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JJ’s Bistro
Two Great Restaurants at Two
Convenient Locations
French Onion Soup 3.00/4.50
Caramalized onions in a rich broth with white
wine, topped with French bread & provolone
Vichyssoise 3.00/4.50
Refreshing cream of potatoes & leeks, sprinkled
with chives & served chilled
Salade Niçoise 9.95
Spring mix topped with tomato, hard-boiled egg,
fresh grilled tuna, green beans, red potatoes,
bell peppers, black olives & anchovies
Blue Crab & Avocado Salad 9.95
Fresh crab meat mixed with garlic aioli, served
with tabbouleh, avocado & toasted pita points
Cold Sandwiches
Chicken Salad on Croissant 8.95
Our very own famous chicken salad with grapes
& walnuts, served on a croissant
Monte Carlo 9.50
Fresh shrimp salad served on a toasted brioche
Sandwich Parisian
Pate De Campagne Sandwich 9.50
Country pâté, lettuce & tomato on a baguette
JJ’s Liberty Bistro Entrées
The Shoppes at Ponte Vedra Beef Bourguignon 12.95
330 A1A North, Ste. 209 French style beef stew cooked in red wine with
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 mushrooms
Moules Provençales et Frites 12.95
ph 904-273-7980
Prince Edwards Island mussels simmered in
garlic tomato rosemary cream sauce, served
with French fries
Parisian Trio 13.00
Herb fed escargots, truffle mousse pâté and brie
with toasted baguette
Assiette of House Pâtés 12.00
Two mustards, cornichons, toasted baguette
Quiche du Jour or Lorraine/side 12.00
Assiette De Fromages
Les Fromages Doux 13.00
Brie, St. Andre, Cambozola

JJ’s Bistro de Paris Les Pyrennees

Crottin Maitre, Manchego, Petit Basque

The Shoppes at Village Walk Main Courses

7643 Gate Parkway, Ste. 105
Rainbow Trout a la “Oscar,” Crab
Jacksonville, FL 32256 Meat, Asparagus, Hollandaise 27.00
ph 904-996-7557 Classic Bouillabaisse, Market Fish,
Mussels, Shrimp & Scallops, Saffron
Open 10am Mon.- Sat. Tomato Fumet, Baked Rouille Toast 26.00
Closed Sunday • Mon. Lunch Only Jumbo Shrimp & Scallop Risotto,
Hazelnut Risotto 25.00
Chicken Napoleon “Provence” 19.00 Grilled with fine herbs, sun dried tomato, goat
cheese, spinash & tarragon-dijon cream
let’s eat

featured menus WHO’S INSIDE :

AZUREA AT ONE OCEAN ..............8
CASBAH ................................10
DECO BISTRO ..........................12
THE REEF ..............................14

Phil Mickelson’s
SAKE HOUSE ..........................16
lobster ravioli
from NINETEEN AT SUSHI CAFE............................18
AQUA GRILL............................22
BISTRO AIX ............................23
THE CHART HOUSE ..................24
THE GRAPE ............................27
HAVANA-JAX ............................28
JOSEPH’S PIZZA ......................29
JULIETTE’S ............................30
THE LOOP ..............................31
MATTHEW’S ............................32
THE MEDITERRANEAN ..............33
METRO DINER ........................34
NORTH BEACH BISTRO ............36
PUSSER’S BAR & GRILLE ..........37
RESTAURANT MEDURE ............38
SALTY ROCK CANTINA ..............40
TACOLU ................................41
THE WINE CELLAR ..................43

taste 2010 7
Azurea at One Ocean Resort Hotel & Spa

For a Truly Unforgettable Experience

Visit Azurea, our sleek signature restaurant well-known as the “it dining
experience” in Northeast, Florida. Featuring a breezy yet sophisticated
setting, this eclectic hot spot showcases Florida's First Coast cuisine with a
subtle tribute to the flavors of Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas.
Azurea’s menu changes each season, representing the latest trends and the
finest ingredients, adding a wonderfully fresh dimension to Executive Chef
Ted Peters’ cuisine. With both indoor and al fresco seating available, this
oceanfront culinary gem offers ocean views from every table creating the
perfect backdrop for your exquisite culinary experience.

Azurea at One Ocean Resort Hotel & Spa One Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach | (904) 249-7402 |
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First Coast Cuisine

Roasted Heirloom Apple Salad 10 “FROM THE SEA”
French green beans, toasted hazelnuts, petite Resort Hotel & Spa
lettuce, apple chips, mulled cider vinaigrette. Grilled Hawaiian Tuna 28 One Ocean Boulevard
Pineapple lime salsa.
Cast Iron Seared Jumbo Blue Crab Cake 16 Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Apple cider braised collard greens, charred Herb Marinated Local Mahi Mahi 25 (904) 249-7402
heirloom tomatoes, crisp smoked bacon. Tomato and Thai basil vinaigrette.
Azurea’s Baby Romaine Caesar Salad 10 Seafood “Mixed Grill” 29
Local catch, Hawaiian prawns, diver sea scallops, Hours
Bouchot Mussels Tangine 15 red pepper vin blanc.
Spanish chorizo, saffron heirloom tomato broth, BREAKFAST
grilled country bread. Cedar Smoked Wild Salmon 26 7- 11am
Maple cranberry chutney. LUNCH
Hudson Valley Foie Gras “Two Ways” 16
Tellicherry dusted foie gras, roasted mushroom and “FROM THE LAND” 11:30am - 2:30pm
gala apple crèpe, truffle scented foie gras brûlée. DINNER
Eden Farms Berkshire Pork Tenderloin 32
She Crab Bisque 8 Roasted gala apple chutney. 6 - 10pm
Crab and mushroom stuffed vol au vent.
Durham Ranch 18 oz Bison T-Bone 45 Credit Cards
Belgian Endive & Miniature Herb Salad 11 Vidalia onion rings, Dijon and bourbon demi glace. all major credit cards
Maytag bleu cheese, spiced pecan praline, white
Harris Ranch 16 oz Beef Rib Eye 38 Reservations Accepted
balsamic vinaigrette.
Cipollini onion and pancetta relish, béarnaise. yes
Roasted Beet & Spinach Salad 12
12 oz Piedmontese Beef Strip Loin 36
Goat cheese mousseline, black walnut vinaigrette,
Porcini butter.
shaved herbed crostini. full service bar
Pink Peppercorn Crusted Ahi Tuna 15 DESSERT Outdoor Dining
Braised artichokes, Niçoise olives, lemon confit, Banana Cheesecake 8 yes
cipollini onions, pastini salad.
Baby bananas, fresh mangos, warm spiced
Azurea Raw Bar 20 caramel rum sauce, cashew Florentine. Food Service After 11 pm
Cold water oysters, littleneck clams, stone crab yes
Pear Almond Bread Pudding
claws, Mayport shrimp cocktail, Key Lime mustard Banquet Facilities
sauce, mignonette, horseradish cocktail.
with Raspberry Marmalade 7
Warm white sipping chocolate, toasted yes
SPECIALTIES Marcona almonds.
Catering Available
Lamb vs. Lamb 34 Chocolate Bonfire 8 yes
Roasted Colorado loin, bone-in New Zealand cre- Bittersweet chocolate mousse, crispy chocolate
pinette, Beluga lentil ragout, cardamom carrot paint. meringues, crème Anglaise, fresh raspberry sauce. Entertainment
Warm Chocolate Cake no
Coriander Dusted Sea Bass 32
Maine lobster-mango gastrique, cilantro emulsion. with Salted Caramel Center 8 Valet Parking
Vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate pouring sauce. yes
Maine Lobster Risotto 34
Toasted carnaroli rice, foraged mushrooms, fava Crème Brûlée Two Ways 8
beans, mascarpone, tarragon. Egg nog scented, Tahitian vanilla bean, chocolate
dipped gingersnaps.
Maple Leaf Farms “Pairing of Duck” 32
Crisp seared duck breast, confit duck leg, braised Grand Marnier Soufflé 10
red cabbage, spinach gnocchi, kumquat marmalade. Served warm from the oven with orange cardamom
cream, requires 20-minute advance order.
Red Sea Salt Crusted Diver Scallops 30
Anson Mills tasso grits, Indian red corn posole, Selection of Freshly Spun Ice Cream 7
smoked piquillo coulis. Vanilla bean, Belgian chocolate or mocha chip,
crispy pepita tulip cup.
“Local Catch, 3 Ways” 28
Grilled with tropical fruit salpicone, bronzed with Selection of Freshly Spun Sorbet 7
citrus butter emulsion, beignet battered with Raspberry, mango or lemon, berry consommé,
smoked Vidalia onion remoulade. fresh fruits, pepita crisps.
Chianti Braised Veal Osso Bucco 28 One Ocean Dessert Sampler 13
Herbed creamy polenta, sage pesto, clementine Platter for two.
Tellicherry Crusted Natural
Beef Tenderloin 36
White truffle herb dauphinoise potato, creamed
silver queen corn.

taste 2010 9
The Casbah

It’s Time To Rock The Casbah

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable night out dates. Those fond of beer will enjoy dozens of tap
at the Casbah Café in historic Avondale. The casual and bottled selections from around the world.
restaurant, cabaret, coffee bar and hookah lounge Global wine selections are also available until 2 AM
fits right in with the area’s trendy and eclectic seven days a week. During dinner, fire up the
dining scene. The Casbah features a traditional hookah filled with premium flavored tobaccos
menu with a Middle Eastern twist. Dishes include from the Arabian Gulf and natural charcoal.
swordfish kabobs, kibbie, baba ghannoush and Flavors vary from traditional double apple to
hummus, to name a few. Save room for a handful of sweet love. Belly dancers shake things up three
homemade desserts such as mamoul—Middle nights a week including weekends. Global beer
Eastern cookie dough stuffed with pressed madjool and wine available until 2 AM every day.

The Casbah 3628 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville | (904) 981-9966 |
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Middle Eastern

The Casbah
3628 St. Johns Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32205
(904) 981-9966

DAILY LUNCH SPECIALS Labaneh $4.95 Open Daily
Middle Eastern yogurt spread topped 11am - 2am
with olive oil with a sprinkle of dried
Credit Cards
MEZZE (A LA CARTE) mint served with warm pita bread.
American Express,
Tabouleh Salad $4.50 Makdous $4.95 MasterCard, Visa
Three baby eggplants marinated in olive
Hummus $5.95 oil and garlic and stuffed and topped Reservations Accepted
Hummus with Seasoned Meat $6.95 with walnuts. no

Baba Ghannoush $5.95 SALADS Liquor

Puréed & roasted eggplant dip, served full service bar
with pita bread. Arabic Salad $4.95 (coming soon)

Fool $5.95 Chicken Salad $6.95 Outdoor Dining

Puréed fava bean dip topped with olive Fava Bean Salad $5.95 yes
oil served with pita bread.
Caesar Salad $5.95 Food Service After 11 pm
Fried Kibbie $6.25 yes
Three football shaped beef shells stuffed
Greek Salad $6.95
with sautéed beef, onions, and pine nuts, Banquet Facilities
then deep fried.
ENTRÉES coming soon
Lamb Kabobs $12.95 Catering Available
Stuffed Grape Leaves $4.95
Served with cous-cous or basmati yes
Six grape leaves stuffed with rice, meat
rice pilaf.
and spices.
Chicken Kabobs $11.95
Vegetarian Stuffed Grape Leaves $4.95 yes
Kufteh Kabobs $11.95
Falafel $5.95 Valet Parking
Ground beef, parsley, and onions spiced
Six garbanzo bean patties mixed with no
and charbroiled. Served with cous-cous
parsley and spices, then deep fried and
or basmati rice pilaf. Special Features
served with tahini sauce.
Swordfish Kabobs $13.95 Jacksonville’s Premier
Spinach Pies $5.95
Served with cous-cous salad. Hookah Lounge.
Chopped spinach, onions, and spices
wrapped in freshly baked puff pastry. Casbah Pizza $9.95 One of The Casbah’s
Meat Pies $6.25 A whole pita pizza with your choice best hidden treasures
of hummus, baba gannoush, or fool. is its hookah tobacco
Freshly baked puff pastry stuffed with
Topped with olives, tomatoes, marinated pipes. These flavorful,
meat, pine nuts, onions, and diced
artichokes and feta cheese. aromatic concoctions
White or wheat pita. of taste and smell offer
Fried Jibneh $4.95 With Meat $10.95 a relaxing mood. We
Pan-seared Arabic cheese served with
Ramallah Dish $9.95 use only the finest
pita bread and a slice of grilled tomato.
Hashweh and yogurt. Hashweh is a brand of imported
Zeit Wa Zatar $3.95 Mediterranean rice with meat and premium hookah tobacco
A traditional Middle Eastern appetizer spices to be topped with yogurt. and natural charcoal.
consisting of olive oil and a blend of herbs
and spices. Served with pita bread.
Imjaddara $8.95 SUNDAY – Live Jazz
A rice dish consisting of lentils and MONDAY – Goliath Flores
Nowashif $5.95 sautéed onions to be topped with WEDNESDAY – Live Music
A cold platter of assorted veggies, olives Arabic salad.
THUR-SAT – Belly Dancing
and cheeses.
Shwarma Platter $10.95
Jibneh & Zatoon $4.95 Chicken or lamb marinated and grilled.
Arabic cheese and olives. Served with a side salad and side of dip.

taste 2010 11
Deco Bistro

Deco Style
John Hatch, executive chef/co-owner of Deco private dining room and patio for VIP use. The
Bistro, has introduced creative cuisines, along first Friday of every month is Casablanca night,
with a breathtaking array of decadent desserts to featuring live jazz music to make your visit a
the Riverside neighborhood. Hatch has worked in romantic and memorable experience. We also offer
the food business for the past 30 years. Deco a private banquet/VIP room and off-site catering
Bistro has recently been remodeled in the 1940s for all your dining needs. Lunch hours range from
art deco style. Under the direction of Co-Owner 11-4 and dinner from 5-10. If lunch and dinner is not
Ken Davis and Special Events Coordinator Sarah “your thing” come in and sit at our beautiful slate
Pelham, the dining room features fine candlelight bar and try one of our finest cocktails.
dining with a full bar, sidewalk dining and a spacious

Deco Bistro 1023 Park St., Jacksonville | (904) 358-8704 |

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Deco Bistro
1023 Park St.
Jacksonville, FL 32204
STARTERS Citrus Chicken (904) 358-8704
Grilled Orange Shrimp Marinated chicken breast, baby spinach, mandarin
Marinated grilled shrimp served on a sugar cane oranges, mushrooms, bacon bits and pecans
covered with citrus vinaigrette dressing Hours
with a creamy citrus dipping sauce
Bistro Chicken Monday - Saturday
Luau Crab & Shrimp Cocktail
Baby spinach topped with toasted slivered 11am - 10pm
Large shrimp and fresh crabmeat bathed in
seasoned coconut milk and pineapple juice almonds, dried cranberries, grilled chicken, blue Sunday
Pistachio Mushroom Caps cheese crumbs and vinaigrette dressing 10am - 3pm
Stuffed with Parmesan cheese, toasted pistachios Credit Cards
and a touch of white wine
PASTA all major credit cards
Crab Cheesecake
Lump crabmeat combined with cream and Lemon Chicken Fettuccini Reservations Accepted
cheddar cheese, baked on a buttery crumb crust Julienne chicken breast, fresh squeezed lemon juice recommended
Fried Ravioli and spinach blanket this homemade fettuccini
Breaded cheese ravioli topped with Parmesan Ravioli Pesto Alfredo full service bar
pesto and sun-dried tomato pesto Cheese ravioli topped with a creamy homemade
Caprice Salad Parmesan basil sauce Outdoor Dining
Sliced fresh mozzarella, layered with red ripe yes
Supreme Gnocchi
tomatoes and fresh basil, served with a creamy
balsamic Dijon dressing Sautéed mushrooms, oven-roasted peppers and Food Service After 11 pm
homemade gnocchi with a creamy Parmesan sauce no
Southwest Spring Roll
Smoked chicken, black beans, corn, jalapeño jack Mediterranean Pasta with Pistachios Banquet Facilities
cheese, red peppers and spinach wrapped inside a Fettuccini with white wine, olive oil, pistachios and yes
crispy flour tortilla served with a creamy avocado feta cheese
sauce and salsa Garlic & Walnut Fettuccini
Catering Available
Idaho Potato Nachos yes
Fettuccini topped with heavy garlic cream sauce,
Slices of Idaho potato with melted cheddar toasted walnuts, Parmesan and cheddar cheeses Entertainment
cheese, real bacon bits, avocado, jalapeño yes
peppers and sour cream Fettuccini & Crab Sauce
Fettuccini tossed in a lump crabmeat or shrimp Valet Parking
LIGHT SIDE cream and white wine sauce yes
French Onion Soup BEEF & PORK Special Features
Baked Potato Soup Filet Mignon with creamy boursin cheese
With russet and Yukon potatoes garnished with HAPPY HOUR
cheddar cheese and real bacon bits NY Strip & Steak on a bed of onion straws On & offsite
Plum Tomato Tart Glazed Pork Medallions catering available
Fontana cheese tomatoes and Vidalia onions Medallions of pork tenderloin in a sweet hot glaze Sunday Brunch
layered onto a delicate handmade crust of orange juice and Asian chili sauce
Soup of the Day & Garden Salad Ginger Pork Medallions
Slices of pork tenderloin served in a sauce of
SALADS Vidalia onions, ginger with a touch of apple jelly
Chicken Caesar
Large chicken breast hand-breaded in Japanese POULTRY
panko, pan-fried and topped with romaine lettuce, Almond Dijon Chicken
croutons, Parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing Chicken breast marinated in Dijon mustard, coated
Coconut Shrimp in panko crumbs and slivered almonds then pan-fried
Coconut shrimp fried to a golden brown, orange
segments, pistachios and red onions on a bed of
Chicken & Rosemary Cream
mixed greens with vinaigrette dressing Grilled chicken breast served with a cream sauce
of white wine and fresh rosemary and herbs
Tuna Steak & Tomato
Red ripe tomatoes marinated in olive oil and lemon SEAFOOD
juice, feta cheese and garden greens topped with
a Key West-seasoned grilled Ahi tuna steak
Mediterranean Shrimp
Jumbo shrimp flavored with julienne sun-dried
Sesame Pork Salad tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta and fresh garlic
Ginger marinated pork tenderloin on fresh salad
greens mixed with cucumber, toasted sesame Grilled Salmon/Ahi Tuna Steaks/Tilapia
seeds and citrus ginger dressing Cajun, blackened or lemon pepper

taste 2010 13
The Reef

Oceanfront Dining
An imposing wood building with a bright, warm features an exciting off-price early dining menu.
interior, The Reef is a classic beachfront restaurant, There is a full bar with a great happy hour program,
one of the few remaining. Located in North Beach, international wine list and live music on the
just 10 minutes north of St. Augustine and 20 weekends. All this and a breathtaking view of
minutes south of Ponte Vedra, The Reef offers the Atlantic Ocean, made even more special
fresh fish and seafood, steaks, poultry, pastas and every month when the full moon rises over the
salads, many with both light and larger portions. ocean. Please go to
Chef Bob Henle creates regular specialties, and for more details.

The reef 4100 Coastal Hwy., A1A, St. Augustine | (904) 824-8008 |
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The Reef
On A1A between
St. Augustine &
Ponte Vedra Beach
4100 Coastal Hwy., A1A
AT N O RT H B E A C H , S T A U G U S T I N E St. Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 824-8008


Prime Rib Stuffed Mushrooms $8.95 Pecan Mahi $17.95 / $20.95
Jumbo caps, stuffed with shaved prime rib & garlic Crushed pecans & seasoned bread crumbs LUNCH
herb cheese, set atop a red wine demi-glace. pressed into the Mahi fillet, baked & served with Monday - Saturday
romesco sauce. 11:30am - 3pm
Saffron Mussels $8.95
Northern Blue Mussels sautéed in garlic, saffron, Slow Roasted Prime Rib $18.95 / $22.95 DINNER
white wine & cream. Chef cut to order. Slow roasted, served with Sunday-Thursday
natural au jus & horseradish sauce. 4:30- 9pm
Reef Platter $13.95
Per additional ounce add $2 Friday-Saturday
Crab cake, fried green tomatoes, calamari &
teriyaki grilled shrimp.
4:30- 10pm
Herb Crusted Chicken $17.95
Sautéed with green peppercorns, thyme & onions SUNDAY BRUNCH
Calamari $7.95
simmered in Dijon mustard white wine reduction. 11am - 2:30pm
Lightly breaded & fried, served with lemons
& marinara sauce. Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops $22.95 Credit Cards
Pan-seared, set over oriental orange ginger glaze all major credit cards
Crab Cakes $10.50
A blend of lump & claw meats, sautéed to order, & balsamic reduction. Reservations Accepted
with Key lime mustard & mango chutney. Zarzuela $26.75 recommended
Fried Green Tomatoes $6.95 A Catalonian seafood stew of lobster, prawns, clams Liquor
Fried to a golden brown, served with spicy & mussels in a savory almond & seafood broth.
full service bar
island sauce. Seared Tuna Duo $22.95
Outdoor Dining
Twin Ahi steaks, one herb-crusted, the other
sesame seed-crusted, seared medium rare, with
Available until 3pm. pickled ginger, wasabi & soy dipping sauce. Food Service After 11 pm
Fish & Chips $13.50 Seafood Trio $21.95 no
Flaky mild white fish, beer battered & fried, with Shrimp, crab cake & Mahi, available grilled, Banquet Facilities
coleslaw & french fries. blackened or fried with citrus remoulade sauce. yes
Black & Blue Salad $11.50 Roast Duck $20.95 Catering Available
Blackened prime rib over mixed greens, topped Herb crusted with Chambord blackberry sauce. yes
with bleu cheese crumbles & bleu cheese dressing.
Reef Filet $23.95 / $26.95 Entertainment
Jambalaya $11.75 Roasted filet mignon set atop a zinfandel yes
Shrimp, chicken, andouille sausage & fresh fish in reduction topped with compound bleu cheese
a spicy Cajun sauce over rice. butter. Valet Parking
Reef Wrecked Sandwich $11.50 Mediterranean Pasta $11.95 / $15.95
Catch of the day grilled, fried or blackened, with Fresh tomato, basil, toasted garlic, olives, roasted Special Features
avocado, tomato, Swiss cheese, coleslaw & citrus red & yellow peppers, artichokes served over Oceanfront Dining
remoulade. linguini with feta cheese.
Live Music Fri.-Sat.
Shrimp Melt $9.95 Shrimp Imperial $20.95 Night & Sun. Brunch
Sautéed shrimp on a hoagie roll with sun-dried Jumbo shrimp topped with crab stuffing on Happy Hour
tomato pesto & Swiss cheese. roasted red pepper & crab thyme sauce.
3-7pm daily
Early Dining Specials
Sundays 11am-2:30pm St Augustine’s most spectacular banquet room.
Receptions, rehearsal dinners, beach ceremonies,
A view of the Atlantic
Voted Best of St. Augustine reunions, meetings. Seats 90. Breathtaking view! Ocean from every table.

taste 2010 15
Sake House Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar

The Art of Japanese Food

Master sushi chef Jon has many years of expe- You can see, taste and feel the Sake House dif-
rience in traditional Japanese cooking and enjoys ference because we view sushi as a form of art.
creating a variety of custom rolls for his customers. Everything at Sake House is made from the purest
He and his wife, Nikki, have designed a restaurant ingredients, cooked using our unique processes.
with authentic Japanese dining atmosphere and We take the greatest care to produce the most
style including traditional music to complete the personable dining experience. From the Japanese
experience. Sake House serves sushi, sashimi, tem- décor and friendly hosts greeting you with a tradi-
pura, katsu, teriyaki and hibachi all made from the tional welcome, to the lively conversations you’ll
freshest ingredients. Also featuring Jacksonville’s enjoy with our sushi chefs—It’s all about giving you
first and only authentic tatami room. Two locations the best experience in the traditional Japanese
to serve you in Riverside and San Marco. way—colorful presentation and pure simplicity.

Sake House 824 Lomax St., Jacksonville (904) 301-1188 | 1478 Riverplace Blvd., Jacksonville (904) 306-2188
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Sake House
Japanese Grill
& Sushi Bar
824 Lomax St.
JAPANESE GRILL & SUSHI BAR Jacksonville, FL 32204
(904) 301-1188
Served with soup and salad. 1478 Riverplace Blvd.
Sushi Appetizer 5 pieces. Jacksonville, FL 32207
Sashimi Appetizer 8 pieces. CHEF’S CHOICE (904) 306-2188
Tuna Tataki Sushi Regular 8 pcs. sushi and 1 California roll.
Served with ponzu sauce. Sushi Deluxe 13 pcs. sushi and 1 California roll.
Beef Tataki
Sashimi Regular 11 pieces assorted raw fish.
Served with ponzu sauce. LUNCH
Sashimi Deluxe 16 pieces assorted raw fish. Monday - Saturday
Assorted seafood with ponzu sauce. Sushi & Sashimi Combination 11am - 3pm
8 pieces of sushi, 8 pieces of sashimi and 1 DINNER
Cold Maki California roll.
Cucumber wrap with salmon, avocado & cheese Monday -Thursday
Chirashi Assorted raw fish over sushi. 3- 10pm
Baby Octopus
Maki Combo Friday - Saturday
Unagi Don Eel over sushi rice. 3- 11pm
California roll, Philadelphia roll, salmon roll, tuna roll.
Edamame Sunday
Love Boat (serves 2)
Agedashi 12 pieces of sashimi, 16 pieces of sushi, 1 California 12- 9pm
Tofu roll, 1 tuna roll, 1 salmon roll. Credit Cards
Gyoza Steamed or fried. Dragon Boat (serves 3) all major credit cards
20 pieces of sushi, 16 pieces of sashimi, 1 rainbow
Soft Shell Crab Reservations Accepted
roll, 1 salmon roll, 1 tuna roll.
Tempura Vegetable, chicken, shrimp. yes
Yakibbi Tokyo Roll beer, wine & sake only
Yellowtail, tuna, salmon, whitefish, scallions, fish eggs.
Crunch Roll yes
Include soup, salad and rice. Salmon skin, cream cheese, scallions, deep fried,
topped with shrimp sauce. Food Service After 11 pm
Mexican Roll
With noodles and vegetables.
Grouper tempura, tomato, avocado, hot sauce with Banquet Facilities
Choice of: Vegetable, Chicken, Steak, sesame seeds. yes
Shrimp, Scallops, King Salmon, Filet Mignon, Diablo Roll
Lobster, Chicken & Shrimp, Steak & Chicken, Tuna, salmon, yellowtail and crab, fried and topped Catering Available
with fish eggs, scallions and spicy shrimp sauce. yes
Shrimp & Steak, King Salmon & Steak, King
Salmon & Shrimp, Shrimp & Filet Mignon, Jimmy Smith Entertainment
Scallops & Shrimp or Lobster & Filet Mignon Smoked salmon, crab, cream cheese, deep fried no
and topped with a spicy sauce.
TERIYAKI Valet Parking
Black Dragon Roll no
Broiled and served with teriyaki sauce Shrimp tempura roll topped with eel and avocado.
and hibachi vegetables. Special Features
Annie Roll
Vegetable, Chicken, Yakitori, Shrimp tempura, cream cheese, cucumber, scallion 30 Kinds of Cold Sake
Tofu (Deep fried), Salmon or Steak with roasted almonds on top. & 3 Kinds of Hot Sake
TEMPURA Five Point Roll Daily Sushi Roll Specials
Lightly battered and deep fried. Chopped down tuna and yellowtail spicy top on Chef’s Special Rolls
California roll.
Vegetable, Chicken or Shrimp
Volcano Roll
KATSU Conch, mayo, crab, fish eggs, scallions, BBQ top on
Japanese cracker breaded and deep fried crab, avocado and cream cheese.
with katsu sauce and hibachi vegetables. Crazy Tuna Roll
Chicken or Salmon Spicy tuna top on tuna avocado.

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Sushi Café

Roll With It, Baby

Sushi was first served in Japan as a practice of ingly reasonable prices. Our skilled chefs prepare
pickling the “marriage” of vinegar rice and an infinite many different sushi rolls such as the Dynamite Roll,
variety of ingredients. Rainbow Roll, Riverside Roll and Crazy Roll. We
Sashimi is the appropriate term for raw fish. also offer a delicious assortment of hand-shaped
Therefore, not all sushi is made with raw fish. In nigiri sushi and flavorful sashimi. Sushi Café takes
fact, most sushi is not raw at all, and has become a
pride in serving healthy tempura, katsu and teppan
Japanese culinary art form that combines flavorful
and colorful ingredients to create delicious, meals. Light seasonings and fresh ingredients are
mouthwatering tastes and tingling sensations. important to the success of Sushi Café. Hibachi style
At Sushi Café we serve a variety of fresh fish, cooking is used to enhance the original flavors of
both local and fresh imports from Japan, at surpris- steak, chicken and seafood.

Sushi Café 2025 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville | (904) 384-2888 |

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Sushi Café
2025 Riverside Ave.
APPETIZERS Sushi Deluxe $18.95 Jacksonville, FL 32204
13 pieces and a California roll.
Edamame Broiled soy beans. $3.25 (904) 384-2888
Sashimi Dinner $18.95
Gyoza $3.95
Meat and vegetable-filled dumplings. Steamed or Sushi & Sashimi Combo $22.95 Hours
Love Boat (for 2) $34.95 LUNCH
Yakitori $3.95 10 pieces sashimi, 12 pieces sushi, 1 California roll Monday - Saturday
Skewered chicken, onions and green pepper, and 1 special roll.
served with teriyaki glaze. 11am - 3pm
Dragon Boat (for 3) $55.95 Sunday 12- 3pm
Yaki Ebi $4.95 24 pieces sashimi, 12 pieces sushi, 1 tuna roll,
Broiled shrimp on skewers with teriyaki glaze. 1 salmon roll and 1 special roll. DINNER
Tempura Monday-Thursday
SUSHI BAR 3- 10pm
Vegetable $3.75 Crab Stick $1.50
Chicken $4.25 Friday-Saturday
Mackerel $1.75
Shrimp $4.95 Tuna $2.00 3- 11pm
Shrimp $1.75 Sunday 3- 10pm
Soft Shell Crab $5.95
Salmon $1.75
Lightly battered & deep fried. Credit Cards
Scallop $2.00
Agedashi Tofu $3.75 Octopus $2.00 all major credit cards
Deep-fried tofu served with tempura sauce. Yellow Tail $2.00
Eel $1.75 Reservations Accepted
Tuna Tataki $8.99 Conch $1.75 yes
Seared tuna, served with ponzu sauce. Flying Fish Egg $1.50 Liquor
Beef Tataki $7.99 Sweet Shrimp $2.50
sake, beer & wine
Seared beef strips, served with ponzu sauce. Salmon Roe (Ikura) $2.50
Seaweed Salad $3.50 Outdoor Dining
Sashimi Appetizer 6 pieces $8.95 Uni (Sea Urchin) $3.00 yes
Quail Egg add on $.75
ENTRÉES FROM THE KITCHEN Dynamite $5.50 Food Service After 11 pm
All entrées include soup, salad, vegetables, shrimp California Roll $3.50
appetizer, noodles, steamed rice or fried rice. no
Shrimp Tempura $4.50
Teppanyaki Vegetable $9.95 Rainbow $6.50 Banquet Facilities
Chicken $11.95 no
Steak $14.95 Catering Available
Shrimp $14.95 Volcano $8.00 yes
Baked spicy conch and crab on top of a California roll.
Scallops $15.95 Entertainment
King Salmon $16.95 Rocky Mountain $9.00
Spicy crab on top of a Rainbow roll.
Filet Mignon $18.95 Valet Parking
Diablo $8.00
Katsu Japanese cracker breaded and deep-fried, no
served with Katsu sauce. Tuna, salmon, yellow tail, crab and cream cheese,
deep-fried and topped with fish eggs, scallion and Special Features
Pork $11.95 shrimp sauce.
Chicken $11.95 Outdoor Dining
Y.M.C.A. $9.00
Salmon $14.95 Yellow tail, Maguro (tuna), crab and avocado, deep-
Chef’s Special Rolls
Teriyaki Broiled and served with teriyaki sauce. fried and topped with fish eggs, scallion and spicy Lunch Menu
Vegetables $9.95 shrimp sauce.
Chicken $11.95 Sweetheart $10.99
Salmon $14.95 Spicy tuna wrapped with salmon in a heart shape.
Steak $14.95 Crunchy Avery $9.00
Yakitori $12.95 Baked surf clam, crab, octopus, shrimp and crunchy
Tofu (deep-fried) $12.95 on top of a shrimp tempura roll.
Claire Ahi Tuna $6.00
CHEF’S CHOICE SUSHI BAR Deep-fried tuna roll topped with fish eggs, scallion
Sushi Dinner $13.95 and special sauce.
7 pieces and a California roll.
Jimmy Smith $6.00
Sushi Regular $15.95 Smoked salmon, cheese and crab, deep-fried and
10 pieces and a California roll. topped with special sauce.
More menu items available.
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Aqua Grill
950 Sawgrass Village
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Seared Caramelized Scallops 10 Seared Mahi-Mahi Rizzo 27
Thai basil & sun-dried tomato hollandaise, potato Roasted tomato & fresh basil beurre blanc, fresh
Hours pancakes & arugula salad. crabmeat, seared jumbo shrimp, grilled asparagus,
LUNCH roasted onion & garlic whipped potatoes.
Panko Crusted Fried
Monday - Saturday
Green Tomatoes 9 Maple Seared Salmon 24
11:30am - 2:30pm
Blue crab & roasted corn remoulade, garnished With sesame-seared asparagus, pommes
DINNER with creole grilled shrimp & crispy bacon. gaufrette, lump crabmeat & a light wasabi foam.
Sunday -Thursday
5pm - 9:30pm Fresh Littleneck Clams Baked St. Augustine
Friday -Saturday “New Orleans” 9 Grey Grouper 26
5pm - 10:30pm Baked in a cast-iron skillet with andouille sausage, Crabmeat, pancetta, shrimp and crawfish Ritz
red peppers, sweet onions, black-eyed peas & cracker stuffing, New Orleans lemon & garlic sauce,
BAR tomatoes in a Creole meuniere sauce. with a roasted red pepper & andouille risotto.
Daily 11:30am - 1am
Veal Cutlet Parmesan 22
Credit Cards SOUPS & SALADS
Fresh plum tomato sauce, garden herbs, mozzarella
all major credit cards Special Crab Salad 8 & parmesan cheeses with fettuccine carbonara.
Reservations Accepted Mixed lettuces, heart of palm, avocado, fresh
Fresh Trigger Pesada 27
yes crabmeat, red onions & diced tomatoes tossed
in a creamy lemon-dill dressing. Romano-fresh herb breaded, topped with lemon
Liquor herb butter & served with fresh rock shrimp,
Hydroponic Arugula Salad 8 roasted red peppers & scallions over vegetable
full service bar
Candied walnuts, fresh berries, grapes, Vidalia primavera pasta.
Outdoor Dining onions, feta cheese & raspberry vinaigrette.
Don Ho’s Ahi Tuna 24
yes Seafood Chowder 6 Seared until medium rare in a Macadamia nut
Food Service After 11 pm A tasty combination of blue crabmeat, shrimp crust with mango Chinese mustard, butter, shrimp,
no & scallops with a lobster fumet for an award- char sui pork & pineapple fried rice.
winning delight.
Banquet Facilities Bang-Bang Mayport Flounder 24
yes HOUSE CLASSICS Almond & fresh herb-crusted with Thai chili sauce
& vegetable primavera pad Thai.
Catering Available Broiled Combo 24
no Broiled fresh catch filet, fresh jumbo shrimp & day
Eggplant Parmesan “To Die For” 18
boat scallops cooked with house seasonings, fresh Fresh plum tomato sauce, three-cheese blend
Entertainment lemon butter & white wine. Served with a fresh with sautéed house-seasoned egg linguine.
no garden herb rice pilaf. Roast Rack of New Zealand Lamb 26
Valet Parking Grilled Aged Filet Mignon 29 Dijon herb-crusted, Markham merlot jus lie,
no Wild mushroom bordelaise, sautéed baby spinach rosemary whipped potatoes & sautéed asparagus.
Special Features & braised red cabbage. Served with an overstuffed Grilled Chicken & Pasta 19
twice-baked potato.
A Ponte Vedra favorite Citrus marinated boneless breast of chicken
for 22 years. “Kalbi Jim” Korean Braised sautéed with Portobello mushrooms, spinach,
Lakefront dining,
Short Ribs of Beef 24 whole roasted garlic cloves, sun-dried tomatoes,
Traditional rich flavorful stew of short ribs with roasted red peppers & homemade Italian sausage.
private banquet facilities,
Asian pears, potatoes & fresh vegetables. Tossed in white wine butter over egg fettuccine.
climate-controlled patio
seating, full service bar Crispy Fried Seafood Platter 24 Vegetarian Delight 18
with large screen TVs, Panko fried fresh fish, homemade crab cake, Wasabi-crusted organic tofu, horseradish aioli,
satellite and 2-for-1 fresh sea scallops & jumbo shrimp. Served with three-pepper jam, Caribbean red beans &
Happy Hour M-F our special hand-cut French fries & coleslaw. saffron rice, sweet potato purée & wok-seared
Hot spot for baby bok choy.
celebrity sightings. Double House Brined–All Natural–
Bone-in Pork Chops 22
Stuffed with a walnut, roasted red pepper pesto in a bordelaise sauce. Served with summer squash
casserole & potatoes au gratin.

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Bistro Aix
1440 San Marco Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32207
(904) 398-1949
Creamy French Onion Soup 4.5 / 7 Crispy Chips 5.5 / 9 LUNCH
Our signature version of this well-loved classic. Housemade potato chips with warm blue cheese. Monday - Friday
Hobbs’ Prosciutto & Organic Beets 10 11am - 2:30pm
Goat Cheese Salad 7/ 12 On red, black & green lentils in truffle vinaigrette Café Menu 2:30pm - 5pm
With mixed greens, tossed in a fig balsamic with torn herb salad. DINNER
vinaigrette. Monday -Thursday
SOUPS & SALADS 5- 10pm
Crispy Calamari Salad 13
With red onion, grape tomatoes & shaved Smoked Tomato Soup 4.5 / 7 Friday -Saturday
cheese in lemon-herb vinaigrette. Topped with crème fraîche & chives. 5- 11pm
“Aixoise Salad” 12/13 Baby Arugula 6.5 / 11 Sunday 5- 9pm
Julienned vegetables & lime-peanut dressing In creamy lemon vinaigrette with Parmigiano,
Credit Cards
with roasted chicken or calamari. tomatoes & crispy stuffed olives.
all major credit cards
Served with house-made potato chips Scampi 15 preferred seating
& mixed green salad With shrimp, pesto, sweet onions, tomatoes & spinach. Liquor
The AIX Burger 14 Mushroom & Fontina 14 full service bar
Juicy grilled half-pound domestic Kobe beef With purée of mushrooms, chives & white truffle oil. HAPPY HOUR
with classic accompaniments.
Grilled Chicken Breast 12 PASTAS 4-7pm
With tomatoes, Gruyère cheese & basil aioli Butternut Squash Risotto 12 / 18
on nine grain whole wheat. Outdoor Dining
With toasted pumpkin seeds & prosciutto.
Vegetarian Wrap 12 Housemade Shrimp Tagliatelle 12.5 / 19
With corn, charred tomatoes, edamame, goat In light tomato-cream sauce with fresh herbs
Food Service After 11 pm
cheese, arugula & avocado. & Parmigiano.
Banquet Facilities
Enjoy the bounty of fresh, seasonal ingredients Mussels Frites 19
& unique preparations. Selections change daily. Catering Available
Steamed in white wine, thyme & garlic with yes
Quiche du Jour 12 saffron aioli. Served with French fries.
Pasta du Jour 10 / 17 Steak Frites 21.5
Bistro “Onglet” steak with green beans, red wine
Organic Vegetarian Plate 14 shallot sauce & French fries. Valet Parking
Oak-fired Fish “Aixoise” 17 Grilled Tuna 26.5 no
Over whipped potatoes, baby spinach, Special Features
lemon-garlic butter & chive oil.
Mobil 3 Star
Grilled Pork Tenderloin 24 Wine Spectator
Over creamy polenta with roasted apples “Award of Excellence”
& Brussels sprouts.
Jacksonville Magazine
Top 25 Restaurant
DESSERT 1999 - 2009

Warm Belgian Chocolate Cake 7 Classic Crème Brûlée 7

With chocolate sauce & sweet cream. Profiteroles 7
Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding 7 Mini cream puffs filled with vanilla bean ice cream
With a warm chocolate center & sweet cream. & topped with white chocolate & caramel sauces.

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Seafood & Steakhouse

Chart House
1501 Riverplace Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32207
(904) 398-3353


Seared Peppered Ahi Tuna 11.99 Coconut Crunchy Shrimp 23.99
Sunday -Thursday
Oysters on the Half Shell 10.99 Shrimp Fresca 28.99
5- 10pm
Oysters Rockefeller 13.99 Shrimp Trio Platter 26.99
Friday & Saturday
Crab, Avocado & Mango Stack 13.99 Baked Stuffed Shrimp 25.99
5- 11pm
Shrimp Cocktail 12.99 Pan Seared Sea Scallops 24.99
Credit Cards Chart House Mixed Grill 28.99
all major credit cards
Dynamite Scallops 12.99
Reservations Accepted Prime Rib – Chart House Cut 24.99
recommended Calamari 11.99
New York Strip 27.99
Liquor Crab Stuffed Mushrooms 11.99
Tenderloin Medallions 26.99
full service bar Coconut Crunchy Shrimp 10.99
Filet Mignon 28.99
Lobster Spring Rolls 10.99
Outdoor Dining Prime Rib & Shrimp 31.99
no Jumbo Lump Crab Cake 13.99
Prime Rib & Cold Water Lobster Tail 43.99
Food Service After 11 pm SOUPS & SALADS Filet (6oz.) & Shrimp 29.99
no Lobster Bisque 7.99 Filet (6oz.) & Cold Water Lobster Tail 43.99
Banquet Facilities Clam Chowder 6.99 Chicken Romano 17.99
banquet area available Chopped Spinach Salad 7.99 Pan seared with a blend of Romano cheese & panko
bread crumbs, with lemon shallot butter & tomatoes.
Catering Available Caesar Salad 6.99
Chicken Marsala 19.99
no Chart House Chopped Salad 6.25
Chopped Cobb Salad 14.99 CRAB & LOBSTER
no Chart House Salad Bar 15.99 Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes 27.99
Alaskan King Crab 39.99
Valet Parking TODAY’S FRESH FISH SELECTION Cold Water Lobster Tail (7oz.) 30.99
yes We serve only the freshest fish available each day. Dungeness Crab Clusters 26.99
Any of these fish may be prepared to your liking:
grilled, baked or blackened. Served with seasonal
HAPPY HOUR vegetable of the day & coconut ginger rice. Dynamite Topping 7.50
Every Day 4:30pm North Atlantic Salmon 25.99 Oscar Topping 7.50
Early Dining Specials Chilean Sea Bass 31.99 ACCOMPANIMENTS
5-6:30pm Add Coconut Shrimp 8.99
Atlantic Grouper 26.99
Atlantic Yellowfin Ahi 28.99 Add Dungeness Crab (1/2 lb.) 8.99 Costa Rican Mahi-Mahi 25.99 Add King Crab 19.99
Flounder 21.99 Add Lobster Tail (7oz.) 23.99


Dynamite Grouper 29.99 Coconut Ginger Rice 2.99
Creamed Spinach 6.99
Snapper Hemingway 30.99
Parmesan crusted, sautéed & topped with Sizzling Mushrooms 6.99
jumbo lump crab & shallot butter. Broccoli & Red Bell Peppers 4.99
Baked Stuffed Flounder 25.99 Baked Potato 3.99
A New England classic, stuffed with crabmeat Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes 5.99
& baked, with coconut ginger rice. Steamed Fresh Asparagus 5.99
Macadamia Crusted Mahi-Mahi 28.99 DESSERT
Peanut sauce with a hint of Frangelico,
Hot Chocolate Lava Cake 9.99
mango coulis, coconut ginger rice.
A rich chocolate cake with molten center, made with
Herb Crusted Salmon 26.99 Godiva liqueur. Served warm, topped with chocolate
Spiced Yellowfin Ahi 29.99 sauce, Heath Bar Crunch & vanilla ice cream.

24 taste 2009

Executive Chef Kahn Vongdara
& Company
SIGNATURE STARTERS Sautéed Seasoned Soft Shell Crab (2) 18.95 11892 Atlantic Blvd.
Soft shell crabs dipped in seasoned flour, pan fried Jacksonville, FL 32225
Oysters on Jumbo Lump to a golden brown, and glazed with a lemon butter
Crab Cake Napoleon 10.95 (904) 796-8880
Chardonnay sauce.
Pan broiled crab cake topped with sweet and sour
mango salsa and finished with a lemon Chardonnay Baked Stuffed Shrimp Imperial (4) 21.95
butter sauce and minced greens. Jumbo shrimp with blue crabmeat imperial glazed Hours
with lemon butter Chardonnay sauce. Monday -Thursday
Bayou Jumbo Lump Crab Cake 10.95
Pan seared crab cake served over crawfish in a Grouper Christopher 21.95 11am - 10pm
light Cajun lemon butter cream sauce. Honey glazed panko encrusted grouper topped Friday & Saturday
Blue Crab Claw Fingers Cocktail 8.95 with jumbo lump crab meat, artichoke and feta 11am - 11pm
cheese, with a lemon butterbeurre blanc sauce. (Bar open 11am - 1am)
Succulent blue crab claw fingers with Old Bay sea-
soning, served chilled with a spicy mustard sauce. Paella Fruite Del Mar 23.95 Sunday 11am - 9pm
Crispy Fried Calamari 8.95 Traditionally prepared shellfish paella with smoked
sausage, shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, calamari, Credit Cards
Fresh squid tossed in seasoned flour, deep fried all major credit cards
jumbo lump crabmeat, roasted red peppers, diced
and served with spicy hot marinara sauce.
tomatoes and green peas served over Spanish
Oyster Casino 8.95 Saffron rice.
Reservations Accepted
Baked in seasoned brandy, herb garlic butter,
provolone cheese and smoked bacon. SURF & TURF STEAKS & CHOPS Liquor
FRENCH QUARTER full service bar
Served with house rice or whipped potatoes Filet Mignon Surf & Turf Market Price Outdoor Dining
& vegetable du jour. Enjoy amazing surf ‘n turn combination and have
your 10 oz. filet served with a 10 oz. lobster tail
Caribbean Jerk Seared with drawn butter. Food Service After 11 pm
Atlantic Swordfish 20.95 yes
With shrimp and crab meat in a warm tropical fruit
New York Strip Surf & Turf Market Price
16 oz. of thick New York Strip served with a 10 oz. Banquet Facilities
salsa, finished with a Chardonnay lemon butter sauce.
lobster tail and drawn butter.
Ginger Sesame Seared Ahi-Tuna 23.95
Filet Mignon Combination
With jumbo lump blue crab in wakame cucumber
10 oz. Filet Mignon with your choice of:
Catering Available
pickled ginger salad, with honey soy vinaigrette. yes
Fried or grilled jumbo shrimp or salmon 34.95
Pecan Red Snapper 21.95 With crab cake 38.95 Entertainment
Pecan encrusted topped with sautéed crawfish tail yes
meat and shrimp, finished with a tangy roasted New York Strip Combination
pecan sauce. 16 oz. New York Strip with your choice of: Valet Parking
Pan Broiled Seafood Combination 25.95 Fried or grilled jumbo shrimp or salmon 28.95 no
Filet of Orange Roughy, shrimp, sea scallops, oyster With crab cake 31.95
Special Features
casino, oyster Rockefeller and crab meat imperial
topped with lemon butter Chardonnay sauce. DELECTABLE DESSERTS HAPPY HOUR
Home Made New York Cheese Cake 5.95 Daily 3-7pm
Seafood Imperial 21.95
Fresh, delightful sea scallops, shrimp, and crab Graham Cracker crusted served with fresh SUNDAY SUPER
strawberries and wild berry sauce BRUNCH
claw fingers stuffed with jumbo lump crab imperial
and glazed with a lemon butter Chardonnay sauce. Classic Grand Mariner Crème Brûlée 5.95 11am-3pm
Stuffed Soft Shell Crab (2) 21.95 Caramelized sugar top with fresh fruits and cream
Fresh soft shell crab stuffed with blue crab meat Christopher Home Made Pudding 5.95
imperial, glazed with a lemon butter Chardonnay Our incredible signature bread pudding served
sauce. warm, covered in our cream bourbon pecan sauce
Broiled Seafood Trio 22.95 Chocolate Moose Obsession 6.95
Pan seared shrimp, sea scallops, and jumbo lump Hard dark chocolate melt in your mouth, top with
crab cake, in a lemon butter caper beurre blanc. soft white chocolate moose, serve with port wine,
wild berry reduction and fresh berries
Jumbo Lump Crabmeat Au Gratin 22.95
Fresh jumbo lump crabmeat baked in a casserole Key lime Pie 6.95
dish topped with creamy parmesan cheese. Graham cracker encrusted with key lime sauce
More menu items available.

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Enza’s Italian
10601 San Jose Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32257 ANTIPASTI FREDDI (Cold appetizers) Linguini Alla Rosa 12.95
(904) 268-4458 Antipasti Enza 12.95 Linguini tossed in our tomato cream sauce with
Prosciutto de parma, salami, olives, roasted peas & mushrooms.
peppers, pepperoncini & anchovies with parmesan, Linguini Garlic and Olive Oil 12.95
Hours homemade mozzarella and provolone cheeses. Linguini with olive oil, garlic & fresh basil chiffonade.
Tuesday -Thursday Beef Carpaccio 9.95 Linguini Matriciana 13.95
4 - 9:30 pm Thin sliced cured beef, mixed greens, portobello Linguini tossed with prosciutto, onions & marinara
Friday & Saturday mushrooms, capers & parmesan cheese with a sauce spicy or mild.
tomato lemon vinaigrette.
4 - 10 pm Spaghetti Carbonara 13.95
Sunday 4 - 9:30 pm Frutti Di Mari 9.95 Prosciutto & onions sautéed & tossed in our rich
Shrimp, scallops, calamari, clams & mussels in a cream sauce with spaghetti.
Credit Cards lemon olive oil vinaigrette.
Spaghetti Meat Sauce 12.95
all major credit cards Grilled Marinated Eggplant 8.95
Grilled & marinated in balsamic vinegar & olive oil Penne Bolognese 13.95
Reservations Accepted with roasted sweet peppers, onions & fresh basil. Spaghetti with Sausage & Peppers 13.95
Pomodoro Caprese Napoleon 8.95 Spaghetti Dinner 10.95
Liquor Homemade mozzarella & fresh tomato stacked Gnocchi (tomato or marinara sauce) 12.95
full service bar with basil, garlic & olive oil.
Spaghetti with Meatballs or Sausage 12.95
Outdoor Dining Pomodoro con Feta 5.95
Tomato topped with feta cheese, fresh basil, garlic, BAKED DINNERS
oregano & olive oil. Baked Lasagna 13.95
Food Service After 11 pm
ANTIPASTI CALDI (hot appetizers) Eggplant Parmesan 13.95
Mussels or Clams 9.95 Baked Ziti 12.95
Banquet Facilities Fresh Little Neck Clams or Prince Edward Island Baked Ravioli 11.95
yes Mussels in your choice of scampi sauce or marinara
sauce spicy or mild.
Baked Cannelloni 12.95
Catering Available Baked Manicotti 11.95
yes Calamari Fritti 9.95
Seasoned & fried to order, served with a marinara Stuffed Shells 11.95
Entertainment dipping sauce. Seafood Cannelloni 16.95
no Fried Mozzarella Stix 7.95 Chicken Cannelloni 13.95
Valet Parking Fried Ravioli (meat or cheese) 8.95 Seafood Lasagna 17.95
no Goat Cheese Bruschetta 8.95 Meatball & Sausage Platter 12.95
Goat cheese, tomato, homemade pesto on toasted
Special Features
ciabatta bread. PESCI (FISH)
Enjoy our generous
Shrimp with Garlic & Oil 9.95 Grouper Francese Market
portions of classic Italian Egg battered in our lemon butter wine sauce over
comfort food in a relaxed, PASTA spinach or pasta.
contemporary atmosphere. Pennette Ryan 13.95 Grouper Parmesan Market
Come in, sit down and Mini penne pasta tossed with pine nuts, spinach, Breaded & fried topped with mozzarella &
enjoy your evening with garlic, sun-dried tomatoes & a touch of marinara. marinara sauce with a side of linguini marinara.
friends and family. Pennette Caprese 13.95 Shrimp Aglio & Olio (garlic & oil) 18.95
HAPPY HOUR Mini penne pasta tossed with fresh tomato, garlic, 6 jumbo shrimp with garlic, sun-dried tomatoes,
olive oil, basil & homemade mozzarella cheese. capers & artichoke hearts over angel hair pasta.
Tuesday-Friday, 4-7pm
Garden Pasta 13.95 Tonno Salimeni 18.95
EARLY BIRD MENU Penne pasta tossed with diced tomatoes, garlic, Seared tuna encrusted with black & white sesame
Sunday-Thursday onions, mushrooms, broccoli & olive oil. seeds atop spinach, cherry tomato, with our wasabi
4-5:30pm Sicilian Style Pasta 13.95 soy sauce & a jumbo shrimp.
Penne pasta tossed with peas, garlic, broccoli, Mussels or Clams Red or White 16.95
onions & diced fresh tomatoes. Prince Edward Island mussels or Little Neck clams
Fettuccini Alfredo 13.95 in our marinara or garlic lemon sauce, mild or
With grilled chicken or shrimp 18.95/20.95 spicy, over linguini.
Fettuccine Guiseppa 14.95 Shrimp Francese 18.95
Fettuccini in our Alfredo sauce topped with Egg battered jumbo shrimp in our lemon butter
gorgonzola & mozzarella cheeses. wine sauce over spinach.

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Wine Bar

The Grape
St. Johns Town Center
2 doors left from P.F. Changs
(904) 642-7111

SIGNATURE SMALL PLATES Steak Sandwich 15 Hours

Encrusted beef tenderloin prepared medium rare,
Chef’s Homemade Soup cup 4 bowl 7 RESTAURANT
with caramelized onions and blue cheese sauce.
Made from our own recipe. Ask for daily selections. Monday-Thursday
Shrimp & Crab Louis Salad 15 11am-11pm
Roasted Garlic Hummus 6 Mixed greens tossed in balsamic vinaigrette with
House-made, served with Italian tomato salsa. Friday-Saturday
cucumber, and tomato, topped with a generous 11am-1am
Southwest Shrimp & Crab Dip 9 serving of shrimp and crab in our homemade
Louis dressing. Sunday 10 am-8pm
With roased poblano peppers.
Roma Tomato Bruschetta 6 Greek Salad 8 RETAIL SHOP
Tomato, garlic, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and fresh Romaine, tomato, onion, olives, peppers, feta and Monday-Saturday
mozzarella. croutons, with house-made Greek vinaigrette. 11am-11pm
Add Chicken 4 Sunday 10am-8pm
Smoked Salmon 10 Add Shrimp 6
Smoked salmon with baguette, feta cream cheese,
Add Steak 8
Credit Cards
capers, onions and horseradish sauce. all major credit cards
Chicken Quesadilla 9
Atlantic Smoked Salmon Flatbread 9 Reservations Accepted
Chicken, feta, sun-dried tomato pesto and
Smoked salmon, marinated European cucumber, for six or more
red onion, arugula and feta cream spread, provolone, served with a sun-dried tomato aïoli.
drizzled with a miso aïoli. Roasted Beef Tenderloin Quesadilla 9 Liquor
Beef tenderloin, cheddar cheese and caramelized beer & wine only
Brie en Croute 15
Brie baked in a rich pastry crust with stone fruit onion, served with a horseradish cream sauce. Outdoor Dining
chutney and a Cabernet syrup (serves two). Mussels Marinara 10 yes
Crab Stuffed Portobello 12 Mussels steamed in marinara and served with
warm parmesan and garlic toast.
Banquet Facilities
Roasted Portobello mushroom stuffed with crab yes
meat, Parmesan and Fontina cheese and topped The Tuscan PLT 11
with bread crumbs. Oven-roasted Prosciutto d’Parma, lettuce, tomato Catering Available
Grape Mini Crab Cakes 15 and sauce campania with a mixed green salad yes (for 6-600 guests)
Served with Creole aïoli and baby spinach salad Roast Beef & Melted Brie Sandwich 11 Entertainment
tossed in a light vinaigrette. Sliced roast beef with oven-melted brie, tomato, Fri. & Sat. 7-10pm
Grape Chops 3 chops 14/ 5 chops 19 red onion and lettuce. Served with a side of roma
tomato and fresh mozzarella salad Special Features
Roasted New Zealand lamb chops, served with a
mint, black cherry and port reduction and fresh WINE TASTING
rosemary. DESSERTS Saturday 1-4pm
Shrimp and Grits 14 Chocolate Fondue for Two 15 $4 HAPPY HOUR
Jumbo grilled shrimp with Low Country barbecue The Grape’s chocolate fondue made with a blend Thursday 5-7pm
sauce and andouille sausage grits. of chocolates, served with fresh fruit, macaroons, TASTING & TRIVIA
angel cake and s’mores.
Steak and Blue Cheese Flatbread 12 Monday 5-9:30pm
Beef tenderloin blue cheese, topped with truffle oil Le Chocolat 10 Live Music
and arugula. Rich chocolate ganache and chocolate cake Friday-Saturday 8-11pm
topped with roasted hazelnuts and fresh berry coulis.
Spinach & Applewood Smoked Bacon Dip 7 Taste any wine
Served with freshly baked pita chips. Chocolate Cream Cheese Brownie 9 before you buy in our
Our chocolate cream cheese brownie drizzled with retail wine shop.
Chicken & Portobello Quiche 10 caramel sauce, served warm and topped with a
Grilled chicken, roasted portobello mushroom, scoop of vanilla bean gelato. For our full menu,
bermuda onion and cheddar cheese baked to special events and
golden perfection, served with mixed green salad. Creme Brûlée Trio 7 entertainment schedule
Classic, Dulce de Leche and Olive Oil Crème Brûlée. visit us online at…
Grilled Shrimp Flatbread 10
With fresh tomato, cilantro and a lime-olive oil Seasonal Gelato & Sorbet 5
dressing. Ask about our seasonal selections.
Grape Club 11 Vanilla Crème Brûlée Cheesecake 8
Grilled chicken breast, applewood smoked bacon, Vanilla bean infused cheesecake, topped with crème
lettuce and tomato on a fresh baked roll. brûlée, served with whipped cream and fresh berries.

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& Cuba Libre Bar
2578 Atlantic Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32207
(904) 399-0609 THE HOUSE OF MOJITO
Hours Havana-Jax Platter for Two $14.95 Masas de Cerdo $14.95
Monday-Thursday Tamal, Tostones, Yuca Frita, Frijoles, Chicharrones Marinated pork chunks. Served with rice, beans
11am- 9pm & Mojo. & plantains.
Friday -Saturday Tostones con Chicharrones $8.95 Lechón Asado $14.95
11am- 10pm Fried green plantains & fried pork. Marinated roast pork. Served with rice, beans &
Empanada Meat turnover. $3.50 plantains.
Credit Cards
all major credit cards Sopas Cup $3.95 Bowl $4.50 MARISCOS
Frijoles Negros (Black bean soup). Havana-Jax Caribbean
Reservations Accepted
yes ENSALADAS Seafood Enchilado $19.95
Shrimp, crabmeat, fish, scallops in our homemade
Liquor Havana-Jax Caribbean Salad $10.95
tomato sauce. Served on a bed of white rice
full service bar Mixed greens, tossed with pineapple, carrots,
or pasta.
Mandarin oranges, grilled chicken, croutons & our
Outdoor Dining own Caribbean dressing. Camarones & Scallops al Ajillo $18.95
no With shrimp $12.95 Shrimp & scallops in garlic sauce. Served over rice.
Food Service After 11 pm Caesar Salad $8.95 Shrimp Primavera $16.95
no With grilled chicken & grated parmesan. $10.95 Sautéed shrimp in garlic & white wine with carrots,
With shrimp $12.95 squash, broccoli, parmesan cheese in your choice of
Banquet Facilities Mixed Salad $6.00 tomato or creamy white sauce. Served on linguini.
Soup & Salad $8.50 Grouper Filet Topped with
Catering Available Mango Salsa $22.00
8-oz. pan-seared with olive oil, sour orange &
POLLO sazon. Served with yellow rice & plantains.
Entertainment Arroz con Pollo $12.95
yes A Cuban classic of yellow rice & chicken. Tilapia Filet $18.95
White meat add $.75 Lightly blackened, grilled or pan-seared. Served
Valet Parking
with yellow rice & plantains.
yes Chicken Steak $14.95
Grilled marinated breast with sautéed onions. SANDWICHES
Special Features Served with rice, beans & plantains.
We prepare our food Cuban Sandwich $8.50
Chicharrones de Pollo $11.95 Sweet ham, marinated roast pork, Swiss cheese,
with basic soffrito, a Fried quarter of chicken. Served with rice, beans
Cuban staple, made fresh pickle & mustard on real Cuban bread.
& plantains.
from scratch with onions, Half Cuban Sandwich
bell peppers and garlic & Cup of Black Bean Soup $8.50
Served with rice, beans & plantains.
sautéed in olive oil.
We use zero trans fats
Ropa Vieja $14.95 Midnight Sandwich $8.50
Shredded flank beef steak, flavored with Spanish Same as Cuban on sweet egg bread.
in our kitchen and we sauce, garlic, onion, bell pepper, tomatoes.
are committed to Pan con Lechon $8.50
offering the finest fresh Palomilla Steak $14.95 Chopped roast pork sautéed with onions.
Grilled marinated U.S. sirloin steak.
food obtainable for Chicken Breast $8.50
our customers. Bistec Empanizado $15.95 Grilled chicken breast with lettuce, tomato &
Sirloin steak, flat & breaded.
homemade spicy Cajun mayonnaise.
Boliche Asado “Cuban Style Pot Roast” $16.95 DESSERT Slice of round eye beef steak, stuffed with Spanish Tres Leches $7
sausage, marinated & cooked with Spanish sauce.
Flan with caramel syrup. $5
Churrasco $18.95
Flavorful charbroiled tenderloin steak with our Pio Quinto $6
classic chimichurri sauce. Brandy soaked cake covered with Natilla.

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Joseph’s Antipasto Salad 6.75/12.95 Joseph’s Calzone with marinara 6.50 Pizza
Greek Salad 6.75 Joseph’s Stromboli with marinara 6.75 7316 North Main St.
Classic Caesar Salad 8.50 Mozzarella & Ricotta Calzone 4.50 Jacksonville, FL 32208
Fresh Garden Salad 6.75 Fresh Spinach Roll 4.25 (904) 765-0335
Chicken or Tuna Salad 6.75 Ham & Cheese Roll 4.25
Pepperoni & Cheese Roll 4.25 30 Ocean Blvd.
SANDWICHES Atlantic Beach, FL 32223
ENTRÉES (904) 270-1122
Homemade Meatball 5.60
Fried Chicken Parmigiana 10.95
Homemade Italian Sausage 5.60
Joseph’s Classic Chicken Parmigiana 10.95
Fresh Roast Beef (Hot or Cold) 5.60 Hours
Chicken Cacciatore, Marsala or Picata 11.95
Joseph’s Steak Special 5.75 Tuesday -Thursday
Shrimp Scampi or Parmigiana 12.95
Italian Submarine (Hot or Cold) 5.60 11am - 9pm
Seafood Pasta Sizzle 16.50
Pepperoni Pizza Sandwich 5.60 Friday - Saturday
Veal Parmigiana or Scallopini 14.25
11am - ?
Smoked Turkey Breast (Hot or Cold) 5.60 Veal Marsala or Picata 14.50 Sunday 11am - 9pm
Muffolatta 6.75 Eggplant or Cauliflower Parmigiana 10.95
Eggplant Parmigiana 5.60 Credit Cards
Chicken Parmigiana 5.75 HOMEMADE PASTA SPECIALS American Express,
Spinach & Mushroom Cannelloni 8.95 MasterCard, Visa
APPETIZERS Manicotti 8.95 Reservations Accepted
Stuffed Mushrooms 5.95 Baked Ziti 8.95 yes
Fried Calamari 6.95 Ravioli (Beef or Cheese) 8.95
Chicken Wings 10 pcs 5.50/ 20pcs 10.75 Lasagna 8.95
beer & wine only
Antipasto Platter 7.25 Vegetarian Lasagna 8.95
Outdoor Dining
Classic Bruschetta 5.50 BAKERY: HOMEMADE DESSERTS yes
Homemade Garlic Mozzarella Homemade Italian Breads & Rolls (Atlantic Beach)
Cheese Bread Gelato Food Service After 11 pm
order 2.95/ half loaf 5.25/ loaf 8.95 Cannolis no
PIZZA Banquet Facilities
GOURMET Double-baked thin crust yes
Florence 8.65 Romagna 8.65 (Main St.)
Tomato herb sauce, feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, Tomato herb sauce, homemade Italian sausage,
leaf spinach and fresh mushrooms roasted peppers and Gorgonzola cheese Catering Available
Venice 8.65 Tivoli 8.65 yes
Tomato herb sauce, roasted garlic, fresh shrimp, Alfredo sauce, fresh mushrooms, broccoli, chicken Entertainment
goat cheese and mozzarella cheese and light mozzarella cheese no
Naples 8.65 Genoa 8.25
Olive oil, prosciutto, sun-dried tomatoes, ripe Pesto, parmigiana cheese, herbs and light Valet Parking
olives, goat cheese and mozzarella cheese mozzarella cheese no
Umbria 8.65 Grigliata Chicken 8.65 Special Features
Tomato herb sauce, sautéed zucchini, yellow squash, Special BBQ sauce, grilled BBQ chicken strips,
fresh mushroom and carrots with mozzarella cheese julienne red onions and provolone cheese HAPPY HOUR
Nightly Specials
NEW YORK STYLE Regular or whole wheat
Classic Toppings: Mozzarella cheese, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, black olives, anchovies, pepperoni, ham,
beef, Italian sausage Specialty Toppings: (prices vary) Greek peppers, Canadian bacon, jalapeños, fresh garlic,
pineapple, Italian salami, tomato slices, green olives, spinach, broccoli, fried eggplant, zucchini, roasted red peppers,
feta, chicken, shrimp, gorgonzola, roasted garlic, goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, pesto, alfredo

10" 12" 14" 16" 16"x16"

Small Medium Large X-large Sicilian
Joseph’s Special 9.25 11.75 14.25 16.75 19.50
Vegetarian 9.25 1.75 14.25 16.75 19.50
All Meat 9.95 12.75 15.95 17.95 20.95
Cheese Pizza 5.99 7.25 8.99 10.25 11.99

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& The J Bar
Omni Jacksonville Hotel
245 Water St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 355-6664

SMALL PLATES New South Salad 10
Monday - Friday
Mizuna, watermelon radish, sweet pickles,
6:30 - 11am Cornmeal Fried Calamari 11
cherry peppers and lemon vinaigrette
Saturday - Sunday Apricot sweet and sour sauce, horseradish
6:30am - 12pm crème frâiche Caprese 10
Tomato, fresh mozzarella, baby spinach,
LUNCH Black Skillet Mussels 11
basil, balsamic glaze
11:30am - 2pm Tomatoes, shallots, white wine
All Salads Served As A Side 6
DINNER Mayport Blue Crab Cake 11
5:30 - 10:30pm Fresh corn succotash, tomato remoulade Add Your Choice Of: 6
Grilled or blackened chicken, salmon,
The J Bar serves Fried Green Tomatoes 10 shrimp, scallops or hangar steaks
until 12am Blue cheese crème frâiche, Georgia peach
Credit Cards
all major credit cards Sweet Potato Fries 8 Shrimp & Grits 20
Blue cheese fondue Vidalia onions, sweet peppers, andouille
Reservations Accepted sausage, tomato broth
suggested Seared Scallops over Braised Pork Belly 14
Molasses-sour mash reduction, radicchio slaw, Pecan Crusted Salmon 24
Liquor sweet pea purée Champagne beurre blanc, wilted spinach,
full service bar whipped sweet potato
Chicken Wings 8
Outdoor Dining Barbeque, buffalo or plain Bourbon Glazed Grouper 24
no Granny Smith apple relish, whipped sweet
Appetizer Platter 20
Food Service After 11 pm potato, baby carrots
Cornmeal fried calamari, fried green tomatoes,
yes chicken wings Braised Brisket “Steak” 19
Merlot demi-glace, mashed potato, baby carrots
Banquet Facilities SOUPS
yes Pepper Crusted Tenderloin 34
Our Signature Grouper Chowder 6 Raisin madeira sauce, whipped sweet potato,
Catering Available Curry, Crab & Corn Bisque 6 broccolini
Chef’s Soup of the Day 6 Slow Roasted Chicken 24
Entertainment Maple syrup, blue cheese risotto, baby carrots
Steak Frites 18
Valet Parking Chop Chop 10 Grilled Hangar Steak, fries béarnaise
yes Romaine, red onion, bacon, hard boiled egg,
cucumber, tomato, toasted mustard seed Vegetarian Napoleon 19
Special Features vinaigrette Portobello mushroom, roasted red pepper,
Incredible Wine Selection goat cheese, grilled squash
Walnut Gorgonzola 10
Upscale, Casual Mesclun greens, gorgonzola, walnuts, tomato, Risotto of the Day 14
Atmosphere croutons, balsamic vinaigrette Build Your Own Duet 38
Tapas Menu in Whole Leaf Caesar 10 Choice of Pecan Crusted Salmon, Bourbon
The J Bar is perfect Baby romaine, parmesano reggiano, Glazed Grouper, Braised Brisket “Steak”
for theatre patrons white anchovy, croutons or Steak Frites

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The Loop
Amelia Island
® Avondale
Menu items and pricing vary by location. Bartram Park
topped with our freshly baked croutons. fire-grilled selections served with choice of side: 904-645-7788
steak fries, homemade seasoned chips or John’s Creek
add to any of our salads: grilled or cajun chicken
steamed vegetables. substitute onion rings
crunchy broccoli (loop favorite) for an additional cost.
classic chicken caesar Julington Creek
cajun chicken LOOP BURGERS 904-230-2202
gorgonzola walnut (loop favorite) mushroom ‘n swiss burger Mandarin
greek loop ‘n cheddar burger 904-262-2210
grilled chicken loop ‘n swiss burger Neptune Beach
crispy chicken loop burger 904-241-8476
loop ‘n bleu burger Orange Park
LOOP SOUPS 904-269-0756
“the original” tomato bisque cup / bowl apple smoked bacon ‘n cheddar burger
(loop favorite) San Marco
(loop favorite)
soup of the day cup / bowl CHICKEN
SALAD WRAPS spicy barbeque chicken sandwich Hours
an herb tortilla filled with our award-winning chicken tenders platter (may vary by location)
salads, served with a cup of soup.
spicy cajun chicken sandwich Sunday -Thursday
cajun chicken 11am - 10pm
chicken caesar grilled chicken sandwich
Friday -Saturday
SPECIALTY PIZZA veggie melt ciabatta Credit Cards
on a thin crust with our special blend of cheeses. portobello mushroom sandwich all major credit cards
indy 8" medium 12" large 14" (loop favorite) Reservations Accepted
artichoke and smoked bacon (loop favorite) no
sausage and goat cheese steak fries Liquor
spicy barbeque chicken beer & wine only
onion rings
spicy cilantro chicken (loop favorite) Outdoor Dining
side caesar salad
portobello mushroom varies by location
side house salad
warm bleu cheese chips (loop favorite) Food Service After 11 pm
veggie no
caprese steamed vegetables
artichoke & roasted red pepper pizza
Banquet Facilities
rustica for kids 12 & under
all kids’ meals include a FREE drink! Catering Available
lil’ loop ‘n cheese burger no
our thin crust pizza topped with marinara
and our special blend of cheeses. chicken fingers
indy 8" medium 12" large 14" individual pizza
additional fresh toppings: artichoke hearts, beef,
Kraft® mac ‘n cheese
black olives, calamata olives, caramelized onions,
chicken, fresh tomatoes, green peppers, jalapeños,
malts and shakes are hand-dipped
mushrooms, onions, pepperoni, portobello mushrooms,
roasted garlic, roasted red peppers, sautéed spinach, and made-to-order.
sausage, smoked bacon, sun-dried tomatoes. vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or Oreo®

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2107 Hendricks Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32207
(904) 396-9922

Credit Cards Smoked Salmon Roulade, Herbed Duo of Beef with Petite Tenderloin
all major credit cards Cheese, Pommes Frites, Caviar $12 and Braised “Painted Hill’s”
Mixed Greens Salad, Roasted Beets, Short Rib $36
Reservations Accepted
recommended Wilted Onions, Gorgonzola Dressing $9 Organic Chicken Breast with
Carpaccio of Kobe Tenderloin, Prosciutto, Fresh Mozzarella and
Liquor Shallot Pan Jus $23
full service bar Capers, Parmesan, Baby Greens,
& lounge Aged Balsamic $15 Cepes Dusted Duck Breast with
Roasted Tomato & Fresh Mozzarella Cauliflower Purée and Cardamom
Outdoor Dining Poached Pears $26
no Salad with Prosciutto Wrapped Crab,
Pesto $11 Bacon Wrapped Pork Roulade
Food Service After 11 pm Cucumber Wrapped Romaine Salad, with Creamy Grits, Roasted
no Cipollini, and Mustard Sauce $25
Sundried Tomato, Olive, Parmesan $8
Banquet Facilities Smoked Trout Terrine with Osetra Francaise of Grey Grouper with
yes Caviar and Pink Pepper Corn $13 Lemon-Mint Braised Spinach,
Potato Purée, Herb Broth $26
Catering Available
yes SECOND COURSE Spinach Stuffed Potato Crusted
Lobster Tomato Bisque with Red Flounder with Brussels sprouts
Entertainment Hazelnut Beurre Blanc $27
yes Pepper Relish Truffle Essence $9
Seared Diver Scallops with Creamy Grilled Shrimp & Tenderloin Tips,
Valet Parking Shiitake, Semolina Pasta, Truffle
Grits and Lemon Herb Broth $12
yes Sage Emulsion $25
“Hudson Valley” Foie Gras with Onion
Special Features Confit and Saffron Marmalade $18 Seared Red Snapper with Creamy
Jacksonville’s only AAA Parmesan Risotto and Tomato
Sautéed Blue Crab Cake, Hazelnut Artichoke Broth $28
Four-Diamond Restaurant
Beurre Blanc and Petite Greens $13
Golden Spoon Hall Medure Meatloaf with Horseradish
of Fame Winner French Escargot, Shiitake Cream and Crisp Vidalia Onion Rings $16
Mushrooms, Garlic Parmesan Cream $12
Wine Spectator
“Award of Excellence” Handmade Roasted Garlic Gnocchi
with Lobster Mushroom, Sweet
650 Wines By The Bottle
Corn Cream $9
50 Wines By The Glass
6 Course Chef’s
Tasting Menu DESSERT
Selection of Artisan Cheeses with Raspberry White Chocolate Bread Flat Bread $14 Pudding with Cherry Crème Anglaise $8
Matthew’s Molten Chocolate Cake Warm Apple Frangipane Tart with
with Vanilla Ice Cream $9 Cinnamon Ice Cream $8
Classic Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlèe Baked Soufflé of the Evening with
with Mixed Berries and Biscotti $8 Crème Anglaise $9

* Matthew’s invites you to join us every Monday for selected half cost bottles from our Cellar.*

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Middle Eastern

242 Solana Rd.
PITA WRAPS Hummus Dip small 5.95 / large 8.95
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Add French fries or onion rings to any wrap for $2.95 Baba Gannoush 8.95 32082
Gyro 8.95 Kibbie Appetizer 3.95 (904) 285-4900
With lettuce, tomato & Tzaziki 3 pieces with Tzaziki sauce
Chicken Parmesan 9.95 Awarma 11.95
Chicken tenders, marinara sauce & Parmesan
Large hummus topped with ground sirloin, Monday-Friday
Greek Medley 8.95 pine nuts, sautéed onions & spices
Lettuce, tomato, cucumber, feta & Greek dressing Falafel 5 pieces with Tahini sauce 7.95 Saturday
Add Chicken 1.95 5-9pm
Tuna Salad 8.95 SALADS
Credit Cards
Albacore tuna with lettuce & tomato Garden 6.95 American Express,
Steak & Cheese 9.95 Caesar 8.95 MasterCard, Visa
Shaved steak with sautéed onion & melted cheese
Greek 8.95 Reservations Accepted
Lebanese Delight 9.95 Add grilled chicken, gyro meat or tuna salad 2.95 yes
Falafel, tabbouli, hummus & Tahini sauce
Add grilled shrimp or salmon 4.95 Liquor
Tabbouli & Hummus 8.95 beer & wine only
Kibbie 9.95
All pasta dishes are served with a choice Outdoor Dining
With hummus, tomato, lettuce & Tahini sauce
of garden, Caesar or Greek salad yes
Falafel 8.95
Linguine & Meatballs 17.95 Banquet Facilities
With tomato, lettuce & Tahini sauce
Chicken Cacciatori 17.95 no
Grilled Chicken Caesar 9.95
Eggplant Parmesan over Linguine 17.95 Catering Available
Mediterranean Tuna 9.95 yes
Tuna salad with tabbouli & feta cheese Gamberi 20.95
Souvlaki Wrap 10.95
Shrimp sautéed with sun-dried tomato, fresh Entertainment
garlic, fresh chopped parsley, Parmesan cheese no
Eggplant Parmesan 9.95 & Pinot Grigio wine served over linguine
Marinara sauce & Parmesan cheese Valet Parking
Grilled Salmon 10.95
With sun-dried tomato & romaine lettuce Chicken Stir Fry 14.95 Special Features
Over rice pilaf Hookahs & accessories
Mediterranean Fish 10.95
Fish filet lightly battered with Tzaziki & lettuce Shrimp Stir Fry 17.95 are available.
Over rice pilaf Internet Access
Grilled Chicken Ranch 9.95
Grilled chicken breast with ranch dressing, Vegetable Stir Fry 13.95
lettuce & tomato Over rice pilaf
Greek Chicken 9.95 Mediterranean Pizza 12.95
Grilled chicken, Tzaziki, tomato & lettuce Feta cheese, gyro meat, sun-dried tomato,
black olives
Mediterranean Chicken Wrap 9.95
Grilled chicken breast with hummus & tabbouli
All platters are served over rice pilaf or with
steak fries and includes a Greek salad
Mozzarella Cheese Sticks 6.95
Gyro Platter 16.95
With marinara sauce
Chicken Kabob 16.95
Dolmas 7.95
Stuffed grape leaves — meat or veggie Lamb Kabob 18.95
Spinach Pie 9.95 Grilled Salmon 18.95
Tzaziki Dip 8.95 Shrimp Kabob 18.95
Labna 8.95 Beef Kabob 18.95
Tabbouli small 5.95 / large 8.95 Kibbie 18.95

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Comfort Food

Metro Diner
3302 Hendricks Ave. BREAKFAST Canadian Bacon 2.29
Jacksonville, FL 32207 METRO FAVORITES Turkey or Country Sausage 2.29
(904) 398-3701 Breakfast Pie 6.49 Corned Beef Hash 2.99
New York Strip Steak & Eggs 11.99 Mild Italian Sausage Peppers & Onions 2.99
Breakfast Burrito 6.99 Biscuits & Gravy 4.99
Hours Cinnamon Raisin Pecan French Toast 6.49 LUNCH
Monday - Sunday Grilled 3 Cheese Sandwich 5.99
7am - 2:30pm Lox & Bagel 9.99
Yo Hala on the Square 10.99 Meatloaf Plate 7.99
Credit Cards Huevos Rancheros 9.99 Hot Turkey Plate 7.99
all major credit cards Creamed Chipped Beef 7.99 Chipotle Big Fish Wrap 8.99
Biscuits and Gravy 7.99 Chicken Pot Pie 6.99
Reservations Accepted Big Fish Sandwich 8.99
no BENEDICTS Pecan Encrusted Big Fish Salad 10.99
Liquor Eggs Benedict 7.99 The Metro Pot Roast 8.99
no alcohol Crabcake Benedict 11.99 Baked Italian Hoagie 8.99
Sandi Beaches Benedict 10.99 Pastrami on Rye 9.99
Outdoor Dining San Francisco Benedict 11.99
yes Country Benedict 11.99 SOUP
Surf & Turf 13.99 Daily Soups cup 2.99/ bowl 4.99
Food Service After 11 pm Chicken Noodle (served hot daily!)
no THREE EGG OMELETTES MON: Loaded Baked Potato • TUES: French Onion
Veggie 6.99 WED: Cream of Broccoli • THUR: Chicken Sausage
Banquet Facilities
American 7.99 Gumbo • FRI: Tomato Bisque
Southern 6.99 Soup & Salad 5.99
Catering Available Mom’s 6.99
Sandwich & Soup 6.99
yes Greek 7.99
Chili cup 2.99/ bowl 4.99
Canadian 6.99
Entertainment Tuscan 6.99 SALADS
no Western 7.99 Blackened Salmon Caesar Salad 8.99
Valet Parking EGGS CETERA Pittsburgh Steak Salad 8.99
no 2 Eggs & Toast 3.29 Brooklynn’s Greek Salad 7.49
2 Eggs, Hashbrowns, or Grits & Toast 4.49 Chef Salad 7.99
Special Features Chicken Salad-Salad 7.99
Corned Beef Hash with
BLACKBOARD SPECIALS! Poached Eggs & Toast 7.29 Stuffed Tomato 7.99
Don’t miss the specials we Fried Egg Sandwich 2.59 Metro’s Garden or Caesar Salad 3.99/5.99
create for you each day! SANDWICHES
“Best Breakfast” 2010 Metro Pancake “The 10-inch challenge” 4.99 100% Angus Beef Burger 6.99
“Best Diner” 2010 Belgian Waffle 5.99 Grilled or Blackened Chicken Tenders 7.49
—The Best Restaurants in Grilled Three Cheese 5.49
Pound Cake French Toast 7.99
America, Where The Local Eat Special Turk-E 7.49
Croissant French Toast 8.99
“Best Breakfast” Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich 8.49
4 of the last 5 years FRUIT, NUTS, CEREAL & SUCH Roast Beef & Blue Cheese on Rye 7.99
—Folio Weekly Yogurt, Granola, Strawberries Stuffed Portobello Sandwich 7.99
& Blueberries 4.99 Metro Club 7.99
Best Key Lime Pie, ‘07-’08 Oatmeal with Brown Sugar & Raisins 2.99
—Folio Weekly Veggie Burger 6.99
Cereal with Fruit 2.99 Albacore Tuna Salad 8.49
Pot Pie on list of Fresh Seasonal Fruit Cup 2.79 Peanut Butter, Jam & Banana 4.99
“Best Comfort Foods” Bagel with Cream Cheese 2.29 Big Fish Sandwich 8.99
—Jacksonville Magazine Toasted Bread or Cornbread 1.79 Turkey Burger 6.99
For all your catering needs: English Muffin 1.59 Metro Melt 7.99
Chardonnay’s Catering Biscuits (2 per order) 1.99 Crab Cake Sandwich 9.79
(904) 730-8081 AND A SIDE ORDER OF… French Dip 7.99 Real Honest to Goodness Grits 1.39 White Meat Chicken Salad 7.49
For franchise opportunities Cheesiest Grits 1.99 Albacore Tuna Melt 7.99
call (904) 230-2608 Hashbrowns 1.69 Roasted Veggie Baguette 6.49
Homefries 1.69 Reuben 6.99
Sausage Gravy 2.99 Meatloaf 6.99 Hickory Smoked Bacon 2.29 Turkey & Swiss 5.99
Ham Steak 2.29 Big Mike’s BLT 7.99

34 taste 2009

The Steakhouse
1510 Riverplace Blvd.
APPETIZERS Domestic Double Rib Lamb Chops $41 Jacksonville, FL 32207
Tuna Tartare, $15 Chicken Christopher, (904) 399-3933
Diced Tomato and Avocado, Thai Cream Garlic Beurre Blanc Sauce $27
and Balsamic Glaze Grilled Sea Bass, Hours
Smoked Pacific Salmon $14 Pineapple-Pepper Salsa $37 Monday - Saturday
Maine Lobster Cocktail $20 Broiled Salmon Fillet, 5:30- 11pm
Jumbo Lump Crabmeat Cocktail $15 Chef’s Beurre Blanc Sauce $31 Sunday
Broiled Sea Scallops Wrapped 5- 10pm
Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes,
in Bacon, Apricot Chutney $16
Mustard Mayonnaise Sauce $40 Credit Cards
Colossal Shrimp Cocktail $20
Colossal Shrimp Alexander, all major credit cards
Oysters on the Half Shell or
Oysters Rockefeller $15 Beurre Blanc Sauce $37 Reservations Accepted
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake $14 Alaskan King Crab Legs $58 recommended
Colossal Shrimp Alexander $18 or as an accompaniment to any steak $29 Liquor
Baked Five Onion Soup $10 Lobster Tail, Western Australian $42 full service bar
Lobster Bisque $14 Jumbo Lobster Tail, Outdoor Dining
Western Australian $55 no
Whole Baked Maine Lobster market price
CHILLED Food Service After 11 pm
Maine Lobster, Colossal Shrimp Cocktail, Jumbo “slightly smaller” STEAKS no
Lump Crabmeat, Oysters on the Half Shell,
Alaskan King Crab Legs. Single Cut Filet Mignon, Banquet Facilities
serves two / three to four $43/ $86 Bernaise Sauce $38 yes
serves five to six $128.50 Filet Oskar, $43
Catering Available
Asparagus, Jumbo Lump Crabmeat,
Sauce Bearnaise
Sea Scallops Wrapped in Bacon, Jumbo Lump
Crab Cakes, Oysters Rockefeller, Colossal Ribeye Steak $40 Entertainment
Shrimp Alexander. no
Cajun Ribeye Steak $42
serves two / three to four $42/ $84 Valet Parking
serves five to six $126 SIDE DISHES yes
Steamed Fresh Jumbo
SALADS Asparagus, Hollandaise Sauce $10.50
Center Cut Iceberg $11 Grilled Fresh Jumbo
Our Version of the Wedge, with Chopped Egg,
Asparagus, Balsamic Glaze $10.50
Tomato, Bacon Bits and either Morton’s Blue
Cheese Dressing or Thousand Island Dressing. Sautéed Garlic Green Beans $7.50
Caesar Salad, Classic Dressing $10 Steamed Fresh Broccoli $9
Morton’s Salad, $10 Hollandaise Sauce
Blue Cheese Dressing, Chopped Egg, Anchovies Creamed Spinach, for two $10.50
Sliced Beefsteak Tomato, $10.50 Sautéed Fresh Spinach &
Purple Onion & Vinaigrette or Blue Cheese Button Mushrooms $8
Chopped Salad $11 Sautéed Button Mushrooms $9
ENTRÉES Jumbo Baked Idaho® Potato $8.50
Double Cut Filet Mignon, Hashbrown Potato, for two $9.50
Bernaise Sauce $43 Lyonnaise Potatoes $8.50
Porterhouse Steak $49 Mashed Potatoes $9
Double Porterhouse, for two $98 Potato Skins $8
Carved Tableside French Fries $8
New York Strip Steak $49 Macaroni & Cheese, Hint of Spice $10.50
Chicago Style Bone-In Ribeye Steak $49
Prime Rib, Bone-In Double Cut $49 DESSERTS
Available Friday & Saturday Only. Specialty Desserts & Dessert Tray Offered

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North Beach
725-6 Atlantic Blvd. STARTERS Bistro Frites, Housemade Ketchup 5
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 Exotic Mushrooms with Garlic & Herbs 5
Big Eye Tuna Poke Martini 11
(904) 372-4105 Crispy Won Ton Chips & Seaweed Salad Sushi Rice Cakes or Brown Rice 5
Blue Crab and Avocado Napoleon 10 Crispy Fried Spinach or Sautéed
Hours Sweet Corn Vinaigrette Spinach with Olive Oil & Garlic 5
LUNCH Crispy Calamari 9
Fried Spinach & Marinara Sauce SMALL PLATES
Tuesday - Saturday
11am - 4pm Artisanal Cheese Plate 12 Rigatoni Bolognese 9.5
Grilled Sourdough, Spiced Nuts & Fruit Comfiture Garlic Ciabatta Bread
Monday - Saturday Mayport Shrimp and Grilled Polenta 10 Coq Au Vin 9.5
Chorizo & Gorgonzola Fondue Red Wine Braised Chicken, Whipped
4- 10pm
Parmesan Dusted Cheese Puffs 6 Potatoes & Mushroom Ragout
Garlic Aioli Asian Roasted Pork Noodle Bowl 9.5
11am - 2pm Prince Edward Island Mussels 9
Steamed with White Wine, Garlic, Herbs & ENTRÉES
Credit Cards Grilled Sourdough All Entrées Served with House Salad
all major credit cards Grilled Flat Bread 8 Slow Cooked Veal Osso Buco 26
Fresh Mozzarella & Oven Dried Tomatoes Truffle Mushroom Risotto
Reservations Accepted
yes Bistro Risotto Croquettes 9 American Kobe Beef Burger 13
Aged Parmesan & Basil Tomato Sauce Slab Bacon & Kataifi Onion Rings
Liquor Filet Mignon, Yukon Whipped
full service bar
Classic Onion Soup Sherry Finish 5
Salad Lyonnaise 7 Potatoes, Sautéed Asparagus 28
Outdoor Dining Frisée, Applewood Bacon, Butter Croutons, Gorgonzola Marbled Demi Glace
no Poached Egg, Warm Vinaigrette Char Grilled Angus Ribeye 22
Food Service After 11 pm Romaine Heart Caesar Salad 7 Garlic Glazed Fingerlings & Chimichurri
no Buttered Brioche Croutons and Parmesan Tuile Prosciutto Wrapped All Natural
Organic Tender Greens Citrus Vinaigrette 6 Chicken Breast 15
Banquet Facilities Whipped Potatoes & Chardonnay Sauce
yes “Wedge” Salad 6
Iceberg Lettuce, Applewood Bacon & Caper Calypso Crusted Mahi Mahi 19
Catering Available Blue Cheese Dressing Spiced Plantains, Mango Salsa & Orange
yes Tamarind Drizzle
3-4-5 TAPAS MENU Mayport Fisherman’s Stew 17
Risotto Croquettes Fresh Mozzarella Selection of Daily Fish, Mayport Shrimp,
& Basil Tomato Sauce 3 Mussels, Calamari & Tomato Saffron Broth
Valet Parking Big Eye Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad 3 Grilled Atlantic Salmon 18
no on Won Ton Chips Mushroom Ditalini & Vanilla Sweet Pea Broth
Special Features Crispy Calamari with Marinara Sauce 4 Seared Big Eye Tuna 21
Wine Tasting Steamed Mussels with White Wine, Crispy Soba Noodles, Secret Soy Sauce
Every Tuesday at Garlic & Herbs 4 Crispy Fried Local Whole Fish 24
the Bistro Bar Chicken Wings 4 Steamed Sushi or Brown Rice & Ponzu
6-8pm Asian Sticky Sauce or Buffalo Style Dipping Sauce
Parmesan Dusted Cheese Puffs 5 The Bistro’s Daily Pasta 18
Grilled Flat Bread 5 Chef’s Nightly Housemade Pasta Creation
Fresh Mozzarella & Oven-Dried Tomatoes
Shaved Prime Rib Sliders with
Grilled Onions Creamy Horseradish 5 Tony’s Famous Crunch Bar 7
Hazelnut Anglais
Bistro Fish Bites Caper Tartar Sauce 5
Hot Chocolate Aphrodisiac Surprise 8
SIDES French Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée 7
Creamy Mashed Potatoes 5 Chef Dave’s Seasonal Bread Pudding 6
Brown Butter Sautéed Brussels Sprouts, Selection of Artisanal Cheeses 12
Baby Carrots or Asparagus 5 Fruit Comfiture, Spice Nuts & Toasted Breads

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Bar & Grille
816 A1A N.
Below is a sampling of some of our DINNER MENU items. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
APPETIZERS Call for Reservations
Begin your meal with one of our delicious Served with fresh baked rolls, whipped honey butter (904) 280-7766
appetizers, generous enough to share. and the Chef’s appropriate accompaniments.
Firecracker Shrimp 8.95 Black & Bleu Burger 9.75 Hours
Sweet, fresh and crispy shrimp tossed in a chili A Cajun spiced blackened 1/2 lb. burger, char-grilled
cream sauce.
Sunday -Thursday
and topped with fresh bleu cheese crumbles.
LUNCH: 11am - 5pm
Coconut Rum Shrimp 8.95 Shrimp and Grits 14.95 DINNER: 5- 10pm
Five large shrimp dipped in beer batter, rolled in Locally caught sweet white shrimp sautéed with Bar service ‘til 12am
rum‐flavored coconut and fried to a golden brown. fresh bacon, garlic and tomatoes in a rich cream
Accompanied by gingered yellow tomato chutney sauce and served over cheddar cheese grits. Friday & Saturday
dipping sauce. LUNCH: 11am - 5pm
Olde English Fish & Chips 14.95
Pusser’s Crab Dip 9.95 DINNER: 5- 11pm
Two large fillets of North Atlantic Cod dipped in
Our award‐winning, signature house recipe beer batter and deep fried. Bar service ‘til 1am
of jumbo lump crab meat, peppers, onions and Credit Cards
tomatoes in a creamy cheese dip. Served with Key Largo Mixed Grill 14.95
a warm baguette and chips. Marinated grilled chicken breast and jumbo skew- all major credit cards
ered shrimp brushed with garlic Key lime butter.
Caribbean Lobster & Shrimp Tacos 10.95 Reservations Accepted
Crispy tacos filled with lobster and Mayport Barbecued Salmon Tower 19.95 recommended
shrimp, fresh sprouts, cheese and island salsa. An Atlantic salmon fillet char‐grilled and basted
with our PUSSER’S RUM® citrus barbecue sauce. Liquor
Served with sour cream and guacamole.
Topped with mango corn relish. full service bar
Jerk Chicken & Pineapple Quesadilla 9.50
Grilled jerk chicken quesadilla with pineapple, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Skewers 20.95 Outdoor Dining
peppers and onions. Served with guacamole, Jumbo shrimp skewers wrapped in bacon, grilled yes
island mango salsa and sour cream. and basted with our PUSSER’S RUM® citrus
barbecue sauce. Food Service After 11 pm
SOUPS & SALADS Red Snapper Ponte Vedra 24.50
Cuban Black Bean Soup cup 3.95/ bowl 4.95 Fillet of red snapper pan‐seared and topped Banquet Facilities
Black bean soup flavored with chorizo sausage, with sautéed jumbo lump crab meat and sauce large parties from
ham and cumin. Topped with cheese, sour cream, béarnaise. 10 to 100
tomatoes and scallions. Jamaican Grilled Pork Ribs 17.95 Catering Available
Mayport Shrimp & Roasted Brushed with a sweet and savory Jamaican jerk no
Corn Chowder cup 4.50/ bowl 5.95 sauce and char‐grilled.
Generous portion of Mayport shrimp in a rich cream Petite Filet Mignon 19.95/Twin Filets 28.95 yes
with savory herbs, bacon and fresh vegetables. A 5 oz. center petite filet topped with garlic
Pusser’s Sun Drenched Tropical Salad 8.95 herb butter. Valet Parking
Fresh mixed greens tossed in PUSSER’S® ginger yes
dressing with grilled pineapple and toasted cashews. PUSSER’S® SIGNATURE COCKTAILS
Special Features
Jamaican Cobb Salad 9.95 Pusser’s® Painkiller
The infamous drink we’re known for throughout
Featured in Gourmet
Diced chilled jerk chicken, avocado, bacon, & Bon Appétit “Great
bleu cheese crumbles and tomato slices over the Caribbean. A delightful blend of PUSSER’S
RUM®, pineapple juice, orange juice and cream Restaurants of America”
gathered greens with your choice of dressing.
of coconut. Served on the rocks and topped with Lakefront Dining
freshly grated nutmeg.
Veggie Pesto 7.95 Marina Cay Monday- Friday, 4-7pm
A champagne and mango juice delight.
Grilled vegetables, sliced tomato and grated Thur. 1/2 Off All Wine
parmesan cheese with fresh basil pesto on our Pusser’s Rum Punch
grilled rustic pizza dough. Sunday Brunch
A healthy mix of rum, guava, orange, lime and
pineapple juices and grenadine. 10am-2pm
Chicken Chorizo 9.50
Grilled chorizo and chicken, smoked gouda cheese,
fresh sliced tomatoes, scallions and chipotle aioli
on our grilled rustic pizza dough.

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818 A1A N.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
APPS Homemade Gnocchi, Crisp Proscuitto,
(904) 543-3797
White Truffle Oil and Gorgonzola 14
Ahi Tuna Tartare on Marinated Cucumbers
with Seaweed Salad, Fried Won Tons 13 Homemade Gnocchi with Marinara
Hours and Grated Parmesan 12
Crispy Chicken Spring Roll with Sesame
Daily 5- 10pm SEAFOOD
Soba Noodles and Sweet Chilli Sauce 9
Credit Cards Roasted Beef Carpaccio with Smoked Grouper Française with Wilted
all major credit cards Trout Mousse and Garlic Aioli 10 Spinach and Feta Cheese 25
Reservations Accepted Duck Strudel with Goat Cheese, Spinach Pan Seared Tuna with Baby Bok Choy,
recommended and Tomato Rosemary Vinaigrette 9 Soba Noodles and Soy Ginger Broth 27
Liquor Little Neck Clams in Broth with Pistachio Crusted Salmon with Smoked
full service bar Shaved Fennel and Garlic Crouton 9 Trout Potato Brandade and Lemon
& lounge Butter Sauce 22
Pan Seared Crab Cake with Tomato
Outdoor Dining Relish and Hazelnut Buerre Blanc 12 Seared Scallops with Cauliflower Purée
no and Black Bean Cilantro Relish 26
Beer Battered Flounder with Crisp
Food Service After 11 pm Potato and Sriracha Aioli 8 Fried Flounder with Sweet Corn Grits,
no Sriracha Aioli and Salted Chips 19
Wild Mushroom Crepe with Humboldt
Banquet Facilities Fog Goat Cheese and Sherry Cream 8 MEAT, POULTRY AND GAME
yes Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras with Grilled Chicken Breast with Proscuitto
White Truffle Oil and Candied Onions 18 Mozzarella Gratin and Spaghetti Squash 23
Catering Available
yes Sauteed Escargot with Shiitake Pork Scallopini with Roasted Sweet Potato,
Mushrooms, Spinach and Parmesan 9 Hazelnut Buerre Blanc and Apple Gratin 23
Artisan Cheese Plate with Tuscan Roasted Lamb Rack with Sundried
Flat Bread 14 Tomato Cous Cous, Ground Pistachios
Valet Parking and Mint Pesto 29
yes Selection of Caviars: Beluga,
Osetra or Sevruga Market Price Barbecued Braised Short Ribs on Creamy
Special Features Polenta with Red Pepper Coulis 26
Wednesday Wine Tasting SOUP AND SALADS Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Potato
Soup of the Evening 7 Dauphinoise and Shallot Butter Jus 29 Asparagus Purée with Black Medure’s Meatloaf with Horseradish
Burgundy Truffles 7 Cream Gratin and Fried Onion Rings 17
Toasted Three Pepper Caesar Salad Prime NY Strip Steak with St. Andre
with Sundried Tomato Pesto 7 Stuffed Potato Skins and Shiitake
Choice of Grilled Chicken, Salmon Mushroom Glaze 32
or Shrimp 14 Crisp Long Island Duck Breast with Crisp
Panzanella Bread Salad with Gorgonzola Spring Rolls and Candied Fig Syrup 26
Crumbles and Spiced Pecans 8 DESSERTS
Mixed Green Salad with Toasted Soufflé of the Evening 8
Cashews and Miso Peanut Vinaigrette 7
Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée with
ENTRÉES Italian Cookie and Fresh Berries 8
PASTA Warm Chocolate Cake with Homemade
Linguini and Clams with Spicy Marinara 16 Ice Cream and Chocolate Crisp 8
Linguini with Meatballs and White Chocolate and Dried Cranberry
Shaved Pecorino 16 Bread Pudding with Chantilly Cream 8
Fried Eggplant with Mozzarella Gratin, Tiramisu Cake with Shaved Chocolate
Marinara Sauce and Fettuccini 14 and Vanilla Anglaise 8

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The Ritz-Carlton
Amelia Island
4750 Amelia Island Pkwy.
Amelia Island, FL 32034
(904) 277-1100

APPETIZERS hours may vary
COLD Credit Cards
all major credit cards
Jones Farm Caesar Salad, Parmesan, Black Olive Crisp 14
Reservations Accepted
Peekytoe Crab Salad, Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, Fennel, Avocado Sorbet 16 recommended
Labelle Farm Foie Gras, Mr. Frye's Rhubarb, Georgia Peach, Ginger 18 Liquor
HOT full service bar
Poached Green Asparagus, Morel Mushrooms, English Peas, Sherry Emulsion 14 Outdoor Dining
Seared Diver Scallop, Quail Egg, Georgia Grits, Grapefruit Marmalade 17
Food Service After 11 pm
Tempura Fried Green Tomatoes, Hawaiian Blue Prawns, Buffalo Mozzarella,
Lemon Balm 16
Private Dining Available
Painted Hills Beef Tenderloin 42
Durham Ranch Bison Strip Loin 44
Colorado Lamb Rack 46
Valet Parking
Springer Mountain Chicken and Maine Lobster 49 yes
FROM THE SEA Special Features
Florida Pompano “en papilliotte,” Speck Ham, Cockles, Hearts of Palm, Seasonal Menu
Fiddle Head Ferns 39 changes weekly
Chef’s Adventure Menu
Five Spiced Hawaiian Tuna, Foie Gras, Pineapple, Ramps, Pickled Radish 44
Over 45 different salts
Butter Poached Maine Lobster, Variations of Heirloom Corn and Squash, from around the world.
Olive Oil Potatoes 42 Seat In The Kitchen
Chef’s Table with a
DESSERTS customized menu
Chocolate Banana Soufflé, Vanilla Anglaise, Butterscotch Banana Compote 12
Blueberry Soufflé, Candied Kumquat, Lemon cello Anglaise 12
Caramel Brioche Pudding, Florida Orange, Salted Caramel Ice Cream 9
Warm Chocolate Cake, Strawberry Ganache Center, Strawberry Ice Cream 10
Peach Ginger Rum Cake, Passion Fruit Sauce, Peach Sorbet 10
Selection of Sorbets and Ice Creams 8
Pineapple and Strawberry Banana Sorbets, Pineapple Cup, Diced Fruits, Chocolate Mango
and Salted Caramel Ice Creams, Chocolate Garnish
Artisan Cheese Selection 13

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Salty Rock
43 PGA Tour Blvd. Fresh Guacamole 6.95 Cantina Tacos
Hilton Garden Inn at Sawgrass Chile Con Queso 4.50 Soft flour tortillas filled with your choice of meat.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Topped with lettuce, cheese & pico de gallo.
A blend of Monterey & goat cheeses,
32082 fire-roasted Poblano chilis Served with rice & black beans or refried beans.
(904) 280-0931 Add chorizo 5.50 Chicken with cilantro sour cream 9.95
Steak with ancho sour cream 9.95
Shrimp & Grits 9.95
Ground sirloin with ancho sour cream 9.95
Hours Fresh Mayport shrimp with an Ancho honey glaze,
chorizo & Poblano cheddar grits Pork Carnitas with cilantro sour cream 9.95
Monday - Friday
11 am - 11 pm Salty Rock Nachos 7.95 Fish Tacos 12.95
Tortilla chips loaded with a blend of cheeses, black Two soft shell tacos with breaded, blackened or
Credit Cards beans, lettuce, tomato, sour cream & guacamole grilled fresh catch, served with Jicama slaw & rice
all major credit cards Add fajita chicken or steak 2.50 Scallop Tacos 13.95
Reservations Accepted Salty Rock Cheese Fries 4.95 Lime dusted scallops, fresh spinach shallot sour
no Piled high fries with cheese & bacon, cream, carmalized red peppers, served on soft
served with a side of ranch flour tortillas with rice & black beans
full service bar Wings 9.95 Stuffed Burritos 9.95
10 wings tossed in Spicy Buffalo sauce or Tequila • Steak or chicken with black beans, rice & pico
Outdoor Dining • Fajita chicken or steak with rice & peppers
yes Lime sauce, served with Chipotle ranch & celery
• Roasted carnitas with rice & peppers
Cantina Quesadillas 9.95
Food Service After 11 pm Make it a Wet Burrito:
A giant tortilla grilled with your choice of fillings,
no Add red mole or green chili sauce 1.00
served with sour cream
Banquet Facilities • Spinach, goat/jack blend, black beans Add chili con queso 1.50
no • Grilled chicken & pico de gallo Fresh Baked Enchiladas 9.95
• Grilled steak & pico de gallo • 2 Cheese Enchiladas with green chili sauce
Catering Available
Add guacamole side 1.00 • 2 Chicken Enchiladas with green chili sauce
• 2 Steak Enchiladas with red mole chili sauce
Entertainment MEXICAN PIZZA
Enchilada Trio 12.95
no 10" Ponte Vedra Pizza 9.95 1 cheese enchilada, 1 steak & 1 chicken, with green
Valet Parking Thin tortilla crust topped with red mole sauce, chili & red mole sauce, with rice & black beans or
no sweet onions, peppers, black beans, Chihuahua refried beans
cheese, tomatoes, cilantro sour cream, with
Special Features steak or chicken Sizzling Fajitas
Authentic Mexican Grilled sweet peppers, onions & tomatoes on a
10" Scallop Pizza 15.95 sizzling platter, with warm flour tortillas, cheese,
flavors, freshly prepared. Tostada with thin sliced scallops, tomatillo sauce, sour cream, lettuce & pico
Serving over 30 brands caramelized red onions, sweet peppers, Poblano • Chicken 13.95 / for 2 add $10
of the best tequila. peppers, Chihuahua cheese & Ancho sour cream
• Steak 13.95 / for 2 add $10
Daily Happy Hour. • Shrimp 15.95 / for 2 add $12
Salty Rock Salad 4.95 • Vegetable 12.95 / for 2 add $10 Mixed greens with bacon, red onions, cheese, Seared Scallops 17.95
tomatoes, avocados & roasted pumpkin seeds Ancho seared scallops with a red chili
Cantina Fajita Salad 9.95 pecan sauce, fried yucca & Poblano grits
Mixed greens in a crispy tortilla bowl, with a Chili Cheeseburgers 9.95
4-cheese blend, pico de gallo & sour cream 4 ground sirloin sliders topped with cheddar/
Choose fajita chicken, steak or shrimp jack blend & green chili sauce, served on sweet
Roasted Poblona Caesar 5.95 rolls with fresh-cut fries
Fresh romaine lettuce in our signature Poblano Tequila Lime Chicken 14.95
dressing, crumbled Cotija cheese & tortilla strips Marinated chicken breast smothered with black
Add chicken, steak or shrimp 9.95 beans & Chiahuahua cheese, served with rice
Tortilla Soup 4.95 Roasted Pork Ranchera 14.95
Chicken & vegetables in a spicy chicken stock Slow roasted pork, with Poblano peppers, tomato
topped with cheeses, tortilla strips & avocado & onions, served with black beans & rice

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Baja Mexicana

1183 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville Beach, FL
Add Guacamole to any taco for .55. (904) 249-TACO (8226)
Guacamole small 4.99/ large 7.99
Made a few minutes ago, with roasted garlic, lime,
Baja Fish Taco 2.95
cilantro & a little salt. “Straight from the streets of Ensenada.” Beer-bat-
tered Mahi served on a homemade corn tortilla, Hours
The Nacholu 6.99 with cabbage, pico, chipotle crema, cilantro & lime. Tuesday -Thursday
You speak. Lu listens! Chips, queso, black beans Bangin’ Shrimp 2.95 11am - 10pm
plus pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream
make this nacho THE BOMB!!! (You know what that is!) Spicy, Asian-style fried Friday
Add brisket or chicken 2.50 shrimp served with cabbage, lime, chipotle crema 11am - 11pm
on a soft flour tortilla.
Queso Fundido 6.95 Saturday
Fried cheese like you’ve never had before! Pan
Mahi 2.95 10am - 11pm
Fried Cheese smothered in sautéed mushrooms Blackened fish on a freshly-made corn tortilla with
cabbage, homemade mango salsa & crema. Sunday
& roasted garlic.
10am - 10pm
Queso 6.25 TacoLu Verde 2.95
Pulled chicken with our roasted tomatillo sauce, Credit Cards
Translates to “cheese” in English. Yum!
shredded Monterey Jack on a soft flour tortilla. all major credit cards
QUESADILLAS Chingona Chicken 2.95 Reservations Accepted
All served with lettuce, sour cream & house salsa. A spicier version of the Verde taco made with a no
Cheese 6.50 tomatillo/chilies de àrbol salsa, on a freshly made
Chicken 7.50 corn tortilla, plus diced onion & cilantro. Liquor
Avocado Taco 2.95 full service bar
Beef 8.50
Avocado, lettuce, fresh pico de gallo, Cotija cheese Mas Tequila
Add black beans, roasted corn,
spinach or mushrooms for one 1.00 and a dash of our Cilantro Lime vinaigrette. Outdoor Dining
for two 1.50 Brisket 2.95 yes
for up to four 2.00 Beef brisket that has been slow roasted in Dos Food Service After 11 pm
STACKED ENCHILADAS Equis Amber beer, served on a soft flour tortilla
with our homemade Ranchera sauce, poblano pep- no
These enchiladas are served “stacked” instead pers, Cotija cheese, diced onion & cilantro.
of rolled. Layers of fresh-made tortillas, our Banquet Facilities
homemade sauces, meat, cheese…WOW!! Cheeseburger Taco 2.95 no
Roja 8.95 Ground beef, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, pick- Catering Available
les & mustard. Get it?
Freshly made corn tortillas, layered with beef yes
brisket that has been slow roasted in Dos Equis Veggie 2.95
Amber beer & smothered in homemade Ranchera A hippie’s delight! Fresh spinach, roasted corn & Entertainment
sauce, a Mexican tomato sauce, and Mexican sautéed mushrooms with Cotija cheese. Even no
cheese. Comes with your choice of one side. sounds good to me!
Valet Parking
Suizas 8.95 SPECIALTY TACOS no
Freshly made corn tortillas, layered with pulled,
roasted chicken, topped with a creamy tomatillo Taco Rosa 3.50 Special Features
sauce & Monterey Jack cheese. Comes with your Seared Ahi Tuna with cucumber-avocado-tomato Everything on TacoLu’s
choice of one side. salsa, chipotle-ponzu sauce & a wasabi-soy sauce. menu is made in our
Not very Mexican, but really, really amazing!
SALADS kitchen with only a few
Lamb 3.50 exceptions. We make
Tacolu Salad 6.99 Roasted Lamb with feta cheese sauce, diced onion everything in house,
Mixed salad greens with avocado, tomatoes, jica- & fresh mint on a freshly made corn tortilla. by hand, fresh every
ma & pepitas (roasted pumpkin seeds). day–often more than
Salmon Taco 3.50
Grape Salsa Salad 6.99 Fresh Salmon on a homemade corn tortilla. Served once or twice a day.
Start with a delicious Grape Chipotle Salsa (red with fresh mango salsa, crema & fresh dill. Guacamole is made
grapes, almonds & a little heat) on mixed greens. throughout the day and
You don’t even need a salad dressing! (But we SIDES corn tortillas are made
have one for you—just in case). two to three times per day.
Cilantro-Spinach Rice 1.95
The Baja Salad 6.99 Black Beans 1.95 Come in and give
Roasted corn, crisp green beans, poblano chilies Frijoles Charros 1.95 different, fresh and
(for a little heat), served on a bed of mixed greens amazing a shot!
with our homemade Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette. Mexican Street Corn 2.25
Add to any salad Chicken 2.00 The Gringo Salad 2.95
Shrimp 3.00 Mixed greens, tomatoes, cheese.
Mahi, Bangin’ Shrimp or Tuna 4.00 Add The Gringo Salad to any meal for 1.99

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The Tree
11362-1 San Jose Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32223
(904) 262-0006 APPETIZERS New York Strip 14 oz U.S. Choice 29.95
Marinated Grilled Whole Unconditionally guaranteed tender
Mushrooms A Tree House specialty 6.95 Filet Mignon 6 oz 23.95 / 8 oz 27.95
Hours Bernaise sauce upon request 10 oz 30.95
Crab Stuffed Mushroom Caps 6.95
Open Daily at 5 pm Made with Mama Shaw’s crab stuffing Filet Kabobs 22.95
Credit Cards Tender filet tips skewered with peppers, onions
Escargot 8.95
& mushrooms marinated in teriyaki & fruit juices
all major credit cards On a grilled portabello mushroom with
(when available)
a garlic crème & pesto sauce
Reservations Accepted To insure your beef entrée is cooked to your
yes Jalapeno Pepper Poppers 6.95
own personal satisfaction, select from:
Filled with crème cheese & deep fried
Vary Rare: cool center • Rare: warm center
Liquor Creole Fried Shrimp 7.95 Medium Rare: hot, red, juicy center
full service bar With a side of sweet & spicy Cajun dipping sauce Medium: pink center • Medium Well: brown center
Outdoor Dining Ahi Tuna single 9.50 / double 17.95 Well Done: heavily charred and dry
no Cajun seared with wasabi, cucumbers, soy (We do not guarantee well done steaks!)
& pickled ginger
Food Service After 11 pm Pork Tenderloin 19.95
Bacon Wrapped Scallops 11.95 Grilled with a Creole mustard
Banquet Facilities Grilled with Jamaican jerk seasoning & sweet
yes Fresh Asparagus 5.95 red onion ginger sauce
Spinach sautéed or deep fried 4.95
Catering Available Rack of Lamb 28.95
yes Sauteed Mushrooms 3.95 Seven bones, broiled with special seasonings
Steamed Broccoli 4.95 Lobster Tails Two 5-6 oz tails 37.95
Entertainment Plain, butter or Hollandaise
yes One 5-6 oz tail 24.95
Cheese Baked Potato 2.95 *Add a 5-6 oz lobster tail to any entrée for
Valet Parking With cheddar cheese $1 with dinner an additional 17.95
no Stuffed Baked Potato 3.95 Salmon 18.95
$2 with dinner
Special Features Grilled or blackened with Cajun seasonings
Salad Bar Unlimited, as entrée with potato 8.95 Cashew Crusted Grouper 21.95
Piano Bar
Music Wed.-Sat. “Tree House” Salad 7.95 With white whine citrus beurre blanc
Tossed in our house vinaigrette as entrée with potato Fried Shrimp 18.95
Thurs. Jazz Night
Caesar Salad As entrée with potato 7.95 White Atlantic shrimp lightly dusted with
Sliced Tomatoes 6.95 our special breading
Daily ‘til 7pm
With crumbled bleu cheese, onion & our Chicken 16.95
in our lounge
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Creole Style Crab and Shrimp and Scallops 24 Monday - Friday
Lobster Bisque 9 Sautéed with Tomatoes, Baby Spinach, White 11am - 2:15pm
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Lump Crab Cake 11 DINNER
Tarragon Mustard and Caper Sauce Cold Water Lobster Tail 36 Monday - Saturday
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Grilled Portobello Mushroom 13
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Seared Salmon 23
Pear and Sun Dried Cherry Relish,
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Gorgonzola Cheese, Port Wine Reduction
Sautéed Bok Choy recommended
Deep Fried Encrusted Asparagus 10 Grilled Fresh Local Grouper 28 Liquor
Lump Crab Meat, Béarnaise full service bar
Lemon, White Wine, Butter Sauce,
Escargot 10 Asparagus Risotto Outdoor Dining
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Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna 25
Grilled Ciabatta Crostini Food Service After 11 pm
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Crispy Southwestern Tortillas 8 Tossed in Wasabi Vinaigrette, Finished with no
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Red Onion, Cilantro, Roasted Red Pepper Breast of Chicken 21 yes
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Seared Yellowfin Tuna 10 Monterey Jack Cheese, Deep Fried, Roasted no
Orange-Ponzu Reduction, Wasabi, Red Pepper and Garlic Cream Sauce
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Roast Duckling 26 no
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Grilled 12 Ounce Rib Eye Steak 29
Vinaigrette Caramelized Shallot-Roasted Garlic Top 500 Restaurant
Classic Caesar 8 Compound Butter — Florida Trend

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Bibb Lettuce 12
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Fresh Berries, Pecan-Crusted Goat Cheese, New Zealand Lamb Chops 27
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Applewood Bacon, Gorgonzola Cheese, Bread Pudding du Jour 7
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233 First Coast Restaurants
387-3311 241-7188
29 SOUTH 29 S. Third St., 277-7919
WEST INN CANTINA 3644 St. Johns Ave., 389-1131 RAGTIME TAVERN SEAFOOD GRILL 207 Atlantic
BARBARA JEAN’S RESTAURANT 960030 Gateway Blvd., 241-7877
Blvd., 277-3700 BAYMEADOWS SHELBY’S COFFEE SHOPPE 200 First St., 249-2922
BRETT’S WATERWAY CAFÉ 1 S. Front St., 261-2660 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3, 519-8000
STICKY FINGERS 363 Atlantic Blvd., 241-RIBS
Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 10, 448-1293 SUN DOG STEAK & SEAFOOD 207 Atlantic Blvd.,
CRAB TRAP 31 N. Second St., 261-4749 241-8221
Rd., Ste. 21, 737-9903 TACOLU BAJA MEXICANA 1183 Beach Blvd.,
261-7700 249-8226
JOE’S 2ND STREET BISTRO 14 S. Second St., INDIA’S RESTAURANT 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste.
12, 363-1990 THAI ROOM 1286 S. Third St., 249-8444
LEMONGRASS 9846 Old Baymeadows Rd., 645-9911 TURTLE ISLAND NATURAL FOODS 363 Atlantic Blvd.,
Amelia Plaza, 277-8782 MAYURI INDIAN CUISINE 9551 Baymeadows Rd.,
MOON RIVER PIZZA 925 S. 14th St., 321-3400 Ste. 10, 448-5999 DOWNTOWN & SPRINGFIELD
O’KANE’S IRISH PUB 318 Centre St., 261-1000 MEDITERRANIA RESTAURANT 3877 Baymeadows BURRITO GALLERY & BAR 21 E. Adams St., 598-2922
Rd., 731-2898
PEPPER’S MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA 2128 Sadler CAFÉ NOLA 333 N. Laura St., 366-6911
Baymeadows Rd., 260-2791 CHEW RESTAURANT 117 W. Adams St., 355-3793
PLAE Amelia Island Plantation, 277-2132 CURRENTS RIVERVIEW BISTRO 841 Prudential Dr.,
PATTAYA THAI GRILLE 9551 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1,
SALT 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., The Ritz-Carlton, 646-9506 306-9512
491-6746 HOLA MEXICAN RESTAURANT 1001 N. Main St.,
TIMES GRILL 10915 Baymeadows Rd., 674-2606
SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., 356-3100
277-6652 BEACHES JAX RIVER CITY CAFÉ 4807 N. Main St., 355-9111
THE SURF 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711 11 SOUTH BISTRO BAR 216 11th Ave. S., 241-1112 JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE 830 N. Pearl St.,
T-RAY’S BURGER STATION 202 S. Eighth St., 261-6310 AL’S PIZZA 303 Atlantic Blvd., 249-0002 353-6388; 5945 New Kings Rd., 765-8515
321-5050 Main St., 765-0335
AZUREA 1 Ocean Blvd., 249-7402
JULIETTE’S BISTRO Omni Jacksonville Hotel,
AVONDALE, RIVERSIDE & WESTSIDE BONEFISH GRILL 2400 S. Third St., 247-4234 791-4815
13 GYPSIES 887 Stockton St., 389-0330 BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q 1307 Atlantic Blvd., 270-2666; KOJA SUSHI The Jacksonville Landing, 350-9911
AL’S PIZZA 1620 Margaret St., 388-8384 1266 S. Third St., 249-8704
BISCOTTIS 3556 St. Johns Ave., 387-2060 CAMPECHE BAY CANTINA 127 First Ave. N., 249-3322 E. Adams St., 359-0001
THE BLUE FISH RESTAURANT 3551 St. Johns Ave., CARIBBEE KEY 100 N. First St., 270-8940 THE MUDVILLE GRILLE 120 W. Adams St., 353-0052
387-0700 CHIZU 1227 S. Third St., 241-8455 SALSARITA’S FRESH CANTINA 840 Nautica Dr.,
BRICK RESTAURANT 3585 St. Johns Ave., 387-0606 THE CRAB CAKE FACTORY SEAFOOD BAR & GRILLE Ste. 131, 696-4001
THE CASBAH 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966 1396 Beach Blvd., 249-4776 THREE LAYERS A COFFEEHOUSE 1602 Walnut St.,
DWIGHT’S 1527 Penman Rd., 241-4496 355-9794
COOL MOOSE 2708 Park St., 381-4242
EUROPEAN STREET CAFE 992 Beach Blvd., 249-3001 THE TWISTED MARTINI The Jacksonville Landing,
DECO BISTRO 1023 Park St., 358-8700 353-TINI
333 N. First St., 242-9499 ZODIAC GRILL 128 W. Adams St., 354-8283
Ste. 130, 354-0991
THE FISH COMPANY 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 12,
Ave., 388-4884
FLY’S TIE 177 Sailfish Dr., 246-4293 LA NOPALERA 1571 C.R. 220, Ste. 100, 215-2223
EUROPEAN STREET CAFE 2753 Park St., 384-9999
GIOVANNI’S 1161 Beach Blvd., 249-7787 MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA 1800 Town Center
GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET 2007 Park St., Blvd., 541-1999
384-4474 HALA SANDWICH SHOP & BAKERY 1451 Atlantic
Blvd., 249-2212 MERCURY MOON 2015 C.R. 220, 215-8999
St., 381-9394 THE HOMESTEAD 1712 Beach Blvd., 247-6820 MOJO SMOKEHOUSE 1810 Town Center Blvd., 264-
MOON RIVER PIZZA 1176 Edgewood Ave. S., ICHIBAN 675 N. Third St., 247-8228
389-4442 WHITEY’S FISH CAMP 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198
JOSEPH’S PIZZA 30 Ocean Blvd., 270-1122
MOSSFIRE GRILL 1537 Margaret St., 355-4434 THE LOOP PIZZA GRILL 211 Third St., 241-8479 INTRACOASTAL WEST
PASTICHE 4260 Herschel St., 387-6213 LYNCH’S IRISH PUB 514 N. First St., 249-5181 AL’S PIZZA 14286 Beach Blvd., 223-0991
PIZZA PALACE 1526 King St., 384-8722; MATSU JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE 1515 N. Third St., BIG T’S GRILL & TAVERN 13500 Beach Blvd., 223-1744
920 Margaret St., 598-1212 249-4290 CHRISTOPHER SEAFOOD & COMPANY 11892 Atlantic
RESTAURANT ORSAY 3630 Park St., 381-0909 MEZZA LUNA RISTORANTE 110 First St., 249-5573 Blvd., 796-8880
Park St., 354-1001 Blvd., 247-6636 992-4680
THE ROW 1521 Riverside Ave., 354-5080 NORTH BEACH BISTRO 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE 13170
SAKE HOUSE 824 Lomax St., 301-1188 372-4105 Atlantic Blvd. Ste. 22., 220-6766
SUSHI CAFÉ 2025 Riverside Ave., 384-2888 ONE HOT COOKIE! CAFÉ 217 N. Third St., 270-2127 LA NOPALERA 14333 Beach Blvd., 998-1666

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MILANO’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA 12620 Beach PONTE VEDRA CHART HOUSE 1501 Riverplace Blvd., 398-3353
Blvd., Ste. 4, 646-9119 EUROPEAN STREET CAFE 1704 San Marco Blvd.,
619 OCEAN VIEW 619 Ponte Vedra Blvd., 285-0202
MOJO KITCHEN 1500 Beach Blvd., 247-6636 398-9500
AL’S PIZZA 635 A1A, 543-1494
MVP’S SPORTS GRILL 12777 Atlantic Blvd., THE GROTTO 2012 San Marco Blvd., 398-0726
221-1090 AQUA GRILL 950 Sawgrass Village Dr., 285-3017
HAVANA-JAX CAFE 2578 Atlantic Blvd., 399-0609
sort & Spa, 285-7777 LA NOPALERA 1629 Hendricks Ave., 399-1768
Blvd., 223-5400
BARBARA JEAN’S RESTAURANT 15 S. Roscoe Blvd., LAYLA’S OF SAN MARCO 2016 Hendricks Ave.,
Blvd., Ste. 7, 821-4350 280-7522
BRUCCI’S PIZZA 880 A1A, Ste. 8, 280-7677 THE LOOP PIZZA GRILL 2014 San Marco Blvd.,
Blvd., Ste.40, 221-7066 GALANGAL RESTAURANT 145 Hilden Rd., 827-1150
MATTHEW’S AT SAN MARCO 2107 Hendricks Ave.,
JJ’S LIBERTY BISTRO 330 A1A N., Ste. 209, 273-7980
LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE 301 N. Roscoe Blvd., MOJO BAR-B-QUE 1607 Unversity Blvd. W., 732-7200
BISTRO V: VENNY’S ITALIAN 155 Hampton Point Dr.,
Ste. 5, 230-9799 METRO DINER 3302 Hendricks Ave., 398-3701
THE MEDITERRANEAN 242 Solana Rd., 285-4900
BRUCCI’S PIZZA 540 S.R. 13, Ste. 10, 287-8317 MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE 1510 Riverplace
ONE HOT COOKIE! CAFÉ 930 Sawgrass Village, Blvd., 399-3933
THE LOOP PIZZA GRILL 450 SR 13, 230-2202
PIZZA PALACE 116 Bartram Oaks Walk, 230-2171 PIZZA PALACE 1959 San Marco Blvd., 399-8815
287-4111 RESTAURANT MEDURE 818 A1A N., 543-3797 399-3305
MANDARIN SALTY ROCK CANTINA 43 PGA Tour Blvd., 280-0931 398-2299
3 SISTERS’ CHOCOLATE BAR 9965 San Jose Blvd., TRADITIONS 110 Championship Way, 273-3235 RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 1201 Riverplace Blvd.,
262-9122 396-6200
URBAN FLATS 330 A1A N., 280-5515
BLACKSTONE GRILLE 112 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. SAKE HOUSE 1478 Riverplace Blvd., 306-2188
102, 287-0766 ZOËS KITCHEN 240 A1A, Ste. 5, 273-1100
TAG (TAKE-AWAY GOURMET) 2130 San Marco Blvd.,
BONEFISH GRILL 10950 San Jose Blvd., 370-1070 ST. AUGUSTINE 398-6676
BROOKLYN PIZZA 11406 San Jose Blvd., 288-9211; 95 CORDOVA & COBALT LOUNGE 95 Cordova St., TAVERNA 1986 San Marco Blvd., 398-3005
13820 Old St. Augustine Rd., 880-0020 810-6810 TIDBITS 1076 Hendricks Ave., 396-0528
CANALLI’S PIZZA 9766 Old St. Augustine Rd., AVILES RESTAURANT 32 Avenida Menendez, 829-9727 WINE CELLAR 1314 Prudential Dr., 398-8989
BISTRO DE LEON 12 Cathedral Place, 810-2100
CLARK’S FISH CAMP 12903 Hood Landing Rd.,
268-3474 CAFÉ ELEVEN 501 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-9311
DON JUAN’S RESTAURANT 12373 San Jose Blvd., CAP’S ON THE WATER 435 Myrtle St., 824-8794 641-1212
268-8722 CELLAR 6 WINE BAR 6 Aviles St., 827-9055 AL’S PIZZA 8060 Philips Hwy., 731-4300
ENZA’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 10601 San Jose Blvd., COLLAGE 60 Hypolita St., 829-0055
268-4458 BLUE BAMBOO 3820 Southside Blvd., 646-1478
CREEKSIDE DINERY 160 Nix Boatyard Rd., 829-6113 CANTINA LAREDO St. John’s Town Center, 997-6110
HARMONIOUS MONKS 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd.,
880-3040 DONOVAN’S IRISH PUB 7440 U.S. 1. N., 829-0000 THE CAPITAL GRILLE St. John’s Town Center, 997-9233
HONG KONG BISTRO 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 29, FLORIDA CRACKER CAFÉ 81 St. George St., 829-0397 DAVE & BUSTERS 7025 Salisbury Rd., 296-1525
292-5286 GYPSY CAB CO. 828 Anastasia Blvd., 824-8244 EUROPEAN STREET CAFE 5500 Beach Blvd.,
MANDARIN ALE HOUSE 11112-19 San Jose Blvd., KINGFISH GRILL 252 Yacht Club Dr., 824-2111 398-1717
292-0003 FONTANA ITALIAN RESTAURANT 7605 Beach Blvd.,
KINGS HEAD BRITISH PUB 6460 U.S. 1, 823-9787
MIZU SUSHI & GRILL 14965 Old St. Augustine Rd., 805-9755
Ste. 124, 880-0889
Trace Rd., 471-3424 THE GRAPE St. John’s Town Center, 642-7111
RENNA’S PIZZA 11111 San Jose Blvd., 292-2300
TREE STEAK HOUSE 11362 San Jose Blvd., 262-0006 Menendez, 824-0808 Ste. 115, 854-6060
OLD CITY HOUSE INN 115 Cordova St., 826-0184 JJ’S BISTRO DE PARIS 7643 Gate Pkwy., 996-7557
ORANGE PARK OPUS 39 39 Cordova St., 824-0402 MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY St. Johns Town Center,
BUFFALO WILD WINGS GRILL & BAR 311 Blanding 380-4360
Blvd., Ste. 11, 213-0293 RAINTREE 102 San Marco Ave., 824-7211
THE REEF 4100 Coastal Highway, 824-8008 MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA 9734 Deer Lake Court,
CANALLI’S PIZZA 1045 Blanding Blvd., 276-4242; 997-1955
6625 Argyle Forest Blvd., 772-1300 SOUTH BEACH GRILL 45 Cubbedge Rd., 471-8700
THE MELTING POT 7860 Gate Pkwy., 642-4900
FONDUE HAUS 450 Blanding Blvd., 272-1806 THE TASTING ROOM 25 Cuna St., 810-2400
MITCHELL’S FISH MARKET St. John’s Town Center,
THE HILLTOP 2030 Wells Rd., 272-5959 645-3474
THE LOOP PIZZA GRILL 530 Wells Rd., 269-0756 & LAKEWOOD Ste. 9, 296-7803
POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA 2134 Park Ave., ATHENS CAFE 6271-7 St. Augustine Rd., 733-1199 SECRET GARDEN CAFÉ 10095 Beach Blvd., 645-0859
264-6116 b.b.’s 1019 Hendricks Ave., 306-0100 SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY 9735 Gate
RISTORANTE SARNELLI 2023 Park Ave., 269-1331 BASIL THAI & SUSHI 1004 Hendricks Ave., 674-0190 Parkway N., 997-1999
THE ROADHOUSE 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611 BISTRO AIX 1440 San Marco Blvd., 398-1949 SHULA’S 347 GRILL 10605 Deerwood Park Blvd.,
THAI GARDEN 10 Blanding Blvd., Ste. A, 272-8434 BISTRO 41 3563 Philips Highway, Ste. 104, 446-9738 *
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ON THE WATERFRONT ....................58
IF THE “Q” FITS ............................60
HOME GROWN ..............................62
MADE IN JAX ................................70
SUNKEN TREASURE ......................72
TALKING TURKEY ..........................75
SEE FOOD ....................................82
WORLD’S FARE ..............................86
CHOCOLATIERS ..............................87
SWEET & SOUR ..............................89
TOSS UP ......................................91
NIGHTLIFE GUIDE ..........................95
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CHINESE ......................................74
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FRENCH ......................................78
FUSION ........................................78
GREEK & MEDITERRANEAN ..............79
HEALTHFUL / ORGANIC....................79
INDIAN ........................................79
IRISH & ENGLISH PUBS ..................79
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JAPANESE ....................................84
KOREAN ......................................85
MEXICAN & TEX-MEX ......................85
MIDDLE EASTERN ..........................87
SANDWICHES ................................89
SEAFOOD ......................................90
SPANISH/BRAZILLIAN ....................93
STEAKHOUSES ..............................94
THAI ............................................97
WINE BARS ..................................97

taste 2010 55
essential ingredient
Local restaurant “shakes” things up. by Katie Erba

Vanilla Bean Black Cypress


Hiwa Kai Murray River


OLDER THAN COINAGE, salt was used as payment in Chef de Cuisine Richard Gras considers himself a pioneer
ancient Rome (the origin of the word “salary” is from the in the salt world, incorporating 35 to 40 different salts in
word “salt”). Salt has been the cause of wars, helped the restaurant’s menu, from appetizers to dessert. Importing
bring down empires and shaped the borders of kingdoms different salts from around the world, Salt’s menu includes
and countries. It is plentiful in the sea and found deep un- rock salts from the Himalayan Mountains and sea salts
derground. It is an integral aspect of human life—from from Hawaii’s Kona Island, as well as specialty salts like
being a vital electrolyte in the body to acting as a key ele- citrus salt (one of Chef Gras’s favorites). The citrus salt is
ment in nearly every religion. The present-day uses for salt made by drying skins of citrus fruits, grinding them into a
vary greatly, but one local restaurant, Salt at the Ritz- fine powder, and mixing in white salt with the citrus skin
powder. The search for new exotic salts and innovative

Carlton, Amelia Island, has created what it considers the

complete salt experience for its diners. The focus is on ways to create and use salt is a never-ending process at
everything salt: salt lamps, rock-salt decorations, salt the restaurant. “The sky’s the limit,” Gras says. And the
samples, salt books, know-it-all salt wait staff and so on. tongue the final arbiter.
56 taste 2010
Jacksonville Magazine’s Taste

Editor’s note: Menu items mentioned in the
following listings were gathered in late 2008
and are subject to change, as are any prices
posted or details about each restaurant.

29 South 29 South 3rd St.,
Fernandina Beach (277-7919). The
philosophy in the kitchen of this
1923 renovated home is to take
classics and turn them on their
250 restaurants, bars, shops ears. Think lobster corn dogs with
spicy horseradish ketchup and
and other need-to-know First grilled heart of romaine salad with
Coast “foodie” info. Maytag blue vinaigrette. Chef/owner
favors local providers and ingredi-
ents from the on-site garden. D.
Mozzarella caprese from
Alhambra Theatre & Dining
12000 Beach Blvd., Southside (641-
1212 A new and
improved Alhambra—the nation’s
oldest professional dinner theatre—
debuted late last year, featuring a
fresh interior design and new
menus created by Matthew Medure.
2010 performance schedule
includes High School Musical,
Cinderella and The Wedding
Singer. D, SB. SEE AD ON PAGE 48
Aqua Grill 950 Sawgrass Village
Dr., Ponte Vedra Beach (285-3017; Since 1988 Aqua
Grill has been wowing guests with
gourmet cuisine and an eclectic
menu featuring certified Angus
Steaks, seafood, live Maine lobster,
pasta, chicken, vegetarian entrées
and more. Enjoy lakefront dining
with outdoor patio seating, or relax
in the full-service bar with large-
screen TVs and satellite. For ban-
quets, Aqua Grill offers a private
dining room or climate-controlled
patio seating with a private bar. L,
The Augustine Grill Sawgrass
Marriot, Ponte Vedra Beach (285-
7777). The upscale décor is befit-
ting a restaurant that neighbors the
legendary TPC at Sawgrass golf
club. The menu changes with the
season, but expect a variety of
grilled seafood, steak and chops.
Three-course prix fixe menu may
offer lobster bisque, grilled ribeye
and vanilla bean creme bruleé. D.

taste 2010 57
on the waterfront
15 First Coast restaurants nestled at water’s edge.
York strip steak
View Climb to the second floor for
postcard views of Downtown St.
Augustine and the bayfront.
The Reef
4100 Coastal Hwy., Vilano Beach, 824-8008
Cuisine Saffron mussels, conch fritters,
citrus salmon and seared scallops
View Perched high on dunes overlook-
ing the Atlantic and quiet stretch of
beach south of Ponte Vedra
River City Brewing Co.
835 Museum Cir., Downtown, 398-2299
Cuisine Lengthy menu covers all the
bases from crispy calamari to Cajun
ribeye; on-site micro-brewery.
RIVER CITY View Huge deck and enormous win-
BREWING CO. dows provide panoramic views of the
Downtown skyline.
Azurea at One Ocean Resort flavors, emphasis on seafood, as well
1 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach; 247-0305 as rack of lamb and filet mignon Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Cuisine Contemporary coastal with an View Cozy dining room with plenty of 1201 Riverplace Blvd., Southbank; 396-6200
emphasis on sustainable, locally window seats; Penthouse Lounge Cuisine Beef is what’s for dinner here,
grown ingredients provides the best ocean views. with hand-cut aged steaks the
View The only oceanfront eatery in chain’s signature specialty.
Atlantic Beach puts diners steps off Chart House View Posh interior dresses up this
the sand. 1501 Riverplace Blvd., Southbank; 398-3353 venue for picturesque views of the
Cuisine Fine dining featuring an city skyline.
Barbara Jean’s eclectic mix of steaks and seafood;
15 S. Roscoe Blvd., Ponte Vedra; 280-7522 save room for chocolate lava cake. Salt at The Ritz-Carlton,
Cuisine Home-style Southern and View Downtown’s Main Street Bridge Amelia Island
seafood, famous for its crab cakes and the St. Johns River can be seen 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy.; 277-1100
View Dockside seats on a lazy and from nearly every seat. Cuisine Fine dining at its finest, foie
narrow stretch of the Intracoastal gras, crab salad, bison strip loin,
Waterway; come by boat. Joe’s Crab Shack Maine lobster
6 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, 249-6160 View The sandy dunes of Amelia
Brett’s Waterway Cafe Cuisine Lots of seafood choices, and Island and the Atlantic Ocean
1 S. Front St., Fernandina Beach; 261-2660 a kid-friendly menu matches the
Cuisine Upscale but unpretentious atmosphere. The Sandollar Restaurant &
seafood, signature salads View A handful of deck tables provide Marina
View Amelia Island harbor and work- views of Jacksonville Beach and the 9716 Heckscher Dr., Jacksonville; 251-2449
ing man’s waterfront, in the heart of historic lifeguard station. Cuisine Nothing fancy here, but all
Downtown Fernandina your fried and broiled seafood
Lulu’s Waterfront Grille favorites
Cap’s On the Water 301 N. Roscoe Blvd., Ponte Vedra; 285-0139 View Lots of boat traffic entering and
4325 Myrtle St., 824-8794 Cuisine Casual and tasty seafood exiting the St. Johns River
Cuisine Seafood, steaks and pasta; favorites like the “kings” crab cake
don’t pass on the raw bar items. sandwich basket Sliders
View Awesome sunsets over a particu- View A pretty ribbon of the Intracoastal 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach; 491-
larly wide stretch of the Intracoastal thin enough to hit a golf ball across 5499

Waterway north of St. Augustine Cuisine Plenty of seafood, sandwiches,

O.C. White’s
Casa Marina 118 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, 824-0808 Southern-style classics, crab burger
691 1st St., Jacksonville Beach, 270-0025 Cuisine Surf and turf spiced with View Pub-like atmosphere set right
next to the beach
Cuisine Sophisticated continental island flavors, coconut shrimp, New *
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Azurea One Ocean Blvd., Atlantic
Beach (247-0305). Tucked inside
the hotel One Ocean, and through
an arching, blue-lit tunnel. The
décor is upscale and progressive
and, combined with the sumptuous
menu and on-staff sommelier,
invites a spirit of indulgence. In little
less than a year, Azurea has become
a fashionable beach dining spot, so
reservations are strongly encouraged.
Shrimp and
b.b.’s 1019 Hendricks Ave., San avocado
Marco (306-0100). There’s a defi- appetizer from
nite buzz about this hip San Marco GRILLE
bistro. Its upscale comfort food,
which includes prosciutto-wrapped
pork chops or mushroom triangoli
ravioli (specials change daily) with
to-die-for desserts, have patrons—a
mixed bag of hipster yuppies, soc-
cer moms and empty nesters—lin-
ing up. L, D.
Back Porch Café 3031 Monument
Rd., Arlington (998-9918). The
restaurant’s interior is country cot-
tage with low-hanging light fixtures food is worth the wait. Breakfast is “worldly cuisine” with entrées like
and wrought iron décor contrasted served any time of the day, seven grilled tenderloin of beef with
with faux windows and a white pick- days a week. Early birds dine for apple-smoked bacon and sautéed
et fence. The lunch menu contains less than $3 weekdays before 8 lobster and crab Savannah over
a variety of Americana cuisine like AM. Griddlecakes, eggs Benedict linguine. D.
the Back Porch Burger and Café and egg riders are popular breakfast
Benny’s Steak & Seafood
Club, and a few surprises, like the selections. Sandwiches, hot dogs
Jacksonville Landing, Downtown
spanakopita, a Greek spinach pie. and hot plate specials including
(301-1014). Enjoy front row views
Dinner offers dishes like Yankee pot ham and cabbage and meatloaf are
of the St. Johns River while enjoy-
roast and fish & chips. B, L, D. what’s for lunch. B, L.
ing a menu laced with fried cala-
Beach Road Chicken Dinners mari, mussels Milanese, gator tail,
Barbara Jean’s 15 S. Roscoe
4132 Atlantic Blvd., St. Nicholas conch fritters and a variety of fish
Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach (280-
(398-7980). Beach Road has been entrées. L, D.
7522); 960030 Gateway Blvd.,
Amelia Island (277-3700). The sig- serving fried chicken, biscuits, fries Billy’s Boat House Grill 2321
nature element of the waterside and sweet tea to area families since Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach
restaurant is the expansive view pro- the 1930s. The Jacksonville dining (241-9771). Situated on the
vided by the 100-foot deck overlook- landmark serves family-style meals Intracoastal Waterway, Billy’s is one
ing the Intracoastal Waterway. A seat with all the fixings you can handle. of few remaining waterfront restau-
outdoors can be tough to come by The chicken dinner, four pieces of rants in Jax Beach. The menu leans
when the sun is shining. The atmos- white meat, dark meat or a combi- toward seafood with shrimp, little
phere is ideal for meals like the nation, is a classic, $9. All dinners neck clams, conch chowder and
coastal platter, a heaping portion of come with unlimited helpings of fried oysters, which can be enjoyed
battered fried shrimp, fish and a biscuits and gravy, cole slaw, cream on the deck or indoors. L, D, SB.
crab cake. Save room for the choco- peas, mashed potatoes, rice and
french fries. Save room for the Biscottis 3669 St. Johns Ave.,
late “stuff” at the end of the meal.
lemon and lime pies. D. Avondale (387-2060). One of the
B (weekends and holidays), L, D.
few places where you can be seat-
Beach Hut Café 1281 3rd St. S., Beech Street Grill 801 Beech ed between a Red Hat Society
Jacksonville Beach (249-3516). It’s St., Fernandina Beach (277-3662). member and a purple-haired cre-
been a breakfast tradition in Located in a restored 1889 home ative director, this Avondale insti-
Jacksonville Beach for some 20 in historic Fernandina Beach, this tution specializes in innovative
years. The picnic tables at the fine dining establishment caters to updates on old favorites like meat-
surfer’s hangout fill up fast, but the guests seeking comfort in their loaf served with apricot marinara

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if the Q fits
“ ”
You can’t have barbecue without smoke and sauce.


THE FOOD SCIENCE OF BARBECUE Down South Barbecue 1810 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island
cooking is fairly straightforward—low 830-16 A1A N. (273-9902) (264-0636)
heat and smoke breaks down the Fred Cotten Bar-B-Q Monroe’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Q
collagen in meat and tenderizes the 2623 N. Main St. (356-8274) 4838 Highway Ave. (389-5551)
tougher cuts. Good sauce and plenty Hickory House Barbecue Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q
of sides like corn, slaw and beans just 8209 W. Beaver St., Ste. 200 1923 S. Lane Ave. (786-0081)
make it taste all that much better. (786-4616) Plus multiple other locations
Jacksonville has no shortage of
Hunter’s Barbecue Sticky Fingers
barbecue joints. Here are just a few. 604 New Berlin Rd. (757-7504) 8129 Point Meadows Way, Southside
Bono’s BBQ Jack’s BBQ (493-RIBS); 363 Atlantic Blvd.,
4907 Beach Blvd. (398-4248) 691 A1A Beach Blvd. (460-8100) Atlantic Beach (241-RIBS); 13150 City
Plus multiple other locations Station Dr., Northside (309-RIBS)
Jenkins Quality Barbeque
Bull’s Bar-B-Q 830 N. Pearl St. (353-6388) Tombo’s Backporch Barbecue
8602 Baymeadows Rd. (739-3874) Plus 3 other locations 8929 Philips Hwy. (363-0990)

Dave’s Brick Pit BarBQ Mojo Bar-B-Que Woody’s Bar-B-Q

445 N. State Rd. 13, Ste. 8 (287- 1607 University Blvd. W. (732-7200); 9825-46 San Jose Blvd. (262-3955)
Plus multiple other locations
2607) Plus 2 other locations 1500 Beach Blvd., (247-6636); *

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Southwestern blackened Ahi tuna

salad from Nineteen TPC SAWGRASS

sauce and duck confit pizza (din- ulars swear by the grilled salmon there, check out the art upstairs
ner specials change daily). Local salad, Kobe beef burger and prime and the gift items in the shop. L, D.
painters display their works in the rib), but it’s not the only thing that
dining room, but the real works of draws guests into The Brick. Chew Restaurant 117 W. Adams
St., Downtown (355-3793;
art are in the dessert case. L, D, SB. Outdoor seating (complete with People with a
misters or heaters depending on
Bistro 41° 3563 Philips Hwy., Ste. the weather), live music (usually passion for food is how the staff of
104 (446-9738). New, casual of the groovy, jazzy variety) and a Chew describe themselves—and
eatery serves a variety of quick happening bar also make it an it’s evident in everything they do
breakfast and lunch favorites. The Avondale hotspot. L, D, SB. (they’ve got 15 different varieties
menu of burgers, sandwiches, of tea, for Pete’s sake!). Lunch
soups and salads is padded with Café Karibo 27 N. Third St., consists of soups, salads and
house specialties like grilled lamb Fernandina Beach (277-5269). Café “high-end, handcrafted sandwich-
and falafel and daily specials Karibo's menu comprises a diverse es,” like the fried green tomato
including grilled pork chops on collection of light and tasty fare, BLT and croque-monsieur. The
Wednesday. B, L. ranging from salads and sandwiches stylish Downtown eatery also serves
at lunch to southern and more eth- dinner Thursday-Saturday with
Blackstone Grille 112 Bartram nic dishes for dinner. If the weather entrées including cumin roasted
Oaks Walk, Julington Creek (287- is nice, enjoy your meal in the gar- rack of lamb and filet mignon bor-
0766; den courtyard under the shade of a delaise. L, D. SEE AD ON PAGE 50
Serving a variety of meat and lush oak canopy. L, D.
seafood entrées like pan-seared Cool Moose Café 2708 Park St.,
sea bass, filet mignon au poivre Café Nola Museum of Contemporary Riverside (381-4242). Every neigh-
and scallop and shrimp Newburg. Art Jacksonville, 333 N. Laura St., borhood needs a cozy, friendly cof-
Private dining room. Upscale. L, D, Downtown (366-6911). Located on fee shop, and in Riverside it’s Cool
SB. SEE AD ON PAGE 44 the ground floor of the stunning art Moose. Many locals start their day
museum, Café Nola serves dishes at the Moose with a cup of joe and
Brick Restaurant 3585 St. Johns such as shrimp and grits, vegetarian the newspaper. Others come for
Ave., Avondale (387-0606). Food lasagna, roasted salmon and the bagels and muffins for break-
might be the main attraction (reg- asparagus goat cheese salad. While fast. Full breakfast and sandwich-

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home grown
You don’t need a green thumb to get garden-fresh
produce, just a trip to the local farmers market. by Kerry Speckman
est rose-colored glasses could not have predicted what hap-
pened at the opening of the Riverside Arts Market on April
4 of last year. Created to provide local artists and farmers
with an accessible marketplace for their goods, RAM was
expected to attract about a thousand visitors on opening
day. The predictions were off by about 39,000.
The fact that a fledgling bazaar of paintings and pota-
toes—located under a bridge, no less—drew so many
people certainly had something to do with the thousands
of hours organizers spent on researching, planning and pro-
moting it. But judging from the number of similar markets
popping up these days, it’s an idea whose time had come.
According to the U.S Department of Agriculture, there
were 4,685 farmers markets operating throughout the
United States last year, an increase of more than 167 per-
cent since 1994 when the agency published its first direc-
tory of farmers markets.
The USDA attributes the growth of farmers markets, in both customers and vendors. Pamela Elms, director of mar-
large part, to consumers’ continuing interest in purchasing keting for Downtown Vision, says the weekly event has had
produce directly from area growers as a means of ensuring to adapt to the laws of supply and demand, meaning it more
its freshness and supporting the local economy. And be- closely resembles a city market than a farmers market.
cause markets offer an “urban/farm linkage” that didn’t “Some growers, especially those who live farther outside
previously exist on any large scale, farmers and distributors the perimeter of the city, need to sustain a certain level of
seek out opportunities to develop a personal relationship traffic to make it worth it for them to load up a truck and
with customers, cultivate customer loyalty and, of course, haul it to the market,” she says. “We understood that and
sell more of their product. added in a mix of other products and entertainment.” On
That farmers markets have become so popular comes as any given Friday afternoon, visitors to the Hemming Plaza
no surprise to Martin Kabaki of Global GreenUp. Kabaki grew Market will find vendors with fresh fruits and vegetables,
up “very, very poor” in Kenya where sustainability was a ne- fresh-cut flowers, baked goods, handmade jewelry, and
cessity. His family had a small farm where they grew produce seasonal arts and crafts. They might also hear live music or
and raised livestock for their own consumption. And every vil- poetry readings or get a massage.
lage held its own farmers market one to two times a week. The granddaddy of them all—in all senses of the word—
“It didn’t make sense to me. Why would someone pay is the Jacksonville Farmers Market. Founded in 1938, it’s
more money for tomatoes that they didn’t know how long the oldest farmers market in the state with more than 100
ago they were picked or meat when they didn’t know when farmers and wholesale companies selling fresh produce and
the cow was slaughtered?” he says. “It’s only fair to know occasionally livestock from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year.
where your food comes from.” According to Assistant Manager Sammie Jackson, the
Wanting to bring his passion for buying local and living multitude of vendors is only one of the reasons people shop
sustainably to Jacksonville, Kabaki and his wife Purity at the Jacksonville Farmers Market.
Gikunju, also a native of Kenya, started Global GreenUp, a “Our produce is fresher than you’re going to find at the
company devoted to raising awareness of global warming store. You won’t see old or damaged fruit lying around. We
and “going green.” Currently, they own and operate the dump that stuff quick,” he says. “A lot of people shop here
Jacksonville Green Expo, the St. Johns Town Center Farmers because they can save a lot of money; like right now, you
& Arts Market and the Mandarin Farmers Market. The com- can get two watermelons for $5. You can also buy in bulk. A
pany’s latest project, the Orange Park Farmers Market, box of peaches is only $8 to $10. You can’t beat that.”

opened in early October. Kabaki offers another explanation for the popularity of
Created eight years ago by Downtown Vision to attract local farmers markets. “The green movement has had a big
visitors to the Downtown area, the Hemming Plaza Market impact. People want to know where their food came from.
has succeeded, in part, because it remains responsive to *
They’re also looking for food that’s organic,” he says.

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Deco Bistro 1023 Park St.,
Riverside (358-8704). Ginger pork
medallions, filet mignon, tuna steak
and tomato salad, and chicken and
rosemary cream are among the
menu standouts at this new eatery.
Offering sidewalk dining, banquet
room and a private patio. L, D, SB.

Ellen’s Kitchen 1824 3rd St. S.,

Jacksonville Beach (246-1572).
This bustling diner has been serving
traditional breakfast favorites for
over 40 years. And, although they
are served all day, lunch fare also
graces the menu. Tables inside are
jam-packed together, and the week-
ends are always a busy time—a line
out the door is common on
Sundays. B, L.
Five Guys Burgers & Fries
1620 Margaret St., Riverside (425-
3380) plus several other locations.
The menu at this franchise opera-
tion with about 8 area locations is
simple enough—burgers, hot dogs,
fries and drinks. That’s about it. You
won’t leave hungry, as portions are
Veggie burger from huge. The fries are awesome. L, D.
The Fox Restaurant 3580 St.
Johns Ave., Avondale (387-2669). A
es, wraps, panini and soup for Cruiser’s Grill 319 23rd Ave. S., culinary institution known for food
lunch. B, L, SB. Jacksonville Beach (270-0356); as well as its ambiance—a quaint
3 St. George St., St. Augustine 1950s atmosphere mixed with folk
Copeland’s Famous New (824-6993); 5613-1 San Jose Blvd. art and customer doodles wedged
Orleans Bar & Restaurant (737-2874). For more than 10 into picture frames—The Fox serves
4310 Southside Blvd., Southside years, beachgoers have looked to up diner-style breakfast and lunch
(998-4414). Fried seafood, red the original Cruiser’s Grill in daily. A local favorite, a line out the
beans and rice, blackened fish, Jacksonville Beach for a good door is virtually guaranteed in the
red potatoes, shrimp etouffé, greasy burger and cheese fries mornings. B, L.
andouille sausage—all the flavors served with ranch dressing. Patrons Grinders Café 10230 Atlantic
we think of when remembering can dine inside to the sounds of the Blvd., Atlantic Beach (725-2712).
New Orleans come to mind at kitchen staff yelling out when an Offering southern favorites like fried
Copeland’s, a franchise operation order is done, or sit outside at a chicken with gravy, collard greens
brought to us by the founder of number of covered picnic tables. and friend okra, the southern cui-
Popeye’s chicken. Finding parking Nothing on the menu is over $7 sine at Grinders Café comes pretty
can be a real challenge. L, D. and nothing beats the free Tootsie close to what grandma used to
Pops for dessert. L, D. make. On the lighter side, the menu
Cortessés Bistro & Flamingo also features subs and salads. Be
Room 172 San Marco Ave., St. Dave & Buster’s I-95 and J. prepared to wait a few minutes for a
Augustine (825-6775). Casual Turner Butler Blvd., Southside (296- table at lunch, though, as regulars
dining featuring Minorcan fish 1525). The lengthy menu is laced roll in early. L, D.
stew, herb-crusted lamb chops, with everything from sandwiches
Angus beef tenderloin and specialty and salads to ribs and steak. Most Grumpy’s 834 Kingsley Ave., Orange
coffee and espresso drinks. Live diners come for the fun and Park (215-1956). Offers breakfast
music played in the courtyard most games of the Million Dollar and lunch to diners who don’t
nights. Private parties hosted in Midway. It’s loud and festive with require fancy frills. Have a deli
the wine cellar room. L, D. dozens of arcade games. L, D. sandwich like ham, turkey and

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the perfect sandwich
Chicken satay club by
Chef Dennis Chan.
food—filling and yet simple to make. So
it would only befit that the “perfect”
sandwich marry one’s favorite flavors,
regardless of the ingredients. Chef Den-
nis Chan, owner of Blue Bamboo, puts a
Thai spin on the traditional club sand-
wich, using peanut-lime sauce and fried
onions in place of cheese and bacon.
Blend ingredients for peanut-lime dress-
ing (recipe below) and set aside. Season
a skinless, boneless chicken breast with
salt and pepper, grill until done and cut
in half horizontally. Slice some red onion,
dust with flour, salt and pepper, and fry
until golden. Take three thin slices of
bread (any crusty bread like French or
Italian will do), and toast or grill as
desired. Place lettuce and 1/2 breast on
bottom bread slice; spoon peanut-lime
dressing on top. On another piece of
bread, place fried onions, and slices of
tomato and hothouse cucumber; spoon
sweet chile sauce on top. Assemble and
top with third piece of bread (you may
use club toothpicks or bamboo skewers to
keep everything together). “It’s a little
salty, sweet and spicy,” Chan says. “In
classic chicken satay, a cucumber relish
and peanut sauce are served to accompa-
ny chicken skewers. I’ve just taken those
flavors and made a sandwich out of

Peanut-Lime Dressing
2 Tbsp. peanut butter
2 Tbsp. peanut oil
1 Tbsp. sweet chile sauce
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. pickled ginger

1 tsp. lime juice

1 tsp. rice wine vinegar

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roast beef combo, which comes abuzz with activity. The regional Mellow Mushroom 1018-2 N.
with a choice of potato salad, Florida cuisine includes a variety 3rd St., Jacksonville Beach (241-
coleslaw, applesauce, baked beans of seafood, pasta and chicken 5600). Pizzas, live music, big
or French fries. Top it off with entrées, as well as hand-cut screen TV sports, trivia nights and
some housemade cookies. B, L. Buckhead beef. The J Bar, adja- happy hour specials are big draws
cent to the restaurant, serves a to the three area Mellow Mushroom
Gypsy Cab Co. 828 Anastasia tapas menu ideal for theatre ultra casual pizza pubs. L, D.
Blvd., St. Augustine (824-8244).
patrons. B, L, D. SEE MENU ON PAGE 30
This long-time Old City hotspot Metro Diner 3302 Hendricks Ave.,
keeps customers lining up out Landshark Cafe 1728 3rd St., N., San Marco (398-3701). The interior
front with a frequently changing Jacksonville Beach (246-6024). atmosphere is reminiscent of the
menu, linguini with clam sauce, Dress-down casual atmosphere art deco era, with black and silver
veal pesada, braised lamb shank, and menu full of bar eats- wings, vintage bar stools overlooking an
and similar fare. Next door bar soft tacos, Angus burgers, fish and open kitchen where cooks flip
serves tapas and hosts live music chips and more; nothing over $15. pancakes and burgers. Other dish-
and comedy acts. L, D, SB. Live music on the weekends. L, D. es include the meatloaf plate,
Ham’s Restaurant 4530 St. tuna melt and big fish sandwich.
The Loop Pizza Grill Multiple Don’t forget to check the black-
Johns Ave., Westside (381-6767). locations ( The
This restaurant wears its family board for breakfast and lunch spe-
26-year-old homegrown franchise cials. B, L, SB. SEE MENU ON PAGE 34
friendliness as a badge of honor. counts more than 10 restaurants
Americana menu features baby in the Jacksonville area in its fold. Mojo Bar-B-Que 1607 University
back ribs, fried seafood, ribeye Each location has a slightly differ- Blvd. W., Lakewood (732-7200);
steaks, pasta and homestyle turkey ent interior layout, but the opera- Mojo Kitchen 1500 Beach
dinners on Sunday. Dozens of TVs tion runs the same. Order at the Blvd., Jacksonville Beach (247-
and cheeseburgers keep the kids counter and help yourself to 6636); Mojo Smokehouse
happy. L, D. drinks, except for the beer and 1810 Town Center Blvd., Orange
wine. The menu runs the gamut Park (264-0636). Southern folk art
Harpoon Louie’s 4070-9 Herschel
from tomato bisque soup and chili decorates these barbecue joints
St., Avondale (389-5631). It’s an
with cheddar and onion to enor- serving pulled pork, chipotle BBQ
Avondale staple that overlooks tiny
mous burgers and grilled chicken chicken wings, Brunswick stew,
Fishweir Creek. When the weather
sandwiches. Pizzas may be blackened catfish po’ boy, Texas
permits, the big deck out back is
ordered with either thin or thick beef brisket, hickory-smoked
the preferred spot for regulars. The
crust and topped with tasty things chicken, Mojo spareribs and North
menu’s “school loan special” comes
like spicy cilantro chicken. L, D. Carolina pork shoulder. L, D.
with a dozen chicken wings, a side
of fries and a pitcher of beer for
about $13. Burgers and salads
attract a healthy portion of customer
attention, as does the blackened
grouper sandwich. L, D.
Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro 14 S.
Second St., Fernandina Beach (321-
2558). Chef Joe Robucci describes
his cuisine as New American with
Italian, French, Creole, Asian and
South of the Border influences,
but “eclectic” works just fine for
us. Guests can sup on Asian bar-
bequed duckling, grilled leg of
lamb and seafood fricassee inside
the restored turn-of-the-century
home or al fresco in the New
Orleans-inspired courtyard. D.
Juliette’s Bistro Omni
Jacksonville Hotel, 245 Water St.,
Downtown (355-6664). Given its
location in the lobby of the Omni
Jacksonville Hotel, Juliette’s Bistro Fried Artichokes from
is an upscale, yet cozy, eatery BLUE BAMBOO

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the perfect
sandwich 2
Village Veggie by the
Village Bread Café
ALETA AND JIM ANDERSON, former b&b owners
and now managers of the Village Bread Café on
Philips Highway near University Boulevard, don’t
claim to be professional chefs. But they know a
great sandwich when they taste one.
“I wouldn’t call myself a sandwich master, but
I know what kind of food goes well together and
tastes good,” Jim says.
The couple developed the menu at the café,
which uses fresh-baked bread from its neighbor-
ing bakery, and they offered the Village Veggie as
their rendition of this edition’s “perfect sandwich.”
“In Jacksonville, there aren’t a lot of places
that you can get a good veggie sandwich,” Aleta
says. “We really load ours up, which is the modus
operandi for all our sandwiches.”
To make the veggie-laden dish, start with two
slices of whole-grain bread. (Most sandwiches at
the café are grilled or use toasted bread, but not
this one.) The Andersons use their multi-grain, a
whole-wheat loaf loaded with sunflower, poppy
and sesame seeds. In a food processor, mix some
honey, walnuts and cream cheese to taste until
creamy. Spread it on one slice. Mash some Hass
avocado with lemon juice and smear it on the
other slice. Layer roasted red peppers, mixed
greens, sliced tomatoes, red onion rings, sliced
cucumbers and provolone cheese on top of one
Jim says the secret to a tasty sandwich is to
use the freshest ingredients available. Using
veggies fresh from the refrigerator makes the dish
extra refreshing. Sprinkle some oregano and extra
virgin olive oil on top and cover with other slice of

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Philly’s Finest 1527 3rd St. N.,
Jacksonville Beach (241-7188).
Philly’s Finest boasts nine varieties
cheese steaks along with pub
favorites- wings, cheese fries and
onion rings as well as pizzas and
stromboli, hoagies and salads.
Check out the Ice Bar. Eagles and
Phillies fans always welcome. L, D.

Pengree’s Restaurant 556

Kingsley Ave., Orange Park (278-
0089). Serves breakfast every day of
the week with a menu including all
the classics like pancakes, French
toast, bacon and eggs. Try the fritta-
ta omelet, which is sautéed with
chicken breast and mushrooms and
filled with marinara and mozzarella
cheese. Dinner is served on Fridays.
B, L.
PLAE 80 Amelia Village Cir., Amelia
Island (277-2132). Surprisingly
trendy for conservative Amelia
Island, this “adult contemporary”
restaurant with leather booths and
dim lighting apparently caters to
People who like to Laugh And Eat
(P-L-A-E, get it?). Customer
favorites include grilled shrimp
with mustard vinaigrette, pistachio
encrusted lamb loin and tuna
Flank steak carne asada tartare with avocado wasabi. D.
Potter’s House Soul Food
Bistro 5310 Lenox Ave.,
Nineteen TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse, duck, grilled beef tenderloin and Jacksonville (394-0860). Located in
Ponte Vedra Beach (273-3235). A chocolate ganache. Multi-course the Westside's Normandy mall, this
couple of years ago the PGA Tour meals change nightly with wine establishment was opened by the
built themselves a gorgeous new pairings available. Reservations Potter’s House Christian fellowship
clubhouse at Sawgrass—and then are recommended. Visit the church, and specializes in tradition-
they invited everybody inside. The attatched bakery for breakfast pas- al southern fare. Food is served
club is members-only but Nineteen tries and artisan breads. D. cafeteria style and customers take a
is open to all, from sun up to sun seat at one of the many tables in
down. The menu features Black Original Pancake House the large dining room. Patrons have
Angus sliders, Southwest spring St. Johns Town Center (997-6088). a choice of a personal or family
rolls, smoked turkey panini, Tuscan As the name implies, the breakfast sized entrée, complete with sides,
meatloaf and steak frites. B, L, D. joint specializes in dozens of differ- cornbread and desert. Catering is
SEE AD ON BACK COVER ent pancakes, omelets, Danishes also available. L, D.
and crepes. Signature dishes Raintree Restaurant &
Opus 39 39 Cordova St., St. include apple pancakes, strawberry Steakhouse 102 San Marco Ave.,
Augustine (824-0402). Chef Michael waffles, mushroom and vegetarian St. Augustine (824-7211). Set in a
McMillan has raised the bar on omelets and Danish cherry crepes. historic home, serving beef
fine dining in the Oldest City with The choice of flavored flapjacks is Wellington, rack of lamb, ahi tuna,
his charming bistro that special- exhaustive, including banana, blue- Maine lobster, vegetarian and
izes in contemporary American berry, buttermilk, buckwheat, wheat low-carb entrées. The dessert bar
cuisine. His menu takes its lead germ, Swedish, Georgia pecan and features bananas Foster, crepes,
from the seasons—wild Tasmanian coconut. The sourdough French cappuccino and espresso. Banquet
salmon, grilled grouper, pan-roasted toast is darn good, too. B, L, D. rooms and a cozy brick patio. D.

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sweet rewards
Have your cake—and eat it, too.
IT SOUNDS SO SIMPLE. Mix a little Choux Designer Cakes Kakes by Katie
sugar, eggs, flour, milk and place it & Pastries 716-9915
all in a hot oven. Oh, if only creating 2540 Oak St., 955-3398
a delicious cake were that easy. If
Let Them Eat Cake
you’d rather leave it to the pros, Cinotti’s Bakery 3604 St. Johns Ave., 389-2122
perhaps one of the bakeries listed 1523 Penman Rd., Jacksonville Beach,
here can fill your order. 246-1728
LuLi’s Cupcakes
Bakery Moderne 35 San Marco Ave., Suite 2,
Cupcake Girls Dessert Company St. Augustine, 824-5280
869 Stockton St. #6, 389-7117 13546-2 Beach Blvd., 992-4979
The Bakery at Opus 39 Publix
39 Cordova St., St. Augustine, Defore’s Cake Design
808-7202 1395 U.S. Hwy. 1 S., Unit D,
St. Augustine, 824-3937
Sheila’s Cakes &
Bite Me Gourmet Cupcakes Specialty Treats
332 Second St. S., Jacksonville Beach, 4522 Appleton Ave., 388-8910
329-0026 Edgewood Bakery 1012 S. Edgewood Ave., 389-8054
Sivada’s Cupcakery
The Cake Shop of San Jose 4000 St. Johns Ave., 647-7586;
3911 Hendricks Ave., 306-0303 Hot Shot Bakery 119 Bartram Oaks Walk, 683-0709 1962 U.S. Hwy. 1 S., St. Augustine,
CamiCakes A Sweet to Eat Bakeshop
Judy’s Cakes 7860 Gate Parkway #116, 996-7988
Orange Park Mall, 541-1095;
9734 Deer Lake Ct, 998-4611 8101-4 Old Kings Rd. S., 636-0908
Sweet Weddings
144 King St., Suite 2, St. Augustine,


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Restaurant Medure 818 A1A N., Seven Bridges Grille & available in five versions, including
Ponte Vedra Beach (543-3797). Brewery 9735 Gate Pkwy. N., dry rub and Carolina sweet. And the
Chic and sleek interior design Southside (997-1999). Seven meat is so tender, you won’t have to
pairs well with ultra creative menu Bridges heats up about the time watch your date gnaw on a rib bone
offerings such as whole fried snap- the Southside’s legions of nine-to- all night. L, D.
per, Ahi tuna tartare, beer-battered fivers start clocking out. The bar is
flounder and wild mushroom usually lively, and the line for the Stonewood Grill & Tavern
crepes. D. SEE MENU ON PAGE 38 3832 Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows
pool table forms early. There is a
(739-7206); 950 Marsh Landing
The Reef 4100 Coastal Hwy. A1A, patio for outside dining. The
Pkwy., Jacksonville Beach (285-
St. Augustine (824-8008; micro-brewery churns out its own
2311). Serving Emerald Bay crab The menu brands of seasonal ales, stouts
cakes, oak-grilled citrus
at this casual oceanfront restau- and lagers, which pair well with salmon,herb-crusted lamb, pork
rant encompasses a variety of the salads, burgers, steaks and Adirondack and oak-grilled filet
seafood, steaks and pasta entrées, pasta. L, D. mignon. Reserve wine list. D.
as well as soups, salads and sand-
wiches. Tuesday’s prime rib and
Sticky Fingers 363 Atlantic Blvd., Sun Dog Steak & Seafood
Atlantic Beach (241-7427, stickyfin- 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach
crab leg night is a favorite with
the locals, but the main attraction; 8129 Point (241-8221). The neon sign is a
is The Reef’s “famous” Sunday Meadows Way, Southside (493- Beaches landmark. Lively bar
champagne brunch featuring eggs 7427); 13150 City Station Dr., atmosphere is complemented by a
Benedict, crab legs, waffles, Northside (309-7427). The pride of huge menu of crab cakes, chili,
desserts, hot entrées and a carving this upscale barbecue restaurant prime rib and blackened mahi.
station. L, D, SB. SEE MENU ON chain, which boasts a full bar, is its Dogs welcome on the patio. Live
PAGE 14 Memphis-style, hickory-smoked ribs music nightly. L, D, SB.

The Rite Spot 1534 3rd St. N.,

Jacksonville Beach (247-0699). A BG shrimp chopped salad
beaches institution for over half a
century, this dinner-only restaurant
and bar serves up hefty doses of
southern cuisine. Southern staples
and blue plate specials are avail-
able nightly, and the revamped bar
has a late-night menu of appetizers
and sandwiches, and serves cock-
tails until late. D.
River City Brewing Company
835 Museum Cir., Southbank (398-
2299; It wouldn’t
matter if RCBC served salisbury
steak TV dinners and stale corn
chips: folks would still flock to the
riverfront restaurant for the view
alone. Fortunately, the jambalaya,
jumbo roasted Mayport shrimp and
prime rib, and Sunday brunch
buffet, are also “see-worthy.”
Microbrewery. L, D, SB.

Scarlett O’Hara’s 70 Hypolita St.,

St. Augustine (824-6535). The
sometimes raucous restaurant and
bar attracts a mix of locals, tourists
and Flagler College students. When
a band is playing, the music filters
all the way upstairs and out into
the Historic District. Seats on the
front porch fill up fast. Same goes
for the covered raw bar area. Some
claim the place is haunted. L, D.

taste 2010 69
made in JAX
Consumers around the country eat and drink products
made right in Northeast Florida. by Kerry Speckman
ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT JACKSONVILLE is produce department. Made in St. Johns County for nearly
driving through Downtown and smelling the aroma of coffee 20 years, the zippy dip (available in mild, medium and hot)
emanating from the Maxwell House plant on Bay Street. For is made from fresh tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, onions and
residents who prefer their beverages with a little more kick, jalapeños without the preservatives found in the grocery
one of the best things may be knowing that a six-pack of shelf varieties, which explains why it’s in the refrigerated
Bud Light or bottle of Bacardi 151 is never farther away section.
than the Anheuser-Busch brewery or Bacardi production The second largest winery in Florida, San Sebastian Winery
facility on the Northside. produces eight table wines, two dessert wines and a sparkling
Of course, Maxwell House, Anheuser-Busch and Bacardi wine and continues to pioneer the development of these
aren’t the only firms making drinkable and edible foods on varieties from hybrid and muscadine grapes. Established
the First Coast. Following are several products guaranteed in 1996, San Sebastian has won more than 300 awards
to whet your apetite. and attracted more than 100,000 visitors to its St. Augustine
Phyllis Geiger opened Peterbrooke Chocolatier in a small facility last year. Complimentary tours and wine tastings are
San Marco storefront in 1983 selling “unique American held seven days a week. (
chocolate in the European tradition” like cordial cherries, More than 50 years after Mildred Thompson bought a
handmade truffles, hand-dipped strawberries and the now downtown Jacksonville sandwich shop for $500, her son
famous chocolate-covered popcorn. Today, Peterbrooke orig- and grandsons are still running the business. Dandee Foods,
inals like the milk chocolate pizza topped with fruit, nuts as it is now known, has grown considerably since Mildred’s
and white chocolate are sold throughout Florida, Alabama, day with more than 35 kinds of sandwiches being sold in
Georgia and North Carolina and online. ( 500-plus outlets in Jacksonville alone (the company’s prod-
Shaw’s Southern Belle Frozen Food was the first crabmeat ucts are also sold throughout Florida and Georgia and in
processing plant in Florida, the Jacksonville-based company parts of Alabama). In addition to cold cuts and egg, tuna
is still producing crab cakes and deviled crabs and 75 years and egg salad sandwiches—still made with Mildred’s
later, as well as gourmet seafood stuffings, glazes and recipes—Dandee produces and sells ready-to-eat burgers
sauces, appetizers and soups. (
If you’ve ever been tempted to slip a bottle of European
and breakfast sandwiches. (
Street Cafe’s hot mustard off the table and into your pocket,
Growler from
no need. E. Street makes the bright orange mustard on the BOLD CITY
premises and sells it in a six-ounce squeeze bottle, so you BREWERY
can enjoy it at home without guilt or fear of prosecution.
Some companies may call their beer “hand crafted,” but
Bold City Brewery can prove it. Brewmaster and co-owner
Brian Miller makes every batch of the brewery’s year-round
and seasonal varieties including Rye Pale Ale, Smoky Porter,
Olde English Ale and IPA. (
Customers have been lining up out the door to get their
hands (and mouths) on Tidbits potato salad and chicken
salad for 25 years. And now they can pick up Clara’s
specialties anytime at 19 Gate Store locations around
town. You can also pick up a bottle of Clara’s Special Blend, a
secret blend of seasonings used by Tidbits at the restaurant.
It’s not unusual that Dat’l Do It hot sauces are made in St.
Augustine considering the datil pepper is almost exclusively
grown there. Similar to habañeros but sweeter, datil peppers
are also pretty darned hot with a Scoville rating more than
five times that of cayenne peppers, which makes them per-

fect for the company’s gourmet barbecue sauce, mustard,

relish and hot sauce. (
You won’t find A1A Salsa on supermarket shelves. That’s
because it’s usually in the refrigerated section of the

70 taste 2010
Take Away Gourmet 2103 San
Marco Blvd., San Marco (398-6676).
Part gourmet market, part grab-and-
go restaurant, TAG is a source for
Try a tasty cocktail from a few of the
fine cheeses, oven-ready meals, city’s hottest nightspots.
fresh-made sandwiches and more.
Main courses include items like
chicken marsala, BBQ brisket,
roast garlic prime rib and chicken HALLOWEEN HARVEST PUNCH
pot pie. Retail wines, breads and 1 part Midori Melon Liqueur
caviar available, too. SEE AD ON PAGE 21
1 part dark rum
Three Layers 1602 Walnut St., 1 part light rum
Springfield (355-9791). A renovated 2 parts white cranberry juice
and funky loft-like space serves
1 part unfiltered apple juice
Springfield’s tastiest bagels,
muffins and cakes like chocolate 1 part simple syrup
espresso and Italian cream. Try the Juice of one lemon
Jeff Squares—just trust on this
Add the liquid ingredients and mix
one. Also serving bistro salads and
well. Top with apple slices, blue-
fresh-made soups. The next-door
berries, and melon balls. For a 32-
cellar sells boutique wines and
beers, Bold City brew on tap. ounce punch bowl, multiply this
Live music plays regularly. recipe by eight.

Tory’s Café 9842 Old Baymeadows

Rd. (641-4890). Around lunchtime,
both lunching moms and business- GREEN GHOUL
men can be found dining at this
shabby-chic establishment. For about 1 part Midori Melon Liqueur
the last two decades crowds have 1/2 part Strega Liqueur or Yellow Chartreuss
been drawn to this lunch-only café by 1/2 part Canton Ginger liqueur
its menu, full of traditional lunch Ginger beer or ginger ale
specialties such as Tory's signature
tomato basil soup. L. Pour first three ingredients into a shaker glass,
add ice, shake, strain over ice in a collins glass.
T-Ray’s Burger Station 202 S. Line the inside of the glass with thin strands of
Eighth St., Fernandina Beach (261-
black licorice. Pour in contents of shaker and fill
6310). Not much to look at from
with ginger beer or ginger ale.
the outside, but islanders don’t
mind and they swear by the ham-
burgers. The breakfast menu offers
all the American classics. B, L.
The Twisted Martini Jacksonville
Landing, Downtown (353-TINI,
thetwistedmartini. com). Twisted SPIDER’S KISS
Martini offers an impressive menu
of gourmet tapas including grilled 1 part Midori Melon Liqueur
lamb chops, crispy shrimp cocktail 1 part SKYY Vodka
and tuna tartare. Twisted’s “infa- Juice from 1/2 lemon
mous” happy hour offers a selection Chocolate syrup
of tapas, as well as drink discounts.
Specialty martinis include the
Hawaiian cosmo, aqua melon and With chocolate syrup, draw a web on the
cherry limeade. D.
inside of the martini glass. Chill glass. Shake
Urban Flats Flatbread Co. 330 Midori, SKYY and lemon juice with ice and
A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach (280- strain into martini glass. Drizzle grenadine
5515; The centuries- down the side for a creepy blood-streaked
old tradition of flat bread gets a effect.

taste 2010 71
sunken treasure
The hunt is on for a tasty treat from the Gulf. by Kate Heller

IN A SMALL PANHANDLE TOWN pri- and red dots, somewhat resembling

marily known for its Gulf waters rich eyes, pointed toward the sunlight. They
with fish, there is a humble hotel with a usually snap shut as you dive down to
pleasant view of the Steinhatchee River. make an approach. Scooping up scal-
A bit further down the road is the old lops is surprisingly rewarding, and any-
Sea Hag Marina, offering full service to one can fill a bag, provided you find the
any eager sea-goer. Driving into Stein- right spot. A short word to the wise:
hatchee, the most noticeable landmarks Protect your fingers from the aggressive
are other cars pulling fishing boats. But few that try to make a slow escape,
we didn’t come to fish. We came looking propelling and pumping themselves
for a different, yet equally as delicious, through the water.
sea life: scallops. At the end of the day we stumble,
Throughout scallop season, July 1 to sunburned and exhausted, to Roy’s
September 10, scallop seekers roam Restaurant (also right down the road),
the small community on the Gulf Coast one of only two or three places to eat. On
Don’t forget yo
(about a three-hour drive from Jack- the menu? What else, seafood. Before ur diver down
sonville). A veteran boating family, we settling down, we take our collected
were anxious to get in on the action, so scallops to be shelled and cleaned. Of
we followed suit. Scalloping is best course, we could do it ourselves, but it
performed in shallow seas, and the requires a special vacuum and a lot of
gradual slope of the Gulf of Mexico pro- time. Why not use the local pros who sit
vides a scalloper’s dream terrain. I was chatting under sun-weathered tarps,
once told that the best way to describe removing shells with a swift jerk of the
the sport of scalloping is “an Easter egg wrist and charging by the pound?
hunt for adults,” and that it is. The first We usually collect more scallops
part is logistics—find a respectable than anticipated and have become
spot (a depth of four to five feet), raise quite creative with our dishes. Fried
the “diver down” flag and put on your scallops, scallop soup, grilled scallop
gear. All you need is a snorkel mask, kabobs—if you’ve seen Forrest Gump,
flippers and a mesh bag, but gloves are you get the idea.
sometimes handy if you come across a has details for visitors as
feisty group of bivalves. Finally, take a well as links to scallop season news. The
jump into the cool, clear water to begin Sunset Place is located on the river and pro-
vides condos for renting, 352-498-0860. If beautiful.
the hunt. e gulf. Simply
Scallops rest just beneath the sea-
you are looking to rent a house, try Bay Breeze Sunsets over th
Realty (352-498-8002). For boat slip rentals,
weed, their shells partially open for call Shelter Cover Marina (352-498-8002) or
feeding or breathing with a line of blue Sea Hag Marina (352-498-3008).

Pan-Fried Scallops:
butter Melt 3-4 Tbsp. butter in skillet. Add scallops and
large scallops minced garlic to skillet. Allow to cook for 3-4 minutes,
turning until a light brown sear appears. As scallops
minced garlic
begin to brown, squeeze fresh lemon over them. Sprin-
kle with parsley and paprika. Do not allow scallops to
parsley burn. Add more butter if needed for moisture. Serve
paprika alone or over your favorite pasta.

72 taste 2010
the guide
modern update at Urban Flats
with inspired flavor combinations Coffee and
such as fig and prosciutto; turkey, doughnuts
pear and brie; and steak and por- from 29 SOUTH
tobello. The menu also includes
“lite bites” such as warm cheese
and spinach dip and truffle mac
and cheese, and small plates like
seared jumbo scallops served with
jumbo asparagus and roasted red
bliss potatoes and Alfredo pesto
cordon bleu. L, D.
The Verandah Restaurant
6800 First Coast Hwy., Amelia
Island Plantation, Amelia Island
(321-5050). Serving fried shrimp,
marinated and grilled yellow fin
tuna with sour grape chutney, pan-
roasted free range chicken with
zinfandel and fresh thyme. D.

Bamboo Creek Asian Bistro
8532 Baymeadows Rd., Southside
(733-1188). All of Asia is covered
at Bamboo Creek, including Thai,
Vietnamese and Mongolian cui-
sine. Signature items include
Peking duck, sweet and sour red
fish with red and green peppers,
and Asian seafood combonation
with snow peas, broccoli, shrimp,
scallops and lobster. L, D. 2777). Chic and contemporary, the Pu tray, beef with snow peas,
dining room here has a spa like chicken chow mein Cantonese,
Happiness 1233 Lane Ave. S.,
quality with soothing colors and Szechuan-style tofu, Chinese
Westside (781-6793). It’s been a
organic elements—a contrast from steak, roast pork lo mein, General
Lane Avenue fixture for as long as
your usual fast-food Chinese place. Tsao’s chicken, almond char shu
anyone can remember. The buffet
Aside from Chinese specialties din- din and more. L, D.
is popular at lunch. The menu says
ers can choose from a variety of
it all with sweet and sour chicken, Silver Star 5016 Blanding Blvd.,
Thai dishes and "Asian Fusion
shrimp lo mein and pork egg foo Westside (778-8500). Don’t pass
Specials." L, D.
young. The sautéed green beans on the wonton soup or the fried
are a can’t-miss side dish. They do P.F. Chang’s China Bistro St. wonton appetizers. The menu cov-
a tremendous amount of takeout, Johns Town Center (641-3392). ers all the standards with plenty of
so don’t let an almost empty din- Many hailed the arrival of this vegetarian, chicken, beef and
ing room scare you off. L, D. national franchise operation as a seafood entrées, as well as duck.
Jackie Lee’s China Bistro new day in the local dining scene. The Four Seasons chef special
10915 Baymeadows Rd., Mandarin Meals are served family-style and includes shrimp, duck, chicken,
(425-6988). Bamboo screens, large the menu is highlighted by items pork and mixed vegetables. And
mirrors and vibrant red accents such as wok-seared spare ribs in try the tiny sugared doughnuts for
transform this intimate eatery into barbecue sauce, crab wontons dessert. L, D.
a faraway Chinese Village. Open for with spicy plum sauce, pin rice
lunch and dinner with a full bar, noodle soup, Cantonese roasted CONTINENTAL
an array of Chinese classics are duck and crispy honey chicken.
There are 10 vegetarian entrées as
95 Cordova Casa Monica Hotel, St.
served. L, D. Augustine (810-6810). Expect a
well. L, D.
Jade’s Bistro 11362 San Jose world of flavors at the Casa
Blvd., Mandarin (288-7999); 1484 Pagoda 8617 Baymeadows Rd., Monica’s signature restaurant.
Sadler Rd., Fernandina Beach (321- Southside (731-0880). Serving Pu New World, Asian and Middle

74 taste 2010
Eastern influences lace the menu Mediterranean flare. Most entrées TALKING
featuring shrimp and goat cheese priced around $20. L, D, SB.
grits, filet mignon eggrolls, rack of
lamb, honey and ginger-rubbed Collage 60 Hypolita St., St.
Augustine (829-0055; collages-
chicken, fire-grilled sea scallops,
and center cut New York strip. The The menu at this cozy Richard “The
restaurant in the heart of St.
interior is opulent and streaked
Augustine’s historic district focuses Frying” Nunn’s
with cobalt blue, gold and bright
reds. B, L, D. on “artful global dining” with sig- Top 5 Turkey Tips
nature dishes including escargot
Aviles Restaurant & Lounge sautéed with mushrooms and
MOST OF YOU probably know
Hilton Bayfront, St. Augustine (829- cognac cream sauce; Florida bouil-
him as the morning weather guy
2277). A tiny eatery with room for labaisse with mussels, whitefish, on WJXT-Channel 4, but Richard
eight tables in the dining room scallops, shrimp and lobster in a “The Frying” Nunn also knows a
and a few more on the patio, saffron Pernod broth; and the thing or two about cooking. With a
Aviles is located inside the Hilton bougainvillea dessert, strawberries degree from the Western Culinary Institute
hotel on the Bayfront. Look for sautéed in butter and black pepper in Portland, Oregon, Nunn does cooking
pan-seared scallops with risotto, with homemade ice cream and demonstrations around town. He shares a
baked rainbow trout and grilled cabernet vanilla sauce served in a few pointers to make a terrific turkey.
hoisin marinated filet mignon. The leaf-shaped phyllo cup. D.
1. Brine your bird. I don’t care if it’s
house specialty is Hunan whole
Currents Riverview Bistro organic, free range, shot in your back
crispy fish. The restaurant’s small
841 Prudential Dr., Second Floor, yard or a Butterball—brine it! Do this in
size belies the big flavors on the
Southbank (306-9512). The rela- a clean bucket or cooler, and make sure
menu. B, L, D.
tively new restaurant is located it stays chilled (which means ICE) dur-
Bistro Aix & Onyx Bar 1440 inside the Aetna Building overlook- ing the process. Here’s an easy recipe:
San Marco Blvd., San Marco (398- ing the St. Johns. The menu is 1 cup kosher salt, 1/2 cup light brown
1949; Arguably the eclectic with Indian, Thai, Latin sugar, 1 gallon vegetable stock, 1 Tbsp.
hippest restaurant in town, San and European dishes. B, L. black peppercorns, 11/2 tsp. allspice
Marco’s Bistro Aix is stylish, yet berries, 11/2 tsp. chopped candied gin-
unpretentious, in both décor and Dwight’s Bistro 1527 Penman ger, 1 gallon heavily iced water
menu. The Mediterranean and Rd., Jacksonville Beach (241-4496).
2. Give yourself plenty of time. Your bird
French-inspired fare includes Chef owned and operated for more
will need time to thaw. In a refrigerator
grilled lamb T-bone and oak-fired than 10 years, Dwight’s is a petite
set at 38°F, this will take two to three
fish “Aixoise,” while the creamy Mediterranean-style bistro serving
days. Then you need a day to brine.
French onion soup and crispy fresh ravioli and pasta, crab cakes,
chips are worthy of their own fan grilled quail, filet mignon, veal and 3. Remove the innards packet. I can’t
clubs. If you can find a seat at the lamb. The hand-laid tile mosaics tell you how many stories I have heard
glowing martini bar, you won’t give the place real character. D. that end with, “… and that’s when we
even mind the usual wait for a found the melted plastic innards bag.”
table on weekends. L, D. SEE MENU Eleven South Bistro 216 11th Oddly enough, not all of the stories
ON PAGE 23 Ave. S., Jacksonville Beach (241- have to do with turkey.
1112). Jacksonville’s beach com- 4. Place the turkey on the lowest level
Brett’s Waterway Café munities have a decidedly casual of the oven at 500°F for 30 minutes.
Fernandina Harbor Marina at the foot climate, which is reflected on an Insert an oven-safe thermometer into
of Centre St., Fernandina Beach upscale level with Eleven South. the thickest part of the breast and
(261-2660). Serving an eclectic The courtyard and garden has
reduce the oven temperature to 350°F.
mix of Southern regional cusine quickly become a preferred dining
Roast until the thermometer reads
with an emphasis on local seafood spot. The bar is a lively neighbor-
161°F. A 14- to 16-pound bird should
and aged beef. Seasonal outdoor hood gathering spot. The menu is
require a total of 2 to 21/2 hours of
seating overlooking Amelia Island’s laced with dishes like shrimp
roasting. Let the turkey rest, loosely
working harbor. L, D. gnocchi, seared Muscovy duck
covered with foil or a large mixing bowl
breast and grilled miso-glazed
Casa Marina Inn & for 15 minutes before carving.
Chilean sea bass. One of the sig-
Restaurant 691 First St. N., nature dishes is the seafood marti- 5. Forget the stuffing! I’m not saying
Jacksonville Beach (270-0025). You ni with tuna tartare, lump crab, you can’t have the tasty bread delight,
can’t get any closer to the ocean poached white shrimp, avocado just don’t put it in your bird. When you
than Casa Marina without getting and mango salsa. L, D. add stuffing you have to cook the bird
your feet wet. The renovated his- to a higher temperature and that equals
toric inn has a handful of rooms, a The Hilltop 2030 Wells Rd., a dry turkey. Instead make a nice big
hip lounge and a restaurant that Orange Park (272-5959). The Wells pan of dressing. It’s the same stuff—
serves an eclectic menu with a Road landmark serves salmon with just not on the inside of the bird.
taste 2010 75
the guide the guide
lemon dill sauce, filet mignon, bucco, calypso crusted mahi mahi in 1974. It remains a San Marco
homemade rolls and cherries and blue crab and avacado fine dining landmark, offering a
jubilee and bananas foster for napoleon. The adjacent art gallery three-course prix fixe menu Friday
dessert. Its seven banquet rooms can be reserved for private parties. and Saturday, a cozy lounge and
see plenty of special events, espe- L, D, SB. SEE MENU ON PAGE 36 an unmatched wine list. L, D. SEE
cially wedding ceremonies and MENU ON PAGE 43
receptions. D. Ocean 60 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic

Le Pavillon 45 San Marco Ave., St.

Beach (247-0060;
Chef-owned, CIA-certified restau-
Augustine (824-6202). Situated rant has a menu that changes A1A Ale Works 1 King St., St.
inside an old house along busy daily. You may find Sicilian egg- Augustine (829-2977). Island and
San Marco Avenue, Le Pavillon plant, juniper-seared lamb rack New World cuisine hits the Oldest
has been a fixture in the Oldest and Kona grilled “baseball” of City. A1A offers fantastic views of
City for 30 years with European- New York strip. Martini room with the Bridge of Lions from its second-
themed dishes like veal Oscar, live music Wednesday-Saturday. D. floor dining room. There are two
sauerbraten and späetzle, and bars, outside porch seating and
their famous rack of lamb. Old City House Inn & live music Thursday-Saturday.
Extensive wine list. D. Restaurant 115 Cordova St., St. The menu is long with dishes like
Augustine (826-0184). An award- shrimp and grits, fried lobster
Matthew’s 2107 Hendricks Ave., winning B&B makes room for a bites, pasta jambalaya and spicy
San Marco (396-9922; matthews- restaurant preferred for its innova- ahi tuna sticks. L, D. Since 1997 Chef tive menu which draws influences
Matthew Medure’s eponymous from Africa, the Mediterranean Havana-Jax Café 2578 Atlantic
restaurant has been setting the and good ol’ Southern cooking. Blvd., St. Nicholas (399-0609;
gold standard for aesthetic The courtyard tables fill up fast, For more than a
elegance and culinary creativity weather permitting. B, L, D, SB. decade, Havana-Jax has been the
in Northeast Florida. The ever- place for authentic Cuban food
changing menu brings influences The Row Restaurant 1521
(think arroz con pollo, ropa vieja,
as diverse as Mediterranean, Riverside Ave., Riverside (354-5080).
Cuban sandwiches, black bean
Middle Eastern, Asian and Located in an enormous 100-year-
soup) in Northeast Florida. Guests
Southern to the plate, with entrées old mansion, the Riverdale Inn’s
are also treated to the “Cuban din-
that include crusted Scottish restaurant is a cozy and intimate
ing experience,” which translates
salmon with wilted spinach and space. The cuisine is continental
with a Southern flair and features into friendly service, healthy por-
curry, and lemon-roasted Amish tions and not laughing at cus-
chicken with honey-truffle entrées like charbroiled venison
tenderloin with juniper balsamic tomers when they try to remember
spaghetti squash. The restaurant their high school Spanish vocabu-
is also known for its vast wine reduction and grilled center-cut
pork chops with mango cherry chut- lary. Stay late for cocktails, music
cellar with more than 450 selec- and dancing in the club next door,
tions. D. SEE MENU ON PAGE 32 ney. Afternoon tea served Friday
and Saturday, 1-3 PM. D, SB. Cuba Libre. L, D. SEE MENU ON PAGE 28
The Melting Pot 7860 Gate
Pkway., Southside (642-4900; melt- Salt 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., The Madrid Restaurant 11233 You don’t need to be a Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island (277- Beach Blvd., Southside (642-3741).
chef to prepare a gourmet meal at 1100). Salt epitomizes fine dining Despite its Spanish sounding
this popular fondue restaurant on with superior service and cui- name, Madrid’s menu features
the Southside. The four-course sine—and an ocean view from Latin and Caribbean cuisine such
interactive dining experience every table. The seasonally driven as caldo gallego, ropa vieja, bistec
includes salad, cheese fondue, menu changes weekly but might de palomilla and Cuban sandwich-
entrée (choose from chicken, beef, include appetizers such as es with flan and tres leches for
seafood or vegetarian) and choco- Hawaiian tuna tartare with tomato dessert. L, D.
late fondue for dessert. The water and homemade avocado sor-
bet, and marinated peekytoe crab Stars Caribbean Restaurant
Melting Pot also offers a variety of
with mango and caviar. Over 45 1901 Blanding Blvd., Jacksonville
wines by the glass and specialty
different salts may be paired with (381-9022). The tropical inspired
drinks such as strawberry basil
food. The Lounge is a contempo- paint job on this restaurant's exteri-
lemonade and the love martini. D.
rary space featuring signature or is a clue that this isn't your aver-
North Beach Bistro 725 Atlantic cocktails. D. SEE MENU ON PAGE 39 age burger joint. Instead, traditional
Blvd., Atlantic Beach (372-4105). A Jamaican dishes assume the star-
lively bar and grill decked out in Wine Cellar 1314 Prudential Dr., ring roll. To get in the island mood,
dark woods and a semi-tropical Southbank (398-8989). A lot has diners sit among a decor comprising
theme offers a diverse menu changed in the neighborhood Caribbean flags reggae concert
including items such as veal osso since Wine Cellar opened its doors posters. L, D.

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pastries, cakes and custards. Lunch French flair like grilled beef tender-
FRENCH features include soups, salads and loin bordelaise and roasted salmon
Bistro de Leon 12 Cathedral Pl., sandwiches, while more substantial tandoori style. There’s a tiny dining
St., Augustine (810-2100). You fare, such as duck, steak and lamb, room and a covered garden. Try the
don’t get more French than chef is prepared at dinnertime. L, D. sweet potato fries. The daily quiche
Jean Stephane Poinard, and his SEE AD ON PAGE 5 is can’t-miss good. L, D.
menu shows it. For dinner, expect
classics such as steak au poivre, Le Clos 20 S. Second St., Restaurant Orsay 3630 Park St.,
Fernandina Beach (261-8100). Avondale (381-0909; restaurant
chicken cordon blue and roasted
Proving size isn’t everything, tiny New bistro serves a
crown of lamb. The escargots a la
Bourguignonne, six snails cooked Le Clos packs a flavorful punch in variety of French favorites includ-
and served in their shells with a an intimate setting. Candles set ing croque madame, steak tartare,
traditional garlic parsley butter the mood inside a renovated 100- mussels frites, coq au vin and
sums up the menu nicely. L, D. year-old cottage. The menu’s house-made patés. The lobster pot
emphasis is on seafood but dishes pie is the stuff of legend. Save
JJ’s Bistro de Paris 330 A1A N., such as seared Muscovy duck room for the creme brulée. D.
#209, Ponte Vedra Beach (273- breast with sauce Mikado, mush-
7980); 7643 Gate Pkwy., Southside rooms, potato gratin and sautéed FUSION
(996-7557). Stepping into J.J.'s is vegetables may catch the eye. D. 95 Cordova Casa Monica Hotel, St.
evocative of strolling into a Parisian Augustine (810-6810). Like a
patisserie—patrons are greeted by Pastiche 4260 Herschel St., Avondale
United Nations of flavors, this
the glow of warm lights and scents (387-6213;
Morocco-themed restaurant located
from a bakery offering an array of Avondale eatery specializes in
in the lobby of the Casa Monica
Southern comfort food with a
hotel also combines American,
Asian, Mediterranean and Caribbean
influences in gourmet entrées like
Braised short rib crusted cashew salmon sriracha and
with butternut
squash orzo
honey and ginger rubbed free-range
and rapini from chicken. The decadent six-course
TAVERNA tasting menu is a favorite with
adventurous diners. Three dining
rooms available for private parties.
B, L, D, SB.
Blue Bamboo 3820 Southside
Blvd., Southside (646-1478; blue- Asian-
inspired eats are on the menu
including seared ahi tuna, honey-
glazed spareribs and fried dragon
whiskers. Entrées are as upscale as
the white tablecloths. Miso-glazed
salmon with veggies stir-fry, jas-
mine rice and chile mango relish is
a standout. L, D. SEE AD ON INSIDE

Bonito Grill and Sushi 614

Centre St., Fernandina Beach (261-
0508). Featuring a fusion of
American and Asian cuisine.
Serving broiled Chilean sea bass
with red miso rub, soba noodles
with sautéed seafood and Long
Island duck with wasabi teriyaki.
Lengthy sushi menu, too. L, D.
Mama Fu’s 11105-3 San Jose
Blvd., Mandarin (260-1727). A fran-
chise that brings together the vari-
ous flavors of Asia under one roof,
this quick-serve restaurant has a

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menu laced with Chinese, Thai, including rack of lamb, veal and vegan enclave does not include your
Vietnamese and Japanese favorites. lots of seafood. L, D. usual tofu and rice, rather most of
Though a counter-service style the dishes feature nuts, salad or
establishment, wine and beer are
Zaitoon Mediterranean Grill hand-hewn corn chips, and bever-
13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 40,
available, including many appropri- ages include organic wine, beer,
Southside (221-7066;
ate Asian imports. L, D. juice and infused water. D. Named for the
Roy’s 2400-101 S. Third St., Arabic word for “olive,” Zaitoon Turtle Island Market 363
Jacksonville Beach (241-7697). melds the flavors of the Middle Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 7, Atlantic Beach
Internationally acclaimed chef and East with contemporary cuisine (246-2441). Serves a variety of
restaurateur Roy Yamaguchi’s from Spain, France and Italy. fresh foods in both a café and gro-
Hawaiian fusion cuisine blends Dishes like hummus, tabouli, cery store setting. The grocery por-
seafood with European sauces and lamb, mixed seafood grill and tion offers aisles of canned and
bold Asian spices creating innovative paella are complemented by an boxed goods, refrigerators stocked
dishes such as yellow-fin ahi poke- extensive wine list. L, D with sandwiches, wraps and sal-
tini, hibachi-style grilled salmon ads, and packaged, ready-to-heat-
and slow braised short ribs. D. HEALTHFUL/ORGANIC and-eat entrées such as satay
skewers in Thai peanut sauce. The
Zhanras 108 Anastasia Blvd., St. The Granary 1738 Kingsley Ave., front patio provides shaded tables
Orange Park (269-7222). For 30 for those who dine on the premis-
Augustine (823-3367). Comprising
two experiences in one, this St. years the health food market has es. L, D.
Augustine newcomer houses a chic specialized in organic produce, as
Whole Foods Market & Café
tapas-style restaurant and swanky well aas household goods, health
10601 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin
and beauty items and pet supplies.
cigar & martini bar. The restaurant (288-1100;
menu features 60-or-so tapas-style Grassroots Natural Market The 4,000-square foot market por-
plates along with a diverse array of 1915 E.W. Pkwy., Orange Park (541- tion of Whole Foods provides a wide
soups, salads, pizzas and entrées 0009); 2007 Park St., Riverside array of locally grown produce, a
showcasing a fusion of global cui- (384-4474). With emphasis on an cheese and olive bar, free-range
sine—all of which can be ordered in organic market, Grassroots has meats and pre-packaged meals that
tapas size. L, D. just started serving organic salads, are ready to bring home and serve.
wraps, sandwiches, sides and The busy café includes a 130-seat
GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN deserts. However, Grassroots is indoor-outdoor café with a coffee
Athens Café 6271 St. Augustine veteran to serving refreshing and espresso bar, cuisine from
Rd., Ste. 7, Southside (733-1199). organic smoothies and juices. around the world, freshly sliced veg-
A classic family-run establishment etables and fruit, and gourmet
Healthy Way Café St. Johns Town baked goods. Open daily. SEE AD ON
prepares a menu that features Center, Suite 185 (642-2951).
authentic Greek dishes, rack of PAGE 49
Organic food is the calling card
lamb, rack of veal, whole snapper,
chicken and seafood entrées. À la
here. Roasted veggie wraps, organ-
ic fruit salad, Mediterranean sand-
carte food and wine menu. L, D. wiches, and an organic banana India’s Restaurant 9802-8
Hovan Mediterranean 2005-1 split. Plus, beer and wine, full-ser- Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows
Park St., Riverside (381-9394). vice bar, smoothies—all organic, (620-0777). The tandoor clay oven
Casual and quick in the midst of of course. L, D. is always hot and the scent of
the bustling Five Points shopping curry is ever-present at India’s, a
Native Sun Natural Foods family-friendly operation. Chicken
district. Serving gyro sandwiches, Market 11030 Baymeadows Rd.
falafel, hummus, tabbouleh salad, is a house specialty and vegetari-
(260-2791); 10000 San Jose Blvd. ans have lots of options like rice
grape leaves, baba ghannoush, (260-6950; biryani and paneer masala. The $7
chicken kabobs and Hovan rolls. Certified organic supermarket with lunch buffet is a main attraction
Takeout platters are great for par- full deli and hot bar serving rotisserie around the noon hour. L, D.
ties. Pet-friendly with outdoor chicken, vegan sushi, crab cakes,
seating. L, D. dumplings, wraps, salads, soups and
more. Market offers fresh organic
Mediterrania Restaurant 3877 Culhane’s Irish Pub 967 Atlantic
produce, meat and seafood, baked
Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows Blvd., Atlantic Beach (249-9595).
goods and smoothies, with indoor
(731-2898). Baymeadows was a The pub's specialty sandwich, the
and outdoor seating and catering
quiet street when Mediterrania drunken cheese steak, is served on
services. L, D.
opened its doors more than a a hoagie roll with thinly sliced rib-
decade ago. The family-run estab- The Present Moment Café 224 eye marinated in Guinness beer and
lishment serves Greek favorites West King St., St. Augustine (827- loaded with sautéed mushrooms,
splashed with a touch of Italy 4499). The unique menu at this onions, green peppers and melted

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cheddar cheese. Live music pre- mushrooms to jalapeño poppers business after work and stays
sented regularly. L, D. and bacon cheese fries. Live music open late. The pub is particularly
is usually on tap. L, D. popular the evenings of Downtown
Donovan’s Irish Pub 7440 US-1 Vision’s First Wednesday Artwalks,
N., St. Augustine (829-0000). An Fly’s Tie Irish Pub 177 E.
a tour of neighborhood galleries,
addition to St. Augustine in mid- Sailfish Dr., Atlantic Beach (246-
restaurants and other social gather-
2008, Donovan's Irish Pub serves 4293). A true neighborhood gather-
ing places. L, D.
classic Irish cuisine including ing spot, the small pub features all
shepherd's pie, corned beef and the things one expects—lively Lynch’s Irish Pub 514 N. 1st St.,
cabbage and Irish stew. Owners patrons, imported brews on tap, Jacksonville Beach (249-5181). An
Maureen and Michael Bellantoni darts, music and a new menu of authentic Irish pub that provides
have decorated the restaurant with eats debuting in 2009. L, D. guests with the ultimate feel of
exposed brick, reminding diners of King’s Head British Pub 6460 Ireland. Classic Irish dishes are
only the best and oldest Irish pubs. U.S. 1 N., St. Augustine (823- served including bangers and mash
Flat panel televisions with a Wii 9787). If not for the double-decker and shepherd's pie. Opened by a
station grace this family-friendly bus parked outside, it would be native of Ireland, Desmond
establishment. Wide variety of beer easy to miss this quaint pub while Michael Lynch took years estab-
and wine. L, D. zipping down U.S. 1. King’s Head lishing the perfect food, beer and
serves lunch and dinner every day entertainment menu. 32 beers on
Fionn MacCool’s 333 1st St. N., tap to quench any thirst. L, D.
but Monday with a menu of British
Ste. 150, Jacksonville Beach (242-
staples like fish and chips and
9499). Really more of a restaurant O’Brothers Irish Pub 1521
steak and kidney pie that would
than a typical pub, the two-story Margaret St., Riverside (854-9300).
make the Queen Mum proud. L, D.
establishment serves a variety of From the owners of Mossfire Grill,
upscale entrées including steaks, The London Bridge 100 E. O’Brothers offers a true “pub”
paella and seafood stew. Adams St., Downtown (359-0001). atmosphere where patrons can
Appetizers are many and range Downtown Jax’s only outlet for enjoy a pint, eat delicious food and
from sausage rolls and stuffed Scotch eggs does a brisk bar play shuffleboard. The menu

Whole fried red snapper

with jasmine rice and
red curry sauce from

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includes Irish staples like shep- Southside (223-6913). The casual It may
herd’s pie and fish and chips as restaurant offers New York-style stand in the same location as the
well as treats like Guinness mac pizza, pasta dishes and paninis. original cozy, homespun Italian
and cheese and lamb burger. Baked dishes come with salad and restaurant that opened in 1972,
Outdoor seating and full bar serv- garlic bread. Wraps, calzones and but today’s Giovanni’s, all decked
ice. Open Tuesday to Sunday at strombolis are also on the menu. L, D. out in modern art and furniture, is
11:30 AM. Casual. L, D. barely recognizable (in a good way,
Café Atlantico 647 A1A Beach that is). The menu, too, has changed
O’Kane’s Irish Pub 318 Centre Blvd., St. Augustine Beach (471- with the times, moving from tradi-
St., Fernandina Beach (261-1000). 7332). The chic cuisine at this tional to contemporary Italian
O’Kane’s serves a full bar but cozy Italian eatery is as authentic including entrées like spaghettini
many regulars come for the grub as chef/owner Paolo Pece can pre- alla Massigliese—spaghetti pasta
first and foremost. The menu offers pare. Considering he is certified by with a tomato, saffron seafood stew
the assorted meat pies, fish and the Italian Cuisine Institute in
chips, steaks, seafood and soups of clams, mussels, shrimp, squid and
Naples, that’s pretty darn authen- scallops. L, D.
served in sourdough bread bowls. tic. Pastas are plentiful, as are
Live music presented Wednesday seafood and veal dishes. The walls Joseph’s Italian 7316 N. Main
through Sunday. L, D. are adorned with an ever-changing St., Northside (765-0335); 30
collection of original artwork. D.
ITALIAN Caffé Andiamo 500 Sawgrass
Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach (270-
1122). Joseph’s takes its “fresh
Al’s Pizza 303 Atlantic Blvd., and saucy” reputation seriously
Village Cir., Ponte Vedra Beach
Atlantic Beach (249-0002) plus five with homemade sauces and dress-
(280-2299). A stainless steel pizza
other locations. A perennial “Best” ings, fresh-ground meats, and
oven highlights this chic eatery
winner in local diners’ polls, Al’s is hand-rolled breads and crusts. The
specializing in frutti di mare (cold
casual with a menu chock-full of menu includes pizza, pasta, cal-
seafood salad), pollo paisano, veal
pizza, calzones and pasta dishes. zones and stuffed rolls, sandwich-
chop carbone and vongole Positano.
But its slick and funky atmosphere es and salads. If you’re too full for
Private dining room for six and a
(particulary the Riverside location), dessert, avoid the tiered case show-
usually lively bar. L, D.
not to mention unexpected dishes casing homemade cannoli, cappuc-
like mussels in wine and garlic Enza’s Italian Restaurant cino torte and coconut cake. L, D.
butter sauce and fried chicken 10601 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 109., SEE MENU ON PAGE 29
salad, also make it a favorite with Mandarin (268-4458). Family-
foodies who normally wouldn’t dine owned eatery’s specialties include Luigi’s Italian American
at a pizza joint. L, D. seafood lasagna, chicken parmi- Restaurant 5912 University
giana, grouper francese and Blvd. W., Southside (731-0338).
Amici 1915 A1A S., St. Augustine Serving Jacksonville since 1975
housemade tiramisu. The interior
(461-0102). Classic family-run
is contemporary with lots of pol- with traditional Italian dinners,
kind of dining establishment offers
ished wood and marble. Try the lasagna, eggplant parmigiana,
a combination of comfortable
catch of day Livornese, sauteed chicken parmigiana, pizza, meatball
ambiance, traditional cuisine and
with olives, capers, garlic and cheese sub. Nothing fancy here but
familiar service. Menu highlights
tomato sauce. The veal Bordeaux big portions and good eats. L, D.
include pasta, seafood, veal and
with mushrooms and a red currant
chicken dishes, as well as pizza. Mama Mia’s 12220 Atlantic Blvd.,
jelly reduction sauce is pretty
Spacious indoor dining and an Southside (221-1122). Mama Mia’s
good, too. Live piano music.
open-air patio. Three private Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria is a
Check for special winemaker din-
dining rooms for parties between little slice of the boot in a strip
ners and other foodie events. D.
20 and 150. L, D. mall. The aromas, along with a
Broadway Ristorante & framed picture of Mona Lisa, are
Pizzeria 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Fontana Italian 7605 Beach the first things you notice when
Suite 103, Baymeadows (519-8000, Blvd., Southside (805-9755). The you walk through the door. Menu Huge menu is laced family-owned and operated restau- choices include 10 specialty pizzas
with all your Italian faves including rant is known for its elaborate inte- such as a seafood-topped pie, cal-
hand-tossed pizzas baked in a brick rior with a fountain in the middle zones, stromboli and subs. The
oven, calzones, strombolis, penne a of the restaurant and comprehen- chicken marsala, chicken sautéed
la vodka, antipasto and more. Open sive menu with Italian subs, pani- in marsala sauce served with fet-
until 2 AM and later. L, D. nis, pasta, veal and steak, chicken, tuccine Alfredo, is among the most
seafood entrées, and brick oven ordered items on the menu. L, D.
Brucci’s Pizza 880-8 A1A, Ponte pizza. L, D.
Vedra Beach (280-7677); 540 S.R. Mezza Luna 110 N. First St.,
13, Ste. 10, Fruit Cove (287-8317); Giovanni’s 1161 Beach Blvd., Neptune Beach (249-5573). The
13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36, Jacksonville Beach (249-7787; interior is reminiscent of a wine

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see food New cookbook spices up coastal cuisine with
recipes inspired by historic lighthouses.

FOLKLORE HAS IT that our early

lighthouse keepers were the coun-
try’s true pioneers in the “eat local”
movement. It’s easy to believe the
theory. After all, how far could one
go to get a bite to eat when you had
to be at work round the clock with
only a rowboat or horse for transport?
And while lighthouses have a time-
lessly romantic allure to them—you
know, windswept cliff tops and all—
truth is most were built in remote
near-wilderness locations. So, it
stands to reason that keepers and
their families dined on eats that
were in season and found nearby.
Afterall, it would be quite a trek for a

Chinese takeout or pizza delivery guy

to, say, the Cape Flattery Lighthouse
on Tatoosh Island, Washington.

82 taste 2010
A new book by authors Becky Sue Epstein and Ed
Jackson captures some of the flavors cooked up by
those hearty souls who kept our coastline safe. The
American Lighthouse Cookbook, The Best Recipes and
Stories from America’s Shorelines (Sourcebooks, $27)
is a 290-page read that arranges the country into eight
geographical regions and features mini profiles of 47
lighthouses, including the St. Johns Light at Mayport.

Roasted Grouper with Vegetable Medley

6 grouper fillets (about 6 oz. each) Specializing in Wedding Cakes
4 tablespoons vegetable oil (plus 2 tablespoons, optional) And Sculpted/3D Cakes
1 medium eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium red onion, diced
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
21/2 teaspoons salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
1 small fennel bulb, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 yellow squash, diced
1 zucchini, diced
4 plum tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons capers
5 anchovy fillets, mashed
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley Seafood with Soul for over 25 years
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
2. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over high heat.

Sauté the eggplant until it begins to brown, about 5 CKSONVILL

to 10 minutes (eggplant soaks up oil quickly, so more oil

may need to be added. If the pan needs more oil, add
2 tablespoons.) Reduce heat to medium-high and add gar-
lic, onions, fennel and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook
10 to 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
3. Stir in the bell pepper, squash, zucchini, and
tomatoes. Sauté for 10 minutes. Stir in the capers,
anchovies, vinegar, parsley, oregano and pine nuts. Contin-
ue cooking for 5 minutes. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and
1/4 teaspoon pepper.
4. Season the grouper with remaining salt and pepper. Lay
fillets on top of the vegetables and put pan in the oven.
Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Fresh Floridian-Style
Yield: 6 servings Dinners Served In A Casual
Preparation Time: 15-20 minutes Coastal Atmosphere
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cellar with dark woods, dim light- Pizza Palace 1526 King St., York-style slices as well as pasta
ing and a corner fireplace. Riverside (384-8722); 1959 San dishes, salads, and hot and cold
Mozzarella and prosciutto, porto- Marco Blvd., San Marco (399- subs. L, D.
bello frittes, ahi tuna tartare, 8815); 920 Margaret St., Riverside
jumbo sea scallops and wood-fired (598-1212); 116 Bartram Oaks
Salerno’s Restaurant 4765
pizza highlight a creative menu. Hodges Blvd., Ste. 7, Intracoastal
Walk, Julington Creek (230-2171);
The outdoor patio is a great place 3928 Baymeadows Rd., Mandarin West (821-4350). Family-style
to relax and enjoy a bottle of (527-8649). Each shop of this
Italian cuisine including veal
Domain Drouhin pinot noir and a home-grown string of pizza joints marsala, linguini and clam sauce,
plate of lasagna bolognese. D. is a little different. The menus are crab cakes, sole Francese, gnocchi
SEE AD ON PAGE 48 consistent with New York-style Bolognese and an extensive wine
pizza, strombolis, calzones, salads, list with wine flights. L, D.
Moon River Pizza 925 S. 14th Italian subs and pasta. L, D.
St., Fernandina Beach (321-3400); Sorrento 6943 St. Augustine Rd.,
116 Edgewood Ave. S., Jacksonville Primi Piatti 2722 Park St., San Jose (636-9196). Menu high-
(389-4442). Fresh, homemade Riverside (389-5545). Cozy one-room lighted by Neopolitan cuisine
dough forms the base for Moon bistro aims to please with fresh- including snapper Francese, veal
River Pizza's hand-tossed pies, and made pastas and sauces, rustic Positano supreme, sausage and
there are a plethora of toppings Italian cooking, a carefully select- peppers, chicken scallopini, egg-
from which to choose. One favorite ed wine list—all presented in a plant parmigiana and tiramisu. D.
combination is dubbed The Pizza— stylish and simple setting. L, D. Vinny’s Italian Restaurant
topped with spinach, mushrooms, 14185 Beach Blvd., Southside
white cheddar and lots of fresh gar- Renna’s Pizza St. Johns Town
Center, plus four other locations (223-5400). Calling itself a “real”
lic. Moon River is closed on New York pizzeria, Vinny’s extols its
Sundays. L, D. SEE AD ON PAGE 45 (565-1299). Renna’s serves New
roots with a menu featuring “real
NY deli subs,” “real NY strombolis”
and “pizza made by ex-New
Yorkers.” Specialty pies include bar-
becue chicken, clams casino and
salad pizza. L, D.

Chizu 1227 S. Third St., Jacksonville
Beach (241-8455). Twirling spatu-
las, the click-and-clack of salt and
pepper shakers, cooked shrimp
tossed high into the air—all the
things one expects from a good
Japanese hibachi grill chef are
found at Chizu, and have been for
more than a decade. They serve a
wide array of sushi and offer a full
bar in the cocktail lounge. L, D.
Crazy Sushi 4320 Deerwood Lake
Pkwy., #202, Southside (998-
9797). Serving hibachi steak,
shrimp tempura, chicken katsu,
tuna tataki and the “Love Boat.”
L, D.

Daruma Japanese Steakhouse

13799-9 Beach Blvd., Southside
(821-9817). Chefs put on quite a
show during the dinner’s prepara-
tion, all cooked in front of you on
a half-dozen hibachi grills. Fire-
spewing volcanoes made from
onions and pieces of shrimp
tossed into the air are a few of the
acts patrons will see. A full bar is
Order’s up at T-RAY’S
the guide
available in the lounge surrounded Wasabi Japanese Restaurant Cantina Laredo St. Johns Town
by cascading waterfalls. L, D. 9041-138D Southside Blvd., Center (997-6110). A hot-spot in
Southside (363-9888). The buffet St. Johns Town Center, Cantina
Etto Japanese Restaurant 915 is enormous at Wasabi, and it Laredo offers authentic Mexican
Sawgrass Village Dr., Ponte Vedra includes everything from steamed cuisine in a sophisticated setting.
Beach (273-4344). This lakeside crab legs to spicy green beans to The top-shelf guacamole, a staple
Japanese eatery features full bar sushi items. Seafood is a house of the restaurant, is artfully pre-
service, a separate sushi bar, specialty and the grill is always pared tableside with fresh avoca-
hibachi grills and an interior hot. Not much in the way of do, tomatoes, red onion, jalapeño
dressed in stone tiles, bamboo Japanese atmosphere, but few din- and spices. Entrées include
screens with an innovative stone ers seem to mind. L, D. shrimp enchiladas with spinach
fountain as a point of focus. D. and peppers, stuffed and grilled
Yummy Sushi 4372 Southside chicken breast with chipotle-wine
Okinawa Japanese Grillhouse Blvd., Southside (998-8806). The sauce, and basic chicken, beef or
& Sushi Bar 4403 Roosevelt Shoppes of Deerwood Lake take on spinach fajitas. L,D, SB.
Blvd., Westside (388-8708). an Asian flavor with this Japanese
Featuring a full sushi bar, lobster, joint known for its lengthly menu Casa Maria 12961 Main St.,
filet mignon and soft shell crab. and beautiful plate presentations. Northside (757-6411). Of course,
Interior highlights include a fish The house specialty, the Yummy they offer the “Speedy Gonzales”
pond and a dramatic waterfall Roll, comes with shrimp tempura, with a taco, enchilada and rice or
near the entrance. L, D. avocado and spicy crab meat. L, D. beans for only $5. The carne
asada and bistec ranchero are also
Sake House 824 Lomax St.,
Riverside (301-1188); 1478
KOREAN house specialties. L, D.

Riverplace Blvd., Southbank (306- Sam Won Garden 4345-1 Cha Cha’s 9551 Baymeadows Rd.
2188). Both locations are known University Blvd. S., Southside (737- Ste. 21, Baymeadows (737-9903).
for their lengthy sushi offerings, 3650). Perhaps the only Korean Plates come out so fast that diners
including chef’s special rolls like barbecue restaurant around, Sam barely have time to enjoy their chips
the Mexican roll, grouper tempura, Won offers a pleasing interior with and salsa at Cha Chas. Tthe menu
tomato, avocado, hot sauce and quiet booths and knee-high tables consists of combination dinners like
sesame seeds; and the Annie roll, set in the traditional style of Korea. the No. 14 with a taco, chile relleno
shrimp tempura, cream cheese, Lunch specials start under $10. and one chalupa. House specials
cucumber, scallions and roasted Plus, there’s a karaoke room. L, D. include the carnitas dinner with
almonds. The menu also includes rice, beans and salad, and the
chicken, steak, seafood and veg- MEXICAN/TEX-MEX chimichanga that, like most of Cha
etable entrées prepared hibachi-, Burrito Gallery 21 E. Adams St., Cha’s dishes, includes plenty of red
teriyaki-, tempura- and katsu-style. Downtown (598-2922). The secret sauce and plenty of cheese. L, D.
L, D. SEE MENU ON PAGE 16 to getting a table for lunch at the Don Juan’s 12373 San Jose Blvd.,
Sumo Sushi 2726 Park St., popular Downtown eatery? Arrive Mandarin (268-8722; donjuans-
Riverside (388-8838). Cozy early. The restaurant and art gallery Don’t be surprised to find
Japanese eateryoffers everything offers the Tex-Mex standards—tacos, a Mariachi singer serenading you
from miso soup to unusual sushi taco salads, quesadillas, nachos, while dining at this family-owned,
rolls- think sweet potato, octopus, burritos, chili and deli wraps. Dine sit-down restaurant, established in
mango and lobster. Bento boxes inside or out for lunch or dinner. 2004. The menu features all the
are popular lunchtime choices. Happy hour runs Wednesday Mexican standards—fajitas,
L, D. through Saturday. L, D. chimichangas and carne asada—but
the festive bands that perform on
Sushi Café 2025 Riverside Ave., Campeche Bay Cantina 127 Friday and Saturday nights are a real
Riverside (384-2888; sushicafe- 1st Ave. N., Jacksonville Beach treat. Patio area. Casual. L, D. The restaurant’s slogan (249-3322). A Beaches Mexican
says it all—”When it comoes to eats landmark for over 20 years. El Potro Mexican Restaurant
sushi, we’re on a roll!” The sushi The lounge does a steady business multiple locations including 7200
list is lengthy with a handful of with an assortment of margaritas, Normandy Blvd., Westside (378-
locally-inspired rolls like the Jax (a beers and wine. The fish taco plat- 9822). One of a handful of El
California roll with eel) and the ter, with two blackened catch of Potros in the River City, the
Jaguar (eel & avocado deep-fried). the day flour tacos served with Westside location serves all the
The menu also includes hibachi, Mexican tartar sauce, red cab- Mexican classics—chimichangas,
tempura, katsu and teppan meals. bage, cheese and chipotle sauce, burritos, hot tamales, enchiladas,
Outdoor patio is a nice bonus. L, and sides of rice and beans, is a fajitas. 99¢ tacos are a house
D. SEE MENU ON PAGE 18 top seller. D. specialty. L, D.

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world’s fare
To drink or not to drink, that is the question.
by Alison Trinidad • photos by Bradley Stookey

1 2 3 4 5 6

8 9 10 11 12

WHETHER IT’S POP OR SODA to 4. Cockta, Slovenia ($0.99) This caffeine- Sunkist, Fanta or Nehi, this Pakistani version of
you, turns out the soft drink is not free carbonated cola fell flat—literally. As one the “melted orange vitamin” comes with an
that different around the globe. taster said: “It’s kind of a flat flowery Coke.” old-school pop top.
Featured here are a few of the 5. Shirakiku Strawberry Ramune Drink, 9. Mong Lee Shang Grass Jelly Drink, Tai-
international libations we found at a Japan ($1.79) A different brand and flavor wan ($0.85) The soft, translucent brown
variety of local River City grocers— than the Ramune soda we tried in the spring, cubes in this sweet drink come with a potent
this version has a similarly designed bottle. aroma, somewhat akin to cut grass. It’s a
plus our tasting panel’s candid
And we still think it’s cool. When opened, a plant-based jelly popular in Asian desserts and
comments about each product. beverages that reminded us of chunky sweet
glass marble drops into the neck of the bottle,
1. Coca-Cola Limca, India ($1.49) A fizzy where it rattles while drinking. Tastes like tea tinged with edamame.
lemon-lime soda not unlike its sister brand liquid cotton candy—yum! 10. Boing! Mango, Mexico ($2.13) Made
Sprite, this soft drink in a glass bottle sports a 6. Deer Basil Seed Drink, Thailand ($1.59) with all natural mango pulp, the drink would
Pepsi-like logo. Can you say identity crisis? When soaked in water, certain varieties of basil make a great mangotini with a little vodka.
2. Best Guava Juice Drink, Egypt ($1.49) seeds become gelatinous in texture and take on Maybe the alcohol would cover up the sorbitol
This thick, pulpy juice may live up to its brand the appearance of tadpole eggs—or “fleas sus- aftertaste.
name “Best”—if you like guavas, that is. With pended in mucus,” as one taster said. And that’s 11. Idris Fiery Ginger Beer, England
a scent of grapefruit, the drink is only 50 per- what this bottled drink looks like. If you can get ($1.25) The front says, “Try me if you dare!!”
cent juice but would make a great mixer. over the visual, the flavor is sweet and fruity. We dared to try and were disappointed. There’s
7. Fructal Apricot, Slovenia ($1.29) Thick no fire in this flat ginger ale, sweetened with
3. Ziyad Carob Nectar, Egypt ($0.99) We
and sweet, it’s like drinking puréed apricots. both sugar and aspartame.
can’t be sure whether the fetid smell and overall

unpleasantness of this drink were due to its Oh, yeah, that’s what it is. We recommend mix- 12. Laziza Apple, Lebanon ($1.29) A non-
April 21st expiration, but a few brave souls ven- ing it with soda water for a light, summer alcoholic beer made of malted barley and hops,
tured a sip. One said it reminder her of choco- cocktail. this cider-like drink prompted one taster to say,
late and prunes, while for another, it tasted like 8. Pakota Orange, Pakistan ($0.99) Orange “It’s like a green apple blow pop dipped in
drinking a cigar made of raisins and cinnamon. soda knows no borders, it seems. Call it lighter fluid.”
86 taste 2010
El Rodeo 644 Park Ave., Orange Salty Rock Cantina 43 PGA Tour
Park (215-3393). A slice of Mexico Blvd (280-0931). New Tex-Mex
in Orange Park featuring terrific eatery prides itself on its tequila
salsa, extraordinarily friendly serv- selection and cuisine. Everything
ice and dishes like carne asada, is made in-house — salsa, gua-
chile relleños and flan. L, D. camole and cheese dip. Traditional
Mexican dishes are amped up with
La Nopalera multiple locations unusual twists. Outdoor patio and
including 14333 Beach Blvd., seperate bar area located inside
Southside (992-1666). There are a the Sawgrass Village Hilton Garden
couple of La Nopalera restaurants Inn. L, D. SEE MENU ON PAGE 40
in town. Fast service and inexpen- Claude’s Chocolate
sive eats are the calling card at TacoLu 1183 Beach Blvd.
each. Lunch specials like the
Speedy Gonzalez can be had for
about $5. Big burritos, rice and
beans, Corona, Dos Equis—they
Jacksonville Beach (249-TACO).
Offering a blend of Baja-style cui-
sine in a casual sit-down eatery, this
beaches restaurant offers a new
Peterbrooke Chocolatier boasts
have all the south-of-the-border twist on the traditional taco. But, more than a dozen locations around
favorites. L, D. what really sets it apart from the Jacksonville, including a large factory
pack is its selection of over 50 store that opened in San Marco in
Mossfire Grill 1537 Margaret St., types of tequila. SEE MENU ON PAGE 41 1983. Must-try specialty items include
Riverside (355-4434). New chocolate-covered popcorn, a treat unin-
American and Southwestern cui-
sine come together at this Five
MIDDLE EASTERN tentionally created more than a decade
ago, and chocolate-covered toffee, pret-
Points fave famous for its black- Casbah 3628 St. Johns Ave., zels and nut clusters. • Etiquette of
ened tuna tacos, homemade crab Avondale (981-9966; thecasbah- Chocolate (1988 Kingsley Ave., Orange
cakes, tortilla-crusted goat cheese Diners seeking a Middle Park, 298-3098) uses only Valrhona
and the fattest burritos this side of Eastern experience will find it—in French chocolate to make their custom-
the Pecos. The upstairs lounge is more ways than one—at this made bonbons. Select one of their indi-
more intimate with cozy booths Avondale restaurant and lounge. In vidually named bonbons, including
and couches and tequila bar. L, D. addition to traditional fare such as goodfaith (dark and milk chocolate with
baba ghannoush, imjadara and raspberry), or humor (Caribbean cocktail
Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant fried kibbie, guests can enjoy exot- with rum chocolate). • 3 Sisters’
12 N. 2nd St., Fernandina Beach ic aromatic tobacco in Northeast Chocolate (9965 San Jose Blvd., 262-
(261-0049). Downtown Fernan- Florida’s original hookah lounge, 9122) makes its chocolate in small
dina’s dining scene gets some as well as live entertainment in batches to ensure freshness. Best sell-
needed spice with a menu packed the form of belly dancers. L, D. ing items include truffles, chocolate
with dishes like carne tampiqueña, SEE MENU ON PAGE 10
covered brownies and homemade marsh-
enchiladas, fajitas, fish tacos and mallow bars. The shop specializes in
tortilla soup. L, D. Hala Café 4323 University Blvd. S., gourmet artisan truffles with Belgian
Southside (733-1855); 9735 St.
chocolate, almond toffee and pralines. •
Pepe’s Hacienda & Restaurant If you need a quick snack at the sprawl-
Augustine Rd., Mandarin (288-
3615 Dupont Ave., Ste. 900,
ing St. Johns Town Center, stop in at
8890). Hala has been serving
Kilwin’s (10281 Midtown Parkway, Ste.
Lakewood (636-8131). Open since Middle Eastern cuisine in the 125, 996-3800). The confectionery
late 2005, Pepe’s earns raves for its Jacksonville area for 30 years. The store started in Michigan in 1947 and
housemade salsa and guacamole, as restaurant and adjoining bakery has grown into more than 50 stores
well as for tamales, enchiladas and are located in a less-than-pic- nationwide, including four locations
tacos. Most entrées can be had for turesque retail strip on University around the First Coast. •
under $10. An attached shop sells Blvd., but don’t judge this book by Fernandina’s Fantastic Fudge
butchered steaks, chorizo, vegeta- its cover. Hala is usually busy and (218 Centre St., 277-4801) has been
bles, chilies and baked goods. L, D. patrons frequent the lunch and making candies onsite for 20 years. Its
dinner buffet or fill up on menu specialty is fudge, which comes in a
Pepper’s Mexican Grill & items including tabouli riders, variety of flavors like chocolate, choco-
Cantina 13475 Atlantic Blvd., spinach pie and grilled chicken late peanut butter, rocky road and maple
Jacksonville (221-2300). Authentic with hummus and tabouli. L, nut. • Open since December 2005,
Mexican cuisine with a family- D, SB. Claude’s Chocolate (51 King St.,
friendly atmosphere. And, they 808-8395; 145 Hilden Rd., Ponte Vedra
have great nachos. The fish tacos Istanbul Grille 10140 Philips Beach, 829-5790) uses Belgian cocoa
are a signature item, as are the Hwy. (821-6767) The all-you-can- in its gourmet chocolate candies and
appropriately sizzling fajita skillets. eat Turkish lunch buffet is a big bonbons to create a European flair. The
Serving wine and beer and take out seller during the week and belly shop makes 27 different kinds of truf-
fles (pictured above).
service. L, D. dancing is featured on Saturday *
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night. Hookahs, draught beer
specials and appetizer plates are
popular in the lounge. L, D.
from across the pond), the home
of the “monster German wiener”
caters to worker bees on lunch
break as well as neighborhood
Layla’s of San Marco 2016 denizens at “beer-thirty.” L, D.
Hendricks Ave., San Marco (398-
4610). Cozy full-service restaurant The French Pantry 6301
does a brisk business as an Arabic Powers Ave., Southside (730-
pub with a happening happy hour, 8696). Regular know to come
belly dancers on weekends and early. The line often forms even
hookah pipes. L, D. before the doors open. Expect
things like crab cakes and Thai
The Mediterranean 242 Solana chicken salad and French dip
Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach (285-4900). sandwiches. The bakery supplies
Serving a widew and tasty variety many of the city’s better restau-
of Mid East favorites such as lamb rants with bread, and all guests HERE’S A RECIPE for the Keys’ most
kabobs, kibbeh, pasta, fish ‘n recieve a small basket to enjoy famous pastry that comes with a taste of
chips, tabbouli, hummus and with their meal. L. the Caribbean, thanks to Chris DeLay,
falafel. Hookah pipes—used to executive chef at Pusser’s Caribbean
enjoy a flavored tobacco-like prod- McAlister’s Deli 9700 Deer Lake Grille in Ponte Vedra Beach.
uct popular in much of the Arab- Ct., Ste. 5, Southside (564-2377; Pusser’s Key Lime Pie
speaking world—are available, as; 1615 County
is WiFi Internet access. L, D. SEE Road 220, Ste. 180, Fleming Island
2 1/2 cups graham crackers
MENU ON PAGE 33 (278-6055). The “famous sweet
5 T. melted butter
tea” is this rapidly growing deli 1
Sahara Cafe & Bar 10771 Beach /2 cup sugar
operation’s pride and joy. The
Blvd. Jacksonville Beach (338- menu covers lots of ground with FILLING:
9049). Mediterranean eats like salads, wraps, soups and baked 3 egg yolks
hummus, baba ganoush, shish potatoes topped with all sorts of 1 1/2 tsp. grated zest (about 2 limes)
kabobs, lamb and baklava are things like jalapeño peppers, black 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
served. Hookahs, belly dancing olives, cheddar cheese and more. 2
/3 c. fresh Key lime juice
and small outdoor patio offered. Turkey melt, BLT, French dip,
chicken salad, muffuletta—the list
1 c. heavy whipping cream
goes on and on. B, L.
SANDWICHES Pinegrove Deli and Market
3 T. confectioner or powdered sugar

Angie’s Subs 1436 Beach Blvd., GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST: 1. Preheat oven
1511 Pinegrove Ave., Avondale to 350°. 2. Grease a 9-inch pie pan. 3.
Jacksonville Beach (249-SUBS). Its (389-8655). Easy to miss, this tiny Break up the graham crackers in a food
décor is Early American Garage Avondale deli and market offers processor and make crumbs. (If you don’t
Sale (think: mismatched chairs, lunch fare in a homey environment have a processor, place the crackers in a
random tchotchkes and odd arti- large plastic bag, seal and crush crackers
that echoes delis' past. Pinegrove with a rolling pin.) 4. Add melted butter
facts like a boar’s head). But the has all the regulars, like turkey and and sugar and pulse or stir until com-
sandwiches at this Beaches institu- ham sandwiches, as well as meat- bined. 5. Press the mixture into the bot-
tion are anything but thrown ball subs and BLTs, known for tom and sides of the pan, forming a neat
together. From the C&H Special to heaping piles of bacon. L. border around the edge. 6. Bake crust
the Dirty Gringo, fans aren’t just until set and golden, 9 minutes. Set
loyal—they’re addicted, especially Sun Deli 1011 3rd St. S., aside to cool.
to the sweet tea and the house Jacksonville Beach (270-1040). A FILLING: 1. With an electric mixer with
Peruvian sauce. L, D. Jacksonville Beach mainstay, this wire whisk attachment, beat the yolks
unassuming eatery offers classic and zest at high speed until very fluffy,
European Street Cafe Four loca- sandwiches and salads with catchy about 5 minutes. 2. Gradually add the
tions: 2753 Park St., Riverside names, like the Beach Boy Sub. condensed milk and continue to beat
(384-9999; europeanstcafe. com); until thick, about 3 minutes. 3. Slow the
Each is made to order with Boar's mixer and add the lime juice, mixing
5500 Beach Blvd., Southside (398- Head meats and cheeses. The decor until just combined, no longer. 4. Pour
1717); 1704 San Marco Blvd., San exudes a small-town vibe, featuring mixture into crust and bake for 15 min-
Marco (398-9500); 992 Beach framed photographs of Fletcher utes or until filling has set. Cool on wire
Blvd., Jacksonville Beach (249- High School homecoming activities rack, then refrigerate.
3001). With more than 100 salads and greeting cards surrounding the TOPPING: 1. Whip the cream and confec-
and deli sandwiches and another entrance. L. tioners sugar until stiff peaks form. Cut
100 beers to choose from (not to pie in 10 pieces and serve cold, topping
mention a dessert case and Tidbits 1076 Hendricks Ave., San each piece with whipped cream and a
Marco (396-0528). The potato salad lime wheel. Enjoy.
shelves packed with confections *
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and stuffed pita sandwich are the town. A separate bar area attracts Zoës Kitchen 240 S.R. A1A, Ponte
stuff of local legend. Regulars know plenty of regulars, as do the com- Vedra Beach (273-1100); 1661
the routine—stand in line and keep fortable booths and live bands. Riverside Ave., Riverside (355-
it moving up to the counter. Turkey, Karaoke on Saturday nights. L, D. 9637). Zoës’ menu reflects its slo-
roast beef, ham, chicken salad are gan“Eat Smart, Eat Fresh” with
among the sandwich offerings. Taco Whiteway Delicatessen 1237 healthy sandwiches, salads and
salad is a big, big, seller. B, L. King St., Riverside (389-0355). The hot plates like chicken kabobs,
joint has been serving sandwiches, quesadillas and their famous
Tom & Betty’s 4409 Roosevelt sides and iced tea since 1927 but chicken salad. Ponte Vedra shop
Blvd., Westside (387-3311). A recently moved to bigger diggs just offers patio seating. L, D.
Jacksonville classic that’s been up the street. No matter: neighbor-
serving sandwiches, burgers and
fries for decades. Sandwiches
hood lawyers, doctors and politi-
cians still frequent the Riverside
breakfast and lunch spot. Tabouli 619 Ocean View 619 Ponte Vedra
come with car-themed names, so
and riders are the main draws, and Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach (280-
the menu takes a minute for first-
daily specials include the Dr. Berk, 3381). Relaxing oceanfront restau-
time diners to digest. They serve
veggie tabouli with turkey, $5. B, L. rant specializes in seafood spiced
what might be the biggest BLT in
with Caribbean, Cajun and south-
ern flavors. Offering fried green
Prince Edward Island tomatoes, coconut chicken planks,
mussels in a paprika seafood gumbo, tempura coconut
and black pepper
shrimp, blackened snapper and
broth from THE
TASTING ROOM more. A 2009 honoree in
Jacksonville Magazine’s Top 25
Restaurants list. L, D. SEE AD ON

Beachside Seafood Market &

Restaurant 120 3rd St. S.,
Jacksonville Beach (444-CRAB. The
big deck is the preferred seating
area for most regulars to this
Beaches family-friendly haunt.
Fried grouper, crab cake sandwich-
es, shrimp burger, oyster shoot-
ers—there are few poor options on
the menu. L, D.

The Blue Crab 3057 Julington

Creek Rd., Julington Creek (260-
Touting itself as the only
Maryland-style crab house in
Jacksonville, The Blue Crab is an
ultra-casual restaurant featuring a
variety of crab-tastic dishes such
as crab cakes, stuffed crab
delight, garlic crabs, crab balls
and cream of crab soup, as well as
chicken and fish entrées. L, D.

Bonefish Grill 10950 San Jose

Blvd., Mandarin (370-1070); 2400
S. Third St., Jacksonville Beach
(247-4234). Seafood is the order
of the day at the city’s two
Bonefish outlets. Atlantic salmon,
rainbow trout, snapper, Chilean
sea bass, Gulf grouper and sword-
fish may all be cooked over the
wood-burning grill; however, sea-
sonality does affect the availability
the guide
of some fish. Landlubbers gravitate
toward the pork tenderloin portabel-
la piccata and filet mignon. D.
Cap’s on the Water 425 Myrtle St.,
Traditional Derby salad lives on at
St. Augustine (824-8794). Dubbed Salty’s. by Fred Seely
the place where “Palatka meets
Ponte Vedra,” Cap’s is well loved for
its huge deck shaded by the live oak IF JACKSONVILLE HAS A CULINARY TRADITION, it may be a bowl of salad.
trees and its front-row views of the Although the names vary, the basics are the same. And the most common
Intracoastal Waterway. The menu is name comes from a restaurant (and its building) that no longer exists:
a combination of traditional Southern Derby.
dishes with Asian and European Its origins reach back to the Middle East and restaura-
elements. Raw, steamed and baked teurs with names like Abood and Adeeb brought it to
oysters are raw bar favorites, as well popularity in long-gone River City steakhouses
as Dungeness crab, mussels and with names like the Steer Room, the Green
Mayport shrimp. L, D. Derby, the Green Turtle, Strickland’s
Chart House 1501 Riverplace Blvd., Town House and the Sea Turtle.
Southbank (398-3353). The exterior Today, all are gone and the
of the waterfront restaurant is prob- one place that can claim an
ably the most unusual in town. authentic Derby (pictured
Inside, the Chart House is a dramat- left) is a small diner on
ic, dimly-lit, dinner-only restaurant Lane Avenue named
best known for its seafood (most Salty’s Seafood.
notably steamed mussels, snapper It’s authentic, says
Hemmingway and shrimp Fresca), the owner, Sharon Moran.
prime rib, New York strip, creamed She and her late hus-
spinach, sizzling mushrooms and hot band, Denny, got the recipe
chocolate lava cake. D. SEE MENU
years ago and she guards it. She
bottles the dressing and, by law,
Christopher Seafood & the ingredients are listed, but the
Company 11892 Atlantic Blvd., apportioning is known only to those
Kernan (998-2242). Chesapeake Bay who make it. And they aren’t telling.
is a heavy influence on the menu “Timuquana [Country Club] hired one of
here, a lengthly list of eats includ- my waitresses away just to find out how to
ing crab martini, oysters casino, make the salad,” Sharon says. “Theirs isn’t
pecan red snapper, baked stuffed anything like we make, or like anyone ever made.
shrimp and sautéed scallops as well They put cheese in it. Cheese!”
as pasta, chicken and steaks. L, D. The real thing isn’t prepared ahead of time. The big bowl
SEE MENU ON PAGE 25 is in the middle of the dining room and is continually refilled with
Clark’s Fish Camp 12903 Hood ingredients. Waitresses fill, mix, refill and repeat the process as the lunch hour
Landing Rd., Mandarin (268-3474). goes on. Here’s Salty’s recipe for the salad. As for the dressing, well you can
With views of Julington Creek, this experiment to your own taste.
former bait and tackle shop has
been transformed into a rustic din- Salty’s Famous House Salad
ing retreat. Home to the three- 1 1/4 tomato
pound prime rib and hundreds of
stuffed animals at every turn, Clark’s 2 Tbsp. dressing (ingredients below)
menu is said to be one of the 2 cups chopped lettuce
largest in town with 60 different
appetizers and dishes ranging from 1 Tbsp. green onion
fried green tomatoes to ostrich to
1 tsp. chopped parsley
rattlesnake. L, D.
Chop tomato in a large bowl. Add dressing and mix together. Add lettuce, green
The Conch House 57 Comares Ave.,
onion and parsley to mixture and chop salad well. Toss and serve.
St. Augustine (829-8646). Live
music plays as patrons dine under Salty’s dressing ingredients: soybean oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, salt,
swaying palm trees on the outside Accent (monosodium glutamate), pepper, garlic powder.
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tables for which the place is Located directly on the ocean, Joe’s cakes, fresh-caught grouper,
famous. Open for lunch and din- is a family-friendly kind of place shrimp, lobster, steaks, chowder
ner, the Conch House specializes complete with a sandy playground and pasta are menu staples.
in seafood and Caribbean cuisine. right out front. The menu is large Outdoor seating and entertainment.
Conch fritters, escargot, conch and the portions are huge. The Lunch served seasonally. D, SB.
chowder and Granny Ponce’s fisherman’s platter with fried pop-
baked stuff clams are a few menu corn shrimp, fish fillet, clam strips, Parson’s Seafood 904 Sixth Ave.
favorites. L, D. scallops, hush puppies and fries is S., Jacksonville Beach (249-0608).
big enough for two. L, D. It’s nothing fancy and there’s lots
Crab Cake Factory Seafood of stuff fried to a golden brown.
Bar, Grill, Restaurant 1396 King Fish Grill 252 Yacht Club There’s a full bar, big screen TV,
Beach Blvd., Intracoastal West (249- Dr., St. Augustine (824-2111). The banquet room for large groups and
4776, The atmosphere is casual, beachy and usually lively crowd of regulars. L, D.
distinctive taste of Chesapeake unpretentious—just like one might
Bay’s famous blue crabs is high- expect at a seafood joint situated at Pusser’s Caribbean Grille 816
lighted in more than a dozen dish- the docks of Camachee Cove A1A N., Shoppes of Veranda, Ponte
es at the sprawling, family-friendly Marina. Look for dishes like horse- Vedra Beach (280-7766, pusser-
eatery. Oysters Rockefeller, crab radish encrusted grouper, sesame Lively dining and drink-
martini, smoked salmon, clams seared yellowfin tuna, chicken ing establishment offers an exten-
casino—the menu is extensive piccata, filet mignon and soft shell sive menu heavy on seafood and
and offers a little something for crab. Banquet room available for island-infused eats. Crab dip,
everyone. L, D. private parties. L, D. smoked duck, Jamaican grilled
pork ribs and bacon-wrapped
Creekside Dinery 160 Nix LuLu’s Waterfront Grille 301 shrimp skewers are favorites. Patio
Boatyard Rd., St. Augustine (829- N. Roscoe Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach seating and complimentary valet
6113). Dubbed as serving “North (285-0139). Perched on the banks parking. L, D. SEE MENU ON PAGE 37
Florida Low Country Cooking,” this of the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm
rustic outpost keeps patrons com- Valley, this casual, yet upscale, Ragtime Tavern, Seafood and
ing back with a funky interior and restaurant is known for its local Grill 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic
the signature oak plank baked seafood dishes like steamed garlic Beach (241-7877). Open for more
entrées—a technique which is clams, Intracoastal scampi and Chef than 20 years, Ragtime is
especially flavorful when preparing Jeff’s New England clam chowder. Northeast Florida’s first micro-
fish. D. But its true claim to fame is its brewery. The lengthy menu is
waterfront “driving range.” L, D, SB. laced with Cajun spice and
Gene’s Seafood Restaurant
Marker 32 14549 Beach Blvd., includes an assortment of seafood
Three Jax locations including 1571
Jacksonville Beach (223-1534) entrées, a bistro filet and pasta
University Blvd. W., San Jose (448-
Upscale waterside dining features dishes. Live music is staged
9888). If it swims, it’s probably on
a menu that changes with the sea- Wednesday through Sunday. L, D.
the menu. Peel and eat shrimp,
conch fritters, gator tail, fried cala- son. But look for dishes such as
Salt Life Food Shack 1018 3rd
mari and fried corn nuggets are butternut squash soup, pan-seared
St. N., Jacksonville Beach (372-
among the appetizers. For dinner salmon, sauteed brook trout,
4456). The “Salt Life” is something
and lunch, they’ve got everything seafood bouillabaisse, and wood
of a subculture among surfers and
from snow crab legs and frog legs grilled steaks. D.
fishermen. The philosophy is
to scallops and catfish filets. L, D. embodied in a spacious new
Mitchell’s Fish Market St.
JL Trent’s Seafood & Grill Johns Town Center (645-3474). Part eatery just a couple blocks off the
4553 120th St., Westside (908- of the bustling shopping complex sand. The menu is appropriately
4202); 8968 103rd St., Westside near JTB features a menu 80 “salty” with locally caught shrimp,
(908-8355); 8299 W. Beaver St., dishes long highlighted by items wood-grilled salmon and the
Westside (781-8410). The original such as little neck clam chowder, “beach boil” with shrimp, snow
Trent’s across the street from NAS broiled sea scallops, pecan-crust- crab legs, sausage, corn, onions
Jacksonville is a classic American ed mountain trout, garlic broiled and potatoes. Beer can chicken,
seafood joint serving all your fried shrimp and lemon pepper grilled island style ribs and pan-seared
favorites: crab legs, lobster, whole chicken. L, D. chicken pasta are offered for land
catfish and shrimp. Mahi mahi, lubbers. Outdoor dining. L, D.
trout and flounder round out the O.C. White’s Restaurant 118 SEE AD ON INSIDE FRONT COVER
long menu. Fried pickles are the Avenida Mendez, St. Augustine
house specialty. L, D. (824-0808; A his- Salt Water Cowboys 299
toric home in the heart of the Dondanville Rd., St. Augustine
Joe’s Crab Shack 6 Beach Blvd., Oldest City sets the table for this Beach (471-2332). The interior of
Jacksonville Beach (249-6160). seafood favorite. Housemade crab this family-friendly outpost is worth

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a look-see. The view of Intracoastal organic ingredients are the staple
tidal marshes and the rustic Florida
Cracker décor is complemented by
for the Spanish cuisine offered at
13Gypsies. Chef Howard and his SO YOU WANT
a menu that offers steaks and
chicken dishes but emphasizes
seafood. D.
wife, Kiki, recently opened the
restaurant in July 2008 with a
commitment to bring authentic
Singleton’s Seafood Shack
4728 Ocean St., Mayport (246-
4442). “Rustic” is a fitting
Spanish cuisine to Jacksonville.
Open for lunch and dinner, 13Gs
specializes in tapas including the
convino tapa, Chef Howard's spe- IN 1996, RESTAURATEUR Anthony
description for this Mayport land- ciality, with cured meats, cheese, Candelino arrived in Jacksonville. As an
mark. The place has been open for nuts and fruit, which are excel- owner and managing partner of River City
about 50 years, and the weather- lently paired with one of the sever- Brewing Co., the New Jersey native had
beaten exterior shows its age. But al wines offered. Vegetarian to revive a landmark restaurant overlook-
don’t let the shabby veneer scare ing the St. Johns River. Debts had piled
options available. L, D, SB up and scandal had engulfed the estab-
you off. Singleton’s is great for lishment because of some shady doings
families with a huge menu of fried España Restaurant & Tapas of former management.
shrimp, clams and oysters. The Bar 22 S. Fourth St., Fernandina Candelino admits to sleepness nights
fish is straight off the boat and the Beach (261-7700). Cozy, quaint, in those early years. But the restaurant
hush puppies are hot and crispy. L, D. friendly—they all fit España, a rela- was brought back from the brink and
today has a staff of nearly 100, 60 tables
tively new outlet for Spanish and in the main dining room, four private
Sliders Seafood Grille and Portuguese cuisine on Amelia function spaces, a working micro-brewery,
Oyster Bar 218 First St., Island. The interior is casual rustic lounge and multi-level waterside deck.
Neptune Beach (246-0881). Fish is Here’s an abbreviated list of
with faux clay walls and plenty of
Sliders’ specialty, as are “you shuck Candelino’s dos and don’ts for any
Spanish collectibles. Tapas items
‘em” oysters and Key lime pie. wannabe restaurateur:
start around $6 and entrées are
Seafood gumbo, Cajun grilled mahi • Location. Like many other businesses,
priced between $17 and $24. D.
and butternut grouper are featured location is crucial. “Once you have a
on the chalkboard menu propped Espeto Brazilian Steakhouse location, then move on to other things.”
up outside on the sidewalk. Outside 4000 St. Johns Ave., Avondale • Make a deal. Whether buying or rent-
tables make for fun people watch- (388-4884; ing space, make sure the price you nego-
ing. Try the fish tacos. L, D. SEE AD Fourteen different cuts of meat tiate is appropriate. “Can you handle the
monthly payments?”
ON PAGE 83 are fire-grilled and carved table-
side in the traditional churrasco • Hire a good staff. “In our case, we
Sliders Seaside Grill 1998 S. kept everybody at the start.” The staff
style. Live jazz and samba every
Fletcher Ave., Fernandina (277- was told that the new ownership meant a
Thursday and Friday. Open 5-9 new beginning for everyone. Changes
6652). Serving New York strip, crab
PM Sunday and Tuesday to would be based on current performance.
cakes, pork barbecue ribs, fried
Thursday; 5-10 PM Friday and “Little by little you begin to realize who is
shrimp and fried pickles. Ocean- good and who isn’t.”
Saturday and closed on Monday.
front dining and deck, tiki bar and
Fixed price. D. • Never stop training. Bartenders,
outdoor kids’ playground. L, D. servers, kitchen staff, managers—the
The Tasting Room, training never stops. “Consistency is so
Whitey’s Fish Camp 2032 C.R. important. A diner’s experience should be
Contemporary Spanish
220, Orange Park (269-4198). as good one day as it is a month later.”
Restaurant 25 Cuna St., St.
Situated off Swimming Pen Creek,
Augustine (810-2400, • Good service is golden. “We tell our
Whitey’s began as a tackle shop in hostesses that they set the standard for Innovation and
1963 but it wasn’t until 1988 everyone who enters. A positive experi-
seasonal variety are the hallmarks
when the establishment was com- ence for the customer starts with them.
of this chef-owned restaurant, The rest of the staff must continue that
plete with a full service bar,
serving grilled hanger steak with experience.”
kitchen, dining room and outside
anchovy butter, baby lamb chops
deck. Daily blackboard chef’s spe- • Know your expenses. “If your labor
with mint, and seafood paella ala costs, food costs and liquor costs are all
cialty entrées include north-of-the-
Valenciana. Tapas menu. Courtyard in line, you have a good chance of suc-
border steamed snowcrab legs,
dining and a private room for inti- ceeding.”
shrimp boil, beer-battered fried
mate gatherings. Wine Spectator • Market the business. “Be consistent
grouper, sautéed crab and shrimp
Award of Excellence honoree, and target your customers. There are new
cakes and all-you-can-eat catfish. restaurants opening all the time. Don’t let
Florida Trend Golden Spoon award
L, D. SEE AD ON PAGE 47 people forget about you.”
winner. Live music nightly. D.
SPANISH/BRAZILLIAN Taverna 1986 San Marco Blvd., San
• Pray. Without customers coming into
the restaurant, it doesn’t really matter
13 Gypsies 887 Stockton St., Marco (398-3005). San Marco’s how well you run the place. “A prayer
every now and then won’t hurt.”
Jacksonville (389-0330). Fresh, newest upscale dining option *
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the guide Risotto arborio of
deep sea seared scal-
lops with lobster sirloin are among the menu stand-
emulsion from outs. Private wine lockers are avail-
Morton’s The Steakhouse 1510
Riverplace Blvd., Southbank (399-
3933; Serving
broiled sea scallops wrapped in
bacon, apricot chutney, jumbo
lump crab cake, USDA prime aged
beef, live Maine lobster and
Morton’s legendary hot chocolate
cake. There’s a cozy lounge, pri-
vate board room dining and an
extensive wine list. D. SEE MENU ON

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

1201 Riverplace Blvd., Crowne Plaza
Jacksonville Riverfront, Southbank
(396-6200); 814 A1A N., Ste. 103,
Ponte Vedra Beach (285-0014). If
you’re looking to close a deal—in
any sense of the phrase—the high-
falutin’ steak house chain is the
place to do it. Steak (be it T-bone,
ribeye, NY strip or filet mignon) is
their specialty. Sides are remark-
able themselves. D.
Shula’s 347 Grill 10605
Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville
(642-0063; Hall of
Fame football coach, Don Shula,
brings the casual dining restaurant
Shula's 347 Grill to Jacksonville.
The restaurant's dark mahogany
and pigskin covered walls with the
occasional LCD television gives
the feeling of a high-end sports
bar & grill but one that serves cuts
of Black Angus beef. L, D.
Tree Steakhouse 11362-1 San
Jose Blvd., Mandarin (262-0006).
For over 35 years the Tree has
been serving prime steaks cut
features a casual interior and a for kids 5-12. An enormous buffet tableside, as well as fish, chicken
menu that draws inspiration from of salads, soups and veggies sets and lamb. Arguably the most pop-
Spain and the Mediterranean. the table for skewers of hot-off- ular cut is the ribeye, brought
Tapas items, salads, meats and the-grill steak, lamb, chicken and whole to your table and trimmed
pizzas made in a wood-burning more. D. to your liking. Salad bar and
oven are top sellers. Front patio extensive wine list. D. SEE MENU ON
tables are great for people-watch-
ing and enjoying a leisurely lunch.
The Capital Grille St. Johns III Forks 9822 Tapestry Park Cir.,
Town Center (997-9233). A recent Southside (928-9277). The chic
Tento Churrascaria 528 First arrival to the River City fine dining new restaurant features an ultra
St., Jacksonville Beach (246-1580). scene, the spacious steak house is stylish decor- leather, dark wood,
Brazilian open-flame cooking is dressed in dark woods and white aquarium, and funky fireplace
the order of the day at the one- linens. Lobster bisque, Wagyu beef along with a large bar and patio.
price eatery—$39 for adults, $18 carpaccio, Maine lobster and aged Bacon-wrapped scallops, ahi tuna,

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nightlife guide
Amsterdam Lounge
bars, nightclubs & music venues
The Ivy Ultra Bar
11380 Beach Blvd., Southside, 997-6062. Belly-
dancers and hookahs are the main attractions.
Bo’s Coral Reef OPEN TILL
201 Fifth Ave. N., Jacksonville Beach, 246-9874. 2 A.M.

Live music nightly, local acts, DJ dance music on

City Hall Pub DJ &
234 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Downtown, 356- DANCING

6750. Located adjacent to Veterans Arena makes

it a post-concert hotspot.
The Comedy Zone
Ramada Inn Mandarin, I-295 and San Jose Blvd., HAPPY HOUR COVER CHARGE

Mandarin, 292-4242. National and local comics,

dinner buffet.
Havana-Jax, 2578 Atlantic Blvd., St. Nicholas, PREMISES GROUPS

399-0609. Latin, salsa and merengue DJ music,

dance lessons Thursdays, Cuban cuisine.
Freebird Live
200 First St. N., Jacksonville Beach, 246-2473.
Live rock bands, regional acts, touring bands.
Harmonious Monks
10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., Mandarin, 880-
3040. Singing servers every Thursday-Saturday,
karaoke, dancing encouraged.
Island Girl Cigar Bar
7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115, Southside, 854-6060.
Live entertainment in an upscale tropical lounge.
The Ivy Ultra Bar
113 E. Bay St., Downtown, 356-9200. Shabby chic
interior, pool tables.
The Lemon Bar
Neptune Beach, 246-2175. Watering hole located
oceanside behind the Sea Horse Oceanfront Inn.
Mark’s Downtown
315 E. Bay St. Ste. 101, Downtown, 355-5099.
Retro-modern décor, 2 full bars, DJ dance music, disco, hip-hop and more. Mainstay of the Beaches music scene. Hosts blues,
casual chic dress code. Palace Saloon jazz and rock acts Wednesday-Sunday.
Maverick’s 117 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, 491-3332. The Ritz
Upstairs at The Jacksonville Landing, Downtown, Historic bar presents live bands during the week 139 3rd. Ave., Jacksonville Beach, 246-2255. DJ
356-1110. Rock n’honky tonk, country music acts. and DJ dance music on weekends. dance music nightly, funk, ‘80s pop, alternative.
Mercury Moon Pete’s Bar
2015 CR 220, Fleming Island, 215-8999. Pizza, 117 1st St., Neptune Beach, 249-9158. A Beaches The Roadhouse
beer, DJ and occasional live music. tradition for 75 years, pool tables, full bar and 231 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, 264-0611.
cold beer. Long-time Orange Park pub presents local and
2929 Plum St., Riverside, 388-8719. Female The Pearl regional rock bands weekends.
impersonation revues every Wednesday through 1101 N. Main St., Downtown, 791-4449. DJ dance Square One
Sunday, karaoke, multiple bars and dance floors. music, “enchanted forest” theme. 1974 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 306-9004. Jazz
Mill Top Tavern Plush and R&B, DJ dance music and Sex and the City
19 1/2 St. George St., St. Augustine, 829-2329. 845 University Blvd. N., Arlington, 743-1845. nights on Thursday.
Acoustic musicians, blue grass bands nightly. Dance club with DJ spinning house, hip-hop, and
Tera Nova
Monkey’s Uncle Tavern Top 40 music.
8206 Philips Hwy., Baymeadows, 733-8085. Posh

10601 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 260-1349. Rack’em Up upscale club, dress code enforced.
Bar bingo, trivia, karaoke, patio bar. 1825 University Blvd., Arlington, 745-0335.
Pool tables, corn hole and beer pong. The Twisted Martini
Ocean Club
401 First St., Jacksonville Beach, 242-8884. DJ Ragtime Tavern Jacksonville Landing, Downtown, 353-8464. DJ
dance club, house, Top 40, reggae, old wave, ‘70s 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7877. dance music, salsa and disco nights, tapas.
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wine & a movie
Enjoy a night in with a glass of vino and a fun flick

Corie and Paul Bratter are Halloween is a great excuse Life is like a complicated Just like April showers, Dupree
young newlyweds who have to take a walk on the wild puzzle—you’re provided with rains in on the lives of newly-
just moved in together. She’s side. The crime drama all the right pieces, but you weds Carl and Molly Peterson
a free spirit and he’s not. Se7en (1995) stars Brad have to figure out how they in the off-beat comedy You,
When Corie becomes aggra- Pitt and Morgan Freeman as all fit. The 2003 film Lost Me and Dupree (2006).
vated with Paul’s dull ways two homicide detectives in- in Translation pieces Portrayed by Owen Wilson,
and demands a divorce, he vestigating a rash of serial together the lives of two Matt Dillon and Kate Hudson,
goes on a drunken rage and killings modeled after the strangers: Charlotte, who has the threesome battle through
runs Barefoot in the Park seven deadly sins (greed, reached two huge milestones mishaps when Wilson’s Dupree
to prove his spontaneity. envy, lust, etc). A good pair- (college graduation and shows up at his best friends’
Based on Neil Simon’s play, ing for this thriller is a wine marriage) and Bob, an aging door homeless and unem-
this 1967 classic stars Jane called The Seven Deadly actor whose family he never ployed. A crowded relationship
Fonda and Robert Redford as Zins ($17), which is—you sees. Their bittersweet en- like this one is best enjoyed
the 20-something couple. guessed it—a zinfandel. counter—significant although with a glass of Ménage à
A passionate film like this Its name is derived from the brief—pairs well with a glass Trois California White
calls for a refreshing summer seven different vineyards that of Mura Mura Pear Or- 2007 ($12). The light, fruity
salad wine such as contribute grapes to its cre- chard sake ($14), a light wine is a combination of
Mulderbosch’s Cabernet ation. The flavor is bold, rice wine infused with Asian chardonnay, muscat and
Sauvignon Rosé ($13), a fruity, and a little spicy. pear flavors that, according chenin blanc, which the vint-

bright and clear pomegranate- If you’re feeling especially to the Oregon maker, is remi- ner says create the perfect
colored blend of strawberries, sinful, have some dark niscent of a pinot gris or threesome, with or without
cherries and peaches capped chocolate, too. Riesling. food, alone or with two com-
off with actual roses. panions.

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rack of lamb, chilean sea bass and and ginger. House specialties Island Girl Wine & Cigar Bar
various cuts of steak offered. D. include fresh spring rolls, pla lad 108 1st St., Neptune Beach (372-
prig (hot and spicy fish), kaeng 0942); 9A and Gate Pkwy (854-
THAI daeng (red curry) padt prig pow 6060). Cozy and manly pub atmos-
Basil Thai & Sushi 1004 and padt Thai. L, D. phere at both locations. Food? No,
Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville (674- but they do have premium stogies
Thai Garden Restaurant 10
0190). Basil specializes in sushi and wines aplenty. Popular for
Blanding Blvd., Ste. A, Orange Park
that are filled with creative and sporting event viewing and cigar-
(272-8434). An oasis of spice and
tasty ingredients like spicy mayon- maker gatherings. D.
flavor in an otherwise mostly
naise, crab, and green snap peas. Americanized dining landscape, The Grotto Wine & Tapas Bar
If you prefer a full-sized entrée, try Thai Garden prepares traditional 2012 San Marco Blvd., San Marco
the Chilean sea bass served with a Thai whole snapper, satay with (398-0726). The hip wine and
green curry sauce, brown rice and chicken or pork, red or green curry tapas bar in San Marco Square is
broccoli. L, D. and Thai garden curry. They’ll as popular as ever. The Grotto’s
Galangal 145 Hidden Road, Suite make your entrée as hot or as mild considerable inventory—70 wines
as you wish. L, D. by the glass, 300 by the bottle—
110, Ponte Vedra Beach (827-
1150). Part of a family of area includes favorites and rare selec-
Thai Palace 9965 San Jose Blvd., tions; the tapas menu features
Thai restaurants, Galangal stands Mandarin (880-5363). Thai Palace
out among other Thai eateries for aged beef tenderloin, garlic shrimp
makes its home in one of and chocolate fondue. D.
its more refined flair. From daring Mandarin’s busy plazas along San
design to bold tastes, there is Jose Boulevard. The lunch crowd Riverside Liquors & Village
nothing understated about this favors rice and curry dishes, seafood Wine Shop 1035 Park St.,
chic eatery and lounge. Enjoy a and vegetables, noodles and basil Riverside (356-4517). An outlet for
number of Thai dishes along with fried rice. Four crunchy Thai rolls fine wines and spirits for more
a selection from the bar menu get a side of sweet and sour and than 40 years. They don’t serve
which is rife with tasty cocktails. shaved carrots, and the small green food, but a cozy lounge area at the
D. SEE AD ON PAGE 73 salad is topped with tofu and back provides space to oncork a
Lemongrass Restaurant 9846 peanut sauce. Choose between beef, purchase and enjoy a glass or two.
Old Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows chicken, shrimp, scallops or tofu for SEE AD ON PAGE 47
(645-9911). It’s not just the food a pan-fried dish with basil, pineap-
ple or the spicy pepper, or try a spe- San Sebastian Winery 157 King
that regulars deem “Zen-sational” St., St. Augustine (826-1594). An
(customer favorites include prig cial rice entrée with chili duck or
chicken cashew nuts. L, D. attraction not far from the heart of
pow, panang curry, crispy duck and the Historic District, the winery’s
ginger-infused salad with wonton Thai Room Restaurant 1286 S. Cellar Upstairs serves as a jazz
noodles). The restaurant’s sleek Third St., Jacksonville Beach (249- club of sorts, featuring live music
design in shades of soothing green 8444). Casual ambiance is comfort- on weekends. Offering light eats.
is equally as comforting—that is, able with lots of pillow-padded Banquet space available. D. SEE AD
unless, you order your meal “Thai booths and authentic cuisine ON PAGE 45
hot,” in which case there’s no sol- including chicken and beef satay,
ace. L, D. SEE AD ON PAGE 73 snapper, crispy duck, noodles of the The Wine Bar 320 1st St. N.,
drunk and chicken sautée. D. Jacksonville Beach (372-0211).
Pattaya Thai 9551 Baymeadows Tapas menu complements the
Rd., Ste. 1, Baymeadows (646-
9506). One of the city’s original
WINE BARS bars’ live music schedule and
open mic nights. Regular wine
Asian outposts re-opened in a new The Grape St. Johns Town Center tastings. D.
location. Offering a lengthy menu (642-7111; Wine
that features 40 vegetarian items is, of course, the main draw at Walkers 2692 Post St., Riverside
alone. Chicken coconut soup is a this hip, yet non-intimidating, (894-7465). The menu is light at
house specialty. L, D. meeting place with more than 120 this night spot — spinach arti-
wines to taste by the glass, bottle choke, cheese plates and roasted
Taste of Thai 4317 University and tasting flights organized by red pepper hummus about sums it
Blvd., Southside (737-9009). A taste classification. But tasty up. The wine list is long and the
family-owned-and-operated restau- vittles are also on the menu like specialty cocktails like the Mojito
rant features Thai cuisine in a Mediterranean quesadillas, Fizz are a treat. D.
warm and friendly atmosphere on gourmet cheeses, specialty
the Southside. Lunch and dinner spreads like spinach and apple- NOTE: This list does not represent a complete
selections are enhanced with the wood smoked bacon, and roasted accounting of all area restaurants. Every effort
characteristically Thai staples of was made to ensure accuracy. We regret any errors
red pepper hummus. L, D. or omissions. A new edition of Taste will be pub-
lemongrass, coconut milk, basil SEE MENU ON PAGE 27 lished in early 2011. Until then, happy eating.

taste 2010 97
wine & a movie 2
The sequel to four fun flicks featured on page 96.

When your favorite team isn’t The Oscar-winning comedy When Vianne opens a deca- Nothing good at the theater?
playing, pop in a classic foot- Little Miss Sunshine dent chocolate shop in small- Fahgettaboudit! Check out
ball film like Remember (2006) stars funnymen Steve town France during Lent, she gangster classic, Donnie
the Titans (2000), starring Carell and Greg Kinnear and arouses fear and intolerance Brasco (1997), starring
Denzel Washington. The teems with peculiar characters amongst her straitlaced Johnny Depp as an FBI agent
movie is based on a true story whose lives are falling apart. neighbors. But, with truffles who infiltrates the mafia of
of two racially segregated The only ray of light is 7-year- and cups of hot chocolate, New York. As he gets deeper
Southern schools forced to old Olive, a finalist in the the single mother slowly into the dangerous world of
integrate in the 1970s. Little Miss Sunshine beauty opens their eyes to accept- organized crime, he begins to
Though the newly formed pageant. The movie chronicles ance, friendship and happi- lose sight of why he’s there in
football team has to over- a comedic journey as the fam- ness. The five-time Academy the first place. When he
come prejudices at first, ily travels to sunny California Award-nominated Chocolat stops reporting to his superi-
team members realize that in in a beat-up VW bus to fulfill (2000) is a rich comedy ors, they pull the plug on the
order to succeed on the field, Olivia’s dream. We suggest you based on Joanne Harris’ best- undercover operation. To go
they have to unite. A fitting enjoy this farcical family trip selling novel. A story as with this film, you’ll need a
beverage for the film is with a glass of Bohemian sweet as chocolate would wine that isn’t for the faint of
Quarterback red wine Highway Pinot Grigio pair well with a glass of heart. Thorn-Clarke Shot-
($19), an Australian blend of 2007 ($9). The wine, named Baron Philippe de Roth- fire Ridge Shiraz ($19) is
shiraz, merlot, grenache and after a 10-mile stretch of road schild Pinot Noir ($10). intense and full-bodied,

cabernet sauvignon, with in Northern California, blends According to its maker, the something that can hold its
roughly equal amounts of honeydew, apricot and pear deep red pinot is dominated own when paired with spicy
each (hence the name). flavors and complements
many dishes—spicy ones in
by black cherry combined with
notes of wild strawberry, nec-
meats or sharp cheeses.
particular. tarine and peach.

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