In a recent post by Forbes Travel Guide, Jacksonville received a little recognition for some of its amazing local foodie spots alongside Portland, Healdsburg, Houston and Honolulu.

The article seeks to highlight some of the not-so-obvious culinary destinations around the U.S., so it’s pretty awesome to see our city get some well-deserved limelight. If you’ve eaten out at any of the restaurants listed in their article (or any of the many awesome locations around the 904), then you know this is a great place to be if you love to grub — no matter what your particular taste is.

Read the excerpt below on Jacksonville, or check out the full article here.


Ringing in at over 840 square miles in size (with 22 miles of white-sand beaches and a river running through downtown), Jacksonville is often referred to as the “River City by the Sea.” It goes without saying then that this is the place to experience fresh seafood.

Try spectacular fresh off-the-dock fare at popular “shacks” such as Clark’s Fish Camp or North Beach Fish Camp. Or indulge in oceanside dining with an order of the Long Line Catch 3 Ways at oceanfront Azurea, the signature restaurant at Four-Star One Ocean Resort & Spa where chefs prepare three different preparations of the same incredible, fresh-off-the boat fish for your entree.

Beyond that, the world is your oyster, namely because Jax’s food culture is often described by locals as a “melting pot of cuisines.” You can find everything from Southern fried chicken (Beach Road Chicken Dinners) and lick-your-fingers-clean ribs (Jenkins Quality Barbecue) to curry chicken burritos (Burrito Gallery) and Guinness beef stew (Culhane’s Irish Pub).

Then, you could move on to duck confit hash for brunch at Restaurant Orsay or the crazy-good crab rangoon at Thai hot spot Indochine. To finish your tasty tour of the town, you’ll want to stop by buzzy live-work-dine address 220 Riverside to sample from Sbraga & Company and Hobnob. With the latter, you have to try chef Roger Regulacion’s spicy truffled edamame and shrimp kiliwin. And at the former, you won’t go wrong with Top Chefseason seven winner Kevin Sbraga’s Hog and Hominy, the toque’s delicious take on cheesy grits with pork.

Where to stay: Book the Fourth Night Free special at One Ocean Resort & Spa for a complimentary evening after three consecutive paid ones.”