Where First Coast - - DINING+ENTERTAINMENT -

BISTRO AIX— Eclec­tic. Bistro Aix (pro­nounced “X”) fea­tures black-leather booths, 1940s brick, vel­vet drapes and in­tri­cate mar­ble globes. Try the house-made potato chips with warm blue cheese. D daily; L M-F. www. bistrox.com. 1440 San Marco Blvd., 904.398.1949. Map 1, D5

BLACK SHEEP RESTAU­RANT— Con­tem­po­rary. In River­side’s his­toric 5 points you’ll find hand­crafted foods made from lo­cal in­gre­di­ents, like the Black Hog Farm chicken and dumplings with gnoc­chi; May­port shrimp and grits; and steak au poivre with hand- cut fries. www.black­sheep­5­points.com. 1534 Oak St., 904.355.3793. Map 1, A4

BLACK­STONE GRILLE— New Amer­i­can. This up­scale bistro is a cozy spot for a great meal with choices like tea-smoked duck, filet mignon au poivre and rack of lamb. www.black­stone­grille.com. 112 Bar­tram Oaks Walk, 904.287.0766. Map 3, D5

BRICK RESTAU­RANT— New Amer­i­can. Your fa­vorite bar food pre­pared by a gourmet chef. Try great burg­ers, crab cakes, ten­der­loin carpac­cio and shrimp and grits. F live mu­sic and Su Br. www. brick­o­favon­dale.com. 3585 St. Johns Ave., 904.387.0606. Map 1, A5 off grid

BUR­RITO GALLERY— Mex­i­can/South­west­ern. You’ll of course find bur­ri­tos on the menu, but also other Mex­i­can fare, in­clud­ing ta­cos and que­sadil­las. At the Adams lo­ca­tion, take in the lo­cal art­work hung on the walls or head to the gar­den bar for a drink and a nice view. www.bur­ri­to­gallery.com. 21 E. Adams St., 904.598.2922 Map 1, D4; 1333 N. Third St., Jack­sonville Beach, 904.242.8226. Map 3, E4

CHART HOUSE RESTAU­RANT— Seafood. Choose from sig­na­ture en­trées such as snap­per Hem­ing­way topped with jumbo lump crab, dy­na­mite sal­mon with co­conut ginger rice and jumbo lump crab cakes. Open for D daily. www.chart-house.com. 1501 River­place Blvd., 904.398.3353. Map 1, E4

CHOMP CHOMP— Amer­i­can. This holein-the-wall sand­wich place is a fa­vorite among lo­cals, whether for lunch, din­ner or late-night. 106 E. Adams St., 904.762.4667. Map 1, E2

IN­DO­CHINE— Thai. This Thai spot has quickly be­come a fa­vorite for its ren­di­tions of clas­sic dishes like phad Thai, tom yum soup and panang curry. www. in­dochine­jax.com. 21 E. Adams St., 904.598.5303. Map 1, D2

KICK­BACKS GAS­TROPUB— Amer­i­can. Kick­backs goes beyond tra­di­tional bar food with wraps, pani­nis, build-your-own-pasta, fo­cac­cia piz­zas, steaks and chicken Parme­san. There are 600-plus bot­tled va­ri­eties and 84 beers on tap, and break­fast is served late-night and early morn­ing. www. kick­back­s­jack­sonville.com. 910 King St., 904.388.9551. Map 1, A5 off grid

LOLA’S BUR­RITO & BURGER JOINT— Mex­i­can Another popular King Street spot, Lola’s is all about the fun with dishes like Mex­i­can Street Corn, Yucky Yucca Fries and the

Elvis Jail House Rock burger. www.lo­las­bur­ri­to­joint.com. 1522 King St., 904.738.7181. Map 1, A5 off grid

M SHACK Amer­i­can. A ca­sual, mod­ern-day burger shack spe­cial­iz­ing in all-Amer­i­can fare: hot dogs, burg­ers, fries, shakes and more. www. mshack­burg­ers.com. 299 At­lantic Blvd., 904.241.2599. Map 3, E4

MAPLE STREET BIS­CUIT COMPANY South­ern. En­joy a home­made break­fast and lunch M-Sa and din­ner on week­ends at this South­ern diner. The home­made bis­cuits and lo­cally roasted cof­fee are out of this world. www. maplestreet­bis­cuits.com. 410 N. 3rd St., Jack­sonville Beach, 904.853.5688. Map 3, E4; 2004 San Marco Blvd., 904.398.1004. Map 1, E6

MARKER 32 Amer­i­can. Fresh seafood and home­made breads, pas­tas and desserts are served with views of the har­bor and marsh­lands. www.marker32.com. 14549 Beach Blvd., 904.223.1534. Map 3, E4

MATTHEW’S Con­ti­nen­tal. Chef Matthew Me­dure min­gles Mid­dle East­ern, Asian, Mediter­ranean and Deep South in­flu­ences. Splurge on the chef’s tast­ing menu while en­joy­ing im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice. AAA Four Di­a­mond win­ner. D nightly. www.matthews­restau­rant.com. 2107 Hen­dricks Ave., 904.396.9922. Map 1, E6

METRO DINER Diner. In ser­vice since 1938. The Metro has been fea­tured on the hit Food Net­work show, “Din­ers, Drive-Ins and Dives.” www. metrodiner.com. 3302 Hen­dricks Ave., 904.398.3701. Map 1, E6 off grid

MEZZA LUNA New Amer­i­can. Choose from a wide range of qual­ity food and drinks in the for­mal din­ing room, the pa­tio or in the bar. Chil­dren can make their own piz­zas nightly. Free valet W-Sa; Happy Hour Tu-Th 6-8 pm. www.mez­zarestau­ran­tand­bar.com. 110 First St., Nep­tune Beach, 904.249.5573. Map 3, E4

MOJO’S KITCHEN Bar­be­cue. The wait is worth it for North Carolina pork shoul­der and plen­ti­ful seafood op­tions. www.mo­jobbq.com. 1500 Beach Blvd., Jack­sonville Beach, 904.247.6636. Map 3, E4; 5 Cor­dova St., St. Au­gus­tine. Map 3, F7

MOSSFIREDrew and GRILL Scooter South­west­ern.Cavins bring their pas­sion for South­west­ern food to his­toric River­side with home­made sal­sas, fresh yel­lowfin ta­cos, pork en­chi­ladas and home­made crab cakes. www.moss­fire.com. 1537 Mar­garet St., 904.355.4434. Map 1, A4 MOXIE KITCHEN + COCK­TAILS 

nom­i­nee South­ern. Chef James Tom BeardGray serves Award ev­ery­thingjoes to seared from scal­lop­spork rinds served and with sloppy cheesedaily for gritsL and andD with lob­ster week­end sauce. Br. Open www.mox­iefl.com.Town Cen­ter, 4972 The­Big Is­land Mar­kets Drive,at 904.998.9744. Map 3, D4

O’BROTHERS IR­ISH PUB Pubs/Bars. This lively pub is a great place to en­joy a pint and lis­ten to mu­sic. The menu in­cludes ap­pe­tiz­ers, sand­wiches, Ir­ish fish ta­cos, bangers and mash, Guin­ness BBQ short ribs and shep­herd’s pie. www.obroth­er­sirish­pub.com. 1521 Mar­garet St., 904.854.9300. Map 1, A4

OCEAN 60  Seafood. Named one of the best restau­rants in the area, Ocean’s 60 of­fers fresh seafood selections like scal­lops, soft-shell crab or blue-crab crusted floun­der. Sit in the main din­ing room or have a cock­tail in the ever-popular and lively mar­tini bar. www.ocean60.com. 60 Ocean Blvd., 904.247.0060. Map 3, E4

OLIO  New Amer­i­can. Fea­tured on the Travel Chan­nel, break­fast and lunch are pre­pared daily with the fresh­est in­gre­di­ents. www.oliomar­ket.com. 301 E. Bay St., 904.356.7100. Map 1, E3

POM’S SIG­NA­TURE RESTAU­RANT Thai. Chef Pom Sou­van­nosoth is all about fla­vor and fresh in­gre­di­ents. You’ll find in­no­va­tive cre­ations like Pek­ing duck, green curry scal­lops, braised ox­tail and a grilled lemon­grass-crusted pork. www.pom­srestau­rant.com. 9822 Ta­pes­try Park Cir­cle, 904.641.2450. Map 3, D4

RESTAU­RANT ME­DURE Amer­i­can. This chic, chef-owned eatery of­fers an ev­er­chang­ing menu with an em­pha­sis on seafood and game. Good bets in­clude diver scal­lops on sweet corn grits, and pep­pered tuna sashimi with snow pea salad. Live jazz on F and Sa; Su Br. www. restau­rantmedure.us. 818 N. High­way A1A, Ponte Ve­dra Beach, 904.543.3797. Map 3, E4


con­tem­po­rary French French.bistro of­fers This an oys­ter raw bar along with es­car­got, foie gras, lob­ster pot pie and Boeuf Bour­guignon. Open for D Tu-Sa and Su Br. www.restau­ran­tor­say.com. 3630 Park St., Avon­dale, 904.381.0909. Map 1, A5 off grid

RIVER CITY BREW­ING COMPANY Amer­i­can. This restau­rant and mi­cro­brew­ery has water­front and sky­line views along with Amer­i­can and Louisiana fa­vorites. www.riverci­ty­brew.com. South­bank River­walk, 835 Mu­seum Cir­cle, 904.398.2299. Map 3, D4

TACOLU Mex­i­can. Fresh-made ta­cos, gua­camole, que­sadil­las and sal­ads are the fo­cus of this ca­sual spot just blocks from the beach. www.tacolu.com. 1712 Beach Blvd., Jack­sonville Beach, 904.249.8226. Map 3, E4

TAV­ERNA RESTAU­RANT Euro­pean. This hus­band-and-wife team serve sea­sonal cui­sine heav­ily in­flu­enced by Italy and Spain along with ex­cel­lent wines and craft beers in the heart of San Marco Square. www.tav­er­nasan­marco.com. 1986 San Marco Blvd., 904.398.3005. Map 1, E6

THE BLIND RAB­BIT Amer­i­can. This South­ern-style gas­tropub in River­side has a hip, rus­tic feel. Choose from cast iron blue crab mac-n-cheese, fried green toma­toes or a co­chon de lait, while wash­ing it down with a spe­cialty whiskies or hand-crafted beer. www.the­blind­fig.com. 901 King St., 904.337.0146. Map 1, A5 off grid WASABI JA­PANESE STEAK­HOUSE &

SUSHI BAR Asian. Lo­cated at the Mar­kets at Town Cen­ter, Wasabi of­fers fresh ni­giri and sashimi rolls along with hot items served right off the hibachi grill served with the flaming shrimp ap­pe­tizer, soup, salad, fried rice and vegetables. www.wasabi-steak­house.com. 10206 River Coast Drive, 904.997.6528. Map 3, D4

WINE CEL­LAR Con­ti­nen­tal. This stylish and in­de­pen­dently-owned restau­rant serves clas­sic cui­sine in a ro­man­tic French coun­try set­ting. Wine Spec­ta­tor’s Award of Ex­cel­lence. www.wine­cel­lar­jax.com. 1314 Pru­den­tial Drive, 904.398.8989. Map 1, D4

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