With all of the incredible dining options in Jacksonville, Florida, it comes as no surprise that locals have their preferred go-to-spots, places they eat at regularly and where they have come to know the staff and what dishes on the menu are their favorites. But there are also so many restaurants opening up in the city that are quickly becoming some of the best in the area. It’s always good to try something different and discover a new favorite place. Here are 11 new restaurants to check out in Jacksonville.
1. The Bread & Board
The fine folk at The Bread & Board are offering up stellar sandwiches made with fresh house-baked bread, artisan meats and cheeses, and seasonal and local produce. They also do unique entrees, utilizing recipes that are inspired by Southern cooking and international flavors. The Sunday brunch features all your favorite dishes, made with a modern twist.
2. River & Post
Restaurant and rooftop bar River & Post is upscale yet casual. Their menu features the likes of buttermilk fried chicken with a sage gravy, seared sea scallops with lemon arugula risotto, cola braised pork belly sliders with a watermelon cress salad and a sesame lime vinaigrette, truffle steak tartare with fried capers and a farm-fresh egg, and in true Florida fashion – a key lime cheesecake.
3. Cowford Chophouse
Cowford Chophouse is much more than your regular steakhouse. The building itself is a historical landmark, from the rooftop lounge you can enjoy Southbank skyline views, and the food is some of the best in the area. Think duck fat cornbread with Maine lobster, caviar with tater tots, a chopped salad with avocado and a fried egg yolk, and of course all of the cuts of steak you could imagine.
4. Fogo de Chao
Fogo de Chao is bringing Brazilian food and culture to the heart of Jacksonville. The Brazilian-trained chefs are making pan-seared salmon, mango Chilean sea bass, and cuts of steak, pork, chicken, and lamb. The open kitchen concept allows the chefs to demonstrate their creativity and skill. If you want to dine al fresco, the expansive patio is sure to please.
Trendy spot Bellwether is taking traditional American fare and making it their own by mixing in international cuisine. Their menu includes chicken and tarragon biscuit dumplings, a vegan green curry served with coconut jasmine rice, a classic potato roll burger, fried chicken and waffles with burnt honey and arbol chili butter, and short ribs with charred broccoli.
Restaurant Firebirds reigns supreme when it comes to seafood and steak. The cozy lodge-like atmosphere is charming and comfortable. And aside from fresh seafood dishes and wood-fired steak, there’s grilled chicken with pineapple salsa and fresh vegetables, a honey and whiskey barbeque burger, and a portabella mushroom sandwich with goat cheese and a balsamic drizzle served on a toasted baguette.
7. Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen proudly makes all of their food from scratch, serving it up with great service in a relaxed, family-friendly environment. The menu features all of your favorites, like beer-battered fried shrimp, country fried steak, lemon pepper white fish, baked potato soup, a grilled chicken and pecan salad, and a hot fudge sundae.
The burritos at Chuy’s are as big as your face. The popular Tex-Mex spot is known for their big burritos, but also for their famous tortilla soup, soft and crispy tacos, fresh guacamole, chile con queso, stacked enchiladas, and marinated fajitas. Everything at Chuy’s is authentic and delicious. The only problem you’ll have at this place is deciding what to order.
9. Town Hall
Tapas bar Town Hall is creating small plates using seasonal ingredients from local farms and artisans, with a focus on sharing good food with good company. The menu is fun and eclectic, offerings include seared octopus, grilled cheese, lamb chops with homemade ricotta, and their steamed mussels are made with Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, chorizo, and spicy tomatoes, served with garlic toast.
The beachy vibes at Doro are reason enough to visit this hotspot, it fits right in its Jacksonville setting. But it’s not just the ambiance that sells this place, their ever-evolving menu hits all the right notes with dishes like roast pork tenderloin with an apple brown butter puree, sea scallops with creamy polenta and a roasted pepper vinaigrette, or the crudo of the day with avocado, citrus, ponzu, and salmon roe.
The delicious options are endless at South, especially with five different menus – dinner, weekday lunch, brunch, drinks, and desserts. Standout plates include crispy skin redfish from the Gulf of Mexico, eggs in purgatory, a black-eyed pea and quinoa veggie burger, bread pudding French toast, braised beef stroganoff, and a popcorn shrimp chopped salad.
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