Like any good Southern host, Jacksonville’s dozens of locally owned restaurants invite visitors and locals to linger over freshly cooked meals packed with local flavors. In the heart of the historic San Marco neighborhood is Mat
thew’s, run by Chef Matthew Medure who blends Middle Eastern, Asian, Mediterranean and Deep South influences. Splurge on the six-course menu with wine pairings. Over at
Moxie Kitchen+Cocktails, get your Southern fix with dishes like seared day-boat scallops served with three-cheese grits or chicken and waffles with pepper jelly. In the hip Riverside,
Black Sheep calls to the Southern soul with local Mayport shrimp and grits or chicken and dumplings.
Locally owned bistros