If there’s one thing that Jacksonville locals love, it’s a good Latin American restaurant. From Colombian empanadas to their Cuban sandwiches and of course their mouth-watering Tres Leches cake, El Ranchito has something for everyone to enjoy. If you want to eat in a family-style restaurant with a bit of a Latin American flare El Ranchito is the spot.
This family-owned restaurant located in Southside which opened in January is becoming known for its “street food”. More specifically they are known for their unique tapas-style menu that’s big enough to share and very reasonably priced.
4 Rivers Smokehouse
This establishment was a local head turner when it first opened in June 2013 and it’s still drawing crowds. 4 Rivers cooks their barbecue to perfection with a Texan flair as well as making sure the food is ready to eat with their assembly line service style. If you have a taste for good barbecue lathered in a signature sauce then 4 Rivers Smokehouse is the place for you.
Taste Food Center
This urban American wine bar is known for its live music and food selection such as their mahogany wings, sweet potato fries and truffle macaroni and cheese. If you’re looking for a night out with friends or even lunch with the family Taste has you covered.
Kazu Japanese Steakhouse
Formerly known as Thai Palace and located in Mandarin, Kazu Japanese Steakhouse has redefined itself with a full restaurant makeover. Through renovations that made the establishment more welcoming as well as expanding their menu, Kazu has also added healthy pan-Asian style plates. If there was ever a place to go back to and check out Kazu is the restaurant.
Derby on Park
If you want to sleep in for a bit but still enjoy great breakfast specials later in the day, Derby on Park is the place to check out for brunch. Their delicious Oak Street Toast and Shrimp and Grits are just a few of the great items they have on the menu to whet your appetite.
The Black Sheep Restaurant
This sophisticated and modern restaurant located in Riverside serves American style food as well as breakfast and brunch. Gluten and vegan friendly Black Sheep has made a name for itself with its featured French Onion Soup as well as its Mayport Shrimp Ceviche. Though Black Sheep is a bit pricey it’s definitely worth it for the amount of food provided.
Sid and Linda’s Seafood Market and Restaurant
This seafood market unlike the many others in Jacksonville has decided to mix things up. To accompany your meal you are now able to get unique sides such as seaweed salad and spinach cakes. Sid and Linda have taken seafood to a new healthy level that is definitely worth going out to try.
The Blind Fig
Located on the popular King Street the Blind Fig is known for its delicious sharing plates such as the Crawfish Goat Cheese Coquettes and The Cedar Key Clams. In addition to being vegan and gluten friendly Blind Fig offers a wide variety of their signature soul food. This is a restaurant that is worth checking out if you have a taste for a Cajun meal.
The Blind Rabbit
This burger and whiskey bar is not only located right on the beach but they are known for their great burger and smooth drinks. The Blind Rabbit embraces having the classic beachy mentality of good energy and good vibes. If you’re in the area after spending a day on the beach this a good location to stop in and try.
Ocean 60 Restaurant Wine and Martini Bar
Right off Atlantic Beach Ocean 60 is a bar with a Caribbean feel that has been noted for the freshness of their food as well as their live entertainment.
This restaurant is known for preparing food with an international feel with meals based on the European, Caribbean and Americas food samplings. Known for their Seafood Mixed Grill, Adventurous Palate, and Cast Iron Seared Jumbo Blue Crabcake Azurea is worth checking out.
Mama Q’s Restaurant
Located on Old St. Augustine Road Mama Q’s is a local pizza restaurant that is known for its fresh slices. They also have Cinnamon Maple Sticks with maple icing that will quench your sweet tooth. If you’re looking for a pizza place that is reasonably priced and will allow you to put everything and the kitchen sink on your pizza then Mama Q’s is worth the drive.
BB’s serves a variety of Pan-Asian, Caribbean and Southwestern meals that appeal to all different tastes. This restaurant is highly recommended for its delicious desserts as well as their chef’s specials. BB’s is an urban establishment whose food is known for being fresh and where call-ahead seating is strongly suggested.
This urban bistro located downtown is known for their delicious sandwiches and subs and as well as their vegetarian options. Open late this restaurant is great to go to if you are on a late night food run or if you’re on a lunch break and craving a burger.
Chamblin’s Uptown Café
Located downtown Chamblin’s is a vegetarian friendly café that has a vegan café and coffee bar and offers almond and soy milk to go with your drink without charge. Along with the vegan sandwiches and wraps as well as tofu options Chamblin’s is a relaxed place to visit and eat healthy.
Cozy Tea in Five Points
Cozy Tea is a restaurant that provides a menu that is half vegan and vegetarian. With over 60 varieties of loose leaf tea as well as pre-made Indian cuisine you’re sure to always get something fresh and healthy. If you’re looking to have a variety of food and tea options with a great atmosphere Cozy Tea is worth making a visit to.
Located off Bowden Road Health Zone provides various vegan and vegetarian option as well as fresh smoothies and juices. Health Zone prepares breakfast and lunch such as Tofu scramble, vegetarian sausage and vegan hotdogs. This store covers all of your basic daily food needs and is in a convenient location.