Jacksonville is a foodie town. Maybe it's the Southern influence or the fresh seafood from the river and the ocean. Maybe it's the cultural melting pot of nearby St. Augustine, the country's oldest European city. But whatever the case, Jacksonville offers locals and tourists a dynamic dining scene with a plethora of locally owned eateries and breweries. From Five Points to San Marco Square and from downtown to the St. Johns Town Center and the beach, here are a few of our favorite spots for a memorable meal (or beer) in Jacksonville.
Playful starters such as deviled farm eggs and crispy chicken livers, with favorites like chicken and waffles and mole-glazed beef short ribs as main dishes. Seared day boat scallops and grilled BBQ tempeh round out the locally-sourced menu at this Town Center hot spot. Enjoy inventive cocktails and patio dining.
This contemporary French bistro earned a James Beard nomination for its house-made charcuterie, a raw bar that features oysters from both coasts and the Gulf, appetizers such as escargot and foie gras, and main entrées like Prince Edward Island mussels frites, Carolina trout, lobster pot pie and cocoa rubbed venison.
Bistro Aix (pronounced “X”) features slick black-leather booths, 1940s brick work, velvet drapes and intricate marble globes. Regulars can’t get enough of the creamy onion soup, crispy calamari, house-made potato chips with warm blue cheese, wood-fired meats and fish, plus excellent wines. L (M-F), D (M-Sa).