB TO L M-F; D M-Sa

TRASCA & CO. EATERY, 155 Tourside Dr., Ste. 1500, Ponte Vedra, 395-3989,
The eatery specializes in handcrafted Italian-inspired sandwiches, craft beers–many local choices–and craft coffees. $$ BW TO L R D Daily


FOO DOG CURRY TRADERS, 869 Stockton St., Riverside, 551-0327,
Finally! A restaurant that’s ready to truly offer new things. Chef Kirk Howard (13 Gypsies owner) focuses on Southeast Asian made-from-scratch food that’s naturally gluten-free and starts out as vegan. It’s up to the diner to make the changes to create the meal; each dish is made to be customized. Housemade curries complement a variety of meats and vegetables. $$ L D Tu-Sa

KABUKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR, 1147 Amelia Plaza, Fernandina, 277-8782,
Certified Angus steaks, fresh seafood, all MSG-free. Japanese fare, unlimited sushi bar. The teppan art of cooking entertains as chefs prepare food before you. $$ BW TO D Tu-Su

KAMIYA 86, 1286 Third St. S., Jax Beach, 853-6602,
New Asian fusion cuisine, sushi–takka don, octopus, red clam, eel–and Thai dishes, like panang curry. Noodle and rice dishes. $$ FB TO L D Daily

KAZU SUSHI BURRITO, 117 W. Adams St., Downtown, 438-5020; 6025 Butler Point Rd., Ste. 104, Southside, 683-6391; 9965 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 35, Mandarin, 693-9903; 693 N. Third St., Jax Beach, 372-9949; 1000 S. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine, 342-2067
2017 Best of Jax favorite
6025 Butler Point Rd., Ste. 104, Southside, 683-6391,
Choose items from the menu or craft your own sushi burrito, poke bowl or salad from a variety of ingredients. The portions are generous, the place itself is clean and bright and the friendly staff can guide you in your quest for the perfect creation at this concept restaurant. Fan fave: Dynamite burrito. Dine inside or out. The Adams Street Kazu is closed Sun. $$ K TO L D Daily

OISHII, 4375 Southside Blvd., Ste. 4, 928-3223,
The Manhattan-style Japanese fusion cuisine features fresh, high-grade sushi, lunch specials and hibachi items. $$ BW K TO L D Tu-Su

SAKE HOUSE JAPANESE GRILL SUSHI BAR, 824 Lomax St., Riverside, 301-1188,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
Traditional Japanese cuisine and a wide variety of fresh sushi, sashimi, kiatsu, teriyaki and hibachi in an authentic atmosphere. Sake, too. $$ BW L D Daily

SUSHI ONE TWO THREE, 311 N. Third St., Ste. 101, Jax Beach, 372-9718,
Brand-spankin’-new right in the middle of all the action in Jax Beach, Sushi One Two Three offers a twist on how we eat sushi: All You Can Eat. And small plate sushi, all made to order. The rooftop parking solves the tricky JB drawback of no parking. Kid-friendly, too–the rugrats younger than eight eat free. $$ FB K TO L, D Daily

SUSHI BEAR RESTAURANT, 4530 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 9, Avondale, 503-0690,
Authentic Japanese fare: sushi rolls, specials, kid hibachi, more. $$ BW K TO L D Daily

SUSHI CAFÉ, 2025 Riverside Ave., Ste. 204, 384-2888,
A variety of sushi, like popular Monster Roll and Jimmy Smith Roll, plus faves like Rock-n-Roll and Dynamite Roll, are served, as well as hibachi, tempura, katsu and teriyaki. Dine indoors or on the patio. $$ BW L D Daily

WAKAME JAPANESE & THAI CUISINE, 104 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 108, St. Johns, 230-6688,
The fine-dining restaurant offers authentic Japanese and Thai cuisine, a full sushi menu, curries and pad dishes. $$ BW K L D Daily

WASABI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR, 10206 River Coast Dr., Southside, 997-6528,
2017 Best of Jax winner
Authentic Japanese cuisine and amazing teppanyaki shows. A full sushi menu is served. $$$ FB K L D Daily


BURRITO GALLERY & BAR, 21 E. Adams St., Downtown, 598-2922
BURRITO GALLERY BROOKLYN, 90 Riverside Ave., Ste. 601, 355-4889
2017 Best of Jax winner
Popular place serves Southwestern cuisine with an emphasis on innovation, including ginger teriyaki tofu and beef barbacoa, enchiladas, wraps and tacos. Order at the counter, sit at the bar or chill on the patio. $ BW TO L, D M-Sa
BURRITO GALLERY, 300 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1, Jax Beach, 246-6521,
The relocated and all grown up Burrito Gallery features the same great quality burritos, tacos and enchiladas and fast service. Craft cocktails. HH M-F. $ K FB TO L, D Daily

CAMPECHE BAY CANTINA, 127 First Ave. N., Jax Beach, 249-3322,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
Chili rellenos, tamales, fajitas, enchiladas, fish tacos, fried ice cream, homemade margaritas and HH twice a day. $$ FB K D Nightly; R Sa & Su

CANTINA LOUIE, 725 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 372-0123; 1900 U.S. 1, St. Augustine, 770-2608; 9726 Touchton Rd., Southside, 329-4369; 960062 Gateway Blvd., Fernandina, 310-9675,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
The affordable, fun Mexican cantina specializes in innovative tacos and authentic Mexican street food. $$ FB K L D Daily

CASA MARIA, 12961 N. Main St., Ste. 104, Northside, 757-6411; 2429 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 372-9000,; 14965 Old St. Augustine Rd., Southside, 619-8186; 1001 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine, 342-0532
The family-owned-and-operated restaurant offers authentic Mexican food, like fajitas, burritos and seafood dishes, as well as a variety of hot sauces made in-house. The specialty is carne asada. Margaritas, too. At the beach spot, dine on the patio. $$ FB K L D Daily

CASTILLO DE MEXICO, 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 19, Intracoastal, 998-7006,
The restaurant, in business for 15-plus years, offers an extensive menu served in authentic Mexican décor. Weekday lunch buffet. $$ FB L D Daily

CORNER TACO, 818 Post St., Riverside, 240-0412,
Made-from-scratch “Mexclectic street food”–tacos, nachos, salads–with an innovative presentation. There are gluten-free and vegetarian options. $ BW L D Tu-Su

EL JEFE TEX-MEX, 947 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill, 619-0938,
Tex-Mex à la Chefs Scott Schwartz and José Solome (of 29 South fame) offer borderland favorites, like tacos, enchiladas and fajitas. One entrée is called Kitchen Sink–one picadillo puffy taco, two cheese enchiladas and two falutas. Craft margaritas and cocktails, wines, plus a variety of cervezas. HH. $$ FB TO K L, D Daily

EL POTRO, 7200 Normandy Blvd., Ste. 12, Northside, 378-9822; 1553 N. Third St., Jax Beach, 241-6910; 226 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 819-0390,
Family-friendly, everything fresh, made-to-order–fast, hot and simple. It’s a friendly spot–there’s even a photo of an ICE agent on the wall! Daily specials, buffet at most locations. $ FB L D Daily

HOLA MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 1001 N. Main St., Springfield, 356-3100,
Customers drive from all over to this spot. Authentic fresh Mexican fare, like fajitas, burritos and enchiladas, and daily specials. HH daily; sangria, too. $ BW K TO L D M-Sa

LA NOPALERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 1434 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 399-1768; 4530 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 388-8828; 14333 Beach Blvd., Intracoastal, 992-1666; 1930 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 276-2776; 1571 C.R. 220, Ste. 100, Fleming Island, 215-2223; 11700 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 288-0175; 8818 Atlantic Blvd., Arlington, 720-0106; 8206 Philips Hwy., Southside, 732-9433,
2017 Best of Jax winner/favorite
The popular spots offer tamales, fajitas and pork tacos. Some locations have a full bar. $$ FB K TO L D Daily

LOS LOROS MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 5210 Baymeadows Rd., 367-0437,
Authentic Mexican fare, fajitas and vegetarian dishes. Margaritas are featured. $ FB K L D Daily

PEPE’S HACIENDA Y RESTAURANT, 3615 DuPont Ave., Ste. 900, Lakewood, 636-8131
The place includes an ethnic grocery store. Pepe’s offers authentic burritos, tortillas, seafood, soups and fresh-baked in-house breads. $$ BW K TO B L D Daily

TACOLU BAJA MEXICANA, 1712 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 249-8226,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
Fresh, Baja-style fare with a focus on fish tacos, tequila (135-plus) and mezcal (20 and counting). Menu highlights include bangin’ shrimp, carne asada and carnitas, as well as daily fresh fish selections. The guacamole is made fresh every day, too. And the tequila selection is something else. $$ FB K R Sa & Su; L D Tu-Su


A1A ALE WORKS, 1 King St., St. Augustine, 829-2977,
The two-story brew pub, overlooking the restored Bridge of Lions, makes six varieties of beer and serves New World cuisine, indoors or out on the balcony. $$ FB L D Daily

ALICE & PETE’S PUB, 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra, 285-7777,
Inspired by World Golf Hall of Famers Alice and Pete Dye, architects of Stadium and Valley courses, the pub offers Northeast Florida flavors and Alice & Pete’s favorites, like Dominican black bean soup and Pete’s bourbon pecan pie. Outside dining. $$$ FB L D Daily

AMELIA TAVERN RESTAURANT & BREWPUB, 318 Centre St., Fernandina, 310-6088,
Contemporary hand-crafted, locally sourced comfort fare: local shrimp, small/big plates, organic greens, sandwiches. Good beer selection; wine on tap. $$ FB TO D M; L & D Tu-Sa; Brunch Su

ANGIE’S SUBS, 1436 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 246-2519
ANGIE’S GROM SUBS, 204 Third Ave. S., Jax Beach, 241-3663
2017 Best of Jax winner
Home of the original baked sub, Angie’s has been serving hot or cold subs subs, made with the freshest ingredients, to devoted locals for 25-plus years. One word: Peruvian. A new sub is The Suthern Comfert–slow-smoked brisket, chicken, mac & cheese, collards, black-eyed peas … on a sub roll. Mmmm. Huge salads and blue-ribbon iced tea. Grom, the kid brother, serves Sun. brunch and subs. $ BW K TO L D Daily

BEACHCOMBER RESTAURANT, 2 A St., St. Augustine Beach, 471-3744
One of the few spots in St. Augustine where you can eat on the beach, the casual spot serves a full lunch and dinner menu like fresh local oysters, shrimp, seafood, Baja fish tacos and Beachcomber’s award-winning chowder. Dine inside or out at picnic tables. $$ BW K L D Daily

BEACH HUT CAFÉ, 1281 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 249-3516
Celebrating nearly 30 years in the biz, Beach Hut Café often wins the Best Breakfast category in our Best of Jax readers poll. The full breakfast menu is served all day (get the darn good grits); hot plate specials M-F. Expect a wait on weekends–this place packs out. $ K TO B R L Daily

THE BLIND RABBIT WHISKEY BAR, 311 N. Third St., Jax Beach, 595-5915,
A variety of New American burgers–try the whiskey smoked burger served on a brioche bun and a maple bacon milkshake for dessert. $$ FB L D Daily

BOONDOCKS GRILL & BAR, 2808 Henley Rd., Green Cove, 406-9497,
Great bar food: burgers, steaks, coconut shrimp. We hear the fried green beans app is tops. Craft beers, friendly service–the whole nine yards in a rustic, casual atmosphere. Drink specials, HH. $$ FB TO K D M-F; L, D Sa & Su

CAP’S ON THE WATER, 4325 Myrtle St., Vilano, 824-8794,
The Intracoastal place is a Vilano Beach mainstay, serving coastal cuisine indoors or out on a large, oak-shaded deck. Kids romp along the water while grownups enjoy a long meal (fresh local shrimp, raw oyster bar) or a sunset. Boat access. $$ FB K L F-Su; D Nightly

CHEERS PARK AVENUE, 1138 Park Ave., Orange Park, 269-4855,
Southern/Cajun mix of Boar’s Head and Nathan’s, plus homestyle sauces, soups, hand-battered flounder sandwiches, Cajun BLTs, burgers and wings. $$ FB TO L D Daily

CLIFF’S BAR & GRILL, 3033 Monument Rd., Ste. 2, Intracoastal, 645-5162
Cliff’s features 8-ounce burgers, wings, seafood, homemade pizza and other daily specials, including the weekend handcut 12-ounce New York strip. Weekday HH. Smoking permitted. $$ FB TO L D Daily

ELEMENT BISTRO & CRAFT BAR, 333 E. Bay St., Downtown, 438-5173,
In Myth Nightclub. Locally sourced, organic fare, fresh herbs, spices. HH $$ FB D, Tu-Su

EPIK BURGER, 12740 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 105, Intracoastal, 374-7326,
More than 35 burgers made from quality grass-fed beef, ahi tuna, all-natural chicken and vegan are created with innovative recipes; gluten-free options are available. $ TO L D M-Sa

EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 992 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 249-3001; 2753 Park St., Riverside, 384-9999; 5500 Beach Blvd., Southside, 398-1717; 1704 San Marco Blvd., 398-9500,
2017 Best of Jax winner/favorite
With 130-plus imported beers, 20 on tap, E-Street (each one is family-owned-and-operated) knows its beers and ales. The NYC-style sandwich menu includes a classic Reuben, overstuffed sandwiches. Dine outside at some EStreets. $ BW K L D Daily

GAS FULL SERVICE RESTAURANT, 9 Anastasia Blvd., Ste. C, St. Augustine, 217-0326
The changing menu items are fresh, local and homemade. Casual fare like meatloaf and veggie and traditional burgers, seafood and steaks, as well as seasonal, daily specials and made-from-scratch desserts. It’s comfort food with an innovative twist. $$ BW K TO L D Tu-Sa

GIGI’S RESTAURANT, 3130 Hartley Rd., Mandarin, 694-4300,
In the Ramada, Gigi’s serves a prime rib and crab leg buffet F and Sa, blue-jean brunch on Su, daily breakfast buffet and lunch and dinner buffets. $$$ FB B R L D Daily

GUMBO YAYA’S, 14333 Beach Blvd., Ste. 101, Intracoastal, 223-0202,
New Orleans/Cajun fare features gumbo, po’boys, muffuletta, etouffée, jambalaya, shrimp, oysters, catfish. Daily specials and weekend low country boils. Climate-controlled patio for outdoor dining. $$ BW K TO L, D Daily

HAMBURGER MARY’S BAR & GRILLE, 3333 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1, San Marco, 551-2048,
Wings, sammies, nachos, entrées, specialty drinks, gourmet burgers–made with beef, blackbean, turkey or chicken. $$ K TO FB L D Daily

THE HOMESTEAD RESTAURANT, 1253 Penman Rd. N., Jax Beach, 372-9963,
It’s the same welcoming place it was on Beach Boulevard–but no ghosts (yet). Owner and Chef Bo Johns (who worked under Steve Macri, the owner back in the day) and co-owner Hal Batoon have brought the Homestead back to life. The Coppertop Pub, secluded from the main dining areas, is the place to relax, have a drink and chill with friends. It makes my heart sing to see the beloved fried chicken in a skillet on the menu–these folks know how to work the crowd. Plus seafood, burgers, beef and pork, all served by a friendly staff, the hallmark of the original 1947 Homestead. Sunday brunch. HH. $$ FB K TO L, D Daily

M SHACK, 299 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-2599; 10281 Midtown Pkwy., Southside, 642-5000; 1012 Margaret St., Riverside, 423-1283; 641 Crosswater Pkwy., Nocatee, 395-3575,
2017 Best of Jax winner/favorite
Brothers David and Matthew Medure are flippin’ burgers at these joints, featuring a variety of burgers, hot dogs, fries, shakes and more familiar fare at moderate prices. Dine indoors or outside for great people-watching at Beaches Town Center, St. Johns Town Center, Riverside and Nocatee. $$ BW L D M-Sa

OASIS RESTAURANT & DECK, 4000 A1A/Ocean Trace Rd., St. Augustine Beach, 471-3424
2017 Best of Jax winner
Just a block from the Atlantic, this is a favorite spot for burgers and daily specials, 24 draft beers, HH M-F. $ FB K B L D Daily

POE’S TAVERN, 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7637,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
Named for Baltimore’s macabre poet Edgar Allan Poe, the American gastropub has 50-plus beers, gourmet hamburgers, ground in-house, cooked to order, hand-cut French fries, fish tacos, entrée-size salads, Edgar’s Drunken Chili, daily fish sandwich special. $$ FB K L D Daily

RAIN DOGS, 1045 Park St., Riverside, 379-4969
2017 Best of Jax winner
Local-centric fare and bar food; the menu selection changes at the drop of a hat. $ D

RENDEZVOUS RESTAURANT, 106 St. George St., St. Augustine, 824-1090
Beer is the specialty at the German-style beer house, with 200-plus varieties from around the world, and a rotating draft selection. Pair one with a hot or cold deli sandwich. The kitchen’s open for late lunch during the week, till 2 a.m. F & Sa $$ BW TO L D Daily

RP’s FINE FOOD & DRINK, 1183 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 853-5094
If the address sounds familiar, you must’ve been a regular at the former TacoLu (we certainly were). Local restaurateur Billy Cissel is resurrecting the ol’ R.P. brand, just in time for the summer fun. Burgers, shrimp & grit cake, Key lime pie, locally sourced ingredients when possible. Craft cocktails, canned, bottled imports and local beers, outdoor patio. $$ FB TO K  L, D Daily

SARBEZ, 115 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 342-0632,
Local music venue has gourmet grilled cheese: Sarbez melt: smoked mozzarella, turkey, bacon, signature sauce, local sourdough. Local craft beers. $ BW L, D Daily

SEACHASERS, 831 First St. N., Jax Beach, 372-0444,
The beach place to be has four areas to enjoy: First Street Bar, Music Room, Beach Bar, and Dining Room. Fresh seafood, beef, chicken, handhelds, burgers, desserts. Traditional/creative cocktails. HH daily. Dine inside or on the patio. $$ FB L D Daily

SHANGHAI NOBBY’S, 10 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 547-2188
The popular music venue serves Asian fusion fare. $$ FB

SMASHBURGER, 630 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 241-2666,
Do-it-yourself burgers and chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, sides and fries are served at this popular beach spot. $ BW K TO L D Daily

SPLIFF’S GASTROPUB, 15 N. Ocean St., Downtown, 844-5000,
2017 Best of Jax winner/favorite
The music venue has munchie apps, mac & cheese dishes, pockets and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. HH M-F. $ BW L D M-Sa

SURFER THE BAR, 200 First St. N., Jax Beach, 372-9756,
Located in the former Freebird, this place has rightfully made a name for itself. The menu is familiar bar fare: burritos, bowls, nachos and tacos. The drinks are another story: hand-crafted tropical cocktails, frozen drinks and a long list of draft beers. Local surfer and videoman Mitch Kaufmann runs some old classic Radical Side videos every Mon. $$ FB K L D Daily

TAPS BAR & GRILL, 2220 C.R. 210 W., Ste. 314, St. Johns, 819-1554; 1605 C.R. 220, Fleming Island, 278-9421,
The menu has starters, burgers, sandwiches, entrées and a kids’ selection, all made to order with fresh ingredients, 50-plus premium domestic and imported beers on tap and a full bar. $$ FB K L D Daily

TASTY’S BURGERS & FRIES, 710 Centre St., Fernandina, 321-0409; 463852 S.R. 200, Ste. A, Yulee, 849-1241,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
In the historic district and out in Yulee, fresh fast-food alternative, with an innovative approach to combining the freshest meats, hand-cut fries, homemade sauces and soups and hand-spun shakes. $ BW K L D Daily

TIKI ISLAND TAP HOUSE, 614 Pecan Park Rd., Northside, 403-0776
This casual spot serves hot dogs, burgers, gator tail, gator jerky. Gator pond! $ BW TO D, F; L, D Sa & Su.

T-RAY’S BURGER STATION, 202 S. Eighth St., Fernandina, 261-6310,
2017 Best of Jax winner
The beloved local gem, family-owned-and-operated by T-Ray and Laura Mullis for 20-plus years, is inside an old gas station, but it doesn’t escape the notice of tourists or locals. T-Ray’s often wins Best Burger in our Best of Jax readers’ poll. The blue plate specials are famous on the island; on Wednesday it’s fried chicken with three sides; chicken & dumplins on Thursday. $ BW TO B L M-Sa

THE WELL WATERING HOLE, 3928 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 9, 737-7740,
Locally owned neighborhood bistro and wine bar, with a focus on fresh. Local craft beers, varietal wines by glass or bottle, champagne cocktails. Meatloaf sandwiches, pulled Peruvian chicken, vegan black bean burgers. Gluten-free pizzas, desserts. HH specials. $$ BW K TO L D M-Sa

WHISKEY JAX KITCHEN + COCKTAILS, 10915 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 135, 634-7208;950 Marsh Landing Pkwy., Ste. 370, Jax Beach, 853-5973,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
The popular gastropub offers craft beers (some locals), gourmet burgers, handhelds, signature plates, tacos and–of course–whiskey. HH M-F. $$ FB B Sa & Su, L F, D Nightly


1,000 DEGREES NEAPOLITAN PIZZERIA, 1480 Sadler Rd., Fernandina, 775-5247,
2017 Best of Jax winner
This place draws pizza lovers by the dozens. Choose from old standbys like pepperoni, Hawaiian and meat-lovers, or build your own, with a variety of toppings. And for those of you not willing to take the trip up to the Great North of Nassau County, three more locations are slated to pop up in Jax Beach, Mandarin and Southside.

ALE PIE HOUSE, 3951 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 503-8000,
Pizza made your way–New York, Chicago, gluten-free–plus subs, paninis, calzones, strombolis, wraps and dinners. Gluten-free, vegan cheese available. $$ BW K TO L D Daily

AL’S PIZZA, 240 Third St., Neptune Beach, 853-6773; 11190 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 260-4115; 635 A1A, Ponte Vedra, 543-1494; 1620 Margaret St., Ste. 201, Riverside, 388-8384; 8060 Philips Hwy., Ste. 105, Baymeadows, 731-4300; 1 St. George St., St. Augustine, 824-4383; 14286 Beach Blvd., Ste. 31, Intracoastal, 223-0991,
2017 Best of Jax winner/favorite
The San Pablo Road/Beach Boulevard is the first Al’s in NEFla—yeah, we didn’t know that, either—and Folio Weekly readers often vote for Al’s for Best Pizza in our annual BOJ poll. Celebrating 30 years at its seven locations, Al’s offers a selection of New York-style and gourmet pizzas, as well as baked dishes. All-day HH M-Th. $ FB K TO L D Daily

650 Park Ave., Orange Park, 269-1007,
The extensive menu at this family-owned restaurant includes eggplant dishes, manicotti and New York-style pizzas. $$ BW K TO L D Daily

ARTÉ PIZZA, 109 N. Third St., Fernandina, 277-1515,
The wood-fired oven renders specialty pizzas: traditional Napoli pizzeria, with imported cheeses, plum tomatoes, fresh ingredients. Authentic Italian dishes: eggplant parmigiana, caprese salad. Outside seating. $$ BW TO L F-Su; D W-M

BIG PETE’S PIZZERIA ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 118 N. Julia St., Downtown, 356-2680,
Big Pete’s makes everything from scratch, including pizza, calzones, baked ziti and wraps. Barbecue is served, too. $ TO L D M-F

BORRILLO’S PIZZA & SUBS, 88 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 829-1133,
John Zappa’s New York-style restaurant serves hot and cold subs, pasta dishes, and pizzas by the pie or slice. $ BW K TO L D Daily

BRICK OVEN PIZZERIA & GASTROPUB, 1811 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island, 278-1770,
Family-owned-and-operated, this spot has freshly made brick-oven pizzas, specialty burgers, melts and wraps. Craft beers. Gluten-free items available. $$ BW K TO L D Daily

CARMELO’S MARKETPLACE & PIZZERIA, 146 King St., St. Augustine, 494-6658,
In addition to NY-style brick-oven-baked pizza, Carmelo’s has freshly baked sub rolls, Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, stromboli and garlic herb wings. Outdoor seating, WiFi. $$ BW TO L D Daily

CRISPY’S , 1735 N. Main St., Springfield, 661-1503,
This newish place has a dual focus: pizza and art. They do both very well. And there are sandwiches and desserts. OK, beer: a gigantic choice, craft, local, import, bottles, cans. Almost as many wines, too. Outdoor dining, HH. $$ FB K TO L, D Daily

DaVINCI’S PIZZA, 469 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-2001,
DaVinci’s customers are loyal to this family-owned-and-operated pizzeria, which uses fresh, quality ingredients for its pies. Free beaches area delivery; call for details. $$ BW TO L D Tu-Su

JENK’S PIZZA, 2245 C.R. 210 W., Ste. 112, Julington, 826-1555,
Family-owned-and-operated, with subs, NY-style pizzas, calzones and a variety of Italian dishes. Delivery available. $ BW K TO L D Daily

JOEY BROOKLYN FAMOUS PIZZERIA, 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 107, Southside, 683-8737
Joey Pizza’s creations feature fresh dough, cheeses and meat toppings on the pizza pies; there’s also wings and Italian dishes. $$ BW TO B L D Daily

JOSEPH’S PIZZA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 30 Ocean Blvd., Beaches Town Center, Atlantic Beach, 270-1122; 7316 N. Main St., Northside, 765-0335,
For nearly 60 years, this family-owned-and-operated restaurant has offered hot pasta dishes, gourmet pizzas and veal entrées, plus an extensive beer and wine selection. Open Mon. from Memorial Day to Labor Day at the beach. Delivery available at beaches location. $$ BW TO K L D Daily; R Sa & Su (Beaches only)

MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS, 1018 Third St. N., Ste. 2, Jax Beach, 241-5600; 3611 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 388-0200; 9734 Deer Lake Ct., Ste. 1, Tinseltown, 997-1955; 1800 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island, 541-1999; 15170 Max Leggett Pkwy., Northside, 757-8843; 410 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 826-4040,
2017 Best of Jax winner/favorite
Bite Club certified
These popular spots serve gourmet pizzas with spring water dough, hoagies and salads. Pies range from Mighty Meaty to vegetarian like the Kosmic Karma. Mellow Mushroom offers 35 beers on tap–some local crafts–and a full bar. HH all day, every day. Outside dining available. $$ BW K TO L D Daily

MOON DOG PIE HOUSE, 115 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. 105, Fruit Cove, 287-3633,
Wings, apps, subs, calzones–and specialty pizza pies. $$ BW TO K L, D Daily

MOON RIVER PIZZA, 925 S. 14th St., Fernandina, 321-3400; 1176 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill, 389-4442,
2017 Best of Jax winner/favorite
Brothers Dan and Andy Bottorff have a little slice of pizza heaven, tucked away in convenient mini-malls, with easy parking. Local artwork on the walls, rock music in the air. Authentic Northern-style pizzas, 25-plus toppings, by pie or slice. Gluten-free options. The White Pizza is a fave. Calzones, good-sized salads (you can get a half-order), vegetarian items. Moon River has won our readers Best of Jax poll for Best Pizza on Amelia Island since we started the contest. Every year. Dan Bottorff runs the Murray Hill store; his pizzas and his work ethic have transformed the neighborhood. Plan ahead–there’s often a line outside. $ BW TO L D M-Sa

NEW YORK PIZZA COMPANY, 163 Palencia Village Dr., St. Johns, 825-4545,
All the pizzas are hand-tossed, made with their own dough and spiced tomato sauce, and baked in a stone oven. Salads, cheesy calzones, pasta dishes, hot hero sandwiches and desserts. Delivery available. $ BW TO L D Daily

PICASSO’S PIZZERIA, 10503 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 880-0811,
Picasso’s specializes in hand-tossed gourmet pizza, calzones, homemade New York-style cheesecake and handmade pasta, fresh local seafood and steaks. $$ BW K TO L D Daily

PI INFINITE COMBINATIONS, 19 S. Third St., Fernandina, 432-8535,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
It’s all bar service at the NY-style pizza joint. Specialty pizzas, by the pie or huge slice, with toppings like sliced truffle mushrooms, whole little neck clams, eggs or shrimp. Dine inside or in the courtyard, where there’s a fountain. $$ BW TO L D W-Su

RENNA’S PIZZA, 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3, 565-1299; 11111 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 12, Mandarin, 292-2300; 6001 Argyle Forest Blvd., Ste. 16, Orange Park, 771-7677; 592 Marsh Landing Pkwy., Jax Beach, 273-3113,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
Giuseppe Renna is the patriarch of this family-owned franchise that started in the Philips Mall in 1976–you could lunch on a slice and a beer every day of the week (not that we ever did that!). The casual NY-style pizzerias serve calzones, antipasto, parmigiana–and terrific pizzas, too–and homemade breads. Buy by the slice–they’re huge–or a full pie. Delivery available. $$ FB K TO L D Daily

TERRA & ACQUA, 134 Seagrove Main St., St. Augustine, 429-9647,
The pizzeria offers casual modern Italian dining. Chef/owner Simone Parisi creates innovative dishes. $$ FB TO L, D M-Sa

TOMMY’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA, 4160 Southside Blvd., Ste. 2, 565-1999,
Family-owned Tommy’s Pizza, which has recently expanded, creates NY-style thin crust, brick-oven-cooked pizzas (gluten-free) plus calzones and sandwiches made to order, with Thumann’s no-MSG meats and Grande cheeses. Boylan’s soda. Curbside pick-up. $$ BW TO L D M-Sa

V PIZZA, 1406 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 527-1511; 12601 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 647-9424; 528 First St. N., Jax Beach, 853-6633; 1605 C.R. 220, Ste. 145, Fleming Island, 579-4530,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
These places offer true Neapolitana pizzas with the freshest ingredients, a rare class of artisan pizza from Naples–Italy, not Florida, silly. Plus baked dishes, subs, stromboli, wings, wraps. $$ BW TO L D Daily

YOUR PIE, 1545 C.R. 220, Ste. 125, Fleming Island, 379-9771,
Fast, casual concept: Choose from three doughs, nine sauces, seven cheeses and 40-plus toppings and create your own pizza. They stick it in a fiery-hot brick oven for five minutes and ta-da: It’s your pie. Subs, sandwiches, gelato. $$ BW K TO L D Daily


29 SOUTH EATS, 29 S. Third St., Fernandina, 277-7919,
In Fernandina’s historic downtown, this popular bistro’s (a charming Florida cracker house) Chef Scotty Schwartz serves traditional regional cuisine with a modern twist. Chef Schwartz sources the freshest ingredients available from local fishermen, farmers and the onsite organic garden (figs, tomatoes, heirloom okra) to create playful seasonal menus. $$ L W-Sa; D Nightly; Br Su

AQUA GRILL, 395 Front St., Ponte Vedra, 285-3017,
Since 1988, this American-eclectic restaurant has served fresh local seafood, aged prime steaks and vegetarian entrées. Patio seating is available. Reservations accepted. $$$ FB L D Daily

BELLWETHER, 100 N. Laura St., Downtown, 802-7745,
Elevated Southern classics served in an understated setting, reflecting owner Chef Jon Insetta’s focus on exceptional flavors, while spotlighting the culinary creativity of Chef Kerri Rogers. The menu changes seasonally to include entrées and specials with Northeast Florida flair. Rotating selection of local craft beers, regional spirits and a cold brew coffee program. $$ FB TO L M-F

BRETT’S WATERWAY CAFÉ, 1 S. Front St., Ste. 2, Fernandina, 261-2660
On the Amelia River at historic Centre Street’s end, it’s Southern hospitality in an upscale yet casual atmosphere, featuring daily specials, fresh local seafood and aged beef. Gluten-free, vegetarian options. Pet-friendly area. Great harbor view. $$$ FB L D Daily

THE FLORIDIAN, 72 Spanish St., St. Augustine, 829-0655,
Paying homage to Old Florida with updated Southern fare, made with fresh, local ingredients from area farms. Vegetarian and gluten-free options. Signature items include fried green tomato bruschetta, blackened fish cornbread stack and grits with shrimp, fish or tofu. $$$ BW K TO L D W-M

GILBERT’S SOCIAL, 4021 Southside Blvd., Ste. 200, 647-7936,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
Chef Kenny Gilbert is making a name for himself locally. The menu is Deep Southern American, featuring seasonal and creative modern fare with international influences. Meats smoked on site. Gluten-free options available. A plea from a FW editor to Chef Gilbert: Bring back the curried goat soup! $$ K FB L, D Tu-Sa
GILBERT’S UNDERGROUND KITCHEN, 510 S. Eighth St., 310-6374, Fernandina,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
In this neighborhood-driven place, Chef Kenny Gilbert (season seven of Top Chef) serves Deep Southern American cuisine, locally sourcing produce. Dine inside or on a patio. $$ BW K TO L, D W-Sa & M

THE HILLTOP, 2030 Wells Rd., Orange Park, 272-5959,
Dinner in formal, Southern-inflected spaces. Specialties are New Orleans shrimp, certified Black Angus prime rib and she-crab soup. Homemade desserts, piano lounge (Tu-Sa), a large collection of antiques and a garden setting. Extensive bourbon selection. $$$ FB D Tu-Sa

THE ICE PLANT BAR, 110 Riberia St., St. Augustine, 829-6553,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
The vintage-inspired place (a former ice plant, obvee) in the historic area has a farm-to-table menu utilizing locally sourced ingredients; the drinks are hand-crafted with house-made bitters and syrups. $$$ FB TO L M-F; D Nightly

LULU’S AT THE THOMPSON HOUSE, 11 S. Seventh St., Fernandina, 432-8394,
An innovative lunch menu includes po’boys and seafood little plates served in a historic house. The dinner menu features fresh local seafood and Fernandina shrimp. Reservations recommended. $$ BW K TO R Su; L D Tu-Sa

MOXIE KITCHEN + COCKTAILS, 4972 Big Island Dr., Southside, 998-9744,
2017 Best of Jax winner/favorite
Chef Tom Gray’s locally sourced contemporary American menu has starters–deviled farm eggs, fried chicken livers; favorites–chicken & waffles, Dr Pepper-glazed beef short ribs. Seared scallops, handmade gnocchi. Inventive cocktails, patio dining. HH daily. $$ FB K Su Br, L, D Daily

OCEAN GRILLE & BAR, 333 First St. N., Ste. 110, Jax Beach, 701-3765,
This spot serves modern American fare, like fresh seafood, steaks and wraps. Outdoor oceanfront dining completes the casual upscale experience. $$ BW K R, Su; L D Daily

PROHIBITION KITCHEN, 119 St. George St., St. Augustine, 209-5704,
The newish gastropub offers small plates, craft burgers, sandwiches, live local oysters, mains, desserts and handspun milkshakes. $$$ L D Daily

RIVER & POST, 1000 Riverside Ave., Ste. 1000, 575-2366,
Restaurant downstairs, rooftop lounge up top, it’s the classiest restaurant version of a mullet you’ll find this side of Georgia. Upscale-casual, seafood-heavy featuring updated Florida classics like fish dip, conch chowder and Florida lobster. Wine list is clutch. Unforgettable sunsets over the river on the roof. $$ FB K TO L, D Daily

RIVER CITY BREWING COMPANY, 835 Museum Cir., Southbank, 398-2299,
On the Southbank Riverwalk by the St. Johns, River City has fresh seafood, steaks and daily chef’s creations. Nosh in an enclosed dining room or out on a marina dining deck. $$ FB R L D M-Sa

SALT.PEPPER.THYME, 105 N. Lee St., Kingsland, 912-510-0444,
Varied American Southern fare in an elegant setting. Dine in or out. $$ BW K TO L W; L & D Th-Sa

SAVANNAH BISTRO, 14670 Duval Rd., Northside, 741-4404,
Low Country Southern fare, with a twist of Mediterranean and French inspiration, at Crowne Plaza Airport. Favorites include crab cakes, New York strip, she crab soup and mahi mahi. $$$ FB K B L D Daily

SEASONS 52, 5096 Big Island Dr., Southside, 645-5252,
The casual, sophisticated fresh grill and wine bar offers a seasonally changing menu and an award-winning international wine list. $$ FB K TO L D Daily

SOUTH KITCHEN & SPIRITS, 3638 Park St., Avondale, 475-2362; 150 Pine Lake Dr., Ste. A, Nocatee, 686-7144,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
Southern classics: crispy catfish with smoked gouda grits, family-style fried chicken, burgers, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free options. Craft cocktails, wines, whiskeys, draft, canned and bottled beers. HH. $$ FB K TO L D Daily

THE SOUTHERN GRILL, 800 Flagler Ave., Southbank, 858-9800,
The Grill has salads, veggie platters, sandwiches, melts and wraps. Breakfast includes omelets, a variety of egg combinations and pancakes. $$$ B L M-Sa

TABLE 1, 330 A1A N., Ste. 208, Ponte Vedra, 280-5515,
The upscale, casual restaurant offers a variety of items, from appetizers to entrées to salads, as well as a wine bar with an extensive list of wines by the glass. $$$ FB L D Daily


A LA CARTE, 331 First Ave. N., Jax Beach, 241-2005,
Authentic New England fare: Maine lobster rolls, fried Ipswich clams, crab or clam cake sandwich, fried shrimp basket, clam chowder, birch beer, blueberry soda. Dine in or on the deck. Gluten-free options. $$ TO L F-Tu

BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & MARKET, 120 Third St. S., Jax Beach, 444-8862,
A full fresh seafood market, lunch and dinner menu seafood baskets, fish tacos, daily fish specials and Philly cheesesteaks. There are tables indoors and on the second-floor open-air deck, with a great view of downtown Jax Beach. $$ BW K TO L D Daily

THE BLUE FISH RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR, 3551 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 387-0700,
2017 Best of Jax winner/favorite
Dine inside or in the courtyard, on fresh local seafood, beef, chicken and the oyster bar, featuring oyster dishes as well as raw you shuck ’em by the dozen. HH. $$$ FB TO L, D Daily

CHART HOUSE, 1501 River Place Blvd., Southbank, 398-3353,
On the St. Johns River since 1982, the upscale restaurant serves fresh fish, seafood and prime rib. HH. $$$$ FB D Nightly

CLARK’S FISH CAMP, 12903 Hood Landing Rd., Julington, 268-3474,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
Known for its wild array of taxidermied creatures, Clark’s has gator and turtle, steak, ribs and daily all-you-can-eat catfish dinners. Dine indoors, outdoors, or in a glass-enclosed room with a view of Julington Creek. $$ FB K L Sa & Su D Nightly

THE CRAB TRAP, 31 N. Second St., Fernandina, 261-4749,
For more than 40 years, family-owned-and-operated Crab Trap has been serving fresh local seafood and steaks. Owner Richard Germano and daughter Holly and their great crew also offer food and drink specials. HH. $$ FB L Sa-M; D Nightly

CREEKSIDE DINERY, 160 Nix Boatyard Rd., St. Augustine, 829-6113,
The Old Florida respite, with an outdoor deck and a fire pit, overlooks Gonzales Creek. Creekside serves a variety of beef, chicken and seafood dishes, with an emphasis on low-country cooking. $$ FB K D Nightly

THE FISH COMPANY RESTAURANT, 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 12, Atlantic Beach, 246-0123,
Bite Club certified
The casual, laid-back beach restaurant and oyster raw bar in North Beach Center serves fresh local seafood including Mayport shrimp and oysters, crab and lobster. Homestyle desserts, too. Patio seating available; all-day HH every Su. $$ FB K TO L D Daily

FLORIDA CRACKER CAFÉ, 81-B St. George St., St. Augustine, 829-0397,
A contemporary dining room and outdoor garden dining are featured here. Faves include blackened scallops, crab-cake-stuffed shrimp and Florida gator tail. $$ BW K L D Daily

HURRICANE PATTY’S AT OYSTER CREEK, 69 Lewis Blvd., St. Augustine, 827-1822,
At Rivers Edge (Oyster Creek) Marina east of U.S. 1, this spot has a large creekfront deck, lunch specials and AYCE dinners. Daily HH; dock space for boaters. $$ FB L D Daily

JULINGTON CREEK FISH CAMP, 12760 San Jose Blvd., Julington, 886-2267,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
The Groshells have scored another hit with this one. Relaxing yet glamorous venue offers fresh seafood prepared with Southern soul and style. $$ FB TO K L, D Daily

LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE, 301 Roscoe Blvd. N., Palm Valley, 285-0139
On the Intracoastal Waterway, Lulu’s can be reached by land or water. The menu offers fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, burgers and specialty salads. Seating available on a screened waterfront porch. $$$ FB K TO R Sa & Su; L D daily

NORTH BEACH FISH CAMP, 100 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-3474,
Ben and Liza Groshell bring their Palm Valley Fish Camp vibe smack dab in the middle of the Beaches Town Center, with an oceanview rooftop bar. Fresh, creative Southern fare, fresh seafood, and bread pudding. $$$ FB L Tu-Su; D Nightly

O.C. WHITE’S SEAFOOD & SPIRITS, 118 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, 824-0808,
Spirits here aren’t just the bottled kind. Built in 1791, OC’s is said to be haunted. Fresh local seafood, steak and sautéed specialties. Patio dining. $$ FB L W-Su; D Nightly

OUTERBANKS SEAFOOD & STEAKS, 140 The Lakes Blvd., Ste. H, Kingsland, 912-729-5499,
Fresh seafood, burgers, steaks, wings. $$ FB TO D Nightly

PALMS FISH CAMP RESTAURANT, 6359 Heckscher Dr., Northside, 240-1672,
After a loonnngg hiatus, Palms Fish Camp finally reopened in 2017. This joint on Clapboard Creek, at the site of an original fish camp, keeps with the Florida tradition of serving simply fresh, tasty fish; pizza and sandwiches, too. Dine inside or out on an expansive waterfront patio. $$ FB K TO L, D Daily

PALM VALLEY FISH CAMP, 229 Roscoe Blvd. N., Ponte Vedra, 285-3200,
Ben Groshell presents the dining experience on the Intracoastal, serving dishes made with fresh ingredients, plus daily specials. Call in your order and pick it up dockside. $$$ FB K TO L Tu-Su; D Nightly

RAGTIME TAVERN & SEAFOOD GRILL, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Beaches Town Center, Atlantic Beach, 241-7877,
In business 30-plus years now, this mega-popular seafood restaurant has received numerous awards in Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax readers poll. Menu items include blackened snapper, sesame tuna and the must-have Ragtime shrimp. Daily HH. Sun. brunch. $$ FB L D Daily

SAFE HARBOR SEAFOOD MARKET & RESTAURANT, 4378 Ocean St., Mayport Village, 246-4911,
SAFE HARBOR RESTAURANT, 2510 Second Ave. N., Jax Beach, 479-3474
2017 Best of Jax winner
The Jax Beach place has a great ICW view. Seafood’s fresh–boats unload at the dock. What Safe Harbor Mayport sells in the market–shrimp, oysters, clams and scallops–they’ll cook to order. Dine inside or on the dock at the confluence of the St. Johns and the ocean. $$ BW TO L, D Tu-Su

SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK, 1018 Third St. N., Jax Beach, 372-4456; 17 N. Fletcher Ave., Fernandina, 962-8501; 321 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 217-3256,
A wide array of specialty menu items, including the signature tuna poke bowl, fresh rolled sushi, Ensenada tacos and local fried shrimp, served in a contemporary open-air space. $$ FB K TO L D Daily

SEAFOOD KITCHEN, 31 Royal Palm Dr., Atlantic Beach, 241-8470
Serving seafood for 20-plus years, reasonable prices in a no-frills atmosphere. The emphasis is on fresh local seafood prepared to order, with a wide variety of dishes available. $ BW TO L D Daily

SID & LINDA’S SEAFOOD MARKET & RESTAURANT, 12220 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 109, Arlington, 503-8276
The fresh seafood market and restaurant lets you pick your actual whole fish, have it cleaned, filleted and cooked to order, to dine in or take out. Housemade sauces are featured. $$ K TO L D Tu-Su

SINGLETON’S SEAFOOD SHACK, 4728 Ocean St., Mayport Village, 246-4442
Just steps from the Mayport ferry, the ramshackle haunt has been serving locals, fishermen and Navy men and women since the ’60s. Faves are fried shrimp dinner and blackened or grilled fish. Dine inside or on the enclosed porch right on the St. Johns River–literally. Watch pelicans and otters play among the pilings. $$ FB K TO L D Daily

SLIDERS SEAFOOD GRILLE & OYSTER BAR, 218 First St., Beaches Town Center, Neptune Beach, 246-0881,
Beach-casual atmosphere for fresh fish lovers. Customer faves include fish tacos and gumbo. For dessert: Key lime pie and homemade ice cream sandwiches. Sun. brunch. $$ FB K L Sa & Su; D Nightly

SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., Fernandina, 277-6652,
2017 Best of Jax winner/favorite
The oceanfront restaurant serves award-winning handmade crab cakes, fresh seafood and fried pickles. Outdoor dining is available; kids have a beachfront playground. There’s an open-air second floor balcony. $$ FB K L D Daily

THE SURF RESTAURANT & BAR, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., Fernandina, 261-5711,
Oceanview dining, inside or out on the deck, since 1957. Steaks, seafood, burgers, daily food and drink specials; Wing It Wednesdays. $$ FB K TO L D Daily

TIMOTI’S SEAFOOD SHAK, 21 N. Third St., Fernandina, 310-6550; 1043 Park St., Riverside, 374-8892, 152 Capital Green, Ste. 18, Nocatee, 686-2431
This casual restaurant has fresh, local wild-caught shrimp, fish and oysters, wraps, tacos and soup, along with blackboard specials, supporting local fishermen, farmers and brewers while building a sense of community, one seafood basket at a time. Dine indoors or out, where’s a pirate ship playground. $ BW K TO L D M-Sa; L Su

TWO DUDES EATERY & MARKET, 22 Seminole Rd., Atlantic Beach, 246-2000,
This place serves up-to-the-minute-fresh Mayport seafood, including shrimp, scallops, snapper and oysters done up in sandwiches or baskets, grilled, blackened or fried. Daily HH. $$ BW TO L D M-Sa

THE VERANDAH RESTAURANT, 142 Racquet Park Dr., Amelia Island, 277-5958,
Set among moss-draped oaks, this restaurant has an extensive menu of fresh local seafood and steaks; the Verandah’s signature entrée is Fernandina shrimp. And many ingredients–including tomatoes, chives and lemongrass–are from the restaurant’s own herb and vegetable garden. $$$ FB K D Nightly

WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, Fleming Island, 269-4198,
2017 Best of Jax winner
The authentic fish camp serves gator tail and freshwater river catfish, as well as traditional fare and daily specials, on the banks of Swimming Pen Creek. Outdoor Tiki bar. Come by boat, motorcycle or car. $ FB K TO L Tu-Su; D Nightly


ALHAMBRA THEATRE & DINING, 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside, 641-1212,
The nation’s longest continuously running dinner theater (now in its 50th year!), the renovated Alhambra features cuisine prepared by Executive Chef DeJuan Roy, who coordinates his menus with each stage production. Reservations suggested to guarantee seating. Now onstage: Kiss Me, Kate. $$ FB D Tu-Su

THE CORAZON CINEMA & CAFE, 36 Granada St., St. Augustine, 679-5736,
Sandwiches, combos, salads and pizza are served at the cinema house, showing indie and first-run movies. $$ Daily

FERNANDINA BEACH MARKET PLACE, North Seventh Street, Fernandina, 557-8229,
Local and regional produce and foods are available every Sa, all year long. The new Arts Market is held every second and fourth Sat. $ Sa

GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET, 2007 Park St., Riverside, 384-4474,; 1915 East-West Pkwy., Fleming Island, 541-0009,
2017 Best of Jax winner/favorite
Grassroots’ juice bar uses certified organic fruits and vegetables. The store offers artisanal cheeses, 300-plus craft and imported beers and 50 organic wines, and organic produce and meats, vitamins and herbs. Organic wraps, sides, sandwiches and salads are available to go. $ BW TO B L D Daily

MUSTARD SEED CAFE, 833 TJ Courson Rd., Fernandina, 277-3158,
Awarded Slow Food First Coast’s Snail of Approval, the casual organic eatery and juice bar in Nassau Health Foods, tucked between South Eighth Street and South 14th, is conveniently located. Chef Devon Mitchell, committed to nutritious, flavorful fare, offers all-natural, organic items for breakfast and lunch, as well as smoothies, veggie juices and coffees and herbal teas. $$ K TO B L M-Sa, Brunch Su

NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET & DELI, 1585 Third St. N., Jax Beach, 458-1390; 10000 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 260-6950; 11030 Baymeadows Rd., 260-2791,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
Natural and organic soups, sandwiches, salads, wraps, baked goods, prepared foods, juices and smoothies that cater to vegans, vegetarians and those with special diet needs. A juice, smoothie and coffee bar, and all-natural and organic beers and wine are available. Indoor and outdoor seating. $ BW TO K B L D Daily

THE PICNIC BASKET, 503-A Centre St., Fernandina, 277-9779,
The small shop focuses on fresh fare, cheeses, confits, charcuteries, wines. Picnics can be breakfast, lunch, tailgate, items from the in-house bakery, or custom-made. $$ BW B L Tu-Su

THE SAVORY MARKET, 474380 E. S.R. 200, Fernandina, 432-8551
Local, organic produce, wild-caught seafood–Mayport shrimp–Wainwright meats, raw dairy, deli. Café has salads, handhelds, tacos. $$ TO M-Sa

SUN-RAY CINEMA, 1028 Park St., 5 Points, 359-0047,
2017 Best of Jax winner
First-run, indie and art films are screened at the oldest theater building in Jacksonville. Beer, drafts from Bold City and Intuition Ale Works, wine, pizza–with names like Godbold, Black Lagoon Supreme, Cowford Pie–hot dogs, hummus, sandwiches, popcorn, nachos and brownies. $$ BW Daily

WHOLE FOODS MARKET, 10601 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 22, Mandarin, 288-1100,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
An expansive prepared-food department with 80-plus items at a full-service and self-service hot bar, salad bar, soup bar and dessert bar, plus pizza, sushi and sandwich stations. The Grapes, Hops & Grinds bar serves … wines, beers (some craft, some on tap!) and coffees. Beer and wine dinners are scheduled. $$ BW K TO B L D Daily


BOGEY GRILLE SPORTS BAR & RESTAURANT, 150 Valley Cir., Ponte Vedra, 285-5524,
The family-friendly place has casual fare: wings, quesadillas, pasta, seafood, chicken and burgers. $$ FB K L D Daily

BUFFALO WILD WINGS GRILL & BAR, 318 S.R. 312, St. Augustine, 679-3495; 4594 Tropea Way, St. Johns Town Center, 807-956; 13230 City Station Dr., Northside, 757-5777; 10300 Southside Blvd., Ste. 2430A, 363-0410; 1940 Wells Rd., Orange Park, 215-4969,
2017 Best of Jax winner
Along with buffalo-style wings fixed up with 14 sauces (ranging in heat intensity from mild to better-be-ready blazin’), BWW serves wraps, burgers, ribs and salads. $$ FB K TO L D Daily

DALTON’S SPORTS GRILL, 2620 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 17, Middleburg, 282-1564
This is what a neighborhood sportsbar should be: Familiar fare, family-friendly, all the spirits you’d want and lively customers. Wing specials, stuffed potatoes. $$ FB K TO L D Daily

DICK’S WINGS & GRILL, 2434 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, 372-5439; 6055 Youngerman Circle, Orange Park, 778-1101; 1803 East-West Pkwy., Fleming Island, 375-2559; 100 Marketside Ave., Nocatee, 829-8134; 9119 Merrill Rd., Ste. 19, Arlington, 745-9300; 1610 University Blvd. W., Lakewood, 448-2110; 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., Mandarin, 880-7087; 12400 Yellow Bluff Rd., Ste. 100, Northside, 619-9828; 474313 E. S.R. 200, Fernandina, 310-6945; 450077 S.R. 200, Callahan, 879-0993; 4010 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine, 547-2669; 10750 Atlantic Blvd., Southside, 619-095; 14286 Beach Blvd., Ste. 32, Intracoastal, 223-0115; 965 S.R. 16, St. Johns, 825-4540,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
This NASCAR-themed restaurant serves
365 varieties of wings. The menu also features half-pound burgers, ribs and salads. $ FB K TO L D Daily

GATOR’S DOCKSIDE, 9680 Argyle Forest Blvd., Ste. 1, Westside, 425-6466; 485 S.R. 13 N., Ste. 1, St. Johns, 230-4353; 8650 Baymeadows Rd., 448-0500; 105 Murabella Pkwy., St. Augustine,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
For years, the sports-themed family place has served grilled wings, ribs, sandwiches and salads. Pro tip: Order wings grilled and retossed. $$ FB K TO L D Daily

HALFTIME SPORTS BAR & GRILL, 320 S. Eighth St., Fernandina, 321-0303
Sports bar fare: onion rings, spring rolls,
burgers, wraps, wings. TVs show sports. $ BW L D Daily

LILLIAN’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL, 5393 Roosevelt Blvd., Westside, 388-4220,
The family sports bar serves wings, ahi tuna, meatloaf, steaks, pasta, daily specials, burgers, sandwiches. TVs. Daily HH. $$ FB TO L D Daily

MAHARLIKA HALL & SPORTS GRILL, 14255 Beach Blvd., Ste. E, Intracoastal, 992-1112,
The Filipino-American restaurant and market features pancit bami, lumpia, kare kare and mussels in coconut sauce. $-$$ FB K R L D Daily

OCEAN AVENUE SPORTS BAR & GRILL, 123 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 347-3288,
This lively sports bar features wings, nachos, shrimp, chicken, Phillys, sliders and soft pretzels. $$ FB TO L D Daily

THE MUDVILLE GRILLE, 3105 Beach Blvd., St. Nicholas, 398-4326; 1301 Monument Rd., Ste. 1, Arlington, 722-0008,
The original St. Nicholas location (with an adjacent Music Room) and its sister site are family-oriented sports bars serving steaks and wings. $ FB K L D Daily

THE ROADHOUSE, 231 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, 264-0611,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
The busy rockin’ Roadhouse has been serving sandwiches, wings, burgers and quesadillas for 35-plus years. The Roadhouse offers 75-plus imported beers. $ FB L D Daily

THE SALTY PELICAN BAR & GRILL, 12 N. Front St., Fernandina, 277-3811,
2017 Best of Jax winner/favorite
View the sunset over the ICW from the second-story outdoor bar. Owners T.J. and Al offer local seafood, Mayport shrimp, fish tacos, po’boys and the original broiled cheese oysters. $$ FB K L, D Daily

SNEAKERS SPORTS GRILLE, 111 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 482-1000,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
Sneakers has a full bar (with 20-plus beers on tap), and above-average sports bar fare, featuring steaks. Cool sports stuff all over the place. HH M-F. $ FB K TO L D Daily

TIME OUT SPORTS GRILL, 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 5, Intracoastal, 223-6999,
The locally-owned-and-operated grill serves hand-tossed pizzas, wings and specialty wraps in a clean, sporty atmosphere. Daily drink specials, late-night menu. $$ FB L Tu-Su; D Nightly

XTREME WINGS SPORTS GRILLE, 12220 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 108, Intracoastal, 220-9464,
The family sports grill has wings (try the X-Factor), burgers, sandwiches, wraps. $ FB K TO L D Daily; R Sa-Su


THE CANDY APPLE CAFÉ & COCKTAILS, 400 N. Hogan St., Downtown, 353-9717,
Hands-on fare inspired by the best in confections, which you can score next door at Sweet Pete’s. Sandwiches, entrées. $$ FB K L, M; L, D Tu-Su

CINOTTI’S BAKERY, DELI & BOUTIQUE, 1523 Penman Rd., Jax Beach, 246-1728,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
Four generations of Cinotti’s have been serving the Beaches since 1964, offering cakes for all occasions, pies, breads and desserts by the caseful, and party trays. The deli has breakfast and lunch items. $ K TO B R L Tu-Sa

DESSERT FIRST BISTRO, 121 Yacht Club Dr., St. Augustine, 417-0468,
It’s all made from scratch: breakfast, lunch, desserts. Plus coffees, espressos, craft beers, wine, hot teas. $ BW K TO B, L Tu-Su

DIANA’S FAMILY BAKERY, 1014 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina, 491-4663
The veteran-owned bakery offers artisan breads and pastries made with fresh ingredients. Bagels, cakes, sweet rolls, fruit puff pastries. $$ TO B L W-Su

THE FRENCH PANTRY, 6301 Powers Ave., Southside, 730-8696
The bakery offers freshly made pastries, sandwiches and salads, with a European flair. There’s usually a line out the door, so be patient. $$ L M-Th

GOOD DOUGH, 1636 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 527-1875,
2017 Best of Jax winner
Handcrafted specialty doughnuts served in a welcoming atmosphere. Watch the goodies as they’re made in the kitchen. Show up early; it packs out. $$ TO B L Daily

HOMESPUN KITCHEN, 299 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 2, Atlantic Beach, 372-4059,
The change will do you good–breakfast bowls, smoothies, wraps, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, high protein, nothing artificial. And there’s still frozen yogurt. $ TO B L D Daily

KATHY’S BAKERY & CAFE, 10150 Beach Blvd., Ste. 18, Southside, 641-7555
The bakery has a real Cuban flavor to the items it offers, especially its coffees. $ TO B L D Tu-Su

LITTLE BLACK BOX BAKED GOODS, 8106 Old Kings Rd. S., Southside, 683-1346
The small-batch bakery and scratch kitchen uses local and organic ingredients when possible for their fresh, homestyle fare and yummy desserts. $ TO L M-F

LULI’S CUPCAKES, 82 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 824-5280,
Cupcakes, baked fresh daily, include Grandma’s Coconut, Fire Engine Red Velvet, What’s Up Doc (carrot cake) and Funky Monkey, banana and chocolate chip cake with milk chocolate frosting. Mini-cupcakes also available. $ TO Daily

NANA TERESA’S BAKE SHOP, 135 S. Fifth St., Fernandina, 277-7977,
Everything’s made with organic ingredients when possible. Cupcakes, cakes, pies, cheesecakes, cookies, pastries, specialties. $ TO Daily

THE OLD CUP CAFE, 3604 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 2, Avondale, 389-2122
This artisan bakery serves coffee, croissants and muffins, a variety of cupcakes (The Fat Elvis!), pastries and individual desserts. Sandwiches, soups and salads, too. Whole cakes (coconut is popular) are made-to-order. $ TO B L Tu-Sa

SWEET PETE’S, 400 N. Hogan St., Downtown, 376-7161,
All-natural sweet shop has candy-making classes, plus candy and other treats made the old-fashioned way: all natural flavors, no artificial anything. $ TO Daily

SWEET THEORY BAKING COMPANY, 1243 King St., Riverside, 387-1001
2017 Best of Jax winner/favorite
Small batch, all-natural and organic, allergy-friendly bakery featuring items made with no egg, dairy, soy or peanuts. On weekends, there’s a line out the door for their fresh donuts. Gluten-free options, too. $ TO M-Sa



AHAN THAI KITCHEN, 474260 S.R. 200 E., Fernandina, 321-0255,
Thai cuisine, sushi, noodle dishes from tried-and-true recipes. $$ FB K TO L M-F, D M-Sa

BOWL OF PHO, 9902 Old Baymeadows Rd., 646-4455
2017 Best of Jax favorite
This spot has a varied menu of Vietnamese and Thai dishes with authentic ingredients, prepared fresh, including egg rolls, grilled pork and chicken, lotus root salad, and salted fish fried rice. Boba is served. $$ L D Daily

BUDDHA THAI BISTRO, 301 10th Ave. N., Jax Beach, 372-9149,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
The proprietors of this Thai restaurant are from Thailand, and every dish is made with fresh ingredients from tried-and-true recipes, beautifully presented. $$ FB TO L D Daily

CRANE RAMEN, 1029 Park St., Riverside, 253-3282,
Ramen done right. The ingredients for the scratch-made dishes–meat, eggs, veggies and poultry–are local when possible. And vegetarian, vegan items, kimchi and gyoza are also available. Dine in or out. HH. $$ FB K L, D Tu-Su

GREEN PAPAYA, 13141 City Station Dr., Northside, 696-8886
This restaurant features a Pan-Asian menu, specializing in Thai cuisine served in a contemporary atmosphere. $$ BW TO L D Daily

INDOCHINE, 21 E. Adams St., Ste. 200, Downtown, 598-5303,
2017 Best of Jax winner
Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine in the urban core. Signature dishes include chicken Satay, soft shell crab, and mango and sticky rice for dessert. $$ FB TO L D M-F; D Tu-Su

PATTAYA THAI GRILLE, 9551 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1, 646-9506; 1526 King St., Riverside, 503-4060,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
Since 1989, the family-owned place–Northeast Florida’s original authentic Thai restaurant–has offered a variety of traditional Thai, vegetarian, new-Thai, curries, seafood, noodles, soups, low-sodium and gluten-free dishes. A video screen displays an open kitchen; watch your meal being made. $$ FB TO L Tu-F; D Tu-Sa

PHO 99 VIETNAMESE GRILL, 5024 Blanding Blvd., Westside, 361-3930,
Experienced restaurateur Chef Henry Pham’s casual place specializes in Vietnamese cuisine, quintessential pho noodle and other soups, bubble tea, summer and spring rolls, noodle and rice dishes, and the like. $ BW TO L, D Daily

SALA THAI, 10769 Beach Blvd., Ste. 10, Southside, 641-8384,
Sit at a booth decorated like a thatched-roof hut and order from a varied menu. House specialties change weekly. Favorites include pad Thai, mango rice and coconut ice cream. $$ BW TO L M-F; D Nightly

THAI GARDEN, 10 Blanding Blvd., Ste. B, Orange Park, 272-8434
Traditional Thai items, like pad kraw powh with roasted duck and kaeng kari (yellow curry, potatoes, choice of meat). Fine wines, imported/domestic beers. $$ BW L M-F;
D Nightly


THE MANATEE CAFÉ, 525 S.R. 16, Ste. 106, St. Augustine, 826-0210,
Owner/chef Cheryl Crosley prepares organic, vegetarian meals like veggie omelets, tofu Reubens, miso and hummus and tabouli. The Health Food Market offers the same ingredients used in the café’s dishes. $ TO B L M-Sa

THE PRESENT MOMENT CAFÉ, 224 W. King St., St. Augustine, 827-4499,
Serves organic, vegan and vegetarian dishes, pizza, pastas, hummus and milkshakes made without meat, dairy, wheat or an oven. Organic beer and wine. $$ BW TO B L D M-Sa

SOUTHERN ROOTS FILLING STATION, 1275 King St., Riverside, 513-4726,
2017 Best of Jax winner
Healthy, light vegan fare made fresh daily with local, organic ingredients. Specials, served on bread, local greens or rice, change daily. Sandwiches, coffees and teas. $ Tu-Su


ATLANTIC BEACH BREWING COMPANY, 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 3, Atlantic Beach, 372-4116,
Twin brothers Chuck and Spencer Horn, along with Spencer’s wife Linda, have made good use of their love of the beach and their passion for craft beers. At least 10 of their creations are on tap, and there are wines and hard ciders available as well. Pet-friendly, too. $$ BW Open Tu-Su

BOTTLENOSE BREWING, 9700 Deer Lake Ct., Ste. 1, Southside, 551-7570,
Traditional apps, burgers, chicken, grilled cheese and roast beef sandwiches, all made from scratch, are served. And oh, yeah, beers. Lots and lots of beers–50-plus taps and cans and bottles of only Florida craft beer. Guest taps, brews you’ve had at other places–right here. It’s pet-friendly, too. Check the website for updates. $$ B L D Daily

CORNER BISTRO & WINE BAR, 9823 Tapestry Park Cir., Southside, 619-1931
Casual fine dining; modern American favorites with international flair. Fine wine, cocktails and martinis. $ FB L D Daily

CROOKED ROOSTER BREWERY, 1478 S. Sixth St., Macclenny, 653-2337
Great selection of brews, beers, mead and wine made locally and regionally. Rustic interior. $ FB K TO D M-Sa

ENGINE 15 BREWING CO., 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217, Jax Beach, 249-2337,
ENGINE 15 TAP ROOM & BIERGARTEN, 633 Myrtle Ave. N., Downtown, 551-9429
The popular brewery serves gastropub fare like soups, salads, flatbreads and specialty sandwiches, including bar-b-cuban and beer dip. Craft beers, too–ask how you can sign up for brew groups. $ BW K L Tu-Su; D Nightly

ROOT DOWN JAX, 1034 Park St., Riverside, 358-7288
The wine bar (extensive selection) plus beer garden (another extensive selection) is the very definition of chill. The craft cocktails are sherry-centric. The boards are charcuterie and fromage, with a variety of extras. $$ FB D Nightly

ROYAL PALM VILLAGE WINE & TAPAS, 296 Royal Palms Dr., Atlantic Beach, 372-0052,
2017 Best of Jax favorite
Locally owned and operated, this spot offers more than 1,200 bottles of fine wine, 200 bottles of beer and 15 rotating microbrewed draft beers to pair with the chef’s creative tapas and seafood. Wine tastings and pairings held weekly. Retail wine sales available. $$ BW L D M-Sa

SANGRIAS TAPAS & PIANO BAR, 35 Hypolita St., St. Augustine, 827-1947
The balcony of the historic building overlooks St. George Street. It’s an ideal place to hang, sipping one of seven signature (and individually prepared) sangrias. Spanish-style tapas also served. $$ BW L D Daily

SOUTHERN SWELLS BREWING CO., 1312 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 372-9289,
The new brewery at the beach is amid the action–work out at the gym, drink a beer; hit the post office, go drink a beer; do some yoga, drink a beer. The brews, of the freshest ingredients, are made with expert attention. And Southern Swells serves other local brands as well. $$ B Open daily

THE WINE BAR. 320 N. First St., Jax Beach, 372-0211,
2017 Best of Jax winner
The casual neighborhood wine bar has a wide variety of wine, beer, appetizers and cigars. $$ BW D Nightly

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