SAN MARCO, SOUTHBANK, ST. NICHOLAS

San Marco, Southbank, St. Nicholas
(All venues are in San Marco unless otherwise noted.)

BASIL THAI & SUSHI
1004 Hendricks Ave., 674-0190
Basil Thai serves fresh sushi and authentic Thai cuisine, including ginger-infused salad, classic Pad Thai, all curry dishes, ebi roll, sashimi and daily specials.
$$ FB L D Mon.-Sat.

bb’s RESTAURANT & BAR
1019 Hendricks Ave., 306-0100
There’s sophistication to spare, from the ever-changing selection of fine cheeses to the coffee bean carefully placed in each espresso martini. A favorite lunch spot for the Downtown set.
$$$ FB R L D Mon.-Sat.

BEACH ROAD CHICKEN DINNERS
4132 Atlantic Blvd., St. Nicholas, 398-7980
Just like Sunday dinner at home — if your family could cook fried chicken, okra, sweet corn nuggets, country-fried steak, gizzards and chicken livers. And creamed peas, gravy, cole slaw, biscuits, fruit cobbler, fries, rice … Beach Road does it all. At the same location since 1939, the multiple award-winner also offers fish and shrimp.
$ K TO L D Tue.-Sun.

BISTRO AIX
1440 San Marco Blvd., 398-1949
Bistro Aix serves French- and Mediterranean-inspired fare in an urban-chic atmosphere. The menu changes seasonally, and the wine list includes more than 250 choices. Happy hour is Mon.-Fri.
$$$ FB L D Daily

BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q
4907 Beach Blvd., 398-4248
See Northside.
$ FB K TO L D Daily

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

CHECKER BBQ & SEAFOOD
3566 St. Augustine Rd., 398-9206
Chef Art Jennette runs the show here, serving up all manner of barbecue, seafood and down-home comfort food. Ask for the Trailer Trash Special, which features a pulled-pork sandwich, 15 of Art’s fried white shrimp, hand-cut fries and fresh fried green tomatoes.
$ K L D Daily

CURRENTS RIVERVIEW BISTRO
841 Prudential Dr., Aetna Building, Southbank, 306-9512
Located in the Aetna building, Currents offers Indian, Thai, Latin and European inspired dishes, as well as Southern fried chicken. Outside dining is featured, and the river views are terrific.
$$ FB B L Mon.-Fri.

EUROPEAN STREET CAFÉ
1704 San Marco Blvd., 398-9500
2013 Best of Jax winner
See Beaches.
$ BW K L D Daily

FIREHOUSE SUBS
1949 San Marco Blvd., Ste. 1, 396-0001
See Mandarin.
$ K TO L D Daily

FIRST COAST DELI & GRILL
6082 St. Augustine Rd., 737-7477
First Coast offers traditional diner fare like oversized pancakes and bacon, sandwiches, salads and burgers.
$ K TO B L Daily

THE FRENCH PANTRY
6301 Powers Ave., 730-8696
This bakery is a cut above, offering freshly made pastries as well as sandwiches and salads, with a European flair. There’s usually a line out the door, so bring your patience.
$$ L Mon.-Thur.

FUJI SUSHI
1950 San Marco Blvd., 399-3305
Located on San Marco Square, Fuji Sushi is under new management with an all-new sushi menu. Sake is served. A sushi lunch is special is offered daily.
$ BW K L D Daily

GREEN ERTH BISTRO
1520 Hendricks Ave., 398-9156
Edgy and original, Green Erth serves Cali-inspired fare — featuring vegan and vegetarian — made with natural, organic ingredients, including breakfast items, big salads, soups, paninis, sandwiches, hot dishes and desserts. Organic teas, coffees and juices are available. Intuition Ale Works brews, too.
$$ BW L Mon.-Sat.; D Tue.-Sat.

THE GROTTO WINE & TAPAS BAR
2012 San Marco Blvd., 398-0726
Serving a varied tapas menu of artisanal cheese plates, empanadas, bruschettas and homestyle cheesecake, this upscale wine bar features a list with more than 60 wines by the glass. Wine tastings every Thur.
$$$ BW Tue.-Sun.

HAVANA-JAX CAFE/CUBA LIBRE BAR
2578 Atlantic Blvd., St. Nicholas, 399-0609
Bite Club certified
The Cuban sandwiches served in this clean, bright café are the real thing: big, thick and flattened. Other favorites include traditional Cuban fare like black beans and rice, plantains, steaks, seafood, chicken and rice, and roast pork. Spanish wine and Cuban drink specials, including mojitos and Cuba libres, are served. Happy hour all day, every day.
$ FB K L D Daily

HIGHTIDE BURRITO COMPANY
1538 Hendricks Ave., 683-7396
Locally-owned-and-operated by Alejandro Juarez, this casual Mexican place offers homemade salsas, marinades and tortillas. Beef, pork, fish or cactus are served in burritos, tacos, salads or tortas.
$ FB K L D Daily

HON KOREAN RESTAURANT
5161 Beach Blvd., Ste. 5, St. Nicholas, 396-4008
Hon serves home-style Korean, focusing on healthy soups, casseroles, entrées and side dishes, all made with fresh meats, vegetables and seafood. The chef has more than 30 years of experience dishing out authentic Korean meals, using original methods passed down through her family.
$$$ BW TO L D Tue.-Sun.

HURRICANE GRILL WINGS
1615 Hendricks Ave., 393-7933
See Baymeadows.
$ FB K TO L D Daily

JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS
1615 Hendricks Ave., 399-5006
4261 Roosevelt Blvd., 387-0007
Don’t let the Yankee-centric name turn you away. Jersey Mike’s, known for its fresh-cut subs, offers both hot and cold choices, including Philly, meatball and cheese, turkey breast and provolone, roast beef, and a veggie sub. Wraps and salads, too.
$ K TO L D Daily

JIMMY JOHN’S GOURMET SANDWICHES
1725 Hendricks Ave., 400-7827
See Beaches.
$ TO L D Daily

LA NOPALERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT
1631 Hendricks Ave., 399-1768
See Mandarin.
$$ FB K TO L D Daily

LIBERTY BAKERY
6661 Bowden Rd., 321-9567
This spot offers sandwiches, subs, salads and freshly baked pastry items.
$ B L Tue.-Sat.

THE LOOP PIZZA GRILL
2014 San Marco Blvd., 399-5667
See Beaches.
$ BW K TO L D Daily

MAPLE STREET BISCUIT COMPANY
2004 San Marco Blvd., 398-1004
Combine Southern comfort food — pulled pork, fried chicken, bacon — with options like goat cheese, dill pickles, pepper jelly, collards, sausage gravy, fried eggs, put them in a flaky, fresh biscuit and top with various sauces, gravies and dressings, and stand back. sides, coffee and soda, too.
$ TO B L Mon.-Sat.; D Fri. & Sat.

MATTHEW’S
2107 Hendricks Ave., 396-9922
This is Chef Matthew Medure’s flagship restaurant, offering fine dining in a refined, European-style atmosphere. Matthew’s specializes in artfully presented cuisine, and the lounge offers small plates, an extensive martini and wine list and a happy hour Mon.-Fri. Reservations are recommended.
$$$$ FB D Mon.-Sat.

METRO DINER
3302 Hendricks Ave., 398-3701
2013 Best of Jax winner
The original upscale diner is located in a historic 1930s-era building amid San Marco’s residential district, and there are two other locations. All serve meatloaf, chicken pot pie and homemade soups. Guy Fieri filmed an episode of the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins & Dives here.
$$ B R L Daily

MEZZE BAR & GRILL
2016 Hendricks Ave., 683-0693
Mezze features Mediterranean cuisine — hummus, kabobs — plus brick-oven pizza and veggie options. There’s a hookah patio, Wi-Fi and 35 beers on tap.
$$ FB D Nightly

THE MUDVILLE GRILLE
3105 Beach Blvd., St. Nicholas Plaza, 398-4326
This original St. Nicholas location and its sister restaurants are family-oriented sports spots serving steaks and wings. Trivia is featured every Thur., Karaoke every Fri. and Texas Hold ’Em every Wed. There are big-screen TVs and three satellite dishes for sports fans. The adjacent Music Room features live music every weekend.
$ FB K L D Daily

THE OLIVE TREE MEDITERRANEAN GRILL
1705 Hendricks Ave., 396-2250
The Olive Tree serves Mediterranean homestyle healthy plates, including hummus, tabouleh, grape leaves, veggie kibbi, gyros, potato salad, Greek salad and more.
$$ BW L D Mon.-Fri.

PETERBROOKE CHOCOLATIER
1470 San Marco Blvd., 398-2489
2024 San Marco Blvd., 398-2488
See Amelia Island.
$$ TO Daily

PIZZA PALACE
1959 San Marco Blvd., 399-8815
See Baymeadows.
$$ BW TO L D Daily

PLAYERS GRILLE
4456 Hendricks Ave., 448-6670
This sports bar and grill serves burgers and wings, teriyaki stir fry and homemade soups. A kids’ game room is open (TV monitored, so parents can watch), and TVs are situated in all the booths. Texas Hold ’Em is held every Wed., Thur., Sat. and Sun.
$$ FB K R L D Daily

PULP
1962 San Marco Blvd., 396-9222
The juice bar offers fresh juices, frozen yogurt, teas, and coffees made one cup at a time, along with 30 kinds of smoothies. Some smoothies are blended with flavored soy milks and organic frozen yogurts and granola.
$ TO B L D Daily

RIVER CITY BREWING COMPANY
835 Museum Circle, Southbank, 398-2299
Situated on the Southbank Riverwalk overlooking the St. Johns River and popular with the downtown business set, River City offers fresh seafood, steaks and daily chef’s creations. Nosh in the enclosed dining room or out on the marina dining deck.
$$ FB R L D Mon.-Sat.

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
1201 Riverplace Blvd., Crowne Plaza, Southbank, 396-6200
2013 Best of Jax winner
A consistent Best of Jax winner for Best Steaks, Ruth’s Chris serves Midwestern custom-aged U.S. prime beef, cooked in 1,800-degree broilers. Fresh seafood, live Maine lobster and an extensive selection of wines are also on the menu. Reservations suggested.
$$$$ FB D Nightly

SAKE HOUSE #2 JAPANESE GRILL SUSHI BAR
1478 Riverplace Blvd., Ste. 101, 306-2188
See Avondale.
$$ BW L D Daily

SAN MARCO THEATRE
1996 San Marco Blvd., 396-4845
The historic movie house offers pizza, nachos, quesadillas, sandwiches, and beer and wine to adventurous moviegoers. The theater shows first-run films.
$ BW D Nightly

THE SOUTHERN GRILL
800 Flagler Ave., Southbank, 858-9800
The Southern Grill offers a large menu of salads, veggie platters, sandwiches, melts and wraps. The breakfast selection includes omelets, a variety of egg combinations and sit-down favorites like pancakes.
$$$ B L Mon.-Sat.

STAN’S SANDWICH & GRILL
1562 Hendricks Ave., 398-6642
Marking more than 30 years in the same location, Stan’s serves up breakfast pita sandwiches, omelets and pancakes, as well as hand-pattied burgers, dogs, subs, barbecue and fresh cherry limeade.
$ TO B L Mon.-Sat.

TAVERNA
1986 San Marco Blvd., 398-3005
Taverna serves European cuisine heavily influenced by the flavors of Italy and Spain. Tapas, small-plate items, Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizzas, home-style pastas and entrées are served in a rustic yet upscale interior.
$$$ FB TO R, D Sat. & Sun.; L D Tue.-Sun.

TIDBITS RESTAURANT
1076 Hendricks Ave., 396-0528
For more than 25 years, Clara’s Tidbits has specialized in good food served in a friendly atmosphere, including popular lunch items like chicken salad and unique avocado sandwiches. Delivery available.
$ TO L Mon.-Fri.

TOSCANA LITTLE ITALY
4440 Hendricks Ave., 900-1059
The 150-seat restaurant features Tuscan yellow walls, cherry wood tables and chairs, and tile floors. The extensive menu includes traditional Italian dishes.
$$ FB TO L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat.

VINO’S PIZZA & GRILL
1430 San Marco Blvd., 683-2444
Vino’s has hand-tossed New York-style, thin-crust pizzas, as well as Sicilian-style, thick-crust pizzas. Big salads, baked dishes, subs, stromboli, wings and wraps round out the menu. This location offers a daily lunch buffet.
$$ K L D Daily

WINE CELLAR
1314 Prudential Dr., Southbank, 398-8989
This Jacksonville landmark offers classic Continental and New World cuisine in an Old World setting. Dine outdoors under majestic oaks or indoors in intimate dining rooms.
$$$$ FB L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat.

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