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Frutti di mari from WHOSE MENU IS INSIDE :
ENZA’S ITALIAN
RESTAURANT AZUREA AT ONE OCEAN ....................8
MEZZA LUNA ................................10
OCEAN 60 ....................................12
AQUA GRILL ..................................16
BEACH DINER................................17
BISTRO AIX ..................................18
BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE ........19
CHA CHA’S ....................................20
CHART HOUSE ..............................21
CORNER BISTRO ............................22
ENZA’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT ..........23
FIONN MACCOOLS ..........................24
JULIETTE’S ..................................25
LIBRETTO’S ..................................26
MIXX ............................................27
MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE..........28
SPECKLED HEN ............................29
SUITE ..........................................30
TACO LU ......................................31
WHISKY RIVER ..............................32

DISPLAY ADVERTISERS
CASBAH CAFE ..........................................2
MOJO BAR-B-Q ........................................3
LARRY’S GIANT SUBS ................................5
ALHAMBRA DINNER THEATRE ..................34
‘TOWN ................................................35
PETERBROOKE CHOCOLATIER ..................35
RAGTIME ..............................................36
PHILLY’S FINEST ....................................36
ICHIBAN ..............................................37
CRUISER’S GRILL ..................................37
TAPESTRY CAFE ....................................38
CORNER BISTRO ....................................38
CAPITAL GRILLE ....................................39
SAN SEBASTIAN WINERY ........................39
PULP ..................................................40
THREE LAYERS CAFE ..............................40
RENNA’S PIZZA ......................................41
WHITEY’S FISH CAMP ..............................41
BLACKSTONE GRILLE ..............................42
A. CHEF’S COOKING STUDIO ....................42
CASA MARINA HOTEL ..............................43
SECRET GARDEN CAFE ............................43
BUDDHA’S BELLY ..................................44
ESPETO BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSE ............44
ZAITOON MEDITERRANEAN GRILL ..............44
THE BLUE FISH RESTAURANT ..................44
CAFFE ANDIAMO ....................................45
RIVERSIDE LIQUORS ..............................45
CORTESSÉS BISTRO ................................46
TAVERNA ..............................................46
MOON RIVER PIZZA ................................46
AUGUSTINE GRILLE & 619 OCEAN VIEW ..........50
BLUE BAMBOO ......................................99
TPC SAWGRASS ........................Back Cover

taste 2011 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 | www.azurearestaurant.com
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FIRST COAST CUISINE

BEGINNINGS Maple Leaf Farms Duck Duo 28 Azurea


Tableside Winter Squash Bisque 8 Crispy Skin Duck Breast, Smoked Duck Spanakopita,
Crimini Mushroom Spoon Bread
at One Ocean
Asian Pear Compote, Duck Confit Purse
Azurea’s Baby Romaine Caesar Salad 8 Tellicherry Crusted Harris Ranch Resort Hotel & Spa
White Anchovy Parmesan Dressing, Toasted Natural Beef Tenderloin 30 One Ocean Boulevard
Brioche Crouton White Truffle Herb Dauphinoise, Potato Creamed Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Silver Queen Corn (904) 249-7402
Hudson Valley Duck Two-Ways 16
Seared Red Sea Salt Dusted Foie Gras, Clove SIMPLY GRILLED
Scented Brioche Bread, Duck Confit, Crisp Pancetta
and Chicken Liver Pate, Black Currant Preserve “FROM THE SEA” Hours
Warm Gorgonzola Soufflé 8 Coastal Carolina Hog Snapper 25 BREAKFAST
Orchard Coulis, Pistachio Pesto Everglades Hearts of Palm and Citrus Ceviche 7- 11am
Colorado Lamb Meatball Sampler 12 Herb Marinated Florida Mahi Mahi 25 LUNCH
South Carolina Grain Mustard Mop, Mint and Tomato and Thai Basil Vinaigrette
11:30am - 2:30pm
Stone-Fruit Chutney, Roasted Garlic and Seafood Mixed Grill 27
Preserved Lemon Aioli DINNER
Fresh Catch, Hawaiian Prawns, Diver Sea Scallop,
Cast Iron Seared Jumbo Blue Crab Cake 16 Lemon-Caper Buerre Blanc 6 - 10pm
Apple Cider Braised Collard Greens, Charred Tradewinds Caught Atlantic Cobia 25 Credit Cards
Heirloom Tomatoes, Crisp Smoked Bacon Clementine Marmalade all major credit cards
Artisanal Mixed Green Salad 10
Roasted Walnuts, Arkansas Black Apples, “FROM THE LAND” Reservations Accepted
Maple Crouton, Mulled Apple Cider Vinaigrette Bone-In Wild Boar Ribeye 36 yes
Pacific Ahi Tuna Carpaccio 14 Huckleberry Conserve Liquor
Blue Crab Meat, Ripe Mango, Piquillo Peppers, 16 oz. Bone-In Veal Chop 37 full service bar
Fresh Thai Basil, Chilled Sesame Citrus Nage Three-Peppercorn Crust, Caramelized
Shallot and Port Jus Outdoor Dining
Roasted Beet and Sweet Grass Dairy yes
Goat Cheese Salad 10 12 oz. Prime Strip 28 Day Dry Aged 38
Goat Cheese Mousse, Arugula, Walnut Vinaigrette Horseradish Mustard Butter Food Service After 11 pm
Roasted Georgian Bob White Quail 14 Mishima Ranch Wagyu yes
Apple Cornbread Stuffing, Bourbon Glaze, Beef Tenderloin (5 oz. minimum) 7 per oz.
Peppered Bacon and Vidalia Onion Relish
Banquet Facilities
Granny Smith Apple Strudel
yes
SPECIALTIES DESSERTS Catering Available
Fresh Catch 3 Ways 28 Warm Crispy Banana Bread Pudding 7 yes
Grilled with Tropical Fruit Salpicone Bronzed with Belgian White Sipping Chocolate, Nutmeg
Citrus Butter Emulsion Beignet Battered with Scented Mini Marshmallows Entertainment
Smoked Vidalia Onion Remoulade Pumpkin Cheesecake 7 no
Maine Lobster Risotto 32 Gingersnap Crust, Caramel Pecan Rum Sauce, Valet Parking
Deshelled Maine Lobster, Toasted Carnaroli Rice Vanilla Chantilly yes
Foraged Mushrooms, English Peas, Tarragon Duo of Crème Brulées 7
Hand Crafted Butternut Squash Tortellini 22 Butterscotch and Tahitian Vanilla Bean, Bitter
Spaghetti Squash, Forest Mushrooms Toasted Chocolate Wafers azurearestaurant.com
Pepita, English Peas, Grape Tomatoes, Sage Cashew Tartlet Enrobed in
Brown Butter Smooth Milk Chocolate 7
North Carolina Tangle Wood Farms Caramel Ice Cream, Salted Caramel Pouring Sauce
Chicken Breast 27 Florida Key Lime Semifreddo 7
Pecan Brioche Stuffing, Antebellum Grits with Pink Peppercorn Meringue Crumble, Roasted
Tasso Ham, Braised Brussels Sprouts Strawberry Sauce
Slow Braised Waygu Short Ribs 28 Profiteroles 7
White Truffle Parsnip Purée, Roasted Miniature Cinnamon Stick Ice Cream, Amarena Cherries,
Winter Vegetables Hot Fudge
Coriander Dusted Sea Bass 30 Warm Baked Camembert in Puff Pastry 7
Maine Lobster-Mango Gastrique, Cilantro Emulsion Cranberry Reduction, Adriatic Fig Compote,
Seared Diver Scallops 26 Toasted Marcona Almonds
Green Onion Crepe, Lump Blue Crab, House Freshly Spun Ice Creams and Sorbets 6
Smoked Bacon, Hominy, Asparagus Spears Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Tahitian Vanilla or
Hand Rolled Sweet Potato Gnocchi 26 Belgian Chocolate Ice Cream, Mango, Black Currant
Crisp Veal Sweetbreads, Parmesan Cheese or Meyer Lemon Sorbet, Crisp Almond Florentine
Pignoli, English Peas, Madeira Cream Jus Dessert Sampler for Two 12

taste 2011 9
Mezza Luna

Fine Dining in Neptune Beach


Mezza Luna offers a mix of old world Italian cuisine and modern American
classics. The menu ranges from gourmet wood-fired pizza to nightly specials
featuring fresh local fish and seasonal game. Enjoy the busy atmosphere of
the bar or eat in the quieter surroundings of the main dining room. You might
want to venture outdoors into the beautifully landscaped patio. Wherever
you eat, choose an accompanying wine from Mezza Luna’s extensive list or
try a cocktail from the full bar. Reservations are accepted and all dishes
are available to go. Come and see why Mezza Luna is the beach’s finest
neighborhood restaurant.

Mezza Luna 110 First St., Neptune Beach | (904) 249-5573 | www.mezzalunaneptunebeach.com
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ITALIAN

Mezza Luna
110 First St.
Neptune Beach, FL 32266
(904) 249-5573

STARTERS Lasagna Bolognese 17


Hours
Chef’s Soup created daily 7 Chicken Piccata, Parmesan or Marsala 18
DINNER
Ahi Tuna Tartare 12 Veal Piccata, Parmesan or Marsala 24 5pm-close
ginger aioli & sweet soy sauce
SALADS Credit Cards
Crispy Vagabondo Calamari 10
Caesar 7 all major credit cards
lemon, basil & marinara
creamy parmesan vinaigrette & croutons Reservations Accepted
Beer Steamed Clams bacon & tomatoes 13
Grilled Pear Salad 8 yes
Duck Breast Confit 12
gorgonzola, spiced pecans & raspberry vinaigrette
truffle potatoes, caramelized onions & red wine Liquor
House Salad 7 full service bar
Parmesan Risotto Shrimp 12
greens, grape tomato, carrots, balsamic vinaigrette,
charred corn & smoked tomato broth Outdoor Dining
freshly grated parmesan
Almond Fried Brie 11 yes
Mozzarella Caprese 9
baby arugula, fresh cranberry & walnut vinaigrette
house made mozzarella, tomatoes & basil Food Service After 11 pm
Steamed Mussels 11 add prosciutto 12 no
roasted tomatoes & fennel broth
Tuna Nicoise 9 Banquet Facilities
Surf and Turf 13 white anchovy, tomato, frisse & roasted garlic aioli yes
braised short rib, seared scallop, banana peppers
relish & blackberry coulis Pickled Beet & Goat Cheese 8 Catering Available
roasted pecans, orange segments & crispy onions
Escargot 9 yes
bacon lardons, red wine & puff pastry CREATE YOUR OWN PASTA Entertainment
Cheese Plate 9 Pasta 12 yes
fettuccini, meat tortellini, angel hair, penne, linguine
ENTRÉES or whole wheat spaghetti
Valet Parking
yes
Ossobucco 26 Sauces
truffled cauliflower purée, baby carrots & lemon
(fri. & sat.)
marinara, rosato, alfredo, roasted tomato, bolognese
pinenut gremolata Special Features
or garlic & oil
Roasted Duck Leg 22 Additions MUSICAL
braised white beans, caramelized cipolini sauce HAPPY HOUR
shrimp, chicken, clams, mussels, meatballs,
Filet Mignon 29 calamari or primavera 5 Join us in the bar
truffled mash, wild mushrooms, bacon, red wine & Scallops 3 each Tuesday & Thursday
haricots verts 6-8pm
Fresh Catch 10
Grilled Flatiron Steak 23
balsamic roasted shallots & herbed pomme frites WOOD FIRED PIZZA mezzalunaneptunebeach.com
Mustard Tarragon Glazed Salmon 23 The Greek 16
roasted beet vinaigrette, sweet potato, prosciutto feta, spinach, tomatoes, mozzarella & olives
Pan Seared Grouper 26 Prosciutto 17
spinach, shallot-balsamic confit, smokey blue cheese mozzarella, fontina, caramelized onions & roma
& pepperonata tomatoes
Fennel Dusted Sea Bass 29 Traditional 15
vegetable ragout, fresh herbs, sweet peppers choice of: pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions,
olives or tomatoes
Grilled Harris Ranch Pork Chop 26
lemon risotto, caper-sage butter (White) Four Cheese 15
Scallops Charleston 26 mozzarella, fontina, parmesan & asiago
sherry, gruyere, mushrooms, saffron rice & asparagus Wild Mushroom 17
Crispy Skin Red Snapper 27 white truffle essence
sweet pea purée, mascarpone-chive potato cake, Blackened Chicken 16
sundried tomato-olive vinaigrette apples, goat cheese black mission fig sauce

Menu is subject to change seasonally

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Ocean 60

Fine Dining With Casual Elegance & Tropical Inspired Cuisine


Ocean 60 is chef owned & operated by Chef Daniel Groshell who graduated from the Culinary
Institute of America In Hyde Park, New York. His wife, Mariela Groshell, is the events coordinator
& business manager. Ocean 60 was established in 2001 and is currently celebrating it’s 10 YEAR
ANNIVERSARY in the quaint community of Altantic Beach. Chef Daniel takes French classical tech-
niques and combines them with different cultural inspirations from Latin to European and Asian to
provide a fusion of delectable flavors. Ocean 60 has a main dining room & wine bar which is best
suited for a more intimate dinner experience. Guests can also dine in our “Martini Room” which has
a more casual, lounge feel and has a full bar which specializes in over 25 martini selections. The
Martini Room has live music Thursday -Saturday Ocean 60 will be offering a new menu for the
Spring season including our Ocean 60 “Bocas,” our version of tapas. We are located directly across
from One Ocean Resort, formerly the Sea Turtle Inn.

Ocean 60 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach (across from One Ocean) | (904) 247-0060 | www.ocean60.com
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CONTINENTAL

Ocean 60
Restaurant & Wine Bar & Martini Room 60 Ocean Blvd.
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
SALADS Specialty Soups Du Jour $6 (904) 247-0060
• Roasted Cauliflower Bisque Infused With
Ocean 60 Waldorf $6
Bacon & Onions
Romaine Lettuce Topped With Candied Nuts, Diced
Apples, Bell Peppers, Celery, Green Onions, Carrots,
• Cream of Mushroom Infused With Sherry, Hours
Shitakes & Green Onions DINNER
Dried Cranberries & Blue Cheese Vinaigrette
Sundried Tomato & Bacon Caesar $6 ENTRÉES 4pm to close
Chopped Romaine Tossed In Our House Sundried Vegetable Stuffed Mushrooms Credit Cards
Tomato Caesar Dressing, Bacon Crumbles, Garlic Florentine $13 all major credit cards
Croutons & Parmesan Cheese
Oven Roasted Stuffed Mushrooms With Seasonal
Smoked Grouper Salad $8 Vegetables Served With Wild Mushroom Medley &
Reservations Accepted
House Smoked Grey Grouper Served Over Charred Wilted Spinach Over Florentine Cream recommended
Vegetables & Citrus Mixed Greens Topped With Ocean 60 Grilled Meatloaf $15 Liquor
Candied Pecans & Shaved Asiago Cheese full service bar
Chorizo & Beef Meatloaf Served Over A Dijon,
APPETIZERS Bacon Whipped Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables
Outdoor Dining
& Caramelized Onion Demi Glace
Ocean 60 Shrimp Ceviche Martini $8 yes
Citrus Marinated Royal Red Shrimp In Fresh Citrus Pan Steamed Ricotta Ravioli & Crab $18
With Scallions, Red Onions & Bell Peppers Served Pan Steamed Ricotta Stuffed Ravioli Topped With Food Service After 11 pm
With Calypso Dusted Tortilla Chips Jumbo Lump Crab Meat In A Light White Wine, yes
Parmesan Broth
Artichoke & Wild Mushroom Bruschette $9 Banquet Facilities
Sautéed Artichoke Hearts & Wild Mushrooms Over Seared Pork Chops $19 no
Grilled Focaccia Crostini With A Sundried Tomato, Topped With Wild Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions
Sherry Cream, Crumbled Goat Cheese & & A Sherry Mushroom Cream Served Over Garlic Catering Available
Balsamic Drizzle Whipped Potatoes & Seasonal Vegetables yes
Grilled Chicken Spring Rolls $10 Duck Duo $21 Entertainment
Grilled Chicken, Spinach, Caramelized Onions & Seared Duck Breast Served Sliced & Medium Rare yes
Goat Cheese In A Crispy Spring Roll Served With Served Over A Duck Sausage Sweet Potato Hash
A Red Curry & Garlic Aioli & Citrus Mixed Greens & Finished With Blueberry Infused Demi Glace Valet Parking
Grilled Salmon $24 no
Asian Style Oysters $10
Panko Crusted Fried Oysters Served Over A Miso Grilled Salmon Topped With A Kiwi & Crab Relish Special Features
Bok Choy Salad & Ginger Ponzu Served Over A Honey & Herb Infused Couscous &
Prix Fixe Menu 4-6pm
Sauce Beurre Blanc
Pan Steamed Prince Edward Wine Tasting Every
Island Mussels $12 Pan Asian Grouper & Shrimp $25 Monday Night at 6 pm
With White Wine, Fresh Herbs, Tomato, Spanish Sesame Seared Scamp Grouper With Braised Bok
Choy, Black Tea Infused Jasmine Rice With A Duo Happy Hour
Chorizo, Lemon & Parmesan Cheese Daily 4-7:30pm
of Citrus Fondue & Ginger Soy Glace & Topped
Beef & Portabella Tower $12 With Crispy Wild Mushrooms Featuring
Grilled Portabella Topped With Caramelized Onions, Half-Price Martinis
Tomato, Blue Cheese & Beef Finished With Marsala
Snapper & Lobster Panzanella $25
Genuine Red Snapper Served With Lobster Meat Live Music
Demi Glace Thursday-Saturday
Over A Rustic Style Bread Salad of Crisp Diced
Crab Cakes $13 Bread, Greek Olives, Artichokes, Red Peppers &
Sautéed Lump Blue Crab Cakes With Citrus Greens Feta Finished With Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette
Over A Roasted Tomato & Bacon Remoulade ocean60.com
Rack of Lamb $27
Bronzed Diver Scallops $13 Grilled Rack of Lamb Served With A Twice Baked
Fresh Diver Scallops Served Tomato Salsa Fresca, Blue Cheese Stuffed Potato, Seasonal Vegetables
Crisp Plantains Finished With A Chimichurri & A Mint Infused Demi Glace
Beurre Blanc
Grilled Filet Mignon $28
Goat Cheese Spadini & Shrimp $13 Filet Mignon Topped With Charred Wild Mushrooms,
Chevre Cheese Baked With Artichokes, Roasted Caramelized Onions & Blue Cheese Served With
Peppers, Caramelized Onions & Basil Pesto Topped Crab Mac & Cheese Whole Wheat Penne
With Grilled Shrimp & Served With House Made Finished With Brandy Mushroom Cream Sauce
Tortilla Chips
Ocean 60 Mezze Platter $16
Artisan Cheese Sampler & Roasted Cured Meats
Served With House Made Spreads Served With
Calypso Dusted Tortilla Strips
Menu Changes Seasonally & Chef's Specials Are Created Nightly
taste 2011 13
Danny Groshell, Ocean 60 Tim Cacia, TPC Sawgrass TEAM BEACHES David Medure, Restaurant Medure Ted Peters, Azurea

In the spirit of culinary challenge TV shows like Iron Chef, the inaugural competition will feature eight of the city's
top chefs battling it out in the kitchen to see who will be named the 2011 Great Chefs of Jacksonville, hosted by
Jacksonville Magazine and TPC Sawgrass. Two teams of four chefs will serve dueling four-course dinners
highlighting the evening's theme “Florida Seafood.”
150 Guests 4 Courses
8 CHEFS 2 Teams
WHO WILL PREVAIL?

Tom Gray, Bistro Aix Dennis Chan, Blue Bamboo TEAM CITY Scott Ostrander, 'town Matthew Medure, Matthew’s

Members of each team will work together to produce a series of dishes that will be scored by an invited panel, as
well as the night's patrons. More than just a gourmet tasting event, Great Chefs is a true competition, complete
with a coveted trophy and bragging rights. Seating is limited.

Doors open at 7 PM • Tickets available at JacksonvilleMag.com • (904) 389-3622


ECLECTIC AMERICAN

Aqua Grill
950 Sawgrass Village
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
32082
(904) 285-3017 SPECIAL APPETIZERS CHEF’S NIGHTLY SELECTIONS
Seared Caramelized Scallops 10 Seared Mahi-Mahi Rizzo 27
Hours Thai basil & sun-dried tomato hollandaise, potato Roasted tomato & fresh basil beurre blanc, fresh
pancakes & micro green salad. crabmeat, seared jumbo shrimp, grilled asparagus,
LUNCH roasted onion & garlic whipped potatoes.
Monday - Saturday Panko Crusted Fried Green Tomatoes 9
11:30am - 2:30pm Blue crab & roasted corn remoulade, garnished Maple Seared Alaskan Salmon 24
with Creole grilled shrimp & crispy Applewood With sesame-seared asparagus, pommes
DINNER
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
Credit Cards SOUPS & SALADS Veal Cutlet Parmesan 22
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
crabmeat, red onions & diced tomatoes tossed
First Coast Triggerfish Pesada 27
yes
in a creamy lemon-dill dressing. Romano-fresh herb breaded, topped with lemon
Liquor herb butter & served with fresh rock shrimp,
full service bar Hydroponic Arugula Salad 8 roasted red peppers & scallions over vegetable
Candied walnuts, fresh berries, grapes, Vidalia primavera pasta.
Outdoor Dining onions, goat cheese & raspberry vinaigrette.
yes Don Ho’s Ahi Tuna 24
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 with sautéed house-seasoned egg linguine.
lemon butter & white wine. Served with a fresh
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 rosemary whipped potatoes & sautéed asparagus.
Wild mushroom bordelaise, sautéed baby spinach
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,
Private banquet room Short Ribs of Beef 24 whole roasted garlic cloves, sun-dried tomatoes,
and a popular local bar Traditional rich flavorful stew of short ribs with roasted red peppers & homemade Italian sausage.
with large screen TVs. Asian pears, potatoes & fresh vegetables. Tossed in white wine butter over egg fettuccine.
Crispy Fried Seafood Platter 24 Vegetarian Delight 18
Panko fried fresh fish, homemade crab cake, Wasabi-crusted organic tofu, horseradish aioli,
aquagrill.net fresh sea scallops & jumbo shrimp. Served with three-pepper jam, Caribbean red beans &
our special hand-cut French fries & coleslaw. saffron rice, sweet potato purée & wok-seared
baby bok choy.
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.

16 taste 2011
AMERICAN

Beach Diner
501 Atlantic Blvd.
OUR BREAKFAST SPECIALS 96 with bacon or sausage links 8.59 Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Served with choice of white, whole wheat, rye- 92 French Toast Short Stack 7.59 (904) 249-6500
pumpernickel toast or English muffin, grits or hash with two eggs (any style).
browns or fruit (onions or cheese .25¢ extra) 93 Grilled Fresh Salmon 9.89 11362 San Jose Blvd.
1 Two Eggs 5.59 2 eggs any style, hash browns, grits or fruit, & toast Jacksonville, FL 32223
2 with Bacon or Sausage Links 6.89 94 Eggs on the ‘Bayou’ (single) 7.89 (904) 683-0079
3 with 1/4 lb Spicy Country Sausage 7.89 95 . . . . (double) 9.39
4 with Sugar-Cured Country Ham 7.99 Poached eggs on grilled English muffins topped with 880 A1A N., Ste. 2
5 with Pork Chops (1) 7.99 (2) 9.99 bacon, crabmeat, Hollandaise sauce, diced tomatoes Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
6 The Sunrise Special (6 – 8AM) 4.95 & green onions. Served with hash browns, grits or fruit. 32082
Two eggs, any style, bacon (2) or sausage links (2), ETCETERA (904) 273-6545
grits, hash browns, or fruit, toast or English muffin.
Short Stack & 2 Eggs 7.59
PANCAKES With Warm Maple Syrup Toast 1.79
7 Buttermilk Pancakes 6.29 Grits 1.69
Hours
8 with bacon (3) or sausage links (2) 7.59 with Cheese 1.89 BREAKFAST & LUNCH
9 Blueberry Pancakes 7.29 Hash Browns 2.19 Monday-Sunday
10 with bacon (3) or sausage links (2) 8.19 Bacon (4) or Sausage Links (2) 2.99 6am-2:30pm
11 Pecan Pancakes 7.29 Corned Beef Hash 3.99
12 with bacon (3) or sausage links (2) 8.19 Credit Cards
Canadian Bacon 3.99
all major credit cards
OMELETTES Sugar Cured Country Ham 4.59
Three egg omelette with choice of hash browns, Country Sausage 3.79 Reservations Accepted
fruit, or grits & toast or English muffin. English Muffin 1.79 no
13 Cheddar Cheese 7.89 Bagel 2.09
14 Cheese & Ham 7.89 with Cream Cheese 2.39 Outdoor Dining
15 Western 8.89 Cereal with Milk 2.99 yes
16 Mexican 8.89 Oatmeal, Brown Sugar & Raisins 2.99 Food Service After 11 pm
BUBBA SPECIALS Fresh Fruit 3.49 no
17 Mama Helen’s Fried Chicken Fingers 8.99 OUR SENSATIONAL SALADS Banquet Facilities
With two eggs (any style), hash browns, grits, or fruit, 31 Tossed Shrimp & Crabmeat Salad 9.89
toast or English muffin. yes
32 Chef’s Salad 9.29
18 The Ultimate 8.59 Catering Available
33 Chicken Salad 8.89
Two eggs (any style) with hash browns topped with
cheese, grits, (2) pancakes, bacon & sausage links. 34 Salad Sampler 9.29 yes
35 Caesar Salad 6.29
19 Fish-n-Grits 8.99 Entertainment
Deep-fried fresh Mississippi catfish (no bones!), two 36 Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad 9.29
no
eggs (any style), cheese grits, toast or English muffin. 37 Shrimp Caesar Salad 9.89
195 Steak & Eggs with Buttermilk Pancakes 9.99 Valet Parking
8 oz strip sirloin, choice of eggs, one side & pancakes. HOT OFF THE GRILL
With dill pickle & French fries or fresh fruit or potato salad no
OUR HOUSE FAVORITES 38 Classic Beach Burger 7.99 Special Features
20 Belgian Waffle with warm maple syrup 7.29 39 Open Face Chicken Finger Sandwich 7.99 Daily Specials
21 with strawberries 7.79 40 Traditional Reuben 7.99
Monday-Friday
22 Traditional French Toast 7.59 41 Turkey Reuben 7.99
23 with strawberries or blueberries 7.99 42 Deep-Fried Mississippi Catfish Sandwich 8.99
97 with bacon or sausage link 8.89
24 Corned Beef Hash with grilled onions 8.59
43 Grilled Bacon, Cheddar Cheese & Tomato 7.79 beachdiner.com
44 Patty Melt 7.99
25 Traditional Eggs Benedict (single) 7.09 45 Tuna Melt 7.99
26 Traditional Eggs Benedict (double) 8.09 46 Grilled Triple Cheese 6.99
27 Garden Omelette 8.89
28 The A.M. Rider 7.59 OUR SANDWICH FAVORITES
Two eggs, scrambled, with melted cheese, ham, peppers, With dill pickle & fresh fruit or potato salad or French fries.
onions & mushrooms in pita bread, with fresh fruit, or 47 Tasty Tomato & Sprout Sandwich 6.99
grits, or hash browns. 48 House Special 7.99
29 Toasted Bagel Sandwich 7.59 49 The Garden Pita 7.99
30 “An Old Favorite” 5.79 50 The B.E.T. Rider or (B.L.T) 7.99
Fried egg sandwich on whole wheat toast with lettuce 51 Tuna & Tabouli 8.49
& tomato, with fresh fruit, or grits, or hash browns. 52 Chunky Chicken Melt 8.49
Add bacon or sausage .69
53 Cordon Bleu 8.49
SOME NEW FAVORITES 54 Smothered Beef 8.49
90 Shrimp & Crab Omelette 9.89 55 Ultimate Turkey or (Club Sandwich) 8.49
91 Chocolate Chip Pancakes 7.29 56 Garlic Shrimp Rider 8.49

taste 2011 17
FRENCH/MEDITERRANEAN

Bistro Aix
1440 San Marco Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32207
(904) 398-1949
LUNCH MENU DINNER MENU
LUNCH COMBINATIONS APPETIZERS
Includes tropical iced tea or fountain soda. Crispy Chips 5.5 / 9
Hours
Salad & Soup House-made potato chips with warm blue cheese.
LUNCH
Monday - Friday Half Sandwich & Bowl of Soup Organic Beets 11
11am - 2:30pm With red, black & green lentils in creamy truffle
Café Menu 2:30pm - 5pm SOUPS & SALADS vinaigrette.
Creamy French Onion Soup 4.5 / 7
DINNER SOUPS & SALADS
Monday -Thursday Our signature version of this well-loved classic.
5- 10pm Smoked Tomato Soup 4.5 / 7
Hobbs’ Prosciutto & Topped with crème fraîche & chives.
Friday -Saturday Goat Cheese Salad 7/ 12
5- 11pm With mixed greens, tossed in a fig balsamic Baby Spinach 6.5 / 11
vinaigrette. With pears, candied walnuts & house-made blue
Sunday 5- 9pm
cheese dressing.
Crispy Calamari Salad 13
Credit Cards
all major credit cards
With red onion, grape tomatoes & shaved WOOD-FIRED PIZZAS
cheese in lemon-herb vinaigrette.
Reservations Accepted House-Made Spicy Sausage 15
“Aixoise Salad” 12/13 With carmelized onions, tomatoes & spicy harissa.
yes Julienned vegetables & lime-peanut dressing
Liquor with roasted chicken or calamari. Mushroom & Fontina 14
With purée of mushrooms, chives & white truffle oil.
full service bar Quiche du Jour 12
HAPPY HOUR Served with mixed greeds or Caesar salad. FISH, MEAT, PASTA & POULTRY
Monday-Friday
4-7pm
SANDWICHES, BURGERS & PLATES Risotto 14/ 20
*Served with house-made potato chips With house-made duck confit, scallions, organic
Outdoor Dining & mixed green salad butternut squash & pumpkin seeds.
yes House-Made Tagliatelle 13/ 19
The AIX Burger 14
Shrimp in light tomato-cream sauce with fresh
Food Service After 11 pm Juicy grilled half-pound domestic Kobe beef
with French fries. herbs & Parmigiano-Reggiano.
no
*Italian Press Sandwich 11.5 Steak Frites 22
Banquet Facilities Bistro “Onglet” steak with green beans, red wine
yes Turkey, ham & salami with provolone, Dijon &
a sweet pepper relish on a baguette.
shallot sauce & French fries.
Catering Available Lock Duart Salmon 29
Blue Hill Bay Mussels 19
yes On arugula, sweet peppers, pickled onions, goat
Steamed in white wine, thyme & garlic with
cheese, mustard & potatoes.
Entertainment saffron aioli. Served with French fries.
no Pasta du Jour 10/17 Eden Farms Berkshire Pork Loin 26
Over truffled spaghetti squash, Brussels sprouts &
Valet Parking Featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients.
porcini jus.
no Oak-Fired Fish “Aixoise” 16
Montana Ranch Filet Mignon 36
Special Features With basil potatoes & a tomato, olive & artichoke-
On green beans, shallot sauce, Stilton blue cheese
beurre blanc.
James Beard Award & au gratin potatoes.
Semi-finalist *Grilled Cheese Sandwich 9.5
Ashley Farms Duck Breast 26
With fresh tomato, cheddar, provolone & mozzarella
Emphasis on organic, With mushroom bread pudding, local baby broccoli
on brioche.
local & sustainable & creamy garlic.
ingredients.
Jacksonville Magazine
DESSERT
Top 25 Restaurant
1999 - 2010 Warm Belgian Chocolate Cake 7 Classic Crème Brûlée 7
With chocolate sauce & sweet cream.
Profiteroles 7
BistroX.com 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.

Please inquire about vegan, vegetarian, allergy and gluten-free menu accommodations.

18 taste 2011
AMERICAN

STARTERS SEAFOOD & PASTA


BlackFinn
Ying-Yang Shrimp 10.99 Hong Kong Style Chilean Sea Bass 24.99
American Grille
Fried crisp and tossed in the perfect blend of sweet Asian spices, coconut curry rice cade, soy sauce, The Markets at Town Center
and spicy Asian sauce. sautéed spinach. 4840 Big Island Dr.
Seared Ahi Tuna 12.99 Shrimp & Grits 19.99 Jacksonville, FL 32246
Sushi grade, garlic and pepper crust, seaweed salad, Cajun shrimp, andouille sausage, goat cheese grit cakes, (904) 345-3466
pickled ginger, wasabi, soy sauce. tasso cream.
Spinach & Artichoke Dip 9.99 Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes 19.99
Mediterranean Platter 7.99 Roasted Vegetable Pasta 14.99
Hours
Hummus, seasoned flatbread, roasted tomato feta dip, Whole wheat spaghetti, balsamic portobello, roasted LUNCH
Greek olives, cherry peppers, artichoke hearts. tomatoes and spinach tossed in olive oil and garlic. Every Day 11am-5pm
BlackFinn Crab Tower 14.99 Spinach & Feta Pasta 14.99 DINNER
Chilled jumbo lump crab salad, coconut curry rice cake, Penne, fresh spinach, feta, toasted pine nuts, roasted Sunday-Thursday
wakame, tobiko, miso vinaigrette. tomatoes, lemon sauce. 5-11pm
Crispy Calamari 10.99 Chicken & Broccoli Tortellini 15.99 Friday & Saturday
Blackened Brie 7.99 Lime Seared Salmon 17.99 5pm-midnight
Roasted corn and black bean pico de gallo, rice pilaf,
FLATBREADS fresh steamed asparagus.
BRUNCH
Fresh toppings served on Mediterranean lavosh. Sunday 11am-4pm
Iron Skillet Macaroni & Cheese • Surf or Turf
Roasted Vegetable 9.99 Specialty blend of cheeses, bacon, tomatoes, cavatappi LATE NIGHT
Sausage & Pepperoni 9.99 pasta, toasted bread crumbs. A late night menu is
Shrimp & Pesto 11.99 Surf with lobster 18.99 served until closing
Margherita 9.99 Turf with bbq pulled pork 13.99 after dinner hours.
Rosemary Shrimp Skewers 18.99 Credit Cards
SANDWICHES Shrimp on rosemary skewer, fresh vegetable kabobs,
BlackFinn uses only choice certified angus beef. all major credit cards
rice pilaf.
Sandwiches are served with French Fries.
Reservations Accepted
Balboa 11.99 CHICKEN & CHOPS
yes
Shaved prime rib, mozzarella, toasted hoagie bun, au jus. Low Country Pork Chop 16.99
Blackened Chicken 8.99 Sweet potato mash, apple chutney, collard greens. Liquor
Creamy peppercorn dressing, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, Queen City Chicken 14.99 full service bar
onion, ciabatta roll. Bacon-crusted chicken stuffed with sweet sausage Outdoor Dining
Saloon Burger 9.99 with sweet potato mash, fresh asparagus.
yes
Half lb of certified angus beef, sautéed mushrooms, Lemon Chicken 13.99
caramelized onions, swiss, bacon, lettuce, tomato, Boneless skinless cutlets, capers, lemon sauce, rice Food Service After 11 pm
onion, kaiser roll. pilaf, fresh spinach. yes
The Classic Burger 9.99 Roasted Lamb Chops 21.99
Half lb of certified angus beef with your choice of
Banquet Facilities
Balsamic glaze, sweet potato hash, steamed broccoli.
accompaniments, kaiser roll. yes
Ahi Tuna 11.99 SALADS Catering Available
Sushi grade, wasabi mayo, lettuce, tomato, ciabatta roll. Ranch Chicken 9.99 yes
Crab Cake 13.99 Mixed greens, roasted corn and black bean pico de
Roasted tomato, apple slaw, remoulade, garlic bread. gallo, southwest chicken tenders, crispy tortilla strips, Entertainment
cheddar jack, campfire ranch. yes
BEEF Goat Cheese, Strawberry & Pecan 8.99
We offer the finest USDA choice cut steak selections.
Valet Parking
Field greens, sesame crusted goat cheese, strawberries,
dried cherries, spiced pecans, strawberry poppy seed
yes
Filet Mignon 27.99
8 oz. cut, hotel butter, garlic mashed potatoes, dressing. Special Features
steamed broccoli. The Steakhouse 14.99 live music on the patio
Herb Rubbed Campfire Steak 28.99 Field greens, romaine, grilled prime rib, roasted roma
16 oz. ribeye, dry herb rubbed, garlic mashed potatoes, tomatoes, bleu cheese crumbles, roasted peppers,
maple glazed carrots. balsamic vinaigrette, crispy onion strings. blackfinnamericangrille.com
First Cut Ribeye 27.99 Chopped 8.99
16 oz. cut, sweet potato mash, fresh steamed asparagus. Ahi Tuna 12.99
Steak Frites American 23.99 Spinach 8.99
12 oz. grilled ribeye, cilantro butter, broiled bleu cheese BlackFinn House 6.99
tomato, truffle fries.
Traditional Caesar 6.99
Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf 14.99
Slow roasted, sweet potato mash, collard greens, Mixed Greens 6.99
honey chipotle ketchup. The Wedge 6.99

taste 2011 19
MEXICAN

Cha Cha’s
9551 Baymeadows Rd. APPETIZERS 20.One Chile Relleno, One Taco,
Jacksonville, FL 32256 Nachos Order / with Cheese Only $4.99 Spanish Rice & Refried Beans $7.95
(904) 737-9903 Nachos with Beans / add Beef $5.99 / $6.25 21. One Taco, One Burrito & One Chalupa $7.95
Nacho Con Carne $6.25 22. One Burrito, One Chile Relleno
Cheese Dip / Cheese & Bean Dip $3.25 & One Taco $7.95
Hours Quesadillas (one) $2.75 23. One Taco, One Beef Burrito,
Monday - Saturday Guacamole Dip / Guacamole Salad $2.50 Spanish Rice & Refried Beans $7.95
11am- 10pm 24. One Chile Relleno, One Beef Burrito
SPECIALS & Spanish Rice $7.95
Credit Cards Special Dinner $9.99 25. One Chalupa, One Taco & One Tostada $7.95
all major credit cards Chalupa with guacamole, 1 chile relleno, 1 beef taco, 24. Make Your Own Combo Dinner
1 enchilada, 1 tamale, Spanish rice & refried beans. Choose any 3 items $8.25
Reservations Accepted A. Burrito Special $5.75
no One beef burrito with sauce, topped with cheese, Especialidades de la Casa
lettuce & sour cream. Tacos de Carne Asada $9.99
Liquor B. One Chicken Burrito & Refried beans, tomatillo sauce & pico de gallo,
full service bar One Chicken Enchilada $6.99 flour or corn tortillas.
Outdoor Dining Topped with lettuce & sour cream. Acapulco Special $7.20
C. Taquitos (3) $6.99 Includes tamale, con queso, 2 taquitos (chicken &
no
Rolled corn tortillas stuffed with beef or chicken. beef), 4 nachos with cheese, lettuce, tomato, rice,
Food Service After 11 pm Served with lettuce, guacamole & sour cream. sour cream & beans.
no Chalupa Texana $5.50
COMBINATION DINNERS Beef or chicken, or beans with lettuce, cheese,
Banquet Facilities (No Substitutions) guacamole & sour cream.
no 1. One Taco, Two Enchiladas Carnitas Dinner $10.50
& Spanish Rice $7.65 Pork tips, rice, beans & salad. Served with tortillas.
Catering Available 2. One Taco, One Enchilada Beef Steak Ranchero $10.99
no & One Chalupa $7.65 Beef steak with red sauce on top, rice & beans.
3. One Enchilada, One Taco & One Served with tortillas.
Entertainment
Chile Relleno $7.65 Beef Steak a la Tampiquena $10.99
no
4. Two Tacos, One Enchilada & Chili With rice, beans & salad. Served with tortillas.
Valet Parking Con Queso $7.65 Special el Presidente $10.99
no 5. Two Beef Enchiladas, Spanish Rice Beef steak topped with cooked onions, tomatoes,
& Refried Beans $7.65 rice, beans & bell peppers. Served with tortillas.
6. One Beef Enchilada, One Taco, Chilaquiles Mexicanos $7.25
????.com Spanish Rice & Refried Beans $7.65 A corn tortilla stuffed with chunks of chicken cooked
with our special sauce. Served with rice & salad.
7. One Enchilada, Chile Relleno,
Spanish Rice & Refried Beans $7.65 Beef Fajitas $10.75
Strips of beef cooked with tomatoes, onions &
8. One Enchilada, One Tamale, bell peppers. Served with rice, beans & salad.
Spanish Rice & Refried Beans $7.65
Chicken Fajitas $10.75
9. One Beef Enchilada, One Chalupa
& Spanish Rice $7.65 Homemade Mexican Chile with Beans $4.25
10. Two Beef Tacos, Spanish Rice Quesadilla Rellenas $6.50
& Refried Beans $7.65 A flour tortilla grilled & stuffed with cheese, chopped
beef & refried beans. Served with lettuce, tomatoes,
11. One Beef Burrito, One Taco sour cream & guacamole.
& One Enchilada $7.65 Taco Loco $5.99
12. One Chalupa, One Chile Relleno A flour tortilla filled with pieces of chicken, lettuce,
& Refried Beans $7.65 tomatoes, grated cheese & sour cream.
13. One Enchilada, One Beef Burrito Chimichanga $6.75
& Chile Relleno $7.65 Chunks of beef & refried beans wrapped up in a flour
14. One Taco, One Chile Relleno tortilla then topped with cheese. Garnished with a
& One Chalupa $7.95 guacamole salad & sour cream.
15. One Beef Burrito, One Enchilada Nacho Special $6.99
& One Tamale $7.95 Cheese nachos with ground beef, chopped chicken,
refried beans, lettuce, tomatoes & sour cream.
16. One Chalupa, One Chile Relleno
& One Beef Burrito $7.95 Enchiladas del Rancho $6.50
Two cheese enchiladas topped with pork, cooked with
17. One Burrito, One Enchilada tomatoes, onions & bell peppers & enchilada sauce.
Spanish Rice & Refried Beans $7.95 Served with salad.
18. One Chalupa, One Chile Relleno Burrito Mexicano $5.75
& One Enchilada $7.95 A flour tortilla stuffed with pork, cooked with tomatoes,
19. One Chalupa, One Beef Burrito onions & bell peppers. Topped with nacho cheese,
& One Enchilada $7.95 lettuce, tomatoes & guacamole.

20 taste 2011
SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE

Chart House
1501 Riverplace Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32207
APPETIZERS SHRIMP & SEAFOOD (904) 398-3353
Oysters on the Half Shell 10.99 Coconut Crunchy Shrimp 23.99
Dynamite Scallops 13.99 Shrimp Fresca 28.99
Hours
East Meets West Tuna 15.99 Shrimp Trio Platter 26.99
Sunday -Thursday
Oysters Rockefeller 13.99 Baked Stuffed Shrimp 25.99
4:30- 10pm
Shrimp Cocktail 12.99 Pan Seared Sea Scallops 26.99
Friday & Saturday
Calamari & Friends 12.99 Chart House Mixed Grill 28.99
4:30- 11pm
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms 11.99 PRIME RIB, STEAKS & CHICKEN
Fried Asparagus 8.99 Credit Cards
Prime Rib – Chart House Cut 24.99 all major credit cards
Coconut Crunchy Shrimp 10.99 New York Strip (14oz.) 31.99
Hummus Trio 7.99 Reservations Accepted
Tenderloin Medallions 26.99
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake 14.99 recommended
Filet Mignon 28.99
Crab, Avocado & Mango Stack 14.99 Filet (6oz.) & Shrimp 29.99 Liquor
Lobster & Shrimp Spring Rolls 12.99 Filet (6oz.) & Cold Water Lobster Tail 44.99 full service bar

SOUPS & SALADS New Wave Surf & Turf 30.99 Outdoor Dining
Fork tender short ribs with Cabernet demi-glace no
Lobster Bisque 7.99
paired with seared scallops in a ginger soy sauce,
Clam Chowder 6.99 served with Yudon Gold mashed potatoes. Food Service After 11 pm
Gazpacho 6.99 Chicken Romano 19.99 no
Best of Soup 7.99 Pan seared with a blend of Romano cheese & panko Banquet Facilities
Chopped Spinach Salad 7.99 bread crumbs, with lemon shallot butter & tomatoes. banquet area available
Caesar Salad 6.99 CRAB & LOBSTER Catering Available
Chart House Chopped Salad 6.25 Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes 28.99 yes
Beefsteak Tomato Salad 7.99 Alaskan King Crab 45.99 Entertainment
Chart House Salad Bar 15.99 Cold Water Lobster Tail (7oz.) 31.99 no
Dungeness Crab Clusters 26.99
TODAY’S FRESH FISH SELECTION Valet Parking
We serve only the freshest fish available each day. SIGNATURE TOPPINGS yes
Any of these fish may be prepared to your liking: Dynamite Topping 7.50
grilled, baked or blackened. Served with seasonal Crab crusted, basil oil drizzle. Special Features
vegetable of the day & coconut ginger rice. Oscar Topping 7.50 HAPPY HOUR
Atlantic Yellowfin Ahi 29.99 Jumbo lump crab, asparagus & béarnaise sauce. Every Day 4:30-7pm in
Tilapia 22.99 the Bar & Lounge Only
ACCOMPANIMENTS
Atlantic Grouper 28.99 Add Coconut Shrimp 8.99 Early Dining Specials
Atlantic Salmon 24.99 Add Dungeness Crab (1/2 lb.) 8.99 4:30-6:30pm
Mahi-Mahi 27.99 Add King Crab 19.99
Gulf Snapper 29.99 Add Lobster Tail (7oz.) 24.99 chart-house.com
FRESH FISH SPECIALTIES SIDE DISHES
Dynamite Grouper 33.99 Saffron Risotto 5.99
Snapper Hemingway 32.99 Creamed Spinach 6.99
Parmesan crusted, sautéed & topped with Sizzling Mushrooms 6.99
jumbo lump crab & shallot butter.
Baked Potato 5.99
Baked Stuffed Tilapia 26.99
A New England classic, stuffed with crabmeat
Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes 5.99
& baked, with coconut ginger rice. Steamed Fresh Asparagus 5.99
Macadamia Crusted Mahi-Mahi 30.99 DESSERT
Warm peanut sauce with a hint of Frangelico, mango
Hot Chocolate Lava Cake 9.99
relish, soy glaze drizzle, with Asian green beans.
A rich chocolate cake with molten center, made with
Miso Glazed Salmon 25.99 Godiva liqueur. Served warm, topped with chocolate
Spiced Yellowfin Ahi 30.99 sauce, Heath Bar Crunch & vanilla ice cream.
Menu items and prices subject to change.

taste 2011 21
AMERICAN

Corner Bistro
9823 Tapestry Park Cir.
Jacksonville, FL 32246
(904) 619-1931
APPETIZERS Corner Crab Cake Burger 9
Calamari 9 Pan seared fresh made crab cakes served with
Hours Crispy calamari tossed with sliced cherry peppers lettuce, tomato and onions, topped with roasted
Sunday -Thursday and garlic butter served with a rich marinara. red pepper sauce.
11am - 10pm Mussels Provencal 11 Quiche 9
Friday -Saturday Black mussels cooked with white wine, basil, and Goat cheese & artichoke; ham, sausage, & Swiss
fresh garlic finished with spicy marinara sauce. cheese; spinach & broccoli with Fontina cheese.
11am - 1am
Paired with one of the following: Caesar salad,
Sunday Brunch Classic Steak Tartare 12 bistro salad or soup.
10am - 2:30pm Filet mignon laced with truffle oil accompanied by
capers, red onions, egg and rustic crostinis. Grilled Salmon Sandwich 10
Credit Cards Fresh grilled salmon with lettuce, tomato and red
Smoked Salmon Crostini 12 onions topped with our house made tartar sauce
all major credit cards Smoked Alaskan salmon served on toasted crostini on a toasted focaccia bun.
Reservations Accepted topped with caviar, capers and creamy dill dressing.
Bistro Turkey Club 8
yes Corner Crab Cakes 11 Turkey breast and capicolla ham with bacon, pro-
Crab cakes with chipotle aioli and cilantro crème volone cheese and basil mayonnaise served hot on
Liquor frâiche. a toasted ciabatta bun with lettuce and tomato.
full service bar Wasabi Ahi Tuna 11 Vegetarian Corner Sandwich 8
Blackened yellow fin ahi tuna served Japanese
Outdoor Dining ponzu vegetables, sweet wasabi sauce, and a spicy
Balsamic marinated and grilled portobello mushroom
yes cap topped with roasted red peppers, melted
mustard drizzle.
mozzarella cheese, arugula and basil pesto oil on
Food Service After 11 pm SOUPS AND SALADS a toasted ciabatta bun.
yes Available dressing: raspberry vinaigrette, ranch,
Caesar, blue cheese, creamy Italian, French.
ENTRÉES
Banquet Facilities Filet Mignon 29
yes The Grilled Caesar Salad 6
Hearts of romaine lightly grilled and served with 8 oz grilled filet mignon accompanied by Yukon
Catering Available Caesar dressing, parmesan grana and croutons. gold mashed potatoes and wild mushroom ragout
finished with a house made Worcestershire sauce.
yes The Bistro Salad 6
Mixed greens tossed with a raspberry vinaigrette Scallops Victoria 26
Entertainment and finished with dried cranberries, walnuts and Jumbo scallops, pan seared, accompanied by
yes crumbled goat cheese. sautéed asparagus and finished with roasted red
pepper sauce and crispy prosciutto.
Valet Parking Arugula Salad 6
Sweetened pears, goat cheese, dried cranberries, Tender Braised Short Ribs 24
yes
walnuts, almonds, and your choice of dressing. Spoon tender beef short ribs accompanied by scallop
Special Features potatoes and sautéed garlic spinach and drizzled
Mozzarella Salad 9 with white chocolate gorganzola cream sauce.
HAPPY HOUR Vine ripened tomatoes layered with fresh Mozzarella
daily 3-7pm cheese and topped with basil oil and balsamic Miso Marinated Salmon 23
reduction. Salmon marinated in miso accompanied by ginger
Add: chicken $4 (grilled or blackened); steak $4; jasmine rice, sesame vegetables with a citrus soy
cornerbistrowinebar.com vinaigrette.
shrimp $4; tuna $4; anchovies $3.
Crispy Gouda Chicken 21
SOUP AND BISQUE Pan crisped chicken breast stuffed with gouda
Soup Du Jour 5 Lobster Bisque 6 cheese accompanied by broccoli, scallions, tomatoes
and mushrooms over a rich tasso cream sauce.
LUNCH ENTRÉES Andouille Crusted White Fish 27
Lunch is served daily between 11am and 3pm Andouille crusted white fish with Yukon gold
All lunch specials come with your choice of soup, mashed potatoes, assorted vegetables, Crystal hot
salad, rosemary potatoes or steak fries sauce beurre blanc and drizzled with chive aioli.
Lamb Burger 9 Rack of Lamb 29
Tender grilled 8 oz. lamb burger topped with arugula, Rosemary grilled rack of lamb accompanied by
feta cheese, Bermuda onions and toasted cumin sundried tomato, mushroom and spinach risotto
mayonnaise. finished with a cabernet gastrique.
Angus Beef Burger 8.5
8 oz. grilled burger served with lettuce, tomato DESSERTS
pickle with one topping. Create your unique blend Crème Brûlée 6
with additional toppings for .75. Additional top-
ping: bacon, mushrooms, jalapeños, grilled onions, Four Layer Chocolate Cake 6
Swiss, cheddar, provolone and bleu cheese. New York Cheesecake 6

22 taste 2011
ITALIAN

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

taste 2011 23
IRISH

Fionn
MacCool’s
333 1st St. N. GREADOG (APPETIZERS) ENTRÉES
Jacksonville Beach, FL Spicy Spinach Dip 7.99 STEAKS
32250 Three Cheese Dip 6.99 Grilled Rib-Eye 17.99
(904) 242-9499 MacCool’s Mini Burgers 7.99 Filet Mignon 19.99
Rueben Egg Rolls 7.99 Grilled Portabella Pub Steak 14.99
Scotch Egg 6.99 Center Cut Pork Chop 15.99
Hours Hard boiled egg wrapped in seasoned sausage, Add grilled shrimp to any steak 4.99.
breaded, deep fried, and served with creamy
Open Every Day
mustard sauce. SEAFOOD
11am- 2am Catch of the Day 16.99
Sausage Rolls 6.99
Credit Cards Guinness BBQ Wings 8.99 Cedar Plank Salmon
all major credit cards Irish Nachos 7.99 Shrimp & Chips 12.99
Reservations Accepted Homemade boxty chips smothered with pepper CHICKEN
jack and cheddar cheeses, onions, tomatoes, Grilled Chicken 10.99
no jalapeños, and sour cream. Add Chicken 10.99;
Add Steak or Shrimp 12.99 Reuben Stuffed Chicken 11.99
Liquor
Giant Pretzel 3.99 Chicken & Chips 9.99
full service bar
Baked Brie 9.99 Pan Seared Chicken 13.99
Outdoor Dining Smoked Salmon 9.99 THE IRISH BOXTY
yes “Boxty on the griddle, Boxty in the pan, If you
Stuffed Mushrooms 5.99
Food Service After 11 pm can't make a boxty, you’ll never get your man.
yes SAILÉAD (SALADS) From the Gaelic word "bacstai,” a boxty is a
Fields of Green 2.99/5.99 traditional method of grilling a potato pancake
Banquet Facilities over an open fire or griddle. It is then stuffed
Classic Caesar Salad 3.59/6.99 with a variety of delicious fillings.
yes Spinach & Portabella Salad 4.59/8.99 Ha’penny Bridge Boxty 9.99
Catering Available Raspberry Salad 3.99/7.99 Tender corned beef, buttered cabbage and a creamy
yes Add Chicken, Steak to any salad for $4 mustard sauce tucked into a potato pancake.
Entertainment or Salmon, Shrimp to any salad for $6 Blackened Chicken or
yes Pot O’ Gold Salad 8.99 Shrimp Boxty 9.99/ 12.99
Fionn’s version of the classic cobb salad. Potato boxty filled with blackened chicken, tomatoes
Valet Parking and mushrooms in a spicy white cheese sauce.
no ANRAITHI (SOUPS) Add Chicken 9.99; Add Shrimp 12.99.
Potato Leek cup 1.99/ bread bowl 4.99 County Cork Boxty 9.99
Special Features Soup of the Day cup 1.99/ bread bowl 4.99 Ham, mushrooms, and caramelized onions wrapped
HAPPY HOUR in a potato pancake, topped with white cheese sauce.
Sat. & Sun. 4-7pm FIONN’S FLAT BREAD PIZZA Steak Boxty 12.99
Wednesday: $9.99
Cheese 5.99 Grilled steak, mushrooms, onions, and our Irish
Prime Rib Dinner. Pepperoni 6.49 whisky sauce wrapped in a potato pancake.
Reuben Pizza 7.99
Thursday: Police & WRAPS
Firefighter Night. Smokin’ Chicken 7.99
Chicken Salad Wrap 8.99
Veggie Pizza 7.99
Tuesday: Military Chicken Caesar Wrap 8.99
Appreciation. FIONN’S TRADITIONAL FARE Substitute shrimp or steak 10.99.
Wednesdays: BIA TRAIDISIÚNTA SANDWICHES & WRAPS (CEPAIRE)
Ladies’ Night 2-4-1 drinks Fish & Chips 11.99
from 4pm-close The Dubliner 8.99
Shepherd’s Pie 12.99 Warm corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and
LIVE MUSIC! Tue.-Sat. Corned Beef & Cabbage 12.99 Thousand Island dressing on grilled on rye bread.
Bangers & Mash 10.99 RLT 6.99
Roscommon Slammer 9.99 Irish rasher bacon, lettuce, and tomato on rye bread.
maccoolsjax.com Full Irish Breakfast : Two eggs, banger sausage, MacCool’s Burger 7.99
rashers, black pudding, mushrooms, tomato, baked
beans, and Irish soda bread.
Giant Guinness BBQ Burger 9.59
“Liam Style” Guinness BBQ Chicken 7.99
Fr. Kelly’s request: no mushrooms and green peas French Dip 8.99
instead of baked beans. Fionn’s Giant Fish Sandwich 8.99
Guinness Lamb Stew 11.99 Steak and Cheese Sandwich 8.99
Chicken Pot Pie 10.99 Double Decker Club 8.99

24 taste 2011
AMERICAN

Juliette’s
& The J Bar
Omni Jacksonville Hotel
245 Water St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
DINNER MENU
(904) 355-6664
SHAREABLE PLATES ENTRÉES
Black Skillet Mussels 11 Shrimp and Grits 20 Hours
Tomatoes, shallots, white wine, crostini. Vidalia onions, sweet peppers, andouille sausage, fire BREAKFAST
roasted tomatoes. Monday - Friday
Mayport Blue Crab Cakes 11 6:30 - 11am
Roasted pepper coulis. Seafood Pasta 28
Shrimp, scallops, crabmeat with bucatini pasta and
Saturday - Sunday
Fried Green Tomatoes 10 vodka sauce. 6:30am - 12pm
Blue cheese crème frâiche. LUNCH
Seared Twin Tenderloin 32
Barbeque Chicken Flatbread 10 11:30am - 2pm
Red wine reduction, whipped poatatoes and broccolini.
Caramelized onions, goat cheese. DINNER
Pan-Seared Ribeye 26 5:30 - 10:30pm
Margherita Flatbread 10 Gorgonzola butter, whipped potatoes and broccolini.
Tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil. The J Bar serves
Steak Frites 20 until 12am
Chicken Wings 8 Grilled hangar steak, béarnaise and fries.
Buffalo, barbeque, or our signature sauce. Credit Cards
Lamb Chops 26 all major credit cards
Appetizer Platter 20 Pistachio crusted, frangelica glace, whipped potatoes,
Fried green tomatoes, chicken wings and crab cakes.
Reservations Accepted
baby carrots.
suggested
SOUP AND SALAD Chicken New Orleans 18 Liquor
Blackened chicken breast, tasso ham, new potatoes,
Grouper Chowder 6 full service bar
mushrooms, green onions, béarnaise.
Atlantic grouper with fresh vegetables and cream. Outdoor Dining
Vegetarian Napoleon 19 no
Bit 6 Portobello, roasted red pepper, goat cheese, grilled
Bacon, leek and tomato soup. squash. Food Service After 11 pm
yes
Chop Chop 10 PERSONALIZED PLATES
Romaine, red onion, bacon, hard boiled eggs, cucumber, Banquet Facilities
tomato, toasted mustard seed vinaigrette. Burger Builder 13 yes
Personalize your protein, bread, cheese, three toppings
Walnut Gorgonzola 10 and served with fries. Catering Available
Mesclun greens, gorgonzola, walnuts, tomato, croutons, Protein: half pound agnus beef burger, grilled chicken, yes
balsamic vinaigrette. grilled salmon, Portobello mushroom, crab cake. Entertainment
Whole Leaf Caesar 10 Bread: Wheat bun, white bun, Panini, focaccia. no
Baby romaine, parmesiano, reggiano, white anchovy, Cheese: American, cheddar, swiss, brie, goat cheese,
croutons. blue cheese, pepper jack, provolone. Valet Parking
Toppings: Caramelized onion, French fried onion, yes
Caprese 10 bacon, jalapenos, salsa, fried green tomato, sautéed
mushrooms, guacamole. Special Features
Heirloom tomato, fresh mozzarella, baby spinach,
basil, balsamic glaze. Incredible Wine Selection
Fresh Catch 24
Upscale, Casual
Chicken Salad 10 Personalize your fish, cooking style and topping,
Breast of chicken, celery, grapes and walnuts, dressed served with rice pilaf and vegetables. Atmosphere
with mayonnaise and served as a sandwich or in a Fish: Grouper, salmon, mahi-mahi, catch of the day, Tapas Menu in
tomato. shrimp, scallops. The J Bar is perfect
Cooking Style: Grilled, pan-seared, blackened. for theatre patrons
Topping: Shrimp salsa, lump crab beurre blanc,
white wine, lemon and capers or sauce of the day.
Menu changes seasonally. All items based on availability.
omnijacksonville.com

taste 2011 25
ITALIAN

Libretto’s
Pizzeria & ANTIPASTI PIZZA
Italian Kitchen Bruscette Trio 6.95 Large: 18" Medium: 14" Personal: 10"
The Markets at Town Center Mozzarella Fritte 6.95 14.95 11.95 7.95
4880 Big Island Dr. Chicken Tenders 7.95 Sicilian: 16" thick crust 17.95
Jacksonville, FL 32246 Fried Calamari 8.95 New Yorkers call it a “square.”
(904) 402-8888 Stuffed Mushrooms 7.95 Grandma: 16" square 19.95
Eggplant Rollatini 8.95 Crushed tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil.
Antipasto 9.95 Toppings - Large
Hours
INSALATA 2.50 whole 1.50 half 1.50 personal
Sunday-Monday *Premium Toppings - Large
11am-11pm House or Caesar Salad 5.95
3.75 whole 2.50 half 2.50 personal
Garden Salad 6.50
Tuesday-Saturday Toppings: Pepperoni, Meatball*, Sausage (sweet or spicy),
Sicilian Chopped Salad 8.95
11am-2am Chicken* (fried or grilled), Bacon*, Prosciutto*, Tomato,
Tuscan Chopped Salad 8.95 Mushroom, Portabella, Onion, Eggplant, Spinach,
Credit Cards Spinach Salad 8.95 Roasted Peppers, Broccoli, Anchovies, Jalapeños,
all major credit cards Caprese 8.95 Kalamata Olives, Roasted Garlic, Ricotta, Ham,
Grilled Portabella 8.95 Pineapple, Sundried Tomato, Extra Cheese.
Reservations Accepted Large / Medium / Personal
yes ZUPPA
Margherita 17.95 / 14.95 /8.95
Pasta E Fagiole 4.95
Liquor Zuppa Del Giorno 4.95
Alla Vodka 20.95 / 17.95 / 10.95
beer & wine only Pizza Blanca 18.95 / 15.95 / 9.95
Escarole & Bean 5.95
Outdoor Dining Traditional escarole and white bean soup, with chunks Florentine 22.95 / 19.95 / 12.95
of pepperoni, just like grandma used to make it—can Chicken Parm 20.95 / 17.95 / 10.95
yes be served without pepperoni, but don’t tell grandma!
San Genarro 22.95 / 19.95 / 12.95
Food Service After 11 pm PASTA New Yorker 24.95 / 21.95 / 14.95
yes Add meatballs or sausage $3; chicken $3.50; spinach
or broccoli $3; grilled shrimp $5; mozzarella $1.50. Lasagna 22.95 / 19.95 / 12.95
Banquet Facilities Marinara 7.95 Positano 22.95 / 19.95 / 12.95
no Penne Al Verde 9.95 Apollonia 22.95 / 19.95 / 12.95
Penne Alla Vodka 9.95 Harvest 24.95 / 21.95 / 14.95
Catering Available
yes Fettucini Alfredo 9.95 Meat Lovers 22.95 / 19.95 / 12.95
Spaghetti Bolognese 10.95 Baked Ziti 22.95 / 19.95 / 12.95
Entertainment Cheese Ravioli 9.95 Buffalo or BBQ Chicken 20.95 / 17.95 / 10.95
no Baked Ziti 10.95 Il Diavolo 22.95 / 19.95 / 12.95
Valet Parking Lasagna 10.95 Tuscany 20.95 / 17.95 / 10.95
no Fettuccini Al Forno 10.95 Hawaiian 19.95 / 16.95 / 10.95
Special Features
Spaghetti Puttanesca 10.95 HEROS
Penne Palermo 11.95 Meatball or Sausage Parmigiana 7.95
Dinner Specials on Linguini with White Clam Sauce 12.95
Fridays & Saturdays. Eggplant or Chicken Parmigiana 7.95
Calamari Fradiavolo 12.95 Sausage & Peppers 7.95
Full menu is available ENTRÉES
for delivery with Grilled Chicken 8.95
Pastas available: spaghetti, penne, linguini, capellini.
no delivery fee. Sub pasta with broccoli or spinach $3; broccoli rabe $5.
Chicken Cutlet 7.95
Add a side salad for $2.95. Italian Hero 8.95
Chicken Parmigiana 12.95 Veal Cutlet Parmigiana 8.95
librettopizzeria.com Chicken Marsala 12.95 Fresh Mozzarella 6.50
Chicken Francese 12.95 Broccoli Rabe 8.95
Eggplant Parmigiana 11.95 Potato & Egg or Pepper & Egg 4.95
Chicken Scarpariello 14.95 CALZONES
Shrimp Scampi 12.95 Classic Calzone 5.95
SIDES Spinach Pie Calzone 7.95
Meatballs 5.95 Create Your Own
Sausage 4.95 We start with mozzarella and ricotta, you add the rest.
Pasta 4.95 choose from any of our pizza toppings for 1.50 each.
Sautéed Broccoli Rabe 6.95 WINGS
Sautéed Broccoli or Spinach 5.95 Classic Buffalo Style or Garlic Butter
Garlic Bread 3.50 With blue cheese or ranch dressing, carrots and celery.
Garlic Knots 3/1.00 6 / 10 / 20 Wings 5.95 /8.95 / 16.95

26 taste 2011
ITALIAN/JAPANESE

pizza pasta sushi Mixx


1161 Beach Blvd.
STARTERS 1 for $9 or 3 for $25 Salmon 11 Jacksonville Beach, FL
(served with bread) House cured salmon, arugula, red onion, caviar, fried 32250
quail egg, cucumber green curry dressing.
Polpette (904) 249-7787
Meatballs with fresh tomato sauce. White Anchovies 10
White anchovies, capers, tomato, preserved lemons,
Calamari Fritti olives, extra virgin olive oil.
Crispy fried calamari tossed with sundried tomato Hours
vinaigrette, chopped basil & flat leaf parsley, spicy SALADS (served with bread)
DINNER
lemon caper remoulade.
Insalata alla Cesare 6 Tuesday-Thursday
Ostriche Fritta con Pancetta Caesar salad with bacon, roasted garlic, ground
Bacon fried oysters, jalapeño slaw & BBQ hollandaise. anchovies & parmigiano.
5-10pm
Insalata Caprese Mixx Wedge 6 Friday & Saturday
Sliced plum tomatoes, house made mozzarella, Wedge of iceberg lettuce, house made herb bleu 5pm-11pm
baby greens, basil vinaigrette. cheese dressing, bacon, tomato & red onion.
Credit Cards
Insalata Siciliana Insalata Spinacci 7
Roasted eggplant, red peppers, arugula, house made Spinach, beets, tomato, candied walnuts, goat cheese,
Visa MasterCard & AmEx
mozzarella, wrapped with prosciutto di Parma, drizzled warm bacon red onion vinaigrette. Reservations Accepted
extra virgin olive oil.
Asparagi con Prosciutto, HOUSE MADE PASTAS (served with bread) yes
*All pastas are half portion sized. For a larger portion Liquor
Gorganzola e Olio di Olive please add $7 to pasta prices listed below.
Grilled asparagus, prosciutto di Parma, gorgonzola, full service bar
drizzled extra virgin olive oil. Spaghetti con Ragu e Polpette 12
Salumi Misti
Spaghetti, fresh tomato sauce & meatballs. Outdoor Dining
Assorted meats, cheeses & house pickled vegetables. Melanzana Involtini 12 no
Thin sliced eggplant, wrapped around spaghetti, tossed
Salsiccia alla Griglia in fresh tomato sauce & stuffed with ricotta, mozzarella Food Service After 11 pm
Grilled house made sausage, gorgonzola, Mediterranean & parmigiano; baked & topped with mozzarella. yes
roasted red pepper salad, extra virgin olive oil & Balsamic.
Pappardelle 12 Banquet Facilities
Carpaccio con Scaglia di Parmigiano Pappardelle pasta, wild mushroom roasted garlic
Thin sliced rare beef, arugula, shaved parmigiano, parmigiano cream. yes
Dijon lemon dressing.
Gnocchi con Ragu di Porchetta 11 Catering Available
SUSHI ROLLS $10 each Gnocchi, pork ragout, basil ricotta. yes
Southern Fried Shrimp Roll Spaghetti alle Vongole 12
Fried shrimp, jalapeño slaw, jalapeño aioli. Spaghetti, little neck clams, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, Entertainment
red chili flakes, Italian parsley. no
Tuna Roll (specify plain or spicy with chili paste)
Canneloni Fiorentina 10
Tuna, cilantro, pickled red onion & avocado.
Pasta stuffed with ground chicken, veal, spinach, Valet Parking
Wasabi Crab Roll mozzarella, parmigiano, ricotta & beschiamella cream; yes
Lump crab, wasabi paste, cucumber, avocado, served over tomato sauce.
wasabi caviar. Special Features
White Fish Roll RUSTIC WOOD FIRED PIZZAS HAPPY HOUR
Fresh spinach, avocado & Tobika caviar wrapped with Funghi 12 daily 5-7pm
sashimi Flounder; finished with a tomato chipotle aioli Caramelized onion, wild mushrooms, fresh house made (in the bar only)
& preserved lemons. mozzarella, quail egg.
Parma 14 Weekly Chef’s Specials
House Cured Salmon Roll
House cured salmon, cayenne fried onions, spinach, Prosciutto di Parma, pureed San Marzano tomatoes, fresh Pizza, Pasta & Sushi.
mascarpone cheese, spicy lemon caper tartar sauce. house made mozzarella, arugula & shaved parmigiano Weeknight Bar Specials
Tempura Fried BBQ Pork Roll Margherita 9
Puréed San Marzano tomatoes, house made mozzarella,
Wood Burning
Roasted poblano BBQ pulled pork, jalapeño slaw,
tempura fried roll. basil. Pizza Oven
Tempura Cajun Shrimp & Crab Roll Pollo 12
Roasted chicken, spinach, BBQ onions, goat cheese.
Cajun grilled shrimp, lump crab, avocado, scallion, red
pepper; drizzled cilantro aioli, tempura fried roll.
mixxfl.com
Marinara 11
White anchovies, puréed San Marzano tomatoes, black
SASHIMI/CRUDO olives, chopped oregano & grated parmigiano.
Flounder 12 Salsiccia 13
Greek style Flounder, diced cucumbers, tomato, red Fire roasted peppers, sausage, gorgonzola, puréed
onion, black olives, feta & chopped fresh oregano. San Marzano tomatoes.
Chipotle Tuna 14 Gamberi 16
Chipotle seared tuna, roasted tomato basil chipotle Slow roasted tomatoes, fresh ricotta & mozzarella,
aioli, pickled red onion, sliced jalapeño. shaved zucchini, bacon & shrimp.
Tuna Siciliana 14 Bianca 10
Tuna, sliced red onion, tomato, capers, black olives, Ricotta, mozzarella, goat cheese, parmigiano, roasted
chopped herbs, extra virgin olive oil. garlic, drizzled extra virgin olive oil, chopped basil.

taste 2011 27
AMERICAN

Morton’s
The Steakhouse
1510 Riverplace Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32207 APPETIZERS Chicago Style Bone-In Ribeye Steak $51
(904) 399-3933 Tuna Tartare, $15 Prime Rib, Bone-In Double Cut $52
Diced Tomato and Avocado, Thai Cream Available Friday & Saturday Only.
and Balsamic Glaze
Hours Domestic Double Rib Lamb Chops $41
Monday - Saturday Smoked Pacific Salmon $14
Chicken Christopher,
5:30- 11pm Maine Lobster Cocktail $20 Garlic Beurre Blanc Sauce $27
Sunday Jumbo Lump Crabmeat Cocktail $15 Chilean Sea Bass,
5- 10pm Broiled Sea Scallops Wrapped Pineapple-Pepper Salsa $41
Credit Cards in Bacon, Apricot Chutney $17 Broiled Salmon Fillet,
all major credit cards Colossal Shrimp Cocktail $20.50 Chef’s Beurre Blanc Sauce $32
Reservations Accepted Oysters on the Half Shell $16 Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes,
recommended Oysters Rockefeller Classic Preparation $16 Mustard Mayonnaise Sauce $41
Liquor Jumbo Lump Crab Cake $15 Colossal Shrimp Alexander,
full service bar Colossal Shrimp Alexander $18.50 Beurre Blanc Sauce $38
Outdoor Dining Baked Five Onion Soup $11 Alaskan King Crab Legs $62
no or as an accompaniment to any steak $31
Lobster Bisque $14
Food Service After 11 pm Lobster Tail, Western Australian $44
no MORTON’S PRIME OCEAN PLATTERS Jumbo Lobster Tail, Western Australian $46
CHILLED Whole Baked Maine Lobster market price
Banquet Facilities Maine Lobster, Colossal Shrimp Cocktail, Jumbo
yes Lump Crabmeat, Oysters on the Half Shell, “slightly smaller” STEAKS
Catering Available Alaskan King Crab Legs.
New York Strip Steak $45
yes serves two / three to four $43/ $86
serves five to six $129 Filet Mignon, Single Cut
Entertainment Bearnaise Sauce $41
no BAKED
Sea Scallops Wrapped in Bacon, Jumbo Lump Filet Oskar $46
Valet Parking Crab Cakes, Oysters Rockefeller, Colossal Asparagus, Jumbo Lump Crabmeat,
yes Shrimp Alexander. Bearnaise Sauce
serves two / three to four $42/ $84 Ribeye Steak $43
serves five to six $126
mortons.com Cajun Ribeye Steak $45
SALADS
SIDE DISHES
Center Cut Iceberg $12
Our Version of the Wedge, with Chopped Egg, Steamed Fresh Jumbo Asparagus $11
Tomato, Bacon Bits and either Morton’s Blue Grilled Jumbo Asparagus, Balsamic Glaze $11
Cheese Dressing or Thousand Island Dressing.
Sautéed Garlic Green Beans $8
Caesar Salad, Classic Dressing $10
Steamed Fresh Broccoli $9.50
Morton’s Salad, $10
Creamed Spinach, for two $12
Blue Cheese Dressing, Chopped Egg, Anchovies
Sautéed Fresh Spinach &
Sliced Beefsteak Tomato, $11.50
Purple Onion & Vinaigrette or Blue Cheese
Button Mushrooms $8.50
Chopped Salad $11.50 Sautéed Button Mushrooms $9.50
Sautéed Mushrooms & Onions $9.50
ENTRÉES
POTATOES: Jumbo Baked, Lyonnaise,
Filet Mignon, Double Cut Mashed, Potato Skins, Steak Fries $9.50
Bearnaise Sauce $47
Hashbrown Potato, for two $10.50
Porterhouse Steak $52
Onion Rings, Thai Cream Sauce $9.50
Double Porterhouse, for two $104
Carved Tableside DESSERTS
New York Strip Steak, Signature Cut $52 Specialty Desserts & Dessert Tray Offered

28 taste 2011
SOUTHERN GASTROPUB

Speckled Hen
Tavern & Grille
9475 Philips Hwy., #16
APPETIZERS SOUP Jacksonville, FL 32256
Lobster & Scallion Fritter 8 Creamy Wild Mushroom 6 (904) 538-0811
Mango and avocado relish, lemon emulsion. With shaved parmesan reggiano.
Duck Fries 6 Seafood Gumbo 8
Smoked sea salt, chives, horseradish, roasted Hours
Shrimp, whitefish, andouille okra.
garlic aioli. LUNCH
French Onion 6 7 days a week
Flash Fried Calamari 8 Three onions, herbed crostini, melted gruyere cheese.
Sweet pepper chow chow, crumbled feta, lemon
starting at 11am
sundried tomato and basil pesto. ENTRÉES DINNER
7 days a week
Beer Braised Short Rib Spring Rolls 8 BBQ Grilled Meatloaf 14 starting at 4pm
Ginger, scallion, carrot, bell pepper and datil
Roasted garlic smashed potatoes, sautéed haricot
sweet chili. vert, fried leeks. Credit Cards
Sausage Trio 11 all major credit cards
Grilled Bone-In Pork Chop 16
Andouille sausage with tasso etouffeé, chorizo Herbed potato cake, brown butter applesauce, Reservations Accepted
sausage with huancaina sauce, bratwurst with sautéed french beans, black pepper cider reduction.
sauerkraut and spicy mustard.
yes
Roasted Half Rack of Lamb 22
Smoked Mushroom Bruschetta 8 Liquor
Sweet potato gnocci, cippolini onions, prosciutto
Basil pesto, grilled mushrooms, shaved parmesan. wrapped asparagus, blackberry shallot butter full service bar
Chicken Liver & Biscuits 7 Braised Short Rib 17 Outdoor Dining
Pan fried chicken livers, country ham, buttermilk Grilled grits, roasted oyster mushrooms, thyme no
biscuit, caramelized onion kumquat marmalade. scented oven tomato, natural jus.
Food Service After 11 pm
Wood-Grilled Datil Pepper Glazed Half Pound Grilled Angus Burger 10 no
Chicken Drumettes 7 Huntsman Cheddar on a toasted sesame seed bun
Blue cheese panna cotta, celery sauce. with fried pickles, lettuce, tomato and onion Banquet Facilities
yes
King Crab Mac N’ Cheese 12 Sous Vide Chicken 15
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, aged cheddar, pasta fusilli. Flash fried chicken, prosciutto-asparagus bread Catering Available
pudding, balsamic glazed carrots, white truffled gravy. yes
Jumbo Lump Crabcake 11
Black eye pea salsa, sweet corn sauce, crawfish Seared Bone-In Chicken Breast 13 Entertainment
remoulade, parsley chips. Whipped potatoes, sautéed haricot vert, prosciutto yes
and goat cheese
SALADS Grilled Certified Black Angus Flank Steak 17 Valet Parking
Half and full sized salads available; Porter beer marinated with cheddar cheese potato no
add chicken ($3), shrimp ($7) to any salad gratin, roasted baby vegetables, veal reduction.
Special Features
Southern Cobb Salad 8/11
Tasso ham, blue cheese, tomato, onion, fried okra,
SEAFOOD & PASTA HAPPY HOUR
4-7pm every day
speckled eggs, house-made ranch dressing. Pecan Crusted Seared Scallps 18
Baby Spinach & Endive Salad 8/11 Sweet potato purée, wilted spinach, bacon leek
vinaigrette, endive scallion salad. speckledhentavern.com
Grilled Portobello, walnuts, goat cheese, balsamic
vinegar. Seared Ahi Tuna 21
Plantain mofongo, mango, green papaya salad,
Baby Caesar 7 smoked curry sauce, fried yucca.
Smoked caesar dressing, crouton ring, parmesan
reggiano, white anchovies ($.50). Shrimp & Grits 18
Local Mayport shrimp, andouille sausage, tasso
House Salad 5/8 ham gravy over stone ground grits.
Cucumber, cherry tomato, shaved red onion,
herb vinaigrette. Pan Roasted Local Flounder 17
Apple pirlau, sautéed local greens, fennel jus.
Chop Salad 6/9
Red and green cabbage, carrot, bell pepper, Basil Pappardelle 11
fried wonton, soy vinaigrette. Hand rolled pastas, red onion, cherry tomato, English
peas, zucchini, squash, shaved asparagus, white wine
sauce (with chicken, add $3; with salmon or shrimp,
add $7).

Menu Changes Seasonally.

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TAPAS

SUITE
The Markets at Town Center
4840 Big Island Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32246 LIGHT FARE SIGNATURE PLATES
(904) 493-9305
Hummus Duo 11 Black Cod Miso 16
Select two from roasted garlic, red pepper or black Fresh black cod in a sweet sake and miso marinade.
Hours bean. Served with pita chips, broccoli and carrots.
4pm - 2am
Lobster Alfredo 16
Tuna Fusion 14 Fettuccine with succulent lobster in our housemade
7 Days a Week Fresh tuna tartare with avocado and ginger lime Pecorino Romano cream sauce.
Credit Cards vinaigrette, served with crispy gyoza chips.
Lamb Lollipops 16
all major credit cards Shrimp and Crab Ceviche 13 Rosemary-seasoned grilled lamb chops.
Reservations Accepted Flavorful blend of shrimp, crab, red peppers and
yes mango, served with crispy gyoza chips. Mini Crab Rounds 16
Pan-seared lump crab cakes drizzled with housemade
Liquor Fruit & Cheese Platter 18 remoulade sauce.
full service bar Chef’s Artisan cheese selection served with sliced
pears, apples, grapes, strawberries and croissants, Lobster Tacos 16
Outdoor Dining drizzled with caramel sauce. Three flour tortillas stuffed with lobster salad and
yes Cajun slaw.
Sweet Potato Crisps 8
Food Service After 11 pm Thinly sliced pieces of sweet potatoes served with Lamb Burger 12
yes truffle crème. Seasoned lamb with goat cheese and caramelized
onions, served with mixed greens.
Banquet Facilities
GREENS
yes Grilled Steak Over Toast 12
Strawberry Feta Salad 9 Sliced and topped with horseradish cream served
Catering Available on toast.
Fresh greens, toasted almonds, strawberry slices, Feta
yes
cheese and strawberry vinaigrette.
South Beach Skewers 10
Entertainment Tender grilled chicken in a lemon white wine sauce.
yes
Lobster Salad 16
Lobster tempura with a chilled Udon noodle and Asian
Valet Parking vegetable medley. “SUITES”
yes perfect for sharing
Insalata Caprese 10
Special Features Fresh mozzarella, organic tomatoes, extra virgin olive Cheesecake 9
oil and balsamic glaze. Rich and creamy New York style cheesecake with
HAPPY HOUR
graham cracker shell.
4-7pm Every Day
GRILLED FLATBREADS
Half-off small plates Chocolate Mousse 8
during happy hour. Salsiccia 12 Silky semi-sweet chocolate and whipped cream with
Italian sausage, sliced tomatoes, roasted peppers and shaved chocolate.
Romano cheese.
suitejacksonville.com Bread Pudding 8
Tuscany 12 A classic brioche pudding with green apples, raisins
Artichoke hearts, prosciutto, Romano cheese and and topped with caramel.
extra virgin olive oil.
Pop Rock Sorbet 8
Pomodoro 10 Raspberry sorbet topped with raspberry sauce and
Cherry tomatoes, ricotta, mozzarella and roasted garlic. garnished with a mouth watering sensation.

Margherita 10
Fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, extra virgin olive oil
and balsamic glaze.

30 taste 2011
BAJA MEXICANA

TacoLu
1183 Beach Blvd.
GET STARTED! TACOS Jacksonville Beach, FL
Add Guacamole to any taco for .55.
Guacamole not as large 5.99/ large 7.99 32250
Made a few minutes ago, with roasted garlic, lime, Baja Fish Taco 2.95
cilantro & a little salt & topped with house-roasted “Straight from the streets of Ensenada.” Beer- (904) 249-TACO (8226)
pepitas for a little nutty crunch. battered Mahi served on a homemade corn tortilla,
with cabbage, pico, chipotle crema, cilantro & lime.
El Nacholu 6.99 Hours
Chips, queso, black beans plus pico de gallo, guacamole Bangin’ Shrimp 2.95
and sour cream make this nacho LA BOMBA!!! (You know what that is!) Spicy, Asian-style fried shrimp Tuesday -Thursday
served with cabbage, lime, chipotle crema on a soft 11am - 10pm
Add Brisket or Chicken 3.00
flour tortilla.
Friday
Queso Fundido 6.95 Mahi 2.95
Fried cheese like you’ve never had before! Pan-fried 11am - 11pm
Blackened fish on a freshly-made corn tortilla with
& smothered in sautéed mushrooms & roasted garlic. Saturday
cabbage, fresh mango salsa & chipotle crema.
Add Chorizo 1.50 10am - 11pm
TacoLu Verde 2.95
Queso “Cheese” in English. Yum! 6.25 Pulled chicken with our roasted tomatillo salsa and Sunday
Monterey Jack cheese. Make it a little spicy with the 10am - 10pm
QUESADILLAS chingona salsa.
El Explosivo 9.50 Credit Cards
Our beef Brisket, sautéed onions, mushrooms with guajillo Brisket 2.95 all major credit cards
chile sauce...an explosion of flavor—not a lot of heat!! Beef brisket that has been braised in Dos Equis Amber
beer, served on a soft flour tortilla with our homemade Reservations Accepted
Bangin’ Dilla 10.50 Ranchera sauce, poblano peppers, Cotija cheese,
Just like the Bangin Shrimp taco, but WAY bigger and
no
diced onion & cilantro.
better! Add spinach and corn and you’re the MAN! Liquor
(or WOMAN). Carnitas 2.95
Pork braised in a mix of Coca Cola and orange juice. full service bar
Cheeseburger 9.50 Melts in your mouth! Served on a flour tortilla with Mas Tequila
Over 1/4 but not quite 1/2 of a pound of seasoned jack cheese, onions and cilantro.
ground beef, with all the Cheeseburger goodness– Outdoor Dining
lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and mustard. Cheeseburger Taco 2.95 yes
Feeling a bit timid? We offer items for you as well! Ground beef, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles &
Cheese 6.50
mustard. Get it? Food Service After 11 pm
Chicken 7.50 Veggie 2.95 no
Beef 7.50 A hippie’s delight! Fresh spinach, roasted corn & Banquet Facilities
sautéed mushrooms with Cotija cheese. Even sounds
Add Black Beans, Roasted Corn, Spinach or Mushrooms good to me! no
add one 1.00; add two 1.50; all the way 2.00.
Tempeh 2.95 Catering Available
STACKED ENCHILADAS This soy-based taco has tons of protein and flavor. yes
These enchiladas are served “stacked” instead Served with cucumber-avocado salsa and a splash
of rolled. Layers of fresh-made tortillas, our of cilantro lime vinaigrette. Entertainment
homemade sauces, meat, cheese…WOW!! no
SPECIALTY TACOS
Roja 8.95 Valet Parking
Fresh corn tortillas with beef brisket that has been slow Taco Rosa 3.50 no
roasted in Dos Equis Amber beer & smothered in home- Seared Ahi Tuna with cucumber-avocado salsa,
made Ranchera sauce and Mexican cheese. Comes chipotle-ponzu sauce & a wasabi-soy sauce. Not very Special Features
with your choice of one side. Add a fried egg 1.00. Mexican, but really, really amazing!
Everything on TacoLu’s
Suizas 8.95 Avocado Taco 2.95 menu is made in our
Fresh corn tortillas with pulled, roasted chicken, topped Avocado, lettuce, fresh pico de gallo, Cotija cheese kitchen with only a few
with creamy tomatillo sauce & jack cheese. Comes & a dash of our cilantro lime vinaigrette.
exceptions. We make
with your choice of one side. Add a fried egg 1.00. Carne Asada 3.99 everything in house,
Skirt steak marinated in soy & lime juice on flour with
SALADS cilantro and onion. So much flavor, you won’t believe it.
by hand, fresh every
day–often more than
Tacolu Salad 6.99 The $10 Taco 4.99 once or twice a day.
Mixed salad greens with avocado, tomatoes, jicama & Filet Mignon, two cheeses, pico de gallo on flour tortilla.
house roasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds). Guacamole is made
This taco SHOULD be $10; but it’s not!
throughout the day and
Grape Salsa Salad 6.99 Scallop Taco 4.99 corn tortillas are made
A delicious grape chipotle salsa (redgrapes, almonds Blackened scallops on cabbage with a slice of avocado,
chipotle crema and a lil splash of cilantro-lime vinaigrette. two to three times per day.
& a little heat) on mixed greens. You don’t even need a
salad dressing! (But we have one for you—just in case). Come in and give
SIDES different, fresh and
The Baja Salad 6.99
Roasted corn, crisp green beans, poblano chilies (for a Cilantro-Spinach Rice 1.95 amazing a shot!
little heat), served on a bed of mixed greens with our Black Beans 1.95
homemade cilantro-lime vinaigrette.
Add to any salad: Chicken/Shrimp 3.00/4.00 Frijoles Charros 1.95 tacolu.com
Mahi, Bangin’ Shrimp or Tuna 5.00 Mexican Street Corn 2.25

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AMERICAN

Whisky River
The Markets at Town Center
4850 Big Island Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32246
(904) 645-5571

Hours START YOUR ENGINES Four Cheese Pizza 10.49


11am - 2am Fried Shrimp Basket 8.99 Buffalo Chicken Pizza 14.99
7 Days a Week Chips & Salsa 3.99 The Dirty Mo 14.99
Tiny Baby Corn Dogs 4.99 Cheeseburger Pie 14.99
Credit Cards
all major credit cards Dirty Mo’s Cheesy Sticks 5.99 BBQ Chicken Pizza 14.99
Buffalo Shrimp 7.99 Additional Toppings 1.50 each
Reservations Accepted Pepperoni, Italian sausage, ground beef, bacon, ham,
yes, for private parties Beer Battered Onion Rings 5.99
black olives, green bell peppers, jalapeños, mushrooms,
Classic Quesadillas 8.99 onions, caramelized onions, spinach, fresh garlic, tomatoes,
Liquor green onions, chicken, salami, bleu cheese crumbles.
full service bar
Dale Jr. Chicken Tenders 6.99
Buffalo Dip 5.99 SPEEDWAY WRAPS & SANDWICHES
Outdoor Dining Nacho Mama’s Recipe 7.49 Served with pickle spear & your choice of side.
yes Substitute side with house or Caesar salad for $1.99.
Fried Pickle Chips 5.99
Food Service After 11 pm The Sampler 12.99 Fried Fish Wrap 8.49
yes Try a generous sampling of our favorites; including Pulled Pork Sandwich 7.99
Banquet Facilities a Classic Quesadilla of your choice, Beer Battered Classic Chicken Sandwich 7.99
Onion Rings, Dirty Mo’s Cheesy Sticks & a sampling
yes of Killer Wings. Served with salsa, chipotle ranch, BBQ Chicken Sandwich 7.99
Catering Available bleu cheese & marinara sauce. Pulled Chicken Sandwich 7.99
yes Sweet Potato Fries 4.99 Smoked Half Chicken 12.99
Entertainment KILLER WINGS & KILLER SAUCES Crispy Shrimp Wrap 8.99
yes Levels of Heat: Mild, Medium, Hot & Atomic Hot First Coast Burger 6.99
Add cheese or bacon .75
Valet Parking Killer Wings
yes Try them fried or Jr.’s personal favorite—finished BBQ Brisket Sandwich 8.99
on the grill. Served with celery sticks & your Two Wide Burger 9.99
Special Features choice of ranch or bleu cheese.
Add cheese or bacon .75
HAPPY HOUR 5/10/15 wings 4.99/8.99/ 13.99
Caesar Wrap 8.99
Mon.-Fri. 4-7pm with 25/50 wings 22.99/ 39.99 With your choice of grilled or fried chicken or shrimp.
food & drink specials. Boneless Breaded Killer Wings Beer Battered Fish Sandwich 7.99
Check our website 8/12 wings 7.99/ 11.99 Crispy Chicken Wrap 8.99
for special events & Killer Sauces
concert calendar.
Pick Two Wraps for 9.99
MILD: Lemon Pepper Butter, Garlic Parmesan Butter,
Honey BBQ, Smokey BBQ; MEDIUM: Hot BBQ, BBQ OPTIONS
Sweet Thai Chili, Spicy Garlic Parmesan;
whiskyriverjacksonville.com *All come with 2 sides and corn bread.
HOT: Jerk, Peach Habanero; ATOMIC HOT
Brisket, Pulled Pork, Sausage,
SHORT TRACK SALADS Pulled Chicken, 1/4 Chicken.
House Salad 4.99 Any 1 10.99
Kelley King’s Caesar Salad 4.99 Any 2 14.99
Chicken Chopped Salad 7.99 Any 3 19.99
Blackened Chicken Salad 7.99 Sides: Baked Beans, Fries, Sweat Potato Fries,
BBQ Chicken Salad 7.99 Mac & Cheese, Green Bean Casserole,
Cole Slaw, Corn Bread.
Buffalo Chicken Salad 7.99 Half Rack of Ribs 11.99
PIT STOP PIZZA Sausage Plate 6.99
All 13"x 18" rectangle pizzas are served on thin, fire
roasted crust & topped with fresh parmesan cheese. SWEET FINISHES
Pepperoni Pizza 11.99 American Apple Crumble 5.99
The Killer 14.99 Chocolate Fudge Cake 5.99
The Garden Pizza 13.99 New York Style Cheesecake 5.99

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PLAE Amelia Island Plantation, 277-2132
646-9506 DOWNTOWN & SPRINGFIELD
SALT 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., The Ritz-Carlton, BURRITO GALLERY & BAR 21 E. Adams St., 598-2922
277-1100 TIMES GRILL 10915 Baymeadows Rd., 674-2606
CAFÉ NOLA 333 N. Laura St., 366-6911
SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL 1998 S. Fletcher Ave.,
277-6652
BEACHES CHEW RESTAURANT 117 W. Adams St., 355-3793
11 SOUTH BISTRO BAR 216 11th Ave. S., 241-1112 CURRENTS RIVERVIEW BISTRO 841 Prudential Dr.,
THE SURF 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711
AL’S PIZZA 303 Atlantic Blvd., 249-0002 306-9512
T-RAY’S BURGER STATION 202 S. Eighth St., 261-6310
ANGIE’S SUBS 1436 Beach Blvd., 246-2519 HOLA MEXICAN RESTAURANT 1001 N. Main St.,
THE VERANDAH RESTAURANT 6800 First Coast Hwy., 356-3100
321-5050 AZUREA 1 Ocean Blvd., 249-7402
JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE 830 N. Pearl St.,
BEACH DINER 501 Atlantic Blvd., 249-6500
AVONDALE, RIVERSIDE & WESTSIDE BONEFISH GRILL 2400 S. Third St., 247-4234
353-6388; 5945 New Kings Rd., 765-8515
JOSEPH’S PIZZA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT 7316 N.
13 GYPSIES 887 Stockton St., 389-0330 BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q 1307 Atlantic Blvd., 270-2666; Main St., 765-0335
AL’S PIZZA 1620 Margaret St., 388-8384 1266 S. Third St., 249-8704 JULIETTE’S BISTRO Omni Jacksonville Hotel,
BISCOTTIS 3556 St. Johns Ave., 387-2060 BRIX TAPHOUSE 300 2nd St. N., 241-4668 791-4815
THE BLUE FISH RESTAURANT 3551 St. Johns Ave., BUDDHA’S BELLY 301 10th Ave North, 712-4444 KOJA SUSHI The Jacksonville Landing, 350-9911
387-0700 CAMPECHE BAY CANTINA 127 First Ave. N., 249-3322 SALSARITA’S FRESH CANTINA 840 Nautica Dr.,
BRICK RESTAURANT 3585 St. Johns Ave., 387-0606 Ste. 131, 696-4001
CARIBBEE KEY 100 N. First St., 270-8940
THREE LAYERS A COFFEEHOUSE 1602 Walnut St.,
THE CASBAH 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966 CASA MARINA INN & RESTAURANT 691 First St. 355-9791
COOL MOOSE 2708 Park St., 381-4242 North, 270-0025
ZODIAC GRILL 128 W. Adams St., 354-8283
EINSTEIN BROTHERS BAGELS 1661 Riverside Ave., CHIZU 2153 Penman Rd., 241-8455
Ste. 130, 354-0991 CRUISER’S GRILL 319 23rd Ave. S., 270-0356 FLEMING ISLAND
ESPETO BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSE 4000 St. Johns DWIGHT’S 1527 Penman Rd., 241-4496 LA NOPALERA 1571 C.R. 220, Ste. 100, 215-2223
Ave., 388-4884
ENGINE 15 BREWING CO. 1500 Beach Blvd., 249- MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA 1800 Town Center
EUROPEAN STREET CAFE 2753 Park St., 384-9999 BEER Blvd., 541-1999
GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET 2007 Park St., EUROPEAN STREET CAFE 992 Beach Blvd., 249-3001 MERCURY MOON 2015 C.R. 220, 215-8999
384-4474 MOJO SMOKEHOUSE 1810 Town Center Blvd.,
FIONN MACCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT
HOVAN MEDITERRANEAN GOURMET 2005-1 Park 333 N. First St., 242-9499 264-0636
St., 381-9394 WHITEY’S FISH CAMP 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198
THE FISH COMPANY 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 12,
INTUITION ALE WORKS 720 King St., 683-7720 246-0123
MOON RIVER PIZZA 1176 Edgewood Ave. S., FLY’S TIE 177 Sailfish Dr., 246-4293 INTRACOASTAL WEST
389-4442 AL’S PIZZA 14286 Beach Blvd., 223-0991
HALA SANDWICH SHOP & BAKERY 1451 Atlantic
MOSSFIRE GRILL 1537 Margaret St., 355-4434 Blvd., 249-2212 FIVE GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES 3267 Hodges Blvd.,
PASTICHE 4260 Herschel St., 387-6213 992-4680
ICHIBAN 675 Third St. N., 247-4688
PIZZA PALACE 920 Margaret St., 598-1212 JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE 13170
JOSEPH’S PIZZA 30 Ocean Blvd., 270-1122
Atlantic Blvd. Ste. 22., 220-6766
RESTAURANT ORSAY 3630 Park St., 381-0909 THE LOOP PIZZA GRILL 211 Third St., 241-8479
MILANO’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA 12620 Beach
RIVERSIDE LIQUORS & VILLAGE WINE SHOP 1035 LYNCH’S IRISH PUB 514 N. First St., 249-5181 Blvd., Ste. 4, 646-9119
Park St., 354-1001 MATSU JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE 1515 N. Third St., MOJO KITCHEN 1500 Beach Blvd., 247-6636
SAKE HOUSE 824 Lomax St., 301-1188 249-4290 MVP’S SPORTS GRILL 12777 Atlantic Blvd.,
SUSHI CAFÉ 2025 Riverside Ave., 384-2888 MEZZA LUNA RISTORANTE 110 First St., 249-5573 221-1090

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ZAITOON MEDITERRANEAN GRILL 13475 Atlantic LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE 301 N. Roscoe Blvd., MATTHEW’S AT SAN MARCO 2107 Hendricks Ave.,
Blvd., Ste.40, 221-7066 285-0139 396-9922

JULINGTON CREEK
NINETEEN 110 Championship Way, 273-3235 MOJO BAR-B-QUE 1607 Unversity Blvd. W., 732-7200
PUSSER’S CARIBBEAN GRILLE 816 A1A N., 280-7766 METRO DINER 3302 Hendricks Ave., 398-3701
BLACKSTONE GRILLE 112 Bartram Oaks Walk, 287-
0766 RESTAURANT MEDURE 818 A1A N., 543-3797 MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE 1510 Riverplace
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 8141 A1A, 285-0014 Blvd., 399-3933
BRUCCI’S PIZZA 540 S.R. 13, Ste. 10, 287-8317
TRADITIONS 110 Championship Way, 273-3235 PIZZA PALACE 1959 San Marco Blvd., 399-8815
THE LOOP PIZZA GRILL 450 SR 13, 230-2202
URBAN FLATS 330 A1A N., 280-5515 PULP 1962 San Marco Blvd, 396-9222
PIZZA PALACE 116 Bartram Oaks Walk, 230-2171
ZOËS KITCHEN 240 A1A, Ste. 5, 273-1100 QIU SUSHI ROCK CAFE 1950 San Marco Blvd.,
MANDARIN 399-3305

3 SISTERS’ CHOCOLATE BAR 9965 San Jose Blvd., ST. AUGUSTINE RIVER CITY BREWING COMPANY 835 Museum Cir.,
398-2299
262-9122 95 CORDOVA 95 Cordova St., 810-6810
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 1201 Riverplace Blvd.,
BLACKSTONE GRILLE 112 Bartram Oaks Walk, Ste. A1A ALE WORKS 1 King St, 829-2977
396-6200
102, 287-0766 AVILES RESTAURANT 32 Avenida Menendez, 829-9727
SAKE HOUSE 1478 Riverplace Blvd., 306-2188
BONEFISH GRILL 10950 San Jose Blvd., 370-1070 BISTRO DE LEON 12 Cathedral Place, 810-2100
TAG (TAKE-AWAY GOURMET) 2130 San Marco Blvd.,
BROOKLYN PIZZA 11406 San Jose Blvd., 288-9211; CAFÉ ELEVEN 501 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-9311 398-6676
13820 Old St. Augustine Rd., 880-0020 CAP’S ON THE WATER 425 Myrtle St., 824-8794 TAVERNA 1986 San Marco Blvd., 398-3005
CLARK’S FISH CAMP 12903 Hood Landing Rd., CELLAR 6 WINE BAR 6 Aviles St., 827-9055
268-3474 TIDBITS 1076 Hendricks Ave., 396-0528
CLAUDE’S CHOCOLATE 51 King St., 808-8395 WINE CELLAR 1314 Prudential Dr., 398-8989
CRUISER’S GRILL 5613 San Jose Boulevard, 737-
BURG COLLAGE 60 Hypolita St., 829-0055
DON JUAN’S RESTAURANT 12373 San Jose Blvd., CORTESSÉS BISTRO & FLAMINGO ROOM 172 San SOUTHSIDE & TOWN CENTER
268-8722 Marco Ave., 825-6775 ALHAMBRA DINNER THEATRE 12000 Beach Blvd.,
ENZA’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 10601 San Jose Blvd., CREEKSIDE DINERY 160 Nix Boatyard Rd., 829-6113 641-1212
268-4458 CRUISER’S GRILL 3 Saint George St, 824-6993 AL’S PIZZA 8060 Philips Hwy., 731-4300
HARMONIOUS MONKS 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., DONOVAN’S IRISH PUB 7440 U.S. 1. N., 829-0000 BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE St. Johns Town Cen-
880-3040 FLORIDA CRACKER CAFÉ 81 St. George St., 829-0397 ter, 345-3466
MANDARIN ALE HOUSE 11112-19 San Jose Blvd., GYPSY CAB CO. 828 Anastasia Blvd., 824-8244 BLUE BAMBOO 3820 Southside Blvd., 646-1478
292-0003 CANTINA LAREDO St. John’s Town Center, 997-6110
KINGFISH GRILL 252 Yacht Club Dr., 824-2111
MIZU SUSHI & GRILL 14965 Old St. Augustine Rd., KINGS HEAD BRITISH PUB 6460 U.S. 1, 823-9787 THE CAPITAL GRILLE St. John’s Town Center, 997-9233
Ste. 124, 880-0889
OASIS RESTAURANT & DECK 4000 Ocean Trace Rd., CORNER BISTRO & WINE BAR 9823 Tapestry Park
RENNA’S PIZZA 11111 San Jose Blvd., 292-2300 471-3424 Cr., 619-1931
TREE STEAK HOUSE 11362 San Jose Blvd., 262-0006 O.C. WHITE’S SEAFOOD & SPIRITS 118 Avenida DAVE & BUSTERS 7025 Salisbury Rd., 296-1525
ORANGE PARK
Menendez, 824-0808 EUROPEAN STREET CAFE 5500 Beach Blvd.,
OLD CITY HOUSE INN 115 Cordova St., 826-0184 398-1717
THE HILLTOP 2030 Wells Rd., 272-5959 RAINTREE 102 San Marco Ave., 824-7211 FONTANA ITALIAN RESTAURANT 7605 Beach Blvd.,
LA NOPALERA 2004 Kingsley Ave., 276-2776 THE REEF 4100 Coastal Highway, 824-8008 805-9755
THE LOOP PIZZA GRILL 530 Wells Rd., 269-0756 SAN SEBASTIAN WINERY 157 King Street, 826-1594 THE GRAPE St. John’s Town Center, 642-7111
MOJO BAR-B-QUE 1607 University Blvd. W., 732- SCARLETT O’HARA’S 70 Hypolita St., 824-6535 ISLAND GIRL WINE & CIGAR BAR 7860 Gate Pkwy.,
7200 Ste. 115, 854-6060
SOUTH BEACH GRILL 45 Cubbedge Rd., 471-8700
POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA 2134 Park Ave., JJ’S BISTRO DE PARIS 7643 Gate Pkwy., 996-7557
264-6116 THE TASTING ROOM 25 Cuna St., 810-2400
LIBRETTO’S PIZZERIA & ITALIAN KITCHEN 4880 Big
RISTORANTE SARNELLI 2023 Park Ave., 269-1331 SAN MARCO, ST. NICHOLAS Island Dr., 402-8888
THE ROADHOUSE 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611 & LAKEWOOD MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY St. Johns Town Center,
THAI GARDEN 10 Blanding Blvd., Ste. B, 272-8434 380-4360
ATHENS CAFE 6271 St. Augustine Rd., 733-1199
WHITEYS FISH CAMP 2032 CR 220, 269-4198 MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA 9734 Deer Lake Court,
b.b.’s 1019 Hendricks Ave., 306-0100 997-1955
PONTE VEDRA BASIL THAI & SUSHI 1004 Hendricks Ave., 674-0190 THE MELTING POT 7860 Gate Pkwy., 642-4900
619 OCEAN VIEW 619 Ponte Vedra Blvd., 285-0202 BISTRO AIX 1440 San Marco Blvd., 398-1949 MITCHELL’S FISH MARKET St. John’s Town Center,
AL’S PIZZA 635 A1A, 543-1494 BISTRO 41 3563 Philips Highway, Ste. 104, 446-9738 645-3474
AQUA GRILL 950 Sawgrass Village Dr., 285-3017 CHART HOUSE 1501 Riverplace Blvd., 398-3353 SECRET GARDEN CAFÉ 10095 Beach Blvd., 645-0859
THE AUGUSTINE GRILLE Sawgrass Marriott Golf Re- EUROPEAN STREET CAFE 1704 San Marco Blvd., SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY 9735 Gate
sort & Spa, 285-7777 398-9500 Parkway N., 997-1999
BARBARA JEAN’S RESTAURANT 15 S. Roscoe Blvd., THE GROTTO 2012 San Marco Blvd., 398-0726 SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE 9475 Philips Hwy.,
280-7522 HAVANA-JAX CAFE 2578 Atlantic Blvd., 399-0609 538-0811
BRUCCI’S PIZZA 880 A1A, Ste. 8, 280-7677 LA NOPALERA 1629 Hendricks Ave., 399-1768 SUITE St. Johns Town Center, 241-7697
CAFFE ANDIAMO 500 Sawgrass Village Cir., 280- LAYLA’S OF SAN MARCO 2016 Hendricks Ave., TAPESTRY CAFÉ 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, 329-4380
2299
GALANGAL RESTAURANT 145 Hilden Rd., 827-1150
398-4610
THE LOOP PIZZA GRILL 2014 San Marco Blvd.,
WHISKY RIVER St. Johns Town Center, 645-5571
*
JJ’S LIBERTY BISTRO 330 A1A N., Ste. 209, 273-7980 399-5667

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WHAT’S INSIDE:
Red curry grouper
from RUAN THAI
FEATURES & RECIPES
ON THE WATERFRONT ....................54
RECIPE: BATTERED & FRIED ............56
YES WE CAN ..................................58
THE PRODUCERS ..........................62
LET’S EAT ....................................64
TASTY READS ................................66
COCKTAIL CORNER ........................68
RECIPE: FISHY BUSINESS ................70
RECIPE: SUMMER SALAD ................72
RECIPE: SEAFOOD AL DENTE ............75
RECIPE: A SAVORY START ................79
RECIPE: FISH & GRITS ....................83
RECIPE: SWAMP THING ..................87
BEER 101 ....................................88
NIGHTLIFE GUIDE ..........................92
WINE & A MOVIE ....................96 & 98

RESTAURANTS BY CUISINE
AMERICAN ....................................52
CHINESE ......................................67
CHOCOLATE SHOPS ........................67
CONTINENTAL ..............................70
CUBAN & CARIBBEAN ....................72
FRENCH ......................................74
FUSION ........................................74
GREEK & MEDITERRANEAN ..............75
HEALTHFUL / ORGANIC....................76
INDIAN ........................................76
IRISH & ENGLISH PUBS ..................76
ITALIAN ........................................78
JAPANESE ....................................80
KOREAN ......................................81
MEXICAN & TEX-MEX ......................81
MIDDLE EASTERN ..........................82
SANDWICHES ................................82
SEAFOOD ......................................84
SPANISH/BRAZILIAN ......................86
STEAKHOUSES ..............................90
THAI ............................................90
WINE BARS ..................................91

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Jacksonville Magazine’s Taste
the

Guide
Editor’s note: Highlighted restaurants are ad
clients. Menu items mentioned in the follow-
ing listings were gathered in late 2010 and
are subject to change, as are any prices
posted or details about each restaurant.

AMERICAN
‘town 3611 St. Johns Ave., Avondale
(345-2596; town3611.com).
Sustainable American cuisine is
what’s served at ‘town, the ultra-hip
250 restaurants, bars, shops newcomer to Avondale. Grab a seat
at the open kitchen to witness the
and other need-to-know First creation of truffled tater tots with
caramelized onion fondue, heirloom
Coast “foodie” info. squash risotto and bouillabaisse.
Sharing is encouraged, though you
may not want to. L, D, SB. SEE AD ON
PAGE 34
Risotto Arborio of deep
sea seared scallops with 29 South 29 South 3rd St., Amelia
lobster emulsion from Island (277-7919). The philosophy
BISTRO De LEON in the kitchen of this 1923 reno-
vated home is to take classics and
turn them on their ears. Think lob-
ster corn dogs with spicy horserad-
ish ketchup and grilled heart of
romaine salad with Maytag blue
vinaigrette. Chef/owner favors local
providers and ingredients from the
on-site garden. D. SEE AD ON PAGE 73
A. Chef’s Cooking Studio 145
Hilden Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach (827-
1350; achefscookingstudio.com).
Join chef Andrea for culinary work-
shops, demonstrations and wine
tastings. Recent workshop and
demonstration themes have been
Mexico Revealed!, Italian
Persuasion!, and Totally Cheesy
Weekend!. Stop in to the shop to
buy some of the latest culinary
tools. Chef Andrea can prepare a
custom menu to cater parties and
special events. Wine is included
with all dinners and classes, and
some events require reservations.
D. SEE AD ON PAGE 42
Alhambra Theatre & Dining
12000 Beach Blvd., Southside (641-
1212; alhambrajax.com). A new and
improved Alhambra—the nation’s
oldest professional dinner theatre—
debuted in 2009, featuring a fresh
interior design and new menus cre-
ated by Matthew Medure. He cre-
ates a new menu for each show
consistent with its themes, like
sweet and salty mocha tart and

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Gambas al Ajoillo
from ESPAÑA

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on the waterfront
Riverview, Oceanfront and Waterside Dining Faves
View A thin stretch of the Intracoastal
provides a pretty dining backdrop.
Marker 32
14549 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach,
223-1534
Cuisine Blue crab cakes with caper
dill aioli, sauteed Florida pompano
with brown butter; a dining destina-
tion for sophisticated palettes.
View Gorgeous sunset views, situated
on the Intracoastal Waterway and
across from San Pablo Island.
O.C. White’s
118 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine,
824-0808
Cuisine Surf and turf options,
refreshed with island flavors.
RIVER CITY BREWING CO. View The second floor offers post-
card-worthy scenes of Downtown St.
Augustine and the bayfront.
619 Ocean View Sample items from the raw bar.
619 Ponte Vedra Blvd., 285-7777 View The sunset view from Cap’s The Reef
Cuisine Inventive dishes like Cuban overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway. 4100 Coastal Hwy., Vilano Beach, 824-8008
seafood cigars and tempura coconut Cuisine Sesame crusted tuna and
shrimp, paired with southern-tinged Casa Marina prime rib stuffed mushrooms mingle
Caribbean and Cajun flavors. 691 N. 1st St., Jacksonville Beach, 270-0025 perfectly with mediterranean pasta
View Atlantic ocean waves provide a Cuisine Upscale continental; seafood, and Florida rock lobster tail.
charming ambiance to diners. filet mignon and rack of lamb. View The Reef overlooks a quiet
View Cozy up to a gorgeous ocean stretch of Atlantic shoreline.
Azurea at One Ocean Resort scene at a window seat, but the
1 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach; 247-0305 Penthouse Lounge has the best view. River City Brewing Co.
Cuisine Coastal meets conscious; the 835 Museum Cir., Downtown, 398-2299
menu boasts of sustainable, locally Chart House
1501 Riverplace Blvd., Southbank; 398-3353 Cuisine The on-site micro-brewery
grown ingredients. complements everything from creole
View Atlantic Beach’s only oceanfront Cuisine A fresh spin on steaks and
seafood; the chocolate lava cake is crisped eggplant to porcini dusted
restaurant is steps from the shore. jumbo sea scallops.
decadent perfection.
Barbara Jean’s View Downtown’s Main Street Bridge View Panoramic deck views of the
15 S. Roscoe Blvd., Ponte Vedra; 280-7522 and the St. Johns River can be seen downtown skyline are unbeatable.
Cuisine Southern fare and seafood, from almost every seat in the house. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
cooked to perfection. The crab cakes 1201 Riverplace Blvd., Southbank; 396-6200
are not to be missed. Joe’s Crab Shack
6 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, 249-6160 Cuisine Aged steaks, hand-cut and
View Arrive by boat or dine on the seared at 1,800 degrees. Impressive
dock along the Intracoastal Waterway. Cuisine Crabs are the obvious choice,
but other seafood options round out sides are perfect complements.
Brett’s Waterway Cafe the hands-on beachfront fave. View The skyline scene is paramount
1 S. Front St., Fernandina Beach; 261-2660 View Snag one of the deck tables to from within the posh interior.
Cuisine Sophisticated, yet approach- feast on a laid-back view of Sliders
able seafood and signature salads, Jacksonville Beach. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach,
prepared beautifully.
Lulu’s Waterfront Grille 277-6652
View Downtown Fernandina’s best
301 N. Roscoe Blvd., Ponte Vedra; 285-0139 Cuisine A beachfront eatery with
BRADLEY STOOKEY

view of the Amelia Island harbor.


Cuisine Try the “kings” crab cake deep-fried selections (try the pickles)
Cap’s On The Water sandwich basket to experience how and the “Famous Seafood Platter.”
4325 Myrtle St., 824-8794 the menu perfectly combines simple View The pub-like atmosphere is right
Cuisine Surf and turf at its finest. with delicious. next to the beach.
*
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Black and
carved sugar cured ham with white sesame
pineapple vanilla compote for A tuna from
BLUE FISH
Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.
2011 performance schedule
includes The Odd Couple, Willy
Wonka and My Fair Lady. D, SB.
SEE AD ON PAGE 34

Aqua Grill 950 Sawgrass Village


Dr., Ponte Vedra Beach (285-3017;
aquagrill.net). 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. Eat the famous fried
green tomato salad made with
crispy bacon and goat cheese or
the Cajun marinated center cut
New York strip with truffled lump
crab macaroni. Enjoy lakefront
dining with outdoor patio seating,
or relax in the full-service bar with
large-screen TVs and satellite. For
banquets, Aqua Grill offers a pri-
vate dining room or climate-con-
trolled patio seating with a private Peters and his team of sous chefs. (weekends and holidays), L, D.
bar. L, D. SEE MENU ON PAGE 16 Follow the arching, blue-lit tunnel
to find this restaurant tucked inside
Beach Diner 501 Atlantic Blvd.,
The Augustine Grille 1000 PGA Atlantic Beach (249-6500;
Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach (285- One Ocean. With both indoor and al
beachdiner.net). Diner classics
7777). Elegant farm-to-table cui- fresco seating available, this ocean-
shine at this Atlantic Beach
sine, where executive chef David front culinary gem offers ocean
favorite, where the menu offers
Scalise and chef de cuisine Brett views from every table. L, D. SEE
steak and eggs with buttermilk pan-
Smith use the finest ingredients MENU ON PAGES 8-9
cakes, French toast, chunky chick-
sourced from local fishermen, en melt sandwich and the classic
b.b.’s 1019 Hendricks Ave., San Marco
farmers and artisans who excel in beach burger. With service starting
(306-0100). There’s a definite buzz
their craft. The upscale décor is at 6 A.M., it’s a perfect spot for a
about this hip San Marco bistro. Its
befitting a restaurant that neigh- sunrise breakfast.. B, L. SEE MENU ON
upscale comfort food, which
bors the legendary TPC at PAGE 17
includes prosciutto-wrapped pork
Sawgrass golf club. The menu
changes with the season, but chops or mushroom triangoli ravioli Beach Hut Café 1281 3rd St. S.,
expect a variety of grilled seafood, (specials change daily) with to-die- Jacksonville Beach (249-3516). It’s
steak and chops. Three-course prix for desserts, have patrons—a mixed been a breakfast tradition in
fixe menu may offer lobster bag of hipster yuppies, soccer moms Jacksonville Beach for some 20
bisque, grilled ribeye and vanilla and empty nesters—lining up. L, D. years. The picnic tables at the
bean créme brulée. D. SEE AD ON Barbara Jean’s 15 S. Roscoe surfer’s hangout fill up fast, but the
PAGE 50 Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach (280- food is worth the wait. Breakfast is
7522); 960030 Gateway Blvd., served any time of the day, seven
Azurea One Ocean Resort, Atlantic days a week. Early birds dine for
Beach (247-0305). Featuring a Amelia Island (277-3700). The
less than $3 weekdays before 8
breezy yet sophisticated setting, signature element of the waterside
AM. Griddlecakes, eggs Benedict
this hot spot showcases Florida’s restaurant is the expansive view
and egg riders are popular breakfast
First Coast cuisine with an eclectic provided by the 100-foot deck
selections. Sandwiches, hot dogs
tribute to the flavors of Europe, the overlooking the Intracoastal
and hot plate specials including
Caribbean and the Americas. A Waterway. A seat outdoors can be
ham and cabbage and meatloaf are
must-try is the “Adventurous tough to come by when the sun is
what’s for lunch. B, L.
Palate,” a culinary journey cus- shining. The atmosphere is ideal for
tomized to each guest’s preferences meals like the coastal platter, a Beach Road Chicken Dinners
and personally prepared by highly heaping portion of battered fried 4132 Atlantic Blvd., St. Nicholas
acclaimed executive chef Ted shrimp, fish and a crab cake. B (398-7980). Beach Road has been

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BATTERED & FRIED
Cornmeal fried catfish from
serving fried chicken, biscuits, fries
and sweet tea to area families since
the 1930s. The Jacksonville dining
landmark serves family-style meals
The Speckled Hen Tavern & Grille with all the fixings you can handle.
The chicken dinner—four pieces of
—CHEF NICK ROBSON
white meat, dark meat or a combina-
tion—is a classic. All dinners come
with unlimited helpings of biscuits
and gravy, cole slaw, cream peas,
mashed potatoes, rice and fries. D.
Beech Street Grill 801 Beech St.,
Fernandina Beach (277-3662).
Located in a restored 1889 home in
historic Fernandina Beach, this fine
dining establishment caters to
guests seeking comfort in their
“worldly cuisine” with entrées like
grilled tenderloin of beef with apple-
smoked bacon and sautéed lobster
and crab Savannah over linguine. D.
Benny’s Steak & Seafood
Jacksonville Landing, Downtown (301-
1014). Enjoy front-row views of the
St. Johns River and a menu laced
with fried calamari, mussels
Milanese, gator tail, conch fritters
and a variety of fish entrées. L, D.
Billy’s Boat House Grill 2321
Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach (241-
9771). Situated on the Intracoastal
Waterway, Billy’s is one of a few
remaining waterfront restaurants in
Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. chili powder Jax Beach. The menu leans toward
seafood with shrimp, little neck
1 cup all purpose flour /2 Tbsp. celery seed
1
clams, conch chowder and fried oys-
ters, which can be enjoyed on the
2 cups fine cornmeal 4 6-oz. catfish fillets deck or indoors. L, D, SB.
1
/8 cup kosher salt 3 cups buttermilk Biscottis 3556 St. Johns Ave.,
Avondale (387-2060). A true
2 Tbsp. onion powder salt and pepper
neighborhood gathering spot, this
2 Tbsp. garlic powder oil for frying Avondale institution specializes in
innovative updates on old favorites
like meatloaf served with apricot
marinara sauce and duck confit
Procedure: 3) After marinating, dredge fillets pizza (dinner specials change daily).
in cornmeal mixture, covering Local painters display their works in
1) Combine dry ingredients listed both sides.
through celery seed. Measure the dining room, but the real works
three cups into a large bowl and 4) Place battered fish into hot oil of art are in the dessert case. L, D,
store remaining in and cook four minutes, turning SB.
airtight container. Set aside. once.
Bistro 41° 3563 Philips Hwy., Ste.
2) Salt and pepper the buttermilk 5) Drain on a paper towel-lined 104 (446-9738). Casual eatery
to taste. Soak catfish fillets in plate. Serve. serves a variety of quick breakfast
buttermilk for at least two hours. YIELDS 4 SERVINGS
* and lunch favorites. The menu of
burgers, sandwiches, soups and sal-
ads is padded with house specialties
* Speckled Hen serves this dish with a crawfish remoulade and stone-ground like grilled lamb and falafel. B, L.
grits. For the full recipe, log onto JacksonvilleMag.com

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Blackfinn American Grille St.
Johns Town Center (345-3466;
blackfinnamericangrille.com). Four
distinctly different dining atmost-
pheres comprise Blackfinn, making
it an ideal locale for after-work
aperitifs, a romantic dinner or
lunch with a colleague. Creative
dishes like the bacon-wrapped
meatloaf, goat cheese, strawberry
and pecan salad and Hong Kong-
style Chilean sea bass complement
hand-crafted cocktails. L, D, SB.
SEE MENU ON PAGE 19

Blackstone Grille 112 Bartram


Oaks Walk, Julington Creek (287-
0766; blackstone-grille.com). The
atmosphere here is best described
as modern American fusion served
in a trendy bistro-style setting. A
flaming grill at the heart of the
menu cooks up items ranging from
salmon to ribeye steaks. Filet
mignon au poivre with black truffle
sauce and truffle oil or pistachio-
crusted chicken breast with melted
onion and marbled potato gratin
round out the dinner menu. Head
over during lunch to taste the
bacon-wrapped shrimp and oysters
or the pepper-crusted ahi tuna
salad. Host a special event in the
private dining room. L, D, SB. SEE
AD ON PAGE 42

Brick Restaurant 3585 St. Johns


Ave., Avondale (387-0606). Food
might be the main attraction (reg- Melanzana
ulars swear by the grilled salmon Involtini from
salad, Kobe beef burger and prime MIXX
rib), but it’s not the only thing that
draws guests into The Brick.
Outdoor seating (complete with
misters or heaters depending on Mondays, live music Tuesdays and is nice, enjoy your meal in the gar-
the weather), live music (usually 90’s Thursdays. Invest in a Growler, den courtyard under the shade of a
of the groovy, jazzy variety) and a a two-liter glass bottle that can be lush oak canopy. L, D.
happening bar also make it an filled with your favorite beer to take
home and brought back in for refills Café Nola Museum of Contemporary
Avondale hotspot. L, D, SB.
(just make sure it stays sealed on Art Jacksonville, 333 N. Laura St.,
Brix Taphouse 300 2nd St. N., the road). Brix doesn't serve food, so Downtown (366-6911). Located on
Jacksonville Beach (241-4668; bring your own. Sports fans will love the ground floor of the stunning art
brixtaphouse.com) There are 32 the eight plasma screens and projec- museum, Café Nola serves dishes
beers on tap, most of them micro- tion screen. SEE AD ON PAGE 89 such as shrimp and grits, vegetarian
brews with flavors ranging from lasagna, roasted salmon and
chocolate to pear. Order a pint, mix- Café Karibo 27 N. Third St., asparagus goat cheese salad. While
and-match flavors or pick four mini- Fernandina Beach (277-5269). Café there, check out the art upstairs
samples. As the name implies, Brix Karibo's menu comprises a diverse and the gift items in the shop. L, D.
is housed in a cool brick building collection of light and tasty fare,
with an outdoor patio with room for ranging from salads and sandwiches Chew Restaurant 117 W. Adams
over 100. Check out ladies night at lunch to Southern and more eth- St., Downtown (355-3793;
Sundays, service industry night (SIN) nic dishes for dinner. If the weather chewrestaurant.com). Lunch

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yes, we can
Jacksonville Canning Center an economical resource
words and photo by Cari Sànchez-Potter

very acidic foods like citrus are a large


stockpot, some sturdy tongs and glass
jars; available at your local hardware
or grocery store.

USE A RECIPE: Recipes are cru-


cial when canning. Only use recipes
from a tested, reliable source to be
sure that the finished product isn’t
susceptible to contaminants that
cause botulism. The Duval County
Extension Service has a wealth of
trusted recipes on its website, and
safe canning procedures are exhaus-
tively covered by the Department
of Agriculture’s National Center for
Home Food Preservation at home-
foodpreservation.com. There also are
canning cookbooks available at your
local bookstore or library.
If the specialty words used in can-
ning recipes (Headspace? Hot-packed
vs. cold-packed? Pectin? Pickling
lime?) are confusing, call the center.
THE JACKSONVILLE CANNING CENTER jewel-toned blood orange jellies, tart
Even veterans should make periodic
is operated by the Duval County kumquat marmalades and festive, visits to the center to brush up on
Extension Service and celebrated its sparkling champagne jellies flecked current techniques, recipes and
75th anniversary last year. It first with orange zest. equipment.
opened in 1935 with the purpose of To explain the recent upswing in
canning cod for the Old County popularity of home-canned foods, the PAY ATTENTION TO QUALITY:
Prison. During World War II, it evolved center’s agricultural program leader It’s simple: Use an inferior product,
into a tax-funded cannery to help Terry DelValle draws a parallel to you get an inferior result. Instead of
local residents through a tough econo- WWII, when a tough economy caused purchasing produce from the super-
my and assist in Victory Garden Americans to turn to gardening and market, where it often sits in a ware-
efforts. The center moved to its cur- canning their own produce, which was house and travels long distances
rent location on Commonwealth cheaper than buying canned products before it hits store shelves, why not
Avenue in 1978. Today, it is a mod- at the supermarket. grow your own or buy local produce at
ern, gleaming facility with a large With some basic tools and a few one of the area’s farmers markets?
commercial kitchen and knowledge- simple instructions, you’ll be on your Produce purchased at market is often
able staff that serve Duval County res- way to home-canned marmalades and picked the same day, ensuring tastier
idents and organizations such as 4-H jellies that you can give away as deli- results in the finished product. Citrus,
clubs, nonprofits, churches, schools, cious, economical holiday gifts or like oranges and lemons, are inexpen-
boaters and individuals looking to can enjoy yourself throughout the year. sive when bought in bulk at the
in bulk. Jacksonville Farmers Market on Beaver
It might be surprising to hear that BE ORGANIZED: Citrus is the per- Street. For more exotic citrus like
canning is resurging in popularity. fect gateway ingredient into canning. Satsuma or pummelo, try the Beaches
While canned items like corn relish or While you’ll need a pressure cooker Green Market at Jarboe Park in
dilly beans may be falling out of favor, that reaches high temperatures for Neptune Beach or Farmers at the
the new generation of canners is canning low-acid foods like vegetables Riverside Arts Market under the Fuller-
experimenting with jazzy recipes for (other than tomatoes), all you need for Warren Bridge.
*
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consists of soups, salads and end comedy club. L, D. SEE AD ON The menu at this franchise opera-
“high-end, handcrafted sandwich- PAGE 46 tion with about 8 area locations is
es,” like the fried green tomato simple enough—burgers, hot dogs,
BLT and croque-monsieur. The Cruiser’s Grill 319 23rd Ave. S., fries and drinks. That’s about it. You
stylish Downtown eatery also serves Jacksonville Beach (270-0356);
won’t leave hungry, as portions are
dinner Thursday-Saturday. L, D. 3 St. George St., St. Augustine
huge. The fries are awesome. L, D.
(824-6993); 5613-1 San Jose Blvd.
Cool Moose Café 2708 Park St., (737-2874). For more than 10 The Fox Restaurant 3580 St.
Riverside (381-4242). Every neigh- years, beachgoers have looked to Johns Ave., Avondale (387-2669). A
borhood needs a cozy, friendly cof- the original Cruiser’s Grill in quaint 1950s atmosphere mixed
fee shop, and in Riverside it’s Cool Jacksonville Beach for a good with folk art and customer doodles
Moose. Many locals start their day greasy burger and cheese fries wedged into picture frames. The
at the Moose with a cup of joe and served with ranch dressing. Patrons Fox serves up diner-style breakfast
the newspaper. Others come for can dine inside to the sounds of the and lunch daily. A local favorite, a
the bagels and muffins for break- kitchen staff yelling out when an line out the door is virtually guaran-
fast. Full breakfast and sandwich- order is done, or sit outside at the teed in the mornings. B, L.
es, wraps, panini and soup for picnic tables. L, D. SEE AD ON PAGE 37
lunch. B, L, SB. Grinders Café 10230 Atlantic
Dave & Buster’s 7025 Salisbury Blvd., Atlantic Beach (725-2712).
Copeland’s Famous New Rd. S., Southside (296-1525). The Offering Southern favorites like
Orleans Bar & Restaurant lengthy menu is laced with every- fried chicken with gravy, collard
4310 Southside Blvd., Southside thing from sandwiches and salads greens and friend okra, the
(998-4414). Fried seafood, red to ribs and steak. Most diners Southern cuisine at Grinders Café
beans and rice, blackened fish, come for the fun and games of the comes pretty close to what
red potatoes, shrimp etouffé, Million Dollar Midway. It’s loud Grandma used to make. On the
andouille sausage—all the flavors and festive with dozens of arcade lighter side, the menu also features
we think of when remembering games. L, D. subs and salads. Be prepared to
New Orleans come to mind at wait a few minutes for a table at
Copeland’s. L, D. Ellen’s Kitchen 1824 3rd St. S., lunch, though, as regulars roll in
Jacksonville Beach (246-1572). early. L, D.
Corner Bistro & Wine Bar This bustling diner has been serving
9823 Tapestry Park Cir., Southside traditional breakfast favorites for Grumpy’s 834 Kingsley Ave.,
(619-1931;cornerbistrowinebar.com). over 40 years. And, although they Orange Park (215-1956). Offers
Upscale, friendly and elegant are are served all day, lunch fare also breakfast and lunch to diners who
the key goals that Corner Bistro graces the menu. Tables inside are don’t require fancy frills. Have a
aims to meet. The menu includes jam-packed together, and the week- deli sandwich like ham, turkey and
various types of burgers (Angus ends are always a busy time—a line roast beef combo, which comes
beef, crab cake and venison), out the door is common on with a choice of potato salad,
amaretto chicken, and the filet Sundays. B, L. coleslaw, applesauce, baked beans
bleu. A plethora of wines can be or French fries. Top it off with
purchased by the glass or bottle. Engine 15 Brewing Co. 1500- some housemade cookies. B, L.
Come back on Sundays for quiche, 217 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach
crepes, omelets and bottomless (249-BEER; engine15.com). Over Gypsy Cab Co. 828 Anastasia
mimosas and sangria. L, D, SB. SEE 100 varieties of beer are available Blvd., St. Augustine (824-8244;
ADS ON PAGES 22 & 38 between bottled and tap selections. gypsycab.com). This long-time Old
Beer-infused menu includes beer City hotspot keeps customers lin-
Cortessés Bistro & Flamingo brats, chips and beer queso and the ing up out front with a frequently
Room 172 San Marco Ave., St. beer dip sandwich. The brew mas- changing menu, linguini with clam
Augustine (825-6775; ters can even help you brew your sauce, pork loin with mango-
cortessesbistrostaugustine.com). own beer, either in bottles or an sundried cherry chutney, roast
Located in a quaint 1880s home entire keg. Gather and mix the fer- duck with raspberry glaze and sim-
that has been transformed into a mentables, brew the beer, add the ilar fare. Next door bar serves
bistro serving Italian and fresh hops, and the staff will help you tapas and hosts live music and
seafood. Many special rooms and create your own world-class beer, comedy acts. L, D, SB. SEE AD ON
features include The Wine Cellar including your own custom labels. PAGE 77
with its Chambriar Wine Care Outdoor seating and live entertain-
System to keep the temperature ment add to the laid-back atmos- Harpoon Louie’s 4070-8 Herschel
and humidity at perfect levels. St., Avondale (389-5631). It’s an
phere. L, D. SEE AD ON PAGE 89
Casual, upscale dining featuring Avondale staple that overlooks tiny
hazelnut grouper, lobster creole Five Guys Burgers & Fries Fishweir Creek. When the weather
and beef medallion with crab cake. 1620 Margaret St., Riverside (425- permits, the big deck out back is
Enjoy karaoke nights and the week- 3380) plus several other locations. the preferred spot for regulars. The

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Belly dancing at
CASBAH CAFE
the guide
Tiramisu from
ENZA’S ITALIAN
menu’s “school loan special” comes just steps away from the 1810 Town Center Blvd., Orange
RESTUARNT
with a dozen chicken wings, a side Jacksonville Landing, with amaz- Park (264-0636). ‘Mojo’ refers to
of fries and a pitcher of beer for ing views of the river. Dine with blues lyrics describing a good luck
about $13. Burgers and salads Jacksonville’s “movers and shak- feeling or vibe and, with a cool
attract a healthy portion of customer ers” that come in from downtown clientele and a relaxed atmos-
attention, as does the blackened businesses. An upscale, yet cozy phere, that is exactly what you will
grouper sandwich. L, D. eatery abuzz with activity. The find here. Southern folk art deco-
regional Florida cuisine includes a rates these barbecue joints serving
Intuition Ale Works 720 King variety of seafood, pasta and pulled pork, chipotle BBQ chicken
St., Riverside (683-7720). Head chicken entrées, as well as hand- wings, Brunswick stew, blackened
over to taste the micobrews, cut Buckhead beef. Order sweet catfish po’ boy, Texas beef brisket,
including local favorites I-10 IPA, tea, and get freshly brewed tea hickory-smoked chicken, Mojo
Wild Child Wheat and Riverside with a side of 'sweet syrup' to add. spareribs and North Carolina pork
Red. Brewmaster and founder Ben The J Bar, adjacent to the restau- shoulder. L, D. SEE AD ON PAGE 3
Davis has studied the art of beer- rant, serves a tapas menu ideal for
making in Napa Valley, New theatre patrons. B, L, D. SEE MENU Nineteen 110 Championship Way,
Zealand and Chicago. Join the ON PAGE 25 Ponte Vedra Beach (273-3235). A
Intuition Ale Works Mug Club and couple of years ago the PGA Tour
get your own special mug in the tap Landshark Cafe 1728 3rd St., N., built themselves a gorgeous new
room. Take a tour of the brewery, or Jacksonville Beach (246-6024). clubhouse at Sawgrass—and then
come to events like the seasonal Dress-down casual atmosphere they invited everybody inside.
beer release parties and private tast- and menu full of bar eats—wings, Named after "the nineteenth hole,"
ings. Open Wednesday through soft tacos, Angus burgers, fish and a term golfers have long referred to
Saturday. Pizzas and dips from chips and more. Live music on the as the clubhouse bar at a golf
Pele’s Fire Catering are available to weekends. L, D. course, Nineteen is open to all
accompany the popular local liba- from sun-up to sun-down. The
tions. L, D. SEE AD ON PAGE 89 The Loop Pizza Grill Multiple
menu features Black Angus sliders,
locations (looppizzagrill.com). The
Southwest spring rolls, smoked
Jack & Diane’s 708 Centre St., homegrown franchise counts more
turkey panini, Tuscan meatloaf and
Amelia Island (321-1444). An than 10 restaurants in the Jax
steak frites. B, L, D. SEE AD ON BACK
eclectic place that celebrates area in its fold. The menu runs the
COVER
unique food, drink, art and music. gamut from tomato bisque soup
Come eat jambalaya, vegan black and chili with cheddar and onion Original Pancake House
bean cake wraps, shrimp and to enormous burgers and grilled St. Johns Town Center (997-6088).
grits, “world famous” pancakes chicken sandwiches. L, D. As the name implies, the breakfast
and huevos rancheros. Gluten-free joint specializes in dozens of differ-
options appeal to diners with spe- Mellow Mushroom 1018-2 N.
3rd St., Jacksonville Beach (241- ent pancakes, omelets, danishes
cial dietary needs. The outdoor and crepes. Signature dishes
dining deck and private backyard 5600). Pizzas, live music, big
screen TV, sports, trivia nights and include apple pancakes, strawberry
tiki bar make Jack & Diane’s one
happy hour specials are big draws waffles, mushroom and vegetarian
of the coziest spots in Amelia
to the three area Mellow Mushroom omelets and Danish cherry crepes.
Island. Weekly beer tastings. B, L,
ultra casual pizza pubs. L, D. The sourdough French toast is darn
D. SEE AD ON PAGE 73
good, too. B, L, D.
Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro 14 S. Metro Diner 3302 Hendricks Ave.,
Second St., Fernandina Beach (321- San Marco (398-3701). The interior Pengree’s Restaurant 556
2558). Chef Joe Robucci describes atmosphere is reminiscent of the Kingsley Ave., Orange Park (278-
his cuisine as New American with art deco era, with black and silver 0089). Serves breakfast every day of
Italian, French, Creole, Asian and vintage bar stools overlooking an the week with a menu including all
South of the Border influences, open kitchen where cooks flip the classics like pancakes, French
but “eclectic” works just fine for pancakes and burgers. Other dish- toast, bacon and eggs. Try the fritta-
us. Guests can sup on Asian bar- es include the meatloaf plate, ta omelet, which is sautéed with
bequed duckling, grilled leg of tuna melt and big fish sandwich. chicken breast and mushrooms and
lamb and seafood fricassee inside Don’t forget to check the black- filled with marinara and mozzarella
the restored turn-of-the-century board for breakfast and lunch spe- cheese. B, L.
home or al fresco in the New cials. B, L, SB.
Orleans-inspired courtyard. D.
Philly’s Finest 1527 3rd St. N.,
Mojo Bar-B-Que 1607 University Jacksonville Beach (241-7188).
Juliette’s Bistro Omni Blvd. W., Lakewood (732-7200); Philly’s Finest boasts nine varieties
Jacksonville Hotel, 245 Water St., Mojo Kitchen 1500 Beach of cheese steaks along with pub
Downtown (355-6664). Located in Blvd., Jacksonville Beach (247- favorites—wings, cheese fries and
the Omni Jacksonville Hotel and 6636); Mojo Smokehouse onion rings as well as pizzas and

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the producers
Raising pigs, cattle and chickens is a growing local
business. Literally. by Elizabeth Gray
THIRD-GENERATION EGG FARMER Jacques Klempf is
the CEO of Dixie Egg Co., which distributes more than
700 million eggs a year throughout the Southeast out
of its distribution center in Jacksonville. It produces
the Eggland’s Best brand of eggs, which are laid by
hens fed an all-natural, vegetarian feed. A hen’s diet
determines the nutri-
tional value of its eggs,
affecting the amount of
cholesterol, vitamins
and total fat per egg.
Klempf, now 53, start-
ed delivering eggs to
families in his neigh-
borhood with a little
THE DELKAT FAMILY FARM in Hilliard has been in red wagon when he
Del Conner’s family since the 1800s. Today, he raises was 8 years old.
pigs, cows, chickens and sheep. The farm started sell- When shopping for
ing hogs seven years ago, providing pork to 29 South eggs, Klempf says to
restaurant in Fernandina Beach and to customers in look for the USDA shield and date they were candled,
need of a whole hog, custom-cut and wrapped. represented by a three-digit number. (Out of 365, the
DelKat raises Berkshire pigs, a breed that has not number represents the day the egg was graded, sized
been genetically changed for show or influenced by and packaged. For example, 001 means January 1).
factory farming (when animals are raised in confined Stores should not sell eggs more than 30 days after
spaces, making them prone to illness). DelKat does they have been candled. Klempf says there is a negli-
not use antibiotics or hormones on its pigs. Think of gible difference in taste between white and brown
them as semi-free range, able to roam in the fresh air eggs, which is determined by the hen’s feather color.
and mud with access to shelter when the weather is White eggs are laid by a white hen, while brown eggs
too hot or too cold. It are laid by a red hen. The size of an egg depends on
takes about six months the age of the hen—the older the hen, the larger the
for a hog to reach egg. A “jumbo” egg is produced by a hen that is
slaughter weight—300 probably near the end of its egg-laying career, which
pounds live and 210
pounds hanging. For a
lasts about two years.
*
pig to attain breeding
age, expect at least 10
months. In Conner’s
opinion, there is a dif-
ference in taste
between factory farm
meat and the product
he sells. His customers
believe so, too. There
should be some fat to give it flavor, he says (factory
farms tend to sell leaner meat). The nutrient content
of the meat from a hog depends highly on the feed.
DelKat sells whole hogs for about $2.90 a pound
including butchering.
*
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Restaurant Medure 818 A1A
N., Ponte Vedra Beach (543-3797).
Chic and sleek interior design
pairs well with ultra creative menu
offerings such as whole fried
snapper, Ahi tuna tartare and wild
mushroom crepes. D.
The Reef 4100 Coastal Hwy. A1A,
St. Augustine (824-8008;
thereefstaugustine.com). The menu
at this casual oceanfront restau-
rant encompasses a variety of
seafood, steaks and pasta entrées,
as well as soups, salads and
sandwiches. Tuesday’s prime rib
and crab leg night is a favorite
with the locals, but the main
attraction is The Reef’s “famous”
Sunday champagne brunch
featuring eggs Benedict, crab legs,
waffles, desserts, hot entrées and
a carving station. L, D, SB.
River City Brewing Company
835 Museum Cir., Southbank (398-
2299; rivercitybrew.com). The casu-
ally elegant 325-seat main dining
room overlooks St. John's River and
the downtown skyline. The menu
Chicken fried house
smoked bacon from ‘TOWN offers dishes created with global
flavor and culinary expertise includ-
ing fresh seafood, tender steaks,
stromboli, hoagies and salads. the week. D. SEE AD ON PAGE 73 creative pasta dishes and daily
Check out the Ice Bar, a full-length chef's creations. The on-site brew-
bar literally made of ice, a very cool Potter’s House Soul Food ery is visible from the Brewhouse
way to keep your favorite beer cold Bistro 5310 Lenox Ave., Lounge, which features live week-
as you cheer for your favorite team Jacksonville (394-0860). Located in end entertainment, both inside and
the Westside's Normandy mall, this on the outdoor deck. Second-floor
on the multiple television screens
establishment was opened by the private banquet rooms for all spe-
that hang directly above. Eagles and
Potter’s House Christian Fellowship cial events, social or corporate.
Phillies fans always welcome. L, D.
church, and specializes in tradition- Off-site catering services available.
SEE AD ON PAGE 36
_ al Southern fare. Food is served L, D, SB. SEE AD ON PAGE 89
PLAE 80 Amelia Village Cir., Amelia cafeteria-style and customers take a
Island (277-2132; plaefl.net). PLAE Scarlett O’Hara’s 70 Hypolita St.,
seat at one of the many tables in
St. Augustine (824-6535). The
stands for "People Laughing and the large dining room. Patrons have sometimes raucous restaurant and
Eating," which is exactly what will a choice of a personal or family- bar attracts a mix of locals, tourists
happen when you try the cedar sized entrée, complete with sides, and Flagler College students. When
plank salmon with carmelized grits cornbread and dessert. Catering is a band is playing, the music filters
or taste the flourless chocolate also available. L, D. all the way upstairs and out into
torte. Ask about the daily surprise the Historic District. Seats on the
wine pours, featuring a diverse Raintree Restaurant &
front porch fill up fast. Same goes
selection that affords guests an Steakhouse 102 San Marco
for the covered raw bar area. Some
insight into the nuances of wines Ave., St. Augustine (824-7211). Set
claim the place is haunted. L, D.
from different soils. Located with- in a historic home, serving beef
in the Spa & Shops at Amelia Wellington, rack of lamb, Ahi tuna, Secret Garden Cafe 10095-600
Island Plantation, the lounge has Maine lobster, vegetarian and Beach Blvd., Southside (645-0859;
quickly become one of the premier low-carb entrées. The dessert bar secretgardencafe.net). The newly
places to be entertained in the features bananas Foster, crepes, refurbished interior of the Secret
area, with live music throughout cappuccino and espresso. D. Garden Cafe fills fast for breakfast,

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let’s eat
Special events where tasty food is the order of the day
Celebrity Chefs Tasting Annual Wine Tasting Gala Tailgate Kickoff To A Cure
Luncheon Presented by Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation Presented by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Presented by the Salvation Army March 18 September, Date TBA
March 10 Modis Building EverBank Field, Terrace Suite
Prime Osborn Convention Center 543-2599 733-3560
630-4000
James Beard Foundation 10th Annual Delicious
22nd Annual Great Atlantic Charity Dinner Destinations
Music & Seafood Festival Presented by the Friends of James Beard Presented by St. Vincent’s Foundation
March 19 Foundation September 8-10
Jacksonville Beach Sea Walk April 9 Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
Pavillion Azurea at One Ocean Resort 308-7338
270-9301 853-2346
28th Annual Caring Chefs
Dining Out For Life 3rd Annual Jacksonville Craft Presented by the Children’s Home Society
Presented by the North Florida AIDS Network & Import Beer Festival October, Date TBA
April 28 May 20 The Avenues Mall, Southside
Various Restaurants Veterans Memorial Arena, Downtown 493-7739
356-1612 394-7196
27th Annual Empty Bowls Soup
18th Annual World of Nations 21st Annual Jacksonville Food and Bread Luncheon
Celebration Fight Presented by Second Harvest North Florida
Presented by the City of Jacksonville Presented by Second Harvest North Florida November 15
April 28-30, May 1 June 9 Prime Osborn Convention Center
Metropolitan Park, Downtown EverBank Field, Touchdown Club 739-7074
630-3690 739-7074
8th Annual Festival D’Vine
48th Annual Isle of Eight 31st Annual AT&T Greater Presented by Catholic Charities
Flags Shrimp Festival Jacksonville Kingfish November 5
April 29-30, May 1 Tournament
Location to be determined
Centre Street, Fernandina Beach July 18-23
354-4846
261-5841 Sisters Creek Park, 8203 Heckscher Dr.
251-3011 The 27th Annual Great
Great Chefs of Jacksonville Chowder Debate
Presented by Jacksonville Magazine 2nd Annual Great Southern Presented by The Conch House
March 3 Tailgate Cook-Off
November 6
TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse Presented by Kansas City Barbecue Society
The Conch House, St. Augustine
630-4000 August 26-27
829-8646
Main Beach at Amelia Island
277-0717 Amelia Island Restaurant
Week
January 22-28
Various Restaurants
277-0717
9th Annual Best of
Jacksonville Party
Presented by Jacksonville Magazine
January, Date TBA
Museum of Contemporary Art
389-3622
*

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especially the Sunday brunch. herb-crusted lamb, pork Springfield’s tastiest bagels,
Lunch specials include the open- Adirondack and oak-grilled filet muffins and cakes like chocolate
faced Monte Cristo sandwich, fried mignon. Reserve wine list. D. espresso and Italian cream. Try the
green tomatoes and Alabama meat- Jeff Squares—just trust us on this
loaf. Dinner is served on Friday Sun Dog Steak & Seafood one. Also serving bistro salads and
and Saturday nights. B,L, D, SB. 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach fresh-made soups. The next-door
SEE AD ON PAGE 43 (241-8221). The neon sign is a cellar sells boutique wines and
Beaches landmark. Lively bar beers, Bold City brew on tap. Eat
Seven Bridges Grille & atmosphere is complemented by a in the little oasis out back called
Brewery 9735 Gate Pkwy. N., huge menu of crab cakes, chili, the Zen Garden, where you can
Southside (997-1999). Seven prime rib and blackened mahi. relax with your favorite tea and
Bridges heats up about the time Live music nightly. L, D, SB. enjoy being outdoors with a friend
the Southside’s legions of nine-to- or alone with a book. Live music
fivers start clocking out. The bar is Take Away Gourmet 2103 San plays regularly. SEE AD ON PAGE 40
usually lively, and the line for the Marco Blvd., San Marco (398-
pool table forms early. There is a 6676). Part gourmet market, part Tory’s Café 9842 Old Baymeadows
grab-and-go restaurant, TAG is a Rd. (641-4890). Around lunchtime,
patio for outside dining. The
source for fine cheeses, oven- both lunching moms and business-
micro-brewery churns out its own
ready meals, fresh-made sand- men can be found dining at this
brands of seasonal ales, stouts
wiches and more. Retail wines, shabby-chic establishment. For
and lagers, which pair well with
breads and caviar available, too. about the last two decades crowds
the salads, burgers, steaks and
have been drawn to this lunch-only
pasta. L, D. SEE AD ON PAGE 89
Three Layers 1602 Walnut St., café by its menu, full of traditional
Speckled Hen Tavern & Grille Springfield (355-9791). A renovat- lunch specialties such as Tory's sig-
9475 Philips Hwy., Southside (538- ed and funky loft-like space serves nature tomato basil soup. L.
0811; speckledhentavern.com). This
“Southern” Gastropub features Hawaiian fried rice from
Executive Chef Nick Robson’s cre- BUDDHA’S BELLY
ative assortment of Southern-
inspired comfort foods prepared
with a new twist. Local art adorns
the walls and can be purchased,
with all proceeds going directly to
the artists. Live acoustic music is
performed every Friday night, and
the seven televisions attract sports
fans. The menu changes seasonally,
but don’t miss the pecan-crusted
seared scallops, king crab mac n’
cheese or the shrimp and grits.
Large beer and wine menu. L, D.
SEE MENU ON PAGE 29

Sticky Fingers 363 Atlantic Blvd.,


Atlantic Beach (241-7427; stickyfin-
gersonline.com); 8129 Point
Meadows Way, Southside (493-
7427); 13150 City Station Dr.,
Northside (309-7427). The pride of
this upscale barbecue restaurant
chain, which boasts a full bar, is its
Memphis-style, hickory-smoked ribs
available in five versions, including
dry rub and Carolina sweet. L, D.

Stonewood Grill & Tavern


3832 Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows
(739-7206); 950 Marsh Landing
Pkwy., Jacksonville Beach (285-
2311). Serving Emerald Bay crab
cakes, oak-grilled citrus salmon,

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tasty reads
Inspiration for your next meal can come in many forms

FOODIES KNOW that the secret to BARBECUE IS MORE THAN FOOD. FROM PEACH COBBLER to banana
tasty eats is in the ingredients—par- It’s a homegrown, beloved art form. pudding, homemade sweets are a
ticularly fresh, local ones. Promoting From the type of wood smoke to the staple of old-fashioned Southern cui-
that theme, Southern Living choice of meat to the seasonings in sine. Classic Southern Desserts
released Farmers Market Cookbook the sauce, BBQ is serious business. (Oxmoor House, $30) shares 200
($29.95, Oxmoor House) as the The Big Book of BBQ (Oxmoor recipes that have been fine-tuned in
ultimate guide to local farmers mar- House, $24.95) treats the subject its test kitchen over the past 40
kets, with seasonal recipes and test with care and delicious respect. The years. The 344-page hardcover—
kitchen tips. Featuring more than 280-page softback was compiled by compiled from more than 10,000
200 recipes organized by season the editors of Southern Living—and dishes—features full-color photos,
and 150 photos, the cookbook they should know good barbecue, kitchen tips and the stories behind
includes the Jacksonville Farmers right?—and it covers everything from the recipes. Organized by dessert
Market (the oldest in the state) ribs to brisket to sausage with over type, the book includes chapters on
and several other Florida cities. 200 recipes, tips, techniques and cakes, cookies, pies and ice cream.
Especially handy is a fresh produce mini-profiles of favorite restaurants
and herb primer, which breaks down across the BBQ belt. Sadly, none of
the specifics on selecting and stor- Jacksonville’s best BBQ joints made
ing fresh produce and herbs. the book.

VEGETARIANS ARE NO LONGER LIMITED to a Try your hand at the


diet of side dishes and desserts with Crock-Pot Recipe of the Week.
queen Judith Finlayson’s newest cookbook The
Vegetarian Slow Cooker ($25, Robert Rose). This
softcover guide features 200-plus classic and
exotic meatless recipes for the slow cooker, from
breakfast items to soups to breads. More than
130 vegan (egg- and dairy-free) recipes are
clearly marked throughout the 300-page cook-
book. The book includes slow cooker basics and
full-page color photos, as well as Finlayson’s jacksonvillemag.com
personal tips for each recipe.
*
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T-Ray’s Burger Station 202 S. Jade’s Bistro 1484 Sadler Rd., chicken chow mein Cantonese,
Eighth St., Fernandina Beach (261- Fernandina Beach (321-2777). Chic Szechuan-style tofu, Chinese
6310). Not much to look at from and contemporary, the dining room steak, roast pork lo mein, General
the outside, but islanders don’t here has a spa-like quality with Tsao’s chicken, almond char shu
mind and they swear by the ham- soothing colors and organic ele- din and more. L, D.
burgers. The breakfast menu offers ments—a contrast from your usual
all the American classics. B, L. fast-food Chinese place. Aside from Silver Star 5016 Blanding Blvd.,
Chinese specialties diners can Westside (778-8500). Don’t pass
Urban Flats Flatbread Co. 330 choose from a variety of Thai dishes on the wonton soup or the fried
A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach (280- wonton appetizers. The menu cov-
and "Asian Fusion Specials." L, D.
5515; urbanflats.net). The cen- ers all the standards with plenty of
turies-old tradition of flat bread P.F. Chang’s China Bistro St. vegetarian, chicken, beef and
gets a modern update at Urban Johns Town Center (641-3392). seafood entrées, as well as duck.
Flats with inspired flavor combina- Many hailed the arrival of this The Four Seasons chef special
tions such as fig and prosciutto; national franchise operation as a includes shrimp, duck, chicken,
turkey, pear and brie; and steak new day in the local dining scene. pork and mixed vegetables. And
and portobello. The menu also Meals are served family-style and try the tiny sugared doughnuts for
includes “lite bites” such as warm the menu is highlighted by items dessert. L, D.
cheese and spinach dip and truffle such as wok-seared spare ribs in
mac and cheese. L, D. barbecue sauce, crab wontons
with spicy plum sauce, pin rice
CHOCOLATE SHOPS
The Verandah Restaurant Claude’s Chocolate 51 King St.,
6800 First Coast Hwy., Amelia Island noodle soup, Cantonese roasted
duck and crispy honey chicken. St. Augustine (808-8395); 145
Plantation, Amelia Island (321-
There are 10 vegetarian entrées as Hilden Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach
5050). Serving fried shrimp, mari-
well. L, D. (829-57990;claudeschocolate.com).
nated and grilled yellow fin tuna
Chef Claude Franques and his
with sour grape chutney, pan-roast-
Pagoda 8617 Baymeadows Rd., wife, Nicole, left the bustling din-
ed free range chicken with zinfan-
Southside (731-0880). Serving Pu ing scene of NYC to open a choco-
del and fresh thyme. D.
Pu tray, beef with snow peas, late shop in St. Augustine. Today,
Whisky River St. Johns Town
Center (645-5571). Dale Earnhardt, USDA prime filet mignon
Jr. opened Whisky River to cure from III FORKS
Jacksonville’s need for a spot that
can serve great food, draw big-
name performers and pour strong
drinks with Southern charm.
Burgers, pizzas, sandwiches and
salads are popular, but try the
Killer Wings, a local favorite that
comes in 13 mix-and-match flavors
like spicy garlic parmesan. The DJs
play a mix of country and Top 40
dance music. The mechanical bull
and the Happy Hour specials bring
in a fun crowd. L, D. SEE MENU ON
PAGE 32

CHINESE
Happiness 1233 Lane Ave. S.,
Westside (781-6793). It’s been a
Lane Avenue fixture for as long as
anyone can remember. The buffet
is popular at lunch. The menu says
it all with sweet and sour chicken,
shrimp lo mein and pork egg foo
young. The sautéed green beans
are a can’t-miss side dish. They do
a tremendous amount of takeout,
so don’t let an almost empty din-
ing room scare you off. L, D.

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cocktail corner
Sometimes a plain old draught beer just won’t do.
Dos Gatos (119 E. Forsyth St., 354-0666)
opened late in 2009 across the street from
the Florida Theatre. The nightspot is one of a
small handful of Downtown bars that are
infusing a social life to the city’s urban core.
A big round of applause for that, right? Its
bartender owners, Jason and Joy Albertelli,
designed a plush bar/ lounge with a mix of
soft boudoir accents and warehouse grit.
Their signature drinks include the Sidecar
(below), a classic American cocktail your
grandparents might have favored.
11/4 oz Hennessy VSOP cognac
3
/4 oz Cointreau
Splash of sweet and sour*
Cherry garnish
Shake and strain vigorously into a martini
glass or over ice.
*Sweet & Sour recipe
2 parts simple syrup (2 parts sugar to 1 part water)
TacoLu Baja Mexicana (1183 Beach Blvd., 1 part lemon juice
249-8226) is perhaps best known for two 1 part lime juice
things: fish tacos and tequila. The Jax Beach
restaurant is just a few blocks from the
Fresh is better, but bottled juice will suffice.
*
water, and the eclectic decor is splashed with
Corona beer flags and brightly colored tiles.
Opened in July 2008, the bar is stocked with
some 100 types of tequila and pours plenty
of exotic drinks like the spicy jalapeño
margarita:
11/2 oz. Herradura Blanco tequila
1 Tbsp. jalapeño, puréed in lime juice
1
/2 oz. organic cucumber liqueur
1
/2 oz. jalapeño-infused simple syrup*
Sour mix, to taste
Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker. Rim
12-oz. glass with kosher salt and fill with ice
cubes. Pour mixture into glass and garnish
with lime or jalapeño.
BRADLEY STOOKEY

*Simple syrup recipe: Boil equal parts water


and sugar. Add sliced jalapeños and boil
again. Let simmer. Run through mesh strainer
to remove seeds.
*
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500 South (500 South Legacy Tr., 940-
8000) opened in March 2008 as part of The
Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village’s
$10 million renovation. Decorated in contem-
porary colors, the new American restaurant
and lounge has an enormous wine wall, flat-
screen TVs and a billiard room. The
Raspberry “Mo”jito is 500 South’s signature
drink, named after the restaurant and bar’s
manager, Mo. The recipe below makes a mix
for several cocktails, so invite some friends
over to enjoy the Cuban-inspired fave.
2 oz. lime juice
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 liter water
3 lime wedges
12 fresh mint leaves
1 oz. Bacardi Razz
Splash of club soda
A touch of Chambord liqueur
Mix lime juice, sugar and water to make a
mojito mix. In a separate glass, muddle lime
wedges and mint leaves. Add ice, two ounces
of the mojito mix, Bacardi Razz, and a splash
In the years since its summer 2007 opening, of club soda. Top off with a touch of Chambord.
Galangal (145 Hilden Road, Ste. 110, Ponte
Vedra) has earned a rep for serving authentic
Shake and pour into a high-ball glass.
*
Thai cuisine in an upscale setting. The chic
eatery’s high style and bold flavors aren’t
limited to its plates, though; the bar menu is
generous with its offerings of wine, sake and
cocktails, too. Try your hand at making the
restaurant’s signature Thai basil-citrus
martini, which puts a fresh spin on the
classic libation. You may need to visit your
local Asian food market to find authentic
basil leaves, but like a night at Galangal,
going a little out of your way is worth the
effort.
10 Thai basil leaves
2 lime wedges
1 1/2 oz. Absolut Citron vodka
3
/4 oz. Aperol Aperitivo liqueur
1 oz. ruby red grapefruit juice
Muddle the basil leaves and lime wedges
together in the bottom of shaker tin (if you
don’t have a wooden muddler, use a spoon).
BRADLEY STOOKEY

Add ice, vodka, Aperol, and grapefruit juice.


Cover and shake vigorously. Strain into a marti-
ni glass and garnish with a fresh basil leaf.
*
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FISHY BUSINESS
Grilled coriander mahi with arugula salad
they operate two small shops that
can satisfy even the most discern-
ing sweet tooth with white choco-
late bark, dark chocolate bonbons,
from Azurea at One Ocean Resort and chocolate-covered treats like
ginger, orange peels and pretzels.
—CHEF TED PETERS
SEE AD ON PAGE 77

Peterbrooke Chocolatier Various


locations, including St. Johns Town
Center (565-1073; peterbrooke.com).
Nobody does sweet and salty better
than Peterbrooke; the popularity of
their chocolate-covered popcorn is
proof. Hand-dipped treats, gift
baskets, ice cream and chocolate-
covered fruits and nuts attract a
faithful customer base to the many
shops peppered across Jacksonville
and St. Augustine. SEE AD ON PAGE 35

CONTINENTAL
95 Cordova 95 Cordova St., St.
Augustine (810-6810). Expect a
world of flavors at the Casa
Monica’s signature restaurant. New
World, Asian and Middle Eastern
influences lace the menu featuring
shrimp and goat cheese grits, filet
mignon eggrolls, rack of lamb,
honey and ginger-rubbed chicken,
fire-grilled sea scallops, and center
cut New York strip. The interior is
opulent and streaked with cobalt
Ingredients: 11/2 cup arugula blue, gold and bright reds. B, L, D.

4 five-ounce mahi-mahi filets /2 cup pastini, cooked


1 Aviles Restaurant & Lounge
32 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine
2 tsp. whole coriander seeds, toast- /2 bulb fennel, shaved
1 (829-2277). A tiny eatery with room
ed and ground for eight tables in the dining room
/4 cup kalamata olives
1
and a few more on the patio, Aviles
2 shallots, finely shaved is located inside the Hilton hotel on
1 pint grape tomatoes
the Bayfront. Look for pan-seared
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil scallops with risotto, baked rainbow
11/2 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped trout and grilled hoisin-marinated
Carrots (optional) filet mignon. The house specialty is
Hunan whole crispy fish. B, L, D.
SEE AD ON PAGE 77
Procedure: 3) Finish the mahi in a preheated Bistro Aix & Onyx Bar 1440 San
350-degree oven topped with Marco Blvd., San Marco (398-1949;
1) Season the mahi with the shaved shallots, thyme and a dollop bistrox.com). Arguably the hippest
coriander, salt and pepper. of butter for three to five minutes. restaurant in town, San Marco’s
2) Lightly oil the mahi to keep from Bistro Aix is stylish, yet unpreten-
4) In a large bowl, toss the arugula,
tious, in both décor and menu.
sticking. Grill on one side for two pastini, tomatoes, shaved fennel,
Venture into inspired creations such
minutes, then make a quarter turn and olives with olive oil. Adjust as grilled tuna over whipped pota-
to attain grill marks, and grill for seasoning if necessary. Serve salad toes, baby spinach, lemon-garlic
another two minutes. Flip the mahi in chilled bowls and top with grilled butter and chive oil, or lamb tender-
and grill the other side for two mahi. Garnish with carrot curls. loin on roasted eggplant, potatoes,
additional minutes. YIELDS 4 SERVINGS
* charred tomatoes and goat cheese

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cream. Soups, salads, thin-crust
pizzas from the wood-fired oven,
risottos and homemade pastas
round out the offerings. On the
sweet side, Bistro AIX's in-house
pastry chef turns out classic prof-
iteroles, tortes, cakes and cookies
worthy of their own fan club.
If you can find a seat at the
glowing martini bar, you won’t
even mind the usual wait for a
table on weekends. L, D. SEE MENU
ON PAGE 18

Brett’s Waterway Café One S.


Front St., Amelia Island (261-2660;
brettswaterwaycafe.com). Serving
an eclectic mix of Southern
regional cusine with an emphasis
on local seafood and aged beef.
Appetizers include crab dip gratin, Caliche’s poke bowl
pulled pork fritters and fried green from SALT LIFE
tomatoes. The entrée menu fea- FOOD SHACK
tures Carolina BBQ grilled shrimp,
grilled salmon, diver scallops and
16-oz. ribeye steaks. And for sautéed with mushrooms and The Hilltop 2030 Wells Rd.,
dessert, don't miss out on the Key cognac cream sauce. D. Orange Park (272-5959). The Wells
lime chiffon pie or the Georgia Road landmark serves salmon with
peach bread pudding. Seasonal Currents Riverview Bistro lemon dill sauce, filet mignon,
outdoor seating overlooking Amelia 841 Prudential Dr., Second Floor, homemade rolls and cherries
Island’s working harbor. L, D. SEE AD Southbank (306-9512). The rela- jubilee and bananas Foster for
ON PAGE 73 tively new restaurant is located dessert. Its seven banquet rooms
inside the Aetna Building overlook- see plenty of special events, espe-
Casa Marina Inn & ing the St. Johns. The menu is
Restaurant 691 First St. N., cially wedding ceremonies and
eclectic with Indian, Thai, Latin receptions. D.
Jacksonville Beach (270-0025;
and European dishes. B, L.
casamarinahotel.com). You can’t get
any closer to the ocean than Casa
Le Pavillon 45 San Marco Ave., St.
Dwight’s Bistro 1527 Penman
Augustine (824-6202). Situated
Marina without getting your feet Rd., Jacksonville Beach (241-4496).
wet. The renovated historic inn has inside an old house along busy
Chef-owned-and-operated for more
a handful of rooms, a hip lounge San Marco Avenue, Le Pavillon
than 10 years, Dwight’s is a petite
and a restaurant that serves an has been a fixture in the Oldest
Mediterranean-style bistro serving
eclectic menu with a Mediterranean City for 30 years with European-
fresh ravioli and pasta, crab cakes,
flare. The Casa Marina's lavish themed dishes like veal Oscar,
grilled quail, filet mignon, veal and
buffet includes the freshest sauerbraten and späetzle, and
lamb. The hand-laid tile mosaics
seafood, chef-roasted carvings, their famous rack of lamb.
give the place real character. D.
colorful pastas and salads, plus Extensive wine list. D.
warm homemade breads and tempt- Eleven South Bistro 216 11th Matthew’s 2107 Hendricks Ave.,
ing desserts. Begin with a sparkling Ave. S., Jacksonville Beach (241- San Marco (396-9922; matthews-
Mimosa and enjoy a feast with an 1112). Jacksonville’s beach com- restaurant.com). The ever-changing
ocean view. Most entrées priced munities have a decidedly casual menu brings influences as diverse
around $20. L, D, SB. SEE AD ON climate, which is reflected on an
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as Mediterranean, Middle Eastern,
upscale level with Eleven South. Asian and Southern to the plate.
Collage 60 Hypolita St., St. The courtyard and garden have D.
Augustine (829-0055; collages- quickly become a preferred dining
taug.com). The menu at this cozy spot. The bar is a lively neighbor- The Melting Pot 7860 Gate
restaurant in the heart of St. hood gathering spot. One of the Pkway., Southside (642-4900; melt-
Augustine’s historic district focuses signature dishes is the seafood ingpot.com). You don’t need to be a
on “artful global dining” with sig- martini with tuna tartare, lump chef to prepare a gourmet meal at
nature dishes including escargot crab, poached white shrimp, avo- this popular fondue restaurant on
cado and mango salsa. L, D. the Southside. The four-course

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SUMMER SALAD
Heirloom tomato berry salad
interactive dining experience
includes salad, cheese fondue,
entrée (choose from chicken, beef,
seafood or vegetarian) and chocolate
from Merge Restaurant fondue for dessert. D.

—CHEF ADAM SEARS North Beach Bistro 725 Atlantic


Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach (372-
4105). A lively bar and grill decked
out in dark woods and a semi-tropi-
cal theme. Diverse menu. L, D, SB.
Ocean 60 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic
Beach (247-0060; ocean60.com).
Chef-owned, CIA-certified restaurant
has a menu that changes daily.
Expect inventive fare such as red
curry and lime chicken wings,
smoked duck and arugula salad, and
blackened seared diver scallops.
And those are just the appetizers.
For the main course, look for crisp
fried cornish hen, black pepper
seared boneless pork chops, grilled
rack of lamb and seared flounder
and royal red shrimp. Martini room
with live music Wednesday-
Saturday. D. SEE MENU ON PAGES 12-13

Old City House Inn &


Restaurant 115 Cordova St., St.
Augustine (826-0184). An award-
winning B&B makes room for a
restaurant preferred for its
innovative menu which draws
influences from Africa, the
Ingredients: Mediterranean and good ol’
Southern cooking. B, L, D, SB.
1 bottle (8.5 oz) high-quality balsam- 4 strawberries, sliced
ic vinegar Salt 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., The
1 pint heirloom tomatoes, sliced Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island (277-
1 bunch fresh mint 1100). The seasonally driven menu
1 pint fresh raspberries
changes weekly but might include
1 bottle (11-16 oz.) light corn syrup
extra virgin olive oil appetizers such as Hawaiian tuna
1 bag (5 oz.) baby arugula tartare with tomato water and
salt and pepper to taste homemade avocado sorbet. D.
1 pint mozzarella
Wine Cellar 1314 Prudential Dr.,
Southbank (398-8989). A lot has
changed in the neighborhood since
Wine Cellar opened its doors in
Procedure:
1974. It remains a San Marco fine
3) Toss the arugula, tomatoes and dining landmark, offering a three-
1) Cook the balsamic vinegar for
mozzarella in a little olive oil. Salt course prix fixe menu Friday and
eight minutes (until syrupy) in a
and pepper to taste. Saturday, a cozy lounge and an
pan on medium heat. Let cool to
4) Place salad on a cold plate and unmatched wine list. L, D.
room temperature.
2) Blanch and shock the mint. Add
arrange berries on top. Garnish with
a drizzle of the balsamic reduction CUBAN/CARIBBEAN
to blender with corn syrup and
and mint oil. A1A Ale Works 1 King St., St.
blend for two to three minutes until
a nice green color is achieved. YIELDS 4 SERVINGS
* Augustine (829-2977;
A1Aaleworks.com). Island and New
World cuisine hit the Oldest City.

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Amelia Island

Amelia
Island
Brett’s Waterway Café España Restaurant & Tapas
Amelia Island offers 13 miles 22 S. Fourth St., Fernandina Beach,
1 S. Front St., Fernandina Beach,
of coastline and a wide (904) 261-2660. (904) 261-7700.
variety of restaurants. www.brettswaterwaycafe.com. www.espanadowntown.com.
Eclectic mix of Southern regional Specializing in traditional flavors
At only two miles wide, from Spain & Portugal. Dine in our
cuisine with emphasis on local sea-
this tiny island puts you food and aged beef. Seasonal outdoor cozy main dining room, enclosed
seating overlooking Amelia Island’s patio or in our lush outdoor garden
close to the ocean no matter (weather permitting). Reservations
working harbor. Wine Spectator
where you choose to dine, Award of Excellence 2002-2010. recommended on weekends and
whether it’s a seafood peak seasons. Open for dinner
Mon.-Sun. 5 -10 pm.
restaurant in the harbor or
an Italian eatery downtown.

Jack & Diane’s (904) 321-1444


708 Centre St., Fernandina Beach
PLAE 29 South
Downtown Historic District.
The locals’ treasured favorite for 80 Amelia Village Cir., Amelia Island, 29 South 3rd St., Fernandina Beach,
breakfast, lunch & dinner. Huge $5 (904) 277-2132. www.plaefl.net. (904) 277-7919.
tasting menu full of homemade People Laughing And Eating. www.29southrestaurant.com.
goodness from French Toast to Signature dishes and an award- Scotty Schwartz, Executive Chef and
Jambalaya! Plus a variety of winning wine list that is served in Owner cooks classic world cuisine
vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free a sophisticated yet comfortable with a modern twist prepared with
fare. A fun stop at the ‘tastiest atmosphere. The informative, fun ingredients from local farms and an
spot.’ Open daily 8am-9pm. and attractive wait staff only adds onsite garden. Join us for Lunch
as an embellishment to the delicious Tue.-Sat., Dinner Mon.-Sat. or Sunday
and well-exected menu. Brunch. 2010 Golden Spoon Award
Winner.
the guide
A1A offers fantastic views of the paint job on this restaurant's exteri- Restaurant Orsay 3630 Park St.,
Bridge of Lions from its second- or is a clue that this isn't your aver- Avondale (381-0909; restaurant
floor dining room. There are two age burger joint. Instead, traditional orsay.com). New bistro serves a
bars, outside porch seating and Jamaican dishes assume the star- variety of French favorites includ-
live music Thursday-Saturday. ring roll. To get in the island mood, ing croque madame, steak tartare,
The menu is extensive with a diners sit among a decor comprising mussels frites, coq au vin and
heavy seafood tilt. Top appetizers Caribbean flags reggae concert house-made patés. The lobster pot
are fried lobster bites, blue crab posters. L, D. pie is the stuff of legend. Save

FRENCH
and artichoke dip, tavern fried room for the créme brulée. D.

FUSION
shrimp and Trinidad chicken
wings. House specialties include Bistro de Leon 12 Cathedral Pl.,
grouper picatta, lobster and St., Augustine (810-2100). You 95 Cordova Casa Monica Hotel, St.
shrimp tacos, pecan-crusted plank Augustine (810-6810). Like a
don’t get more French than chef
seared salmon and grilled seafood United Nations of flavors, this
Jean Stephane Poinard, and his
paella. L, D. SEE AD ON PAGE 89 Morocco-themed restaurant located
menu shows it. For dinner, expect
classics such as steak au poivre, in the lobby of the Casa Monica
Bahama Breeze Island Grille hotel also combines American,
St. Johns Town Center (646-1031; chicken cordon bleu and roasted
crown of lamb. The escargots à la Asian, Mediterranean and Caribbean
bahamabreeze.com). Even though
Bourguignonne, six snails cooked influences in gourmet entrées like
it’s a franchise, Bahama Breeze cashew-crusted salmon sriracha and
stands out as a destination for and served in their shells with a
traditional garlic parsley butter, honey and ginger rubbed free-range
Caribbean eats like jerk chicken chicken. The decadent six-course
pasta, coconut shrimp and the sums up the menu nicely. L, D.
tasting menu is a favorite with
crab, shrimp, mango and avocado JJ’s Bistro de Paris 330 A1A N., adventurous diners. Three dining
stack. Refreshing cocktails like the #209, Ponte Vedra Beach (273- rooms available for private parties.
Bahamarita are best enjoyed on 7980); 7643 Gate Pkwy., Southside B, L, D, SB.
the outside deck. Live music (996-7557). Stepping into J.J.'s is
keeps toes tapping and hips evocative of strolling into a Parisian Blue Bamboo 3820 Southside
swaying well into the night. L, D. patisserie—patrons are greeted by Blvd., Southside (646-1478;
the glow of warm lights and scents bluebamboojacksonville.com).
Havana-Jax Café 2578 Atlantic Chef/owner Dennis Chan prepares
Blvd., St. Nicholas (399-0609; from a bakery offering an array of
pastries, cakes and custards. Lunch Asian-inspired eats including seared
havanajax.com). For more than a Ahi tuna, honey-glazed spareribs
decade, Havana-Jax has been the features include soups, salads and
and fried dragon whiskers. Entrées
place for authentic Cuban food sandwiches, while more substantial
are as upscale as the white table-
(think arroz con pollo, ropa vieja, fare, such as duck, steak and lamb,
cloths. The menu is labeled “hip
Cuban sandwiches, black bean is prepared at dinnertime. L, D.
Asian comfort food.” We call dishes
soup) in Northeast Florida. Guests like Cantonese roast duck, red curry
are also treated to the “Cuban din- Le Clos 20 S. Second St.,
Fernandina Beach (261-8100). shrimp and grits, peppercorn-crust-
ing experience,” which translates ed filet and chile-mango salmon
into friendly service, healthy por- Proving size isn’t everything, tiny
Le Clos packs a flavorful punch in just plain good. Also, check out the
tions and not laughing at cus- daily Southern specials such as
tomers when they try to remember an intimate setting. Candles set
the mood inside a renovated 100- catfish and fries on Monday and
their high school Spanish vocabu- chicken pot pie on Friday. L, D.
lary. Stay late for cocktails, music year-old cottage. The menu’s
SEE AD ON INSIDE BACK COVER
and dancing in the club next door, emphasis is on seafood but dishes
Cuba Libre. L, D. such as seared Muscovy duck Bonito Grill and Sushi 614
breast with sauce Mikado, mush- Centre St., Fernandina Beach (261-
Madrid Restaurant 11233 rooms, potato gratin and sautéed 0508). Featuring a fusion of
Beach Blvd., Southside (642-3741). vegetables may catch the eye. D. American and Asian cuisine.
Despite its Spanish sounding Serving broiled Chilean sea bass
Pastiche 4260 Herschel St., Avondale
name, Madrid’s menu features with red miso rub, soba noodles
(387-6213; mypastiche.com).
Latin and Caribbean cuisine such with sautéed seafood and Long
Avondale eatery specializes in
as caldo gallego, ropa vieja, bistec Island duck with wasabi teriyaki.
Southern comfort food with a
de palomilla and Cuban sandwich- Lengthy sushi menu, too. L, D.
French flair like grilled beef tender-
es with flan and tres leches for
loin bordelaise and roasted salmon Mama Fu’s 11105 San Jose Blvd.,
dessert. L, D.
tandoori style. There’s a tiny dining Mandarin (260-1727). A franchise
Stars Caribbean Restaurant room and a covered garden. Try the that brings together the various fla-
1901 Blanding Blvd., Jacksonville sweet potato fries. The daily quiche vors of Asia under one roof, this
(381-9022). The tropical inspired is can’t-miss good. L, D. quick-serve restaurant has a menu

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laced with Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese
and Japanese favorites. Though a
counter-service style establishment,
wine and beer are available, including
SEAFOOD AL DENTÉ
Lobster and shrimp pappardelle from
many appropriate Asian imports. L, D. Mitchell’s Fish Market
Mixx 1161 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville
Beach (249-7787, mixxfl.com). Chef
Toni Acireale opened Mixx in the
old building of his family’s
restaurant, Giovanni’s Bar & Grill.
The menu reflects a sense of
invigoration for the new venture,
with affordable pizza, pasta and
sushi all under one roof. Guests are
encouraged to “mixx” it up with a
lengthy wine, sake and beer menu.
D. SEE MENU ON PAGE 27
Roy’s 2400-101 S. Third St.,
Jacksonville Beach (241-7697).
Internationally acclaimed chef and
restaurateur Roy Yamaguchi’s
Hawaiian fusion cuisine blends
seafood with European sauces and
bold Asian spices creating innovative
dishes such as yellow-fin Ahi
poketini, hibachi-style grilled salmon
and slow braised short ribs. D.
SUITE St. Johns Town Center (241-
7697; suitejacksonville.com). Suite
fuses American, Italian and Asian
flavors into small dishes like shrimp
and crab ceviche, black cod miso
and lamb lollipops. Sophisticated
cocktails are the new restaurant and Ingredients:
nightclub’s specialty; try a nitrogen- 4 large shrimp, peeled & deveined 2 asparagus stalks, grilled and
infused N-Tini or a guilt-free liba- chopped
3 oz. raw lobster meat, chopped
tion from The Slimlist. Suite's four 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
VIP areas can be reserved for those 2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
seeking a more intimate setting and 2 Tbsp. shallots, minced
personal attention. Reservations are 7 oz. pappardelle pasta, cooked
2 Tbsp. garlic, minced
accepted and recommended. D. SEE 2 Tbsp. fresh tarragon, chopped
2 Tbsp. sherry wine
MENU ON PAGE 30 1 Tbsp. parmesan cheese
4 oz. white wine
Zhanras 108 Anastasia Blvd., St. 1 /2 tsp. fresh parsley, chopped
1

Augustine (823-3367). Comprising


/4 cup sweet corn kernels
salt and pepper to taste
two experiences in one, this St.
Augustine newcomer houses a chic
Procedure: 3) Once sauce is boiling, add pasta,
tapas-style restaurant and swanky
cigar & martini bar. The restaurant tarragon, salt and pepper. Toss
1) Season shrimp and lobster with pasta in sauce until coated and hot.
menu features 60-or-so tapas-style
salt and pepper. Over medium heat, Taste sauce with a tasting spoon,
plates along with a diverse array of
sauté shrimp and lobster meat in adjust if necessary.
soups, salads, pizzas and entrées
showcasing a fusion of global olive oil until they start to turn
4) Place pasta in a warm pasta
cuisine. L, D. pink. Add shallots and garlic and
bowl and garnish with parmesan
sauté for 30 seconds. Deglaze with
GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN sherry and white wine.
cheese and parsley. Serve with
cheese bread.
2) Add grilled asparagus, corn,
Athens Café 6271 St. Augustine
Rd., Ste. 7, Southside (733-1199). A cherry tomatoes and butter. Bring
YIELDS 1 SERVING
*
classic family-run establishment liquid to a boil.

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prepares a menu that features organic market, Grassroots has The busy café includes a 130-seat
authentic Greek dishes, rack of just started serving organic salads, indoor-outdoor café with a coffee
lamb, rack of veal, whole snapper, wraps, sandwiches, sides and and espresso bar, cuisine from
chicken and seafood entrées. À la desserts. However, Grassroots is a around the world, freshly sliced veg-
carte food and wine menu. L, D. veteran of serving refreshing etables and fruit, and gourmet
organic smoothies and juices. baked goods. Open daily.
Hovan Mediterranean 2005-1
Park St., Riverside (381-9394).
Casual and quick in the midst of
Healthy Way Café St. Johns Town
Center, Suite 185 (642-2951).
INDIAN
the bustling Five Points shopping Organic food is the calling card India’s Restaurant 9802-8
district. Serving gyro sandwiches, here. Roasted veggie wraps, Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows
falafel, hummus, tabbouleh salad, organic fruit salad, Mediterranean (620-0777). The tandoor clay oven
grape leaves, baba ghannoush, sandwiches, and an organic is always hot and the scent of
chicken kabobs and Hovan rolls. banana split. Plus, beer and wine, curry is ever-present at India’s, a
Takeout platters are great for par- full-service bar, smoothies—all family-friendly operation. Chicken
ties. Pet-friendly with outdoor organic, of course. L, D. is a house specialty and vegetari-
seating. L, D. ans have lots of options like rice
Native Sun Natural Foods biryani and paneer masala. The $7
Mediterrania Restaurant 3877 Market 11030 Baymeadows Rd. lunch buffet is a main attraction
Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows (260-2791); 10000 San Jose Blvd. around the noon hour. L, D.
(260-6950; nativesunjax.com).
IRISH/ENGLISH PUBS
(731-2898). Baymeadows was a
quiet street when Mediterrania Certified organic supermarket with
opened its doors more than a full deli and hot bar serving rotisserie
chicken, vegan sushi, crab cakes, Culhane’s Irish Pub 967
decade ago. The family-run Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach (249-
establishment serves Greek dumplings, wraps, salads, soups and
more. Market offers fresh organic 9595). The pub's specialty
favorites splashed with a touch of sandwich, the drunken cheese
Italy including rack of lamb, veal produce, meat and seafood, baked
goods and smoothies, with indoor steak, is served on a hoagie roll
and lots of seafood. L, D. with thinly sliced ribeye marinated
and outdoor seating and catering
Zaitoon Mediterranean Grill services. L, D. in Guinness beer and loaded with
13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 40, sautéed mushrooms, onions, green
Southside (221-7066; Pulp 1962 San Marco Blvd., San peppers and melted cheddar
zaitoongrill.com). Named for the Marco (396-9222). Organic wine cheese. L, D.
Arabic word for “olive,” Zaitoon and beer, tea and coffee are just a
few of the treats served up at Pulp. Donovan’s Irish Pub 7440 US-1
melds the flavors of the Middle N., St. Augustine (829-0000). An
East with contemporary cuisine Fresh fruit and veggie smoothies are
made to order, and self-serve frozen addition to St. Augustine in mid-
from Spain, France and Italy. 2008, Donovan's Irish Pub serves
Dishes like hummus, tabouli, yogurt allows guests to create the
healthy snack of their dreams. classic Irish cuisine including
lamb, mixed seafood grill and shepherd's pie, corned beef and
paella are complemented by an Oatmeal and breakfast bowls are
available in the morning. B. SEE AD cabbage and Irish stew. L, D.
extensive wine list. Popular dinner
entrees include Moroccan spiced ON PAGE 40 Fionn MacCool’s 333 1st St. N.,
braised lamb shank with roasted The Present Moment Café 224 Ste. 150, Jacksonville Beach (242-
fennel potato purée and sautéed West King St., St. Augustine (827- 9499; maccoolsjax.com). Really
snapper with coconut-scented 4499). The unique menu at this more of a restaurant than a typical
yellow curry, apple-mango chutney vegan enclave does not include your pub, the two-story establishment
and basmati rice. L, D. SEE AD ON usual tofu and rice, rather most of serves a variety of upscale entrées
PAGE 44 the dishes feature nuts, salad or including steaks, paella and

HEALTHFUL/ORGANIC hand-hewn corn chips, and seafood stew. The Guinness and
beverages include organic wine, beef stew is loaded with chunks of
The Granary 1738 Kingsley Ave., beer, juice and infused water. D. meat, carrots, celery, onions and
Orange Park (269-7222). For 30 potatoes simmered in an aromatic
years the health food market has Whole Foods Market & Café broth. The bangers and mash (Irish
specialized in organic produce, as 10601 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin sausages and mashed potatoes)
well as household goods, health (288-1100; wholefoodsmarket.com). come with baked beans and gravy.
and beauty items and pet supplies. The 4,000-square-foot market Appetizers are many and range
portion of Whole Foods provides a from sausage rolls and stuffed
Grassroots Natural Market wide array of locally grown produce, mushrooms to jalapeño poppers
1915 E.W. Pkwy., Orange Park (541- a cheese and olive bar, free-range and bacon cheese fries. Live music
0009); 2007 Park St., Riverside meats and pre-packaged meals that is usually on tap. L, D. SEE MENU ON
(384-4474). With emphasis on an are ready to bring home and serve. PAGE 24

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St. Augustine

St. Augustine
The Nation’s Oldest City is a
First Coast dining hot spot.
Avilés Restaurant & Lounge
From seafood with a Spanish The Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront:
32 Avenida Menéndez., St. Augustine, (904) 829-2277.
flair to contemporary global www.hiltonhistoricstaugustine.com.
Fine eclectic dining prepared by world-class chefs
cuisine to European-inspired and served with rich Spanish flair. The menu is influ-
enced by the traditional dishes of Spain, France,
gourmet chocolates– Asia and the Mediterranean, from New Zealand
mussels filet to crème brulée.
dine to your hearts desire.

Claude’s Chocolate Gypsy Cab Co.


51 King St., St. Augustine; 145 Hilden Rd., Ponte 828 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, (904) 824-8244.
Vedra, (904) 829-5790. www.claudeschocolate.com. www.gypsycab.com.
Welcome to Claude’s Chocolate, a glamorous A local favorite since 1983. World-urban cuisine.
confection made in historic St. Augustine from the Cab fare (the menu) draws on multiple influences
purest chocolate and ingredients free of artificial including Italian, German, Cajun, Mediterranean,
flavors and preservatives. Our chocolates are a classical European, Southern, Oriental, and
delight to the eye and filled with the fresh, deep “Floribbean.” Gypsy Cab Company, always a
aroma of Belcolade Belgian chocolate. favorite with locals, has a reputation as being a
casual restaurant with diner friendliness.
the guide
Fly’s Tie Irish Pub 177 E. guests with the ultimate feel of the assorted meat pies, fish and
Sailfish Dr., Atlantic Beach (246- Ireland. Classic Irish dishes are chips, steaks, seafood and soups
4293). A true neighborhood gather- served including bangers and mash served in sourdough bread bowls.
ing spot, the small pub features all and shepherd's pie. 32 beers on Live music presented Wednesday
the things one expects—lively tap to quench any thirst. L, D. through Sunday. L, D.
patrons, imported brews on tap,
darts, music and a new menu of
O’Brothers Irish Pub 1521
Margaret St., Riverside (854-9300).
ITALIAN
eats debuting in 2009. L, D. Al’s Pizza 303 Atlantic Blvd.,
From the owners of Mossfire Grill,
Atlantic Beach (249-0002) plus five
King’s Head British Pub 6460 O’Brothers offers a true “pub”
other locations. A perennial “Best”
U.S. 1 N., St. Augustine (823- atmosphere where patrons can
winner in local diners’ polls, Al’s is
9787). If not for the double-decker enjoy a pint, eat delicious food and casual with a menu chock-full of
bus parked outside, it would be play shuffleboard. The menu pizza, calzones and pasta dishes.
easy to miss this quaint pub while includes Irish staples like shep- But its slick and funky atmosphere
zipping down U.S. 1. King’s Head herd’s pie and fish and chips, as (particulary the Riverside location),
serves lunch and dinner every day well as treats like Guinness mac not to mention unexpected dishes
but Monday with a menu of British and cheese and lamb burger. L, D. like mussels in wine and garlic
staples like fish and chips and butter sauce and fried chicken
steak and kidney pie. L, D.
O’Kane’s Irish Pub 318 Centre
salad, also make it a favorite with
St., Fernandina Beach (261-1000).
foodies who normally wouldn’t dine
Lynch’s Irish Pub 514 N. 1st St., O’Kane’s serves a full bar but
at a pizza joint. L, D.
Jacksonville Beach (249-5181). An many regulars come for the grub
authentic Irish pub that provides first and foremost. The menu offers Amici 1915 A1A S., St. Augustine
(461-0102). Classic family-run
kind of dining establishment offers
Fancy tuna a combination of comfortable
from KOBE
ambiance, traditional cuisine and
familiar service. Menu highlights
include pasta, seafood, veal and
chicken dishes, as well as pizza.
Spacious indoor dining and an
open-air patio. Three private
dining rooms for parties between
20 and 150. L, D.
Broadway Ristorante &
Pizzeria 10920 Baymeadows Rd.,
Suite 103, Baymeadows (519-8000,
broadwayfl.com). Huge menu is laced
with all your Italian faves including
hand-tossed pizzas baked in a brick
oven, calzones, strombolis, penne à
la vodka, antipasto and more. Open
until 2 AM and later. L, D.
Brucci’s Pizza 880-8 A1A, Ponte
Vedra Beach (280-7677); 540 S.R.
13, Ste. 10, Fruit Cove (287-8317);
13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36,
Southside (223-6913). The casual
restaurant offers New York-style
pizza, pasta dishes and paninis.
Baked dishes come with salad and
garlic bread. Wraps, calzones and
strombolis are also on the menu. L, D.

Café Atlantico 647 A1A Beach


Blvd., St. Augustine Beach (471-
7332). The chic cuisine at this
cozy Italian eatery is as authentic
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pare. Considering he is certified by
the Italian Cuisine Institute in
Naples, that’s pretty darn authentic.
Pastas are plentiful, as are seafood
A SAVORY START
French Onion Soup from JJ’s Cuisine and
and veal dishes. The walls are Wine warms the soul
adorned with an ever-changing col-
—CHEF JJ VIGOUREUX
lection of original artwork. D.
Caffé Andiamo 500 Sawgrass
Village Cir., Ponte Vedra Beach
(280-2299; andiamotrattoria.com).
A stainless steel pizza oven
highlights this chic eatery
specializing in frutti di mare, pollo
paisano, veal chop carbone and
vongole Positano. Pasta highlights
include linguini alla scogliera—
linguini with a medley of shrimp,
fish, calamari, scallops, clams and
mussels with your choice of mari-
nara or garlic and olive oil. Private
dining room for six and a usually
lively bar. L, D. SEE AD ON PAGE 45
Enza’s Italian Restaurant
10601 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 109.,
Mandarin (268-4458; enzas.net).
Family-owned eatery’s specialties
include seafood lasagna, chicken
parmigiana, grouper francese and
housemade tiramisu. The interior
is contemporary with lots of pol-
ished wood and marble. Try the
catch of the day Livornese,
sautéed with olives, capers, garlic
and tomato sauce. The veal
Ingredients:
Bordeaux with mushrooms and a
red currant jelly reduction sauce is 5 lbs. Spanish onion, peeled and 1 bottle (750 ml) white wine
pretty good, too. Live piano music. julienned
Check for special winemaker din- 1 gal. beef or vegetable stock
ners and other foodie events. D. SEE 4 T. butter (1/2 stick)
salt & pepper to taste
MENU ON PAGE 23
4 sprigs rosemary, picked and
chopped Crostini (toasted sliced baguette)
Joseph’s Italian 7316 N. Main St.,
Northside (765-0335); 30 Ocean 2 slices Swiss or provolone cheese
4 sprigs thyme, picked and
Blvd., Atlantic Beach (270-1122).
chopped
Joseph’s takes its “fresh and saucy”
reputation seriously with homemade
sauces and dressings, fresh-ground
meats, and hand-rolled breads and
crusts. The menu includes pizza, Procedure:
pasta, calzones and stuffed rolls, 1) Place onion in stockpot with 1/2 4) Ladle soup into an oven-safe
sandwiches and salads. If you’re too stick of butter and cook on low to bowl or cup and place one or two
full for dessert, avoid the tiered medium heat. Cook onions until crostini slices in the soup. Cover
case showcasing homemade cannoli, soft and translucent. with slices of cheese.
cappuccino torte and coconut cake. 2) Add herbs and white wine and 5) Turn oven to broil and place bowl
L, D. cook until wine is reduced by half. or cup in oven for five minutes.
Libretto’s Pizzeria & Italian 3) Add stock and cook for five min- Cheese should bubble and be
Kitchen St. Johns Town Center utes. Season with salt and pepper slightly burnt on top.
(402-8888; librettospizzeria.com).
The specialty pizzas from Libretto’s
to taste. SERVES 4
*
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bring a taste of the Big Apple to the are the first things you notice when dough forms the base for Moon
River City. Calzones, pastassalads you walk through the door. Menu River Pizza's hand-tossed pies, and
round out the menu, alongside fam- choices include 10 specialty pizzas there are a plethora of toppings
ily-style Italian classics like chicken such as a seafood-topped pie, cal- from which to choose. One favorite
marsala and eggplant parmigiana. zones, stromboli and subs. L, D. combination is dubbed The Pizza—
Try the cheese ravioli stuffed with topped with spinach, mushrooms,
ricotta and a classic tomato sauce Mezza Luna 110 N. First St., white cheddar and lots of fresh gar-
and fresh basil. The casual dining Neptune Beach (249-5573; lic. L, D. SEE AD ON PAGE 46
room caters to families and couples mezzalunaneptunebeach.com). The
interior is reminiscent of a wine Pizza Palace 1959 San Marco
alike. Delivery is also available,
cellar with dark woods, dim Blvd., San Marco (399-8815); 920
making pizza night at home even
lighting and a corner fireplace. Margaret St., Riverside (598-1212);
better. L, D. SEE MENU ON PAGE 26
Mozzarella and prosciutto, 116 Bartram Oaks Walk, Julington
Luigi’s Italian American portobello frittes, Ahi tuna tartare, Creek (230-2171); 3928
Restaurant 5912 University jumbo sea scallops and wood-fired Baymeadows Rd., Mandarin (527-
Blvd. W., Southside (731-0338). pizza highlight a creative menu. 8649). Each shop of this
Serving Jacksonville since 1975 The osso bucco with truffled home-grown string of pizza joints
with traditional Italian dinners, cauliflower purée, caramelized is a little different. The menus are
lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, baby carrots and lemon pinenut consistent with New York-style
chicken parmigiana, pizza and gremolata is outstanding. The pizza, strombolis, calzones, salads,
meatball cheese subs. Nothing outdoor patio is a great place to Italian subs and pasta. L, D.
fancy here but big portions and relax and enjoy a bottle of Domain Primi Piatti 2722 Park St.,
good eats. L, D. Drouhin pinot noir and a plate of Riverside (389-5545). Cozy one-room
lasagna Bolognese. D. SEE MENU ON bistro aims to please with fresh-
Mama Mia’s 12220 Atlantic Blvd., PAGES 10-11
Southside (221-1122). Mama Mia’s made pastas and sauces, rustic
Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria is a Moon River Pizza 925 S. 14th Italian cooking, a carefully select-
little slice of the boot in a strip St., Fernandina Beach (321-3400); ed wine list—all presented in a
mall. The aromas, along with a 116 Edgewood Ave. S., Jacksonville stylish and simple setting. L, D.
framed picture of the Mona Lisa, (389-4442). Fresh, homemade Renna’s Pizza St. Johns Town
Center, plus four other locations
Organic, gluten-free (565-1299). Renna’s serves New
pumpkin whoopie pies York-style slices as well as pasta
from NATIVE SUN dishes, salads, and hot and cold
subs. L, D. SEE AD ON PAGE 41
Sorrento 6943 St. Augustine Rd.,
San Jose (636-9196). Menu high-
lighted by Neopolitan cuisine
including snapper francese, veal
Positano supreme, sausage and
peppers, chicken scallopini, egg-
plant parmigiana and tiramisu. D.
Vinny’s Italian Restaurant
14185 Beach Blvd., Southside
(223-5400). Calling itself a “real”
New York pizzeria, Vinny’s extols its
roots with a menu featuring “real
NY deli subs,” “real NY strombolis”
and “pizza made by ex-New
Yorkers.” Specialty pies include
barbecue chicken, clams casino
and salad pizza. L, D.

JAPANESE
Chizu 1253 Penman Rd.,
Jacksonville Beach (241-8455).
Twirling spatulas, the click-and-
clack of salt and pepper shakers,
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the air—all the things one expects (306-2188). Both locations are set in the traditional style of Korea.
from a good Japanese hibachi grill known for their lengthy sushi offer- Lunch specials start under $10.
chef are found at Chizu, and have ings, including chef’s special rolls Plus, there’s a karaoke room. L, D.

MEXICAN/TEX-MEX
been for more than a decade. They like the Mexican roll—grouper
serve a wide array of sushi and tempura, tomato, avocado, hot
offer a full bar in the cocktail sauce and sesame seeds—and the Burrito Gallery 21 E. Adams St.,
lounge. L, D. Annie roll—shrimp tempura, Downtown (598-2922). The secret
cream cheese, cucumber, scallions to getting a table for lunch at the
Crazy Sushi 4320 Deerwood Lake and roasted almonds. L, D.
Pkwy., #202, Southside (998- popular Downtown eatery? Arrive
9797). Serving hibachi steak, Sumo Sushi 2726 Park St., early. The restaurant and art gallery
shrimp tempura, chicken katsu, Riverside (388-8838). Cozy offers the Tex-Mex standards—tacos,
tuna tataki and the “Love Boat.” Japanese eatery offers everything taco salads, quesadillas, nachos,
L, D. from miso soup to unusual sushi burritos, chili and deli wraps. Dine
rolls—think sweet potato, octopus, inside or out for lunch or dinner.
Daruma Japanese Steakhouse mango and lobster. Bento boxes Happy hour runs Wednesday
13799-9 Beach Blvd., Southside are popular lunchtime choices. through Saturday. L, D.
(821-9817). Chefs put on quite a L, D.
show during the dinner’s Campeche Bay Cantina 127
preparation, all cooked in front of Sushi Café 2025 Riverside Ave., 1st Ave. N., Jacksonville Beach
you on a half-dozen hibachi grills. Riverside (384-2888; sushicafe- (249-3322). A Beaches Mexican
Fire-spewing volcanoes made from jax.com). The restaurant’s slogan eats landmark for over 20 years.
onions and pieces of shrimp says it all—”When it comes to The lounge does a steady business
tossed into the air are a few of the sushi, we’re on a roll!” The sushi with an assortment of margaritas,
acts patrons will see. A full bar is list is lengthy with a handful of beers and wine. The fish taco plat-
available in the lounge surrounded locally-inspired rolls like the Jax (a ter, with two blackened catch of
by cascading waterfalls. L, D. California roll with eel) and the the day on flour tacos served with
Jaguar (eel & avocado deep-fried). Mexican tartar sauce, red cab-
Etto Japanese Restaurant 915 The menu also includes hibachi, bage, cheese and chipotle sauce,
Sawgrass Village Dr., Ponte Vedra tempura, katsu and teppan meals. and sides of rice and beans, is a
Beach (273-4344). This lakeside L, D. top seller. D.
Japanese eatery features full bar
service, a separate sushi bar, Wasabi Japanese Restaurant Cantina Laredo St. Johns Town
hibachi grills and an interior 9041-138D Southside Blvd., Center (997-6110). A hot-spot in
dressed in stone tiles and bamboo Southside (363-9888). The buffet St. Johns Town Center, Cantina
screens with an innovative stone is enormous at Wasabi, and it Laredo offers authentic Mexican
fountain as a point of focus. D. includes everything from steamed cuisine in a sophisticated setting.
crab legs to spicy green beans to The top-shelf guacamole, a staple
Ichiban Japanese Steak sushi items. Seafood is a house of the restaurant, is artfully
House 675 3rd St. N., specialty and the grill is always prepared tableside with fresh
Jacksonville Beach (247-4688). hot. Not much in the way of avocado, tomatoes, red onion,
Hibachi chefs at Ichiban are sure Japanese atmosphere, but few jalapeño and spices. Entrées
to entertain. It should also be diners seem to mind. L, D. include shrimp enchiladas with
noted that catching food in your spinach and peppers, stuffed and
mouth is normally part of the Yummy Sushi 4372 Southside grilled chicken breast with chipo-
show. Practice using chopsticks Blvd., Southside (998-8806). The tle-wine sauce, and basic chicken,
for the full experience; sushi is a Shoppes of Deerwood Lake take on beef or spinach fajitas. L,D, SB.
specialty at this Jax Beach estab- an Asian flavor with this Japanese
joint known for its lengthly menu Casa Maria 12961 N. Main St.,
lishment. L, D. SEE AD ON PAGE 37 Northside (757-6411). Of course,
and beautiful plate presentations.
Okinawa Japanese Grillhouse The house specialty, the Yummy they offer the “Speedy Gonzales”
& Sushi Bar 4403 Roosevelt Roll, comes with shrimp tempura, with a taco, enchilada and rice or
Blvd., Westside (388-8708). avocado and spicy crab meat. L, D. beans for only $5. The carne
asada and bistec ranchero are also
KOREAN
Featuring a full sushi bar, lobster,
filet mignon and soft shell crab. house specialties. L, D.
Interior highlights include a fish
pond and a dramatic waterfall
Sam Won Garden 4345-1 Cha Cha’s 9551 Baymeadows Rd.
University Blvd. S., Southside (737- Ste. 21, Baymeadows (737-9903).
near the entrance. L, D.
3650). Perhaps the only Korean Plates come out so fast that diners
Sake House 824 Lomax St., barbecue restaurant around, Sam barely have time to enjoy their chips
Riverside (301-1188); 1478 Won offers a pleasing interior with and salsa at Cha Chas. The menu
Riverplace Blvd., Southbank quiet booths and knee-high tables consists of combination dinners like

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the No. 14 with a taco, chile relleno and the fattest burritos this side of and lounge. In addition to tradi-
and one chalupa. House specials the Pecos. The upstairs lounge is tional fare such as shawarma
include the carnitas dinner with more intimate with cozy booths wraps, kabobs, tabouleh salad and
rice, beans and salad, and the and couches and tequila bar. L, D. the Old City Sampler, guests can
chimichanga that, like most of Cha enjoy exotic aromatic tobacco in
Cha’s dishes, includes plenty of red Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant Northeast Florida’s original hookah
sauce and plenty of cheese. The 12 N. 2nd St., Fernandina Beach
lounge, as well as live entertain-
bean burrito, quesadillas and the (261-0049). Downtown Fernan-
ment in the form of belly dancers.
“Speedy Gonzalez” are Jax Mag dina’s dining scene gets some L, D. SEE AD ON PAGE 2
favorites. L, D. SEE MENU ON PAGE 20 needed spice with a menu packed
with dishes like carne tampiqueña, Hala Café 4323 University Blvd. S.,
Don Juan’s 12373 San Jose Blvd., enchiladas, fajitas, fish tacos and Southside (733-1855); 9735 St.
Mandarin (268-8722; donjuans- tortilla soup. L, D. Augustine Rd., Mandarin (288-
jax.com). Don’t be surprised to find 8890). Hala has been serving
a Mariachi singer serenading you Pepe’s Hacienda & Restaurant Middle Eastern cuisine in the
while dining at this family-owned, 3615 Dupont Ave., Ste. 900,
Jacksonville area for 30 years. The
sit-down restaurant, established in Lakewood (636-8131). Open since
restaurant and adjoining bakery are
2004. The menu features all the late 2005, Pepe’s earns raves for its located in a less-than-picturesque
Mexican standards—fajitas, housemade salsa and guacamole, as retail strip on University Blvd., but
chimichangas and carne asada—but well as for tamales, enchiladas and don’t judge this book by its cover.
the festive bands that perform on tacos. Most entrées can be had for Hala is usually busy and patrons
Friday and Saturday nights are a real under $10. An attached shop sells frequent the lunch and dinner buf-
treat. Patio area. Casual. L, D. butchered steaks, chorizo, vegeta- fet or fill up on menu items includ-
bles, chilies and baked goods. L, D. ing tabouli riders, spinach pie and
El Potro Mexican Restaurant
grilled chicken with hummus and
multiple locations including 7200 Pepper’s Mexican Grill &
Normandy Blvd., Westside (378- tabouli. L, D, SB.
Cantina 13475 Atlantic Blvd.,
9822). One of a handful of El Jacksonville (221-2300). Authentic Istanbul Grille 10140 Philips
Potros in the River City, the Mexican cuisine with a family- Hwy. (821-6767) The all-you-can-
Westside location serves all the friendly atmosphere. And, they eat Turkish lunch buffet is a big
Mexican classics—chimichangas, have great nachos. The fish tacos seller during the week and belly
burritos, hot tamales, enchiladas, are a signature item, as are the dancing is featured on Saturday
fajitas. 99¢ tacos are a house appropriately sizzling fajita skillets. night. Hookahs, draught beer
specialty. L, D. Serving wine and beer and take-out specials and appetizer plates are
service. L, D. popular in the lounge. L, D.
El Rodeo 644 Park Ave., Orange
Park (215-3393). A slice of Mexico TacoLu 1183 Beach Blvd. Layla’s of San Marco 2016
in Orange Park featuring terrific Jacksonville Beach (249-TACO;
Hendricks Ave., San Marco (398-
salsa, extraordinarily friendly serv- tacolu.com). Offering a blend of
4610). Cozy full-service restaurant
ice and dishes like carne asada, Baja-style cuisine in a casual sit- does a brisk business as an Arabic
chile relleños and flan. L, D. down eatery, this Beaches restaurant pub with a happening happy hour,
offers a new twist on the traditional belly dancers on weekends and
La Nopalera multiple locations taco. Try the Baja fish taco with hookah pipes. L, D.
including 14333 Beach Blvd., beer-battered mahi served on a
Southside (992-1666). There are a homemade corn tortilla with cab- Sahara Cafe & Bar 10771 Beach
couple of La Nopalera restaurants bage, pico, chipotle crema, cilantro Blvd. Jacksonville Beach (338-
in town. Fast service and inexpen- and lime. The beef brisket tacos 9049). Mediterranean eats like
sive eats are the calling card at that are braised in Dos Equis amber hummus, baba ganoush, shish
each. Lunch specials like the beer and served with ranchera kabobs, lamb and baklava are
Speedy Gonzalez can be had for sauce, poblano peppers and Cotija served. Hookahs, belly dancing
about $5. Big burritos, rice and cheese are pretty good, too. But, and small outdoor patio offered.
beans, Corona, Dos Equis—they what really sets it apart from the L, D.
have all the south-of-the-border
SANDWICHES
pack is its selection of over 50
favorites. L, D. types of tequila. SEE MENU ON PAGE 31
Mossfire Grill 1537 Margaret St.,
Riverside (355-4434). New
MIDDLE EASTERN Angie’s Subs 1436 Beach Blvd.,
Jacksonville Beach (249-SUBS). Its
American and Southwestern cui- Casbah Cafe 3628 St. Johns Ave., décor is Early American Garage
sine come together at this Five Avondale (981-9966). Diners seek- Sale (think: mismatched chairs,
Points fave famous for its black- ing a Middle Eastern experience random tchotchkes and odd arti-
ened tuna tacos, homemade crab will find it—in more ways than facts like a boar’s head). But the
cakes, tortilla-crusted goat cheese one—at this Avondale restaurant sandwiches at this Beaches institu-

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tion are anything but thrown togeth-
er. From the C&H Special to the
Dirty Gringo, fans aren’t just loyal—
they’re addicted, especially to the
FISH & GRITS
Molido-rubbed tuna with grilled poblano
sweet tea and the house Peruvian grit cake from TPC Sawgrass
sauce. L, D.
—CHEF MARVYN MIZELL
European Street Cafe Four loca-
tions: 2753 Park St., Riverside
(384-9999; europeanstcafe.com);
5500 Beach Blvd., Southside (398-
1717); 1704 San Marco Blvd., San
Marco (398-9500); 992 Beach
Blvd., Jacksonville Beach (249-
3001). With more than 100 salads
and deli sandwiches and another
200 beers to choose from (not to
mention a dessert case and
shelves packed with confections
from across the pond), you may
never want to leave. The signature
sandwiches are many. One of our
favorites is the Blue Max with
smoked pastrami and hot mustard,
corned beef, melted swiss cheese,
sauerkraut and bleu cheese dress-
ing. The Reuben Special, muffu-
letta and turkey Parisian are darn
good, too. L, D. SEE AD ON PAGE 89

The French Pantry 6301 Powers


Ave., Southside (730-8696).
Regulars know to come early. The
line often forms even before the
doors open. Expect things like
crab cakes and Thai chicken salad Ingredients:
and French dip sandwiches. The
bakery supplies many of the city’s 4 five-ounce tuna steaks 1 cup grits
better restaurants with bread, and 1/2 cup cumin 2 Tbsp. butter
all guests recieve a small basket to
enjoy with their meal. L. 1 cup paprika 2 poblano peppers
1 cup black pepper 1 bunch cilantro
Larry’s Giant Subs Various
locations, including 1509 Margaret 1 cup coriander 1 lime, juiced
St., Riverside (674-2793; 1 cup chili powder 1 cup mayonnaise
larryssubs.com). In 1982, two
brothers opened the first Larry’s 3 cups boiling water salt and pepper to taste
Giant Subs. Today, the chain has
expanded throughout Jacksonville
and the southeastern United States. Procedure:
Each sub is made to order with
freshly sliced meats and cheeses 1) Combine the cumin, paprika, 4) Purée poblano peppers and add to
and crisp produce topping, and pepper, coriander and chili powder hot grit mixture. Spread on sheet pan
comes with a pickle. Catering is in a shallow bowl. until cool and solid. Cut into wedges
available. L, D. SEE AD ON PAGE 5 and grill.
2) Season tuna with salt and roll in
McAlister’s Deli 9700 Deer Lake molido mixture. Grill until rare to 5) Blend cilantro, lime juice and
Ct., Ste. 5, Southside (564-2377; medium rare. mayo in blender.
mcalistersdeli.com); 1615 County 3) Mix grits, water and butter. Salt 6) Slice tuna, add grit cake and
Road 220, Ste. 180, Fleming Island and pepper to taste. garnish with cilantro lime mayo.
(278-6055). The “famous sweet
YIELDS 4 SERVINGS
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tea” is this rapidly growing deli unassuming eatery offers classic stuff of local legend. Regulars know
operation’s pride and joy. The sandwiches and salads with catchy the routine—stand in line and keep
menu covers lots of ground with names, like the Beach Boy Sub. it moving up to the counter. Turkey,
salads, wraps, soups and baked Each is made to order with Boar's roast beef, ham, chicken salad are
potatoes topped with all sorts of Head meats and cheeses. The decor among the sandwich offerings. Taco
things like jalapeño peppers, black exudes a small-town vibe, featuring salad is a big, big, seller. B, L.
olives, cheddar cheese and more. framed photographs of Fletcher
Turkey melt, BLT, French dip, High School homecoming activities Tom & Betty’s 4409 Roosevelt
chicken salad, muffuletta—the list and greeting cards surrounding the Blvd., Westside (387-3311). A
goes on and on. B, L. entrance. L. Jacksonville classic that’s been
serving sandwiches, burgers and
Pinegrove Deli and Market Tapestry Cafe 9823 Tapestry Park fries for decades. Sandwiches
1511 Pinegrove Ave., Avondale Cir., Southside (396-0528). Boars come with car-themed names, so
(389-8655). Easy to miss, this tiny Head sandwiches, paninis and the menu takes a minute for first-
Avondale deli and market offers breakfast offerings draw diners time diners to digest. They serve
lunch fare in a homey environment throughout the day, but piping hot what might be the biggest BLT in
that echoes delis' past. Pinegrove espresso drinks and tasty smoothies town. A separate bar area attracts
has all the regulars, like turkey and keep the comfortable seats filled. plenty of regulars, as do the
ham sandwiches, as well as meat- Free wifi sweetens the deal for the comfortable booths and live bands.
ball subs and BLTs, known for coffeeshop crowd. B, L, D, SB. SEE Karaoke on Saturday nights. L, D.
heaping piles of bacon. L. AD ON PAGE 38
Whiteway Delicatessen 1237
Sun Deli 1011 3rd St. S., Tidbits 1076 Hendricks Ave., San King St., Riverside (389-0355). The
Jacksonville Beach (270-1040). A Marco (396-0528). The potato salad joint has been serving sandwiches,
Jacksonville Beach mainstay, this and stuffed pita sandwich are the sides and iced tea since 1927
but recently moved to bigger digs
just up the street. No matter:
SAKE HOUSE
sushi neighborhood lawyers, doctors and
politicians still frequent the
Riverside breakfast and lunch spot.
Tabouli and riders are the main
draws, and daily specials include
the Dr. Berk, veggie tabouli with
turkey, $5. B, L.
Zoës Kitchen 240 S.R. A1A, Ponte
Vedra Beach (273-1100); 1661
Riverside Ave., Riverside (355-
9637). Zoës’ menu reflects its
slogan“Eat Smart, Eat Fresh” with
healthy sandwiches, salads and
hot plates like chicken kabobs,
quesadillas and their famous
chicken salad. Ponte Vedra shop
offers patio seating. L, D.

SEAFOOD
619 Ocean View 619 Ponte Vedra
Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach (285-
0202). Relaxing oceanfront restau-
rant specializes in seafood spiced
with Caribbean, Cajun and Southern
flavors. Offering chorizo and
mussels, fried calamari, corn-
dusted mahi mahi and more. The
duck confit croquettes with whole
grain mustard and cranberry gas-
trique and the parma scallops with
garlic, shallots, sun-dried tomatoes
and parma prosciutto are top
appetizers. For dinner, try the
the guide
roasted grouper with olives, ability of some fish. Landlubbers dinner, the Conch House specializes
tomatoes and capers or the grilled gravitate toward the pork tenderloin in seafood and Caribbean cuisine.
rack of lamb with fig demi glace. portabella piccata and filet Conch fritters, escargot, conch
L, D. SEE AD ON PAGE 50 mignon. D. chowder and Granny Ponce’s
baked stuff clams are a few menu
Beachside Seafood Market & Cap’s on the Water 425 Myrtle favorites. L, D.
Restaurant 120 3rd St. S., St., St. Augustine (824-8794).
Jacksonville Beach (444-CRAB). The Dubbed the place where “Palatka Creekside Dinery 160 Nix
big deck is the preferred seating meets Ponte Vedra,” Cap’s is well Boatyard Rd., St. Augustine (829-
area for most regulars to this loved for its huge deck shaded by 6113). Dubbed as serving “North
Beaches family-friendly haunt. the live oak trees and its front-row Florida Low Country Cooking,” this
Fried grouper, crab cake sandwiches, views of the Intracoastal Waterway. rustic outpost keeps patrons com-
shrimp burger, oyster shooters— The menu is a combination of tra- ing back with a funky interior and
there are few poor options on the ditional Southern dishes with Asian the signature oak plank baked
menu. L, D. and European elements. Raw, entrées—a technique which is
steamed and baked oysters are raw especially flavorful when preparing
The Blue Crab 3057 Julington bar favorites, as well as Dungeness fish. D.
Creek Rd., Julington Creek (260- crab, mussels and Mayport shrimp.
2722; bluecrabcrabhouse.com). L, D. Gene’s Seafood Restaurant
Touting itself as the only Three Jax locations including 1571
Chart House 1501 Riverplace University Blvd. W., San Jose (448-
Maryland-style crab house in
Blvd., Southbank (398-3353; chart- 9888). If it swims, it’s probably on
Jacksonville, The Blue Crab is an
house.com). The exterior of the the menu. Peel-and-eat shrimp,
ultra-casual restaurant featuring a
waterfront restaurant is probably conch fritters, gator tail, fried cala-
variety of crab-tastic dishes such
the most unusual in town. Inside, mari and fried corn nuggets are
as crab cakes, stuffed crab
the Chart House is a dramatic among the appetizers. For dinner
delight, garlic crabs, crab balls
dimly-lit dinner-only restaurant and lunch, they’ve got everything
and cream of crab soup, as well as
best known for its seafood. New from snow crab legs and frog legs
chicken and fish entrées. L, D.
menu items include the hummus to scallops and catfish filets. L, D.
The Blue Fish Restaurant trio, lobster and shrimp spring
rolls, seared mahi and miso-glazed JL Trent’s Seafood & Grill
and Oyster Bar 3551 St. Johns
salmon. Menu classics like the 4553 120th St., Westside (908-
Ave., Avondale (387-0700;
parmesan-encrusted snapper 4202); 8968 103rd St., Westside
bluefishjax.com). Oysters and raw
Hemingway topped with jumbo (908-8355). The original Trent’s
bar items reign supreme at this
lump crab and lemon shallot across the street from NAS
Avondale seafood shop. Other
butter, and the coconut crunchy Jacksonville is a classic American
sea-faring favorites include crab
shrimp with crab fried rice and seafood joint serving all your fried
bisque, shrimp and grits and
sweet plum sauce remain. Save favorites: crab legs, lobster, whole
pan-seared sea bass. Try the fried
room for hot chocolate lava catfish and shrimp. Mahi mahi,
green tomatoes on roasted red
cake.D. SEE MENU ON PAGE 21 trout and flounder round out the
pepper coulis topped with goat
long menu. Fried pickles are the
cheese, the Crescent City snapper Clark’s Fish Camp 12903 Hood house specialty. L, D.
with crawfish, crabmeat and Gulf Landing Rd., Mandarin (268-3474).
shrimp in a rich spicy gravy and With views of Julington Creek, this Joe’s Crab Shack 6 Beach Blvd.,
rice, or the blackened and bleu former bait and tackle shop has Jacksonville Beach (249-6160).
filet mignon served on a red wine been transformed into a rustic Located directly on the ocean, Joe’s
demi glace. The lounge upstairs is dining retreat. Home to the three- is a family-friendly kind of place
a cozy dinner spot, but grab an pound prime rib and hundreds of complete with a sandy playground
outdoor table for Sunday brunch. stuffed animals at every turn, right out front. The menu is large
L, D, SB. SEE AD ON PAGE 44 Clark’s menu is said to be one and the portions are huge. The
of the largest in town with 60 fisherman’s platter with fried
Bonefish Grill 10950 San Jose different appetizers and dishes popcorn shrimp, fish fillet, clam
Blvd., Mandarin (370-1070); 2400 strips, scallops, hush puppies and
ranging from fried green tomatoes
S. Third St., Jacksonville Beach fries is big enough for two. L, D.
to ostrich to rattlesnake. L, D.
(247-4234). Seafood is the order
of the day at the city’s two The Conch House 57 Comares King Fish Grill 252 Yacht Club
Bonefish outlets. Atlantic salmon, Ave., St. Augustine (829-8646). Dr., St. Augustine (824-2111). The
rainbow trout, snapper, Chilean Live music plays as patrons dine atmosphere is casual, beachy and
sea bass, Gulf grouper and under swaying palm trees on the unpretentious—just like one might
swordfish may all be cooked over outside deck or at a handful of expect at a seafood joint situated at
the wood-burning grill; however, tiki-style tables for which the place the docks of Camachee Cove
seasonality does affect the avail- is famous. Open for lunch and Marina. Look for dishes like horse-

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radish encrusted grouper, sesame pussersusa.com). Dining and drink- Sliders Seafood Grille and
seared yellowfin tuna, chicken ing establishment offers an exten- Oyster Bar 218 First St.,
piccata, filet mignon and soft shell sive menu heavy on seafood and Neptune Beach (246-0881). Fish is
crab. Banquet room available for island-infused eats. L, D Sliders’ specialty, as are “you shuck
private parties. L, D. ‘em” oysters and Key lime pie.
Ragtime Tavern, Seafood and Seafood gumbo, Cajun grilled mahi
LuLu’s Waterfront Grille 301 Grill 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic and butternut grouper are featured
N. Roscoe Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach Beach (241-7877; on the chalkboard menu propped
(285-0139). Perched on the banks ragtimetavern.com). Open for more up outside on the sidewalk. Outside
of the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm than 20 years, Ragtime is tables make for fun people
Valley, this casual, yet upscale, Northeast Florida’s first micro- watching. Try the fish tacos. L, D.
restaurant is known for its local brewery. The menu is huge and
seafood dishes like steamed garlic Sliders Seaside Grill 1998 S.
packed with fun items like shrimp
clams, Intracoastal scampi and Chef Fletcher Ave., Fernandina (277-
nachos, Louisiana crawfish and
Jeff’s New England clam chowder. 6652). Serving New York strip, crab
sauteed mussels. The house
But its true claim to fame is its cakes, pork barbecue ribs, fried
seafood gumbo is terrific, with
waterfront “driving range.” L, D, SB. shrimp and fried pickles. Ocean-
okra and mounds of chopped fresh
front dining and deck, tiki bar and
Marker 32 14549 Beach Blvd., veggies sautéed in a rich, brown
outdoor kids’ playground. L, D.
Jacksonville Beach (223-1534) roux with tomatoes, shrimp and
Upscale waterside dining features crab. For dinner, the blackened Whitey’s Fish Camp 2032 C.R.
a menu that changes with the fish, Oscar grouper and lobster 220, Orange Park (269-4198;
season. But look for dishes such and shrimp tacos are tops. Live whiteysfishcamp.com). Situated off
as butternut squash soup, music is staged Wednesday Swimming Pen Creek, Whitey’s
pan-seared salmon, sauteed brook through Sunday. L, D. SEE ADS ON began as a tackle shop in 1963
trout, seafood bouillabaisse, and PAGES 36 & 89 but it wasn’t until 1988 when the
wood grilled steaks. D. establishment was complete with
Salt Life Food Shack 1018 3rd a full service bar, kitchen, dining
Mitchell’s Fish Market St. St. N., Jacksonville Beach (372- room and outside deck. Daily
Johns Town Center (645-3474). Part 4456). The menu is appropriately blackboard chef’s specialty entrées
of the bustling shopping complex “salty” with locally caught shrimp, include north-of-the-border
near JTB features a menu 80 wood-grilled salmon and the steamed snowcrab legs, shrimp
dishes long highlighted by items “beach boil” with shrimp, snow boil, beer-battered fried grouper,
such as little neck clam chowder, crab legs, sausage, corn, onions sautéed crab and shrimp cakes
broiled sea scallops, pecan-crusted and potatoes. L, D. and all-you-can-eat catfish. L, D.
mountain trout, garlic broiled SEE AD ON PAGE 41
shrimp and lemon pepper grilled
SPANISH/BRAZILLIAN
Salt Water Cowboys 299
chicken. L, D. Dondanville Rd., St. Augustine
Beach (471-2332). The interior of
O.C. White’s Restaurant 118 13 Gypsies 887 Stockton St.,
this family-friendly outpost is worth Jacksonville (389-0330; 13gyp-
Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine a look-see. The view of Intracoastal
(824-0808; ocwhites.com). A sies.com). Fresh, organic ingredi-
tidal marshes and the rustic Florida ents are the staple for the Spanish
historic home in the heart of the Cracker décor is complemented by
Oldest City sets the table for this cuisine offered at 13 Gypsies.
a menu that offers steaks and Open for lunch and dinner, 13Gs
seafood favorite. Housemade crab chicken dishes but emphasizes
cakes, fresh-caught grouper, specializes in tapas including the
seafood. D. convino tapa, Chef Howard's spe-
shrimp, lobster, steaks, chowder
and pasta are menu staples. ciality, with cured meats, cheese,
Singleton’s Seafood Shack nuts and fruit, which are excel-
Outdoor seating and entertainment. 4728 Ocean St., Mayport (246-4442).
Lunch served seasonally. D, SB. lently paired with one of the sever-
“Rustic” is a fitting description for al wines offered. Vegetarian
this Mayport landmark. The place options available. L, D.
Parson’s Seafood 904 Sixth Ave.
has been open for about 50 years,
S., Jacksonville Beach (249-0608).
and the weatherbeaten exterior España Restaurant & Tapas
It’s nothing fancy and there’s lots
shows its age. But don’t let the Bar 22 S. Fourth St., Amelia Island
of stuff fried to a golden brown.
shabby veneer scare you off. (261-7700; espanadowntown.com).
There’s a full bar, big screen TV,
Singleton’s is great for families Cozy, quaint, friendly—they all fit
banquet room for large groups and
with a huge menu of fried España, an outlet for Spanish and
usually lively crowd of regulars. L, D.
shrimp, clams and oysters. Portuguese cuisine on Amelia
Pusser’s Caribbean Grille 816 The fish is straight off the boat Island. The interior is casual rustic
A1A N., Shoppes of Veranda, Ponte and the hush puppies are hot and with faux clay walls and plenty of
Vedra Beach (280-7766; crispy. L, D. Spanish collectibles. One can't go

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wrong with char-grilled portobello
mushrooms topped with manchego
cheese, serrano ham and a light
brown sauce or marinated pork
SWAMP THING
Fried gator tail from Whitey’s Fish Camp
tenderloin braised with garlic, onion —STEPHANIE MELSON
and roasted red pepper. Paella is a
house specialty. Tapas items start
around $8 and entrées are priced
between $19 and $32. D. SEE AD ON
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Espeto Brazilian Steakhouse


4000 St. Johns Ave., Avondale
(388-4884; espetosteakhouse.com).
Fourteen different cuts of meat
are fire-grilled and carved table-
side in the traditional churrasco
style. Top sirloin, filet mignon
wrapped in bacon, pork loin, leg
of lamb and more cut by a gaucho
right at your table. The buffet
features imported cheeses, olives,
a large variety of salads and four
hot dishes to complete the
Brazilian feast. D. SEE AD ON PAGE 44
The Tasting Room,
Contemporary Spanish
Restaurant 25 Cuna St., St.
Augustine (810-2400,
tastetapas.com). Innovation and
seasonal variety are the hallmarks
of this chef-owned restaurant,
serving grilled hanger steak with
anchovy butter, baby lamb chops
with mint, and seafood paella à la
Valenciana. Tapas menu. Courtyard
dining and a private room for
intimate gatherings. Wine
Spectator Award of Excellence hon-
oree, Florida Trend Golden Spoon Ingredients:
award winner. Live music nightly. D. 1 lb. gator tail meat 2 eggs
Taverna 1986 San Marco Blvd., San House-Autry Mills brand seafood Oil
breading
Marco (398-3005;
tavernasanmarco.com). San Marco’s
hippest upscale dining option
features a casual interior and a
Procedure: Notes:
menu that draws inspiration from
Spain and the Mediterranean. The Gator is best enjoyed wet. Whitey’s
1) Set oil in deep fryer to 350
wood-fired pizzas are must-try whips up a mixture of ranch, horse-
degrees Fahrenheit.
favorites, and the entrée list is one radish, chili powder and paprika to
of the most creative in the city. 2) Tenderize gator meat and cut serve with its tails. Looking for a
Look for short ribs with butternut into bite-size pieces. place to buy gator? Forget the
squash orzo, housemade spicy pork 3) Beat the eggs in a bowl to make swamp and head to your local fish
and fennel sausage with tomatoes a wash. Dip meat in egg wash and market or grocery meat counter.
and toasted pine nuts, and a 16-oz. dredge in breading. Certain Publix markets will take
New York strip with whole roasted special orders; just note it may
4) Shake off excess breading and require a few days to get it in.
garlic and shallots, fingerling
drop meat in fryer until golden
potatoes, bacon and mushrooms.
Front patio tables are great for
brown. Serve immediately. YIELDS 4-6 SERVINGS
*

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beer 101
Do you know the difference between
stouts, porters, lagers and ales? Now
you do. I-10 IPA by Intuition Ale Works • photo by Bradley Stookey
River City Brewing Company
835 Museum Cir., Jacksonville,
(904) 398-2299.
www.rivercitybrew.com.
The Brew House Lounge offers five
microbrews, including lagers, ales,
Ale is the English term for a beer made in a cask or bottle with and stouts, as well as seasonal brews.
top-fermenting yeast (the same way Champagne is carbonated). The Jackson Pale Ale paired with our
Because of the living yeast, real ales are sometimes cloudy and Brew House Sandwich or our Fried
have a slightly yeasty character. Ales are produced in a wide
Calamari are both the best in town.
variety of colors, palates and strengths including bitter, brown
ale, India pale ale, light ale and red ale, among others.
Lager is any beer made by bottom-fermentation. It is usually
golden in color but sometimes can be dark. Lager requires a
longer, colder fermentation than ale and uses a different
species of yeast, one that tolerates cold temperatures well.
The result of the cold fermentation is a lighter, crisper,
smoother beer. Lager beer was introduced to the U.S. dur-
ing the German immigration of the early 1800s. It was
immediately adopted and the country's collective palette
switched from favoring ales to lagers.
Porter is a strong, dark ale, bottom-fermented with the
addition of roasted malt to add flavor and color. Porter was
named after the porters who hauled goods from wagons to
the stands in the open air markets common to England in
earlier times. Porter originally was a blend of stout and
pale ale; it is higher in alcohol and more roasted-tasting
than an ale, and lighter-bodied than a stout. Today most
porters are reddish in color, slightly sweet, very malty,
but not bitter.
The darkest and heartiest of beers, a Stout is
top-fermented and differentiated from a regular ale Seven Bridges
by its brown-black color, chocolate-coffee flavors 9735 Gate Pkwy. N., Jacksonville,
and fuller body. This is achieved by brewing with (904) 997-1999.
barley that has been dark-roasted to the point of www.7bridgesgrille.com.
charring (think of espresso beans, compared to
medium-roast coffee). It is thus both darker and Featuring a working brewery, full
maltier than porter, has a more pronounced hop bar, billiards, covered patio and
aroma, and may reach an alcoholic content of outdoor beer garden, as well as
7 percent. Stout originated in Ireland, where semi-private dining areas. Awarded
most traditional stouts are very rich, yet sharp 1st and 3rd place in Florida’s Best
*
and slightly bitter. Beer 2009. Weekday Happy Hour
from 4-6:30 and 10–close.

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Brix Tap House and Bar Engine 15 Brewing Co. Intuition Ale Works
300 2nd St .N., Jacksonville Beach, 1500 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, 720 King St., Jacksonville, (904)
(904) 241-4668. (904) 249-BEER. www.engine15.com. 683-7720. www.intuitionale.com.
www.brixtaphouse.com. Want to brew your own beer? Now Jacksonville’s newest craft brewery!
We are a full liquor bar and tap house you can! 35 draft lines, full kitchen, Visit the tap room to try our locally-
with 32 different craft, domestic and and now… brew-it-yourself. Open brewed beers and take home a quart
imported beers on tap. All beers are Mon*-Thur, Sun 11am -11pm; Fri-Sat or gallon growler. Brewery tours
offered at the lowest prices and 11am-12pm *Closed Mon January-March Saturday at 1pm or by appointment.
served in a true 16 oz pint glass in a Brew local. Drink local.
great atmosphere with friendly service.
We also sell and service beer growlers.

Ragtime Tavern, Seafood & Grill


A1A Ale Works
207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach,
1 King St., St. Augustine, European Street Café
(904) 241-7877.
(904) 494-6925. www.europeanstreet.com. www.ragtimetavern.com.
Offering award-winning cuisine with Four locations to serve you from 10 Located a half-block off the ocean
Caribbean, Cuban & Floridian influ- to 10, 7 days a week with 20 taps and since 1983, Ragtime offers casual
ences, as well as handcrafted ales hundreds of bottles at all locations. beach dining, an award-winning
& lagers. A1A Ale Works is located Voted Jax’s Best Happy Hour: 2-for- selection of appetizers, entrées,
in historic St. Augustine and has 1 huge drafts from 2 to 7 every day. desserts and North Florida’s first
panoramic views of Matanzas Bay. Become an honorary Brewmeister microbrewery, featuring lagers & ales.
Bayfront banquet facilities available. and win free beer for a year. Ragtime hosts live music Wed.-Sun.
the guide
people-watching and enjoying a and prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella Ruth’s Chris Steak House
leisurely lunch. L, D. SEE AD ON PAGE 46 with vine ripe tomatoes. Among the 1201 Riverplace Blvd., Crowne Plaza
“chef's suggestions” are cedar Jacksonville Riverfront, Southbank
Tento Churrascaria 528 First St. plank salmon with tomato fennel (396-6200); 814 A1A N., Ste. 103,
N., Jacksonville Beach (246-1580). relish and bone-in Kona crusted dry Ponte Vedra Beach (285-0014). If
Brazilian open-flame cooking is aged sirloin and caramelized shallot you’re looking to close a deal—in
the order of the day at the one- butter. Private wine lockers are any sense of the phrase—the high-
price eatery—$39 for adults, $18 available. L, D. SEE AD ON PAGE 39 falutin’ steak house chain is the
for kids 5-12. An enormous buffet place to do it. Steak (be it T-bone,
of salads, soups and veggies sets Morton’s The Steakhouse ribeye, NY strip or filet mignon) is
the table for skewers of hot-off- 1510 Riverplace Blvd., Southbank their specialty. Sides are remark-
the-grill steak, lamb, chicken and (399-3933; mortons.com). Serving able themselves. D.
more. D. tuna tartare, smoked Pacific

STEAKHOUSES salmon, Maine lobster cocktail, Tree Steakhouse 11362-1 San


broiled sea scallops wrapped in Jose Blvd., Mandarin (262-0006).
The Capital Grille St. Johns bacon and oysters Rockefeller. For over 35 years the Tree has
Town Center (997-9233; Main dishes include domestic been serving prime steaks cut
thecapitalgrille.com). A welcome double rib lamb chops, Alaskan tableside, as well as fish, chicken
arrival to the River City fine dining king crab legs, Chicago style bone- and lamb. Arguably the most pop-
scene, the spacious steak house is in ribeye steak and the famous ular cut is the ribeye, brought
dressed in dark woods and white prime rib. There’s a cozy lounge, whole to your table and trimmed
linens. Appetizer standouts include private board room dining and an to your liking. Salad bar and
pan-fried calamari with hot cherry extensive wine list. D. SEE MENU ON extensive wine list. D.
peppers, oysters on the half shell, PAGE 28 III Forks 9822 Tapestry Park Cir.,
Southside (928-9277). The chic
new restaurant features an ultra
stylish decor—leather, dark wood,
Big eye tuna poke
martini from NORTH aquarium, and funky fireplace
BEACH BISTRO along with a large bar and patio.
Bacon-wrapped scallops, Ahi
tuna, rack of lamb, chilean sea
bass and various cuts of steak
offered. D.

THAI
Basil Thai & Sushi 1004
Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville (674-
0190); 8358 Point Meadows Dr.,
Southside (379-3446). Basil
specializes in sushi that are filled
with creative and tasty ingredients
like spicy mayonnaise, crab, and
green snap peas. If you prefer a
full-sized entrée, try the Chilean
sea bass served with a green curry
sauce, brown rice and broccoli.
L, D.
Buddha’s Belly 301 10th Ave. N.,
Jacksonville Beach (712-4444,
buddhasbellythai.com). The menu
runs the gamut of Thai cuisine,
from satay chicken, tom yum
soup, green curry and prix pow to
an extensive selection of teas.
Buddha figurines adorn the interi-
or, providing a serene and inviting
atmosphere for lunch and dinner
guests. L, D. SEE AD ON PAGE 44

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Galangal 145 Hilden Road, Suite rolls, pla lad prig (hot and spicy (854-6060). Cozy and manly pub
110, Ponte Vedra Beach (827- fish), kaeng daeng (red curry) padt atmosphere at both locations. Food?
1150). Part of a family of area prig pow and padt Thai. L, D. No, but they do have premium
Thai restaurants, Galangal stands stogies and wines aplenty. Popular
out among other Thai eateries for Thai Garden Restaurant 10
Blanding Blvd., Ste. B, Orange Park for sporting event viewing and
its more refined flair. From daring cigar-maker gatherings.
design to bold tastes, there is (272-8434). An oasis of spice and
nothing understated about this chic flavor in an otherwise mostly The Grotto Wine & Tapas Bar
eatery and lounge. Enjoy a number Americanized dining landscape, 2012 San Marco Blvd., San Marco
of Thai dishes along with a selection Thai Garden prepares traditional
(398-0726). The hip wine and
from the bar menu which is rife Thai whole snapper, satay with
tapas bar in San Marco Square is
with tasty cocktails. D. chicken or pork, red or green curry
as popular as ever. The Grotto’s
and Thai garden curry. They’ll
Lemongrass Restaurant 9846 make your entrée as hot or as considerable inventory—70 wines
Old Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows mild as you wish. L, D. by the glass, 300 by the bottle—
(645-9911). It’s not just the food includes favorites and rare
that regulars deem “Zen-sational” Thai Palace 9965 San Jose Blvd., selections; the tapas menu features
(customer favorites include prig Mandarin (880-5363). Thai Palace aged beef tenderloin, garlic shrimp
pow, panang curry, crispy duck and makes its home in one of and chocolate fondue. D.
ginger-infused salad with wonton Mandarin’s busy plazas along San
noodles). The restaurant’s sleek Jose Boulevard. The lunch crowd Riverside Liquors & Village
design in shades of soothing green favors rice and curry dishes, seafood Wine Shop 1035 Park St.,
is equally as comforting—that is, and vegetables, noodles and basil Riverside (356-4517). An outlet for
unless, you order your meal “Thai fried rice. Four crunchy Thai rolls fine wines and spirits for more
hot,” in which case there’s no get a side of sweet and sour and than 40 years. They don’t serve
solace. L, D. shaved carrots, and the small green food, but a cozy lounge area at the
salad is topped with tofu and back provides space to uncork a
Pattaya Thai 9551 Baymeadows
peanut sauce. Choose between beef, purchase and enjoy a glass or two.
Rd., Ste. 1, Baymeadows (646-
chicken, shrimp, scallops or tofu for SEE AD ON PAGE 45
9506). One of the city’s original
a pan-fried dish with basil, pineapple
Asian outposts re-opened in a new
or the spicy pepper, or try a special San Sebastian Winery 157 King
location. Offering a lengthy menu
rice entrée with chili duck or St., St. Augustine (826-1594). An
that features 40 vegetarian items
alone. Chicken coconut soup is a chicken cashew nuts. L, D. attraction not far from the heart of
house specialty. L, D. the Historic District, the winery’s
Thai Room Restaurant 1286
Cellar Upstairs serves as a jazz
Ruan Thai Cuisine 3951 St. S. Third St., Jacksonville Beach
(249-8444). Casual ambiance is
club of sorts, featuring live music
Johns Ave., Avondale (384-6665). on weekends. Offering light eats.
The interior is upscale but comfortable with lots of pillow-
padded booths and authentic Banquet space available. D. SEE AD
unpretentious, and without much
cuisine including chicken and beef ON PAGE 39
in the way of Asian décor. The
traditional Thai menu has dishes satay, snapper, crispy duck, noodles
The Wine Bar 320 1st St. N.,
like nam sod, tofu soup and spring of the drunk and chicken sautée. D.
Jacksonville Beach (372-0211).
rolls. The pad Thai features rice
noodles, stir-fried with egg, bean WINE BARS Tapas menu complements the
bar’s live music schedule and
sprouts and green onions, topped The Grape St. Johns Town Center open mic nights. Regular wine
with crushed peanuts. Entrees (642-7111; yourgrape.com). Wine
tastings. D.
range from $19 for roasted crispy is, of course, the main draw at this
duck to $12 for lemon grass hip, yet non-intimidating, meeting Walkers 2692 Post St., Riverside
chicken. L, D. place with more than 120 wines to (894-7465; walkersbar.com). The
taste by the glass, bottle and tast- menu is light at this night spot —
Taste of Thai 4317 University ing flights organized by taste clas- spinach artichoke, cheese plates
Blvd., Southside (737-9009). A sification. But tasty vittles are also
family-owned-and-operated and roasted red pepper hummus
on the menu like Mediterranean about sums it up. The wine list is
restaurant features Thai cuisine in quesadillas, gourmet cheeses, spe-
a warm and friendly atmosphere long and specialty cocktails like
cialty spreads like spinach and
on the Southside. Lunch and applewood smoked bacon, and
the Mojito Fizz are a treat. D.
*
dinner selections are enhanced roasted red pepper hummus. L, D.
with the characteristically Thai NOTE: This list does not represent a complete
staples of lemongrass, coconut Island Girl Wine & Cigar Bar accounting of all area restaurants. Every effort
was made to ensure accuracy. We regret any errors
milk, basil and ginger. House 108 1st St., Neptune Beach or omissions. A new edition of Taste will be pub-
specialties include fresh spring (372-0942); 9A and Gate Pkwy lished in early 2012. Until then, happy eating.

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jax after dark
25 dives, lounges, bars, pubs & clubs

Maverick’s

Dance Clubs club features a huge dance floor, Disco? Check. Drag shows? Check.
The phrases “packed club” and comfy seating, projection TV and In fact, Metro provides late night
“Jacksonville Landing” don’t often the coldest mojitos this side of patrons everything from pool tables
go together in the same sentence. Guantanamo Bay. • Beachy casual to pole dancers. • Hipster hang-
But many nights Maverick’s (2 is the norm for bars east of The outs tend to come and go. In
Independent Dr., Downtown, 356- Ditch. They may let you in, but if Springfield, The Pearl (1101 N.
1110) proves an exception to the you’re not dressed to impress at Main St., 791-4499) keeps chug-
rule. The cavernous, two-story Jacksonville Beach’s Ocean Club ging along with a mix of requisite
nightspot has all the elements (401 1st St. N., 242-8884), peo- drink specials, a groovy illuminated
required for a first-rate country ple will notice. And not in a good dance floor and an unpretentious
outing—multiple bars, stage for way. Everything from reggae to old vibe. The back patio is ideal for
live acts, line dancing and a school rock is played here, with cooling down after a few busted
mechanical bull. Ladies, if you drink specials and events like moves.
must ride, for the sake of the spec- Naughty Schoolgirl nights spicing Dive Bars
tators, please consider your choice up the weekly calendar. Plus, the Count Freebird Live (200 1st St.
of attire for the evening. • The beach is literally a stone’s throw N., 246-2473) a dive in the vein
neighborhood of St. Nicholas away. • Arguably the largest enter- of a classic honky tonk music
swings with a decided Latin flair, tainment complex in the city, The venue, minus the chicken wire
thanks to Cuba Libre (2578 Metro (2929 Plum St., 388-8719) across the front of the stage. A full
Atlantic Blvd., 399-2262) and its in Riverside is actually several house packs in about 700, stand-
sister restaurant Havana Jax. The clubs in one. Tiki bar? Check. ing-room-only upstairs and down.

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décor and creative cocktail list, the
Lomax Lodge indie rock music mix and comfy
couches (skip the bar and head
straight to the back) are all rea-
sons we keep coming back for
more. • The bar and patio lounge
at III Forks (9822 Tapestry Park
Cir., Southside, 928-9277) are the
embodiment of modern style. Cozy
up to the curvaceous half-moon
bar or steal away to the patio for a
seat beside the dancing water
fountains and fire features. The
bar menu is an affordable alterna-
tive to the steakhouse’s regular
fare. It’s just as tasty, but easier on
the wallet. • If you like the charm
of singer Michael Buble, you’ll
probably like The Onyx Room at
Bistro Aix (1440 San Marco Blvd.,
398-3660) in San Marco. The
Expect about a dozen shows per tongue-in-cheek take on a hunting restaurant’s bar attracts a stylish
month with acts ranging from lodge, complete with hand-painted and sexy crowd, with its backlit
1999 (a Prince tribute band) animal mount murals above each onyx, antiqued mirrors and crystal
homegrown talent JJ Grey and booth. A huge selection of beer, light fixtures. The perfect place to
Mofro. • Another local music pool table, dance floor, air hockey mingle and sip on cocktails before
venue that’s a heck of a lot smaller and a dedicated roster of regu- dinner or an evening on the town,
but just as “divey,” San Marco’s lars—all dives should be this good. it can get crowded—just like the
Jack Rabbits (1528 Hendricks Cocktail Lounges night the Canadian crooner per-
Ave., 398-7496) is a place to see The wildly popular St. Johns Town formed last in Jax. But its weekday
quirky veteran acts as well as Center area became even more of half-priced happy hour, 4-7 PM, is
bands poised to hit it big. • a nightime hotspot with the open- worth the wait.
Hands-down the father of all First ing of Suite (4880 Big Island Dr.,
Coast dives is Pete’s Bar (117 1st 493-9305). This multi-level
St., 249-9158). We can’t say lounge has a decidedly upscale
much that hasn’t been written a vibe with a rich interior and servers
hundred times before. Cheap beer, wear silver and sexy attire. Small
cheap pool tables, the most color- plates are offered, though many
ful collection of patrons you’ll find guests come for the innovative
anywhere—if you haven’t been at cocktails • The Penthouse Lounge
least once, shame on you. • (691 N. 1st St., Jacksonville
Springfield is a part of town known Beach, 270-0025) at the Casa
for its pioneers, urban dwellers Marina offers ocean views above
with a hankerin’ to make some- the historic hotel. Featuring live
thing new out of something old. No music every night of the week, the
surprise then that Shantytown Pub bar offers plenty of places to set
(22 W. 6th St., 798-8222) fits your drink and catch up with
right in. Whether a DJ is working friends. Dress gets fancier as the
the turntables or it’s just a tune on night goes on—but would you
the jukebox, the music is always expect any less in a penthouse
playing. • No animals were harmed suite? • Across from The Florida
in the making of Lomax Lodge Theatre, Dos Gatos (123 E.
(822 Lomax St., 634-8813) in Forsyth St., Downtown, 354-0666)
Five Points. No, really. This rela- is a swank cocktail lounge with a Suite
tively new dive is something of a little urban grit. The exposed brick

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Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, in the back and is favored by cus-
482-1000) are huge. Sports mem- tomers who appreciate and enjoy
orabilia and TVs are everywhere talking about wine and fine spirits.
and some of the projection screens The shop doubles as the unofficial
are some 10 feet high. The headquarters of the Riverside Wine
Beaches venue is just yards from Fest the evening of November 20.
the beach and has an outside • There’s no shortage of reds and
patio. The menu consists of all whites at The Grape (10281
your pub favorites such as que- Midtown Parkway, 642-7111) at
sadillas, nachos, wings, burgers St. Johns Town Center. However,
and fish and chips. • Speaking of many regulars come for the food.
really big sports bars: among the The menu of soups, salads and
latest editions to St. Johns Town small plates is extensive, including
Center is Whisky River (4850 Big items like baked brie in pastry,
Island Dr., 645-5571), a franchise mussels marinara, and even lamb
operation owned by NASCAR star chops. Save room for the chocolate
Perfect Rack Billiards Dale Earnhardt, Jr. The bar/restau- fondue. It’s a wine shop, too. So
rant has a raucus hillbilly vibe, taking an unfinished bottle home
Sports Bars complete with shapely servers when you leave is no problem. •
Pool halls are smoky, dingy places decked out in tight black leather Keep it simple, stupid. That could
filled with seedy characters and vests and cutoff jean shorts. Live be the mantra at Walkers (2692
hustlers. Maybe in the movies. music acts (mostly country) take Post St., 894-7465) in Riverside.
Perfect Rack Billiards (1186 the stage regularly. Mechanical The interior is spartan and clean
Edgewood Ave. S., 738-7645) is bull ride, anyone? with little more than red bricks and
just the opposite. It’s clean, Wine Bars wine bottles to attract the eye.
smoke-free, serves tasty eats, and For years, Downtown boosters have Well, perhaps the other patrons will
features about a dozen top-of-the- been saying the city needs more do that, too. Wine, beer and cock-
line pool tables. Heck, it’s down- places like Poppy Love Smoke tails and a tiny selection of food
right family-friendly. • One might (112 E. Adams St., 354-1988). (cheese plates, spinach artichoke
not consider City Hall Pub (234 A. Ultra cool with funky art on the dip) round out the offerings.
Philip Randolph Blvd., 356-6750)
a sports pub in the traditional
walls, a couple thousand bottles of Simple is good.
*
wine in the house, huge walk-in
sense, but its location—walking humidor—it’s easy to see why
distance from Veterans Arena, patrons tend to linger late into the
Baseball Grounds and EverBank night. Entertainment runs the
Field—makes it a great pre- and gamut, from spoken word poetry
post-game destination. HDTVs nights to jazz acts to DJs spinning
aplenty, live music, big outdoor old school hip-hop. • The Wine Bar
patio, pub grub and drink specials (320 N. 1st St., 372-0211) in Jax
provide enough incentive to visit Beach is a no-frills neighborhood
even if the city’s sports complex is watering hole for those who favor
quiet for the night. • Pizza, strom- glasses of Rodney Strong cabernet
boli, hoagies and, of course, and Hacker Pschorr draughts. Eats
cheese steaks are the signature include lobster spread, flat breads,
menu items at Philly’s Finest bacon-wrapped scallops and more.
(1527 3rd St. N., 241-7188) in Nightly specials, open mic nights
Jacksonville Beach. The owners are and weekend music keep the cal-
true Philadelphia fanatics, so if the endar lively. Also, a selection of
Eagles, Flyers or Phillies are play- fine cigars are offered. Smoking
ing, the games will be showcased permitted on the patio. • Riverside
on the plasma TVs. The ice bar is Liquors (1035 Park St., 356-
an unusual and cool feature. 4517) has been a 5 Points institu-
Literally. • Both Sneakers Sports tion since the 1960s. If it comes in
Grilles (8133 Point Meadows Way, a bottle with a cork, Riverside prob- Bartender Curtis
Campbell at Walkers
Baymeadows, 519-0509; 111 ably sells it. A small bar is tucked

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A.Chef’s Corner Bistro & Wine Bar
Cooking Studio Intuition Ale Works
Complimentary Appetizer with the
$5 Off Any Studio Class Purchase of Two Dinner Entrées or
10% Off Entire Lunch Check Buy One Pint, Get One FREE
or Dinner* 9823-1 Tapestry Park Cir., Jacksonville, FL 32246 720 King St., Jacksonville, FL 32204
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Blue Bamboo Casa Marina Hotel & Restaurant Cortessés Bistro


Restaurant & Wine Bar Buy One Entrée, Get One of & Flamingo Room
Equal or Lesser Value FREE
One FREE Appetizer with purchase of two cocktails Buy One Entrée, Get One Half Price
3820 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32216 691 First St. N., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 172 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 646-1478 | bluebamboojacksonville.com (904) 220-4540 | casamarinahotel.com (904) 825-6775 | cortessesbistroandflamingoroom.com
Cannot be combined with any other offer. Limit one offer per table. 20% gratuity added automatically to non-discounted check totals with coupon. 2nd entrée must be of equal or lesser value. Cannot be combined with any other
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29 South Larry’s Giant Subs Zaitoon Mediterranean Grill


50% Off Any Lunch or Dinner Entrée
One Complimentary Entrée with the FREE SUB! (with the purchase of a lunch/dinner
Purchase of One Full Price Entrée Buy any medium 8" or large 12" sub & entrée of equal or lesser value).
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Espeto The Blue Fish Zaitoon Mediterranean Grill


Brazilian Steak House Restaurant & Oyster Bar
ONE FREE DESSERT 20% Off Your Entire Bill
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Ichiban Jack & Diane’s Three Layers Cafe


Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
15% Off One Entrée FREE Dessert with Entrée Purchase Buy One Pick-3 Combo
at grill tables only of $10 or More Per Person. Lunch, Get One Half Off
675 N. Third St., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 708 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
(904) 321-1444 | jackanddianescafe.com 1602 Walnut St., Jacksonville, FL 32206
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wine & a movie
Enjoy a night in with a glass of vino and a fun flick

Marley, the yellow lab his Watch agents J and K save Add some drama, suspense The splendor of spring is no
owner calls the “World’s the planet from not-so- and romance to your night more evident than in the
Worst Dog,” is a free-spirited friendly aliens in Men in with the book-turned- fanciful French film Amélie
canine with boundless Black (1997) and Men in musical-theater-performance- (2001), starring Audrey
energy, a bottomless stomach Black II (2002). These turned-movie, Phantom of Tatou. Nominated for five
and a destructive fear of blockbuster comedies star the Opera. The 2004 remake Academy Awards, the mod-
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blackberry, strawberry and tangerine. as well as some tartness to strawberry, with a slight lime
black cherry and hints of
chocolate and oak.
create a crisp and balanced
appellation.
zest aroma.
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wine & a movie 2
The sequel to four fun flicks featured on page 96.

In A Bug’s Life (1998), hero Who doesn’t know the story Becky loves to shop, and she Ready yourself for a frightful
Flik leads a circus troupe of of Disney’s The Lion King has the lengthy credit card night with the horror classic
bugs to save his ant colony (1994)? You know, Simba, statement to prove it. As a Cujo (1983). This Stephen
from bullying grasshoppers. the heir to the throne, the financial journalist instruct- King thriller follows a lovable
The cartoon—voiced by Dave “circle of life” and all. From ing others what to do with St. Bernard-turned-rabid-
Foley, Julia Louis-Dreyfus the time his father Mufasa their money, she can’t quite beast who terrorizes a small
and Kevin Spacey—portrays presents him to the entire seem to manage her own. suburban community.
a world where raindrops are animal kingdom on Pride After all, what better remedy Starring Danny Pintauro (aka
like water bombs and fallen Rock to his journeys with exists than retail therapy? Jonathan Bower on the
twigs like mountains. The friends Timon (voiced by the Isla Fisher plays Becky in the 1980s sitcom Who’s the
family-friendly film includes great Nathan Lowe) and comedy based on Sophie Boss?), the low-budget flick
animated “outtakes” and Pumbaa, this animated Kinsella’s Confessions of a is rated “R.” This ex-house-
“bloopers” that run during blockbuster will cause a few Shopaholic (2009). A bottle pet’s ferocious encounters
the end credits. As a tears. The film-turned- of Francis Coppola Sofia pair with a glass of Vicious
complement, try a glass of Broadway musical pairs well Rosé ($13) pairs well with Red ($10). The full-bodied
Rinaldi’s Bug Juice ($17), a with Moselland Cat Riesling this fashion-friendly film. California blend marries zin-
sparkling white dessert wine ($13). The fruity white wine The winemaker describes the fandel, cabernet sauvignon,
with hints of apple, peach is crisp and fresh with hints rosé as feminine and stylish barbera, syrah and petit syrah.
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content, this moscato d’Asti colorful variety of cat-shaped vors of strawberries, cherries flavors should go well with
was named after the bees bottles are what will truly and citrus. Sounds delicious. red meat—a dish of which
hungry for its grapes at
harvest.
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