In My Neighborhood: Fernandina

BRANDY CARVALHO White Oak Conservation Foundation

“If you ask me where I want to go to lunch, I’m on auto-response to say Timoti’s Seafood Shak. I could eat the blackened tofu for days (in fact, I have), and I love the fries like we are in a relationship. When celebrating or dining with a group of friends, España Restaurant is my go-to. With their shareable dishes, unreal paella and welcoming energy, it feels like a holiday meal at home. (But the good kind, where you don’t have to do the dishes.) The Salty Pelican is always high on my list. The service staff seems to really want you there, and that attention and friendliness elevates the experience every time I go. Cantina Louie is one of my top spots for casual celebrations and gatherings with work friends. Grab a Skinny Louie Margarita (or three, no judgment) and guacamole dip before you grub on $3 tacos for Taco Tuesday. I’d lose my locals card if I didn’t mention Moon River Pizza. It’s like the Cheers of Fernandina. There’s something to be said for going back to the same pizza place for more than 20 years! And every so often, the cooks form a kitty face out of the veggies on my tray—that’s when you know you’ve made it.”