Restaurants

Eating By Boat: 9 Places To Feast On The St. Johns

Since our boat motor gave out last year, St. Johns Riverkeeper has been relying heavily on volunteers like our River Patrol to help us investigate and communicate pollution spills and algae blooms. This summer, we are launching a fundraising campaign to purchase a new Kencraft from Sadler Point Marina, and are hoping to get back on the water soon. Having a boat is critical to the work that we do. Thinking about the prospects of a new patrol boat for got me thinking about all the great places to visit on the water for food and drinks. Rent a boat, …

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Dining on the Shoreline: Seachasers in Jacksonville Beach

Seachasers, Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Nate Mayo, Natedoesfood, Lobster Mac and Cheese

I’m always, always on the lookout for new restaurants. Just so happens that on Instagram, I came across a picture of a beautiful beachside view courtesy of Seachasers. That was all I needed to see, and if the food was good, that would be a plus. Worst case scenario: I sip on a drink and enjoy the view. Cut to now, and I’ve been to Seachasers a few times. I have to say, the view is ten times better in person. You can enjoy a panoramic of while dining, and they can even open the windows to take it to …

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Best Tacos in Jacksonville

Cantina Laredo Tacos, photo by Francesco Salomoni

It’s not a surprise that I’m interested in good and delicious tacos. As I’m from Mexico, the mother country of tacos, getting tacos is one of my earliest memories. Wherever I live, I make sure I always find good tacos. They’re part of my survival kit. Eating tacos with friends and family is a necessity for me, it goes in the same group as drinking water and getting enough sleep. I can eat tacos every day, maybe even multiple times a day, for the rest of my life. Fortunately, my love for tacos seems to be an American obsession too. …

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Who Else Wants South Kitchen + Spirits? Brian Siebenschuh’s New Restuarant in Avondale

South Kitchen + Spirits, fried chicken bucket, Jacksonville, Florida, Avondale, Park Street, Brian Siebenschuh, photo by Nate Mayo, nomnomjax, natedoesfood

South Kitchen + Spirits is a brand-new restaurant at 3638 Park St in , opened by . Brian was super influential in my entrance into the Jacksonville food scene. Two years ago when he was at he helped me plan my first food event. It was a fundraiser brunch for about 40 people, and we used most of the proceeds to host a multi-course dinner for my culinary school class at Orsay. (On a side note, that was the first time I tried popcorn ice cream, and I remember it like it was yesterday.) Brian didn’t go to culinary school. …

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Sushi + Burrito = Kazu Sushi Burrito

Kazu Sushi Burrito, Natedoesfood, NomnomJax, EU Jacksonville, Florida, #nomnomjax, #eatupjax, #natedoesfood, photo by Nate Mayo

A couple of years ago, I couldn’t eat raw sushi. I might as well have been a contestant Fear Factor, and you couldn’t pay me enough to eat it. Then, BOOM! My tastebuds changed. Now I can eat a raw oyster the size of a lung. Give me a fish straight out the water still flopping. I’m like an Alaskan bear at a creek catching a salmon out the water and biting its head off. With my newfound love, I recently found myself at a Michelin Star Sushi Restaurant in New York called Sushi Azabu. They fly their fish in …

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Let There Be Waffles! Magnolia’s in Murray Hill

Magnolias, Photo by Kristen Penoyer, Natedoesfood, Nomnomjax, #nomnomjax, #eujaxfood, Murray Hill, Jacksonville, Florida

It’s always a good time for waffles, and Andrea Dahlia is proof of this theory. So much so, that she just opened a waffle-based restaurant in called Magnolia’s. If the last name sounds familiar, that’s because she is the owner of Dahlia’s Pour House in as well. Originally Andrea wanted to do tacos, but she quickly realized that tacos were spoken for here in Jacksonville. Just around the corner you have your , Nacho Taco, Tijuana Flats, etc. How did this idea start? One Christmas, Andrea got a bread/waffle maker. Soon after, she started testing waffle batters and used her …

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Keep Calm and Eat at Gilbert’s Social

Gilbert's Social, ramen, Photo by Kristen Ponoyer, Kenny Gilbert, EU Jacksonville, Natedoesfood, Nomnomjax, #eatupjax, #nomnomjax, #natedoesfood

I love Gilbert’s. I hate driving. That being said, my friend Kristen and I gladly took at least eight road trips to just to eat at . That’s just how damn good it is. I’ve made an appearance there many times: whether it be for brunch, lunch, dinner, or a Yelp Elite event. , the Head Chef of , was once even nice enough to make a special, five-course menu for my birthday dinner earlier this year. So when I got word that he was opening a new restaurant in Jacksonville, my stomach lit up. It’s crazy to see how …

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Conch Me In – Blackfly Cafe and Taproom

For those of you familiar with the Blackfly brand, it may come as no surprise that their newest project, The , is a wild success. An extension of the man behind it all, , the taproom is focused on Caribbean-style cuisine based on quality and authenticity. Cochran, best known for his artwork of all things tropical and his passion for fly fishing, calls the Cafe and Taproom an attempt to share his experiences in the world of angling and in the Bahamian lifestyle. Running a restaurant is nothing new for the brand; the Blackfly Restaurant in St. Augustine quickly became …

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