One of my favorite things about living in Jacksonville, FL is the variety of places we have here to eat at. I noticed right away that if I wanted a certain type of food, I had endless options to choose from-sometimes making decisions to eat out very difficult! Here are my top 5 favorite places to eat here in Jacksonville, FL.
- Maple Street Biscuit Company– Nothing is better than homemade biscuits with fried chicken! Maple Street Biscuit Co. started it’s business in San Marco just south of Downtown Jacksonville. With items like the Sticky Maple (Biscuit, fried chicken, bacon and maple syrup) to the Loaded Goat (Biscuit, fried chicken and goat cheese) Maple Street is perfectly combing all the amazing breakfast foods and making them anytime meals! The owner of the San Marco location will even bring out a plate of Cinnamon Rolls if it’s your first time.
- Metro Diner– A local favorite and stop on Diners, Drive-in’s and Dives, Metro Diner is a food lover’s dream! With breakfast items like the Chicken and Waffles and Yo Hola on The Square, Metro Diner really shows when it comes to breakfast. The first time I went I split the Yo Hola with my mom and we STILL couldn’t finish the epic sized portion of Hola bread stuffed with cream cheese and all sorts of fruits. I recommend trying this place for both breakfast and lunch.
- Barbra Jean’s Restaurant– Technically this place is in Palm Valley near Ponte Vedra Beach but it has become one of my favorite places to eat. Their menu is primarily southern style with items like Chicken Friend Chicken, Meatloaf to Shrimp and Grits-a favorite of mine! It reminds me of Lowcountry without having to drive to South Carolina! After every meal, we like to order their Chocolate “Stuff” dessert. It’s a soft brownie of fudge consistency. I highly recommend it!
- Poe’s Tavern Atlantic Beach– Whenever I am in the mood for a good burger I head out to Atlantic Beach for Poe’s Tavern. Themed around Edgar Allen Poe and his poems this beach side favorite makes the BEST burgers! I always order the Tell Tale Heart burger which comes with Applewood Bacon, cheddar cheese and my favorite part-a fried egg! This restaurant has a unique vibe from regular burger places. They even play his poetry audio in their bathrooms. How cool is that?! This is one of two locations the other Poe’s Tavern is in Sullivan’s Island, SC.
- The Candy Apple Cafe & Sweet Pete’s– This year for my birthday my coworkers took me out to lunch at The Candy Apple Cafe in Downtown Jacksonville. Near Hemingway Plaza, this restaurant is attached to a candy store, Sweet Pete’s. I started off with the Deviled Egg appetizer which sampled three different types: traditional, spicy humus and cobb. I am not one for spice but the spicy humus deviled egg was so good! For my entree I decided to stick to a brunch favorite: Eggs Benedict with Grilled Tomato Florentine. The Candy Apple Cafe is in an old house that was renovated to look like something out of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Bright colored decor, fancy French chairs and pretty chandeliers revive this downtown gem to reflect it’s fun atmosphere. After lunch we ventured to Sweet Pete’s where I got my favorite thing: Carmel Covered Popcorn.