Best Ramen: Domu
There are only a few of its kind: two in Orlando and one in Jacksonville near St. Johns Town Center. With homemade sake and unique dishes like Cheezus (that, quite literally, tastes like it was sent from the heavens), it’s no wonder Domu is so popular. But it’s those homemade ramen noodles that made it Jacksonville’s choice for Best Ramen.
The homey, neighborhood restaurant started in the year 2016 in Orlando by chef/owner Sean “Sonny” Nguyen. His goal was to provide a restaurant and bar that combind traditional Japanese techniques with modern-day methods. Needless to say, he more than succeeded. And if you haven’t had the chance to visit the award-winning restaurant, now is the time to have a live the dream, literally, since “DOMU” is slang for “a dream come true.” –Ambar Ramirez
Best Sandwiches: Angie’s Subs
A Jacksonville Beach favorite for decades, t’s no surprise Angie’s Subs has been voted the city’s Best Local Sandwiches. If you’re looking for a sandwich with the helpings piled on high and a place where the sweet tea is always flowing, Angie’s is the place to be. As a small local business, Angie’s always makes their customers feel welcome and happy as they peruse through a list of subs, some with unusual names like the The Sweet Teddy T, the Father Dan and The Jack Del Rio Grande (yes, THAT Jack Del Rio). Next time you’re craving a sandwich, be sure to visit Angie’s Subs and always make sure to add some of their special Peruvian sauce. Or buy a bottle to take home — and get one for me, too. –Molly Britt
Best Bartender: Brogan Kestle, Lynch’s Irish Pub
Brogan Kestle become a fixture tending bar at some of the Beaches most beloved spots. She started at Surfer the Bar in 2016 and has since mosied on down the strip to Lynch’s Irish Pub. Working behind the bar at Lynch’s since 2018, she’s made the popular bar her personal playground—giving patrons exactly what they want: exellent service with a smile. Kestle loves what she does and obviously, the Lynch’s patrons agree having voted her “Best Bartender.”
What better way to start (or end) your night than with a perfectly made Car Bomb by Jacksonville’s favorite bartender? And you know what they say, a bartender is just a pharmacist with a limited inventory. –Carmen Macri
Best Bagels: BagelsRUs Deli
Having brought a “little piece of New York to Jacksonville” 20 years ago, BagelsRUs Deli has become a Jacksonville favorite, made clear by being voted this year’s “Best Bagels.” Made from scratch daily, their kettled-cooked and baked bagels come in 17 flavors including spinach, asiago, chocolate chip and pumpernickel with 14 different bagel spreads. If a bagel alone isn’t enough to tide you over, make it a bagel melt (did someone say pizza bagel?) or bagel sandwich. BagelsRUs also serves breakfast platters, sides and sandwiches. With dine-in, take out and catering available, there is always time for the city’s best bagels. –Molly Britt
Best Bakery: 1748 Bakehouse
Ever since Allison Vaughan’s grandmother taught her how to bake as a young girl, it is all she has dreamed about. Opening her own bakery as a tribute to her grandmother came true with My Grandmother’s Pie and Provision Goods. In October 2019, she opened her current shop—1748 Bakehouse in Springfield (1748 Main St. to be exact)—where it quickly became the Urban Core’s go-to for all things baked, including sweet and savory treats representing a variety of cultures. The cozy shop has also become a popular meeting spot for Springfield residents who love nothing more than supporting local businesses. Vaughan is also a huge proponent of shopping local, partnering with local farms, growers, breweries and roasteries to provide customers with the freshest food possible. –Carmen Macri
Best New Restaurant: Bar Molino
With a 4.9 star rating on Google and a mouth-watering array of Spanish tapas and extensive wine list, it is no surprise that this San Marco restaurant won “Best New Restaurant.”
As soon as you walk through the crystal clear doors with bright blue lettering, you are greeted with a smiling staff and an open space that gives you the feel of pure luxury. In addition to small plates (ranging from mussels and grilled octopus to prime hangar steak and sauteed shrimp), the menu also include conservas (gourmet canned seafood, considered a delicacy) and a jamon bar.
Bar Molino offers Sunday Brunch, Todonia Tuesdays and Saturday afternoon wine tastings. “Molino” directly translates to “windmill” in English, which is appropriate since and the food and wine at Bar Molino will definitely have you feeling a whirlwind of positive emotions. –Ambar Ramirez