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  • If you’re coming down to Jacksonville for the Gator Bowl here are a few places that I would highly recommend for dining out.

    1. SINGLETON’S SEAFOOD SHACK, 1018 3rd Street North, Atlantic Beach: It’s been there forever it seems. The fried shrimp are always terrific and ask if the catch of the day is snapper or grouper. Can’t go wrong there either. I really like the Minorcan clam chowder.

    2. WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 County Road 220, Orange Park: This is another place that has been there a long, long time. All you can eat catfish every night if you’re into that. I’m more into the fried shrimp (jumbo portion) or the deviled crabs. You can’t go wrong with the seafood combo. Get the sautéed shrimp and crab cake for your appetizer or the fried scallops. You’ll need good directions to get there. It’s out of the way but worth it.

    3. BARBARA JEAN’S IN PONTE VEDRA BEACH, 15 South Roscoe Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach: The bread alone is worth it. I prefer the jalapeno corn bread but I like spicy things. Start with the she crab soup or the coconut shrimp. The crab cakes are Savannah style which means they are off the charts good. Shirmp and grits are really terrific and you will never go wrong with the coastal platter which has a crab cake, shrimp (fried or coconut) and fish.

    4. MOJO KITCHEN, 1500 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville Beach: If you go on a weekend night they’ve got a blues band playing and that makes the great Tennessee style pulled pork barbeque even better. Brunswick stew is about as good as you’ll find anywhere. They do up side items right. I like the black eyed peas and the smoked corn. Yeah, that’s right. Smoked corn. Try it. You’ll love it.

    5. MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE, 4838 Highway Avenue, Jacksonville: You go here for the beef brisket, which is smoked for a full 12 hours and pretty much falls apart when you touch it with your fork. Can’t go wrong with the ribs, either.

    6. CLARK’S FISH CAMP, 12903 Hood Landing Road, Jacksonville: Start out with the smoked fish dip on crackers but a warning … you might want to make a meal of it. You might want to try their low country boiled platter for two which is really more food than any two can eat. Don’t try the sampler platter unless you like frog legs. I lived in Asia a long time so nothing makes me queasy, but I can’t speak for your stomach.

    7. POTTER’S SOUL FOOD BISTRO, 5310 Lenox Avenue, Jacksonville: You go here for fried chicken that you’ll rave about and the collards, field peas and macaroni and cheese. The pork chops are really great too.

    8. PICASSO’S, 10503 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville: They serve St. Louis style pizza and it’s really good. I’m into pasta and that’s why I go there but I’ve tried the seared snapper and it’s well worth it. Plan ahead. There’s usually a wait.

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  • Franz Beard said... (original post)

    If you’re coming down to Jacksonville for the Gator Bowl here are a few places that I would highly recommend for dining out.

    1. SINGLETON’S SEAFOOD SHACK, 1018 3rd Street North, Atlantic Beach: It’s been there forever it seems. The fried shrimp are always terrific and ask if the catch of the day is snapper or grouper. Can’t go wrong there either. I really like the Minorcan clam chowder.

    2. WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 County Road 220, Orange Park: This is another place that has been there a long, long time. All you can eat catfish every night if you’re into that. I’m more into the fried shrimp (jumbo portion) or the deviled crabs. You can’t go wrong with the seafood combo. Get the sautéed shrimp and crab cake for your appetizer or the fried scallops. You’ll need good directions to get there. It’s out of the way but worth it.

    3. BARBARA JEAN’S IN PONTE VEDRA BEACH, 15 South Roscoe Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach: The bread alone is worth it. I prefer the jalapeno corn bread but I like spicy things. Start with the she crab soup or the coconut shrimp. The crab cakes are Savannah style which means they are off the charts good. Shirmp and grits are really terrific and you will never go wrong with the coastal platter which has a crab cake, shrimp (fried or coconut) and fish.

    4. MOJO KITCHEN, 1500 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville Beach: If you go on a weekend night they’ve got a blues band playing and that makes the great Tennessee style pulled pork barbeque even better. Brunswick stew is about as good as you’ll find anywhere. They do up side items right. I like the black eyed peas and the smoked corn. Yeah, that’s right. Smoked corn. Try it. You’ll love it.

    5. MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE, 4838 Highway Avenue, Jacksonville: You go here for the beef brisket, which is smoked for a full 12 hours and pretty much falls apart when you touch it with your fork. Can’t go wrong with the ribs, either.

    6. CLARK’S FISH CAMP, 12903 Hood Landing Road, Jacksonville: Start out with the smoked fish dip on crackers but a warning … you might want to make a meal of it. You might want to try their low country boiled platter for two which is really more food than any two can eat. Don’t try the sampler platter unless you like frog legs. I lived in Asia a long time so nothing makes me queasy, but I can’t speak for your stomach.

    7. POTTER’S SOUL FOOD BISTRO, 5310 Lenox Avenue, Jacksonville: You go here for fried chicken that you’ll rave about and the collards, field peas and macaroni and cheese. The pork chops are really great too.

    8. PICASSO’S, 10503 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville: They serve St. Louis style pizza and it’s really good. I’m into pasta and that’s why I go there but I’ve tried the seared snapper and it’s well worth it. Plan ahead. There’s usually a wait.

    Thumb's up for Barbara Jean's. Their pumpkin bread is awesome. Just moved back to Columbus from Charleston, SC where they had one.

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  • playmea

    Solid suggestions Franz... Barbara Jeans is one of my favorites. I like the one in St Simons Island better. But they're all good. Moving to Amelia Island in a couple weeks and was excited to see there is one in the area.

    Unfortunately, the downtown where most everyone will be is LAME... Local's just don't hang out in downtown. There is a new Irish Pub at the Landing that looks to be pretty solid. But I didn't see any Irish Whiskey there. so I immediately question the authenticity. But its in the Landing. Which is strictly for tourists.

    If I may add to your list...

    For those of you not willing to drive all the way out to the Beaches or Orange Park, you can cab it to the Avondale/Riverside/Five Points areas or San Marco. Here are some suggestions in those areas:

    A better Irish pub is O'Brothers in Five Points. Pretty good food, plenty of whiskey, cold beverages and cool staff. Friends with a few of them.

    O'Bros is also just next to MossFire Grill. Southwestern cuisine, same owners as O'Bros and good stuff.

    Best Pizza place in the city is Moon River. There are a few of them all spread out. But the one I go to is near Avondale off of Edgewood. I'm a meat lovers guy and theirs is called the T-Rex. Its fantastic.

    Not far from Riverside are two local Jacksonville Breweries. And they usually serve beer in the evenings and are cool places to hang out. They are in warehouses but are good stuff. My first choice is the Bold City Brewery. A Jax staple. Dukes is their popular brand but they have much to choose from and you'll see there brands on tap all over the city. I get the Mad Manatee myself which is their IPA.

    Another good brewery just around the corner is Intuition. They are new but their People's IPA is making a splash in the city.

    If you are looking for a cool gastropub where you can watch a game and choose from an insane variety of beer and pub food, then check out Kickbacks in Riverside. One of my favorite places. Tons of good food selections. They also will serve breakfast at any time. And if you are looking for nostalgic food, they will serve you things like sloppy joes or hamburger helper for cheap. HUGE beer selection if you like to taste the finer beers.

    If you are looking for a pool hall where the necks are red and the juke box plays classic southern rock, check out Perfect Rack Billiards right next to Moon River on Edgewood. This is a shameless plug but Gary is my man and he runs the place. His wife makes awesome food (I like the pretzel bread sandwich) and he built the shuffleboard table himself. Our table of choice. Ton's of pool tables available and also ping pong. Just a laid back atmosphere.

    Last, if you want to eat a little nicer (but not super fancy), head over to Avondale. Blue Fish has great raw seafood. Down from that is The Brick which is a restaurant converted from an old Fire Station. Next to that is 'Towne which is a little nicer but a little pricier. Then off of Park is Orsay. Just a few blocks from my house. Great restaurant.

    Or you could go to the famous 13 Gypsies. Which literally makes the best risotto I have ever had in my life, but its mostly a tapas place. Only problem with 13 Gypsies is they take reservations and the place is tiny. So they are usually full and you won't get a table.

    All of these places are a 10 (15 min tops) minute drive from downtown.

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  • Playmea, excellent suggestions sir! By the sounds of it, you and I live only minutes from each other as I live just off of post st near riverside.
    Obrothers is one of our fav places to grab bite to eat and a few drinks. It has all that you mentioned PLUS cornhole!! Haha
    And yes moon river has probably the best pizza in Jax. Another good pizza place is Carmine's , which is right off of King st and Forbes ( I believe).
    Last yer around this time I saw nothing but Mississippi st and Michigan fans. It's going to be awesome seeing Jax littered with scarlet and gray!

  • Personally, I'm having fried chicken at Potter's House Wednesday. Some mac and cheese, collards and black eyed peas as my side orders.

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  • playmea

    TDK_DPT said... (original post)

    Playmea, excellent suggestions sir! By the sounds of it, you and I live only minutes from each other as I live just off of post st near riverside. Obrothers is one of our fav places to grab bite to eat and a few drinks. It has all that you mentioned PLUS cornhole!! Haha And yes moon river has probably the best pizza in Jax. Another good pizza place is Carmine's , which is right off of King st and Forbes ( I believe). Last yer around this time I saw nothing but Mississippi st and Michigan fans. It's going to be awesome seeing Jax littered with scarlet and gray!

    Admittedly, I haven't had the pizza at Carmines yet. I had the Lobster Mac once and a sandwich another time.

    I know your 'hood. I'm more in Avondale on Valencia between Park and Herschel. A block from Boone Park and a couple blocks from Orsay. We just had a wild Luminaria party. Too bad I didn't know you were in the area or we would have had you over.

    My wife just got promoted to the Amelia Island Plantation so we are moving up there next week. Got a place on the beach side of A1A near the Ritz. Never lived so close to the beach so we are excited. Us Jax folks will have to meet up at the tailgate.

    Franz, you are a cool guy so you're invited. rockon

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  • I could do that! Just tell me when and where.

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