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Where to eat in Jekyll Island

i live on st. simons . The must eats i suggest are Indigo in downtowm Brunswick(the only reason to go to Brunswick!), Coastal Kitchen - at the very beginning of St. Simons in the marina- it's local and relatively innovative for the area; Palmer's for brunch or lunch in the Village (go to www.Palmersvillage.com and check out chef's monthly dinner menu!) I also second the mention of B&Js in Darien. it's a bit of a drive but the Sunday afternoon buffet is some good local country cooking!

May 18, 2012
jjb75 in Southeast

Jacksonville classics

"Classics" as far as ambiance but not necessarily the food definately include - but are not limited to - Singleton's in Mayport and Whitey's Fish Camp(best hushpuppies ever) in Orange Park. The Fox diner in Avondale has decent breakfast/luch fare but an extremely entertaining owner and staff and decor. European Street is a Jacksonville tradition for sure! There are several locations around town - I recommend the Riverside location. Again, these are not really places with great food but they are very Jacksonville.
For newer "classics" with good food you should try Biscotti's in Avondale on a weekend night. They've been around for about 17 years which is almost clasic in the restaurant world. For the newest and hippest places try 13 Gypsies for authentic Spanish tapas - if you can get in - it's only about 16 seats and the freaky tattooed and pierced chef(whose parents are also local chef legends) and server are awesome and very Jacksonville and the food is REALLY good. Orsay is another hip new eatery that hopefully will be a classic here one day.
Pizza - Moon River on Edgewood in Murray Hill - NOT AL'S PLEASE!
The Homestead(it's haunted) in Jacksonville Beach for family style fried chicken, etc
BBQ - Jenkin's or Mojo - NOT Bono's, Sonny's or Woody's

I work in the industry here locally. where will you be lecturing?

Sep 13, 2009
jjb75 in Florida

Jacksonville Cozy Tea Indian Dinner Menu

Anyone try the Cozy Tea Indian Dinner Menu this weekend? Just wondering if it's worth a try. Appartently they're gonna do it every fri and sat now.

Feb 09, 2009
jjb75 in Florida

restaurant orsay in avondale

i can't beleive nobody's posted anything about this place yet! for a brief 2 and a half hour period i was in jacksonville but i was in manhattan or seattle. excellent service, drinks and food. lavender-thyme strawberry shortcake? are you kidding me? crisp, cold oysters and perfectly seared scallops. a must try in jacksonville

Jan 15, 2009
jjb75 in Florida

German Helles in North Florida

Anyone know where to find a Bavarian Helles in North Florida on tap or in a bottle?? Hacker-Pschorr Edel Helles(now Paulaner, I guess) or Augustiner Helles Lager or Augustiner Munchen Exporter????
Thanks

Sep 24, 2008
jjb75 in Beer

Picking someone up at Jacksonville, FL airport, from Gainesville, FL and looking for suggestions for places to eat.

Both San Marco and the Riverside neighborhoods are right off I-95 & I-10 and full of great options. There are also, however, two wonderful Thai restaurants right off I-295 in Orange Park. One is more upscale(and romantic) with white table cloths and decent wine called Thai Garden near the Orange park mall on Blanding Blvd - really right off the 295. The other is much less expensive and faster with no real atmosphere but the food is just as good. It is called Thai Bistro and is on US17 South not far off 295. I suggest Thai Garden for a romantic V-day dinner.

Sep 23, 2008
jjb75 in Florida

Jacksonville Foodie Questions

For bread - The French Pantry on Phillips Hwy. They're mostly commercial - a lot of local restaurants use them - but they also have lunch hours mon-fri
I would think Semolina flour could be found at Publix, no? If not then definately at Fresh Market, they have three or four locations around town. They may even have duck legs. Not sure about your pain de chocolat, though.

Sep 10, 2008
jjb75 in Florida

Puffy Tacos in Clearwater/Tampa Area?

Puffy tacos are a San Antonio thing. Let us know if you find 'em!

Sep 10, 2008
jjb75 in Florida

Jacksonville Indian Help

I'm seeking advice on the best Indian in Jax. There are about ten of them and all on the complete opposite side of town from me. The only one I've tried so far is Cilantro in Mandarin which was okay. Besides Cilantro they all seem to be in Baymeadows. Which one(s) best?? Thanks!

Sep 10, 2008
jjb75 in Florida

Jacksonville -- The Row

I like Mossfire pretty well. The habanero-mango dipping sauce that comes with the fried plantains is amazing and so is the cilantro "mojito" (they'll make it with rum instead of tequila if you ask!) Don't forget Ragland's for a good beer selection and decent po-boys, beans & rice, fried green tomatoes, etc AND a quintessential Five Points crowd. For nicer fare, I also think an evening at Biscotti's to try the nightly specials is a good suggestion. We also have 13 Gypsies - a cool new neighborhood tapas joint at Stockton and College Sts - totally unpretentious and casual with some great dishes and house made sangria. Check out both the Biscotti's and 13 Gypsies websites! Have fun in Riverside!

Aug 27, 2008
jjb75 in Florida

Jacksonville Riverfront

Hey Mike, you'll be on the northbank of the river on the downtown side right by a touristy shopping center called The Landing. I haven't tried any place there except the Mexican place called Dona Maria's and it was awful. However, a short drive away - just over the Main St bridge on the south side of the river - is a neighborhood called San Marco with several good places including a Mexican place called Le Nopalera located at 1631 Hendricks Ave and it's only about a mile and a half from your hotel. There's lots of other good food in San Marco on San Marco Blvd but just past that neighborhood there is a Cuban place that i've been meaning to try called Havana Jax located at 2578 Atlantic Blvd and it's only about three miles from your hotel.

Aug 21, 2008
jjb75 in Florida

13 Gypsies in Jacksonville

Anyone try this place yet? An actual authentic Spanish tapas place right in Riverside! The blackened baby octopus were amazingly tender and delicious. I'll be thinking about that dish all week. One thing I found odd was the lack of vegetables on the menu, though. Not a tomato, zucchini, asparagus or eggplant in sight. Is that typical of traditional tapas? I wouldn't think so. I can't wait to go back and try a few more things!

Jul 25, 2008
jjb75 in Florida

Best Coffee in the Keys

Baby's coffee rocks no matter where it's roasted!!!

Jul 25, 2008
jjb75 in Florida

Best coffee maker under $100

have you considered a Bodum french press? They're very inexpensive and produce the purest most unadulterated cup of coffee you'll ever have. They come in all sizes and can be found at World Market, target or online. If you love coffee, once you have press coffee drip won't due!

Jul 24, 2008
jjb75 in Cookware

BEST Pizza in Jacksonville's Riverside neighborhood

Unfortunately, due to lack of business, Vienna Garden has closed.
Hopefully their amazing pizza chef will go somewhere else in the area.

Jul 14, 2008
jjb75 in Florida

Bulk Dried Peppers?!?!?

Why can't i go down the street to my neighborhood grocery store and buy a couple dried peppers from a bulk section in the produce department??? I thought that was pretty standard. Any suggegstions on where to go not far from the riverside area??

Jun 21, 2008
jjb75 in Florida

BEST Pizza in Jacksonville's Riverside neighborhood

Vienna Beer Garden on the corner of King and Forbes recently changed their menu from an Eastern Europe Wiener Snitzel, Perogi, Borscht thing to pizza and it is REALLY GOOD. There is a lot of pizza in the Riverside area (Moon River, Al's,etc) but this is worth trying. The thin crust was very good - definately home made and similar to what i remember years ago in Naples. They are never busy but I really hope they make it. Good wine and beer too. check it out!

Jun 03, 2008
jjb75 in Florida

most authentic (tex)mexican joint in jax

any place with real home made flour and corn tortillas, migas, horchata, etc??
thanks

Jun 02, 2008
jjb75 in Florida

jacksonville!! where are you?!?

is there anybody in this town really interested in good food - new, hole in the wall, ethnic or classic cuisine??? why isn't there even a food writer/restaurant reviewer for the folio or the times-union?? why do all the restaurants considered "good" serve pizza?? help!
let's talk about food!

Apr 07, 2008
jjb75 in Florida

best sushi in jacksonville??

I live in Riverside and looking for a good Japanese place to bring my partner tonight. I would prefer not to travel too far, and would rather find good sushi and hot appetizers close to or in Riverside. A decent atmosphere and moderate prices would be nice as wel.

Jan 19, 2008
jjb75 in Florida

Norfolk - Freemasons Abbey, Kincaid's or Where

perhaps voila may be acceptable for a "foodie" wanting quality fine dining but i'm afraid the quality of product and ingedients at omar's and pagoda are definately not what you think - trust me. lots of things there are not make from scrach such as the hollandaise, demi, certain dessert sauces and there is no extra virgin olive oil to be found. did you know there was such a thing as "Imitation Saffron?"

Oct 08, 2007
jjb75 in General South Archive

Jacksonville and Beaches!

Temporarily moving back to the Jacksonville area afer being away for 10 years. Need all the recs I can get for everything - best divey diner, taco/burrito bars (fish tacos!), pizza, thai, vegetarian, any fusion-y small plate type place, martinis, beer, wine. Basically anything good, fun, interesting.... I did go to some Spanish tapas place in San Marco a couple of years ago that was really good. What was it and is it still there? The downtown area must have changed alot in the past ten years!

Thanks!

Sep 03, 2007
jjb75 in Florida

Farmers' Markets Near Hampton Roads

Norfolk has a Farmer's Market that is pretty good - The Five Points Community Farm Market. I haven't been in a few weeks, though so I don't know what they have right now.
The main location is the the "Five Points" neighborhood on Norview Ave and Chesapeake. They are opened 10-2 Mon-Sat I think. There is also a nice, newer location downtown just outside MacArthur Mall opened Th-Sat 10-2

Williamsburg's Farmers' Market is suppossed to be really nice and Newport News also has one that I've seen ads for.
Good Luck

Sep 03, 2007
jjb75 in Mid-Atlantic

ice-cream sauce ideas?

mango chutney, raspberry or strawberry jam warmed up and thinned out with a little wine or liquor

Sep 03, 2007
jjb75 in Home Cooking

Norfolk - Freemasons Abbey, Kincaid's or Where

I'm sorry but I speak the truth. I'm not being rude, the dining atmospheres of both Freemason's Abby and especially Omar's are very charming. However, i'm pretty sure that NO Hampton Road's "Foodie" goes to any of the afore mentioned places for quality, creative food. i'm not trying to be snotty but i have a bit of an insider's veiwwpoint since i have had the misfortune to have briefly worked at two of them and the knowledge from culinary school and several years in better restaurants to back it up.

Aug 27, 2007
jjb75 in General South Archive

Earliest food memory?

i still love malt-o-meal! i'm in the south now, though and it's kind of hard to find. i found it at wal-mart ot all dreadful places.

Aug 16, 2007
jjb75 in General Topics

Earliest food memory?

Fried Mushrooms at local drive-in(Dogs and Suds in Lorain,OH); spiced apple rings at some local restaurant my family frequented; cherrios with raisins stuffed in the holes and deli meat/cheese roll-ups(pimento loaf and munster stands out) for a snacktime.

The fried mushrooms are still a favorite!

Aug 16, 2007
jjb75 in General Topics

Norfolk - Freemasons Abbey, Kincaid's or Where

Omar's Carriage House is actually on Bute St and is in the same category as Freemason's Abbey and Kincaid's - for the old and boring non-chowhounds who wish to play it safe. Omar's and Freemason both have VERY charming dining rooms but do not have to culinary attention to detail to match - more like mass produced hotel food using instant hollandaise and fake butter.

Aug 15, 2007
jjb75 in General South Archive

Hampton Roads, VA: Where should we eat next?

it's not in the same shopping center as GW. It's right across 21st St form GW.

Aug 15, 2007
jjb75 in Mid-Atlantic

Norfolk - Freemasons Abbey, Kincaid's or Where

definately not either one of these unless you are old and boring. there are many other much better options in the area.
Vintage Kitchen, located in the Dominion Tower building in downtown norfolk;
Bardo on 21st St in the Ghent neighborhood for an Eastern take on small plates;
the Boot, also on 21st St for an Italian themed menu using all Virginia products;
Sirena, downtown on Granby has pretty good Italian with homemade pasta and is probably a place the in-laws would also enjoy.
Terrapin Restaurant, near the oceanfront off of Laskin Rd on Holly Rd in VA Bch.
Vintage Kitchen and Terrapin are very similar so you could just pick one of them.
Cogan's for wonderful pizza, a great beer selection and interesting people watching ($5 off pizza on sundays)
AW Shucks for lunchtime po boys or raw bar
Charlie's on Granby St At 17th or 18th is a MUST for breakfast
Near ODU - La Herradura on Monarch Way for Mexican, Fellini's at Colley and 41st(?) for Italian and pizza

Aug 15, 2007
jjb75 in General South Archive