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12 64 EDITORIAL It’s election season – for public officials and pop culture. p. 4
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”: A 6-year-old’s touching performance can’t rescue this film flooded with questions. p. 64
NEWS Riverside/Avondale struggles with success and the spillover of patrons into residential areas. p. 7
MUSIC Gainesville’s Less Than Jake holds down Florida’s third-wave ska fort. p. 67
BUZZ Don Redman eats chicken, food trucks get a home in downtown Jacksonville, p. 9
Steve Vai connects with his creativity and dashes his demons. p. 68
BOUQUETS & BRICKBATS Cleaning Riverside Park, painting Andrew Robinson Elementary School and nepotism in Nassau. p. 11 ON THE COVER Bite by Bite by Cuisine: Scarf this up. p. 14 BEST OF JAX BALLOT p. 44 OUR PICKS Jaguars, Hip Hop Royalty Tour and more. p. 61 MOVIES “Total Recall”: Remake starts off slowly, but finishes with a mindless bang. p. 62 “The Watch”: “SNL”-style movie pushes the vulgar envelope without the laughs. p. 63
ARTS “Running Fence” documents the large-scale sculpture that disappeared 14 days after completion. p. 74 BACKPAGE Unions have an important role in our history and a rightful role in political free speech. p. 86 MAIL p. 5 I ♥ TELEVISION p. 12 LIVE MUSIC LISTING p. 69 ARTS LISTING p. 75 HAPPENINGS p. 77 THE EYE p. 80 NEWS OF THE WEIRD p. 81 FREEWILL ASTROLOGY p. 82 I SAW U p. 83 CLASSIFIEDS p. 84 Cover design by Elaine Damasco AUGUST 7-13, 2012 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 3
arly voting just started, so you can head to a polling site to vote in any number of important local and statewide races. Several county commission, Florida Legislature, school board seats and many more elected positions are up for grabs. But those aren’t the only critical races that require you to fulfill your democratic duty. Folio Weekly launched its annual Best of Jax ballot today (see pages 44 and 45 or go to folioweekly.com). Sure, a school board member can shape your child’s education and a county commissioner may be able to raise or lower your taxes, but the categories on this ballot are
had memorable customer service somewhere recently, let me know. Best Way to Spend a Day: Doing anything with my daughter. Best Time to Go to Bed: It’s getting earlier and earlier, I’m afraid. Best Neighborhood in Need of More Restaurants: When my husband and I bought our home in Arlington six years ago, I quickly realized that I was in a bit of a restaurant desert. I’ve eaten a lot of Bono’s, Gene’s (Seafood) and Nero’s since then. A few places have come and gone, most of them not very adventurous. That’s why I’m psyched about
Here’s what I have to say to the people who keep opening awesome restaurants in San Marco, Riverside or Avondale: What are we, chopped liver?
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fundamental to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in Northeast Florida. We’ve brought back most of the favorite categories and added a few choice others. Best Food Truck: Whichever one is closest to me right now. Best Waste of Public Money: I can think of a really big one in the middle of downtown. OK. That’s too obvious. Best Local Politician Who Needs a Slap Upside the Head: Where do I begin? Best Place to Stay Cool: How about freezing? Everywhere I go, I need a sweater to combat subzero air-conditioning. Am I the only person who breathes a happy sigh when I walk outside and feel my fingers and toes start to thaw? In honor of our annual readers poll, I have created a few of my own categories: Best Way to Have a Beer: With friends and coworkers at any locally owned bar, pub or restaurant to celebrate or commiserate. Particularly if the beer is local. And there needs to be food. Best Way to Avoid Traffic: We can complain all we want, but the traffic isn’t that bad here. Trust me. But another closure around the Mathews Bridge sure isn’t helping. Best Customer Service: How often do you get bad customer service and just chalk it up to “that’s the way things are these days”? Then there are the times when someone treats you with respect and kindness, and it really stands out in your mind. The folks who work at my new Starbucks on Southside Boulevard in front of The Avenues Mall are warm and friendly, as though they’ve known me my whole life. I’ve been to two different Tijuana Flats locations in the last three weeks; both of them have been impressive. And I have to give a shout-out to Patricia at Olio downtown, who recognizes me as soon as I walk in the door. If you’ve
the appearance of Cleota’s Southern American Cuisine in the old Angelo’s Italian location on University Boulevard. Owner/chef Celestia Mobley knows there’s an untapped market of hungry customers in Arlington. Here’s what I have to say to the people who keep opening awesome restaurants in San Marco, Riverside or Avondale: What are we, chopped liver? There are plenty of people with good tastebuds and good money in Arlington. I’ll tell you one other thing we have plenty of — parking (see Ron Word’s story on page 7). Best Concert to Look Forward To: Chris Isaak at The Florida Theatre on Sept. 13, with my husband. Best Way to Get Your Voice Heard: Write a letter to Folio Weekly or send us a Backpage Editorial. Seriously, I don’t want you to think that the local races in this primary election aren’t important. They are critically important. At a time when more people’s right to vote is being restricted through loss of early voting hours or lack of notice when voting rights have been restored, it’s more essential than ever for voters to participate. Read up on the candidates running in your district, make a reasoned choice and exercise your right to vote by going to the polls now for early voting, or on Tuesday, Aug. 14 for Election Day. And make your selections on our ballot. You won’t have to study up for these. Just go with your gut. By the way, here’s my favorite category from our readers poll: Best Reason to Love Northeast Florida: It’s home. Denise M. Reagan firstname.lastname@example.org twitter.com/denisereagan
Cut Expenses, Don’t Raise Taxes
Ms. Reagan, I don’t know too much about your background, but your recent piece, “A Taxing Situation” [Editor’s Note, July 24] is typical of today’s irresponsible journalism. Do you understand how budgets work? Do you understand economics? Do you understand real estate? Of course you don’t, because you’re a hack who probably found inspiration from watching “All The President’s Men” (actually you just thought Robert Redford was good-looking) during your youth and thought to yourself, “Yeah, that’s the ticket! I want to be a journalist and fight the good fight!” As a professional with 15 years of experience in the workforce, I understand that my income varies from year to year. Thus I have to budget accordingly. I am driven by conservative fiscal responsibilities, and I take inspiration from separating my wants from my needs. If I need to cut routines, expenses and overall purchases from my budget, then (like most responsible adults) I do it. No pest service — buy some Raid. No lawn service — buy a self-propelled mower. No restaurant lunches — buy and pack my own lunches. No entertainment — buy a smaller cable package. Don’t give me this fireman-policemenlibrary ploy. I’m tired of seeing police spend 50 percent of their time setting up unnecessary speed traps. I’m tired of seeing firefighters retire at 40 years old with annual paying pensions in excess of $75,000-$100,000. I’m tired of seeing people using a library as a must-have service — they’re antiquated dinosaurs that serve very little purpose in today’s society, and they’re not expensive to operate in the first place. People have to save 20 percent these days to live the dream of home ownership, and you
I’m tired of seeing people using a library as a musthave service – they’re antiquated dinosaurs that serve very little purpose in today’s society, and they’re not expensive to operate in the first place. want to tax these responsible people more to keep an excessive amount of civil servants on the payroll? Or to repave a perfectly fine road? During a weak economic period, the last thing you want to do is to hurt those who drive the economy the most by taxing them more. Do you even own a home? Take your Wikipedia-knowledge-based understanding of this market and scram!
Go back to making graphics — you’d be better suited. With all that said — good luck with your new position, I’m always behind someone looking to improve her stock. Best Regards, Tom Melba Atlantic Beach via email
On Second Thought …
In response to Ms. Reagan’s July 17 editor’s note, I sent an email which was highly critical of an inconsistency. Further, I intimated that Ms. Reagan might harbor tendencies of intolerance and/or arrogance. Since Ms. Reagan printed the text of my email verbatim in the
Since Ms. Reagan printed the text of my email verbatim in the next issue, she has, in effect, demonstrated these intimations to be baseless, premature and inappropriate. next issue, she has, in effect, demonstrated these intimations to be baseless, premature and inappropriate. Mea culpa, Ms. Reagan; I wish you well and carpe diem! Michael Diercouff Jacksonville via email
The Future of St. Johns County
While recently watching the candidate forums for the open St. Johns County Commission seats with their all-too-familiar campaign promises, I was struck by one overriding question: What do we really want from our county government and the men and women who serve as our County Commissioners? More specifically, do we want a low cost/ low service community or do we want to preserve the community we love and enjoy today, which provides an excellent quality of life while providing value for our tax dollars? Perhaps Warren Buffett said it best: “Cost is what you pay. Value is want you get.” From my perspective, “value” is exactly what the current County Commission and county administration has provided our community. In fact, St. Johns County has become the envy of much of the state with its low crime rate, excellent school system, award-winning libraries and recreation facilities, responsive emergency services, abundant natural resources, etc. In addition, the current County Commission has taken a responsible approach to managing growth, successfully promoted economic development, maintained low taxes, and made a series of difficult financial decisions to carefully guide our county through the worst economic period in its history. None of this AUGUST 7-13, 2012 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 5
A Quarter-Century of Independent Thinking in Northeast Florida Locally Owned 1987-2012 was easy to accomplish; it required a strategic multi-year plan of action as well as personal and political courage. As I step back from the campaign rhetoric coming from a group of challengers who collectively have never served a day in elective office, I am left wondering, what do we really want from our county government? Do we what a County Commission to sustain our current direction? If so, commissioners Ken Bryan and Cyndi Stevenson, and former County Commissioner Ray Quinn are individuals of high integrity with a proven record of leadership. I certainly prefer them to a group of politically inexperienced and untested individuals who provide answers (e.g., never raise taxes, abolish impact fees, privatize county services) before knowing what the real questions are and the impacts specific actions may have upon our community.
In fact, St. Johns County has become the envy of much of the state with its low crime rate, excellent school system, award-winning libraries and recreation facilities, responsive emergency services, abundant natural resources, etc. “What do we really want from county government?” is a question we are all going to have to answer for ourselves. For some, it may not be an easy question to answer, but the choices are stark and implications significant, perhaps impacting our county for generations. In my opinion, Commissioners Bryan, Stevenson and Quinn have earned trust and respect, by showing me that political courage comes from a deep commitment to serve the public interest, and that they will act in the best interests of our county under the most difficult of circumstances. Personally, I can ask nothing more of my elected officials. I hope I am as good a St. Johns County resident as they have been St. Johns County commissioners.
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Parking Space Wars
Riverside/Avondale struggles with success and the spillover of patrons into residential areas
xclusive shops, unique restaurants and funky bars have made the Riverside/Avondale area a destination for much of Northeast Florida, especially for those who want to dine, drink, party with friends and listen to music. But those living literally a stone’s throw from the action have to deal with the lack of designated parking for the hundreds of people who crowd into the bars and restaurants until closing time, parking in the nearby neighborhoods. Public urination, drunken outbursts, racing engines, honking horns, litter and blocked driveways have caused some residents to become exasperated as they see plans for even more bars and restaurants. A chart prepared by the transportation committee of Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP), shows 4,359 seats in bars and restaurants and 697 designated on-street parking places. Since Mojo No. 4 Urban BBQ Whiskey Bar opened more than a year ago, the popular restaurant and nightspot has drawn crowds to the Shoppes of Avondale area. Mojo did not have to provide any parking spaces, under existing rules designed to promote the use of historic structures. Now plans by Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers to build a new 220-seat restaurant on the site of a former gas station, café and shoe store have some residents seeing red because they believe there’s no parking left for any more bar and restaurant patrons. Behind the three retail areas in Riverside/ Avondale — the Shoppes of Avondale, the 5 Points area and the Park Avenue and King Street area — are hundreds of homes, with narrow streets and towering oaks in an area placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The nearby amenities, small-town atmosphere and diversity have brought people into the area, a quick commute to downtown Jacksonville. According to an essay, “Riverside Avondale: The Great American Neighborhood,” written by Wayne Wood, the founder of Riverside Avondale Preservation Inc., development of the former plantation land along the St. Johns River started in 1895 and accelerated after the great fire of 1901 destroyed much of downtown Jacksonville. In 1920, nearby Avondale was started by several wealthy investors. Wood wrote that the area was “a laboratory for aspiring architects and competing residential fashions.” He noted the region contains a
variety of styles, including Colonial revival, Georgian, shingle style, Queen Anne/Victorian, Tudor and bungalows. Just two years ago, the American Planning Association listed Riverside/Avondale as one the country’s 10 great neighborhoods. “The neighborhood is Jacksonville’s hidden gem,” said Paul Farmer, APA chief executive officer. Small shopping areas sprouted up among the homes and, for some, the growth of the area now has a dark side. “We are a victim of our own success,” said Alicia Grant, who has lived near the Shoppes of Avondale for more than two decades and has seen the situation worsen. “Our streets have turned into a parking lot,” she said. “They [restaurants] act as if the neighborhoods are responsible for fixing the problem, and they are not,” said Grant, who said she picks up trash, cups and beer bottles in her yard almost daily, while dealing with late-night parking, loudness and drunken behavior. She said parked cars have blocked her driveway and it’s almost impossible to have guests visit because there’s no parking. “We are invested in the neighborhood. We love the neighborhood — the shaded streets, the pretty houses, the walkable areas with lots of green space. People know their neighbors,” Grant said. “It is like a small town, and we want to keep it that way. It is a quality of life and safety issue.” Simon Keymer, a spokesman for Mellow Mushroom, said the proposed restaurant is not responsible for the existing parking woes and believes it’s being unfairly targeted. Keymer said he believes most area residents support building a Mellow Mushroom in Avondale, and he claims a vocal minority are opposed to it. Plans call for a restaurant with 220 seats, making it the smallest Mellow Mushroom in town, Keymer said. One of the buildings being razed is the former ’town restaurant, which had 82 seats, plus an estimated 26 outside, Keymer said. On its local blog, IGetMellow.com, the restaurant chain listed “Ten Great Reasons to Support Mellow Avondale,” including it being a family-friendly restaurant, providing great food, offering a gluten-free menu, creating about 55 new jobs with an annual payroll of $400,000, being sensitive to the historic neighborhood and working to minimize noise,
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litter and security issues. Mellow Mushroom is owned by Riverside/ Avondale resident John Valentino, who said he supports a parking study and wants political leadership to identify a community solution to a challenge that already existed before he planned the new restaurant site. In a June 20 letter to the Riverside Avondale Preservation Board, Valentino wrote, “We do not underestimate the parking management challenge, and we are developing strategies that will ensure that we come up with solutions that mitigate our parking impact.” But Kay Ehas, chair of the group’s Transportation Committee, which is seeking a community-wide study of parking, said there is little room in Avondale for a large restaurant such as Mellow Mushroom, which would have the most seats in the district. “It’s just out of scale for the neighborhood,” Ehas said. “It is just too big.” Once Mellow Mushroom is built, there will be 185 designated on-street parking spots for 1,055 bar and restaurant seats in the Shoppes of Avondale. The situation is even more critical in the Park Avenue and King Street part of Riverside/ Avondale, where there are 1,898 bar and restaurant seats and only 211 parking spaces, Ehas said. A similar situation exists in 5 Points, where there are 1,406 restaurant bar seats and 301 parking spaces. “We think it is causing a lot of heartache for a lot of people,” Ehas said, noting that all the retail areas back up to residential areas. Ehas and others want a study of the situation and want to solicit input from the residents. “We have to take it to the community and see what they want,” Ehas said. She would like a study to be neighborhood-driven. “The community needs to have some financial skin in the game.” Carmen Godwin, executive director of the influential Riverside Avondale Preservation organization, is trying to walk a tightrope between business interests and the surrounding neighbors. “I don’t believe you are ever going to please everybody,” Godwin said. “My main goal is that we come up with a long-term plan.” RAP was heavily involved in negotiating a compromise with Kickbacks, another restaurant and bar experiencing parking issues in another part of the Riverside/Avondale area. District 14 City Councilmember Jim Love, whose district includes these parts of Jacksonville, said when city ordinances and parking rules were first developed, city
fathers didn’t anticipate large restaurants and bars in the typically quiet spots, where most of the shops and cafés were small “mom-andpop” businesses. They were structured to encourage businesses to move into historic structures by wiping out any requirement to provide parking. In late July, the parking squeeze caused Jacksonville City Council to approve changes to the overlay for the areas to require that new restaurants or remodeled restaurants in historical structures there provide some parking — about one space for every eight seats. The new requirement will not apply to existing restaurants like Mojo No. 4 or Kickbacks. Godwin said she believes the change is a step in the right direction, but actually doesn’t create more parking spaces in the area. “Most people feel it is one piece of the puzzle,” she said. Love understands the concerns of the surrounding neighborhoods and acknowledges “it can be aggravating to some people.” He wants the city to conduct a study to find a fix for the problem. There are creative solutions to the parking issues, Love said. Some of the ideas being floated include providing valet service and parking cars at other nearby lots, installing parking meters, requiring employees to park outside the area and perhaps installing No Parking Signs for certain areas and times of day. “There are a lot of ways to solve it. You don’t want to tear down houses and build parking lots or parking garages,” Love said. “We are looking at different things,” he added. “In some ways, it’s a good problem to have,” noting that some areas of town would like their businesses to be as successful as those in Riverside and Avondale. Allan DeVault, a Jacksonville restaurateur who has run venues in Avondale, believes changes to the parking requirements will hurt the neighborhood and its economy. He said he believes some restaurant owners in the Shoppes of Avondale are trying to stifle competition. “There is a problem. There is a challenge,” said DeVault, who’s currently building a new restaurant in 5 Points next to Mossfire Grill. “The ordinance is a poor way of doing it. To me, it’s not very well thought out.” DeVault also said there should be a professional parking study done to identify ways to improve the situation. “The only way they are trying is to stifle business development when we are trying to come out of a recession,” he said. “The law is a de facto ban on new, sustainable restaurants in the neighborhood,” he wrote in a letter to the editor in The Florida Times-Union in late July. “It condemns buildings to stay derelict, developers to shelve their plans and restaurant staff to remain unemployed.”
Eat More Chicken Jacksonville’s ultra-conservative Baptist, vegetarian, bike-riding City Councilmember Don Redman broke a 35-year diet prohibition and ate meat on Aug. 1. He declared in a July 30 Facebook post that he would show his support for Chick-fil-A’s opposition to gay marriage by eating at the Tinseltown location. The comments of chicken chain president D.T. Cathy have caused a national boycott and other condemnations. For more on Redman’s post, see Folio Weekly’s Flog (bit.ly/OgemXX). Also check out our July 31 editorial, “Between a Nugget and a Hard Place” (bit.ly/T29Xs8).
Fall Into the Gap $38 million — Amount that Council Auditor Kirk Sherman estimates the city of Jacksonville budget may still be short – even after Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown made $69 million in cuts. Sherman thinks Brown may be overestimating revenue the city will receive from the state and revenue it will collect from fire inspections, according to a column by Ron Littlepage in The Florida Times-Union.
Food Trucks + Downtown = Delicious “Those of you who have followed food truck evolution in Jacksonville know what a big deal this is. We’ll be on a city-owned lot on the corner of Main & Forsyth – prime, shaded location in the center of downtown.” — The food truck Corner Taco announced in a Facebook post last week that the city of Jacksonville changed its prohibition on food trucks and invited Corner Taco to set up on a publicly owned lot. Corner Taco will be at Main and Forsyth streets every Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. On the Fly Sandwiches & Stuff also secured a downtown spot on a private lot, near the new courthouse at Jefferson and Adams streets. They’re there every Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Robotic Prowess “Their robot was really fast at grabbing the kelp. They got 10 pieces of kelp in less than 10 seconds.” — Matthew Oelke, information technology manager at the KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) Institute for Practical Robotics, explains why a robot built by Fletcher High School students was a national winner in this year’s Botball robotic competition in Honolulu. For the 2012 competition, students built robots out of Lego blocks and metal in a contest to see which team’s robot could grab pieces of a coral reef and bring them back to the starting area the fastest. Fletcher placed fourth overall, second in a double-elimination round and received a Judges’ Choice certificate for Most Effective Strategy. Watch Fletcher compete against Winchester High School in this YouTube clip (bit.ly/OjDmh8).
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Bouquets to Riverside residents Shawn Estock and Jesse Velez for caring enough about a community park to make it nicer for everyone. The pair showed up for a cleanup announced for Riverside Park on July 29. When nobody else arrived, they combed the park for litter by themselves. Brickbats to Nassau County Manager Ted Selby for asking Nassau County Commissioners to strike down a prohibition on relatives working in the same county department or supervising one another. The nepotism policy that the county implemented three years ago keeps favoritism in check by prohibiting relatives from working together. Selby said the county would put controls in place to prevent employees from crossing legal and ethical lines. But thatâ€™s not enough; when a co-worker is related to the boss, he or she will be treated differently than other employees and that damages the morale of the other employees. Bouquets to Jacksonville artist Traci Kovach and more than two dozen local artists, teachers and community members for spending a recent Saturday painting at Andrew Robinson Elementary School in Springfield. Kovach, an alum, paid for the project and recruited volunteers. The graffiti-styled murals on three buildings connect to the magnet schoolâ€™s focus on science, engineering and mathematics.
Jacksonville Farmerâ€™s Market, Beaver Street, July 13
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Weenie Dog Week HEY GUYS! I’m taking Shark Week off, so here’s last year’s Shark Week column with updated Shark Week details. Enjoy your Shark Week!
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ook, I have nothing against Shark Week. This annual weeklong tribute to those finny, ass-chomping murderers of the deep is as anticipated in the Humpy household as Christmas, Easter and all those other holidays. HOWEVER! The Discovery Channel could devote the occasional week to a far more frightening animal: the weenie dog. DON’T YOU DARE LAUGH AT MY PHOBIA!! The weenie dog is, statistically speaking, far more dangerous, and here’s my three-pronged proof: Proof One! Unless you’re that jerk Aquaman, how much time do you spend in the ocean? 20 minutes a year tops? Comparatively, how many times a year do you pass a weenie dog? Maybe 125? Therefore, your ankle’s chances of being mauled by a weenie dog are 125 times greater than by an attack from a shark. (Note: The previous statistic is not necessarily scientifically sound.) Proof Two! Weenie dogs are the worst. Weenie dogs are ugly, misshapen, unnecessarily angry and racist. YES, RACIST!! Because of their German descent, they despise everyone but themselves. There’s only one weenie dog race I love — when 20 weenie dogs race each other around a horse track. It’s HILARIOUS!! (Racists racing are always funny. I can still hate them, though.) Proof Three! Weenie dogs are clinically insane. Are sharks insane? NO. When they take a bite out of a seal, surfer or sex-crazed teenager, it’s usually because they’re starving to death. Conversely, the reason weenie dogs take a bite out of people’s ankles is for one of these reasons: (1) Weenie Dog God told them to. (2) The person’s ankle reminds them of a dogbone. (3) They believe their teeth are miniature diamond-encrusted robots that will teleport them to weenie dog heaven if constantly coated in human blood. In short, WEENIE DOGS ARE BATCRAP CRAZY!! That being said, Discovery Channel does not have a “Weenie Dog Week,” it has a “Shark Week” — so we’ll just have to be satisfied with a week devoted to a less frightening, less violently bonkers animal. Some highlights: “Air Jaws Apocalypse” (Sunday, Aug. 12, 9 p.m.) You thought last year’s Ultimate Air Jaws was apocalyptic? Check out this one, in which documentary filmmakers swim with the airhopping Great Whites. Yikes. “Sharkzilla” (Monday, Aug. 13, 10 p.m.) Designers and scientists unite to recreate and build the ancient monster shark Megalodon — this actual working giganto-shark will then surely escape, and start chomping on anything that floats by. “How Jaws Changed the World” (Tuesday, Aug. 14, 9 p.m.) A documentary about how Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” not only led to a wholesale slaughter of sharks, but ultimately their conservation. We know the rest of the
story … their brains grew to three times their normal size, they learned how to use guns and Facebook, and they took over the Earth. And ate it. (Or something like that.)
TUESDAY, AUGUST 7 10:00 ANI DRUG KINGPIN HIPPOS It’s about drug lord Pablo Escobar’s private zoo, but I’d watch anything with that title.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8 10:00 TLC HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO Debut! Tonight Honey Boo Boo and her family plot the end of life on Earth and eat opossum. 11:00 NBC GO ON Debut! Friends’ Matthew Perry plays a jerk sportscaster — but really, is there any other kind?
THURSDAY, AUGUST 9 9:00 ABC WIPEOUT A special “hillbilly wipeout” edition, which means super-duper extra hilarity! Midnight TOON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Season premiere! The absolutely excellent comedy series returns … with Jon Hamm as the hospital’s founder?!
FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 10:00 IFC COMEDY BANG! BANG! Season finale! Guest starring “Weird Al” Yankovic and his comic Hawaiian shirt.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 10:00 COM JEFF ROSS ROASTS AMERICA The funny comedian in a stand-up special. Prepare to be insulted. 10:00 BBCA THE NERDIST It’s a tribute to “nerd girls” — without whom there would never be nerd babies.
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FEATURING WHY ALL THE SUSHI? 20 NAME THAT RESTAURANT QUIZ 30 VEGETARIANS AND MEAT-EATERS, UNITE! 38
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BARBECUE & STEAKHOUSES 15
GLOBAL & INTERNATIONAL 31
REGIONAL CUISINE 50
BRITISH & IRISH 16
GREEK, MEDITERRANEAN & MIDDLE EASTERN 34
CAFÉS, DELIS & SANDWICH SPOTS 18 CASUAL SPOTS & JOINTS 23 CHINESE 27 COFFEEHOUSES 27
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HOME COOKIN’ 35 INDIAN 36 ITALIAN 36 JAPANESE 40
MEXICAN, CUBAN, CARIBBEAN & SPANISH 42
ECLECTIC & UPSCALE 28
NEIGHBORHOOD HANGOUTS 46
SPECIALTY RESTAURANTS & MARKETS 55 SPORTS BARS, WINGS & OYSTERS 55 SWEET SPOTS 57 THAI & VIETNAMESE 58 VEGETARIAN & RAW 59 WINE, MARTINI & CIGAR BARS 59
BARBECUE & STEAKHOUSES BONO’S PIT BAR-B-Q 12620 Bartram Park Blvd., Mandarin, 652-2989 2420 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine, 794-9424 4907 Beach Blvd., San Marco, 398-4248 10065 Skinner Lake Dr., Tinseltown, 998-1997 9820 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 268-2666 3303 San Pablo Rd. S., Intracoastal, 223-1391 8011 Merrill Rd., Ste. 23, Arlington, 743-3727 5229 Jammes Rd., Westside, 772-0050 1266 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 249-8704 5711 Bowden Rd., Southpoint, 448-5395 705 S. Lane Ave., Westside, 783-1404 10645 Philips Hwy., Southside, 886-2801 100 Bartram Oaks Walk, Fruit Cove, 287-7710 5903 Norwood Ave., Northside, 765-1817 1765 Town Center Blvd., Eagle Harbor, 269-8870
This locally-owned-and-operated steakhouse is a favorite among Northsiders, serving choice steaks from the signature broiler. The menu includes seafood, pasta dishes and Millhouse gorgonzola, plus homemade desserts. A full bar and a kids’ menu are available. Live acoustic music is presented on Tue. and Fri. Open for dinner nightly.
MOJO BAR-B-QUE 1607 University Blvd. W., Lakewood, 732-7200 MOJO KITCHEN BBQ PIT & BLUES BAR 1500 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 247-6636 MOJO SMOKEHOUSE 1810 Town Center Blvd., Ste. 8, Fleming Island, 264-0636 MOJO NO. 4 URBAN BBQ & WHISKEY BAR 3572 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 381-6670 MOJO OLD CITY BBQ 5 Cordova St., St. Augustine, 342-5264
Bono’s has slow-cooked meats and served them with tangy sauces for more than 60 years. Folio Weekly readers have repeatedly picked Bono’s as their favorite barbecue joint in our annual Best of Jax poll, with baby back ribs, barbecue salad and chicken breast sandwiches among the favorites. A kids’ menu is available. Open daily.
This funky Southern blues kitchen offers pulled pork and Carolina-style barbecue along with chicken-fried steak and Delta fried catfish. A kids’ menu and carry-out are available, along with a full bottled beer selection. Avondale’s Mojo No. 4 also offers hummus, shrimp and grits, and specialty cocktails. The brand-new Old City Mojo offers outdoor dining on two patios. And like the Jax Beach Mojo, they both feature live national and local blues acts and a full bar. A Best of Jax 2011 winner for Best Barbecue. Open daily.
COTTEN’S BAR-B-QUE 2048 Rogero Rd., Arlington, 743-1233
MONROE’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ 4838 Highway Ave., Westside, 389-5551
Fred Cotten Jr. has been offering his pit-cooked barbecue for more than 25 years. All the sauces are made in-house from original recipes. Cotten’s, which features moderately priced items in a casual atmosphere, serves beer and wine. A kids’ selection and take-out are available. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.
Monroe’s smoked meats include wings, pulled pork, brisket, turkey and ribs. Homestyle sides include green beans, baked beans, red cole slaw and collards. Beer and wine are served, and a kids’ menu is available. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. (Check out Monroe’s on-the-go food truck on Facebook and Twitter.)
CROSS CREEK 850 S. Lane Ave., Westside, 783-9579
OMAHA STEAKHOUSE BITE CLUB CERTIFIED! 9300 Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows, 739-6633
This steakhouse offers signature dishes like cheesy Creek chicken, Ocala sirloin and baby back ribs. A kids’ menu and take-out are available, and a full bar is served. Open daily.
ESPETO BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSE 4000 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 40, Avondale, 388-4884 Called a churrascaria (Portuguese for steakhouse), this Brazilian steakhouse features gauchos who carve the meat onto your plate from their serving tables. A full bar is served. Open for dinner Tue.-Sun.; closed Mon.
HARMONIOUS MONKS 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 30, Mandarin, 880-3040 The American-style steakhouse features a 9-ounce choice Angus center-cut filet topped with gorgonzola shiitake mushroom cream sauce, 8-ounce gourmet burgers, fall-offthe-bone ribs, wraps and sandwiches. And there’s karaoke every Mon.-Thur., with Dennis Klee & the World’s Most Talented Waitstaff performing every Fri. & Sat. A full bar is served. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.
JACK’S BBQ 691 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 460-8100 This low-slung building has lured regulars and locals for more than six decades. Part of Jack’s appeal is the old-fashioned pit barbecue, but the place has been updated with a Tiki bar, a large wooden deck, a new band performance space and even a small swimming pool. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Live entertainment is featured Fri., Sat. and Sun.
JACKSONVILLE GOLD CLUB 320 Gen. Doolittle Dr., Regency, 645-5500 Gold Club offers daily lunch and dinner specials, as well as free happy hour buffets on Thur. and Fri. A full bar is served. Open daily.
With an English tavern atmosphere, this Embassy Suites Hotel restaurant offers center-cut beef, fresh seafood and sandwiches. The signature 16-ounce bone-in ribeye is popular, and desserts include crème brûlée. A full bar is served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 1201 Riverplace Blvd., Jacksonville Crowne Plaza, Southbank, 396-6200 814 A1A, Ste. 103, Ponte Vedra Beach, 285-0014 A consistent Best of Jax winner for Best Steaks, Ruth’s Chris serves Midwestern custom-aged U.S. prime beef, cooked in 1,800-degree broilers. Fresh seafood and live Maine lobster are also on the menu. A full bar is served with an extensive selection of wines. Reservations suggested; open nightly.
SHANE’S RIB SHACK 13546 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1, Intracoastal, 992-0130 Originating in Georgia, Shane’s has expanded all over the U.S., including here in J-ville. Burgers, pork, racks of ribs, chicken tenders and wings are served along with beans, fried okra, corn on the cob, collards and Brunswick stew. A kids’ selection is offered. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
SMOKIN’ D’S BBQ 110 S.R. 206 E., St. Augustine, 797-2050 Their motto — “We’re open if it’s smokin’” — pretty much says it all. Ultra-casual, no credit cards, no alcohol, no delivery. But there is take-out — and outside seating on tree stumps. The Beach Basket, filled with three kinds of barbecued beans, is topped with a giant pile of your choice of beef brisket, turkey or pork. Open daily “until the food runs out.”
For more than 55 years, Jenkins Quality Barbecue has served some of the best down-home barbecue around. Slather flavorful sauce on a whole smoky chicken or a basket of crinkle-cut French fries. All three places have a drive-thru for convenient take-out. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
SONNY’S REAL PIT BAR-B-Q 12485 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 288-7928 4434 Blanding Blvd., Westside, 777-0730 1923 S. Lane Ave., Westside, 786-0081 2742 S. Eighth St., Fernandina Beach, 261-6632 1976 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 272-4606 12719 Atlantic Blvd., Intracoastal, 220-9499 10840 Harts Rd., Northside, 751-4225 5097 University Blvd. W., Southside, 737-4906 1720 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine, 824-3220 2720 S.R. 16, St. Augustine, 824-3315 425 N. S.R. 19, Palatka, (386) 328-4655
MILLHOUSE STEAKHOUSE 1341 Airport Rd., Northside, 741-8722
For more than 30 years, Sonny’s has been a Northeast Florida favorite. The beef, pork, chicken and ribs are cooked in a wood-fired pit, and sides include Vidalia onion rings,
JENKINS QUALITY BARBECUE 2025 Emerson St., Southside, 346-3770 830 N. Pearl St., Downtown, 353-6388 5945 New Kings Rd., Northside, 765-8515
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corn nuggets, potato salad, barbecue beans and coleslaw. All-you-can-eat specials daily. Take-out is available. Beer is served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
STICKY FINGERS 8129 Point Meadows Way, Baymeadows, 493-7427 13150 City Station Dr., River City Marketplace, 309-7427
110 S.R. 19, Palatka, (386) 385-3234 Woody’s Bar-B-Q features barbecue plates, barbecue salads and the popular pulled pork sandwiches. Along with lunch and dinner specials, there are several all-you-can-eat specials. A kids’ menu is available, and a seniors’ discount is offered at some locations. Beer and wine are served. Open daily.
A true Memphis-style rib house, Sticky Fingers slowsmokes meats over aged hickory wood. The menu includes ribs, barbecue and rotisserie-smoked chicken. Dine indoors or out on the screened patio. Happy hour is featured weekdays. Open daily.
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TANK’S FAMILY BAR-B-Q 11701 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 23, Mandarin, 351-8265 Owned and operated by the Tankersley family, this place offers made-from-scratch Southern-style fare, featuring their own sauces. A kids’ menu is available. Beer and wine are served. Open for lunch and dinner, Mon.-Sat.
TEXAS ROADHOUSE 550 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, 213-1000 Texas Roadhouse specializes in steaks, ribs, seafood and chops. The atmosphere’s casual and family-friendly. Daily specials are featured, and the full-service bar offers a daily happy hour, ice-cold beer and legendary margaritas. Open for dinner Mon.-Wed., for lunch and dinner Thur.-Sun.
III FORKS PRIME STEAKHOUSE 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Tinseltown, 928-9277 III Forks offers a contemporary evolution of the classic steakhouse, updated and stylish with a savvy menu featuring USDA prime beef, seafood, distinctive wine and local favorites. A full bar is served and more than 1,500 wines are available. A kids’ menu is available. Dine indoors or out on the patio. Open for dinner Mon.-Sat.
TOMBO’S BACKPORCH BARBECUE 8929 Philips Hwy., Southside, 363-0990 Tombo’s bright yellow awning says “BBQ!” and the menu doesn’t disappoint. Tombo’s offers low-fat dishes, like barbecue salad, and a full breakfast menu, and the restaurant will also smoke your hogs, hams, deer and turkeys when you bring ’em in. Open for breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat.
WOODY’S BAR-B-Q 5930 Powers Ave., Lakewood, 739-7427 8221 Southside Blvd., Southside, 265-0066 1638 University Blvd. S., Southside, 721-8836 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 46, Mandarin, 262-3955 950 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 1, Orange Park, 272-1419 226 Solana Rd., Ste. 1, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-8999 135 Jenkins St., Ste. 106, St. Augustine, 819-8880 474323 S.R. 200, Fernandina, 206-4046 1482 S. Sixth St., Macclenny, 259-5800 16 | FOLIO WEEKLY | AUGUST 7-13, 2012
ANN O’MALLEY’S DELI & PUB 23 Orange St., St. Augustine, 825-4040 Located across from the Old City Gates, Ann O’Malley’s serves a casual menu of soups, salads and sandwiches — favorites include the Reuben and the chicken salad — with familiar, friendly service. Dine indoors or out on the porch. Beer and wine are served, with Irish beers on tap. Open mic is held every Tue., and there’s live music on weekends. Open daily.
BARLEY REPUBLIC IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE 48 Spanish St., St. Augustine, 547-2023 This new Irish bar and pub in downtown’s historic district offers burgers, sandwiches, shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash. Beer and wine are served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
THE BRITISH PUB 213 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 810-5111 This traditional British pub offers darts and serves ale, beer and wine, as well as traditional meat pies, Cornish pasties and sausage rolls. Varieties of authentic British food and candies are sold at the shop within. Open nightly.
CULHANE’S IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE BITE CLUB CERTIFIED! 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595
An upscale Irish pub and restaurant owned and managed by four sisters from County Limerick, Ireland, Culhane’s menu includes favorites like shepherd’s pie and corned beef, but their gastropub menu takes customers to new culinary heights, offering the likes of Guinness stew, Dingle fish pie and lamb sliders. The Irish hospitality is service with a smile. Open Tue.-Sun.; brunch is held every Sun., featuring live Irish music.
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DONOVAN’S IRISH PUB 7440 U.S. 1 N., Ste. 108, Palencia, St. Augustine, 829-0000
full bar, and 50 imported and domestic draft beers on tap. Live entertainment is featured every evening. Open daily.
Donovan’s features a mix of classic Irish entrées and traditional American dinners, as well as appetizers and “pub grub.” Irish beers and whiskeys are served along with a full bar. A kids’ menu is available. Six HDTVs and Wii are available. Open daily.
MULLIGAN’S PUB 45 PGA Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-1661
FIONN MACCOOL’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT 410 N. Third St., Jax Beach, 242-9499 The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 176, Downtown, 374-1547
O’BROTHERS IRISH PUB 1521 Margaret St., Riverside, 854-9300
This pub — one newly relocated in Jax Beach, with a new chef; the other open at The Landing — offers casual dining with an uptown Irish atmosphere, serving fish and chips, Guinness lamb stew and black-and-tan brownies. Live music is featured daily. A full bar is served. A kids’ menu and take-out are available. Open daily.
FLY’S TIE IRISH PUB 177 Sailfish Dr. E., Atlantic Beach, 246-4293 If Rachel Allen and Johnny Cash had a baby and he grew up to be a chef, this would be his menu: variations on corned beef hash, black and white puddings, bangers and mash. A full bar is served, and take-out is available. The kitchen is open Thur.-Sat. for dinner, Sat. for lunch, Sun. for brunch.
KING’S HEAD BRITISH PUB 6460 U.S. 1 N., St. Augustine, 823-9787 Owner Ann Dyke and her staff serve British draught beers and cider in 20-ounce Imperial pints — as well as a full bar — in an authentic pub setting. A repeat Best of Jax winner for Best Neighborhood Bar, King’s Head serves Cornish pasties, and fish and chips. Open for lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun. A kids’ menu is available. Located north of the St. Augustine airport on U.S. 1. Look for the red doubledecker bus out front.
LYNCH’S IRISH PUB 514 N. First St., Jax Beach, 249-5181 Lynch’s fresh “green” menu includes corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, and fish and chips. There’s also a
The new Irish pub, at the Hilton Garden Inn, offers a variety of favorites and Irish dishes. A full bar is served, including Guinness. Open for dinner daily.
The restaurant features traditional Irish fare like shepherd’s pie with Stilton crust, Guinness mac and cheese and, of course, fish and chips. A full bar — with plenty of beers and ales — is served. Outdoor patio dining, a kids’ menu and take-out are available. Open for lunch Tue.-Sun., for dinner nightly.
O’KANE’S IRISH PUB 318 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, 261-1000 O’Kane’s offers a large selection of draft and imported beers. Located in the rear of a historic 19th century building, the eatery offers fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage and certified Angus beef. Open daily.
SHANNON’S IRISH PUB 111 Bartram Oaks Walk, Julington, 230-9670 Tried-and-true dishes from the Emerald Isle — bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage — are served alongside pork and beef entrees. A kids’ menu and take-out are available, and a full bar is served, with a daily happy hour. Live music is presented Fri. and Sat., and trivia’s on Wed. Open for lunch Wed.-Sun., for dinner nightly.
TILTED KILT PUB & EATERY 9720 Deer Lake Court, Tinseltown, 379-8612 The latest installment in restaurants whose specialty is hot waitresses (their tagline is “the best-looking sports pub you’ve ever seen”), this Jacksonville haunt offers 40 big-screen TVs, pub fare — including wings, salmon and shepherd’s pie — and a full bar. And did we mention cute girls in kilts? Open daily for lunch, dinner and late night.
Coco’s Steak and Seafood serves a combo of Caribbean and American specialties, including the ever-popular fish ‘n’ chips with house salad, in its cheery digs on C.R. 13 in St. Johns.
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ADAMS STREET DELI & GRILL 126 W. Adams St., Downtown, 475-1400 The lunch spot serves wraps, including grilled chicken, and salads, including Greek salad. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri.
THE AMERICAN CAFÉ The Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 201, 2 Independent Dr., 353-4503
wings and fajitas to sirloin steak and wraps. A full bar with a daily happy hour is offered. Dine indoors or out on the patio, where there’s a smoker-friendly patio bar. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Kids eat free on Sun.
CAFÉ DU MARCHÉ 11700 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 18, Mandarin, 886-6999 Café Du Marché offers a sophisticated menu of original recipes, including homemade breads and desserts. A kids’ menu and take-out are available. Open for breakfast and lunch daily.
CAFÉ ELEVEN 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 460-9311
The café’s specialties include ribs and fresh fish, but the chicken potpie is a customer favorite, and French bread comes with every entrée. The full bar serves an 18-ounce margarita all day, every day, and there’s a happy hour Mon.Fri. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
Back under its original ownership, this former convenience store serves coffee drinks, vegetarian meals and meaty Southern comfort dishes. At night, it features some of the best bands in indie rock. Just a block from the beach, Café Eleven serves breakfast (brunch on weekends), lunch daily and beer and wine.
ANCIENT CITY SUBS 8060 Philips Hwy., Ste. 207, Baymeadows, 446-9988
CAFÉ EXPRESS 1706 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, 724-3997
Locally owned and operated by Andy and Rhonna Rockwell, this St. Augustine-themed sandwich shop, newly relocated to Philips Highway, serves gourmet subs — toasted, pressed or cold — and salads. Ancient City offers a kids’ menu and takeout. Open Mon.-Sat.
This cozy café offers hot and cold sandwiches as well as breakfast dishes. The homemade potato chips are a specialty. Dine in or take out. Open for breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat.
ARDEN’S KAFÉ & KATERING 8299 W. Beaver St., Northside, 781-7733 1650 Hamilton St., Ste. 4, Ortega, 384-4144 From gourmet to Cajun, Chef Arden deSaussure can create it, using fresh ingredients, including local seafood, veggies and meats. Arden’s in Ortega is open for lunch Sun.-Fri.; on the Northside, Arden’s serves lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun.
THE ATRIUM CAFÉ 1 Independent Dr., Ste. 100, Jacksonville, 634-1811
CAFÉ KARIBO 27 N. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 277-5269 Housed in a historic building in downtown Fernandina, family-owned Café Karibo serves eclectic cuisine, including homemade veggie burgers, fresh seafood, unique salads and made from scratch desserts. Kids menu and take-out are available, and meals are served inside or out under the oak-shaded patio. The Karibrew Pub offers beer brewed on site, imports and a full bar. Open for lunch on Mon., lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Live music is performed every Fri.-Sun.
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BAGEL WORLD 2202 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 246-9988 This cozy little place offers a breakfast special (eggs, ham and cheese) and a variety of coffees and juices. Open for breakfast and lunch daily.
BAYARD CAFE 12525 Philips Hwy., Ste. 201, Bayard, 551-3026 This casual, family-owned restaurant serves homemadestyle breakfast all day as well as soups and daily specials. And the café now offers desserts, lattes and espressos. A kids’ selection and take-out are available. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
THE BISTRO AT CULINARY OUTFITTERS 9 S. Dixie Hwy., St. Augustine, 829-2727 The Bistro is where locals lunch on crab cakes, chicken burritos, hamburgers, wraps, salads and soups, each dish made with fresh ingredients. Beer and wine are served, and take-out is available. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri.
BLUE BOY SANDWICH SHOP © 2012 FolioWeekly 5535 Ft. Caroline Rd., Arlington, 743-3515 6514 Norwood Ave., Northside, 768-9791 Blue Boy has been serving breakfast and hot and cold sandwiches since 1972. Breads are made on site, as well as subs, camels, salads and desserts. Take-out available. The Arlington location serves beer and wine. Open Mon.-Sat.
BONGIORNO’S PHILLY STEAK SHOP 2294 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, 246-3278 Jeff and Deanna Bongiorno of South Philly have brought the Northeast to Jax — the Amoroso rolls are flown in from Philly and the chipped ribeye comes from South Jersey. Sandwich choices, wraps, burgers and dogs. Beer and wine and a kids’ menu are offered. Open for lunch and dinner.
BRIGHT MORNINGS 105 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 491-1771 This small café is hidden behind Amelia SanJon Gallery. With indoor and outdoor dining, the café is open for breakfast and lunch daily; closed Wed.
BUFFALO’S SOUTHWESTERN CAFÉ 6055 Youngerman Cir., Westside, 778-1101 Southwestern-American cuisine is Buffalo’s niche, from
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CAFÉ NOLA AT MOCAJAX 333 N. Laura St., Downtown, 366-6911 Located on the first floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Cafe Nola serves shrimp and grits, gourmet sandwiches, fresh fish tacos and homemade desserts, along with a full bar. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri., for dinner Thur.
CURRENTS LOUNGE 225 E. Coastline Dr., Northbank, 588-1234 Located in the main lobby of the Hyatt Regency Riverfront, Currents offers appetizers, café cuisine, a full bar, specialty desserts, wireless Internet access and plasma TVs. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
DIANE’S NEW DAWN MARKET 110 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 824-1337 The lunch counter inside this health food store serves everything made-to-order using organic ingredients. Sandwiches include avocado, peanut butter with honey, falafel, hummus, tofu salad and a veggie burger. Smoothies and fresh juices are also available. Open for lunch Mon.-Sat.
EINSTEIN BROS. BAGELS 225 E. Coastline Dr., Downtown, 634-4579 1661 Riverside Blvd., Ste. 130, Riverside, 354-0991 2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville University, 256-7539 With more than 25 varieties of fresh-baked-in-store bagels, Einstein Bros. has breakfast covered. Throw in some egg sandwiches, paninis and wraps, and you’re done. And lunch offers healthful cold sandwiches, melts, soups and salads. Coffees, smoothies and sweet treats complete the menu. The Hyatt Regency downtown location is open for breakfast and lunch daily; JU’s store is open Mon.-Fri.
ELIZABETH’S CAFÉ 1500 Sawgrass Village Dr., Ponte Vedra, 543-7677 Serving a full breakfast menu and lunch items, Elizabeth’s Café in Sawgrass Village specializes in scrambled eggs with Nova Scotia salmon and onions, deli-style sandwiches and espresso drinks. Outside dining is available. Open daily.
EVERGREEN CAFÉ 3837 Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows, 636-9040 This upscale café serves savory and sweet crepes made with fresh ingredients, as well as subs, paninis and European-style cakes. Beer and wine are served, and takeout is available. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.
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acksonville is crazy for sushi, or sushi is crazy for Jacksonville. The city may not be able to boast the most sushi restaurants per capita in the country (both Baton Rouge and Pleasanton, Calif., make that claim), but in the 800 square miles of Jacksonville, there are at least 85 restaurants serving the Japanese delicacy. If sushi spots were spread out on a grid, every single one of the city’s 871,000 people would always be within 10 miles of a Crazy Roll. A Google Earth search for “sushi” near Jacksonville produces a map marked with circles of sushi concentrations. Restaurants are strung from Avondale to San Marco in a shape resembling a shrimp. They are heaped along Southside Boulevard, Tinseltown and St. Johns Town Center like mounds of salmon roe. And along Jacksonville Beach south to Ponte Vedra, they resemble the strand of the nori seaweed This is a copyright protected proof eye-pleasing © used to wrap sushi into colorful, packages of flavor. First, some sushi history. For decades after Japanese businessman decided in the 1960s advertising representative at 260-9770. aRUN DATE: 080712 to base a Los Angeles restaurant on “the East AT 268-3655 Asian food that most disgusted white people,” sushi was adventure eating. It was Produced by eating ed Checked by Sales Rep dba taste PPORT ASK FOR ACTION shared by cultural outliers. Remember Claire’s bento box of sushi in the ’80s classic “The Breakfast Club”? The other kids gagged. As sushi began mainstreaming into American culture, it spread from the major cities throughout the Midwest and into bastions of the Old South like Jacksonville. Today, sushi is the fast food of a generation. Kids might complain about eating their veggies, but many will scarf up little bundles of raw salmon and rice. Even Wal-mart sells it. Sakana Restaurant & Blue Bar in Jax Beach named one of its selections the Bubba Roll. What’s more blue-collar than that? Trevor Corson, author of “The Story of Sushi: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice,” compares the design of a sushi roll to the creation of a Zen garden. Maybe that’s the key to sushi’s proliferation: We’re just looking for a little Zen in our lives. Sushi has helped change our diet, but we’ve also changed sushi. From the invention of the California Roll by an L.A. chef who • Lobster Corn • Sweet Tea Brined • Coffee and substituted avocado for tuna belly in the late Dogs with Spicy Delkat Farm Doughnuts ’70s, sushi chefs in the U.S. have added new Horseradish Pork Chop on Glazed Doughnut layers of tastes and textures. They deep-fry Ketchup Spiked Macaroni Gratin Bread Pudding it, smother it in sauces and create completely with Ketel One with Warm With Mocha Ice Vodka Blackberry-Ginger Cream and vegetarian versions. Sumo Sushi in Riverside Preserves Butterscotch serves a sweet potato roll with cream cheese reminiscent of sweet potato pie. Cream cheese is rolled with tuna and mayonnaise with shrimp; some rolls contain the nonspecific ingredient “crunchy.” Sushi has become so American, you can even get it supersized. Instead of bite-sized pieces, some rolls are so big, one will barely fit into the mouth. The pieces are so heavy that gripping them with chopsticks and transferring to your mouth is an acrobatic feat. The cross-cultural influence isn’t found only in the food. The menus of Northeast Florida’s sushi restaurants read like pop culture textbooks. Sushi Café serves a BMW roll, named after a luxury car. Sumo Sushi serves the Victoria Secrete roll (yes, it’s spelled like
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FLY BY CAFÉ 4900 U.S. 1 N., St. Augustine, 824-3494 Located at St. Johns County airport, Fly By features signature soups, specialty burgers and chicken sandwiches. A kids’ menu, and beer and wine are available. Open daily.
GALLERY CAFE 1974 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine, 825-9944 This cozy spot offers creative sandwiches, salads, soups, organic fair-trade coffees, fresh pastries and New York-style bagels. Free WiFi and take-out available. Open for breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. and dinner Wed.-Sat.
HEALTHY BAGEL 1500 University Blvd. W., Lakewood, 730-3322 Healthy Bagel serves 20 varieties of fresh-baked bagels and 13 varieties of bagel sandwiches, including cashew chicken, cranberry turkey and Reubens. Smoothies and espresso are served. A 2011 Best of Jax winner for Best Bagel. Open daily.
HOT SHOT BAKERY & CAFE 8 Granada St., St. Augustine, 824-7898 Freshly baked items, coffees and hand-crafted breakfast and lunch sandwiches are featured at this new place, as well as Datil B. Good hot sauces and pepper products. Open for breakfast and lunch daily.
2230 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 246-7585 FolioWeekly 4375 Southside Blvd., Ste. 15, Southside, 620-0707 Jason’s Deli serves fresh, thick deli sandwiches along with soups, salads and super spuds. The signature sandwich is a New Orleans-style muffalatta sandwich. There’s also a salad bar with more than 33 choices and free ice cream. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS 4261 Roosevelt Blvd. Jacksonville, 387-0007 Don’t let the Yankee-centric name turn you away. Jersey Mike’s, known for its fresh-cut subs, offers both hot and cold choices, including Philly, meatball and cheese, turkey breast and provolone, roast beef, and a veggie sub. Wraps and salads, too. A kids’ selection is offered, and take-out is available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
JIMMY JOHN’S GOURMET SANDWICHES 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 19, Tinseltown, 642-8188 11702 Beach Blvd., Intracoastal, 642-8288 1725 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, 400-7827 7159 Philips Hwy., Southside, 400-6199 22 | FOLIO WEEKLY | AUGUST 7-13, 2012
363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 246-2033 630 Park St., Riverside, 400-6688 Wildly popular in college towns, Jimmy John’s has been serving gourmet subs and sandwiches since 1983, using fresh breads, meats and cheeses in tandem with lettuce, tomatoes and dressings to produce damn good subs. Totally Tuna, J.J.B.L.T. and Club Lulu are among the choices. Open daily.
JULIE’S CAFE 5100 Sunbeam Rd., Ste. 4, Jacksonville, 268-8121 This family-owned café serves American and Middle Eastern dishes. Dine indoors or outside. A kids’ menu and take-out are available. Open for breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri.
KELLEY’S COURTYARD CAFÉ 19 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 432-8213 In the heart of Fernandina’s historic district, Kelley’s Café serves sandwiches, wraps, soups and salads, along with fried green tomatoes. A full dinner menu is also featured. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.
KITCHEN KETTLE DELI 4251 Lenox Ave., Ste. 7, Westside, 387-8400 Relocated and sporting Western-themed décor, Kitchen Kettle Deli is a small, family-owned business serving homemade favorites. Chef Kim Wright serves daily specials including chicken, burgers and potato salad. Take-out is available. Open for breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri.
LET’S NOSH 10950 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 683-8346 This authentic Jewish deli offers a full breakfast, lunch and brunch as well as a full-service deli counter featuring Vienna Beef meats. The Reuben here is awesome. Real New York water bagels, bread baked on site and desserts are also featured. A kids’ menu and take-out are available. Open daily.
LITTLE JOE’S CAFÉ 245 Riverside Ave., Ste. 195, Riverside, 791-3336 This bright, riverview café inside the St. Joe Building serves breakfast and lunch in a casual atmosphere. Fresh soups, salads and signature salad dressings round out the New York-style deli experience. Open Mon.-Fri.
MARCHÉ BURETTE 6800 First Coast Hwy., Amelia Island, 491-4834 This old-fashioned gourmet food market and deli, in The Spa & Shops at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, offers a continental breakfast and a lunch that features wood-oven fired gourmet pizzas. A kids’ menu and beer and wine are available. Open daily.
OLIO MARKET 301 E. Bay St., Downtown, 356-7100 A new favorite on the downtown dining scene, Olio serves made-from-scratch soups, salads and sandwiches, along
with beer and wine. They even cure their own bacon and pickle their own pickles. Take-out is available. Open for breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri.
Jacksonville for more than 40 years, serving a full breakfast — from pitas to country plates — and an extensive lunch menu. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.
PANERA BREAD 9810 Baymeadows Rd., Southside, 645-5747 4720 Town Crossing Dr., St. Johns Town Center, 807-9103 13820 Old St. Augustine Rd., Mandarin, 262-1732 13740 Beach Blvd., Southside, 821-8211 11111 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 268-3366 9301 Atlantic Blvd., Arlington, 722-2725 12959 Atlantic Blvd., Intracoastal, 221-1300 2104 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 246-6688 4403 Roosevelt Blvd., Ste. 3, Jacksonville, 387-1727 8635 Blanding Blvd., Westside, 778-4141 13271 City Station Dr., Northside, 714-6488 1510 C.R. 220, Ste. 1182, Orange Park, 215-9056 9570 Crosshill Blvd., Ste. 106, Argyle, 771-7191 600 Tingle Ct., St. Augustine, 417-9926
SOUP’S ON JACKSONVILLE 1526 King St., Riverside, 387-9394 645 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 387-9394
Voted Best Soup in 2011 by our readers, Panera features a variety of fresh-baked goods. Artisan breads, panini sandwiches, espresso drinks and thick iced coffees are also on the menu. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
PINEGROVE MEAT MARKET & DELI 1511 Pine Grove Ave., Avondale, 389-8655 Pinegrove offers Cuban sandwiches and homemade chicken salad from inside the meat market, which also sells USDA choice prime aged beef cut to order. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.
THE PITA PIT 1810 Town Center Blvd., Ste. 5, Fleming Island, 579-4930 500 Third St. N., Jax Beach, 685-4567 This upbeat restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner all day. All of the fresh ingredients are available in a pita or a salad. All-natural smoothies are also served, and free delivery is available on Fleming Island. Open daily; very late night Thur.-Sat., midnight Mon.-Wed.
PLAYER’S CAFÉ 262 Solana Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 273-5595 Owners Don and Terri Stanton run a family-friendly restaurant with a golf theme and a “wall of fame.” (Ask Don how you can get your portrait up on the wall.) The varied menu includes a fresh grouper sub, Cuban sandwiches and Philly cheesesteaks. Open for breakfast (served all day) and lunch daily.
RUSS-DOE’S SANDWICH SHOP 1745 E. Church St., Downtown, 353-9065 This Talleyrand sandwich shop offers breakfast items, as well as classic American lunch fare, including PB&J, egg salad and pimento cheese sandwiches. Dine outside at picnic tables on the decks. Open for breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri.
THE SANDWICH COMPANY 2011 Emerson St., San Marco, 396-3666 The Sandwich Company offers sandwiches as well as a full breakfast menu, with platters and pitas in this diner-style restaurant. Lunch features wing tenders, camel riders, steak pitas and subs. WiFi is available. Open for breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat.
SCHMAGEL’S BAGELS 69 Hypolita St., St. Augustine, 824-4444 Fast, affordable breakfast and lunch in the heart of Old Town. Boar’s Head meats, local produce, kosher Norwegian lox and panini are featured. Outdoor dining available. Open daily.
THE SECRET GARDEN CAFÉ 10095 Beach Blvd., Ste. 600, Southside, 645-0859 This café survived chef/bully Robert Irvine’s “Restaurant Impossible” critique and is still packing ’em in on the Southside. Secret Garden serves homestyle Southern comfort menu items including eggs Benedict, fried green tomatoes, Alabama meatloaf and made-from-scratch desserts. Local art is displayed. Beer and wine are served. Open for breakfast and lunch daily.
THE SHEIK SANDWICH DELI 9720 Atlantic Blvd., Regency, 721-2660 2708 N. Main St., Jacksonville, 353-8181 7361 103rd St., Westside, 778-4805 5172 Normandy Blvd., Westside, 786-7641 1994 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 276-2677 Family owned and operated, The Sheik has served
This casual restaurant offers a collection of good-foryou soups, sandwiches and salads without the usual fat and salt, but with plenty of flavor. The menu features hot and cold gourmet seafood and meat dishes, as well as vegetarian and vegan selections. And there are fresh and frozen soups available for take-out. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
TIDBITS RESTAURANT 1076 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 396-0528 For more than 25 years, Clara’s Tidbits has specialized in good food served in a friendly atmosphere, including popular lunch items like chicken salad and unique avocado sandwiches. Take-out and delivery are available. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri. THE TREE CUP CAFE The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 356-6857 The Tree Cup Café serves light lunch, quick bites, beer, wine, and locally roasted coffee and espresso-based beverages. The menu features light, fresh fare including homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, gourmet desserts and daily specials. Dine indoors or out in the museum’s beautiful gardens. Open for lunch Tue.-Sun.
VILLAGE BREAD CAFE 8221 Southside Blvd., Ste. 24, Deerwood, 527-3451 The Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 130, 2 Independent Dr., 683-7244 5215 Philips Hwy., Southside, 732-2261 10111 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 262-0740 These locally owned restaurants offer breakfast featuring a variety of bagels and omelets, and lunch, offering sandwiches on homestyle bread, big salads, pizzas and pastries. Open daily for breakfast and lunch, (the Landing store is closed on Sun.) and for dinner, too, at the Mandarin location.
WHITEWAY DELICATESSEN 1237 King St., Jacksonville, 389-0355 This King Street mainstay has moved down the street a few blocks, but it’s retained its extensive sandwich selection, including some items you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. Also a good spot to catch current and former politicos talking about the city’s future over tabouli or ham sandwiches. Open for breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri.
CASUAL SPOTS & JOINTS A1A BURRITO WORKS TACO SHOP 671 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 217-7451 114 St. George St., St. Augustine, 823-1229 Baja-style tacos and burritos have colonized the Ancient City, much to the delight of denizens. This biz offers 100 percent vegetarian bean burritos, fish tacos and hormonefree meats, along with dynamite homemade guacamole.
ALL AMERICAN HOT DOG 10365 Beach Blvd., Southside, 641-5794 This family-owned casual spot has been around since 1967, offering all-beef hot dogs served in toasted buns, topped off with a variety of homestyle toppings, as well as steak pitas, burgers and subs. A kids’ menu is available. Open Mon.-Sat.
BOLD CITY GRILL 10605 Deerwood Park Blvd., Deerwood, 564-4772 The Celtic-themed atmosphere here is easy-going but full of energy, with a high-impact full bar — featuring local creations from Bold City Brewery — and flat-panel TVs for sports. The cuisine features a range of items, from gourmet salads and burgers to fresh specialty steaks and seafood selections. Located in Sheraton Jacksonville, it’s open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily.
BURRITO GALLERY & BAR 21 E. Adams St., Downtown, 598-2922 BURRITO GALLERY EXPRESS 1333 Third St. N., Jax Beach, 242-8226 A 2011 Best of Jax winner for Best Burrito, popular Burrito
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Gallery serves Southwestern cuisine with an emphasis on innovative burritos including ginger teriyaki tofu and the incomparable blackened mahi. Local art is on display, and live music or DJs are featured on the back deck during Art Walk and other special events. A full bar is offered. Open for lunch Mon., for lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. The Gallery’s kid sister Burrito Express in Jax Beach is mostly take-out; same great chow and fast service.
DAVE & BUSTER’S 7025 Salisbury Rd. S. (I-95 & JTB), Southside, 296-1525
CHOW DOWN ALLEY 14775 Old St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 3, Mandarin, 880-7900
DELICOMB DELICATESSEN & ESPRESSO BAR 1131 Third St. N., Jax Beach, 372-4192
Family-operated Chow Down serves breakfast sandwiches, burgers, salads and specialty sandwiches. Open for breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri.
CHRISTOPHER’S TAKE OUT & CATERING 2021 St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 8, San Marco, 396-0330 Tucked between San Marco and St. Nicholas, Christopher’s offers an eclectic menu of salads, sandwiches and wraps, including shrimp po’ boy, grandma’s braised chicken, potatoes and tomatoes dish, and a house favorite – spicy Italian sub. The 11-year restaurant pro grows his own herbs, tomatoes and collards and serves only homemade dressings and sauces. Lunch is take-out or dine-in (with fresh flowers on the table and local art on the walls); dinner is take-out only with weekly downloadable menus on Facebook.
CINOTTI’S BAKERY & DELI 1523 Penman Rd., Jax Beach, 246-1728 Four generations of Cinotti’s have been serving the Beaches since 1964, offering cakes for all occasions, as well as pies, breads, desserts and party trays. And the deli features a variety of bagels and breads, as well as corned beef and club sandwiches.
CRUISERS GRILL 319 S. 23rd Ave. (Pablo Plaza), Jax Beach, 270-0356 5613 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 1, Lakewood, 737-2874 3 St. George St., St. Augustine, 824-6993 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 12, Tinseltown, 646-2874 Locally owned and operated for more than 15 years, this casual restaurant serves half-pound burgers – including the chipolte black bean burger and turkey burger – fish sandwiches, a marinated tuna wrap, big salads and awardwinning cheddar fries. Cruisers is a 2011 repeat winner in the Best of Jax burger category. Beer, wine and sangria are served. Open daily.
This 40,000-square-foot restaurant/entertainment complex includes a dining room for a quiet meal away from the games. But what fun is that? D&B’s has the latest electronic interactive games and simulators as well as traditional favorites in the Million Dollar Midway. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
This family-owned-and-operated deli makes everything with natural and organic ingredients, with no hydrogenated oils or high-fructose corn syrup. Granola, tuna salad and spicy panini melts are all on the highly varied menu. Delicomb uses coffees from George Howell Coffee Company. Open for breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun.
D&LP SUBS 1409 Third St. S., Jax Beach, 247-4700 This sub place in Jax Beach offers a variety of subs, gourmet salads, wings, pizzas with all the toppings, and pasta dinners. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
FA CAFÉ 303 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 471-2006 Short for “First Access,” this beachy café is located north of the County Pier, directly across from the first beach access to St. Augustine Beach. The tiny kitchen cranks out great daily specials — the jerk fish and mango wrap is not to be missed — and the service is super-friendly. Open for lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun.
FIREHOUSE SUBS 357 Marsh Landing Parkway, Jax Beach, 280-9404 1855 Cassat Ave., Westside, 695-1055 6352 103rd St., Ste. 5, Westside, 854-0224 6752 Normandy Blvd., Ste. 3, Northside, 338-9000 1978 S. Eighth St., Fernandina Beach, 491-8095 1038 Dunn Ave., Ste. 1, Northside, 338-0098 8380 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 8, Baymeadows, 737-3473 1234 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 339-0312 1949 San Marco Blvd., Ste. 1, San Marco, 396-0001 233 Third St., Neptune Beach, 249-6013 13245 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 9, Regency, 220-7140 10131 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 8, Mandarin, 886-2179 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr., Jacksonville, 338-0142 8221 Southside Blvd., Ste. 4, Deerwood, 996-0894 10261 River Marsh Dr., Ste. 131, St. Johns Town Center, 674-0536
Sirilak Harvey-Price, Thine Aphayasane and Intaluck Aphayasane serve Thai favorites like Thai garden seafood, pan-seared salmon and shrimp pot stickers at Thai Garden on Blanding Boulevard in Orange Park.
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4347 University Blvd., Ste. 1, Arlington, 731-1888 2245 C.R. 210 W., Ste. 11, St. Johns, 823-9914 465 S.R. 13, Ste. 5, St. Johns, 287-3495 1581 C.R. 220, Ste. 115, Eagle Harbor, 215-7302 36B Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, 276-0701 2285-B Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 276-1537 2640 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 210, Middleburg, 291-4411 6331 Roosevelt Blvd., Ste. 6, NAS, 854-0057 This Jacksonville-based sub chain, founded by firefighters, has been voted Best Subs in Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax readers poll several times. Firehouse serves large portions of premium meats and cheeses, steamed hot and piled on a toasted sub roll. The new Kings’ Hawaiian pork and slaw sandwich is becoming a classic. Kids’ meals come with a free fire hat. Delivery is available. Open daily.
FIRST WATCH 544 Marsh Landing Parkway, Jax Beach, 834-3789 13470 Beach Blvd., Intracoastal, 223-0909 11111 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 268-8331 Breakfast includes all the favorites: French toast, egg dishes, pancakes, crepes, waffles and sides. Lunch offers sandwiches and salads. Kids’ selection is available. Open for breakfast, brunch and lunch daily.
FIVE GUYS FAMOUS BURGERS & FRIES 4413 Town Center Parkway, St. Johns Town Center, 996-6900 9039 Southside Blvd., Southside, 538-9100 13760 St. Augustine Rd., Mandarin, 402-8036 1605 C.R. 220, Ste. 130, Fleming island, 592-4896 13249 City Square Dr., River City Marketplace, 751-9711 311 N. Third St., Jax Beach, 694-0374 3267 Hodges Blvd., Ste. 6, Intracoastal, 992-4680 200 CBL Dr., Ste. 102, Saint Johns, 342-4194 1910 Wells Rd., Ste. C02D-5, Orange Park, 637-0414 9630 Apple Cross Rd., Ste. 106, Orange Park, 573-0900 1620 Margaret St., Ste. 105, Riverside, 425-3380 10061 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 493-5414 A Best of Jax 2011 winner for Best Burger in St. Augustine and OP/Fleming Island, Five Guys offers burgers made with fresh ground beef and finished from a wide selection of toppings, including fried onions, jalapeños or sautéed mushrooms. Fries, Kosher hot dogs and soft drinks round out the simple, basic menu. Open daily.
THE FLAME BROILER THE RICE BOWL KING 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 103, Tinseltown, 619-2786 This West Coast fave is built on the concept of healthy, inexpensive fast food prepared with no transfats, MSG, frying, or skin on meat. Fresh veggies, steamed brown or white rice along with grilled beef, chicken and Korean short ribs are featured. A kids’ menu and take-out are available, and a new location on Philips Highway is opening soon. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.
GREEN ERTH BISTRO 1520 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 398-9156 That’s not a typo — this bistro is spelled just that way. Green Erth serves Cali-inspired fare made with natural ingredients, including breakfast items, big salads, soups, paninis, sandwiches, hot dishes and desserts. Organic teas, coffees and juices are available. Open for breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat.
GREEN TURTLE TAVERN 14 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 321-2324 Housed in a historic shotgun shack, this local hangout has Chicago-style Vienna beef hot dogs and pub fare, cold beer and a chill atmosphere. Live music is featured weekends. Open daily.
GRINDER’S CAFE 10230 Atlantic Blvd., Arlington, 725-2712 For more than 20 years, Grinder’s has been serving homestyle veggies, burgers, meatloaf, pork chops and seafood. A kids’ menu and take-out are available. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
THE HAPPY TOMATO COURTYARD CAFÉ & BBQ 7 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 321-0707 This historic district restaurant serves fresh salads, deli sandwiches and barbecue — pulled pork, smoked turkey and ribs — in an easy, laid-back atmosphere. Homemade walnut chocolate chunk cookies are a specialty. Beer and wine are served, and a kids’ menu and take-out are available. Open for lunch Mon.-Sat.
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HARPOON LOUIE’S 4070 Herschel St., Riverside, 389-5631 A locally-owned-and-operated American pub, Harpoon Louie’s has been a fixture in the Avondale area for 19 years. The menu includes half-pound burgers, fish sandwiches and pasta. Happy hour is held during the week. Open daily.
HAZEL’S HOT DOGS 2400 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine, 824-8484 Named for a Chihuahua belonging to the owners, Hazel’s offers a variety of wieners and all the embellishments from its modest digs west of downtown. Open daily.
HERO’S 19TH HOLE 605 S. Penman Rd., Jax Beach, 249-0761 Tucked inside the clubhouse at the Jacksonville Beach Golf Club, this casual eatery has an expanded breakfast menu, as well as lunch and drink specials. Dollar drafts are featured, and trivia is played every Wed. Open daily.
HOT DOG HUT 1439 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 247-8886 A repeat Best of Jax winner for Best Hot Dog. The Hot Dog Hut serves a vast selection of dogs and sausages, a variety of toppings, as well as hamburgers, beer-battered onion rings and seasoned French fries. Breakfast is now offered, too. Beer is served, and take-out is available. Open daily.
JAX CITY CAFE 100 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville, 633-9028 This downtown mainstay offers an ample selection of subs, sandwiches and coffees. Take-out and free local delivery are available. Open for breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri.
JOHNNY’S DELI 474 Riverside Ave., Riverside, 356-8055 Johnny’s experienced staff cooks up made-to-order lunch fare, including grilled wraps, gyros and grilled chicken salad — more than 60 menu items are available for takeout only. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri.
KICKBACKS GASTROPUB 910 King St., Riverside, 388-9551 This neighborhood hot spot serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 20 hours a day, with a full bar that has more than 655 bottled beers and another 84 on tap. There’s live music Thur. and Sun., and flatscreen TVs dot the interior. Happy hour is held Mon.-Fri. A kids’ menu is offered, and outdoor seating is available. A 2011 Best of Jax winner for Best Bar Food. Open daily.
LARRY’S GIANT SUBS 7001 Merrill Rd., Arlington, 743-5664 1301 Monument Rd., Arlington, 724-5802 10750 Atlantic Blvd., Intracoastal, 642-6980 4479 Deerwood Lake Parkway, Southside, 425-4060 3928 Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows, 737-7740 8616 Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows, 739-2498 830 A1A N., Ste. 6, Ponte Vedra, 273-3993 657 N. Third St., Jax Beach, 247-9620 11018 Old St. Augustine Rd., Mandarin, 262-7879 11362 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 3, Mandarin, 674-2945 12001 Lem Turner Rd., Northside, 764-9999 1509 Margaret St., Riverside, 674-2794 7859 Normandy Blvd., Westside, 781-7600 5733 Roosevelt Blvd., Westside, 446-9500 8102 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 1, Westside, 779-1933 700 Blanding Blvd., Ste. 15, Orange Park, 272-3553 1545 C.R. 220, Orange Park, 278-2827 1404 S. Orange Ave., Green Cove Springs, 284-7789 1330 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, 276-7370 3501 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd., St. Augustine, 808-0663 With locations all over Northeast Florida, Larry’s Giant Subs is known for piling subs high and serving ’em fast for nearly 30 years. In addition to a wide selection of hot and cold subs, Larry’s features soups and salads. Kids eat free on Mon. and Wed. The Tinseltown location has an extensive beer selection, with a daily happy hour. Open daily.
MERCURY MOON GRILL & BAR 2015 C.R. 220, Fleming Island, 215-8999 Mercury Moon serves a variety of wings and signature sandwiches, including Philly cheesesteak, fried fish sandwich and the half-pound Moon burger. Live music is featured Mon., Wed., Fri. and Sat., and a full bar is available. Open daily.
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SANDY BOTTOMS BEACH BAR & GRILL 2910 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, 310-6904
NED’S SOUTHSIDE KITCHEN 2450 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine, 794-2088
Owner Claude Hartley offers seafood fingerfood and bites, sandwiches, baskets and pizzas. Dine indoors or out on the deck overlooking the ocean. A full bar is served. A kids’ menu and take-out are available. Live music is presented nightly. Open daily.
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Opened by Gypsy Cab Co. founder Ned Pollock, this casual island-influenced restaurant features Mediterranean dishes, four kinds of tacos, and shrimp and grits, in addition to a kids’ menu and vegetarian options. Beer and wine are served, and there’s a drive-thru to pick up orders. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.
NEWK’S EXPRESS CAFE 9047 Southside Blvd., Ste. 1, Southside, 527-2402 Just because the service is lightning-fast doesn’t mean the quality suffers. Newk’s offers made-to-order toasted sandwiches, hand-tossed salads with homemade-style dressings, as well as California-style pizzas and desserts. Beer and wine are served. A kids’ selection is offered. Takeout is available. Dine indoors or outside. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
MOJO’S TACOS 551 Anastasia Blvd., Anastasia Island, 829-1665 This family-owned spot offers double-decker-style tacos, big burritos and fresh salads. Beer and wine are served, and take-out is available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
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sammies, made with the same ingredients as the subs. Open daily.
THE SKYLINE DINING & CONFERENCE CENTER 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 4200, Downtown, 791-9533 ext. 241 Located on the 42nd floor of the Bank of America building, this cafe offers a spectacular view of Jacksonville to the busy lunch crowd downtown. A full bar is served, and takeout is available. Open for breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri.
SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach, 277-6652 This oceanfront, Caribbean-themed restaurant serves award-winning handmade crab cakes, fresh seafood and fried pickles. Outdoor dining is featured, and children get their own beachfront playground. There’s a new open-air second floor and balcony. Live entertainment nightly. Full bar; live music Wed.-Sun. Open daily.
STAN’S SANDWICH & GRILL 1562 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 398-6642
ORANGE TREE HOT DOGS 8380 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 4, Baymeadows, 733-0588 1910 Wells Rd., Orange Park Mall, Ste. H-06, 278-4338 10991 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin Corners, 260-8630 840 Nautica Dr., River City Marketplace, Ste. 125, 751-6006
Marking more than 30 years in the same location, Stan’s serves breakfast pita sandwiches, omelets and pancakes, as well as hand-pattied burgers, dogs, subs, barbecue — and fresh cherry limeade. Take-out is available. Open Mon.-Sat.
Known since 1968 for their Orange Frost drink, Orange Tree serves hot dogs — topped with slaw, chili, cheese, onion sauce or sauerkraut — as well as personal pizzas. Open daily, except not on Sundays at Baymeadows location.
SWEET TOMATOES 1625 Wells Rd., Orange Park, 269-6116 1115 Mary Susan Dr. (off Atlantic Boulevard), Regency, 722-9889
PHILLY’S FINEST CHEESESTEAKS & PIZZA 1527 N. Third St., Jax Beach, 241-7188
The 60-foot salad bar features four types of tossed salads, 17 freshly cut vegetables and deli items, five pasta salads and a dozen dressings, as well as soups, pizza and desserts. Takeout is available. Open daily.
This casual restaurant serves authentic Philly cheesesteaks made with Amoroso’s bread and steaks flown in direct from Philadelphia. The Ice Bar features 55 kinds of beer, along with wine and a full bar. Open daily.
QUIZNOS SUB SHOP 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 4, Baymeadows, 997-7774 5960 Beach Blvd., Ste. 2, San Marco, 396-6800 224 N. Hogan St., Downtown, 798-8889 101 W. State St., FSCJ, 355-1008 14965 Old St. Augustine Rd., Mandarin, 288-0225 1 UNF Dr., Bldg. 58W, Southside, 620-3016 2400 Yankee Clipper Dr., Jax Int’l Airport, 741-0040 Quiznos specializes in oven-baked subs, torpedoes and bullets using fresh meats, cheeses, sauces and veggies. Quiznos now offers hearty soups, salads and flatbread
T.G.I.FRIDAY’S 4409 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, 997-8700 9400 Atlantic Blvd., Regency, 721-2200 1910 Wells Rd., Orange Park, 215-7030 318 S.R. 312, St. Augustine, 808-8443 T.G.I.Friday’s offers pasta, burgers, steaks and seafood. A full bar is served, and a kids’ menu is available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
TIDES BEACH BAR & GRILLE 1515 N. First St., Jax Beach, 241-2311 This new spot in the Hampton Inn Oceanfront offers casual, beach-vibed dining inside and out, with a great oceanfront vista. A full bar is served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
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Located in the 1300 Building at the corner of Third and Main streets, Uptown Market focuses on fresh food created with the same élan that rules at Burrito Gallery. Innovative breakfast and lunch dishes — including deli selections — are served daily. Beer and wine and take-out are available.
WIPEOUTS GRILL 1585 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 247-4508 This casual, beachy sports restaurant serves up burgers, wings, fish tacos and plenty of cold beer — wine, too — in a relaxing atmosphere. A kids’ menu and takeout are available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
ZOËS KITCHEN 240 A1A, Ste. 5, Merchant’s Plaza, Ponte Vedra Beach, 273-1100 1661 Riverside Ave., Riverside, 355-9637 Original recipes, with Greek and Mediterranean influences, include homemade, made-to-order sandwiches, grilled feta sandwiches and whole dinners, all available to go. Desserts include homemade Ya-Ya’s hand-made chocolate cake, and a kids’ menu is available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
This spot serves authentic Chinese cuisine made with fresh ingredients. Take-out and delivery are available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
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EAST COAST BUFFET 9569 Regency Square Blvd. N., Arlington, 726-9888 This new buffet restaurant serves more than 160 Chinese, Japanese, American and Italian items, as well as sushi. Dine in or take out. A full bar is served. Open for lunch and dinner daily; open for brunch on Sun.
GREAT WALL CHINESE RESTAURANT 12200 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 4, Mandarin, 262-9107 Great Wall’s menu features Szechwan, Hunan and Cantonese dishes. Dine-in or take-out is available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
JADE’S BISTRO 1484 Sadler Rd., Fernandina Beach, 321-2777 The menu here is Asian fusion, and it ranges from traditional General Tso’s chicken to Thai-style mango prawns. Open daily.
MAMA FU’S ASIAN HOUSE 11105 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 260-1727 MSG-free pan-Asian cuisine is prepared to order in woks using fresh ingredients. Authentic Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai dishes are served. A kids’ menu is available. Beer and wine are served. Take-out’s available up to 15 minutes before closing. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
PAGODA CHINESE RESTAURANT 8617 Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows, 731-0880 Mr. Tam, owner and chef, has been serving customers since 1975. Popular dishes include the seafood combination (lobster, shrimp, scallops and Chinese vegetables) and spicy General Tso chicken. Pagoda has a full-service bar. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.
Bold Bean brings a small-batch, artisanal approach to roasting coffee. Located in Riverside, Bold Bean features organic and fair trade coffees. Open daily.
BREEZY COFFEE SHOP CAFE 235 Eighth Ave. S., Jax Beach, 241-2211
This new casual coffee shop serves breakfast, lunch, baked goods and a variety of espressos and coffees, including locally roasted Costa Rican organic and Breezy Bold, as well as vegan and gluten-free options. A kids’ selection and take-out are available. Open for breakfast and lunch daily.
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City Buffet offers an extensive selection of Chinese fare, including beef, fish, crabs, chicken, pork, desserts and ice cream, at its all-you-can-eat buffet. Beer and wine are served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
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Located in the Tournament Plaza, China Coral serves Shanghai, Mandarin and Szechwan dishes. In addition to the menu, daily specials are offered, including the crispy fish, crispy duck and stir-fried string beans. Beer and wine are served. Open daily.
CITY BUFFET CHINESE RESTAURANT 5601 Beach Blvd., Southside, 345-3507
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From sushi to soup to fried bananas, Chun King offers daily chef specials and all-you-can-eat Mongolian barbecue. A full menu, including Thai and Japanese dishes, is also served. All food is MSG-free, and take-out is available. Beer, sake and wine are served. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri., for dinner Mon.-Sat.
AMELIA ISLAND COFFEE & ICE CREAM 207 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, 321-2111
CHINA CORAL 830 A1A, Ste. 12, Ponte Vedra Beach, 273-8776
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COFFEE ROASTERS 9735 Old St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 13, Mandarin, 260-0810 Coffee Roasters is an independently owned coffee shop where the beans are roasted onsite. Coffee drinks, frozen lattes, baked goods and bagged coffees are also available. Open daily.
LILLIE’S COFFEE BAR 200 First St., Beaches Town Center, Neptune Beach, 249-2922 Lillie’s serves locally roasted coffee and everything from eggs and bagels for breakfast to appetizers like flatbreads, salads and desserts at night. Dine indoors or out, with patio and courtyard seating. Live jazz is featured on Sat. Open daily.
MONTEGO BAY COFFEE CAFÉ 463363 S.R. 200, Yulee, 225-3600 Locally owned and operated, Montego Bay serves specialty coffees, fruit smoothies and breakfast and lunch items. Dine in or hit the drive-thru. Open for breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat.
THREE LAYERS CAFE 1602 Walnut St., Springfield, 355-9791 A 2011 Best of Jax winner for Best Coffeehouse, Three Layers offers homemade desserts and pastries, along with light lunches and ready-to-go bistro salads in a funky renovated Springfield space. Beer (featuring Bold City Brewery selections) and wine are served. Indoor and courtyard dining. Local artists’ works decorate the walls. Free Wifi. Live music is presented Wed.-Sun., and The Cellar is an adjacent wine bar. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
URBAN GRIND COFFEE COMPANY 50 N. Laura St., Downtown, 806-5535 Located in the lobby of the Bank of America building, Urban Grind offers a variety of locally roasted whole bean brewed coffee, espresso drinks, smoothies, freshly baked pastries and bagels with homemade cream cheeses. Free WiFi for customers. Open for breakfast Mon.-Fri.
DINERS BEACH DINER 501 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-6500 880 A1A N., Ponte Vedra, 273-6545 11362 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 683-0079 This locally owned diner has indoor and outdoor seating and Southern comfort menu items including fresh seafood, sandwiches and hot lunch specials. For late-sleeping beach
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THE BUNNERY BAKERY & CAFÉ 121 St. George St., St. Augustine, 829-6166 Located in the heart of St. Augustine’s historic district, the Bunnery offers homemade cakes, cheesecakes and pastries. The family-owned-and-operated café has been serving full Southern breakfasts, sandwiches and espressos for 23 years. Take-out is available. Open for breakfast and lunch daily.
DEERWOOD DELI & DINER 9934 Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows, 641-4877 This 1950s-style diner features pink-and-chrome furnishings and photographs of the heartthrobs of yesteryear. The menu includes burgers, Reubens, shakes and floats. Breakfast, a kids’ menu and take-out are available. Open daily.
THE FOX RESTAURANT 3580 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 387-2669 Owners Ian and Mary Chase offer fresh diner fare and homemade desserts. Breakfast is served all day, along with signature items such as burgers, meatloaf and fried green tomatoes. A Jacksonville landmark for more than 50 years, The Fox is open daily.
Located in a historic 1930s-era building amid San Marco’s residential district, this upscale diner now boasts two other locations. All serve meatloaf, chicken pot pie and homemade soups. Guy Fieri filmed an episode of the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins & Dives” here. Metro Diner is a 2011 Best of Jax winner for Best Breakfast and Best Waitress, Candice Mullins. Open for breakfast and lunch daily.
SAN MARCO DELI 1965 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 399-1306 A Best of Jax winner for Best Quick Lunch, this independently owned and operated deli serves grilled fish, turkey burgers and lunch meats roasted daily in-house. Vegetarian options (including tempeh) are available. Call-ahead ordering and pick-up are convenient perks. Open Mon.-Sat.
SUN DOG STEAK AND SEAFOOD BITE CLUB CERTIFIED! 207 Atlantic Blvd., Beaches Town Center, Neptune Beach, 241-8221
Georgie’s serves up homestyle fare including Greek specialties from owner George Chryssaidis, who also owns the nearby Athena Restaurant. Outdoor seating available. Open daily.
This art-deco, family-owned restaurant has been around for 23 years and has now gone green, with biodegradable takeout containers and an onsite garden. The Dog features booth dining and a ’50s-diner-style counter, and the menu includes shrimp dinners, seven styles of hamburgers and a Sunday brunch. Live music and dinner specials are featured nightly, trivia on Tues., and a late-night menu is available till 1 a.m. Thur.-Sat. Open daily.
JACK & DIANE’S 708 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, 321-1444
UNIVERSITY DINER 5959 Merrill Rd., Arlington, 762-3433
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The popular diner serves familiar breakfast fare and lunch items like meatloaf, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, BLTs, clubs and melts. Daily specials. Beer and wine are served. Open for breakfast and lunch daily, for dinner Mon.-Fri.
GEORGIE’S DINER 100 Malaga St., St. Augustine, 819-9006
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and mac and cheese, along with an extensive vegan and vegetarian selection. Dine indoors or on a porch overlooking historic downtown Fernandina. Full bar and kids’ menu are available. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
JOHNNY ANGELS 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120, Southside, 997-9850 This diner, located near University of North Florida, serves dishes that reflect its ’50s-style décor, including Blueberry Hill pancakes, Fats Domino omelet and Elvis special combo platter, as well as burgers and shakes. Beer and wine are served, and a kid’ menu is available. Open daily.
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METRO DINER 3302 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 398-3701 12807 San Jose Blvd., Julington, 638-6185 1534 N. Third St., Jax Beach, 853-6817
ECLECTIC & UPSCALE AQUA GRILL 950 Sawgrass Village Dr., Ponte Vedra Beach, 285-3017 Since 1988, this American-eclectic restaurant has served fresh local seafood, aged prime steaks and vegetarian
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BACK 40 URBAN CAFÉ 40 S. Dixie Hwy., St. Augustine, 824-0227 Owner Jeff Sapp serves lunch and dinner items — wraps, upside-down chicken potpie, shrimp Thai bowl. Beer and wine are served. A kids’ menu and Wifi are available, and local art adorns the walls. Open Mon.-Sat.
bb’s 1019 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 306-0100 Here’s sophistication to spare, from an ever-changing selection of fine cheeses down to the coffee bean carefully placed in each espresso martini. A favorite lunch spot for downtowners, bb’s is a 2011 Best of Jax winner for Best Dessert. A full bar is served. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.
THE BEECH STREET GRILL 801 Beech St., Fernandina Beach, 277-3662 Located in a home built by Captain Bell in 1889, this restaurant is known for its extensive wine list. Beech Street has won multiple Best of Jax awards and features daily blackboard specials with a focus on regional dishes. A full bar is served. Piano music is played Mon.-Sat. evenings and for Sun. brunch. Dress is resort-casual. Open for Sun. brunch and dinner nightly.
has published a cookbook titled just that). Favorites include red curry shrimp and grits, Singapore street noodles and honey-soy grilled lamb rack. A full bar — including saketinis — and an extensive wine list are served. Dine indoors or outside. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; PROMISE OF BENEFIT dinner only on Sat.
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Copeland’s 80-item New Orleans-themed, award-winning menu has a wide variety of authentic Creole, Cajun and New Orleans cuisine, including seafood, pasta and steak. Copeland’s has a full bar and a happy hour every Mon.-Sat. A kids’ menu, take-out and delivery are available. Open daily.
THE CORNER BISTRO & WINE BAR 9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 1, Tinseltown, 619-1931 The Corner features casual fine dining, with a menu that blends modern American favorites served with international flair. A full bar is served featuring fine wine, cocktails and martinis. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
A St. Augustine mainstay for more than 28 years, Gypsy’s menu changes daily. The signature dish is the Gypsy chicken, but the varied offering includes seafood, tofu, duck and veal dishes. The Sunday brunch draws everyone from churchgoers to bikers, and a full bar is offered. A 2011 Best of Jax winner for Best Restaurant in St. Augustine. Open for lunch and dinner, daily.
BISCOTTIS 3556 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 387-2060
MERGE RESTAURANT 510 S. Eighth St., Fernandina Beach, 277-8797
A microcosm of the Avondale neighborhood it calls home, Biscotti’s serves everything from innovative pizzas to a massive selection of almost-too-pretty-to-eat desserts. Beer and wine are served. Open daily; brunch Sat. and Sun.
Owner Adam Sears, a former sous chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, presents modern American fusion cuisine made with fresh ingredients. The seasonal menu features seafood but there’s duck, chicken and beef dishes, too. Open for dinner nightly.
Located one mile north of JTB, Blue Bamboo offers Southern specialties and hip, Asian comfort food (owner and chef Dennis Chan, a fourth-generation local restaurateur,
COPELAND’S OF NEW ORLEANS 4310 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, 998-4414
This steak-and-seafood house serves Continental cuisine featuring fresh fish, lobster, crab, chops and Midwestern beef. Signature dishes include chef’s tuna, Benny’s crab cake and rack of lamb. A full bar, featuring an expansive wine list, is served and a kids’ menu is available. Dine indoors or out on the patio with a stunning view of the St. Johns River. Open daily.
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This casual eatery’s exposed-brick façade and interior are modern, but still classic Avondale. Despite the expensive fixtures, you can still grab a burger and watch a game or get the best lamb chops in town. And their veggie burger? Killer. A full bar is served. Open daily.
GYPSY CAB COMPANY 828 Anastasia Blvd., Anastasia Island, 824-8244
Blackstone Grille specializes in modern American fusion cuisine, served in a trendy bistro-style setting. A full bar is served. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner only on Sat.
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NINETEEN AT TPC SAWGRASS 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, 273-3235 Located in the Tournament Players Club, Sawgrass’ clubhouse, Nineteen features more than 230 varieties of wines. The restaurant features an array of freshly prepared American and Continental cuisine, including local seafood, served in an inviting interior or al fresco on the verandah. Open daily.
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PLAE BITE CLUB CERTIFIED! 80 Amelia Village Circle, Amelia Island, 277-2132
Located in the Spa & Shops at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, this bistro style venue offers an innovative menu (with such crowd pleasers as whole fried fish and duck breast), full bar, artistic décor and live entertainment Thur.Sat. Open for dinner daily.
SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY 9735 Gate Parkway N., Tinseltown, 997-1999 This grill and brewery features local seafood, steaks, pizzas and award-winning freshly brewed ales and lagers. Dine indoors or outdoors. A full bar is served, and use of the pool tables is free until 4 p.m. Live entertainment is featured Fri. and Sat., weather permitting. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16, Southside, 538-0811 This stylish yet simple gastropub features Southern-style cuisine made with a modern twist: All the dishes are paired with international wines and beers, including a large selection of craft and IPA brews. A full bar is also served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
STONEWOOD TAVERN & GRILL 3832 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3, Mandarin, 739-7206 950 Marsh Landing Parkway, Jax Beach, 285-2311 The casual, upscale Stonewood Grill offers a flavorful dining experience with a classic American menu. The full bar offers a large wine list and a daily happy hour. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
THE TASTING ROOM, WINE AND TAPAS 25 Cuna St., St. Augustine, 810-2400 This upscale contemporary Spanish restaurant fuses innovative tapas with an extensive wine list. Live music is performed nightly. Owned by Michael Lugo, The Tasting Room is open for lunch Wed.-Sun.; for dinner nightly.
URBAN FLATS 330 A1A N., Ste. 208, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-5515 131 First Ave. N., Jax Beach, 595-5263 URBAN FLATS TINSELTOWN 9726 Touchton Rd., Jacksonville, 642-1488 Urban Flats offers a casual, bistro style menu, featuring Old World flatbread paired with seasonal ingredients in wraps, flatwiches, entrées and salads. A full bar and a selection of wines by the glass or the bottle is served. A kids’ menu and take-out are available. Live entertainment is featured every Wed.-Sat. evening in the Ponte Vedra location; every Tue.-Sun. at the Tinseltown location. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
BISTRO AIX 1440 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 398-1949 Executive Chef Tom Gray serves French and Mediterranean inspired fare in an urban-chic atmosphere. The menu changes seasonally, and the wine list includes more than 250 choices. You can also have a seat at the stylish the Onyx Bar. Happy hour is held Mon.-Fri. Open daily.
BISTRO DE LEON 12 Cathedral Place, St. Augustine, 810-2100 Jean-Stephane Poinard, a fifth-generation French chef, creates dishes with fresh American produce, herbs and seafood. The bread is baked on the premises. Beer and wine are served; a kids’ menu is available. Open daily except Wed.; dinner only on Mon. and Tue.; breakfast Sat. and Sun.
LE CLOS CAFÉ RESTAURANT PROVENCAL 20 S. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 261-8100 Located in Fernandina’s historic district, Le Clos features fresh fish, braised lamb shank and seafood entrées by candlelight in a turn-of-the-century cottage. Chef/owner Katherine Ewing earned degrees in pastry and cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, and trained at Paris’ Ritz Hotel. Beer and an eclectic wine list are available. Reservations recommended. Open for dinner Mon.-Sat.
THE MAGNIFICAT CAFÉ 231 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 353-3588 Located in the heart of downtown Jacksonville on Hemming Plaza, this French-style café serves French onion soup, quiche Lorraine and fresh fruit salad. Dine indoors or out on the covered patio. Take-out is available. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri.
ORSAY 3630 Park St., Riverside, 381-0909 Opened by Chew owner Jon Insetta, this French/American bistro serves steak frites, mussels and Alsatian pork chops in an elegant setting, with an emphasis on locally grown organic ingredients. A Best of Jax 2011 repeat winner for Best Restaurant to Impress a Date. Open for dinner Mon.Sat.; all day on Sun.
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The Mustard Seed Cafe
Located inside Nassau Health Foods, The Mustard Seed is Amelia Island’s only organic eatery and juice bar, with an extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials include local seafood, freerange chicken and fresh organic produce. Salads, wraps, sandwiches and soups are available — all prepared with Stephanie Christopher’s impeccable style. Popular items are chicken or veggie quesadillas, grilled mahi, or salmon over mixed greens and tuna melt with Swiss cheese and tomato. Open for breakfast and lunch, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Sat. nassauhealthfoods.net 833 T.J. Courson Road 904-277-3141
Lulu’s at The Thompson House
Lulu’s owners, Brian and Melanie Grimley, offer an innovative lunch menu, including po’boys, salads and seafood “little plates” served in the gardens of the historic Thompson House. Dinner features fresh local seafood (Fernandina shrimp is the focus every Thursday), and nightly specials. An extensive wine list and beer are available. Open for lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch on Sun. Reservations are recommended. 11 S. Seventh Street 904-432-8394
PLAE Restaurant & Lounge
Located in the Spa & Shops at Amelia Island Plantation, PLAE serves bistro style cuisine. The full bar lounge at PLAE has become an instant classic, with artistic décor and live entertainment nightly. Now you can PLAE during the day, too! Open for lunch Tue.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-2:30p.m. Open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner daily; reservations accepted. 80 Amelia Village Cir. 904-277-2132
Moon River Pizza
Moon River Pizza treats customers like family. Cooked in a brick oven, the pizza is custom-made by the slice (or, of course, by the pie). Set up like an Atlanta-style pizza joint, Moon River also offers an eclectic selection of wine and beers. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Dine in or take it with you. 925 S. 14th Street 904-321-3400
Enjoy a casual beach atmosphere in the full-service restaurant, bar and huge oceanview deck. Extensive menu features delicious steaks, fresh seafood and nightly specials. Also featuring salads, wraps, burgers, seafood baskets and our famous all-you-can-eat wing specials (Wed. & Sun.). Take-out available. Open at 11 a.m. daily for lunch, dinner and late-night menu. Entertainment nightly and 29 TVs throughout. 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 904-261-5711
Halftime Sports Bar and Grill
The place to be on the island for sports TV — NCAA, MLB, NFL and all your favorites. Starters feature pulled pork cheese fries and soon-to-be-famous wings. The roster includes our famous All-star fish tacos, an impressive Angus burger and Gourmet quarter-pound hot dog. Try out our draft beer line-up of the best domestic and craft selections. Stop by, hang out & click halftimeameliaisland.com. 320 S. Eighth Street 904-321-0303
Homemade sandwiches, salads and soups are served in a relaxed atmosphere in this charming building in the historic district. Delicious fresh fish specials and theme nights (Pad Thai and curry), plus vegetarian dishes, are also featured. Karibrew Brew Pub & Grub — the only one on the island — offers on-site beers and great burgers and sandwiches. 27 N. Third Street 904-277-5269
29 South Eats
This chic, neighborhood bistro has it all — great ambience, fantastic food, an extensive wine list and reasonable prices. The eclectic menu offers traditional world cuisine with a modern whimsical twist and Chef Scotty Schwartz won Best Chef in Folio Weekly’s 2007 Best of Jax readers poll. Open for lunch Tues.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for dinner 5:30-9:30 p.m. Mon.Thur., till 10 p.m. Fri. and Sat. Brunch is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. 29southrestaurant.com 29 S. Third Street 904-277-7919
Brett’s Waterway Café
Overlooking Fernandina Harbor Marina, Brett’s offers an upscale atmosphere with outstanding food. The extensive luncheon and dinner menus feature daily specials, fresh Florida seafood, chicken and aged beef. Cocktails, beer and wine. Casual resort wear. Open at 11:30 a.m. daily. Fernandina Harbor Marina at the foot of Centre Street 904-261-2660
T-Ray’s Burger Station
T-Ray’s offers a variety of breakfast and lunch items. In addition to an outstanding breakfast menu, you’ll find some of the best burgers you’ve ever put in your mouth. The Burger Station offers a grilled portabello mushroom burger, grilled or fried chicken salad and much more. The spot where locals grab a bite and go! Now serving Beer & Wine. Open Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.2:30 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Closed Sundays. 202 S. Eighth Street 904-261-6310
Jack & Diane’s
The locals’ favorite hangout! Dine inside or on the patio of this cozy, renovated 1887 shotgun home in historic downtown Fernandina. From the crab & shrimp omelet to the steak & tomato pie, “The tastiest spot on Centre” offers food with attitude and unexpected flair. Live music elevates your dining experience to a new level. Come for breakfast, stay for dinner! You’ll love every bite! 708 Centre Street 904-321-1444
Sliders Seaside Grill
Oceanfront dining at its finest. Award-winning crab cakes, fresh daily seafood specials and homemade desserts. Sliders has Amelia Island’s only waterfront Tiki Bar, as well as a children’s playground and live music every weekend. The dining experience is complete with brand-new second-story banquet facilities, bar and verandah. Open at 11 a.m. daily, with happy hour from 4-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Make Sliders Seaside Grill your place to be for friends and family, entertainment and the best food on the East Coast. Call for your next special event. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. 904-277-6652
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and local, and steaks are prime. Selections include New York strip, lamb and lobster Napoleon and Hawaiian tuna flown in twice a week. A full bar with an extensive wine list is served. A kids’ selection is available. Open for dinner nightly.
AVILÉS RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 32 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, 829-9727 Located inside the Hilton Bayfront Hotel, Avilés offers progressive global cuisine. Popular dishes include marinated filet mignon with whipped crab potato, crispy onions and baby spinach. A kids’ menu is available, a full bar is served, and complimentary valet service is featured. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
AZURÉA 1 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-7402 Located within the One Ocean Resort hotel, Azuréa offers elegant oceanfront dining with a menu influenced by flavors of Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas. A kids’ menu is available, along with an extensive wine list. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
BAXTER’S RESTAURANT 4919 First Coast Hwy., Amelia Island, 277-4503 This upscale restaurant serves continental cuisine with a focus on certified Angus beef, seafood, veal and lamb. A kids’ menu is available, a full bar is served, and outdoor seating is available. Open for dinner nightly.
CAFÉ 4750 The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, 277-1100 From his Italian kitchen and wine bar, Chef de Cuisine Garrett Gooch offers roasted sea bass, frutti di mare soup and clam linguini, along with fresh gelatos. Dine indoors or on the terrace. Reservations recommended. Open daily.
CASA MARINA INN & RESTAURANT 691 N. First St., Jax Beach, 270-0025 The 1924 Casa Marina Restaurant is the oldest structure in Jax Beach and offers dining indoors, on the verandah or in the oceanfront courtyard. The New Beach menu features
crab cakes, Mediterranean and goat cheese salad and homemade breads. The oceanfront Penthouse Lounge offers tapas and a martini bar. Open Tue.-Fri.; brunch on Sun.
CURRENTS RIVERVIEW BISTRO 841 Prudential Dr., Southbank, 306-9512 Located in the Aetna building, Currents offers Indian, Thai, Latin and European dishes, as well as Southern fried chicken. Outside dining is featured, a full bar is available, and the river views are terrific. Open for breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri.
DWIGHT’S MEDITERRANEAN STYLE BISTRO 1527 Penman Rd., Jax Beach, 241-4496 This small, cozy bistro next to Cinotti’s Bakery specializes in hand-rolled pasta and grilled vegetables. Owner and Chef Dwight DeLude prepares meals in his exhibition kitchen, and all dishes, including sea scallops and the popular crab cakes, come with pasta and veggies. With limited seating, reservations are suggested. Open for dinner Tue.-Sat.
ELEVEN SOUTH 216 S. 11th Ave., Jax Beach, 241-1112 An elegant addition to the Jax Beach dining scene, Eleven South serves New American eclectic cuisine. In addition to a mesquite grill and courtyard dining, Eleven South serves a full bar and a selection of fine wines. Open for lunch Tue.Fri.; dinner nightly.
JOE’S 2ND STREET BISTRO 14 S. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 321-2558 Chef Joe Robucci offers upscale New American fine dining with French, Creole, Asian and South of the Border influences. Seating is available in the dining room at tables around the homey fireplace, out in the large, New Orleansstyle courtyard, or upstairs on the porch with a view of the Intracoastal. Beer and an extensive wine list are served. Open nightly.
JULIETTE’S BISTRO & THE J-BAR 245 W. Water St., Jacksonville, 355-6664 Located inside the Omni Hotel, Juliette’s serves dinner prior to (or dessert after) a downtown show. In the morning,
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there’s a breakfast buffet. The full-service bar carries beers of the world, and the J-Bar serves small plates of bistroinspired cuisine. Open daily.
LA COCINA INTERNATIONAL 530 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 461-8288 Located in Castillo Real Hotel, La Cocina serves global cuisine with Latin flair. Owner Juan Solano creates international specialties including paella Valenciana and nightly specials. Beer and wine are served. Open daily.
LA COLLAGE 60 Hypolita St., St. Augustine, 829-0055 Located in an intimate space on historic Hypolita Street, La Collage offers high-end dining with a global menu. Everything is made from scratch. A specialty dessert, the Bougainvillea, commemorates the Brazilian tree. An extensive and economical wine list is offered, as is beer. Open for dinner nightly.
LE PAVILLON 45 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 824-6202 One of the oldest restaurants in Northeast Florida, Le Pavillon is family-owned and operated. Gisele Sinatsch recommends the rack of lamb and the bouillabaisse. Norwegian salmon is popular, as are the duck and the Dover sole. A full bar is served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
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14549 Beach Blvd., Intracoastal, 223-1534 Located on the Intracoastal Waterway with a panoramic view, Marker 32 serves award-winning regional New American cuisine with an emphasis on local seafood. Chef Ben Groshell’s entrées include pan seared, wild-caught salmon and beef tenderloin with scallops. Pastas and desserts are made on-premises, and the full bar features an extensive wine list. Marker 32 has been awarded a Slow Food First Coast “Snail of Approval.” Reservations recommended. Open for dinner Mon.-Sat.
MEZZA LUNA PIZZERIA RISTORANTE 110 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-5573 This near-the-ocean eatery (in Beaches Town Center) has been around more than 20 years, serving casual bistro fare like gourmet wood-fired pizzas to nightly specials of fresh fish and game. Dine indoors or out on the patio. A kids’ menu is available. Musical happy hour is held Tue., Wed. and Thur. Open for dinner Mon.-Sat.
95 CORDOVA 95 Cordova St., St. Augustine, 810-6810 Located in the restored Casa Monica Hotel, this restaurant exudes elegance. The cuisine is a blend of Moroccan, Asian, Mediterranean, Caribbean and European influences. The adjacent Cobalt Lounge features a full bar and a variety of fine wines. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner; brunch Sun.
OCEAN 60 RESTAURANT, WINE BAR & MARTINI ROOM 60 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 247-0060 Ocean 60 offers Continental cuisine, featuring fresh seafood, nightly dinner specials and a seasonal menu in the formal dining room or the more casual Martini Room. Local artists are featured, along with live Latin and blues. Open for dinner Mon.-Sat.
OLD CITY HOUSE INN & RESTAURANT 115 Cordova St., St. Augustine, 826-0184 Old City House Inn is St. Augustine’s only historic inn with a full-service restaurant and bar. A blend of Northern Mediterranean, Asian, South African and Southern influences is evident in everything from the crab and sweet corn to spring rolls. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; brunch Sun.
PURPLE OLIVE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO 4255 A1A S., Ste. 6, St. Augustine Beach, 461-1250 Fun and not too formal, this family-owned-and-operated restaurant’s dinner menu includes local seafood, prime cuts of beef, lamb, pork, vegetarian choices, local produce, and an option to create your own plate with a selection of
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Sweet onion crostinis are but one of the daily, ever-changing items on the menu at Tapa That, a tapas and small plate venue on Lomax Street in historic Five Points.
entrees, sauces and sides. Also featured are unique wines, a selection of nightly specials and fresh artisan breads. Open for dinner Tue.-Sat.
sautéed, with blue crab meat and toasted almonds. Beer and wine are available, as is a kids’ menu. Open for breakfast and lunch daily; dinner Tue.-Sat.
RAINTREE RESTAURANT 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 824-7211
WINE CELLAR 1314 Prudential Dr., Southbank, 398-8989
Celebrating more than 30 years in St. Augustine, the Raintree, located in an 1879 Victorian home, specializes in favorites like steak and seafood. A full-service bar is featured, and there’s a happy hour. Reservations are accepted, and outdoor patio dining is available. Live music is performed on weekends. Open daily for dinner; brunch Sun.
This Jacksonville landmark offers classic Continental and New World cuisine in an Old World setting. Dine outdoors under majestic oaks or indoors in intimate dining rooms. An extensive wine selection and a full bar are available. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat.
RESTAURANT MEDURE 818 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 543-3797
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Chef David Medure creates dishes with a wide range of flavors from around the world. The renovated lounge offers small plates, creative drinks and entertainment, including happy hour twice daily. Live music is presented Mon., and Thur.-Sat. Open for dinner Mon.-Sat.
ROY’S HAWAIIAN FUSION CUISINE 2400 S. Third St., Ste. 101, Jax Beach, 241-7697 High-end dining with friendly “aloha” service, Roy’s serves Hawaiian fusion with Asian aromatics using fresh local ingredients, European sauces and bold Asian spices. The full bar is open at 5 p.m. daily, and a kids’ menu is offered. Open nightly.
SAKANA 111 Third Ave. N., Jax Beach, 595-5355 Executive Chef Scott Ostrander and Executive Sushi Chef Austin Katoh combine their skills to offer eclectic contemporary Pan Asian dishes and signature sushi. Dine indoors or out on the oceanfront patio, or in the Blue Bar Lounge. Live entertainment and DJs are featured. A full bar is served. Open for lunch Sat. and Sun.; nightly for dinner; late night sushi.
619 OCEAN VIEW 619 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra, 285-6198 Located at the Cabana Beach Club, 619 Ocean View offers dining with a Mediterranean touch, featuring fresh seafood, steaks and nightly specials. A full bar is served, and a kids’ menu is available. Open for dinner Wed.-Sun.
29 SOUTH … EATS 29 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 277-7919 Located in Fernandina Beach’s historic downtown, this popular bistro’s Chef Scotty Schwartz serves traditional world cuisine with a modern twist. Open for lunch Tue.-Sat.; dinner Mon.-Sat.; brunch Sun.
WILDFLOWER CAFÉ 4320 A1A S., St. Augustine Beach, 471-2691 Located one block from the beach, this Provençal-style café’s signature dishes include the wildflower grouper,
ATHENA RESTAURANT 14 Cathedral Place, St. Augustine, 823-9076 Located on the city’s historic downtown Plaza, Athena has an extensive menu of Greek and American dishes, including moussaka, lamb kabobs and spinach pie. Beer and wine are served. Dine inside at a booth or table, or order to go. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
ATHENS CAFÉ 6271 St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 7, Mandarin, 733-1199 From the dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) to the baby shoes (stuffed eggplant), Athens offers all the favorites. The café serves beer and wine, including Greek brands. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner nightly.
THE CASBAH CAFÉ 3628 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 981-9966 The Casbah serves Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine on the patio or inside the hookah lounge, where customers sit on ottomans at low tables. Wifi is available, belly dancers perform some nights, and hookah pipes are offered for smoking flavored tobacco. Live jazz is performed on select evenings. A Best of Jax 2011 winner for Best Middle Eastern Cuisine. Open daily.
EVA’S GRILL & BAR 610 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 372-9484 This new place serves a menu that’s a blend of Greek and Italian with decidedly American influences. A full bar is served. Dine indoors or outside. Open for lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun.
FARAH’S PITA STOP CAFÉ 3980 Southside Blvd., Ste. 201, Southside, 928-4322 Farah’s specializes in Middle Eastern cuisine and caters to the lunch and dinner crowd in busy Southside. Fresh sandwiches, soups, entrées and desserts, as well as
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HALA CAFÉ & BAKERY 4323 University Blvd. S., Southside, 733-5141 9735 Old St. Augustine Rd., Mandarin, 288-8890 This Jacksonville institution — since 1975 — serves homemade pita bread, kabobs, falafel, tabouli and a daily lunch buffet. Beer and wine are available. The adjacent store carries delicacies from all over the world. Take-out is available. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.
HOVAN MEDITERRANEAN GOURMET 2005 Park St., Ste. 1, Five Points, 381-9394 Hovan offers traditional Mediterranean cuisine, including freshly made hummus, baba ghannoush and gyros, served in a setting that attracts indie rockers and businesspeople alike. Patio dining offered. Beer and wine are served, and hookahs are available. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.
ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN & ITALIAN CUISINE 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 26, Intracoastal, 220-9192 A varied menu offers European cuisine including lamb, beef and chicken dishes, as well as pizza and wraps. Beer and wine are served. Open for breakfast Sat. and Sun.; lunch and dinner daily.
MANDALOUN MEDITERRANEAN LEBANESE CUISINE BITE CLUB CERTIFIED! 9862 Old Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows, 646-1881
With restaurants in London, Paris, Rome and the Middle East, owner Pierre Barakat brings authentic Lebanese cuisine to Jacksonville, including charcoal-grilled lamb kebabs. Belly dancing is featured every Fri. and Sat. A full bar is served. Outdoor seating and take-out are available. Monthly dinner parties. Open for lunch and dinner Tues.-Sun.
MEDITERRANIA RESTAURANT 3877 Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows, 731-2898 With an Old World atmosphere, this family-owned-andoperated Greek and Italian restaurant has been a local favorite for more than 26 years. Fresh seafood, veal chops and rack of lamb are among the specialties. Beer and wine are available. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat.
OLIVE GRILL MEDITERRANEAN 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 201, Jacksonville, 642-5444 This place serves freshly prepared Mediterranean dishes, including kabobs, wraps, pitas, specialty platters and salads in a casual atmosphere. Beer and wine are also offered. Take-out and a kids’ menu are available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
THE OLIVE TREE MEDITERRANEAN GRILL 1705 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 396-2250 The Olive Tree serves Mediterranean homestyle healthy plates, including hummus, tabouleh, grape leaves, veggie kibbi, gyros, potato salad, Greek salad and more. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.
TAVERNA YAMAS 9753 Deer Lake Court, Southside, 854-0426 This Greek restaurant serves char-broiled kabobs, seafood, traditional Greek wines and desserts. A kids’ selection and a full bar are available, and there are nightly belly dancing shows. A DJ spins every Fri. and Sat. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
THEO’S RESTAURANT 169 King St., St. Augustine, 824-5022 Located on the banks of San Sebastian River, Theo’s is just far enough away from the heart of downtown that it’s a popular haunt for locals and tourists alike. Favorites include seafood and Greek dishes, and the hearty breakfast is also popular. Open for breakfast and lunch daily.
ZAHARIAS RESTAURANT 3945 A1A S., St. Augustine Beach, 471-4799 This family-owned restaurant has been serving Greek and Italian dishes for more than 24 years. Zaharias has a full bar and lounge and accommodates large parties. A kids’ menu and an outdoor patio are available. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
ZODIAC GRILL 120 W. Adams St., Downtown, 354-8283 Zodiac serves Mediterranean cuisine and American favorites in a bright, casual atmosphere. The downtown hot spot also offers panini and vegetarian dishes. The daily lunch buffet is a downtown favorite. A full bar is available,
as are espressos and hookahs. There’s trivia on Thur., and live music on Fri. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hour Mon.-Fri.
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CHECKER BBQ & SEAFOOD 3566 St. Augustine Rd., San Marco, 398-9206 Chef Art Jennette runs the show here, serving up all manner of barbecue, seafood and down-home comfort food. Ask for the Trailer Trash Special, which features a pulled-pork sandwich, 15 of Art’s fried white shrimp, hand-cut fries and fresh fried green tomatoes. Cash only. Open for lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat.; all-you-can-eat buffet Sun.
CLEOTA’S SOUTHERN AMERICAN CUISINE 2111 University Blvd. N., Arlington, 800-2102 Locally owned and operated, Cleota’s offers authentic, homestyle Southern cuisine in a family-friendly environment. Favorites include fried green tomatoes, fried chicken, shrimp and grits, macaroni and cheese, gourmet desserts and more. Open for lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. For questions, please Take-out is available.
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ELLEN’S KITCHEN 1824 S. Third St., Pablo Plaza, Jax Beach, 246-1572 Serving the beaches since 1962, this busy kitchen offers a full breakfast all day, one famous for its homemade sausage gravy and hash browns. For lunch, there are sandwiches, BLTs and patty melts. There’s usually a line for breakfast on weekends. Take-out is available. Open for breakfast and lunch daily.
MARTI’S CAFÉ 3031 Monument Rd., Arlington, 379-8363 Family-owned-and-operated, Marti’s offers homestyle breakfast and lunch including traditional favorites like meatloaf, fried shrimp, Reubens, club sandwiches and burgers. A kids’ menu and take-out are available. Open for breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat.; breakfast only Sun.
THE SOUTHERN DINING ROOM 22 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 491-3322 The Florida House Inn has reopened its family-style Southern dining room. Chef Susannah Sands, who owned and operated Susannah’s Gourmet Pantry in Avondale, offers a variety of traditional dishes, including sweet tea, platters of fried chicken, meat loaf, seafood gumbo, pot roast, seasonal veggies, corn bread and biscuits, served at large tables. Dessert features homemade cobbler, banana pudding and strawberry shortcake. The menu changes daily. Open for lunch Tue.-Sun.
STEPHEN’S SOUL FOOD 6101 A1A S., Crescent Beach, 471-7000 Stephen’s Soul Food is slow food — made with only fresh, local ingredients and prepared with care. The cuisine is down-home (where else can you get fried perch with grits and fresh tomato for breakfast?), the atmosphere is friendly and the choices are many. Take-out is available. Open for breakfast and lunch Tue.-Fri.
TWO DOORS DOWN 436 Park St., Riverside, 598-0032 This restaurant is a reincarnation of Tad’s (which was located at 400 Park … um … two doors down). It’s a warm, inviting place offering traditional favorites like hotcakes, omelets, burgers, sandwiches, pork chops, liver and onions and Southern fried chicken, as well as sides and desserts. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.
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INDIAN APNA RESTAURANT 10769 Beach Blvd., Ste. 14, Southside, 645-3334 Apna serves Pakistani and Indian cuisine, specializing in haleem. A lunch buffet is featured. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
THE FIFTH ELEMENT 9485 Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows, 448-8265 A variety of authentic Indian, South Indian and Indochinese dishes form the menu, along with a large lunch buffet of lamb, goat and chicken dishes, as well as tandoori and biryani items. A kids’ menu is available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
FLAVORS INDIAN CUISINE 9551 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 10, Baymeadows, 733-1525 Master chefs create contemporary and traditional dishes from all over India, including lamb, fish and prawn entrées. Clay oven kabobs and breads, vegetarian dishes and desserts are also served. A lunch buffet includes vegetarian items. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
INDIA’S RESTAURANT 9802 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 8, Baymeadows, 620-0777 India’s has claimed several Best of Jax awards for authentic Indian cuisine — most recently in 2011 — and serves a popular lunch buffet. Curry and vegetable dishes are offered, along with lamb, chicken, shrimp and fish tandoori. Beer and wine are served. Open for lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily.
MASALA INDIAN CUISINE 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 6, Mandarin, 268-6499
BENITO’S ITALIAN CAFÉ & PIZZERIA 9475 Philips Hwy., Southside, 538-0222, 268-1259 725 Atlantic Blvd., Stes. 8 & 9, Atlantic Beach, 249-5888 Family-friendly, Benito’s serves authentic Italian cuisine, including veal and seafood entrées, gourmet pasta and specialty pizzas. A full bar is available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
BENITO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO 180 Vilano Rd., Vilano Beach, 827-1000 For more than 30 years, Benito’s been serving stone-ovenbaked pizza, pastas, seafood and other Italian favorites. Heck, Benito himself grew up in Avellino, Italy. Specialty pizzas include stuffed spinach, eggplant and seafood. Open for lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun.
BROADWAY RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 3, Baymeadows, 519-8000 This family-owned-and-operated Italian pizzeria serves calzones, stromboli and brick-oven-baked pizza, along with subs and desserts. Dine-in, take-out or have it delivered. Open daily; late on Fri. and Sat.
BUCA DI BEPPO 10334 Southside Blvd., Southside, 363-9090 This popular chain restaurant gets to the heart of fresh Italian cooking with recipes like lasagna and garlic mashed potatoes. Dishes are available in three generous portion sizes (half-pound meatballs!) and served family-style in a whimsical, old-Italian setting. A full bar, take-out and a kids’ selection are available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
CAFÉ ATLANTICO 647 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 471-7332
This Indian restaurant, whose name means peacock, offers traditional Indian items, including tandoori specials, South Indian, Indo-Chinese and vegetarian dishes, as well as cuisine in Biryani and Thali styles. Beer and wine are served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
This white-tablecloth restaurant serves traditional and new Italian dishes in an intimate space. Master Chef Paolo Pece, from Naples, Italy, prepares risotto alla pescatora, with shrimp, scallops and seasonal shellfish served in a parmesan cheese basket. An extensive wine list and beer are offered. Open for dinner Mon.-Sat.
UDIPI CAFE 8642 Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows, 402-8084
CAFFÉ ANDIAMO 500 Sawgrass Village Dr., Ponte Vedra, 280-2299
Authentic South Indian vegetarian cuisine is featured at this new place. Open for lunch and dinner Tue.-Fri.
The Recupito family’s Caffé Andiamo offers fresh seafood, veal, steak and pizza prepared in a copper wood-burning oven, as well as daily specials. Customer favorites include fracosta loco and cappesanti di mare. Dine on the outdoor patio or inside in the upscale surroundings. A full bar is served, featuring 75 wines by the glass. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
ITALIAN AMICI 1915B A1A S., St. Augustine Beach, 461-0102 This family-owned-and-operated Italian restaurant, located at the busy intersection of S.R. 312 and A1A, offers a variety of traditional pasta, veal, steak and seafood dishes. A full bar is served along with a daily happy hour, and a kids menu is available. Live jazz is presented on Thur. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
CARMINE’S PIE HOUSE 2677 Forbes St., Riverside, 387-1400 This Italian eatery serves pizza by the slice, gourmet pizzas and classic Italian dishes — calzone, stromboli, subs, panini — in a comfy atmosphere. Beer (craft and microbrews), wine, take-out, delivery and a kids’ menu are available. Open daily.
North Beach Fish Camp is the newest addition to the Atlantic Beach/Neptune Beach dining and entertainment scene, serving fresh seafood in a busy and bustling atmosphere.
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Kadie Maddison and Brittany Walker show off the Whole Hawg, a huge helping of barbecue and all the sides, at the newly opened Mojo Old City BBQ on Cordova Street in St. Augustine.
CASA DORA 108 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, 356-8282 For 36 years, owner Freddy Ghobod and Executive Chef Sam Hamidi have been serving genuine Italian fare — in downtown for 13 — with dishes like veal, seafood, New York-style pizza, calzones and subs. The homemade salad dressing is a specialty. Beer and wine are available. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner Sat.
CIAO BISTRO 474305 E. S.R. 200, Fernandina Beach, 206-4311 Owners Luke and Kim Misciasci offer fine Italian bistro fare in an intimate, friendly atmosphere. Traditional items include veal piccata, rigatoni Bolognese and antipasto; house specialties include chicken Ciao and homemadestyle meat lasagna. Open for dinner nightly.
ENZA’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 10601 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin Landing, 268-4458 This family-owned restaurant offers casual fine dining, specializing in Italian cuisine, veal and seafood dishes like seafood lasagna. In addition to a full menu and a kids’ selection, Enza’s offers daily specials. A full bar is served, and take-out is available. Open for dinner Tue.-Sun.
FRATELLI’S ITALIAN AMERICAN CUISINE 415 Anastasia Blvd., Anastasia Island, 819-1760 Fratelli’s, a neighborhood Italian place with a cozy atmosphere, offers Italian-American specialties, including meat lasagna, veal parmigiana, almond-crusted salmon and chicken Verona. Beer and wine are served. Open for dinner Tue.-Sun.
GENNARO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO 5472 First Coast Hwy., Amelia Island, 491-1999 Gennaro’s specializes in Southern Italian cuisine, like gourmet ravioli and hand-tossed pizzas. Specialties include a shrimp feast and margharita pizza, and the bread is baked on-site. A kids’ menu is available, and beer and wine are served. Live music is presented every weekend. Open for dinner daily.
JOEY MOZARELLA 930 Blanding Blvd., Ste. D, Orange Park, 579-4748 At this Italian restaurant, calzones, stromboli and lasagna are customer favorites, and all the pizza pies are available stuffed. BYOB. A kids’ menu and take-out are available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
POPPY’S ITALIANO 832 A1A, Ste. 1, Ponte Vedra Beach, 273-7272 Poppy’s serves fresh gourmet Italian dishes along with customers’ familiar favorites. Dine inside or outdoors, carry out or drive-through. Beer and wine are available. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily.
LEO’S PIZZA ITALIANO 5627 San Jose Blvd., Lakewood, 730-3830
The vibe at Leo’s is both Greek and Italian: Half of the restaurant features Greek décor, the other half Italian. Beer and a variety of Greek, Italian and California wines are served. Dine in or take out. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat.
LUIGI’S TRATTORIA ITALIANO 31 S. Fifth St., Fernandina Beach, 277-4080 The dishes are veramente, the atmosphere’s homey and the staff speaks Italian. The menu includes tortellini, lasagna and parmigiana, and owner Giovanna DeMartino Ott hails from the Napoli countryside, so you know the recipes are authentic Southern Italian. Open for dinner Mon.-Sat.
MAMMA LUCIA 11380 Beach Blvd., Southside, 645-0081 Located near University of North Florida and owned by real Italians, Mamma Lucia serves definitive Northern Italian cuisine, like risotto, osso buco and their specialty dessert, bomba al cioccolato, cake with ice cream and Amaretto. Their pasta and tiramisu are made fresh. Beer, wine and espresso are served, and take-out is available. Open for lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun.
MAMA MIA’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA 12220 Atlantic Blvd., Arlington, 221-1122 Mama Mia’s offers casual dining with lunchtime specials. The menu includes veal, seafood dishes and New York-style and big-crust Sicilian-style pizzas. Delivery is available, and beer and wine are served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
MATT’S ITALIAN CUISINE 2771 Monument Rd., Ste. 8, Arlington, 646-4411 The menu includes seafood, strombolis and veal, cookedto-order. Delivery is available. Beer and wine are served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
MILANO’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 21, Intracoastal, 646-9119 1504 Third St. N., Jax Beach, 339-0909 This casual, family-owned restaurant and pizzeria serves homestyle Italian fare, including thin-crust New York-style pizzas, veal and baked dishes. Kids’ portions are available. A full bar is served, and daily delivery service is offered. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
NERO’S CAFÉ 3607 University Blvd. N., Arlington, 743-3141 Nero’s has been serving traditional Italian-style food for nearly 30 years. Along with nightly dinner specials, Nero’s features veal, seafood pasta dishes and New York style pizzas. Nero’s lounge features a full-service bar. Take-out is available. Open for dinner daily; lunch on Wed., Thur. and Sun.
PASTA MARKET & CLAM BAR 1930 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 276-9551 This family-owned-and-operated restaurant offers gourmet
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As consumers become more conscientious about the foods they eat, the number of people choosing to live a meat-free lifestyle is growing considerably. This choice doesn’t have to cause a rift among friends who can’t agree on a restaurant, or stifle the conversation, laughter and time spent with loved ones that make dining out special. These restaurants offer menus that keep both carnivores and vegetarians in perfect harmony:
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1537 Margaret St., 5 Points Start with chips and fire-roasted salsa and a cup of the homemade vegetarian green chile, sprinkled with cheese and onions. Top your colorful Mossfire garden salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, pumpkin seeds and cucumbers) with fried tempeh or a black bean patty for a delicious vegan dinner. The Ka-pow! tempeh tacos arrive with a generous portion of vegetarian black beans and cilantro lime rice, finished with cheese and onion. Vegans particularly like Mossfire because they can substitute tempeh or black beans for meat on just about everything. This also goes for the spot next door, O’Brothers Irish Pub.
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1018 Third St. N., Jax Beach 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, Tinseltown 1800 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island With choices like the tempeh hoagie, hummus pita, tortilla soup, mega-veggie pizza, Greek salad or capri salad (slices of tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil with balsamic glaze), there’s more than enough to go around at Mellow. The giant portobello is a unique find, stuffed with artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach and feta, then baked and topped with mozzarella. Another vegetarian favorite is the charismatically named Kosmic Karma pizza: marinara, mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, feta, roma tomatoes, spinach and pesto.
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2735 Park St., Riverside 1704 San Marco Blvd., San Marco 5500 Beach Blvd., Southside 992 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach E-Street offers an impressive vegan and vegetarian line-up, including several raw offerings from Shakti Life Kitchen. Begin with the Shakti cheese and crackers: homemade creamy cashew cheese with gluten-free crackers and cucumber slices. The Happy Sally salad is filling and offers variety: Opt for one scoop of tabouli and one scoop of curry tempeh instead of two scoops of the same, which are served atop lettuce, walnuts, raisins, tomato slices, cucumbers and Swiss cheese.
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PSS World Medical, 4345 Southpoint Blvd., on Tuesday King Street Farmers Market, 1021 King St., on Wednesday 501 Riverside Ave. (behind old fire station), on Thursday and Friday The folks running the operation from this shiny Airstream trailer boast handcrafted “semi-swanky street food.” Gluten-free tortillas are handmade each morning with just Maseca brand corn flour, a little melted butter and kosher salt. Try the Artie’s Tempeh (from Gainesville) taco or the asparagus taco, both drizzled with sweet chili and lemon sauce. Pair with the mixed green salad served with sliced grape tomatoes, crunchy croutons made from French Pantry bread (hold the croutons to make it vegan) and tossed with homemade thyme vinaigrette. Or top the salad with Artie’s Tempeh for a boost of protein, then wash it down with a cold bottle of Mexican Coca-Cola or Jarritos, made with real cane sugar.
111 Third Ave. N., Jax Beach This new Jax Beach spot serves modern Pan-Asian cuisine with classic beachfront views. Chef Scott Ostrander’s edamame dumplings, paired with a side of peppery arugula, are delicate pillows of creamy edamame adorned with a drizzle of sake and white truffle butter. The Green Buddha roll, a beautifully presented sushi roll with edamame hummus, marries the flavors of roasted tomato, yam and artichoke before being enveloped with soy paper and crowned with Japanese eggplant, goat’s milk cheese and crunchy almond slivers.
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4070 Herschel St., Fairfax Start with Harp’s mozzarella sticks, fried button mushrooms or spring rolls (with sweet-and-spicy sauce) or spinach-and-artichoke dip. Then try the vegan BBQ sandwich: a chopped veggie burger mixed with vegan barbecue sauce. Even your meat-eating friends can hardly tell the difference. A recent menu addition, the veggie shepherd’s pie, is perfect comfort food: baked layers of garlic mashed potatoes, vegetables and cheese. One of Harp’s staples is the all-day, every day two-for-one domestic draft special. Vegetarians drink beer, don’t they?
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Ethnic restaurants across Northeast Florida offer countless options for vegetarians and vegans. Any Thai (Pattaya Thai on Baymeadows, Tuptim Thai on Roosevelt, Taste of Thai on University) or Vietnamese spot (Bowl of Pho, below right, on Baymeadows, Saigon Time off I-10, P.K. Noodles on Beach Boulevard) offers lots of choices, as do Indian restaurants (India’s Restaurant, below left, 5th Element, Flavors — all on Baymeadows Road), Italian (pastas and many sauces are vegetarian at Italian restaurants), and Mediterranean (Casbah in Avondale, Hala on University, Mandaloun on Baymeadows, Karam’s on University and on Beach Boulevard at Hodges).
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pizzas, veal, chicken, mussels, shrimp, grouper and (of course) pastas: spaghetti, fettuccine, lasagna, ziti, calzones, linguini, tortellini, ravioli, all made with fresh ingredients, homemade-style. Daily specials. Beer, wine and sangria are served. Kids’ selections are offered. Open for dinner nightly.
PELE’S WOOD FIRE 2665 Park St., Riverside, 955-1278 In historic Riverside, Chef Micah Windham utilizes the power of a wood-fired oven to create traditional, authentic Italian fare with a modern twist. A full bar is served, and a kids’ menu and take-out are available. Open daily for lunch and dinner; brunch Sat. and Sun.
PERARD’S PIZZA & ITALIAN CUISINE 11043 Crystal Springs Rd., Ste. 2, Westside, 378-8131 Family-owned Perard’s specializes in homemade sauces, dough, lasagna and desserts. Traditional Italian fare includes a large selection of gourmet pizza toppings. A kids’ menu is offered, and beer and wine are served. Take-out is available. Open daily.
PRIMI PIATTI 2722 Park St., Riverside, 389-5545
The Northern Italian-style restaurant (the name means “first plate” in Italian) offers a menu made from fresh ingredients, which includes daily specials, pastas and she-crab soup. A broad wine selection and beer are served. A kids’ menu is available. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sat.
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SANTIONI’S LA CUCINA 3535 U.S. 17, Ste. 15, Eagle Harbor, 264-1331 Owner George Trefrey is a former chef, and it shows in his innovative approach to cuisine, desserts and his extensive wine list. Live entertainment Fri. and Sat. Wine tastings are held twice a month. On the last Tuesday of each month, a free birthday dinner is served to those who celebrated during that month. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
SHIRAZ PIZZA & ITALIAN GRILLE 3980 Southside Blvd., Southside, 738-8787 This Italian restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat pizza lunch special. Beer and wine are served and take-out is available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
SORRENTO ITALIAN RESTAURANT 6943 St. Augustine Rd., Mandarin, 636-9196 Luciano Russo and his family opened Sorrento more than 20 years ago. The extensive menu includes fish Françese and lamb Torinese, and entrées include a salad, bread and a side of spaghetti. Beer and wine are served. Open for dinner Tue.-Sun.
TAVERNA 1986 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 398-3005 Taverna serves European cuisine heavily influenced by the flavors of Italy and Spain. Tapas (small-plate items), Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizzas, homestyle pastas and entrées are served in a rustic yet upscale interior. Beer and wine are served, and take-out is available. Open for lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat.; brunch on Sat. and Sun.
TONINO’S TRATTORIA 7001 Merrill Rd., Ste. 45, Arlington, 743-3848 Specializing in veal, seafood and New York-style pizza, Tonino’s serves Roman-style Italian. Dine inside or out on the piazza. A full bar is served — Tonino’s specializes in martinis — and a happy hour is held daily. Take-out is available. Open for dinner Tue.-Sun.
VINO’S PIZZA & GRILL 9910 Old Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1, Baymeadows, 641-7171 605 S.R. 13, Ste. 103, St. Johns, 230-6966 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr., Mandarin, 268-6660 1430 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 683-2444 Vino’s has hand-tossed New York-style, thin-crust pizzas, as well as Sicilian-style, thick-crust pizzas. Big salads, baked dishes, subs, stromboli, wings and wraps round out the menu. A kids’ menu is available. The San Marco location offers a daily lunch buffet. Open daily.
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Vito’s is family-owned and in its 26th year, serving grouper Francesco, New York and Chicago style pizzas, surf-andturf and rack of lamb. For dessert, homemade tiramisu and cannolis. A full bar is served. Open Tue.-Sun.
VITO’S ITALIAN CAFÉ The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., 355-3002 The traditional Italian and Mediterranean menu at Vito’s includes pasta dishes, steak and seafood entrées. Desserts, including the tiramisu and cannoli, are homemade. A 2011 Best of Jax winner for Best Italian, this café also features a full-service bar in the lounge, serving a daily happy hour. Open daily.
JAPANESE & KOREAN BENTO CAFE PAN ASIAN & SUSHI 4860 Big Island Dr., St. Johns Town Center, 564-9494 Casual dining at a quick pace is the Bento way, serving sushi and Pan-Asian cuisine. Beer and wine are served, outdoor dining is featured and take-out is available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
CRAZY SUSHI 4320 Deerwood Lake Parkway, Ste. 202, Southside, 998-9797 This cozy getaway serves a full sushi bar as well as hibachi, sashimi, katsu and tempura dishes. Favorites are the Dynamite roll, Cold roll and spicy Manhattan roll. Beer, sake and wine are served. Open daily.
FUJI SUSHI 13740 Beach Blvd., Intracoastal, 992-8998 At the corner of Beach and Hodges, Fuji Sushi offers dine-in and take-out Japanese fare. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
FUJI SUSHI 660 Commerce Center Dr., Ste. 155, Regency, 722-9988 A respite from the busy Regency area bustle, this casual, modern restaurant serves sushi and sashimi, tempura, soups and entrées. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
FUJI SUSHI JAPANESE RESTAURANT 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 30, Baymeadows, 363-8888 Fuji Sushi offers fresh sushi, steak, chicken, tempura, teriyaki and seafood. Beer and wine are served. A kids’ menu is available. Open daily.
FUJI SUSHI 9542 Argyle Forest Blvd., Ste. C-18, Jacksonville, 778-1998 The skilled chefs create sushi items vegetarian or regular style. Dinner dishes include rice, soup and salad. Beer and wine are served. A kids’ menu and take-out are available. Open daily.
FUSION POINT 237 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 823-1444 The theme is Japanese, but the menu is fusion — a blend of Far East favorites, vegetarian, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean and Thai. The menu in this indie-mod restaurant includes sushi and is constantly changing. Fusion Point serves beer and wine. Open for dinner daily.
GINJO SUSHI JAPANESE RESTAURANT 3620 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 388-5688 New at the Shoppes of Avondale, Ginjo serves traditional Japanese fare and sushi. Sake, beer and wine are served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
HANA SUSHI JAPANESE CUISINE 1930 S. 14th St., Fernandina Beach, 277-8838 Hana’s bright shop offers a sushi bar and a full menu, including teriyaki, tempura, hibachi, katsu, udon and bento boxes. Beer and wine are served. Open daily.
HON KOREAN RESTAURANT 5161 Beach Blvd., Ste. 5, St. Nicholas, 396-4008 Hon serves homestyle Korean, focusing on healthy soups, casseroles, entrées and side dishes, all made with fresh meats, vegetables and seafood. The chef has more than 30 years of experience dishing out authentic Korean meals, using original methods passed down through her family. Take-out and beer and wine are available. Open for lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sat.
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OSAKA GRILL SUSHI BUFFET 11701 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 886-7778
Make your own dishes at this new sushi place, choosing from a wide variety of ingredients, including edemame, grilled chicken, avocado, cucumber, mango and teriyaki, combined in endless possibilities. Also salads, bowls, rolls and miso soup. A kids’ selection is offered. Beer and wine are served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
More than 150 items are offered at this Chinese and Japanese buffet, including soups, spareribs, a sushi bar, roast duck and ice cream. Children younger than 12 dine at a discount. Carry-out from the buffet is available. Beer and wine are served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
ICHIBAN JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE 675 N. Third St., Jax Beach, 247-4688
OSAKA JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE 9651 Crosshill Blvd., Ste. 102, Argyle, 317-0224 Located in Oakleaf Town Center, Osaka features a sushi bar and hibachi tables. A full bar is served. A kids’ menu and take-out are available. Open daily.
Ichiban offers three distinct dining areas: the teppan or hibachi tables, where you watch the chef prepare your food; the sushi bar; and Western-style seating with a menu of tempura and teriyaki dishes. Ichiban also has a full-service bar with select fine wines, including Japanese plum wine. Early-bird specials nightly. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
OTAKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE 7860 Gate Parkway, Stes. 119-122, Southside, 854-0485
KABUKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE AND SUSHI BAR 1147 Amelia Plaza, Fernandina Beach, 277-8782
Otaki features a sushi bar, hibachi grill tables and an open kitchen. A full bar is served, and a kids’ menu and take-out are also available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
Kabuki serves certified Angus steaks and fresh seafood — all MSG-free. The Japanese dishes and items from the unlimited sushi bar can be customized to suit any taste, and the teppan art of cooking entertains as chefs prepare food in front of you. Beer and wine are served, and sushi takeout is offered. Open Tue.-Sun.
KABUTO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR 10055 Atlantic Blvd., Arlington, 724-8883
PHILIP SUSHI 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 20, Southside, 519-7977 This full-service sushi restaurant serves traditional sushi, hibachi, sashimi, tempura and teriyaki dishes. Beer and wine are served, and there’s a daily happy hour. Lunch specials are featured, and take-out is available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
Steak and shrimp, filet mignon and lobster, shrimp and scallops, a sushi bar, teppanyaki grill and traditional Japanese cuisine are served. Kids’ selections are available. A full bar is served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
SAKE HOUSE 824 Lomax St., Five Points, 301-1188 1478 Riverplace Blvd., San Marco, 306-2188 10281 Midtown Parkway, St. Johns Town Center
KAN-KI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR 4483 Southside Blvd., Tinseltown, 642-2626 11154 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 292-2400 2009 East-West Parkway, Fleming Island, 269-3003
Sake House serves traditional Japanese cuisine and a wide variety of fresh sushi, sashimi, kiatsu, teriyaki and hibachi in an authentic Japanese atmosphere. Beer, wine and sake are available. A bonafide tatami room, with outside seating, is open. Open for lunch and dinner.
Kan-Ki is a Japanese steakhouse and sushi bar with teppanyaki tables, 10 sushi tables, a sushi bar and a full liquor bar. The menu includes steaks and seafood. A kids’ menu is available, as well as sushi take-out. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
KOBE JAPANESE RESTAURANT 11362 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 8, Mandarin, 288-7999 This Japanese fusion-style sushi restaurant offers such dishes as oyster shooters, kobe beef shabu-shabu and Chilean sea bass, served in an eclectic atmosphere. Beer, wine and sake are served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
KOJA SUSHI The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 222, 350-9911 Owners John and Tony — in the sushi game for more than 10 years — offer sushi, sashimi, and Japanese, Asian and Korean cuisine. Hard-to-find items like baby octopus salad are available. A 2011 Best of Jax winner for Best Japanese, Koja offers indoor and outdoor dining, and a full bar is available. Open daily.
SAKE SUSHI 8206 Philips Hwy., Ste. 31. 647-6000 The new restaurant offers sushi, hibachi, teriyaki, tempura, katsu, donburi and noodle soups. Popular rolls include Fuji Yama, Ocean Blue and Fat Boy. A full bar is served. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.
SPY GLOBAL CUISINE & LOUNGE 21 Hypolita St., St. Augustine, 819-5637 The sophisticated addition to St. Augustine’s dining scene, started by a Flagler College grad, infuses the Ancient City with a West Coast vibe. The menu includes traditional Japanese entrées created with a European influence, sushi and a variety of saketinis, as well as 50 wines. Open for lunch Thur.-Sun.; dinner Tue.-Sun., and late night on Fri. and Sat.
SUMO SUSHI 2726 Park St., Riverside, 388-8838
Japanese dishes, from traditional to new styles of entrees and sushi rolls, including spicy sashimi salad, gyoza (pork dumplings), tobiko (flying fish roe) and Rainbow roll (tuna, salmon, yellowtail and California roll) artfully presented. Beer, wine and cold sake are served, and a kids’ menu is available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
SUSHI CAFÉ 2025 Riverside Ave., Ste. 201, Riverside, 384-2888 Sushi Café near Five Points features a variety of sushi, including the popular Monster roll and the Jimmy Smith roll, along with faves like Rock-n-Roll and Dynamite roll. Sushi Café also offers hibachi, tempura, katsu and teriyaki. Beer and wine are served. Dine indoors or on the patio. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
SUSHI HOUSE 9810 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 12, Baymeadows, 997-0966 With an assortment of specialty rolls, sushi and sashimi, this quaint restaurant offers tempura, katsu, teriyaki and hibachi entrées. Beer and wine are served. Take out and delivery are available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
SUSHI & SUB 5800 Beach Blvd., St. Nicholas, 858-7032
Sushi & Subs serves, that’s right … sushi and subs. Take-out is available at this family-owned sushi nook. Open Mon.-Sat.
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WASABI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR 10206 River Coast Dr., St. Johns Town Center, 997-6528 Wasabi serves up authentic Japanese cuisine and features teppanyaki shows. A full sushi menu is also served. Kids’ selections available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
WATAMI ASIAN FUSION 9041 Southside Blvd., Ste. 138C, Southside, 363-9888 Included in the buffet price is all-you can-eat sushi and choice of two items from the teppanyaki grill. Customer favorites include the Jaguar, dynamite, lobster and softshell crab rolls. A kids’ menu is available. A full bar is served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
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KYOTO STEAK & SUSHI HOUSE 8221 Southside Blvd., Ste. 16, Southside, 645-8788 The experienced sushi chefs, trained in Japan, offer traditional Japanese-style fare and a full sushi bar in a family atmosphere. A kids’ menu is available. Beer and wine are served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
MIKADO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE 10460 Avenues Walk Blvd., Mandarin, 260-8860
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Mikado has been serving traditional Japanese cuisine for more than 20 years. The big sushi bar seats more than 25 diners. There are 12 hibachi tables. A full bar is served, and take-out is available. A lunch buffet is offered Sun.-Fri.; dinner daily.
MIZU SUSHI & GRILL 14965 Old St. Augustine Rd., Ste. 124, Mandarin, 880-0889 Master chefs prepare fresh sushi, seafood, steak and vegetables. Indoor or outdoor dining. Located south of Avenues Mall at Durbin Crossing. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
NAGASAKI SUSHI & GRILL 12400 Yellow Bluff Rd., Northside, 751-2311 This Japanese restaurant offers an authentic traditional menu, including a variety of teriyaki and tempura dishes, as well as hibachi, sushi and satsumi items. Bento boxes and lunch specials are also featured. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
Anne Greco, Tate Stewart and Amber Dubois hang out by the famed hot bar at Tijuana Flats, a fresh only Tex-Mex eatery on Old Baymeadows Road on Jacksonville’s Southside.
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YUMMY SUSHI 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 207, Tinseltown, 998-8806
CASTILLO DE MEXICO 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 19, Kernan Square, 998-7006
A Best of Jax 2011 repeat winner for Best Sushi, Yummy’s menu has it all: teriyaki, tempura and hibachi-style dinners to sushi and sashimi, as well as a variety of more than 30 specialty rolls. Lunch roll specials run Mon.-Fri. Beer, wine and sake are served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
Castillo de Mexico offers an extensive menu served in authentic Mexican décor. There is also a weekday lunch buffet. A full bar is served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
MEXICAN, CUBAN, CARIBBEAN, PERUVIAN & SPANISH
Each dish is prepared with authentic ingredients; tasty, but not too caliente. The fajitas are a specialty. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
ACAPULCO MEXICAN RESTAURANT 12 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, 808-9933 This sprawling Mexican restaurant overlooks Castillo de San Marcos and serves all of the favorites as well as weekly specials. Beer, including Mexican brands, wine and margaritas are served from the full bar. Dine in or take out. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
BAHAMA BREEZE 10205 River Coast Dr., St. Johns Town Center, 646-1031 Bahama Breeze offers Caribbean-inspired cuisine and tropical drinks in an island atmosphere. Menu items include lobster quesadillas, West Indies beef patties, Creole baked goat cheese and crab claws St. Thomas. A full bar is served, and a kids’ menu and take-out are available. Open daily.
BEIGNET’S CARIBBEAN CAFÉ 4770 Barnes Rd., Ste. 1, Southside, 737-6789 A taste of the Caribbean can be found all over this restaurant, with items like jerk chicken, oxtail, goat, mahi sandwiches, and Caribbean beignets with coffee from New Orleans’ Café Du Monde. Open for breakfast Mon.-Sat., for lunch and dinner daily.
BLUE WATER ISLAND GRILL 205 First St. N., Jax Beach, 249-0083 This new casual spot features American fare with a Caribbean soul. A full bar is served, and kids are welcome. There’s live music on the weekends, too. Open daily.
BRAZILIAN JAX CAFE 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 20, Mandarin, 880-3313
COCO’S 450 S.R. 13, Ste. 113, St. Johns, 230-3403 This spot serves Caribbean cuisine in a casual atmosphere, using fresh, healthful ingredients. Beer and wine are available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
DE REAL TING CAFÉ 128 W. Adams St., downtown, 633-9738 This Caribbean restaurant features jerk or curried chicken, conch fritters and curried goat and oxtail. A full bar is served. The lunch buffet is offered Tue.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sat.
DON JUAN’S RESTAURANT 12373 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 268-8722 With a focus on friendly, family-oriented service, Don Juan’s has a touch of Old Mexico: patio dining. A full bar — with tequila selections — is served, and happy hour is held Mon.-Fri. A kids’ menu and take-out are available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
EL MOFONGO DOMINICAN-CUBAN BAKERY & RESTAURANT 6011 103rd St., Ste. 11, Westside, 777-4933 Mofongo is a traditional dish, and this restaurant focuses on authentic cuisine from Cuba and Dominican Republic, including breakfast items, pork and beef entrées and sandwiches made with sauces, spices and ingredients so authentic you’ll check your passport. Open for breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat.
EL POTRO 7200 Normandy Blvd., Ste. 12, Northside, 378-9822 1553 N. Third St., Jax Beach, 241-6910 226 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 819-0390 Family-friendly and casual, El Potro cooks everything fresh and made to-order — fast, hot and simple. Daily specials and a buffet are featured at most locations. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
These folks — owners Luiz and Cleudes Marchetto — really want to share authentic Brazilian dishes, including steaks, sausages, chicken, fish, burgers and hot sandwiches made with fresh ingredients. Traditional feijoada (black beans and pork stew with rice, collards, orange salad and toasted yucca flour with bacon) is served every Sat. Take-out is available. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.
EL RANCHITO 14333 Beach Blvd., Ste. 22, Intracoastal, 992-4607
CAMPECHE BAY CANTINA 127 N. First Ave., Jax Beach, 249-3322
Owners Marina and Roberto Pestana serve Old World Spanish and Portuguese cuisine, including caracoles (Andalusia-style escargot) and gambas al jerez (shrimp and garlic, sautéed with sherry and cream). The tapas menu includes ceviche and homemade sangria. A kids’ menu is available. Open nightly.
Campeche Bay has repeatedly won Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax awards in the Best Mexican Restaurant, Best Fajitas and Best Margaritas categories. Customers favor the chili rellenos, the homemade tamales and the homemade margaritas – to say nothing of the two daily happy hours. Open for dinner nightly.
CANTINA LAREDO 10282 Bistro Dr., St. Johns Town Center, 997-6110 Cantina Laredo serves authentic Mexican dishes in a sophisticated atmosphere. The daily grilled fish specials, grilled chicken and steaks are complimented by signature sauces like chipotle-wine with portobello mushrooms or sautéed artichoke hearts and roasted red bell peppers. A full bar is served. Take-out, delivery and a kids’ menu are available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
CASA MARIA 12961 N. Main St., Ste. 104, Northside, 757-6411 2429 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 372-9000 A 2011 Best of Jax winner for Best Mexican, this familyowned-and-operated restaurant offers authentic Mexican food, including fajitas and seafood dishes, as well as a variety of hot sauces — one’s made in-house. The specialty is tacos de asada. A kids’ menu is available, and a full bar is served. Open daily.
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CINCO DE MAYO The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., downtown, 329-2892
Authentic Latin American cuisine includes dishes from Colombia, Cuba and Mexico. Beer and wine are served. A kids’ selection and take-out are available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
ESPAÑA RESTAURANT & TAPAS 22 S. Fourth St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7700
HAVANA-JAX CAFÉ/CUBA LIBRE BAR BITE CLUB CERTIFIED! 2578 Atlantic Blvd., St. Nicholas, 399-0609
The Cuban sandwiches served in this clean, bright café are the real thing: big, thick and flattened. Other favorites include traditional Cuban fare like black beans and rice, plantains, steaks, seafood, chicken and rice, and roast pork. A full bar, Spanish wine and Cuban drink specials, including mojitos and Cuba libres, are served. Open Mon.-Sat.
LA COCINA MEXICAN RESTAURANT 3290 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine, 794-1610 Sister restaurant to La Cocina at the beach (see Global), this La Cocina offers gourmet Mexican cuisine in a finedining atmosphere. Beer and wine are served. Patio dining available. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.
LA NOPALERA MEXICAN RESTAURANT 4530 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 388-8828 14333 Beach Blvd., Intracoastal, 992-1666 2024 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 276-2776 1571 C.R. 220, Ste. 100, Fleming Island, 215-2223
Chefs Micah Windham, Andrea Socorro and Matt Tierney create authentic Italian fare with a modern twist at Pele’s Wood Fire on Park Street in Riverside.
No. 2, 1631 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 399-1768 11700 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 288-0175 8818 Atlantic Blvd., Arlington, 720-0106 8206 Philips Hwy., Baymeadows Junction, 732-9433 Don’t be alarmed to see the server’s arms filled with dinner plates — five or more at a time. The balancing act is something to behold. Tamales, fajitas and pork tacos are customer favorites. Beer, wine and margaritas are served; some locations offer a full bar. A repeat winner for 2011 Best of Jax’s Best Margarita. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
LATIN LOUNGE & RESTAURANT 5584 Timucuana Rd., Westside, 771-3838 This Puerto Rican restaurant serves appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrées so authentic, you’ll think you’re in San Juan. But it’s the Westside — increasingly the best side when it comes to traditional Latin recipes. A kids’ menu is available. Open for lunch and dinner Thur.-Sat.
LOLA’S BURRITO JOINT 1522 King St., Riverside, 738-7181 Brand new to the already-vibrant restaurant scene, Lola’s offers more than 25 kinds of burritos, along with tacos, empanadas and yucca fries. And there are more than 50 craft beers as well as margaritas and other cocktails. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
LOS TOROS MEXICAN RESTAURANT 5210 Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows, 367-8633 Los Toros serves authentic Mexican fare, including fajitas and a selection of vegetarian dishes. A kids’ menu is available, and the full bar features margaritas. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
MAMBO’S CUBAN BISTRO 311 N. Third St., Ste. 103, Jax Beach, 853-6360 MAMBO’S CUBAN CAFE & PIZZERIA 13770 Beach Blvd., Ste. 9, Intracoastal, 374-2046 Mambo’s specializes in authentic Cuban cuisine and cocktails, including ropa vieja, bistec, pollo, picadillo and lechon asada and mojitos. The Cuban sandwich is a customer favorite. DJs spin Latin music every Fri. and Sat. A full bar is served. A kids’ selection and take-out are available. Open for lunch and dinner daily; the Beach Boulevard location, offering Cuban and American pizzas, is open for breakfast, too.
MANGO MANGO’S BEACHSIDE BAR & GRILL 700 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 461-1077 Just steps from the A Street beach access, this Caribbean kitchen offers comfort food with a tropical twist. Specialties include coconut shrimp and fried plantains. Beer and wine are served. Outdoor seating and a kids’ menu are available. Open daily.
THE MOSSFIRE GRILL 1537 Margaret St., Riverside, 355-4434 Just a stone’s throw from the Five Points intersection, Mossfire manages to satisfy indie kids and conservative businessfolk alike. Southwestern dishes like fresh fish tacos
and chicken enchiladas are popular, and a kids’ menu is available. A full bar is served, and happy hour runs Mon.Sat. in the upstairs lounge. Sunday is happy hour all day. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
NEW MADRID RESTAURANT 11233 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4, Southside, 642-3741 New Madrid features urban Venezuelan cuisine from Cuba and South America. The Cuban sandwich is a big seller, along with Latin dishes like ropa vieja, picadillo, paella and arroz con pollo (chicken and rice). A kids’ menu is available. Beer, wine and homemade sangria are served. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.
PABLO’S GRILL & CANTINA 12 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 261-0049 Pablo’s is located in Fernandina Beach’s historic district and serves an authentic Mexican menu featuring chimichangas, fajitas and vegetarian dishes. A kids’ menu is available. Dine inside or out on the brick patio. Open daily.
PEPE’S HACIENDA Y RESTAURANT 3615 DuPont Ave., Ste. 900, Lakewood, 636-8131 This restaurant includes an ethnic grocery store. Pepe’s offers authentic burritos, tortillas, seafood, soups and freshbaked in-house breads. A kids’ menu is available. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
PEPPER’S MEXICAN GRILL & CANTINA 530 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, 277-2011 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 1, Intracoastal, 221-2300 96096 Lofton Square Court, Yulee, 491-6955 This casual, family-friendly restaurant features daily specials, and happy hour runs all day, every day. A full bar — featuring margaritas — is served, and a kids’ menu is offered. Open daily.
THE PIER CANTINA 412 First St. N., Jax Beach, 246-6454 The new oceanfront restaurant offers a Mexican menu. Downstairs Sandbar and patio offer casual items and daily drink specials. A kids’ menu is available. A full bar is served. Best of Jax 2011 winner for Best New Restaurant. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
PISCO’S RESTAURANT 4131 Southside Blvd., Ste. 101, Southside, 646-3888 This Peruvian restaurant offers ceviche, jalea, lomo and pollo saltado, arroz con marisco, Inca Cola and Peruvian wines. A kids’ menu is available, and beer and wine are served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
PLAYA CHAC-MOOL 105 D St., St. Augustine Beach, 471-1131 True Yucatec cuisine, this family owned restaurant serves Mayan influenced favorites like ceviche and quesadillas, along with beer and wine. The best part’s the service, which often means the owner playing guitar, and a keyboard-only version of “The Girl From Ipanema.” Covered patio seating is available. Open for lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun.
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PUERTO PLATA RESTAURANT 2045 Bayview Rd., Westside, 388-5888 This restaurant located off Blanding Boulevard offers authentic Latin cuisine served in a relaxed atmosphere. Specialties include roast pork, chuletas and pollo guisado. Beer and wine are served, and a kids’ menu is available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
PUSSER’S BAR & GRILLE BITE CLUB CERTIFIED! 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, Ponte Vedra, 280-7766
Named for the rum, Pusser’s serves innovative Caribbean cuisine and regional favorites, like Jamaican grilled pork ribs, Trinidad smoked duck, and lobster macaroni and cheese. Tropical drinks, including Pusser’s Painkiller, are popular house “remedies.” A kids’ menu and take-out are offered. Live music is featured on the Upper Deck. Open daily.
SALSARITA’S FRESH CANTINA 840 Nautica Dr., Ste. 131, Northside, 696-4001 Located in River City Marketplace on the Northside, Salsarita’s offers cuisine with a Southwest flavor made from scratch daily and served in a family atmosphere. Delivery available. Beer and wine are served. A kids’ menu is available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
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TIJUANA FLATS 9942 Old Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows, 641-1090 5907 Roosevelt Blvd., Ste. 100, Westside, 908-4343 13529 Beach Blvd., Intracoastal, 223-0041 5635 San Jose Blvd., Lakewood, 737-9938 13820 Old St. Augustine Rd., Mandarin, 262-0484 The fresh Tex-Mex menu features a hot bar with rotating sauces to supply any degree of heat. There’s not a microwave or freezer in sight — everything is prepared from fresh ingredients. Beer and wine are served. A kids’ menu and take-out are available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
© 2011 FolioWeekly VIVA AUTHENTIC MEXICAN RESTAURANT 2467 Faye Rd., Ste. 10, Northside, 527-1261 The chef at Viva creates dishes with a southern Mexican influence, including fajitas, tacos, burritos, enchiladas and quesadillas made with fresh ingredients and authentic spices and served in a family-friendly atmosphere. Beer, wine and margaritas are served. A kids’ menu is available. Open daily.
NEIGHBORHOOD HANGOUTS A1A ALE WORKS 1 King St., St. Augustine, 829-2977 This two-story brew pub, overlooking the restored Bridge of Lions, makes six varieties of beer and serves New World cuisine, indoors or out on the balcony. There’s a full-service bar and live entertainment Thur., Fri. and Sat. evenings. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
AJ’S BAR & GRILL 10244 Atlantic Blvd., Regency, 805-9060 AJ’s menu includes burgers, salads and wings. A full bar is served. There are video games and pool tables, karaoke, and live music most weekends. The grill is open until midnight Tue.-Sun.
ANGIE’S SUBS 1436 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 246-2519 ANGIE’S GROM 204 Third Ave. S., Jax Beach, 246-7823 Home of the original baked sub, Angie’s has been serving Italian-style subs to devoted locals for more than 25 years. In addition to hot or cold subs, Angie’s offers huge salads and blue-ribbon iced tea. Beer and wine are served. A 2011 Best of Jax winner for Best Sub Sandwich. Open daily.
BEACHCOMBER RESTAURANT 2 A St., St. Augustine Beach, 471-3744 One of the few spots in St. Augustine where you actually eat on the beach, this casual spot serves a full breakfast menu (with huge pancakes) inside or out at picnic tables. Try fresh local oysters, seafood and award-winning chowder. Beer and wine are served. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
BEACH GARDEN RESTAURANT 860 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 471-2555 Located inside the Holiday Inn, this tropical restaurant serves fresh seafood, steaks and sandwiches. A kids’ menu is available. A full breakfast is served, and a breakfast buffet is featured during the week. Open for dinner nightly.
BEACH HUT CAFÉ 1281 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 249-3516 Celebrating more than 20 years in the biz, Beach Hut Café often wins the Best Breakfast category in Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax readers poll. The full breakfast menu is served all day (featuring some darn good grits), and hot plate specials are offered Mon.-Fri. Expect a wait on weekends — this place packs out. Open for breakfast and lunch daily.
BENNY’S SANDWICH SHOP 121 W. Forsyth St., Downtown, 634-1525 For 26 years, Benny’s — located in an old basement bank
The crew at Timoti’s Fry Shak — Brannon Johnson, Katie Vanderhelden, Brian McCarthy, Erica Clurkley, Dean Ross and Carlin Catanzaro — is all about the locals, serving locally caught, fresh seafood and locally grown veggies, whenever possible, on North Third Street in downtown Fernandina Beach.
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vault — has been part of the downtown breakfast and lunch scene. Everything is made from scratch. Customer favorites include the taco salad and the creamy potato soup. Open for breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri.
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BILLY’S BOAT HOUSE GRILL 2321 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 241-9771
With more than 130 imported beers, and 20 on tap, European Street knows its beers and ales — it’s a 2011 Best of Jax winner for Best Beer Selection. The sandwich menu includes the classic Reuben and overstuffed sandwiches. The Listening Room features local and national Americana artists. Outside seating is available at some locations. Open daily.
Located at Beach Marine, Billy’s Boat House Grill has a view of the Intracoastal Waterway and focuses on fresh local seafood, hand-trimmed steaks and offers a full bar. There’s trivia every Mon., and oyster and wing specials every Thur. Live entertainment is featured Wed., Thur., Fri. and Sat. Open daily.
CAFÉ ON THE GREEN 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Sawgrass Marriott, Ponte Vedra, 285-7777 Café on the Green is a casual dining venue serving traditional favorites. Open for breakfast and lunch daily.
CAP’S ON THE WATER 4325 Myrtle St., Vilano Beach, 824-8794
GIGI’S RESTAURANT 3130 Hartley Rd. (Ramada Inn), Mandarin, 694-4300
This Intracoastal restaurant is a Vilano Beach mainstay, serving cold beer, an award-winning wine list, a full bar and coastal cuisine indoors or the large, oak-shaded deck. Kids romp along the water while grownups enjoy a long meal (tapas platters, cioppino, fresh local shrimp, raw oyster bar) or a stunning sunset. Boat access is available. Open for lunch Fri.-Sun.; dinner nightly.
GiGi’s serves a prime rib and crab leg buffet on Fri. and Sat., blue-jean brunch on Sun., a daily breakfast buffet and several options for lunch and dinner buffets. The Ramada Inn is also home to The Comedy Zone featuring national comedians Tue.-Sat. A full bar is served. Open daily.
Cliff’s features 8-ounce burgers, wings, seafood, homemade pizza and other daily specials, including the weekend handcut 12-ounce New York strip. A full bar is served, with a weekday happy hour. There’s entertainment offered every night. Take-out is available and smoking is permitted. Open daily.
DA BIG KAHUNA 528 First St. N., Jax Beach, 595-5613 The food is fresh, fast and casual, featuring large appetizers for sharing, juicy burgers, sandwiches, seafood, crisp salads, wings, pizzas and more. The South Pacific islandstyle atmosphere is sweetened with exotic tropical drinks like the Blue Hawaii, Pina Colada and Hawaiian Punch. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
ENGINE 15 BREWING CO. 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217, Jax Beach, 249-2337 A 2011 Best of Jax winner for Best Pub/Brew Pub, this Jax Beach restaurant serves gastropub fare like soups, salads, flatbreads and specialty sandwiches, including BarBeCuban and beer dip. Craft beers and wine are served. A kids’ menu is available. Open for lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun.
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FALCON’S NEST 6800 First Coast Hwy., Amelia Island, 491-4242 Located at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Falcon’s Nest offers specialty burgers, burritos, martinis, beer and wine. Airplane memorabilia decorates this island nightspot. 21 or older after 9 p.m. Happy hour Mon.-Fri. Open nightly.
CLIFF’S ROCKIN’ BAR-N-GRILL 3033 Monument Rd., Ste. 2, Cobblestone Plaza, 645-5162
GOLDEN CORRAL 9070 Merrill Rd., Arlington, 743-2662 14035 Beach Blvd., Intracoastal, 992-9294 11470 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 886-9699 582 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, 272-0755 4250 Southside Blvd., 620-0600 7043 Normandy Blvd., Northside, 378-3688
Family-friendly Golden Corral offers a legendary buffet featuring a variety of familiar favorites as well as new items for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open daily.
HIGHTIDE BURRITO COMPANY 1538 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 683-7396 Locally-owned-and-operated by Alejandro Juarez, this casual Mexican place offers homemade salsas, marinades and tortillas. Beef, pork, fish or cactus are served in burritos, tacos, salads or tortas. A kids’ menu and beer and wine are available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
HJ’S BAR & GRILL 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., Ste. 1, Westside, 317-2783 This grill serves traditional American fare: burgers, sandwiches, wraps and platters of ribs, shrimp and fish. A kids’ menu is available. A full bar is served. Open for lunch Sat.-Sun.; dinner daily.
KARIBREW BREW PUB & GRUB 27 N. Third St., Amelia Island, 277-5269 Amelia Island’s first microbrewery, Karibrew is located next
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door to its sister restaurant, Café Karibo. Karibrew offers a variety of beers, spirits and pub food. Take-out is available. Open for lunch daily; dinner Tue-Sun.; brunch Sun.
THE MILL TOP TAVERN & LISTENING ROOM 19 1/2 St. George St., St. Augustine, 829-2329 A St. Augustine institution located across from the Castillo de San Marcos at the north end of St. George Street, The Mill Top features live music nightly. The St. Auggie Spread is the signature dish, but the menu includes homemade soups and sandwiches along with daily specials. Full bar, with service indoors or under the trees on the two-story porch. Open for lunch and dinner daily — 365 days a year.
MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN 1850 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 246-1070 For more than 25 years, Monkey’s Uncle has served loyal locals and tourists alike its pub grub, including burgers, sandwiches, seafood and wings. Dine inside or out on the patio. A full bar is served, and take-out is available. Karaoke is held every Wed., Sat. and Sun. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
M SHACK 299 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-2599
Brothers David and Matthew Medure are flippin’ burgers at this new beaches restaurant, featuring a variety of burgers, hot dogs, fries, shakes and more familiar fare at moderate prices. Dine indoors or outside for great people-watching at Beaches Town Center (it’s in the former BookMark). Beer and wine are served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
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455 S. Legacy Trail, Ste. E106, World Golf Village, Sales Rep cj 940-3673 Decorated in a “Caddyshack” theme with actor Bill Murray’s golf and family memorabilia, this restaurant offers fresh seafood, steaks and barbecue. And keep an eye out for Bill, who’s been known to stop by for a cold one. A full bar is served, and there’s a weekday happy hour. Open daily.
MURRAY’S GRILLE 463852 E. S.R. 200/A1A, Yulee, 261-2727 Situated west of Amelia Island on S.R. 200, Murray’s serves seafood, pastas and barbecue. The hand-cut steaks, grouper Elizabeth and homemade Key lime pie are among the most requested dinner items. A full bar is served. Open daily.
NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE 2309 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 247-3300 Executive Chef Omar Callozo’s cuisine features local fare and innovative dishes, served in an island atmosphere. Dine inside or out on the tiki deck. A full bar is served. There’s live entertainment Tue.-Sun. Nippers is a Best of Jax 2011 winner for Best Caribbean and Best Chef. Open for lunch, Wed.-Sun.; dinner nightly.
NORTH BEACH BISTRO BITE CLUB CERTIFIED! 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach, 372-4105
This neighborhood gem serves hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and a tapas menu. A full bar, an extensive wine list and happy hour are offered. Live entertainment is presented Thur.-Sat. Open for lunch Tue.-Sun.; dinner daily; brunch (bottomless mimosas!) on Sun.
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PANAMA HATTIE’S 361 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 471-2192 Located across A1A from the St. Johns County pier, this restaurant serves casual beach fare in a Key West-style atmosphere. Live bands are featured. Dine inside or out on the ocean-view deck upstairs. Open daily; bar is open until 2 a.m. nightly.
PARKWAY GRILLE 5517 S. Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach, 277-6614 Owners Mike and Bobbe Malcolm prepare breakfast and lunch with fresh ingredients, including a selection of Boar’s Head deli meats, in a bright and casual atmosphere. Open daily.
POE’S TAVERN 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7637 Named in honor of Edgar Allan Poe, Poe’s Tavern is an American gastropub offering 50-plus beers with an emphasis on craft, high gravity and local and regional selections. The menu includes gourmet hamburgers, ground in-house and cooked to order, along with hand-cut French fries, fish tacos, entree-size salads, Edgar’s drunken chili and a daily fish sandwich special. A full bar is served, and a kids’ selection is available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
RENDEZVOUS RESTAURANT 106 St. George St., St. Augustine, 824-1090 Beer is the specialty at this German-style beer house, with more than 200 varieties from around the world and a rotating draft selection. Pair one with a hot or cold deli sandwich. Take-out orders may be phoned ahead for fast service, and beer is served to go. Open for lunch and dinner daily; until 2 a.m. Fri. and Sat.
SCARLETT O’HARA’S 70 Hypolita St., St. Augustine, 824-6535 Celebrating 30-plus years in the biz, Scarlett’s is popular among college students and tourists alike. The restaurant, located in a historic 1861 house, features seafood, burgers, wings and appetizers. A full bar is served. Live music is presented nightly. Open daily.
SMASHBURGER 630 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 241-2666 Do-it-yourself burgers and chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, salads, sides and fries are served at this new beach spot. Kids get their own menu. Beer and wine are served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
THE SMOKIN BEAVER 5863 Arlington Rd., Arlington, 744-5132 For 65 years, this ultra-casual spot has served barbecue, wings and pizza. But it may be the activities that draw the crowd: billiards, darts, horseshoes, live music — and cold beer. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner nightly.
SQUARE ONE 1974 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 306-9004 This networking hub serves dinner in the lounge or outside on the patio. Happy hour is available at the full bar, and Square One boasts an extensive wine list. Entertainment is featured nightly. Open for dinner Mon.-Sat.
NORTHSTAR THE PIZZA BAR & SUBSTATION 119 E. Bay St., Jacksonville, 860-5451
STIR IT UP 18 A St., St. Augustine Beach, 461-4552
The menu features brick-oven-baked pizzas, grinders, wings, Philly cheesesteaks, sandwiches and fries served in a laid-back setting. Karaoke on Sat. A full bar and 27 beers on tap are served. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.; late Fri. and Sat.
Reggae-named fresh sandwiches, wraps and smoothies are served just steps from the ocean. Try the Burrita Marley (hummus and avocado burrito) or the Pita Tosh (turkey, hummus and sprouts). A kids’ menu is offered. Open for lunch daily.
OASIS RESTAURANT & DECK 4000 A1A and Ocean Trace Rd., St. Augustine Beach, 471-3424
SUNSET GRILLE 421 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 471-5555
Just one block from the ocean, The Oasis is a favorite among bikers and tourists. The menu includes burgers and daily specials. A kids’ menu is available. The full bar has 24 draft beers and a happy hour Mon.-Fri. There’s live music nightly and 43 TVs for viewing sports. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
O’STEEN’S 205 Anastasia Blvd., Anastasia Island, 829-6974 Expect a wait — O’Steen’s has been packing a crowd for more than 44 years. Seafood and steak are on the menu, but the meal most everyone orders is the famous fried shrimp. At O’Steen’s, it’s no alcohol, no smoking, no
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reservations and no plastic — cash only. Open for lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat.
This Key West-style restaurant — a multiple-time winner of the Great Chowder debate — serves fresh local seafood, steaks and sandwiches inside or at open-air counters. Celebrating 20-plus years, Sunset Grille offers a full menu for kids, take-out and a new deck. A full bar is served. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night dining daily.
SUNSET 30 TAVERN & GRILL 10370 Philips Hwy., Southside, 365-5555 Located inside the entertainment complex Latitude 30, Sunset 30 serves familiar sportsbar favorites, including seafood, steaks, sandwiches, burgers, chicken, pasta and pizza. Dine inside or on the patio. A full bar is served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
TAPS BAR & GRILL 2220 C.R. 210 W., Ste. 314, St. Johns, 819-1554 1605 C.R. 220, Fleming Island, 278-9421 This restaurant offers more than 50 premium domestic and imported beers on tap along with a full bar. The menu features starters, burgers, sandwiches, entrees and a kids’ selection, all prepared to order with fresh ingredients. And there are lots of TVs for watching sports. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
TASTY’S FRESH BURGERS & FRIES 710 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, 321-0409 Located in historic downtown Fernandina Beach, Tasty’s offers a fresh alternative to fast food, using a proprietary blend of fresh meat, hand-cut fries, homemade sauces and soups and hand-spun shakes. Beer and wine are served. A kids’ menu and take-out are available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
TOM & BETTY’S 4409 Roosevelt Blvd., Avondale, 387-3311 After 30-plus years in business, Tom & Betty’s is a Jacksonville institution. The car-themed menu features big sandwiches, burgers and homestyle favorites like pot roast. The full bar offers a daily happy hour featuring dollar drafts. Live bands perform every Fri,. and karaoke is held every Sat. Open for lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat.
Fionn Maccool’s Irish Pub brings the flavors of the Emerald Isle to Jacksonville Beach, where they just relocated to a new home on North Third Street.
T-RAY’S BURGER STATION 202 S. Eighth St., Fernandina Beach, 261-6310 This hidden gem is actually located inside an old gas station, but it doesn’t escape the notice of tourists or locals. T-Ray’s won Best Burger (again!) on Amelia Island in Folio Weekly’s 2011 Best of Jax readers poll, and is famous on the island for its blue plate specials. Go for the food, stay for the gossip. Open for breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat.
UNCLE DUBS KITCHEN & KOFFEE 12400 Yellow Bluff Rd., Ste. 201, Northside, 619-2970 Owned by former Terry Parker pitching star Wade Koutnik, the newly opened Uncle Dubs serves biscuits and gravy, pancakes, burritos, pulled pork and French dip with mac and cheese, always made with fresh ingredients and served by a super-friendly staff. Open for breakfast and lunch daily.
PIZZERIAS ABE’S PIZZA GRILL 12192 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, Jacksonville, 645-0460 The original Abe’s Pizza offers traditional Italian dishes, including lasagna, parmigiana and pizza, as well as hot and cold subs, pasta and wings. A kids’ menu, and take-out and delivery are available. Beer and wine are served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
AL’S PIZZA 303 Atlantic Blvd., Beaches Town Center, Atlantic Beach, 249-0002 11190 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 260-4115 635 A1A, Ponte Vedra Beach, 543-1494 14286 Beach Blvd., Ste. 31, Intracoastal, 223-0991 1620 Margaret St., Ste. 201, Riverside, 388-8384 8060 Philips Hwy., Baymeadows Junction, 731-4300 For the 17th year in a row, Folio Weekly readers have named Al’s as the source of the Best Pizza in our annual Best of Jax poll. Celebrating more than 20 years and six locations — soon to be a seventh in St. Augustine — Al’s offers a selection of New York-style and gourmet pizzas. Wine and beer are served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
ARON’S PIZZA 650 Park Ave., Orange Park, 269-1007 The menu at this family-owned restaurant includes eggplant dishes and manicotti as well as New York-style pizza. A kids’ menu and take-out are available. Beer and wine are served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
ARTÉ PIZZA 109 N. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 277-1515 The wood-fired oven at this busy, funky spot renders specialty pizzas like a traditional Napoli pizzeria, topped with imported cheeses, plum tomatoes and other fresh ingredients. Arté also serves authentic Italian dishes like eggplant parmigiana and caprese salad, and offers outside seating. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
BIG PETE’S OLD STYLE PIZZERIA 118 N. Julia St., Downtown, 356-2680
operated pizzeria, which uses fresh, quality ingredients for its pies. Open Tue.-Sun. for dinner.
Big Pete’s makes everything from scratch, including pizza, calzones, baked ziti and wraps. Big Pete’s also serves barbecue and wings. Delivery is available. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.
FOX’S PIZZA DEN 4360 Palm Valley Rd., Ponte Vedra, 285-1292
BORRILLO’S PIZZA & SUBS 88 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, 829-1133
In the heart of Palm Valley, this family-owned-and-operated restaurant serves The Wedgie, a traditional sandwich served on a pizza crust, and sandwiches, pizzas and stromboli made to order. Delivery is available. Beer and wine are served. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.
John Zappas’ New York-style restaurant serves an assortment of hot and cold subs, pasta dishes, pizzas by the pie or slice. Take-out is available, and beer and wine are served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
JENK’S PIZZERIA & ITALIAN CUISINE 2245 C.R. 210 W., Ste. 112, Julington, 826-1555
BROOKLYN PIZZA 11406 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 288-9211 13820 St. Augustine Rd., Bartram Park, 880-0020
Family-owned-and-operated Jenk’s offers subs, New York-style pizzas, calzones and a variety of Italian dishes. Take-out and delivery are available. Beer and wine are served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
The owners are from Brooklyn, N.Y., so it makes sense that the Brooklyn Special Pizza is a customer favorite. The menu features calzones, white pizza and homestyle lasagna. Beer and wine are served at the Mandarin location. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
JOSEPH’S PIZZA AND ITALIAN RESTAURANT 30 Ocean Blvd., Beaches Town Center, Atlantic Beach, 270-1122 7316 N. Main St., Northside, 765-0335
BRUCCI’S PIZZA, PASTA, PANINIS 880 A1A, Ste. 8, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-7677 540 S.R. 13, Ste. 10, Fruit Cove, 287-8317 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36, Intracoastal, 223-6913
For 53 years, Joseph’s has been family-owned-andoperated. In addition to hot pasta dishes, gourmet pizzas and veal entrées, Joseph’s offers an extensive beer and wine selection. Open Tue.-Sun. for lunch and dinner, open Mon. from Memorial Day to Labor Day at the beach.
With three locations in Northeast Florida, Brucci’s offers authentic New York-style pizza, Italian pastas and desserts in a family atmosphere. A kids’ menu is available, and for the adults, there’s beer and wine. Happy hour is held Mon.Fri. Open for lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily.
CARMELO’S MARKETPLACE & PIZZERIA 146 King St., St. Augustine, 494-6658 A 2011 Best of Jax winner for Best Pizza in St. Aug, this pizzeria is located adjacent to a gas station, and has become a favorite destination for locals. In addition to New York-style brick-oven-baked pizza, Carmelo’s offers fresh baked sub rolls, Boars Head meats and cheeses, strombolis and Wifi. Beer and wine are served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILL 406 Old Hard Rd., Ste. 106, Fleming Island, 213-7779 320 N. First St., Jax Beach, 270-8565 The Jacksonville Landing, Downtown, 354-7747 Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas, hot dogs and Italian beef dishes are offered by the Comastro family from Chicago, who’ve been serving up Windy City favorites for 25-plus years. They “import” ingredients all the way from exotic, far-away Illinois — talk about authentic. A full bar is served, and a kids’ menu is available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
DAVINCI’S PIZZA 469 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-2001
LIBRETTO’S PIZZERIA & ITALIAN KITCHEN 4880 Big Island Dr., Ste. 1, St. Johns Town Center, 402-8888 Authentic NYC pizzeria brings Big Apple crust, cheese and sauce to Jax. Libretto’s serves third-generation family-style Italian classics, fresh-from-the-oven calzones, and desserts in a casual, comfy setting. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
MELLOW MUSHROOM PIZZA BAKERS BITE CLUB CERTIFIED! 1018 Third St. N., Ste. 2, Jax Beach, 241-5600 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, Tinseltown, 997-1955 1800 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island, 541-1999
This psychedelic restaurant serves gourmet pizzas, hoagies and salads. Pies range from the Mighty Meaty to vegetarian pizzas like the Kosmic Karma. Mellow Mushroom offers 35 beers on tap and a full bar. Happy hour is held all day, every day. Live music is featured at all three locations. A 2011 Best of Jax winner for Best Restaurant, Bar and Pizza in OP/ Fleming Island. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
MIKEY’S PIZZA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT 7544 Beach Blvd., Southside, 721-7333 Family-owned for 35 years, Mikey’s serves Old New Yorkstyle thin-crust pizzas, pasta, chicken and seafood dishes. An Italian lunch buffet is offered. Take-out and delivery (within three miles) are available. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.
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MOON RIVER PIZZA 925 S. 14th St., Fernandina Beach, 321-3400 1176 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill, 389-4442
TOMMY’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA 4160 Southside Blvd., Ste. 2, Southside, 565-1999
At this edgy little pizzeria, local artists’ work hangs on the walls and rock music is pumped into the dining room. Northern-style pizzas, available with more than 20 toppings, are served by the pie or the slice. A Best of Jax readers’ poll winner for Best Pizza in 2011. Open Mon.-Sat.
Tommy’s creates New York-style thin crust, brick-ovencooked pizzas — gluten-free — as well as calzones, salads and sandwiches made fresh to order, with Thumann’s no-MSG meats and Grande cheeses. Beer, wine and Boylans soda are served. Curbside pick-up and take-out are offered. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.
NEW YORK BRICK OVEN PIZZA 2225-B C.R. 220, Middleburg, 278-1770
TONY’S D’S NY PIZZA & RESTAURANT 8358 Point Meadows Dr., Jacksonville, 322-7051
Owner Dan Dehart offers pizza by the slice, along with stromboli and homemade baked dinners. The pizzas are hand-tossed and cooked in a brick oven. Homemade desserts are also the menu, and lunch specials are featured. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
Tony’s D’s serves authentic New York pizza and pasta dishes – made-to-order with fresh ingredients – sure to please the palates of transplanted Yankees (and everyone else). Mondays feature pasta specials; Tuesdays mean BOGOF pizza (restrictions apply). Beer and wine are served. A kids’ menu and take-out are available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
NEW YORK PIZZA COMPANY 163 Palencia Village Dr., St. Augustine, 825-4545 All of the authentic New York-style pizzas are hand-tossed, made with their own dough and specially spiced tomato sauce, and baked in a brick oven. Other menu items include salads, cheesy calzones, pasta dishes, hot hero sandwiches and desserts. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
PICASSO’S PIZZERIA 10503 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 880-0811 Picasso’s specializes in hand-tossed gourmet pizza along with calzones, homemade New York-style cheesecake and handmade pasta. Fresh local seafood and steaks, too. Beer and wine are served. A kids’ menu and take-out are available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
PIZZALLEY’S 117 St. George St., St. Augustine, 825-2627 The downtown St. Auggie eatery offers wings, salads and, of course, pizza — including free samples to passersby. There’s the Garbage Can pizza: a supreme with everything. Beer and wine are served. Outdoor patio seating is available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
PIZZALLEY’S CHIANTI ROOM 60 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, 825-4100 Sister restaurant to the St. George Street location, Pizzalley’s Chianti Room serves homemade Italian ristorante fare in a warm Tuscany setting. A full bar is available. Live music is presented Mon.-Fri. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
PIZZA PALACE 3928 Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows, 527-8649 1959 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 399-8815 116 Bartram Oaks Walk, Julington Creek, 230-2171 This relaxed, family-owned restaurant serves only homestyle cuisine. Local faves include spinach pizza and chicken-spinach calzones. Ravioli, lasagna and parmigiana are also offered. Dine in or take out. Beer and wine are served, and all locations offer outside dining. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
TONY’S PIZZA 1425 Sadler Rd., Fernandina Beach, 277-7661 Tony’s serves New York-style brick oven pizza, along with dinner selections (like baked ziti and chicken broccoli alfredo). Subs, salads and wings complete the picture. Free delivery on the island. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
REGIONAL CUISINE BARBARA JEAN’S 15 S. Roscoe Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-7522 960030 Gateway Blvd., Amelia Island, 277-3700 Barbara Jean’s specializes in easy Southern dining, including legendary crab cakes, seafood, meatloaf and 15 fresh vegetables. During the winter, regulars watch snowbirds pilot their boats past the restaurant on the Intracoastal Waterway. Kids’ selections are available; outdoor seating, too. A full bar is served. Open for lunch and dinner daily; breakfast Sat. and Sun.
BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE 4840 Big Island Dr., St. Johns Town Center, 345-3466 With four dining rooms, BlackFinn offers classic American fare: beef, seafood, pasta and flatbread sandwiches. Dine indoors or on the patio. A kids’ menu is available and a full bar is served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
THE BLACK MOLLY BAR & GRILL 504 Geoffrey St., Cobblestone Plaza, St. Augustine, 547-2723 Fresh, local seafood, steaks and pasta dishes served in a casual atmosphere. Kids’ selections are available. A full bar is served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
BRETT’S WATERWAY CAFÉ 1 S. Front St., Fernandina Beach, 261-2660
Brett’s is located on the water at the foot of historic Centre Street and specializes in traditional Southern hospitality in an upscale atmosphere. The menu features daily specials, fresh Florida seafood, aged beef and a full bar. Open daily.
THE CAPITAL GRILLE 5197 Big Island Dr., Southside, 997-9233 Located in St. Johns Town Center, The Capital Grille serves dry-aged, hand-carved steaks and fresh seafood, with a dishes made from local, seasonal ingredients. A full bar is served and the extensive, award-winning wine list has 350 Old and New World selections, and 25 wines by the glass. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner nightly.
COQUINA BEACH SURF CLUB 451 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 471-2434 This beach-centric restaurant’s Executive Chef Brian Whittington offers seasonal seafood, select beef entrees, seasonal produce, burgers, unique sandwiches and creative specials. Casual outdoor dining and an extensive wine list are also featured. A kids’ menu is available. Open for dinner nightly.
THE DUNES CRACKER HOUSE 641 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 461-5725 This rustic Florida-style spot is popular among college students for drinks, dinner, dancing and daily specials. Jazz is featured on Monday nights, and there’s a DJ Wed. and Fri.-Sun. Late-night dance music is featured nightly. Open for dinner nightly.
THE FLORIDIAN 39 Cordova St., St. Augustine, 829-0655 A restaurant that pays homage to Old Florida, The Floridian serves innovative Southern fare, made with local ingredients from area farms. Signature items include fried green tomato bruschetta, the blackened fish cornbread stack and the grits with shrimp, fish or tofu. Open for lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon.
THE HILLTOP 2030 Wells Rd., Orange Park, 272-5959 Nestled in the woods, The Hilltop serves in formal, Southern-inflected dining spaces. Specialties include New Orleans shrimp, certified Black Angus prime rib and she-crab soup. Homemade desserts are featured, along with a piano lounge (Tue.-Sat. nights), a large collection of antiques and a garden setting. The Hilltop is a frequent staging ground for weddings. A full bar is available. Open for dinner Tue.-Sat.
J ALEXANDER’S RESTAURANT 10296 Bistro Dr., St. Johns Town Center, 996-7147 This upscale contemporary American restaurant is known for its wood-fired cuisine. The fresh seafood is flown in daily. The steaks are hand-cut, and the produce is fresh. The full-service bar features a wide selection of wine by the glass or bottle. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
POMPEII COAL-FIRED PIZZA 2134 Park Ave., Orange Park, 264-6116 9825 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 24, Mandarin, 503-2230 Family-owned-and-operated Pompeii is one of the few pizza places offering pizzas made in coal fired ovens. The distinctive, flavorful pies are served alongside coal-fired wings. Beer, wine, espresso and cappuccino are served. Takeout is available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
THE RED ELEPHANT PIZZA AND GRILL 10131 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 12, Mandarin, 683-3773 This casual, family-friendly eatery serves pizzas, sandwiches, grill specials and pasta dishes, and kids have their own menu. A full bar is served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
RENNA’S PIZZA 11111 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 12, Mandarin, 292-2300 4624 Town Crossing Dr., Ste. 125, St. Johns Town Center, 565-1299 6001 Argyle Forest Blvd., Ste. 16, Orange Park, 771-7677 840 Nautica Dr., Ste. 117, River City Marketplace, 714-9210 592 Marsh Landing Parkway, Jax Beach, 273-3113 This casual New York-style pizzeria also serves calzones, antipasto, parmigiana and homemade breads. Beer and wine are served, and a kids’ menu is available. Buy by the slice — they’re humongous — or full pie. Take-out and delivery are available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
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Waiter Ed Febles presents Pad Pok Karee and Lob Salad from Aroy Thai Fusion, just west of the Intracoastal Waterway on Atlantic Boulevard.
Chef/owner Celestia Mobley, C.E.C., whips up Southern fare like fried chicken, green beans, and okra ‘n’ tomatoes at Cleota’s Southern American Cuisine on University Boulevard in Arlington.
KC CRAVE 1161 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 595-5660
SEASONS 52 5096 Big Island Drive, St. Johns Town Center, 645-5252
In the former Giovanni’s Restaurant, this new spot has an innovative fresh take on American Fusion, featuring slowroasted meats, creative toppings, and a big-city bar with a state-of-the-art Tap Room upstairs. Chris Jones and Andy Viola, late of Bonefish Grill, offer a neat twist: Pour your own beer from the digital beer taps at your table. Nice. And they have their own herb garden, too. Open for dinner Tue-Sun.
This casual, sophisticated fresh grill and wine bar offers a seasonally changing menu. A full bar is served and a kids’ selection is available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
LULU’S AT THE THOMPSON HOUSE 11 S. Seventh St., Fernandina Beach, 432-8394 An innovative lunch menu includes po’boys, salads and seafood “little plates” served in a historic house. Dinner features fresh local seafood (Fernandina shrimp every Thur.). Beer and wine are served. Reservations recommended. Open for lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat.; brunch Sun.
MILLER’S ALE HOUSE & RAW BAR 11112 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 292-0003 1756 Wells Rd., Ste. A, Orange Park, 278-4600 9541 Regency Square Blvd. S., Regency, 720-0551 9711 Deer Lake Court, Southside, 565-2882 3238 Hodges Blvd., Intracoastal, 821-5687 The Ale Houses specialize in generous portions and friendly service in a nautical atmosphere. Customer favorites are fresh fish, specialty pastas, and fresh oysters and clams. There are 32 draft beer varieties, along with plenty of TVs, pool tables and video games. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
RIVER CITY BREWING COMPANY 835 Museum Circle, Southbank, 398-2299 Situated on the Southbank Riverwalk overlooking the St. Johns River and popular with the downtown business set, River City offers fresh seafood, steaks and daily chef’s creations. Nosh in the enclosed dining room or out on the marina dining deck. A full bar is served. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.; brunch buffet Sun.
SALT, THE GRILL The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, 491-6746 The menu at Salt features cuisine made with simple elements from the earth and sea served in a contemporary coastal setting. The wine list boasts more than 500 wines. Cocktails are also available. Salt is a Best of Jax 2011 readers’ poll repeat winner for Best Restaurant on Amelia Island. Open for dinner Tue.-Sat.
SAVANNAH BISTRO 14670 Duval Rd., Northside, 741-4404 This new bistro features Low Country fare that’s Mediterranean and French inspired, in a relaxing atmosphere at Crowne Plaza Airport. Favorites are crab cakes, NY strip, she crab soup and mahi mahi. A kids’ menu is available. A full bar is served. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.
THE SOUTHERN GRILL 800 Flagler Ave., Southbank, 858-9800 Popular with the business crowd, The Southern Grill offers a large menu of salads, veggie platters, sandwiches, melts and wraps. The breakfast selection includes omelets, a variety of egg combinations and sit-down favorites like pancakes. Open for breakfast and lunch daily.
TRELLISES RESTAURANT 225 E. Coastline Dr., Northbank, 588-1234 Located in Hyatt Regency Riverfront, Trellises offers American à la carte dining featuring original fresh seafood creations and regional specialties, along with a daily buffet or à la carte breakfast. A full bar is served and kids’ selections are available. Open daily.
THE VERANDAH RESTAURANT 6800 First Coast Hwy., Omni Amelia Island Plantation, 321-5050 Set among the moss-draped oaks of Racquet Park, this restaurant features an extensive menu of fresh local seafood and steaks, but the Verandah’s signature entrée is Fernandina shrimp. And many ingredients – including tomatoes, chives and lemongrass — come from the restaurant’s own herb and vegetable garden. A kids’ menu is available and a full bar is served. Open nightly.
SEAFOOD A LA CARTE 331 First Ave. N., Jax Beach, 241-2005 Authentic New England fare: Maine lobster rolls, fried Ipswich clams, crab or clam cake sandwich, fried shrimp basket, clam chowdah, birch beer and blueberry soda. Dine inside or on the deck. Take-out is available. Open for lunch Fri.-Tue.
AW SHUCKS 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd., Mandarin, 240-0368 This seafood place features an oyster bar, steaks, seafood, wings and pasta. Favorites are ahi tuna, shrimp & grits, oysters Rockefeller, pitas and kabobs. Sweet potato puffs are the signature side. Kids’ selections are available. A full bar is served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
BARNACLE BILL’S 14 Castillo Dr., St. Augustine, 824-3663 For 30 years, this family restaurant has been serving up seafood, oysters, gator tail and steak, along with the very
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BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & MARKET 120 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 444-8862 A full fresh seafood market, Beachside also serves a lunch and dinner menu of seafood baskets, fish tacos, daily fish specials and Philly cheesesteaks. There are tables indoors and on the open-air deck, with a great view of downtown Jax Beach. Live music is featured on weekends. Beer and wine are served, and take-out and Beaches area delivery are available. Open daily.
THE BLUE CRAB CRABHOUSE 3057 Julington Creek Rd., Julington Creek, 260-2722 Fresh Maryland-style steamed blue crabs are a big deal at this seafood restaurant, as are crab legs and steamed or fried oysters. Dining is available on the covered deck, along with a kids’ menu, an early bird menu and daily specials. A full bar is served and there’s live music every Sun. afternoon on the deck. Open for dinner Tue.-Sun.; lunch Sun.
THE BLUE FISH RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR 3551 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 387-0700 Fresh seafood, steaks, chops and small plates are served in a casual atmosphere, along with an oyster bar. A kids’ menu is offered, a full bar is served and live music is presented Fri. and Sat. Open for lunch and dinner daily; brunch Sun.
HOUSE © 2012CHART FolioWeekly 1501 River Place Blvd., Southbank, 398-3353 Located on the Southbank of the St. Johns River since 1982, this restaurant serves fresh fish, seafood and prime rib along with a full bar. Open for dinner nightly.
CHOWDER TED’S 5215 Heckscher Dr., Northside, 714-6900 Family-owned since 1996, Chowder Ted’s serves all manner of fresh seafood, along with award-winning chowder. Daily lunch specials and weekends dinner specials are also featured. Beer and wine are served. Open for lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat.
CLARK’S FISH CAMP 12903 Hood Landing Rd., Mandarin, 268-3474 Best known for its wild array of taxidermed creatures, Clark’s was the 2011 winner — again — of the Best Fish Camp category in Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax readers poll. In addition to the gator and turtle, Clark’s menu features steak, ribs and daily all-you can-eat catfish dinners. Dine indoors, outdoors, or in a glass enclosed room with a view of Julington Creek. A full bar is served. Open for lunch Sat. and Sun.; dinner daily.
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CONCH HOUSE RESTAURANT 57 Comares Ave., St. Augustine, 829-8646 This restaurant offers indoor seating as well as Tiki huts built out over Salt Run. Signature dishes include the Cracker combo platter and St. Augustine fried shrimp. The fullservice bar specializes in tropical drinks. A kids’ menu is available. Live entertainment, including Reggae Sunday, is featured weekends. Open daily.
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Chef Kahn Vongdara presents an innovative menu of seafood dishes and seasonal favorites. A full bar is served, with a daily happy hour. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
CRAB CREEK CAFÉ 7404 Atlantic Blvd., Arlington, 724-8050 A seafood shack with a yacht club attitude, Crab Creek Café offers oysters, gator tail, seafood and pasta in a family-friendly atmosphere. A kids’ menu and takeout are available. Open lunch and dinner daily.
CRAB TRAP 31 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 261-4749 For 30-plus years, family-owned-and operated Crab Trap has been serving fresh local seafood and steaks. Food and drink specials are featured and a full bar is served. Open for dinner nightly.
CRAZY FISH 2510 Second Ave. N., Jax Beach, 334-8408 This seafood place is tucked away behind Beach Marine off Beach Boulevard. Ultra-casual waterfront dining on the Intracoastal features shrimp, Maine lobster and mahi mahi, as well as burgers, steaks, dogs and sandwiches. Charter fishing, airboat rides and kayaking are also offered. Boater friendly. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
CREEKSIDE DINERY 160 Nix Boatyard Rd., St. Augustine, 829-6113 Tucked behind a commercial stretch of U.S. 1, Creekside is an old Florida respite, featuring an outdoor deck with a fire pit. Overlooking Gonzales Creek, Creekside serves a variety of beef, chicken and seafood dishes, with an emphasis on low-country cooking. Live entertainment Wed.-Sun. and a full bar are featured. Open for dinner nightly.
THE FISH COMPANY RESTAURANT BITE CLUB CERTIFIED! 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 12, Atlantic Beach, 246-0123
This restaurant and oyster bar in North Beach Center serves fresh local seafood — including Mayport shrimp — and oysters, crab and lobster. Patio seating is available, along with an all-day happy hour on Sun.; Oyster Night specials are available on Tue. and Wed. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
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FLORIDA CRACKER CAFÉ 81-B St. George St., St. Augustine, 829-0397 Florida Cracker features a contemporary dining room and outdoor garden dining in the heart of St. Augustine’s busy St. George Street. Customer favorites include blackened scallops, crab cake-stuffed shrimp and Florida gator tail. Kids’ selections are available, and beer and wine are served. Open daily.
GENE’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 11702 Beach Blvd. (next to Strike Zone Fishing), Southside, 997-9738 A Jacksonville landmark, Gene’s menu includes gator tail, calamari and Cajun shrimp. A full bar is available. Take-out is available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
THE GOURMET GROUPER 363 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 13, Atlantic Beach, 372-4061 This new seafood spot offers gourmet dishes made with the freshest seafood available — local and regional. Open for lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sun.
THE HALF MOON RAW BAR 1289 Penman Rd., Jax Beach, 372-0549 Brand-new on Penman Road, this real raw bar features oysters, shrimp, clams, crawfish and daily chef’s specials. Plus they open your oysters for you. Beer and wine are served, and a kids’ menu is available. Open for lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun.
HARRY’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILLE 46 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, 824-7765 Located in a historic house with a large outside patio, this New Orleans-style eatery features fresh seafood, steaks and definitive dishes like jambalaya, etouffée and popular shrimp. The full-service bar has a daily happy hour. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
HURRICANE PATTY’S AT OYSTER CREEK 69 Lewis Blvd., St. Augustine, 827-1822 Located at Oyster Creek Marina east of U.S. 1, Hurricane Patty’s has a large creekfront deck, lunch specials and allyou-can-eat dinners. A full bar is featured, and dock space is available. Live music is presented nightly. Open daily.
JOHN’S SEAFOOD 2058 Edgewood Ave. W., Jacksonville, 683-7293 This casual place offers fresh lunch specials. While you’re there, stock up on live blue crabs, which they’ll cook for you, as well as a full selection of seafood.
KINGFISH GRILL 252 Yacht Club Dr., St. Augustine, 824-2111 At the west end of Vilano Bridge, Kingfish Grill offers casual waterside dining indoors and out on the deck. The menu features fresh daily catch, house specialties and sushi, and a
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LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE 301 N. Roscoe Blvd., Palm Valley, 285-0139 On the Intracoastal Waterway, LuLu’s can be reached by land or water. The menu offers fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, burgers and specialty salads. A full bar is served, and seating is available on the screened waterfront porch. A kids’ menu is available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
MARINA SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 101 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, 261-5310 Located in a former customs house, Marina features local seafood, including shrimp burgers, fish sandwiches seafood platters and oysters. There’s also steak, pasta and pork chops, along with a kids menu. Open daily.
MITCHELL’S FISH MARKET 5205 Big Island Dr., St. Johns Town Center, 645-3474 The ever-changing menu (it’s printed twice daily) has more than 180 fresh items, featuring cedar-roasted Atlantic salmon, kung pao calamari and seared rare salt-and-pepper tuna. A full bar is served, and a kids’ menu and take-out are available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
NORTH BEACH FISH CAMP 100 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-3474 Ben and Liza Groshell are at it again, this time bringing their successful Palm Valley Fish Camp vibe to the former Caribbee Key location, smack dab in the middle of the Beaches Town Center, boasting a roof-top bar with an awesome ocean view. The menu features fresh, creative For questions, please call your Southern fare, fresh seafood, and bread pudding. Open for lunch Wed.-Sun.; dinner nightly.FAX YOUR PROOF IF POSSIBLE
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The spirits here aren’t just the bottled kind. O.C. White’s, built in 1791, is reputed to be haunted. Overlooking the city marina and located in a historic, two-story home, O.C. White’s serves fresh local seafood, steak and sautéed specialties. Live music is featured nightly. Outdoor dining is featured on the patio. Open daily.
OFF THE HOOK BAR & GRILLE 333 N. First St., Jax Beach, 372-4525 This new seafood spot serves a full bar and offers take-out. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
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This rustic restaurant, located on Six Mile Creek, features crabs, shrimp, gator tail, conch fritters and steaks served in a casual atmosphere. Arriving by boat or just feel like a nice after-dinner stroll? Check out the 1,500-foot floating dock. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
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RAGTIME TAVERN & SEAFOOD GRILL 207 Atlantic Blvd., Beaches Town Center, Atlantic Beach, 241-7877
In business for more than 25 years, this seafood restaurant has received numerous awards in Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax readers poll, including 2011’s Best Restaurant in Jax. Menu items include blackened snapper, sesame tuna and the Ragtime shrimp. There is a full-service bar with a daily happy hour and live entertainment Wed.-Sun. Open daily.
THE REEF 4100 Coastal Hwy., Vilano Beach, 824-8008 At this casual oceanfront restaurant, there’s an ocean view from every table as well as outdoor dining. The menu features fresh local seafood, steak, pasta dishes and daily chef specials. A full bar is served and there’s a daily happy hour. A kids’ menu and take-out are available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
SAFE HARBOR SEAFOOD MARKET & RESTAURANT 4378 Ocean St., Mayport Village, 246-4911 No doubt the seafood’s fresh – the boats unload at the dock. Whatever Safe Harbor sells in the market – shrimp, oysters, clams and scallops – they’ll cook to order. There are tables inside and out on the dock overlooking the confluence of the St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean. Open for lunch and early dinner Mon.-Sat.
ST. JOHNS SEAFOOD & STEAKS 1403 Dunn Ave., Ste. 21, Northside, 696-1023 1161 S. Lane Ave., Murray Hill, 378-5050 7546 Beach Blvd., Regency, 721-4888 These casual, family-oriented restaurants specialize in seafood and certified Angus steaks. The shrimp entrées are popular. Seniors and children select from special menus. Beer and wine are served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK 1018 Third St. N., Jax Beach, 372-4456 A 2011 Best of Jax winner for Best Seafood, Salt Life offers a wide array of specialty menu items, including the signature tuna poke bowl, fresh rolled sushi, Ensenada tacos and local fried shrimp, served in a contemporary open-air space. A full bar is offered. Take-out and a kids’ menu are available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
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SEA FAIR 1 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 824-2316 Located across the Bridge of Lions from the historic district, the Sea Fair is the oldest family-owned-and-operated restaurant in St. Augustine. Menu items include seafood, prime rib and daily specials. Dine indoors or out. A full bar is served. Open for dinner Tue.-Sun.
SEAFOOD KITCHEN 31 Royal Palm Dr. (off Atlantic Boulevard), Atlantic Beach, 241-8470 Serving seafood in Atlantic Beach for more than 20 years, Seafood Kitchen offers reasonable meals in a no-frills atmosphere. The emphasis is on fresh local seafood prepared to order, with a wide variety of dishes available. Open daily.
SINGLETON’S SEAFOOD SHACK 4728 Ocean St., Mayport Village, 246-4442 Just steps from the Mayport ferry, this ramshackle, exposed plywood haunt has been serving seafood to locals, fisherman and Navy men and women since the ’60s. Customer favorites include the fried shrimp dinner and the blackened or grilled fish. Dine inside or on the enclosed porch right on the St. Johns River – literally. You can watch pelicans and otters play. A full bar is served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
SLIDERS SEAFOOD GRILLE 218 First St., Beaches Town Center, Neptune Beach, 246-0881 Sliders offers a beach-casual atmosphere for lovers of fresh fish. Customer favorites include fish tacos and gumbo. The dessert menu features Key lime pie and homemade ice cream sandwiches. Beer and wine are served. Open nightly.
SNAPPERS SEAFOOD & SPIRITS 314 First St. N., Jax Beach, 242-2430 This casual seafood place serves fresh seafood, as well as burgers, rib eyes and po’boys. A kids’ menu is available. A full bar is served. Dine indoors or out on the deck; the people-watching is great this time of year. Open daily.
SOUTH BEACH GRILL 45 Cubbedge Rd., Crescent Beach, 471-8700 Located off A1A, one block south of the S.R. 206 bridge, this two-story beachy destination offers casual oceanfront dining and fresh local seafood. Dine indoors or out on the beachfront deck. A full bar is served, and there’s a weekday happy hour. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
SANTA MARIA 135 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, 829-6578
THE SURF 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach, 261-5711
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Oceanview dining is available at The Surf, inside or out on the deck. The wide menu features steaks, fresh fish and nightly specials, and there’s a Sunday lobster special. Entertainment
is presented nightly. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
TIMOTI’S FRY SHAK 21 N. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 310-6550 This new casual seafood restaurant features fresh, local wild-caught shrimp, fish and oysters, along with blackboard specials, supporting local fisherman, farmers and brewers while building a sense of community, one seafood basket at a time. A kids’ selection is available. Beer and wine are served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
TWO DUDES SEAFOOD PLACE 22 Seminole Rd., Atlantic Beach, 246-2000 This place serves up-to-the-minute-fresh Mayport seafood, including shrimp, scallops, snapper and oysters done up in sandwiches or baskets, grilled, blackened or fried. The mostly-draft beers are premium and there’s a daily happy hour. Take-out is available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
WHITEY’S FISH CAMP 2032 C.R. 220, Orange Park, 269-4198 This authentic fish camp serves gator tail and fresh-water river catfish, as well as traditional meals and daily specials on the banks of Swimming Pen Creek. A repeat winner for Best Catfish in Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax readers poll, Whitey’s features a full-service bar, an outdoor Tiki bar and live music. Come by boat, motorcycle or car. Open for breakfast on Sat. and Sun.; lunch Tue.-Sun.; dinner daily.
SPECIALTY RESTAURANTS & MARKETS ALHAMBRA THEATRE & DINING 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside, 641-1212
NATIVE SUN NATURAL FOODS MARKET & DELI 10000 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 260-6950 11030 Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows, 269-2791 Fresh, organic ingredients — in vegetarian, vegan, raw food and gluten-free options, too — are used for healthy lunch and dinner items, including gourmet artisan sandwiches, seasonally inspired deli and hot bar dishes, fresh juices and smoothies, and gluten-free baked goods. A kids’ menu, a juice, smoothie and coffee bar are offered, and all-natural and organic beers and wine are available. Indoor and outdoor seating are available. Best of Jax 2011 winner for Best Organic Restaurant and Best Health Food Store. The Baymeadows location features a hot bar; Mandarin offers a chopped salad bar. Open Mon.-Sat.
PULP 1962 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 396-9222 The juice bar offers fresh juices, frozen yogurt, teas, and coffees made one cup at a time, along with 30 kinds of smoothies. Some smoothies are blended with flavored soy milks and organic frozen yogurts and granola. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
SAN MARCO THEATRE 1996 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 396-4845 This historic movie house offers pizza, nachos, quesadillas, sandwiches, and beer and wine to adventurous moviegoers. The theater shows first-run films and runs a midnight movie series. Open daily.
SUN-RAY CINEMA 1028 Park St., Five Points, 359-0049 (359-0047 for showtimes) First-run, indie and art films are screened at the oldest theater building in Jacksonville. Beer, some drafts from Bold City and Intuition Ale Works, wine, pizza — with names like Godbold, Black Lagoon Supreme, Cowford Pie — hot dogs, hummus, sandwiches, popcorn, nachos and brownies are available. Late-night films are shown every Fri. Open daily.
TAPA THAT 820 Lomax St., Five Points, 376-9911
The nation’s longest continuously running dinner theater (since 1967), the Alhambra is newly renovated and features cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Dejuan Roy, who coordinates his menus with each stage production. “Hank & My Honky Tonk Heroes” runs through Aug. 19, followed by “Remember Me,” “Phantom” and “White Christmas.” Reservations are suggested to guarantee seating. A full bar is served. Open Tue.-Sun.
This new place puts a modern spin on traditional tapasstyle service, using locally and organically grown items as much as possible. Specialties include duck confit spring rolls and Cuban rice & beans cake. A kids’ menu is offered. Beer and wine are poured. Dine outdoors or inside. Open for lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat.
COZY TEA 1023 Park St., Five Points, 329-3964
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This quaint, cozy tearoom is full of English charm. Lunch and afternoon tea features scones, soups and a variety of teas. Open Mon.-Sat.
This catering and on and off site private venue is open every Wed. for lunch, A Taste of First Street Grille, featuring the familiar items served at the popular restaurant from years back.
GRASSROOTS NATURAL MARKET 2007 Park St., Riverside, 384-4474 1915 East-West Parkway, Fleming Island, 541-0009 Grassroots Market’s juice bar features certified organic fruits and vegetables. The store also offers three dozen artisanal cheeses, more than 300 craft and imported beers and 50 organic wines, and organic produce and meats, vitamins and herbs. Organic wraps, sides, sandwiches and salads are all available to go, as well as raw, vegan items. Open daily.
GREEN MAN GOURMET 3543 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 384-0002 This market features organic and natural products, spices, teas and salts, and beer and wine. Open daily.
THE MELTING POT 7860 Gate Parkway, Ste. 101, Southside, 642-4900 Participatory dining is the philosophy at The Melting Pot, which offers a variety of fondues — from chocolate to cheese — and entrees ranging from filet mignon to ahi tuna. A full bar is served, and a kids’ menu is available. Open nightly.
THE MUSTARD SEED CAFE 833 TJ Courson Rd., Fernandina Beach, 277-3141 Awarded the Snail of Approval by Slow Food First Coast, this casual organic eatery and juice bar, inside Nassau Health Foods, features all-natural and organic items for breakfast, as well as smoothies, veggie juices and coffees and herbal teas. Take-out is available. Open for breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat.
WHOLE FOODS MARKET 10601 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 22, Mandarin, 288-1100 Whole Foods offers an expansive prepared-food department with more than 80 items at a full-service and self-service hot bar, salad bar, soup bar and dessert bar, as well as pizza, sushi and sandwich stations. Open daily.
SPORTS BARS, WINGS, OYSTERS BIG DAWG’S SPORTS RESTAURANT 12630 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4, Intracoastal, 551-3059 The family-friendly casual sports place offers a variety of wings, burgers, sandwiches, wraps and specialty salads. Kids get their own Puppy Chow menu. Beer and wine are served. Nightly activities include trivia, kids’ nite and happy hour specials. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
BOGEY GRILLE 150 Valley Circle, Ponte Vedra, 285-5524 This family-friendly sports bar offers casual fare, including wings, quesadillas, chicken and burgers. A full bar and a kids’ menu are available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
BOSTON’S RESTAURANT & SPORTSBAR BITE CLUB CERTIFIED! 13070 City Station Dr., Northside, 751-7499
A full-service restaurant in River City Marketplace, Boston’s serves a full menu of sportsbar favorites, including pizzas, pasta, wings, burgers and steak, till 2 a.m. (and there’s a
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CITY HALL PUB 234 Philip Randolph Blvd., Downtown, 356-6750 Located in the heart of the Sports Complex, this restaurant’s casual menu features burgers, hot wings, shrimp and tilapia made to order. If lunchtime is crunch time, call in your order ahead. A full bar is served, and there’s live jazz every Fri. at noon. Music is featured weekdays, DJs spin every weekend and Wed., and big-screen TVs are all over the place. Covered patio seating is available. Open daily.
DICK’S WINGS & GRILL 311 Third St. N., Jax Beach, 853-5004 2434 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, 372-0298 9119 Merrill Rd., Ste. 19, Arlington, 745-9300 12400 Yellow Bluff Rd., Ste. 101, Northside, 619-9828 1540 Wells Rd., Orange Park, 269-2122 3540 U.S. 17 S., Green Cove Springs, 284-7772 1610 University Blvd. W., Lakewood, 448-2110 10391 Old St. Augustine Rd., Mandarin, 880-7087 474313 E. S.R. 200, Fernandina Beach, 491-3469 4010 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine, 547-2669 525 S.R. 16, Ste. 101, St. Johns, 825-4540 10750 Atlantic Blvd., Southside, 619-0954 14286 Beach Blvd., Intracoastal, 223-0115 5972 San Juan Ave., Westside, 693-9258 This NASCAR-themed restaurant serves 365 varieties of wings. The menu also features half-pound burgers, ribs and salads. Beer and wine are served. Takeout is available. Open daily.
EIGHT SPORTS LOUNGE The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, 277-1100
HOOTERS The Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 103, 356-5400 4521 Southside Blvd., Southside, 807-9541 8938 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 2, Mandarin, 636-9800 1749 Wells Rd., Orange Park, 215-5858 This chain of casual restaurants is popular for its waitresses and features wings, steamed shrimp, oysters, burgers, seafood and sandwiches. A full bar is served. All Hooters locations feature Military Appreciation all week, offering a 20 percent discount to those with military IDs. Open daily.
HURRICANE GRILL & WINGS 1615 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 393-7933 628 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Neptune Beach, 247-3031 10920 Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows, 363-2503 12795 San Jose Blvd., Julington Creek, 260-8338 3055 C.R. 210, Ste. 101, Johns Creek, 230-6445 5907 Roosevelt Blvd., Ste. 700, Ortega, 573-8838 4225 S. A1A, Ste. 13, St. Augustine Beach, 471-7120 1810 Town Center Blvd., Ste. 1, Fleming Island, 644-7315 This island-themed restaurant offers more than 35 flavors of wings, garlic and parmesan fries, Firecracker shrimp, burgers, salads and chicken. A full bar is served and the beverage cups are biodegradable. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22, Intracoastal, 220-6766 The menu includes hand-cut steaks, wings and hamburgers. A full breakfast is served Sat. and Sun., featuring bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys. Trivia every Tue. Kids get their own menu. Open daily.
This contemporary sports lounge features billiard tables and multiple flat-screen TVs along with classic sports-bar fare. Local craft brews are on tap, and an extensive wine lists is offered, along with cocktails. Open for lunch Sat. and Sun.; dinner Mon.-Fri.
LILLIAN’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL 5393 Roosevelt Blvd., Venetia Plaza, 388-4220
GATOR’S DOCKSIDE 9680 Argyle Forest Blvd., Ste. 1, Westside, 425-6466 6677 103rd St., Westside, 777-6135 8650 Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows, 448-0500
THE MUDVILLE GRILLE 3105 Beach Blvd., St. Nicholas Plaza, 398-4326 1301 Monument Rd., Ste. 1, Arlington, 722-0008
For more than 20 years, this sports themed family restaurant has been serving a varied menu of grilled wings, ribs, sandwiches and salads. A full bar and take-out are available. Sports are aired on multiple TVs, and Tuesday is Kids Night. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
HALFTIME SPORTS BAR & GRILL 320 S. Eighth St., Fernandina Beach, 321-0303 This spot offers sports bar fare including onion rings, spring rolls, burgers, wraps and wings. Owners John and Bretta
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Walker have plenty of TVs showing nearly every sport imaginable. Beer and wine are served. Open for lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon.
This family sports bar serves wings, burgers, salads and sandwiches. The TVs air sporting events. Daily happy hour. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
The original St. Nicholas location is a family-oriented sports restaurant serving steaks and wings. Trivia is featured every Thur., Karaoke every Fri. and Texas Hold ’Em every Wed. There are big-screen TVs and three satellite dishes for sports fans. A full bar is served. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
MVP’S SPORTS GRILLE 12777 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 5, Intracoastal, 221-1090 MVP’s offers wings, burgers and salads in a sporty atmosphere. A kids’ menu is available, and a full bar is served. Free pool and trivia are featured on Mon., Texas
Hold ’Em is on Sun. and Tue., Karaoke is held every Thur., a DJ spins every Wed., Fri. and Sat. Sports are shown on 22 TVs. Open daily.
PERFECT RACK BILLIARDS 1186 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill, 738-7645 This family-friendly billiards hall offers burgers and chicken wings. Free pool is available for kids younger than 14 (with parents) on weekends. Eight O’Hausen billiards tables are featured. Beer and wine are served. Happy hour Mon.-Fri. Open Mon.-Sat.; lunch Thur. and Fri.
PLAYER’S GRILLE 4456 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 448-6670 This sports bar and grill serves traditional burgers and wings, teriyaki stir fry and homemade soups. A full bar is available. A kids’ game room is open (TV monitored, so parents can watch), and TVs are situated in all the booths. Texas Hold ’Em is held every Wed., Sat. and Sun. Open daily; brunch Sat. and Sun.
RACK ’EM UP BILLIARDS 4268 Oldfield Crossing Dr., Mandarin, 262-4030 1825 University Blvd. N., Arlington, 745-0335 This cigar and hookah lounge offers 10 billiards tables in Mandarin, 16 in Arlington (plus a full kitchen), as well as shuffleboard and a variety of subs for the late-night crowd. More than 200 imported and domestic beers are featured. Open for dinner nightly.
THE ROADHOUSE 231 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, 264-0611 The Roadhouse has been serving deli sandwiches, wings, burgers and quesadillas for more than 34 years. Along with six pool tables, dartboards and TVs (two are big screens), there’s live entertainment Mon.-Sat. A full bar is served featuring more than 75 imported beers. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
THE SALTY PELICAN BAR & GRILL 12 N. Front St., Fernandina Beach, 277-3811 The Pelican boasts a killer sunset view from the secondstory outdoor bar. The menu features local seafood, Mayport shrimp and the original broiled cheese oysters. A full bar is served. Open daily.
SNEAKERS SPORTS GRILLE 111 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 482-1000 8133 Point Meadows Dr., Baymeadows, 519-0509 Sneaker’s offers a full bar (with more than 20 beers on tap), TV screens covering entire walls and “cheerleaders” serving the food. Happy hour Mon.-Fri. The sports spots are repeat Best of Jax winners for Best Sportsbar, most recently just last year. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL 2467 Faye Rd., Northside, 647-8625 This pub serves apps, hoagies, and entrées with a decidedly British bent: bangers and mash, roast prime rib, English oxtail soup and pub fries. It’s casual and fun, too — pizza and a kids menu are also available. Beer and wine are served and the entire menu is available for take-out. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
TIME OUT SPORTS GRILL 13799 Beach Blvd., Ste. 5, Intracoastal, 223-6999 This locally-owned-and-operated grill serves hand-tossed pizzas, wings and specialty wraps in a clean, sporty atmosphere. A full bar is available, with daily drink specials. A late-night menu is offered. Open for lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun.; dinner only Mon.
WHISKY RIVER 4850 Big Island Dr., Ste. 3, St. Johns Town Center, 645-5571 Whisky River’s Southern hospitality centers on burgers, hot wings, pizzas and pulled pork, served along with a full bar and drink specials. Shootfire, it’s owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. And it’s a 2011 Best of Jax winner for Best Chicken Wings and Best Meal Under $10. Open daily.
WILD WING CAFÉ 4555 Southside Blvd., Tinseltown, 998-9464 This hoppin’ Tinseltown spot serves 33 flavors of wings, as well as soups, sandwiches, wraps, ribs and burgers. A full bar is served. Live music is performed or a DJ spins tunes three to four nights every week. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
XTREME WINGS 12220 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 108, Intracoastal, 220-9464 This new family sports grill has TVs airing UFC, NFL, MLB and college games. There’s food, too: wings (try the X-Factor), burgers, sandwiches and wraps. A full bar is poured. Take-out and a kids’ selection are available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
SWEET SPOTS BAKERY MODERNE 869 Stockton St., Ste. 6, Riverside, 389-7117 This neighborhood bakery specializes in classic pastries, artisanal breads and seasonal favorites. Everything’s made to order from scratch, including the popular petit fours and custom cakes.
BITTER SWEET BAKERY & EATERY 14286 Beach Blvd., Ste. 29, Intracoastal, 223-0457 Traditional desserts just like Grandma’s, with a modern twist, are featured here, along with sandwiches wrapped in butcher paper and tied with twine. Ah, the good old days. Plus breakfast items to-go. Open Tue.-Sun.
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CINOTTI’S BAKERY, DELI & BOUTIQUE 1523 Penman Rd., Jax Beach, 246-1728 Four generations of Cinottis have been serving the Beaches since 1964, offering cakes for all occasions, pies, breads and desserts by the caseful, as well as party trays. And the deli features a variety of bagels and breads for breakfast items, as well as lunch items like chicken salad, corned beef and club sandwiches, made with baked-right-there bread choices.
CUPCAKE HEAVEN 77 9475 Philips Highway, Ste. 4, Southside, 257-5778 This family-owned spot offers items prepared fresh from scratch daily: cupcakes, cake pops, cakes and deli-style lunch boxes. Open Tue.-Sun.
DENOEL FRENCH PASTRY SHOP 212 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, 829-3974 Tucked away on historic Charlotte Street, Denoel has been around for some 40 years, serving fresh-baked baguettes, cream puffs, cheesecakes and sandwiches. Open Wed.-Sun.
EDGEWOOD BAKERY 1012 S. Edgewood Ave., Murray Hill, 389-8054 For nearly 65 years, Edgewood Bakery has been serving fresh breakfast pastries, petit fours and pies. The line is long on Saturday mornings, but the wait pays off. An espresso and pastry café serves sandwiches, smoothies and soups. Open for breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat.
HAPPY CUP FROZEN YOGURT 299 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 2, Atlantic Beach, 372-4059 It’s self-serve frozen yogurt at Happy Cup. Made with organic ingredients and flavored with real fruit, the yogurts may be mixed and matched and crowned with favorites from the toppings bar. Open daily.
LET THEM EAT CAKE! 3604 St. Johns Ave., Ste. 2, Avondale, 389-2122 This artisan bakery serves coffee, croissants and muffins in the early morning, then cupcakes, pastries and individual desserts throughout the day. Whole cakes are made-toorder. Open Tue.-Sat.
LULI’S CUPCAKES 82 San Marco St., St. Augustine, 824-5280 The cupcakes, baked fresh daily, include Grandma’s Coconut, Fire Engine Red Velvet, What’s Up Doc (carrot cake) and Funky Monkey, banana and chocolate chip
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daily. Frozen yogurt means 12 flavors and 48 toppings. Open daily.
MY MOCHI FROZEN YOGURT 4860 Big Island Dr., St. Johns Town Center, 807-9292 13546 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1A, Intracoastal, 821-9880
SWEET CECE’S FROZEN YOGURT & TREATS 3267 Hodges Blvd., Ste. 2, Intracoastal, 647-6890
A 2011 Best of Jax readers poll winner for Best Yogurt Shop, Mochi offers a variety of non-fat, low-calorie, cholesterol-free frozen yogurts. The extensive selection includes tart and non-tart flavors, as well as more than 40 toppings. Open daily.
OHANA HAWAIIAN SHAVED ICE 469 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 12, Atlantic Beach, 249-0555 The delicately shaved ice is available in 52 flavors, all made without corn syrup, some without sugar. There are also crab cakes sandwiches and salads with mango salsa. Take-out is available. Open Tue.-Sun.
PETERBROOKE CHOCOLATIER 1470 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 398-2489 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 246-0277 1011 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine, 471-2830 3554 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 387-3827 1560 Business Center Dr., Fleming Island, 278-7878 11362 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 262-2462 9640 Crosshill Blvd., Jacksonville, 771-4355 4765 Hodges Blvd., Southside, 223-7900 1427 Sadler Rd., Fernandina Beach, 230-3343 880 A1A N., Ponte Vedra, 273-7878 108 Bartram Oaks Walk, Julington, 230-3343 725 Nautica Dr., Northside, 751-3112 2024 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, 398-2488 4413 Town Center Parkway, Southside, 565-1073 This candy shop has Americanized the fine European art of chocolate-making. The chocolate-coated popcorn is to die for, and the chocolate-covered cherries are a Valentine’s Day tradition throughout the area. Open daily.
SARA’S CREPE CAFE 100 St. George St., St. Augustine, 810-5800 The elegant cafe offers family-inspired sweet and savory crepes and Belgian waffles, made with fresh local ingredients. Dine inside or in the open-air courtyard. Open daily.
SMOOTHIE KING 13457 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 1, Intracoastal, 221-1299 1835 U.S. 1 S., Ste. 113, St. Augustine, 825-6770 4624 Town Crossing Dr., Ste. 119, UNF, 996-2889 9810 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 4, Baymeadows, 642-1777
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Smoothie King offers nutritional, tasty meal replacements and snacking alternatives — in other words, a variety of smoothies as well as supplements, vitamins and fat-free goods. Open daily.
SWEET BY HOLLY 4624 Town Crossing Blvd., Ste. 137, St. Johns Town Center, 564-2711 Hollis Wilder, twice a winner on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” offers 30 flavors of cupcakes made from scratch
The selection of frozen yogurt flavors and their accompanying toppings is extensive, so you can get something different every time. Open daily.
SWEET PETE’S 1922 Pearl St., Jacksonville. 376-7161 Pure, all-natural sweets made by a traditional method, with cane sugar, natural flavors and colors, including gourmet chocolates, freshly spun cotton candy, caramels and lollipops, as well as gluten-free all natural candies. Sweet Pete’s hosts everything from kids’ parties to art openings, free honey-tastings and Beepaloozas, celebrating all things honeybee. Open daily.
TASTI D-LITE 1024 Park St., Jacksonville, 900-3040 A four-ounce serving of this creamy dairy dessert can weigh in at fewer than 70 calories. It’s offered in a gazillion flavors, served up in cones, cups, shakes and smoothies. Open daily.
THAI & VIETNAMESE AROY THAI FUSION 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 40, Intracoastal, 374-0161 This new Thai restaurant offers authentic Thai cuisine, including pad Thai, Thai fried rice and traditional curry dishes. A full bar is served, with a daily happy hour, and take-out is available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
BASIL THAI & SUSHI 1004 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 674-0190 Basil Thai serves fresh sushi and authentic Thai cuisine, including ginger-infused salad, classic Pad Thai, all curry dishes, ebi roll, sashimi and daily specials. Beer and wine are served. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat.
BOWL OF PHO 9902 Old Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows, 646-4455 Bowl of Pho serves traditional Vietnamese noodle soup along with authentic favorites like spring rolls, shrimp wraps and egg rolls. The portions are big and the atmosphere’s easy-going. Open for lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon.
BUDDHA THAI BISTRO 301 10th Ave. N., Jax Beach, 712-4444 The proprietors of this Thai restaurant are, in fact, from Thailand, so you know the cuisine’s authentic. Each dish is made with fresh ingredients using tried-and-true recipes. A full bar is served and take-out and delivery are available.
Partners Al Waldis and T.J. Pelletier toast the Salty Pelican Bar and Grill, the newest addition to the dining scene in downtown Fernandina Beach, overlooking the docks of the Amelia River on North Front Street.
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GREEN PAPAYA 13141 City Station Dr., Northside, 696-8886 Located in River City Marketplace, this restaurant features a Pan-Asian menu, specializing in Thai cuisine served in a contemporary atmosphere. Dine in or take out. Beer and wine are served. Dress is casual-upscale. Open daily.
INDOCHINE 21 E. Adams St., Downtown, 598-5303 Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine has arrived in the urban core. Signature dishes include chicken Satay, soft shell crab, and mango and sticky rice for dessert. A full bar is served and take-out is available. A 2011 Best of Jax winner for Best Thai. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sat.
LEMONGRASS 9846 Old Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows, 645-9911 Lemongrass offers innovative Thai cuisine in a hip, metropolitan atmosphere. Chef Aphayasane’s creations include crispy whole fish with pineapple curry reduction, and customers’ favorite is “The Amazing.” An extensive beer and wine selection is served. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat.
LIME LEAF 9822 Tapestry Park Cir., Ste. 109, 859-5411 Lime Leaf offers definitive Thai cuisine, from fresh papaya salad to pad Thai to seared ahi tuna, as well as crispy duck, all elegantly presented. Desserts include mango sweet rice. Beer and wine are served, and limited delivery is available. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner nightly.
PATTAYA THAI GRILLE 9551 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 1, Baymeadows, 646-9506 Pattaya Thai offers extensive menu of traditional Thai, vegetarian and new-Thai, including curries, seafood, noodles and soups. A video screen displays the open kitchen, so you can watch your order being prepared. Open for lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sun.
SALA PHAD THAI 1716 Third St. N., Jax Beach, 246-7490 This casual Thai restaurant is family-owned-and-operated and features extensive lunch and dinner menus, including spring rolls, fried squid, beef with oyster sauce and a variety of curried dishes. It’s vegan-friendly, too, offering bean curd delight, and Thai noodles and veggies. Beer and wine are served. Open daily.
SALA THAI 10769 Beach Blvd., Ste. 10, Southside, 641-8384 Sit at a booth decorated like a thatched-roof hut and order from a varied Thai menu. House specialties change weekly. Customer favorites include the pad Thai. For dessert, there’s mango rice or coconut ice cream. Dine in or take out. Beer and wine are served. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily.
THAI GARDEN 10 Blanding Blvd., Ste. B, Orange Park, 272-8434 Thai Garden offers traditional Thai menu items, including pad kraw powh with roasted duck and kaeng kari (yellow curry with potatoes and a choice of meat). Fine wines, and imported and domestic beers are available. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner nightly.
THAI ORCHID 12620 Beach Blvd., Ste. 4, Intracoastal, 683-1286 The new restaurant serves authentic Thai cuisine made with fresh ingredients, including pad Thai, Thai curry dishes and rice dishes. Beer and wine are available. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
THAI PALACE 9965 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 35, Mandarin, 880-5363 This family-owned restaurant is a favorite for business meals and dates alike, featuring specialties like shrimp himapan and many curry dishes. A customer favorite is sweet Thai tea. Beer and wine are served. Dine-in or takeout. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily.
MANATEE CAFÉ 525 S.R. 16, Ste. 106, St. Augustine, 826-0210 Manatee Café serves organic, vegetarian meals. Owner/chef Cheryl Crosley prepares veggie omelets, tofu Reubens, miso and hummus and tabouli. The Health Food Market offers the same ingredients used in the cafe’s dishes. Open for breakfast and lunch daily.
THE PRESENT MOMENT CAFÉ 224 W. King St., St. Augustine, 827-4499 The Present Moment Café serves organic, vegan and vegetarian dishes, pizza, pastas, hummus and milkshakes — all prepared without meat, dairy, wheat or an oven. The most surprising thing is, you hardly notice. Organic beer and wine are available, along with take-out. A 2011 winner for Best Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurant in our Best of Jax Readers’ poll. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.
WINE, MARTINI & CIGAR BARS AROMAS CIGAR & WINE BAR 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 101, Southside, 928-0515 Aromas, essentially a cigar, wine and martini bar, also serves an extensive tapas menu. A full bar is available, featuring martini specials nightly. Open daily.
CELLAR 6 ART GALLERY & WINE BAR BITE CLUB CERTIFIED! 6 Aviles St., St. Augustine, 827-9055
A moody, inviting space, Cellar 6 serves an international array of fine wines, Wolfgang Puck coffees, handmade desserts and light bistro-style fare amid local art. Open Mon.-Sat.
THE GROTTO 2012 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 398-0726 Serving a varied tapas menu of artisanal cheese plates, empanadas, bruschettas and homestyle cheesecake, this upscale wine bar features a list with more than 60 wines by the glass. Wine tastings every Thur. The Grotto is a 10-time winner for Best Wine List, most recently in 2011, as well as Best Wine Store. Open Tue.-Sun.
ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR 7860 Gate Parkway, Ste. 115, Southside, 854-6060 108 First St., Neptune Beach, 372-0943 820 A1A N., Ste. E-18, Ponte Vedra, 834-2492 This smoking establishment, with a walk-in humidor, pairs appetizers with more than 25 wines and ports by the glass. A full bar and more than 220 wines by the bottle are served at the Gate Parkway location; scotch flights are featured. Live music is featured Thur.-Sat. The Beach place serves 28 draft beers and bottled beer, and beer flights are featured. Live music is presented Thur.-Sat. Open daily.
ROYAL PALM VILLAGE WINE & TAPAS 296 Royal Palms Dr., Atlantic Beach, 372-0052 Locally owned and operated, this new spot offers more than 1,200 bottles of fine wine, 200 bottles of beer and 15 rotating microbrewed draft beers to pair with the chef’s creative tapas. Open nightly for dinner.
SANGRIAS TAPAS & PIANO BAR 35 Hypolita St., St. Augustine, 827-1947 The balcony of this hip, historic space overlooks busy St. George Street, making it an ideal place to while away the afternoon while sipping one of seven signature (and individually prepared) sangrias. Spanish-style tapas are also served. Live music is presented Wed.-Sun. Open daily.
THE WINE BAR 320 N. First St., Jax Beach, 372-0211 This casual neighborhood wine bar features a wide variety of wine, beer, appetizers and cigars. Live music is presented Wed., Fri. and Sat. and board games are offered. A wine tasting is held every Thur. Open nightly.
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“Saturday Night Live” cast member Jay Pharoah is known for an array of impressions: Eddie Murphy, Jack Nicholson, Owen Wilson, Jay-Z, Tupac. We could name at least 45 more celebs but it’s a lot more fun to see Pharoah live. Check out Pharoah’s humor on Twitter: “If I get randomly selected every time I go through airport security, then it’s no longer random selection. It’s routine harassment!!” 8 p.m. on Aug. 9; 8 and 10 p.m. on Aug. 10 and 11 at The Comedy Zone, Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Rd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $20 and $25. 292-4242. comedyzone.com
FAMILY MEET THE BIRDS OF ANASTASIA Some 48 million Americans call themselves birdwatchers. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection adds to that number with a basic birding program for kids ages 8-12. From 9-10:30 a.m. on Aug. 12 at Anastasia State Park, 1340A A1A S., St. Augustine. Free with park admission; registration required. 461-2035.
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One of the best things about Mid-Life Crisis is that you don’t have to experience one to enjoy their music. Be forewarned, though: the fusion of rock ’n’ roll, rhythm & blues, jazz, pop, disco and country may still cause an emotional transition! Music by the Sea Concert Series, which features a different local eatery’s fare each week, presents Mid-Life Crisis and food from LaStrada Restaurant; bring chairs, blankets and coolers. From 7-9 p.m. on Aug. 8 at St. Johns County Pier Park Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Admission is free. 347-8007. thecivicassociation.com
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The freaks are coming out to get the job done, yo. If that reference is lost on you, just know this: Whodini, Big Daddy Kane (pictured), the Human Beat Box (Doug E. Fresh – he’s really coming this time!) and other pioneers of hip hop are bustin’ it old school in Duuuval at the Hip-Hop Royalty Tour. 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 10 at Morocco Shrine Auditorium, 3800 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Southside. Tickets are $35 and $55. (704) 326-1183.
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Three-part harmonies are nearly as old as music itself, yet never cease to amaze, especially in a live setting. Underhill Rose is known for combining their lovely, memorable harmonies with a fusion of Americana, bluegrass, rhythm & blues and roots music. The Asheville, N.C.-based trio peforms their “heartfelt country soul,” complete with banjo, guitar and upright bass, at 8 p.m. on Aug. 9 at European Street Cafe, 1704 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $12. 399-1740.
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The NFL preseason kicks off in Northeast Florida this week when Blaine Gabbert and the Jaguars host Eli Manning and the New York Giants. Jacksonville has a new owner, new coach, new quarterback and a newly adjusted attitude. Do these changes mean a win over Manning and crew? Go find out! 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 10 at EverBank Stadium, 1 Stadium Place, downtown. Single tickets range from $45-$110. $5 discount for group purchases of 10 or more. 30-game monthly payment plan for season tickets. 633-2000. jaguars.com AUGUST 7-13, 2012 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 61
Quaid (Colin Farrell) undergoes mind implantation in the Rekall Tripping Den in “Total Recall.” Photo Credit: Michael Gibson, Columbia Pictures.
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ife is boring, and you’re unfulfilled. How cool would it be to have new memories implanted in your brain, and you can’t tell that they’re fake? What “Total Recall” does with this idea ultimately works, but only after you get through the dull first hour and things click into gear for an exciting second half. In this remake of the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger hit (which was loosely based on Philip K. Dick’s story), Colin Farrell takes the lead as Doug Quaid, a lowly factory worker who isn’t content with his super-hot wife Lori (Kate Beckinsale). He desires personal and professional growth, and because only Britain and the “Colony” (Australia) are inhabitable in this dystopian future, it’s not like he can move elsewhere for a fresh start. His friend, Harry (Bokeem Woodbine), tells him to stay the course and everything will be fine, yet Doug can’t help but want more. Worse, a resistance movement led by the reclusive Matthias (Bill Nighy) against the British chancellor, Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), is creating civil unrest and constant danger. Doug is intrigued by the idea of “Rekall,” which is misspelled in the movie for no good reason. At Rekall, clients are implanted with false memories of a life they choose, one they might have had. Kinda creepy-sad, but hey, that’s in the future. Doug asks for the memory of a spy, but before the implant goes through, he’s attacked by security guards and must go on the run. He now believes he’s a brainwashed resistance fighter, and with the help of Melina (Jessica Biel), he strives to get to the bottom of who’s manipulating him and why. On paper, i.e., Kurt Wimmer’s and Mark Bomback’s script, the first hour should work. Expository info is gradually revealed, impressive set designs and visual effects show a civilization so over-populated, it now exists high above sea level; cool action and effects
liberate Doug from his doldrums, etc. This should all work together to get us invested for a big payoff. In execution, however, director Len Wiseman (“Underworld”) struggles to provide urgency and purpose to these early moments. Granted, Doug’s confused, and we only know what he knows, but Wiseman needs to elevate our viewing experience to a point where we’re intrigued by this world and the thematic ideas
At Rekall, clients are implanted with false memories of a life they choose, one they might have had. Kinda creepysad, but hey, that’s in the future. just as much as we are by Doug’s journey. Wiseman fails at this, but succeeds once Doug meets Melina and finds his calling, which also gives the story clarity. The non-stop action is nicely done, including Doug’s initial shootout/escape from Rekall and a chase scene involving flying cars. The best sequence comes with the complex staging and smart execution of elevators that move both horizontally and vertically, which plays like jumping from one piece of an exploding puzzle to the next. After this scene, the rest of the movie really takes off. “Total Recall” is not a faithful remake of Schwarzenegger’s film (there’s no Mars, for example), but it is one that has fresh ideas portrayed in a new way. It’s serviceable, not memorable, and entertaining for a mindless night out at the local cineplex. That a movie about implanting memories plays as “mindless” is part of its problem, but those action scenes and visual effects really do look cool. Dan Hudak email@example.com
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f you want to fork out your hard-earned bucks to see “The Watch,” you’d better hurry. I doubt the new movie will survive long on the summer big-screens, even as the season begins to dwindle to a close. One reason the new movie — starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughan and Jonah Hill — is probably doomed to a short life is the title, which gives unsuspecting viewers practically no idea what the movie’s about. The original title, “Neighborhood Watch,” gave some inkling of its content but was dropped for the more politically correct and utterly innocuous present title following the Trayvon Martin shooting earlier this year. However, the main reason the movie won’t be around long is that it’s not very good, to say the least. I saw it with a dispirited small group at a late show, one of the exiting viewers muttering unconvincingly, “It wasn’t so bad.” Originally targeted for a PG-13 rating under a different director, the producers instead opted for a very different focus, bringing in “Saturday Night Live” veteran Akiva Schaffer to direct a doctored-up script by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the potty-mouth scribes responsible for “Pineapple Express,” “The Green Hornet” and others. The original script was by Jared Stern (“Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” “The Princess and the Frog” and “Bolt”) so you can only imagine what a change of tone and approach the final product represents. The loosely constructed plot deals with four suburbanites in a small Ohio town who form a neighborhood watch to discover the murderer of a hapless Costco employee. The founder of the watch is Evan (Ben Stiller in his familiar role as another hapless nice-guy-in-a-bind). Evan is the manager of the local Costco, and the dead man was his friend. Bob and Franklin (Vince Vaughan and Jonah Hill) join the volunteer force for different reasons. Bob’s a party animal Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, Richard Ayoade and Vince Vaughn get raunchy in “The Watch.” Photo Credit: Twentieth Century Fox
who wants to kick back with some new friends while Franklin, who still lives with his mom, is a bit of a loner still nursing a grudge about not being allowed to join the police force. The fourth and ultimately oddest member of the group is Jamarcus (British comic Richard Ayoade), who comes aboard for a variety of reasons, including the opportunity to get girls. The gang quickly discovers they’re dealing with murderous aliens whose aim is to launch a planet-wide attack from their command center beneath the Costco warehouse. No one believes the men, of course, particularly not the two local cops (Will Forte, Mel Rodriguez), who are also marginal idiots. The same goes for the irascible, gun-toting Manfred (R. Lee Ermey in yet another role as a foul-mouthed ex-Marine), on whose property the four guys find an alien weapon that looks like a bowling ball. Before they actually confront the Costcoentrenched invaders in a desperate attempt to save the world, the four friends are put through a series of raunchy segments that have only the most incidental relationship to the central plot but happily demonstrate the limitless range afforded an R-rating, particularly in terms of language. Ben, for instance, has recently learned that he is sterile, a fact he’s withheld from his wife, giving Vaughan’s character the opportunity to spew related slang. We later learn that the aliens’ only weak spot is in their groins. You can imagine where that takes us. Another interlude — with absolutely no connection to the overall plot — involves Stiller’s mysterious neighbor who, it turns out, runs a local orgy club. And so it goes. Akiva Schaffer unspools the nonsense like so many “SNL” skits. Like the TV show at its worst, certain scenes go on way too long, the jokes exhausted way too quickly. Rather than waste your money on “The Watch,” check out the terrific 2011 British flick, “Attack the Block,” which deals with a similar plot, but with far more intelligence, wit and imagination. Pat McLeod firstname.lastname@example.org
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Quvenzhané (kwa-VAN-ja-nay) Wallis as Hushpuppy on the set of “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Photo Credit: Jess Pinkham
A Beauty in a Beastly Story
A 6-year-old’s touching performance can’t rescue this film flooded with questions Beasts of the Southern Wild **@@
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easts of the Southern Wild” has won awards at film festivals all over the world, including the two most prominent — Cannes and Sundance. It has an 85 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has critics calling it a surefire Best Picture Oscar nominee. I understand why all of these things are being said — I just don’t agree. Here is a story of a young girl named Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis), living in filth and depravity, who’s so desperate for an escape from reality that she imagines prehistoric animals coming to get her. Clearly she’s not happy. Her father, Wink (Dwight Henry), abandons her for days at a time and, worst of all, doesn’t do what he damn well should do in order to stay in her life. Newcomer Benh Zeitlin directs the film with a powerful, poetic grace, effectively allowing us inside Hushpuppy’s mind and fearing for her when times are incredibly tough. Wallis, who was six at the time of filming, is marvelously sympathetic and endearing — we root for her and want her to be OK, to survive, especially as a storm is bearing down on the levees protecting her delta home. After the storm, we worry about her
food, clothing, shelter, warmth and fighting an infection. Young Wallis is as good as everyone is saying she is. The story, written by Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar, is not. We are supposed to believe that Wink and other members of the delta community prefer this life to something that would allow for better hygiene, but we only see them desperate and miserable. If Zeitlin is trying to convey the way we get used to a certain lifestyle and become unable to change, he needs to provide the sense that the characters find some form of joy in their current lives. As the Hurricane Katrina-esque storm is hitting, Wink tells Hushpuppy that “brave men don’t run from their home.” That’s fine, but a smart man with a daughter to protect sure as hell should when a major flood is coming. I’m no moralist, and I wouldn’t presume to tell someone else how to parent. But the decisions made by the adults here — specifically Wink — are reckless and irresponsible, and to see a sweet little girl like Hushpuppy not being taken care of is tremendously off-putting. Of course, that analysis is based on my presumption that Hushpuppy would want a better, cleaner, healthier life inside civilization. Who knows?
Newcomer Benh Zeitlin directs the film with a powerful, poetic grace, effectively allowing us inside Hushpuppy’s mind and fearing for her when times are incredibly tough.
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“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,v” Greg (Zachary Gordon) enjoys a phone conversation with his romantic crush, as Rowley (Robert Capron) listens in. Photo Credit: Twentieth Century Fox
AREA THEATERS AMELIA ISLAND Carmike Amelia Island 7, 1132 S. 14th St., 261-9867 ARLINGTON & REGENCY AMC Regency 24, 9451 Regency Square Blvd., 264-3888 BAYMEADOWS & MANDARIN Regal Avenues 20, 9525 Philips Highway, 538-3889 BEACHES Regal Beach Blvd. 18, 14051 Beach Blvd., 992-4398 FIVE POINTS Sun-Ray Cinema@5Points, 1028 Park St., 359-0047 NORTHSIDE Hollywood River City 14, River City Marketplace, 12884 City Center Blvd., 757-9880
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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ***@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. The new movie relaunches the Spidey character on a new story arc that promises more twists and thrills with a new set of villains. Andrew Garfield is geeky and yet aggressive as Peter Parker, wearing his double identity with ease. Emma Stone plays Gwen Stacy, his strong, self-sufficient gal pal. Rhys Ifans is the villainous Dr. Curt Connors, a former associate of Peter’s dad and an expert in the field of crossspecies genetic splicing. It’s a fun film; stick around for the credits to see a suggestion of where this new Spider-Man’s quest may take him. THE AVENGERS ***G Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park Joss Whedon, the mastermind behind sci-fi/fantasy, wrote and directed the yarn about superheroes out to stop evil Loki from opening a portal to another dimension that would mean Earth’s certain destruction. An ensemble cast – Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlet Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Tom Hiddleston – and deft direction raise the bar on the genre. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD **@@ Rated PG-13 • Sun-Ray Cinema Reviewed in this issue. BRAVE ***@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Set in enchanted ancient Scotland, the animated offering from the magical minds at PIXAR/Disney features the vocal talents of Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Craig Ferguson and Robbie Coltrane, giving life to a fairytale about red-headed heroine Princess Merida, on a quest to destroy an ancient curse. PIXAR redesigned its entire digital animation system to create “Brave,” and the hard work pays off in a lush, fully immersive presentation enhancing the family-friendly, adventure-filled story. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES **** Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., San Marco Theatre, WGHoF IMAX Theater The film has it all: great storytelling, exciting, well-edited action, solid performances, a rousing score and a thematic depth perfectly reflecting society’s concerns in 2012. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is a recluse, blamed for the death of former district attorney Harvey Dent. His butler Alfred (Michael Caine) still cares for him, but with Gotham City crime-free, Wayne feels he has no purpose. Enter Catwoman Selina
ORANGE PARK AMC Orange Park 24, 1910 Wells Road, (888) AMC-4FUN Carmike Fleming Island 12, 1820 Town Center Blvd., 621-0221 SAN MARCO San Marco Theatre, 1996 San Marco Blvd., 396-4845 SOUTHSIDE Cinemark Tinseltown, 4535 Southside Blvd., 998-2122 ST. AUGUSTINE Epic Theatres, 112 Theatre Drive, 797-5757 IMAX Theater, World Golf Village, 940-IMAX Pot Belly’s, 36 Granada St., 829-3101
Kyle (Anne Hathaway) stealing pearls from Wayne Manor, and hulking madman Bane (Tom Hardy), hellbent on leveling the city. Co-starring Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS **@@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Rising eighth-grader Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) is on summer break and he’s booored. So he resorts to his usual activities: fight with his brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick), lie to his parents (Steve Zahn, Rachel Harris) and hang with his best pal Rowley (Robert Capron). And have a near-fatal crush on Holly Hills (Peyton List), a crush so bad he’ll go to any lengths to impress her. Does he? ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT **G@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Those prehistoric pals are back — Manny (Ray Romano), Diego (Denis Leary) and Sid (John Leguizamo) — this time going through some heavy changes, as in icebergs and Continental shelf shifts. Co-starring the vocal talents of Queen Latifah, JLo, Peter Dinklage, Aziz Ansari, Joy Behar, Simon Pegg, Seann William Scott and Wanda Sykes, this animated series has about run its course.
THE INTOUCHABLES ***G Rated R • Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Beach Blvd. Philippe (François Cluzet), a wealthy Parisian, becomes a paraplegic after suffering a terrible injury. He needs constant care, so he hires Driss (Omar Sy), a poor man from the slums. The unlikely pair strike up a friendship of sorts, each altering the other’s life. Sounds heavy, but it’s a comedy with a touch of drama. In French with English subtitles. KATY PERRY: PART OF ME **@@ Rated PG • Regal Avenues This documentary follows pop sensation Perry on her recent tour, racking up sold-out shows in arenas worldwide. In live footage and candid interviews, Perry wows fans and deals with backstage drama, like the dissolution of her marriage to Russell Brand. MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED ***@ Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. The new installment of the animated series puts the wacky critters under the Big Top when the wild bunch decides to join an animal circus in Monte Carlo. Good laughs, eye-popping visuals and some fun, family-geared action scenes make “Madagascar 3” an expedition worth taking. The ensemble cast of voiceover talent includes Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen and Frances McDormand. MADEA’S WITNESS PROTECTION **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues Tyler Perry’s dramedy stars Eugene Levy as George Needleman, a nebbish Wall Streeter wrongfully accused of a Ponzi scheme. George and his family go into the federal
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witness protection program and sent down south to the home of fiery matriarch Madea (Perry), the harried Needlemans think they’d be better off behind bars — at least there, they wouldn’t be subjected to Madea’s non-nonsense, controlling ways. Denise Richards, Romeo Miller, Tom Arnold and John Amos co-star. MAGIC MIKE **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues Director Steven Soderbergh’s new movie stars Channing Tatum as Mike, who leads a dual life of sorts, spending his days working as a handyman and his nights onstage as a male stripper. When he takes on new trainee Adam (Alex Pettyfer, “I Am Number Four”), Mike wonders if it’s time to leave stripclub Xquisite’s bump-and-grind world, especially after meeting his protégé’s sister, Paige (Cody Horn). Co-star Matthew McConaughey is already getting some serious hype for his, uh, “revealing” performance as former-stripperturned-club-owner Dallas. As well he should. MOONRISE KINGDOM **** Rated PG-13 • Cinemark Tinseltown Written and directed by Wes Anderson, this delightful little film is a love story about a 12-year-old boy and girl — both outcasts, both troubled, both loners, both very bright — and their efforts to be together, no matter what. Co-starring Bill Murray and Frances McDormand, Kara Hayward, Edward Norton, Jared Gilman, Bruce Willis and Jason Schwartzman. SAVAGES **G@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Cinemark Tinseltown, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues Oliver Stone’s newest film is an action-thriller heavily laced with drugs, sex and violence. Blake Lively plays Ophelia, the film’s narrator, a pretty blonde surfer girl who prefers to be known as O, an aptly Freudian name: Her sole function seems to be the openly shared love connection between two surfer-type dudes, Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch). Life seems perfect for the triad — they’re young and in love, and rich —they grow and distribute the best weed in California. Across the border are the bad dope dealers, ruled by Elena (Salma Hayek), with Lado (Benicio del Toro) as her main enforcer. The sadistic horde wants a piece of the SoCal kids’ harvest of riches. STEP UP REVOLUTION **@@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. The franchise continues with this street-dancing movie about incredibly talented young men and women who seem to naturally populate the streets of Miami. Everybody looks good, dances really well and eventually it ends well, even if the whole premise is highly unlikely. Just try some of these moves on Stockton Street, right? TED **@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Seth McFarlane’s live-action debut is an incredibly stupid raunch-fest that’s quite the hit in theaters. A lonely little boy gets a teddy bear for Christmas and wishes on a shooting star that the bear could really talk. His wish comes true: The bear walks and talks. Jump ahead 30 years or so, and the grownup boy, John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is still best friends with Ted the bear (voiced by McFarlane). There’s a problem: John has a girlfriend, Lori (Mila Kunis), and Ted is coming between them. Co-starring Giovanni Ribisi and Patrick Warburton. TO ROME, WITH LOVE *G@@ Rated R • Regal Beach Blvd. Woody Allen’s film has big names: Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz … OK, not so big names, too: Roberto Benigni, Alison Pill, Judy Davis, Carol Alt. Allen’s story is all over the place, strung together by his usual neuroses and elitism. If you like The Woodman, you’ll like this. Otherwise, hit the Travel Channel. TOTAL RECALL **G@ Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Reviewed in this issue. THE WATCH *G@@ Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency Square, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Hollywood River City, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd. Reviewed in this issue.
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CAPE FEAR The Summer Movie Classics series continues with this psychological thriller starring Gregory Peck, Polly Bergen and Robert Mitchum at 2 p.m. on Aug. 12 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $7.50, $45 for any 10 films in the series. 355-2787. RUNNING FENCE As part of the ReFocus: Art of the 1970s series, The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville and Folio Weekly present this documentary at 7 p.m. on Aug. 16 at the museum, 333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville. 366-6911. TOY STORY “To infinity and beyond!” Movies at Main screens this animated comedy starring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Annie Potts, at 5:30 p.m. (note time change) on Aug. 9 at Main Library’s Hicks Auditorium, 303 N. Laura St., Jacksonville. 630-1741. BIG, LOUD & LIVE Celebrating Drum Corps International’s 40th anniversary, the “DCI 2012: Big, Loud & Live 9,” championships in Indianapolis are broadcast live one night only, at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 9 at Cinemark Tinseltown, 4535 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville. (800) 326-3264. LAUREL & HARDY FILMS The Leave ’Em Laughing Tent celebrates its sixth anniversary by screening Laurel & Hardy movies at 7 p.m. on Aug. 13 at Pablo Creek branch library, 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is free. 314-5801. leaveemlaughing.moviefever.com LATITUDE 30 CINEGRILLE “The Avengers” is screened at CineGrille, 10370 Philips Hwy., Southside. Call for showtimes. 365-5555. SUN-RAY CINEMA Sun-Ray Cinema screens “Beasts of the Southern Wild” at 1028 Park St., Jacksonville. Call 359-0047 for showtimes. sunraycinema.com FREE WEEKEND NATURE MOVIES To prepare for International Coastal Clean-up Day on Sept. 15, the documentary about our dependence on plastic bags, “Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?” screens at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Aug. 11 and 12 and every Sat. and Sun. in August at GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra. There is no cost to see the movie. 823-4500. WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME IMAX THEATER “The Dark Knight Rises: The IMAX Experience” is screened along with “To The Arctic 3D,” “Legends of Flight 3D,” “Forces of Nature,” “The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D” with Kelly Awesome Slater and “Born To Be Wild 3D” at World Golf Hall of Fame Village, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 940-IMAX. worldgolfimax.com
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DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX The animated adaptation of Theodor Geisel’s work features the voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Ed Helms and Danny DeVito. In Thneedville, everything’s made of plastic and teenager Audrey (Swift) wants to see a real tree. When smitten 12-year-old Ted (Efron) accepts the challenge, he meets The Once-ler (Helms) who tells of The Lorax (DeVito) and the fate of the trees. The movie benefits from deft animation and good performances, but its environmental tone is a distraction, especially for younger viewers. MARLEY No, it’s not another movie about that adorable dog. This is a glorious celebration of the life and music of Bob Marley, the man who elevated his nation, his people and himself with his talents and his faith. Co-starring his son Ziggy, his widow Rita and Jimmy Cliff, as well as many from the Jamaican reggae community. Interviews, rare archival footage and performances are featured. BEL AMI As pauper Georges Duroy, Robert Pattinson really knows how to influence people, especially women. Based on Guy de Maupassant’s 19th-century novel, this dramatic romp through Paris co-stars Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci and Colm Meany. Georges has just returned from fighting in a war; he’s broke with no solid prospects for reaching the highest levels of French society. His good looks and natural charm get him a bed for the night — many nights, in the best chateaus, as it turns out. THE HUNGER GAMES AUG. 18 Writer-director Gary Ross’ big-screen adaptation of Susan Collins’ popular books is a tour de force of contemporary sci-fi cinema. In a dystopian future, the country of Panem (formerly North America) holds a tournament where two chosen adolescents must fight to the death. Initially antagonists, contestants Katniss Evergreen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) wonder if they want to be pawns in the game. An original, engaging story and worthy performances by costars Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and Stanley Tucci make it worth the rental price.
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ka has always had fanatical haters. In the ’60s and ’70s, the hard-rock cognoscenti dismissed ska as a frilly Jamaican creation. In the ’80s, the metal militia sneered at ska’s seeming softness. In the ’90s, punk rock’s power structure aimed much of its selfdestructive venom at ska — “Ska Sucks,” a cult 1994 hit from Canadian radicals Propagandhi, pretty much says it all. And today, the Internet is full of anti-ska venom. But somehow, ska keeps skankin’ on. In fact, nearly every pioneer of the genre — The Skatalites, Fishbone, The Toasters, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Slackers — is still active today. One homegrown keeper of the flame is Gainesville’s Less Than Jake, which celebrate their 20th anniversary this summer. Like other genre holdouts, they’ve maintained their snarky sense of humor, recording TV themesong covers, playing up their love of all things Pez, and even pre-empting their own move to Capitol Records with the hit song “Johnny Quest Thinks We’re Sellouts.” After countless music industry ups and downs and enough international tours to film a rockumentary, Less Than Jake started their own record label, Sleep It Off, in 2007. Since then, the label has rereleased old LTJ classics and served as a home for the band’s recent string of EPs. Folio Weekly chatted with founding drummer Vince Fiorello about life in Gainesville and the debate over proper ska nomenclature.
Folio Weekly: Less Than Jake marks your 20th anniversary this year. Did you ever foresee the band lasting this long? Vince Fiorello: No one ever thinks that what they start has staying power. It’s only after you learn a few lessons and travel a few miles that you can start to see over the horizon line. F.W.: Do you view 20 years as a reason to celebrate or just as affirmation of all your hard work? V.F.: Twenty years of any one particular thing is always reason to celebrate. I’ve gotten to do what I love for two decades, making great friends and seeing the world a dozen times over. I feel lucky and celebrate that whenever I can. F.W.: When Less Than Jake started out, was there ever any grander ambition beyond having fun? V.F.: Two people started with an idea in my
parents’ spare bedroom, then progressed step by step. Of course, you always want to have your music heard by as many people as possible, but our ambitions were always easy to swallow — managed expectations, for the most part.
F.W.: Did you set out with the aim of forming This is a copyright protected pro a ska band? Or was that genre just one piece of the puzzle? V.F.: Ska in its purest form wasn’t important For Th questions, to the initial inception of Less an Jake. We please call your advertising representative at 260-9770. RUN DATE: 080712 essentially took East Bay punk, Chicago FAX YOUR popPROOF IF POSSIBLE AT 268-3655 punk, third-wave ska and this English band Produced by ab Checked by Sal OF BENEFIT SUPPORT ASK FOR ACTION Snuff, mixed it all up and thenPROMISE turned it on its head. We’ve always been a punk band with ska influences. Ethically and scene-wise, that’s all we really knew. To call us a ska band does bands whose true roots are in ska a very big injustice. While we might be in the same boat, we’re on opposite ends. F.W.: What was the Gainesville music scene like when Less Than Jake started? V.F.: Very established. Gainesville was a hotbed of the Florida punk community, and by ’92, it had become a beacon and a destination — a suburban punk’s oasis of sorts. F.W.: Your first few releases were solidly DIY. When Capitol Records came calling, what was the allure? V.F.: We always looked at any label as a chance to grow — to get to the eyes and ears of more people. With Capitol, it was all about distribution. We were excited to be in every store that sold music. Any time a band is given the opportunity to jump the hurdle of the box they’ve been living in, they should do that. F.W.: Why did the band leave Capitol and join Fat Wreck Chords in 2000? V.F.: It’s actually a boring story. We were in the studio, and there was a regime change inside [Capitol]. So we were given the opportunity to take the record [“Borders & Boundaries”] and leave our existing contract. A free record and out of a long contract to go to a label we were fans of? We felt like we had truly won the lottery.
F.W.: Each of you has various side projects and day jobs. How much gas does Less Than Jake have left in the tank? V.F.: Enough on any given day to be busier than most bands. It’s the chemistry among the five of us that keeps recharging the batteries. The energy and chemistry between the crowd and our band is enough to light up a small city. Nick McGregor firstname.lastname@example.org AUGUST 7-13, 2012 | FOLIO WEEKLY | 67
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STEVE VAI and BEVERLY McCLELLAN 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18 The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., downtown Tickets are $31 and $38 355-2787 floridatheatre.com
ew guitarists can lay claim to the musical legacy enjoyed by that “little Italian virtuoso” Steve Vai. Beginning his career as transcriptionist and “stunt guitarist” for Frank Zappa’s early ’80s ensembles (’80-’82), Vai went on to take Yngwie Malmsteen’s place in Alcatrazz, worked with former Sex Pistol Johnny Lydon in Public Image Limited, joined Gregg Bissonette and bassist Billy Sheehan to form David Lee Roth’s first post-Van Halen band, appeared opposite Ralph Macchio as the devil’s guitarist, Jack Butler, in the film “Crossroads,” won three Grammys, started his own line of Ibanez guitars … well, you get the point. Such a storied career might lead an artist to become jaded or, at the very least, lazy. But Vai has consistently poured himself into original and challenging projects while maintaining a firm grasp on the commercial side of his profession. His Favored Nations label appeals to fellow progrock fans, his signature guitars sell well among his fans, and his perennially boyish good looks and flashy on-stage demeanor keep a certain segment of his audience coming back, if only to see if lasers will shoot out his eyes on the latest tour. But Vai the musician, the purist, is introspective. He admits to having let his ego get ahold of him at times, and he praises musicians who eschew technical virtuosity in favor of musicality, despite his own inhuman command of his instrument. And he’s become a savvy businessman.
Folio Weekly: What’s new that fans can expect this time around? Steve Vai: For this tour, I wanted to introduce something unique and different. I like doing that, because my music is very compositional, so I like bringing different musicians in. On my last tour, I had two violin players, and I’m really happy with the way it worked out. On this tour, I found a harp player, her name is Deborah Henson-[Conant]. … It’s just amazing to find somebody who’s so uniquely talented, with such an esoteric instrument. She plays a strap-on harp. As soon as I saw her on the Internet, in my mind, I knew it could work. It’s really something different and beautiful.
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F.W.: How has your writing changed over the years? Or has it? S.V.: I don’t think my approach to writing has changed at all because, as far as I can remember, I’ve always allowed myself to be open to any kind of inspiration. … What changes is your creative evolution, your creative core, because
your creativity is, more or less, based on your life experience, and how you’re able to connect with your creative nature. The thing that blocks us, that hampers our creativity, is mind noise. Insecurities, fears, doubts. Through the years, my perspectives on life — my own life and the people around me — they change. So that changes your creative output. So if there’s any real change, it’s from the core, not necessarily the process. F.W.: What’s your mind noise? S.V.: [It’s] not at the forefront. It’s been there more in the past than now, but there’s a lot of obvious things. I was very insecure when I was young. I didn’t even start playing the guitar till I was 13, even though I worshipped it from the age of 5, because I just didn’t feel adequate. My greatest desire is to be able to identify with my insecurities and fears, and eliminate them. I realized that the little kid that was burying himself in 15 hours a day of practice, that’s not necessarily normal. If you have a particular self-esteem that’s not very high, and you work at something and you achieve it and you see results, it gives you this sense of well-being, a sense of accomplishment and dignity. That became very addictive to me. I had to battle certain ego demons along the way. Artists are concerned with what other people think of them. Period. F.W.: The music business has changed so rapidly since you began working for Frank Zappa more than three decades ago. What did he teach you about the business of making and selling music? S.V.: Everything. [Laughs.] When I was 18, and I started to work for Frank, you can imagine how innocent I was. I knew nothing about the business. It’s extraordinary to me, even today, how Frank took the time to mentor me. … He was a great mentor. I watched the way he conducted himself. He did the music he wanted to. He never took advantage of anybody, but he never let anybody take advantage of him. He never allowed stupidity to get in his way. He protected himself, and he protected his intellectual property. I remember one of the first questions I asked Frank was, “What kind of advice would you give a young musician?” And I’m expecting this long, esoteric answer about how you gotta be yourself, and find the music and all this stuff. … He just said: “Keep your publishing.” I didn’t even know what publishing was. He wrote down a phone number to an attorney. I went and I hired this guy, and I learned what publishing was, and through the years, those simple words — Keep. Your. Publishing. — spoken out of Frank Zappa’s mouth when he had my undivided attention, has saved me millions of dollars. John E. Citrone email@example.com
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CONCERTS THIS WEEK AUG. 7-14 AARON NEVILLE The master of sweet soul and R&B performs at 8 p.m. on Aug. 7 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $55 and $69. 209-0399. RICHARD THE LIONHEARTED and THE GOOD VIBES This Missouri-based five-piece band hits the stage at 7 p.m. on Aug. 7 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. 353-4686. NEON TREES, WALK THE MOON and TWENTY | ONE | PILOTS Not really 21 â€“ itâ€™s just two guys, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun â€“ but twenty | one | pilots sounds like a crazed symphonic orchestra, delivering â€œdistinctive fusion of piano-driven schizoid pop and lyrical uplift.â€? The duo performs with Neon Tress and Walk the Moon at 7 p.m. on Aug. 8 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $20. 246-4273. VALISE, AUTHOR, GREY FOX & THE DEEPWATER BLUES These local indie bands are on at 7 p.m. on Aug. 8 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 398-7496. BRADY REICH NEFla musician Reich is on at 8 p.m. on Aug. 8 at Island Girl Cigar Bar, 108 First St., Neptune Beach. 372-0943. BILLY BOWERS The mellow musician plays from 7-10 p.m. on Aug. 9 at Jerryâ€™s Sportsbar & Grill, 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22, Intracoastal West. 220-6766. RED BEARD & STINKY E The name isnâ€™t particularly inviting â€Ś itâ€™s some guys from Chroma, though, so you know theyâ€™re not exactly unattractive. The local musicians appear at 9 p.m. on Aug. 9 at Poeâ€™s Tavern, 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7637. THE DANGEROUS SUMMER This Maryland-based rock band is on at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9 at the new Brewsterâ€™s Megaplex, 845 University Blvd. N., Arlington. 223-9850. WHETHERMAN The local indie singer-songwriter performs at 9 p.m. on Aug. 9 at Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach. 277-8010.
JASON ALDEAN, LUKE BRYAN and RACHEL FARLEY Aldean is a certified country music phenom â€” to wit, his current hit â€œTake a Little Rideâ€? â€” and heâ€™s earned serious crossover props for his duet with Kelly Clarkson, â€œDonâ€™t You Wanna Stay.â€? Aldean appears with Luke â€œTailgates & Tanlinesâ€? Bryan, awesome in his own right, and the pride of Lawrenceville, G-A, Rachel Farley, at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 9 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., downtown Jacksonville. Tickets range from $28.25-$58.25. ticketmaster.com UNDERHILL ROSE Three women play banjo, guitar and big olâ€™ upright bass and sing lovely harmonies at 8 p.m. on Aug. 9 at European Street Cafe, 1704 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $12. 399-1740. LESS THAN JAKE, THE SUPERVILLAINS, SIDEREAL, MORNING FATTY and THE ATTACK Legendary Gainesville group LTJ hit the stage at 7 p.m. on Aug. 10 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $15. 246-4273. BRET MICHAELS The Poison frontman/TV star/heart surgery survivor appears at 7 p.m. on Aug. 10 at Whisky River, 4850 Big Island Drive, Jacksonville. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show. 645-5571. whiskyriverjacksonville.com THE HIP-HOP ROYALTY TOUR: SLICK RICK, CHUBB ROCK, DJ KOOL, WHODINI, BIG DADDY KANE and DOUG E. FRESH The hip-hop superstars perform at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 10 at Morocco Shrine Auditorium, 3800 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Jacksonville. Tickets are $35 and $55. (704) 326-1183. SOMETHING DISTANT The local band appears at 10 p.m. on Aug. 10 and 11 at Lynchâ€™s Irish Pub, 514 N. First St., Jax Beach. 249-5181. DOUG VANDERLAAN Springfieldâ€™s biggest fan plays a mix of rock, folk, gospel, Latin and R&B at 8 p.m. on Aug. 10 at Three Layers CafĂŠ, 1602 Walnut St., Springfield. 355-9791. VAGABOND SWING Mixing jazz, bluegrass, gypsy swing, circus-vibe and Afrobeat, Vagabond Swing (we know, we suck; we spelled it wrong last week) shows off its Louisiana pride at 9 p.m. on Aug. 10 at Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach. 277-8010.
COWBOYS & INDIANS FROM THE FUTURE Opener at the recent SuperFest, this rock metal electronic band plays at 9 p.m. on Aug. 10 at Poeâ€™s Tavern, 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 241-7637. GUILTY CONSCIENCE CD Release Show with KALIYL and MARION CRANE The local rock/metal four-piece celebrates its new CD, â€œAt What Cost,â€? at 8 p.m. on Aug. 10 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 398-7496. GRANDPAâ€™S COUGH MEDICINE The local bluegrass brawlers are on at 9 p.m. on Aug. 10 and 11 at Flyâ€™s Tie Irish Pub, 177 E. Sailfish Dr., Atlantic Beach. 246-4293. BOOGIE FREAKS and BRAXTON ADAMSON Adamson opens at 5 p.m., followed by the local musical circus act/throwback/good time band Boogie Freaks at 9 p.m. on Aug. 10 at Fionn MacCoolâ€™s Irish Pub, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, Ste. 176, downtown. 374-1247. THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS, NAMELESS GUARDIAN, GET OUT DRIVER, VIKTR and MANNA ZEN Middleburgâ€™s finest sons RJSA, in support of their new CD â€œAm I the Enemy,â€? perform at 8 p.m. on Aug. 10 at Brewsterâ€™s Roc Bar, 845 University Blvd. N., Arlington. 223-9850. WES COBB Everyoneâ€™s favorite guitar player is on from 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. on Aug. 10 at Taps Bar & Grill, 2220 C.R. 210 W., St. Augustine. 819-1554. FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE! 5X7 BAND The local musicians get together from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. on Aug. 10 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., downtown. Admission is free. 353-1188. MINDY SIMMONS, ELLEN BUKSTEL and PAUL GARFINKEL Simmons performs smooth jazz and music to relax by at 8 p.m. on Aug. 11 at European Street CafĂŠ, 5500 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets are $10. 399-1740. BOZMAN Tropically influenced Boz plays from 6-10 p.m. on Aug. 11 at Billyâ€™s Boathouse Grill, on the Intracoastal at 2321 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. 241-9771. DONâ€™T CALL ME SHIRLEY This group of local musicians perform at 7 p.m. on Aug. 11 at Island Girl Cigar Bar, 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115, Southside. 854-6060.
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PHOENIX/NEBULIN, D-5 and FACE 4 RADIO This cheery bunch of bands are on at 8 p.m. on Aug. 11 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $8. 398-7496. JACOB CREEL Local musician Creel just got a new 12-string and is writing songs already. Be among the first to hear them at 7 p.m. on Aug. 11 at Three Layers Café, 1602 Walnut St., Springfield. 355-9791. WITH LIFE IN MIND, CREATIONS, ALTARS, REFUGE and FRAMEWORKS Philly’s finest With Life in Mind gives it their all at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 11 at Murray Hill Theatre, 932 Edgewood Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $6-$8. 388-7807. THE DROPPERS These Waycross musicians play slide, guitar and drums at 9 p.m. on Aug. 11 at Dog Star Tavern, 10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach. 277-8010. EVICTED Rent’s past due, dude! The popular local band appears at 9 p.m. on Aug. 11 at Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, Ste. 176, downtown. 374-1247. U2 BY UV (U2 Tribute) A tribute to Bono? Bring your designer sunglasses when the band appears at 8 p.m. on Aug. 11 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. These guys totally look like those guys. Tickets are $10. 246-4273. BANDING TOGETHER FOR AUSTIN BENEFIT: DANKA, B.A.S.H., MR. NATURAL, FLAT BLACK and ZERO-N Local man Austin Vestal was in a serious car accident and has been working valiantly to recover, but it’s incredibly expensive. We need Fletcher grad Austin back to his smart, funny, wise-ass wonderful self, so go to this benefit held from 2-10 p.m. on Aug. 12 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are only $10. C’mon, it’s for a really good cause. 246-4273. WHETHERMAN The local indie singer-songwriter performs at 9 p.m. on Aug. 12 at Mellow Mushroom, 1018 N. Third St., Ste. 2, Jax Beach. 246-1500. KINGS OF HELL, IZZY COX, BEAU & THE BURNERS Serious rockabilly mayhem commences at 8 p.m. on Aug. 12 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $8. 398-7496.
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CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER FESTIVAL: PAPA MILLION, OUIJA BROTHERS, BAYSTREET and GLASS CAMELS The 17th annual festival honoring Jerry Garcia, Michael Houser and Rick O’Shea is at 4:20 (yeah, yeah) on Aug. 12 at Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 101 W. First St., Jacksonville. Admission is free. Bring picnics, coolers, instruments, hula hoops, bubbles … and sweet vibes. facebook.com/event JK WAYNE The Celtic singer performs from 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 12 at Culhane’s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595 CHELSEA WOLFE, MARRIAGES and RUSSIAN CIRCLES Russian Circles’ guitarist Mike Sullivan, bassist Brian Cook and drummer Dave Turncrantz are powerful instrumentalists performing prog rock, hard pop and metalpunk at 9 p.m. on Aug. 13 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $13. 398-7496.
Neon Trees (from left, Chris Allen, Tyler Glenn, Elaine Bradley and Braden Campbell), Walk the Moon and twenty | one | pilots perform at 7 p.m. on Aug. 8 at Freebird Live, 200 N. First St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $20. 246-4273. Photo Credit: Autumn de Wilde
THE EASTERN SEA and ANTIQUE ANIMALS Aug. 14, Burro Bar BATTLE FOR BIG TICKET 2012: P.U.B., NAMELESS GUARDIAN, DOWN THEORY, VELGATO Aug. 15, Jack Rabbits DJ ROY LUIS Aug. 15, Mark’s Downtown BAD VEINS, STAGNANT POOLS, MILO Aug. 16, Jack Rabbits THE BOWLUS/RICCI QUINTET Aug. 16, European Street San Marco SUNSET CIRCUS Aug. 17, Wild Wing Café COMING THIS FALL CD Release Party with PRIDELESS, A CALL FOR KYLIE and LAWLESS HEARTS Aug. 17, Freebird Live MURRAY HILL THEATRE’S 17th Anniversary Party: DISCIPLE, BLEACH, A PLEA FOR PURGING, SENT BY RAVENS, HOUSE OF HEROES, NINE LASHES, MY EPIC, RUN KID RUN, THE WEDDING, AS HELL RETREATS, ONWARD TO OLYMPUS, TO SPEAK OF WOLVES and BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE Aug. 17 & 18, Murray Hill Theatre GARRETT HARBISON CD Release Show with MEREDITH RAE, LOOP SOUP and ALEXIS RHODE Aug. 17, Jack Rabbits BIG ENGINE Aug. 17 & 18, Cliff’s Bar & Grill FLANNEL CHURCH Aug. 17, Dog Star Tavern CRABGRASS Aug. 17 & 18, A1A Ale Works LARRY MANGUM’S SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE: CHARLIE GROTH and WIND ON THE WATER Aug. 18, European Street Café Southside STEVE VAI Aug. 18, The Florida Theatre CRASH THE SATELLITES, RICE and ROBIN RUTENBERG Aug. 18, Jack Rabbits CANARY IN THE COALMINE Aug. 18, Poe’s Tavern GHOST WITCH, BLOWFLY, WHAT ABOUT ME and POWERBALL Aug. 18, Fly’s Tie Irish Pub WET NURSE Aug. 18, Nobby’s ADEMA, IN WHISPERS, AMERICAN NOTHING, BECOMING MACHINE and GREENBEAUX Aug. 18, Brewster’s Pit RICHARD KAMERMAN, DAVID KIRBY and TRAVIS JOHNSON Aug. 18, + SoLo BADMAN! Aug. 18, Dog Star Tavern SHOT DOWN IN FLAMES (AC/DC Tribute) Aug. 18, Mayport Tavern REBELUTION, THE EXPENDABLES and PASSAFIRE Aug. 19, St. Augustine Amphitheatre SCHOOL BY HUMOR, ERYN WOODS and VOTED MOST RANDOM Aug. 20, Jack Rabbits INDIGO BLUE Aug. 21, Culhane’s Irish Pub HOPSIN, DIZZY WRIGHT, SWIZZ and JARREN BENTON Aug. 22, Brewster’s Pit FLO RIDA Aug. 23, Veterans Memorial Arena CANARY IN THE COALMINE Aug. 23, Poe’s Tavern THE GRASCALS Aug. 23, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall DEAD PREZ Aug. 24, 1904 Bar PROFESSOR WHISKEY’S SAVE THE UNIVERSE BENEFIT SHOW Aug. 24, The Phoenix Taproom FANG ISLAND and ADEBISI SHANK Aug. 24, Jack Rabbits NONPOINT, EYE EMPIRE and SURRENDER THE FALL Aug. 24, Brewster’s Roc Bar CASEY JAMES Aug. 25, Mavericks TAMMERLIN Aug. 25, European Street Café Southside TIGHT GENES Aug. 25, Nobby’s CLEAN WATER MUSIC FESTIVAL Aug. 25, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall THE MOSIER BROTHERS Aug. 25, Dog Star Tavern THE FRESH BEAT BAND Aug. 25, St. Augustine Amphitheatre BONZ (Stuck Mojo) Aug. 25, Brewster’s Pit KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD Aug. 26, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall NAVY BAND SOUTHEAST’S FAIRWINDS WOODWIND QUINTET Aug. 28, Clay County Library, Fleming Island AIN’T 2 PROUD 2 BEG Aug. 29, Pier Park St. Augustine Beach WHO RESCUED WHO Aug. 30, Lynch’s Irish Pub SUBLIME WITH ROME, CYPRESS HILL, PEPPER and THE MANIC LOW Aug. 30, St. Augustine Amphitheatre PARMALEE & FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE Aug. 30, Whisky River
DAVID DONDERO and SCREAMIN’ EAGLE Aug. 30, Nobby’s EASTER ISLAND Aug. 30, Burro Bar WHO RESCUED WHO Aug. 31, Taps Bar & Grill BAD CAT Aug. 31, Cliff’s Bar & Grill AGAINST ME! Aug. 31, Cafe Eleven JON WALKER, MARK ROSE, LUCAS CARPENTER and SAMUEL SANDERS Aug. 31, Jack Rabbits COWBOYS & INDIANS FROM THE FUTURE Aug. 31, Poe’s Tavern LONESOME BERT & THE SKINNY LIZARDS Aug. 31, A1A Ale Works GREENHOUSE LOUNGE, THE HEAVY PETS and THE FUZZ Sept. 1, Freebird Live TURNCOAT COLLECTIVE and MICKEY SCHILLINGS Sept. 1, + SoLo OLD DIXIE HIGHWAY Sept. 1, Mayport Tavern kLoB Sept. 1, Dog Star Tavern BLACK JOE LEWIS & THE HONEYBEARS, DIKES OF HOLLAND and CHRIS THOMAS & THE GET DOWN Sept. 6, Jack Rabbits TRAIN, MAT KEARNEY and ANDY GRAMMER Sept. 6, St. Augustine Amphitheatre REMEDY DRIVE, OCTOBER GLORY and PATRICK & BRITTANY Sept. 7, Murray Hill Theatre TASTE BUDS CD Release Part with 20 WEIGHT Sept. 7, Jack Rabbits CORBITT BROTHERS, BONNIE BLUE and RUSTY SHINE Sept. 7, Freebird Live BASS IN THE CITY Sept. 8, 1904 BAR CHEAP TIME and SEXCAPADES Sept. 8, Nobby’s CHRISTOPHER BELL and GARRETT Sept. 8, Burro Bar BLUER THAN BLACK Alice in Chains Tribute Sept. 8, Freebird Live BUILT TO SPILL, HELVETIA and SISTER CRAYON Sept. 9, Jack Rabbits CITIZEN COPE Sept. 12, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall CHRIS ISAAK Sept. 13, The Florida Theatre BRANTLEY GILBERT and BIG SMO Sept. 13, St. Augustine Amphitheatre THERE FOR TOMORROW, SET IT OFF, DIVIDED BY FRIDAY, COMING THIS FALL and NOBODY ON LAND Sept. 15, Murray Hill Theatre ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR Sept. 15, Freebird Live STRUNG OUT, THE SWELLERS and SUCH GOLD Sept. 16, Freebird Live GUTTERMOUTH Sept. 17, Jack Rabbits DUBLIN CITY RAMBLERS Sept. 18, Culhane’s Irish Pub BIG TICKET BATTLE 20212: SONS NOT BEGGARS Sept. 19, Jack Rabbits SLUMAMERICAN TOUR: YELAWOLF, RIITZ, TROUBLE ANDREW and DJ VAJRA Sept. 20, Freebird Live IAN ANDERSON Sept. 21, St. Augustine Amphitheatre NAMELESS GUARDIAN CD Release Party with OSCAR MIKE and ASHLEIGH DAVIS Sept. 21, Jack Rabbits DARRYL WORLEY, DAVID LEE MURPHY and BO BICE Sept. 22, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts BEN SOLLEE Sept. 25, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall BLONDIE and DEVO Sept. 22, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
ADAM ANT Sept. 25, Freebird Live COLT FORD Sept. 26, Whisky River THE GREEN Sept. 26, Freebird Live BRAD PAISLEY, THE BAND PERRY and SCOTTY McCREERY Sept. 27, Veterans Memorial Arena AER, YONAS and DAVID DALLAS Sept. 27, Jack Rabbits KEIKO MATSUI Sept. 28, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall ZACH DEPUTY Sept. 28, Freebird Live JOE COCKER and DAVE MASON Sept. 30, St. Augustine Amphitheatre NEAL MORSE and MIKE PORTNOY Oct. 3, Murray Hill Theatre RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS and COBRA SKULLS Oct. 7, Jack Rabbits TRAMPLED BY TURTLES, HONEYHONEY Oct. 8, Freebird Live HOLLOW LEG, SHROUD EATER, HOLLY HUNT, PORTER and NISROCH Oct. 12, Burro Bar DEAN DEMERRIT JAZZ TRIBE Oct. 12, Dog Star Tavern GIN BLOSSOMS Oct. 17, Whisky River THE TOASTERS and HOLIDAZED Oct. 18, Jack Rabbits THE WOBBLY TOMS Oct. 19, Fly’s Tie Irish Pub CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: ABBEY ROAD Oct. 20, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts BRONCHO Oct. 22, Burro Bar ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO Oct. 24, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall PENNYWISE Oct. 24, Brewster’s The Edge ARTURO SANDOVAL Oct. 26, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall THE FRITZ Oct. 26 & 27, Dog Star Tavern BLUES TRAVELER Oct. 28, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall HEART and SHAWN COLVIN Nov. 2, St. Augustine Amphitheatre KINGS OF HELL Nov. 2, Fly’s Tie Irish Pub JEALOUSY MOUNTAIN DUO Nov. 5, Burro Bar DR. DOG and COTTON JONES Nov. 7, Freebird Live STEVE FORBERT and CARRIE RODRIGUEZ Nov. 10, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall NEED TO BREATHE Nov. 10, The Florida Theatre BUDDY GUY, JONNY LANG Nov. 10, St. Augustine Amphitheatre PETRA (CLASSIC LINEUP) and OCTOBER GLORY Nov. 10, Murray Hill Theatre DR. DOG Nov. 11, Freebird Live DONAVON FRANKENREITER Nov. 14, Freebird Live ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL Nov. 16, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts EDDIE VEDDER Nov. 24 & 25, T-U Center PAPADASIO Dec. 8, Freebird Live TYRONE WELLS Dec. 9, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall FLANNEL CHURCH Dec. 28, Burro Bar
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CAFE KARIBO, 27 N. Third St., 277-5269 Live music in the courtyard at 6 p.m. every Fri. & Sat., at 5 p.m. every Sun. DOG STAR TAVERN, 10 N. Second St., 277-8010
Karaoke every Thur. BREWSTERâ€™S MEGAPLEX/PIT/ROC BAR/THE EDGE, 845 University Blvd. N., 223-9850 The Dangerous Summer at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Set It Off, Nameless Guardian, Get Out Driver, Viktr and Manna Zen at 8 p.m. on Aug. 10 MVPâ€™S SPORTS GRILLE, 12777 Atlantic Blvd., 221-1090 Live music at 9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. STARBUCKS, 9301 Atlantic Blvd., 724-4554 Open mic with Starbucks Trio from 8-11 p.m. every other Fri. TONINOâ€™S TRATTORIA, 7001 Merrill Rd., 743-3848 Alaina Colding every Thur. W. Harvey Williams every Fri. Signature String Quartet every Sat. VIP LOUNGE, 7707 Arlington Expressway, 619-8198 Karaoke at 9 p.m. every Tue. Live music every Wed. & Fri. Reggae every Thur. A DJ spins Old School every Sat. A DJ spins every Sun.
The Dangerous Summer, a Maryland-based rock band, is on at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9 at the new Brewsterâ€™s Megaplex, 845 University Blvd. N., Arlington. 223-9850. Whetherman at 9 p.m. on Aug. 9. Vagabond Swing at 9 p.m. on Aug. 10. The Droppers at 9 p.m. on Aug. 11. DJs J.G. World & Jim spin actual vinyl at 8 p.m. every Tue. for Working Class Stiffs GENNAROâ€™S ITALIANO SOUTH, 5472 First Coast Hwy., 491-1999 Live jazz from 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. GREEN TURTLE TAVERN, 14 S. Third St., 321-2324 Dan Voll from 7-10 p.m. every Fri. Live music every weekend MERMAID BAR, Florida House Inn, 22 S. Third St., 491-3322 Local bands for open mic from 7:30-11 p.m. every Thur. Oâ€™KANEâ€™S IRISH PUB, 318 Centre St., 261-1000 Dan Voll at 7:30 p.m. every Wed. Turner London Band at 8:30 p.m. every Thur., Fri. & Sat. THE PALACE SALOON & SHEFFIELDâ€™S, 117 Centre St.,
491-3332 BSP Unplugged every Tue. & Sun. Wes Cobb every Wed. DJ Heavy Hess, Hupp & Rob every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. DJ Miguel Alvarez in Sheffieldâ€™s every Fri. DJ Heavy Hess every Sat. Cason every Mon. PLAE, 80 Amelia Circle, Amelia Island Plantation, 277-2132 Gary Ross from 7-11 p.m. every Thur.-Sat. SLIDERS SEASIDE GRILL, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave., 277-6990 Live music every night THE SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave., 261-5711 Live music Tue.-Sun. DJ Roc at 5 p.m. every Wed.
AJâ€™S BAR & GRILLE, 10244 Atlantic Blvd., 805-9060 DJ Sheryl every Thur., Fri. & Sat. DJ Mike every Tue. & Wed.
BRICK RESTAURANT, 3585 St. Johns Ave., 387-0606 Duet every Wed. Bush Doctors every first Fri. & Sat. Live jazz every Fri. & Sat. THE CASBAH CAFE, 3628 St. Johns Ave., 981-9966 Goliath Flores every Wed. 3rd Bass every Sun. Live music every Mon. ECLIPSE, 4219 St. Johns Ave., 387-3582 DJ Keith spins for Karaoke every Tue. DJ Free spins vintage every Fri. DJs SuZiRok, LowKill & Mowgli spin for Chillwave Madness every Mon. ELEVATED AVONDALE, 3551 St. Johns Ave., 387-0700 Karaoke with Dave Thrash every Wed. DJ 151 spins hip hop, R&B, old-school every Thur. DJ Catharsis spins lounge beats every first & fourth Sat. Patrick Evan & CoAlition Industry every Sun. TOM & BETTYâ€™S, 4409 Roosevelt Blvd., 387-3311 Live music every Fri. Karaoke at 8 p.m. every Sat.
THE COFFEE GRINDER, 9834 Old Baymeadows Rd., 642-7600 DJ Albert Adkins spins house every Fri. DJs Adrian Sky, Alberto Diaz & Chris Zachrich spin dance every Tue. DJ Michael Stumbaugh spins every Sat.
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GATOR’S DOCKSIDE, 8650 Baymeadows Rd., 448-0500 Comfort Zone Band at 9 p.m. every Fri. MY PLACE BAR-N-GRILL, 9550 Baymeadows Rd., 737-5299 Out of Hand every Mon. Rotating bands every other Tue. & Wed. OASIS GRILL & CHILL, 9551 Baymeadows Rd., 748-9636 DJs Stan and Mike Bend spin every Feel Good Fri.
(All clubs & venues in Jax Beach unless otherwise noted) 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-2922 The River City Bluez Band from 7-10 p.m. on Aug. 10 BEACHSIDE SEAFOOD, 120 S. Third St., 444-8862 Kurt Lanham sings island music every Fri.-Sun. BILLY’S BOATHOUSE GRILL, 2321 Beach Blvd., 241-9771 Kurt Lanham from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Aug. 8. 4Play at 6 p.m. on Aug. 10. Bozman at 6 p.m. on Aug. 11. David Pooler from noon-4 p.m., Dune Dogs at 4:45 p.m. on Aug. 12 BLUE BAR, 333 N. First St., 595-5355 Live music nightly BRIX TAPHOUSE, 300 N. Second St., 241-4668 DJ IBay every Tue., Fri. & Sat. DJ Ginsu every Wed. DJ Jade every Thur. Charlie Walker every Sun. CRAB CAKE FACTORY, 1396 Beach Blvd., Beach Plaza, 247-9880 Live jazz with Pierre & Co. every Wed. CULHANE’S IRISH PUB, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595 John Thomas Jazz Group at 6 p.m. on Aug. 7. Sho Nuff from 8-11 p.m. on Aug. 10. Red Afternoon at 6:30 p.m., Karaoke at 10 p.m. on Aug. 11. JK Wayne from 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 12 DICK’S WINGS, 311 N. Third St., Ste. 107, 853-5004 Big Jeff at 8 p.m. every Thur. Live music at 9 p.m. every Sat. EL POTRO MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 1553 Third St. N., 241-6910 Wilfredo Lopez every Wed. & Sat. ENGINE 15 BREWING COMPANY, 1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217, 249-2337 Live music every Thur. FIONN MacCOOL’S IRISH PUB, 410 N. Third St., 242-9499 Live music every Tue.-Sat. FLY’S TIE IRISH PUB, 177 E. Sailfish Dr., Atlantic Beach, 246-4293 Grandpa’s Cough Medicine at 9 p.m. on Aug. 10 & 11. Songwriters Nite every Tues. Ryan Campbell every Wed. Wes Cobb every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Charlie Walker every Mon. FREEBIRD LIVE, 200 N. First St., 246-2473 Neon Trees,
Walk the Moon and Twenty One Pilots at 7 p.m. on Aug. 8. Lees Than Jake, The Supervillains, Sidereal, Morning Fatty and The Attack at 7 p.m. on Aug. 10. U2 By UV (U2 tribute) at 8 p.m. on Aug. 11. Banding Together for Austin Benefit with Danka, B.A.S.H., Mr. Natural, Flat Black and Zero-N from 2-10 p.m. on Aug. 12 ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 108 First St., Neptune Beach, 372-0943 Brady Reich on Aug. 8. Clayton Bush on Aug. 9. Domenic Patruno on Aug. 10. Jimmy Solari on Aug. 11. Live music every Wed.-Sat. LILLIE’S COFFEE BAR, 200 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-2922 Live music at 7:30 p.m. every Sat. LYNCH’S IRISH PUB, 514 N. First St., 249-5181 Something Distant at 10 p.m. on Aug. 10 & 11. Split Tone at 10:30 p.m. every Tue. Uncommon Legends every Wed. Ryan Campbell every Thur. Wits End every Sun. Little Green Men every Mon. MAYPORT TAVERN, 2775 Old Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, 270-0801 Shot Down in Flames (AC/DC Tribute) at 9 p.m. on Aug. 18. DJ D Amazn1 spins every Wed., Thur., Fri. & Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1018 N. Third St., Ste. 2, 246-1500 Mark O’Quinn on Aug. 8. Wits End on Aug. 9. Confluent on Aug. 10. Ryan Campbell on Aug. 11. Whetherman on Aug. 12. Live music every Wed.-Sun. MEZZA LUNA, 110 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-5573 Neil Dixon at 6 p.m. every Tue. Gypsies Ginger at 6 p.m. every Wed. Mike Shackelford and Rick Johnson at 6 p.m. every Thur. MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN, 1850 S. Third St., 246-1070 Wes Cobb at 10 p.m. every Tue. DJ Austin Williams spins dance & for Karaoke at 9 p.m. every Wed., Sat. & Sun. DJ Papa Sugar spins dance music at 9 p.m. every Mon., Thur. & Fri. NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE, 2309 Beach Blvd., 247-3300 Billy Bowers from 6-10 p.m. on Aug. 14. Reggae on the deck every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sun. Live music every third Wed. NORTH BEACH BISTRO, 725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 6, Atlantic Beach, 372-4105 Maryann Hawkins at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9. Tony Novelly at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 10. Billy Bowers at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 11. Live music every Thur.-Sat. THE PIER CANTINA & SANDBAR, 445 Eighth Ave. N., 246-6454 Darren Corlew and Johnny Flood at 7 p.m. every Thur. DJ Infader every Fri. Nate Holley every Sat. POE’S TAVERN, 363 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7637 Red Beard & Stinky E on Aug. 9. Cowboys & Indians From the Future at 9 p.m. on Aug. 10. Be Easy on Aug. 11 RAGTIME TAVERN, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 241-7877 Vinnie at 7 p.m. on Aug. 8. Exit on Aug. 9. Oversized Load at 9 p.m. on Aug. 9 & 10. Ron Perry at 4 p.m. on Aug. 12. Live music every Wed.-Sun. RUSH STREET/CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILL, 320 N. First St., 270-8565 A DJ spins at 10 p.m. every Wed., Fri. & Sat. SUN DOG, 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 241-8221 Live music every Tue.-Sun. TIDES TIKI BEACH BAR, Hampton Inn, 1515 First St. N., 241-2311 Sweet Scarlett at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 12. Live music every Thur. & Sun. THE WINE BAR, 320 N. First St., 372-0211 Live music every Fri. & Sat.
Open mic night from 8:30-11:30 p.m. every Wed. DJ SwitchGear every Thur. Karaoke every Fri. THE PEARL, 1101 N. Main St., 791-4499 DJs Tom P. & Ian S. spin ’80s & indie dance every Fri. DJ Ricky spins indie rock, hip hop & electro every Sat. +SoLo, 107 E. Bay St., sologallery.org Dylan Tietz on Aug. 10. Swanifant on Aug. 11. Dan Kozak and Jamison Williams on Aug. 12 UNDERBELLY, 113 E. Bay St., 353-6067 Old Time Jam on Aug. 7. Brad Lauretti and The Blank Tapes on Aug. 9. Mama Blue and Wynne Paris on Aug. 10. Joey Z & the Martins, Mike Bernos Band and Dire Wolves on Aug. 11. Seventh Day Extravaganza on Aug. 12. Zigtebra on Aug. 13. Live music on every Fri. & Sat. ZODIAC GRILL, 120 W. Adams St., 354-8283 Live music every Fri. & Sat.
MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1800 Town Center Blvd., 541-1999 Jay Ivey on Aug. 11. Live music every Fri. & Sat. MERCURY MOON, 2015 C.R. 220, 215-8999 DJ Ty spins for ladies’ nite every Thur. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Buck Smith Project every Mon. Blistur unplugged every Wed. RUSH STREET/CHICAGO PIZZA & SPORTS GRILL, 406 Old Hard Rd., Ste. 106, 213-7779 A DJ spins at 10 p.m. every Wed., Fri. & Sat. WHITEY’S FISH CAMP, 2032 C.R. 220, 269-4198 Karaoke on Aug. 8. DJ BG on Aug. 9. Spanky at 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 10 & 11. Les B Fine at 5 p.m. on Aug. 12. Deck music at 5 p.m. every Fri. & Sat.
BREWSTER’S PUB, 14003 Beach Blvd., Ste. 3, 223-9850 Open mic every Wed. Karaoke with DJ Randal & live music every Thur., Fri. & Sat. A DJ spins every Mon. BRUCCI’S PIZZA, 13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 36, 223-6913 Mike Shackelford at 6:30 p.m. every Sat. and Mon. CLIFF’S BAR & GRILL, 3033 Monument Rd., 645-5162 Biker Bob & the Boyz on Aug. 8. Rogue Patriot on Aug. 10. Medicine Bowl on Aug. 11. Karaoke every Thur. & Sun. Live music every Tue. & Wed. JERRY’S SPORTS GRILLE & STEAKHOUSE, 13170 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 22, 220-6766 Billy Bowers at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9. Live music every Fri. YOUR PLACE BAR & GRILL, 13245 Atlantic Blvd., 221-9994 Live music every weekend
JULINGTON CREEK, NW ST. JOHNS
HURRICANE GRILL & WINGS, 12796 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 16, 260-8338 Sweet Scarlett at 7 p.m. on Aug. 11 SHANNON’S IRISH PUB, 111 Bartram Oaks Walk, 230-9670 Swerved at 9 p.m. on Aug. 18. Live music every Fri. & Sat.
AW SHUCKS OYSTER BAR & GRILL, 9743 Old St. Augustine Rd., 240-0368 Open mic with Diamond Dave from 7:30-11 p.m. every Wed. Live music from 7-11 p.m. every Sat. CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 11475 San Jose Blvd., 262-4337 Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. every Wed. HARMONIOUS MONKS, 10550 Old St. Augustine Rd., 880-3040 Jazz from 7-9 pm., Karaoke from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Mon.-Thur. Dennis Klee & the World’s Most Talented Waitstaff every Fri. & Sat. RACK ’EM UP BILLIARDS, 4268 Oldfield Crossing, 262-4030 Open mic night with Randy Jagers from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. every Wed. Karaoke at 7 p.m. every Sun. SPECKLED HEN TAVERN & GRILLE, 9475 Philips Hwy., Ste. 16, 538-0811 Live music from 6-9 p.m. every Fri. SUNBURST STUDIOS, 12641 San Jose Blvd., 485-0946 Open mic with My Friendz Band at 8:30 p.m. every Mon. Karaoke at 8:30 p.m. DJ Tom Turner every Tue.
ORANGE PARK, MIDDLEBURG
BLACK HORSE WINERY, 420 Kingsley Ave., 644-8480 Live music from 6-9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat., and from 2-6 p.m. every Sun. CHEERS BAR & GRILL, 1580 Wells Rd., 269-4855 Karaoke at 9:30 p.m. every Wed. & Sat. CRACKERS LOUNGE, 1282 Blanding Blvd., 272-4620 Karaoke every Fri. & Sat. THE HILLTOP, 2030 Wells Rd., 272-5959 John Michael every Wed.-Sat. PARK AVENUE BILLIARDS, 714 Park Ave., 215-1557 Random Act from 7:30-11:30 p.m. every Mon. Bike Nite THE ROADHOUSE, 231 Blanding Blvd., 264-0611 Live music every Thur.-Sat. DJ Jason spins every Tue. DJ Israel spins every Wed.
DOWNTOWN BLUES BAR & GRILLE, 714 St. Johns Ave., (386) 325-5454 Brandon Hall Benefit with Dakota Hall, Tony Neal, Mark Briggs, Martini and The Smokin Horns Project at 7 p.m. on Aug. 10. Two Blue Crew on Aug. 11. Local talent every Wed. Karaoke every Thur. Country music showcase every Fri. Blues jam every Sun.
PONTE VEDRA, PALM VALLEY
ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 820 A1A N., Ste. E-18, 834-2492 Jennifer Coscia on Aug. 8. Billy Buchanan on Aug. 9. Coalition on Aug. 10. Domenic Patruno on Aug. 11. Live music every Wed.-Sat. LULU’S WATERFRONT GRILLE, 301 N. Roscoe Blvd., 285-0139 The Monster Fool at 6 p.m. on Aug. 11. Mike Shackelford & Rick Johnson from 7-10 p.m. every Fri. The Monster Fool from 6-10 p.m. every Sat. Tony Novelly from 6-10 p.m. every Mon.
1904 BAR, 19 Ocean St., 356-0213 Vagabond Swing and Good Vibes on Aug. 8. Strife & friends on Aug. 10. Kilo-Kahn & Friends on Aug. 11. Open mic every Mon. BENNY’S STEAK & SEAFOOD, The Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 175, 301-1014 Live music from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Aug. 11 BURRO BAR, 228 E. Forsyth St., 353-4692 Richard the Lionhearted and The Good Vibes at 7 p.m. on Aug. 7. Sarx and Trak Masta Tom on Aug. 9. The Eastern Sea and Antique Animals on Aug. 14. DJ Tin Man spins reggae & dub every Tue. DJ SuZi-Rok spins every Thur. $Big Bucks DJ Crew$ every Sat. Bert No Shirt & Uncle Jesse every Sun. CITY HALL PUB, 234 Randolph Blvd., 356-6750 DJ Skillz spins Motown, hip hop & R&B every Wed. Jazz at 11 a.m., Latin music at 9 p.m. every first Fri.; Ol’ Skool every last Fri. DIVE BAR, 331 E. Bay St., 359-9090 Live music every weekend DOS GATOS, 123 E. Forsyth, 354-0666 DJ Synsonic spins every Tue. & Fri. DJ Rockin’ Bones every Wed. DJ Scandalous every Sat. DJ Randall Karaoke every Mon. FIONN MacCOOL’S, Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Ste. 176, 374-1247 Braxton Adamson from 5-8 p.m., Boogie Freaks from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. on Aug. 10. Evicted from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. on Aug. 11. Live music every Fri. & Sat. THE JACKSONVILLE LANDING, 2 Independent Dr., 353-1188 Big Engine from 6-10 p.m. on Aug. 9. 5x7 Band for Friday Night Live! from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. on Aug. 10. DJ Scott Dro at 8 p.m. on Aug. 11 MARK’S DOWNTOWN, 315 E. Bay St., 355-5099 DJ Vinn spins top 40 for ladies nite every Thur. Ritmo y Sabor every Fiesta Fri. BayStreet mega party with DJ Shotgun every Sat. MAVERICKS, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., 356-1110 Bobby Laredo spins every Thur. & Sat. DJs Bryan & Q45 spin every Fri. Country party every Sat. NORTHSTAR THE PIZZA BAR, 119 E. Bay St., 860-5451
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The Eastern Sea (pictured) performs with Antique Animals on Aug. 14 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. 353-4686.
Russian Circles’ guitarist Mike Sullivan, bassist Brian Cook and drummer Dave Turncrantz are powerful instrumentalists performing prog rock, hard pop and metalpunk. They appear with Chelsea Wolfe and Marriages at 9 p.m. on Aug. 13 at Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville. Tickets are $13. 398-7496. Photo Credit: Chris Strong
854-6060 Jimmy Solari on Aug. 8. Job Meiller on Aug. 9. Randy Jagers on Aug. 10. Don’t Call Me Shirley on Aug. 11. Live music at 8 p.m. every Wed.-Sat. MELLOW MUSHROOM, 9734 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, 997-1955 Tim O’Shea on Aug. 8. Charlie Walker at 8 p.m. on Aug. 9. Be Easy on Aug. 10. Brown Bag Special on Aug. 11. Open mic every Sun. SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY, 9735 Gate Pkwy. N., 997-1999 Chuck Nash every Thur. Live music at 10 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. SUITE, 4880 Big Island Dr., 493-9305 Live music from 9 p.m.-mid. every Thur. and 6-9 p.m. every Fri. & Sat. URBAN FLATS, 9726 Touchton Rd., 642-1488 Live music every Fri. & Sat. WHISKY RIVER, 4850 Big Island Drive, 645-5571 Bret Michaels at 7 p.m. on Aug. 10. A DJ spins every Fri. & Sat. WILD WING CAFE, 4555 Southside Blvd., 998-9464 X-Hale on Aug. 10. Live music every Fri. & Sat. Karaoke every Wed.
SAN MARCO, SOUTHBANK
PUSSER’S CARIBBEAN GRILLE, 816 A1A N., Ste. 100, 280-7766 SoundStage on the upper deck every Sun. Live music every Thur.-Sun. URBAN FLATS, 330 A1A N., Ste. 208, 280-5515 Darren Corlew every Tue. Soulo & Deron Baker every Wed.
FLA RIDERS MOTORCYCLE CLUB, 243 S. Edgewood Ave. DJ DreOne spins every Wed. for open mic nite HJ’S BAR & GRILL, 8540 Argyle Forest Blvd., 317-2783 Karaoke with DJ Ron at 8:30 p.m. every Tue. & DJ Richie at every Fri. Live music every Sat. Open mic at 8 p.m. every Wed. KICKBACKS, 910 King St., 388-9551 Ray & Taylor every Thur. Robby Shenk every Sun. METRO/RAINBOW ROOM PIANO BAR, 859 Willowbranch Ave., 388-8719 Karaoke Rob spins from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Sun.-Wed. DJ Zeke Smith spins at 10 p.m. every Platinum Fri. DJ Michael Murphy spins at 10 p.m. every Spectacular Sat. THE MURRAY HILL THEATRE, 932 Edgewood Ave., 388-7807 Lilyth Bear CD release show with The Wailing Tree, Out of Ashes and Matthew Seay at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 10. With Life in Mind, Creations, Altars, Refuge and Frameworks at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 11 YESTERDAYS SOCIAL CLUB, 3638 Park St., 387-0502 Open mic for ladies nite at 8 p.m. every Thur. Rotating DJs spin for Pro Bono electronic music party from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. every Sun.
ST. AUGUSTINE, ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH
A1A ALE WORKS, 1 King St., 829-2977 The Committee on Aug. 8, 9 & 10. Billy Buchanan on Aug. 12 AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 1915 A1A S., 461-0102 Fermin Spanish guitar from 6-8 p.m. every Thur. ANN O’MALLEY’S, 23 Orange St., 825-4040 Open mic with Smokin’ Joe on Aug. 7. Michael Hammond at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 8. Amy Vickery at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 10. Strumstick at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 11. Colton McKenna at 2 p.m. on Aug. 12 BARLEY REPUBLIC IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE, 48 Spanish St., 547-2023 Live music Fri. & Sat. THE BRITISH PUB, 213 Anastasia Blvd., 810-5111 Karaoke with Jimmy Jamez at 9 p.m. on Aug. 10 CELLAR UPSTAIRS, San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St., 826-1594 Humanzee at 7 p.m. on Aug. 10. Deron Baker at 2 p.m., String Sessions at 7 p.m. on Aug. 11. Vinny Jacobs at 2 p.m. on Aug. 12 CRUISERS GRILL, 3 St. George St., 824-6993 Live music every Fri. & Sat. Chelsea Saddler every Sun. FLORIDA CRACKER CAFE, 81 St. George St., 829-0397 Lonesome Bert & the Skinny Lizard at 5:30 p.m. every Wed. Ty Cowell at 5:30 p.m. every Sun. HARRY’S, 46 Avenida Menendez, 824-7765 Billy Bowers from 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 8 & 12. Live music every Fri. JACK’S BARBECUE, 691 A1A Beach Blvd., 460-8100 Jim Essery at 4 p.m. every Sat. Live music every Thur.-Sat.
MARDI GRAS SPORTS BAR, 123 San Marco Ave., 823-8806 Open jam nite with house band at 8 p.m. every Wed. Battle of the DJs with Josh Frazetta & Mardi Gras Mike every last Sun. of the month MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB, 20 Avenida Menendez, 810-1923 Live music every Fri. & Sat. MI CASA CAFE, 69 St. George St., 824-9317 Chelsea Saddler from noon-4 p.m. every Mon., Tue. & Thur. Elizabeth Roth at 11 a.m. every Sun. MILL TOP TAVERN & LISTENING ROOM, 19 1/2 St. George St., 829-2329 Don Oja-Dunaway at 1 p.m., Two-Thirds Band at 9 p.m. on Aug. 10 & 11. Colton McKenna at 1 p.m. on Aug. 12. David Dowling at 1 p.m., John Dickie at 5:30, Vinny Jacobs at 9 p.m. every Tue. Don Oja-Dunaway at 1 p.m., Aaron Esposito at 5:30, Todd & Molly Jones at 9 p.m. every Wed. Don Oja-Dunaway at 1 p.m., David Dowling at 5:30, Colton McKenna at 9 p.m. every Thur. Don Oja-Dunaway at 1 p.m., Katherine Archer at 5:30, Aaron Esposito at 9 p.m. every Mon. NOBBY’S, 10 Anastasia Blvd., 547-2188 Wet Nurse at 9 p.m. on Aug. 18 SCARLETT O’HARA’S, 70 Hypolita St., 824-6535 Lil Blaze & DJ Alex are in for Karaoke every Mon. SPY GLOBAL CUISINE & LOUNGE, 21 Hypolita St., 819-5637 Live music every Fri.-Sun. TAPS BAR & GRILL, 2220 C.R. 210 W., 819-1554 Wes Cobb from 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. on Aug. 10. Bill Hecht from 9 p.m.-mid. on Aug. 11. Live music every Fri. & Sat. THE TASTING ROOM, 25 Cuna St., 810-2400 Bossa nova with Monica da Silva & Chad Alger from 5-8 p.m. every Sun. TRADEWINDS, 124 Charlotte St., 829-9336 Those Guys at 9 p.m. on Aug. 10 & 11. Mark Hart every Mon.-Wed. Open mic every Thur. Mark Hart & Jim Carrick every Fri. Elizabeth Roth at 1 p.m., Mark Hart at 5 p.m. every Sat. Keith Godwin at 1 p.m., Wade at 5 p.m. every Sun. Matanzas at 9 p.m. Sun.-Thur.
ST. JOHNS TOWN CENTER
AROMAS CIGARS & WINE BAR, 4372 Southside Blvd., Ste. 101, 928-0515 Live jazz from 8-11 p.m. every Tue. Beer house rock every Wed. Live music every Thur. Will Hurley every Fri. Bill Rice at 9 p.m. every Sat. BAHAMA BREEZE, 10205 River Coast Dr., 646-1031 Clarence Wears every Tue. Selwyn Toby every Wed. Barry O at 4 p.m., Laree App at 7:30 p.m. every Thur. Laree App at 4 p.m., Selwyn Toby at 8 p.m. every Fri. Barry O at 4 p.m., Laree App at 8 p.m. every Sat. Selwyn Toby at 4 p.m., Laree App at 7:30 p.m. every Sun. Clarence Wears at 4 p.m., Selwyn Toby at 7:30 p.m. every Mon. Caribbean music on the patio nightly BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE, 4840 Big Island Dr., 345-3466 Live music from 5-7 p.m. every Wed., 9 p.m.-mid. every Thur.-Sat. JOHNNY ANGELS, 3546 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Ste. 120, 997-9850 Harry & Sally from 7-9 p.m. every Wed. Karaoke 7-10 p.m. every Sat. with Gimme the Mike DJs ISLAND GIRL CIGAR BAR, 7860 Gate Pkwy., Ste. 115,
ENDO EXO, 1224 Kings Ave., 396-7733 DJ J-Money spins jazz, soul, R&B, house every Fri. DJ Manus spins top 40 & dance every Sat. Open mic with King Ron & T-Roy every Mon. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 1704 San Marco Blvd., 399-1740 Underhill Rose at 8 p.m. on Aug. 9. Jazz every second Tue. HAVANA-JAX CUBA LIBRE BAR LOUNGE, 2578 Atlantic Blvd., 399-0609 MVP Band from 6-9 p.m., DJs No Fame & Dr. Doom every Wed. Jazz every Thur. American Top 40 every Fri. Salsa every Sat. JACK RABBITS, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496 Valise, Author, Grey Fox & the Deepwater Blues at 7 p.m. on Aug. 8. Guilty Conscience CD release show with Kaliyl and Marion Crane at 8 p.m. on Aug. 10. Phoenix/Nebulin, D-5 and Face 4 Radio at 8 p.m. on Aug. 11. Kings of Hell, Izzy Cox and Beau & the Burners at 8 p.m. on Aug. 12. Chelsea Wolfe, Marriages and Russian Circles at 9 p.m. on Aug. 13 MATTHEW’S, 2107 Hendricks Ave., 396-9922 Patrick Evan & Bert Mingea or Mark O’Quinn every Thur. PIZZA PALACE, 1959 San Marco Blvd., 399-8815 Jennifer Chase at 7:30 p.m. every Sat. SQUARE ONE, 1974 San Marco Blvd., 306-9004 Soul on the Square with MVP Band & Special Formula at 8 p.m.; DJ Dr. Doom at 10:30 p.m. every Mon. DJs Wes Reed & Josh Kemp spin underground dance at 9 p.m. every Wed. DJ Hal spins for Karaoke at 9 p.m. every Thur. Mitch Kuhman & Friends of Blake at 6 p.m. every other Fri. DJs Rogue and Mickey Shadow spin every Factory Sat.
BOMBA’S, 8560 Beach Blvd., 997-2291 Open mic with The Foxes from 7-11 p.m. every Tue. & with George every Thur. Live music every Fri. CORNER BISTRO & Wine Bar, 9823 Tapestry Park Cir., Ste. 1, 619-1931 Matt “Pianoman” Hall every Fri. & Sat. DAVE & BUSTER’S, 7025 Salisbury Rd. S., 296-1525 A DJ spins every Fri. EUROPEAN STREET CAFE, 5500 Beach Blvd., 399-1740 Mindy Simmons, Ellen Bukstel and Paul Garfinkel at 8 p.m. on Aug. 11. LATITUDE 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., 365-5555 DJ Jeff Bell at 7 p.m. on Aug. 7. VJ Frazetta at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 9. Latin C’Nergy at 8:30 p.m., DJ Jeff Bell at 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 10. Boogie Freaks at 8:30 p.m., VJ Ginsu at 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 11
BLUE DINER CAFE, 5868 Norwood Ave., 766-7774 Jazz from 7-9 p.m. every first Thur. BOOTS-N-BOTTLES, 12405 N. Main St., 647-7798 Karaoke every Tue., Thur. & Sun. Open mic every Wed. DAMES POINT MARINA, 4542 Irving Road, 751-3043 Mr. Natural at 7 p.m. on Aug. 10 & 11. Black Creek at 5 p.m. on Aug. 12. Open mic every Wed. DJ Steve spins every Thur. for ladies night FLIGHT 747 LOUNGE, 1500 Airport Rd., 741-4073 Live music every Fri. & Sat. ’70s every Tue. SKYLINE SPORTSBAR, 5611 Norwood Ave., 517-6973 Bigga Rankin & Cool Running DJs every Tue. & 1st Sun. Fusion Band & DJ every Thur. DJ Scar spins every Sun. THREE LAYERS CAFE, 1602 Walnut St., 355-9791 Open mic with Al Poindexter at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9. Doug Vanderlaan at 8 p.m. on Aug. 10. Jacob Creel at 7 p.m. on Aug. 11 3 LIONS SPORTS PUB & GRILL, 2467 Faye Rd., 647-8625 Open mic every Thur. Woodie & Wyatt C. every Fri. Live music every Sat. To get your musical group’s gigs listed here, send the band name, show time, date, venue location, street address, city, admission price, and a contact number to print to A&E, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email the same detailed information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our deadline is 4 p.m. every Tuesday, before the next Tuesday’s publication.
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“Running Fence,” Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76. Photo Credit: Wolfgang Volz
Don’t Fence Me In
A film documents the large-scale sculpture that disappeared 14 days after completion RUNNING FENCE 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16 Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, 333 N. Laura St., Downtown Admission to film is free 366-6911 mocajacksonville.org
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n September 1976, kooky artistic duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude completed a large-scale collaborative project called “Running Fence.” It consisted of a 24-mile-long, 18-foot-tall fence with 2,050 panels of while nylon fabric hung from steel cables. The “fence” extended through Sonoma and Marin counties in Northern California, disappearing into the Pacific Ocean. “Artists in the ’70s — working with earthworks and process-based pieces — were many times working beyond the confines of the museum or studio walls,” explained Ben Thompson, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. “They were working at the scale of the Earth and its geology. I believe some of these projects were even able to be seen from space.” Christo and Jeanne-Claude were two of the most well-known earthwork artists. Christo Javacheff was born in Bulgaria, and JeanneClaude Marie Denat de Guillebon, who died in 2009, was born in France. Some of their past works include wrapping the Reichstag building in Berlin and the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris, as well as “The Gates,” a piece which consisted of 7,503 vinyl panels of fabric installed in New York City’s Central Park. “For Christo, large-scale collaborative projects requiring the cooperation of many people were themselves a creative act,” Thompson said. “Of course, he was interested in the beauty and awe from the resulting object or installation, but ultimately it was the process that was also appealing.” Thompson first learned of Christo’s and Jeanne-Claude’s art while a sculpture student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. “[They] were already recognized as being some of the most important artists of the late 20th century,” he explained. “It was hard to not be familiar with their work.” Throughout the execution of “Running Fence,” documentary filmmaking team of siblings Albert and David Maysles filmed Christo’s and Jeanne-Claude’s long struggle to negotiate land rights with farmers, work with contractors on the installation and secure the proper permits. The resultant film about their challenges is “Running Fence,” a 58-minute
documentary released in 1978. “I think films like these are in high demand from art enthusiasts,” Thompson said of the high price tag that comes with “Running Fence” (Amazon.com offers the DVD at $70 for a used copy, $100 for a new copy). “For many of these types of works, the film/video documentation and photography are all that remain. You could say this record is the piece or at least now represents the piece.” Other artifacts of the artwork supposedly remain. “As with the majority — if not all — of Christo’s projects, it was important that the works were self-funded,” Thompson said. “The artists did not want to be indebted to other stakeholders or have the vision of the work influenced by financial obligation to outside funders. I believe much of their funding came from the sale of the prints and other ephemera generated by these works.” The couple’s “Running Fence” piece was completed on Sept. 10, 1976 — and then the innovative builders removed it 14 days later, leaving no visible trace. The only remnants are historic signs marking the site and, of course, the documentary. “That’s art?” an angry onlooker shouts in the film. “Some lousy curtain coming through here with a bunch of city slickers looking at it. To hell with it. I’m against it. I think it’s stupid.” With most of their projects, Christo and Jeanne-Claude were often met with controversy, annoyed locals and naysayers. Someone even claimed that the duo were Soviet spies — building “Running Fence” as a marker for missiles. Jeanne-Claude died in 2009, and still Christo continues to build large installation pieces around the United States and the rest of the world. He is currently working on two projects. “Over the River,” a 5.9-mile stretch of silvery translucent fabric panels suspended high above the Arkansas River (slated for a 2015 exhibition), and “The Mastaba,” the largest sculpture in the world, to be constructed in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. If approved, “The Mastaba” will be Christo’s and Jeanne-Claude’s only permanent largescale work in the world. Curator Ben Thompson explained, “[MOCA chose to screen this film] because it is documentation of how much goes into the creation of a large-scale earthwork such as ‘Running Fence’ and it’s one of the only ways to now experience the piece.” Kara Pound email@example.com
The Summer 2011 Watercolor Series, pictured, part of the exhibit “Frank Monaco Pieces,” featuring large-scale originals and one-of-a-kind works by award-winning artist Monaco, runs through August at 233 W. King St., St. Augustine. Shows change monthly and the gallery remains open late for First Friday Art Walks. The Flagler Healthcare Foundation benefit is held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 18; tickets are $25. 910-8925.
REEFER MADNESS THE MUSICAL Players by the Sea presents this comedic stage adaptation of the cult classic film, about the perceived horrors of marijuana, at 8 p.m. on Aug. 9, 10 and 11 at 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach. Tickets are $25. 249-0289. LEND ME A TENOR The Limelight Theatre stages Ken Ludwig’s musical farce about two rival opera singers at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 and at 2 p.m. on Aug. 12 and 19 at 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $25; $22 for seniors; $20 for military and students. 825-1164. HANK & MY HONKY TONK HEROES Jason Petty stars in this musical rendering of the life of country music legend Hank Williams (the original), with performances running through Aug. 19 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Evening and matinee tickets range from $35-$42. 641-1212. MAD COWFORD IMPROV This local comedy troupe performs at 8:15 p.m. on Aug. 10 and 11 and every Fri. and Sat. at Northstar Substation, 119 E. Bay St., Jacksonville. Admission is $5. 860-5451. JACKSONVILLE CHILDREN’S CHORUS The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus holds its Alumni Serenade at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 at Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $25. 353-1636.
CALLS & WORKSHOPS
ACTING & MOVING FOR THE CAMERA Nadine Vaughan teaches cinematic acting methods for all skill levels from 5:30-7 p.m. on Aug. 9 at 1525 Lime St., Fernandina Beach. Each class is $15. 491-0904. firstname.lastname@example.org ROCKY HORROR SHOW LIVE AUDITIONS Auditions for the Rocky Horror Show Live will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 11 at The Metro, 859 Willowbranch Ave., Jacksonville, 388-8719. Casting for principal roles of Brad and Riff Raff, and for 8-10 phantoms. Performers should bring sheet music or recording of performance song, and be prepared to learn short dance number. HERITAGE SINGERS AUDITIONS The Heritage Singers auditions singers of all voice ranges on Aug. 13 and every Mon. in August from 6-7 p.m. in the music building at South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church, 2137 Hendricks Ave. 434-4625. email@example.com DROP-IN ACTING NIGHT Horton Actors Studio at The Performers Academy hosts its third Friday Drop-In Acting Night, from 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 17 at 3674 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Acting warm-up exercises, improv games and scene study are featured. 322-7672. theperformersacademy.com JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY CHORUS AUDITIONS The Jacksonville Symphony Chorus auditions singers for its upcoming season at 9 a.m. on Aug. 25 at Jacksonville University’s Philips Fine Arts Center, Room 220, 2800 University Blvd. N. For registration, call 354-5479 ext. 221. Prepare for scales and arpeggios, basic rhythmic and simple melodic sight-reading, singing a group of notes played first on piano, and the first stanza of “America.” YOUTH VARIETY SHOW AUDITIONS The Northeast Florida Conservatory seeks young singers, actors and dancers of all ages for a new kids’ program at 7 p.m. on Sept. 6 and 7 and at 1 p.m. on Sept. 8 at The Conservatory, 11363 San Jose Blvd., Bldg. 200, Jacksonville. Accompaniment CD, MP3 or sheet music, headshot and bio/resume are required. “The Song Café” begins in 2013. 374-8639. THEATRE SEEKS INSTRUCTORS Limelight Theatre seeks dance instructors for children, teens and adults, and vocal coaches, yoga instructors, aerobics instructors and acting coaches to fill its education calendar for summer and fall. For details, call 825-1164 ext. 16. THEATRICAL ARTS Classes in theatrical performance, including song and
dance, are held Mon.-Fri. at The Performers Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Fees vary. 322-7672. theperformersacademy.com OIL PAINTING CLASS Disney Director George Scribner leads total immersion oil painting workshops from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Aug. 24, 25 and 26 at The Art Institute, 8775 Baypine Rd., Jacksonville. Cost is $295. Scribnerworkshop.blogspot.com DANCE CLASSES The Dance Shack offers classes in several styles for all ages and skill levels every Mon.-Fri. at 3837 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville. 527-8694. thedanceshack.com MURRAY HILL ART CLASSES Six-week art classes for adults and children are offered at Murray Hill Art Center, 4327 Kerle St., Jacksonville. Adult class fee is $80; $50 for kids’ classes. 677-2787. artsjax.org DRAMATIC ARTS AT BEACHES Classes and workshops in theatrical performance for all ages and skill levels are held Mon.-Fri. at Players by the Sea, 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach. Fees vary. 249-0289. JAZZ MUSICIANS The Jazzland Café seeks musicians who play piano, bass or drums, for a new ensemble being formed. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org
CLASSICAL & JAZZ
JAZZ AT THE BEACH The John Thomas Group performs from 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 7 at Culhane’s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595. JAZZ ON THE SOUTHSIDE Jam session leader Scott Mariash on drums, Jack Pierson on piano and Larry Nader on upright bass at 7 p.m. on Aug. 7 at The Jazzland Café, 1324 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville. The DeSean Kirkland Trio appears at 8 p.m. on Aug. 11. Jazzland features live music every Thur. from 6-9 p.m. and every Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m. 249-1009. DINO SALIBA Tonino’s Trattoria hosts saxophonist Dino Saliba every Sat. at 6 p.m. at 7001 Merrill Rd., Jacksonville. 743-3848. JAZZ IN RIVERSIDE Trumpeter Ray Callendar and guitarist Taylor Roberts are featured at 7 p.m. every Thur. at Kickbacks Gastropub, 910 King St., Jacksonville. 388-9551. JAZZ AT TREE STEAKHOUSE Boril Ivanov Trio plays at 7 p.m. every Thur. and pianist David Gum plays at 7 p.m. every Fri. at Tree Steakhouse, 11362 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. 262-0006. JAZZ IN ST. AUGUSTINE Live jazz is featured nightly at Rhett’s Piano Bar & Brasserie, 66 Hypolita St., St. Augustine. 825-0502. ORGAN RECITAL SERIES The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd hosts organist Christopher Jacobson of Columbia, S.C., at 6 p.m. on Aug. 12 at 1100 Stockton St., Jacksonville. 387-5691.
ART WALKS, MARKETS, FESTIVALS
MID-WEEK MARKET Arts & crafts, local produce and live music are featured every Wed. from 3-6 p.m. at Bull Memorial Park, corner of East Coast Drive and Seventh Street, Atlantic Beach. 247-5800. DOWNTOWN FRIDAY MARKET Arts & crafts and local produce are offered every Fri. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive. 353-1188. RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET The Arts Market is held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat. beneath the Fuller Warren Bridge on Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville and features local and regional artists, strolling performers, bands and a farmers market. Admission is free.
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554-6865, 389-2449. riversideartsmarket.com NORTH BEACH ARTS MARKET The market features arts & crafts, produce, community services and kids’ activities from 3-7 p.m. every Sat. at North Beach Park, 3721 Coastal Highway A1A, Vilano Beach (where the wooden walkover crosses A1A). 910-8386. NORTH BEACHES ART WALK Galleries of Atlantic and Neptune beaches are open late, from 5-9 p.m., on Aug. 16 and every third Thur. of the month at various venues from Sailfish Drive in Atlantic Beach to Neptune Beach and Town Center. For a list of participating galleries, call 249-2222. UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT The self-guided tour features galleries, antique stores and shops open from 5-9 p.m. on Aug. 25 in St. Augustine’s San Marco District. 824-3152. FIRST WEDNESDAY ART WALK The self-guided tour, themed “Pet Walk,” is held from 5-9 p.m. on Sept. 5 in downtown Jacksonville, spanning a 15-block radius of galleries, museums, bars and eateries. 634-0303 ext. 230.
AMELIA ISLAND MUSEUM OF HISTORY 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7378. The interactive “Kid’s Construct! Architecture for Children” is on display through Aug. The permanent collection includes artifacts from Nassau County’s Spanish Mission period. CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 356-6857. The opening of the Folio Weekly Invitational Artist Exhibit is held from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 24. Music, drinks and hors d’oeuvres are featured. Tickets are $5. This juried show of local artists’ works runs through Dec. 2. The exhibit “Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art” is on display through Sept. 16. “50 Forward: New Additions to the Permanent Collection” is displayed through Aug. 15. JACKSONVILLE MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER 2 Independent Drive, Ste. 162, Jacksonville, 355-1101. The museum’s permanent collection includes steamboats and various nautical-themed art. KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM 101 W. First St., Jacksonville, 356-2992. The exhibit “The Final Days of the American Civil War” is on display through Aug. 28. The permanent collection includes rare manuscripts. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JACKSONVILLE 333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 366-6911. “Project Atrium: Tristin Lowe” is on display through Oct. 28. “The Joys of Collecting: Selections from the Eisen Collection” is on display through Aug. 12. The exhibit “ReFocus: Art of the 1970s” runs through Aug. 26. Cathedral Arts Project’s “Best of the Best” is featured through Aug. 31. RITZ THEATRE & MUSEUM 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville, 632-5555. An exhibit celebrating local African-American athletes and sports figures, “More Than a Game: African-American Sports in Jacksonville, 1900-1975,” is currently on display. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children, students and seniors. Open Tue.-Sun.
233 WEST KING 233 W. King St., St. Augustine, 910-8925. The exhibit “Frank Monaco Pieces,” featuring the large-scale originals and one-of-a-kind tears by award-winning artist Monaco, runs through August. Shows change monthly and the gallery remains open late for First Friday Art Walks. The Flagler Healthcare Foundation benefit is held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 18; tickets are $25.
THE ART CENTER PREMIERE GALLERY Bank of America Tower, 50 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 355-1757. The group show “Black and White” is on display through Aug. 9. “Still Life” members show runs Aug. 9-Sept. 18. BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS 869 Stockton St., Ste. 1, Jacksonville, 855-1181. “Entangled,” an installation of mixed media and found objects by Courtney McCracken, runs through Sept. 23. THE CULTURAL CENTER AT PONTE VEDRA BEACH 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-0614. The exhibit “Slightly Left of Center,” featuring works by the Society of Mixed Media Artists (SoMMA), is on display through Sept. 1. FIRST STREET GALLERY 216-B First St., Neptune Beach, 241-6928. The exhibit “At Water’s Edge,” a collection of recent works by pastel artist Lyn Asselta, is featured through Aug. 31. HASKELL GALLERY Jax International Airport, 14201 Pecan Park Road, 741-3546. Recent works by Thomas Hager and Christina Foard are on display through Sept. Works by Louise Freshman Brown and Dustin Harewood are in the Concourse art display cases. JUICE, A JEN JONES GALLERY 1 Independent Drive, Wells Fargo Center, Jacksonville. Live jazz, a historic filmography and photography presentation, and paintings and sculptures are featured. email@example.com OCEAN BOOKS & ART 200 S. Oceanshore Blvd., Flagler Beach, (386) 517-1600 “Coastal Wings,” an exhibit of Charlie Badalati’s color photographs of wild birds, is on display. ROTUNDA GALLERY St. Johns County Admin. Bldg., 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, 471-9980. The exhibit “Creative Visions: Art by the Youth of St. Johns County” is on display through Sept. 21. SIMPLE GESTURES GALLERY 4 E. White St., St. Augustine, 827-9997. Eclectic works by Steve Marrazzo are featured. SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY 6 E. Bay St., Jacksonville, 553-6361. The gallery features works by 29 local artists in various media. SPACE:EIGHT GALLERY 228 W. King St., St. Augustine, 829-2838. Doug Waterfield’s exhibit, “Doomtown,” runs through Sept. ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION 22 Marine St., St. Augustine, 824-2310. The gallery’s permanent collection features 16th-century artifacts detailing Sir Francis Drake’s 1586 burning of St. Augustine. STUDIO 121 121 W. Forsyth St., Ste. 100, Jacksonville, 292-9303. This working studio and gallery space features the work of Doug Eng, Joyce Gabiou, Bill Yates, Robert Leedy, Terese Muller, Mary St. Germain and Tony Wood. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES BUILDING The recently completed Wellspring Sculpture by St. Augustine sculptor and glassblower Thomas Long is on display in the new Biological Sciences building. WHITE PEONY 216 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, 819-9770. This gallery boutique features a variety of handcrafted jewelry, wearable art and recycled/upcycled items. WORLEY FAVER GALLERY 11A Aviles St., St. Augustine, 304-2310. This artist-owned studio features pottery and works by Dena and Worley Faver. For a complete list of galleries, log on to folioweekly.com. To list your event, send info – time, date, location (street address, city), admission price and contact number to print – to A&E, 9456 Philips Hwy., Ste. 11, Jacksonville FL 32256 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is 4 p.m. Tue. for the next week’s issue. Events are included on a space-available basis.
The John Thomas Group performs from 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 7 at Culhane’s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach. 249-9595.
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When the temperature is predicted to be higher than 92 degrees — if two of the three local weather authorities say the heat’s gonna hit 92 or more — a half-off general admission coupon is posted on jacksonvillezoo.org. This deal runs through Aug. 31. The Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens is open daily year-round, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., except Christmas day. jacksonvillezoo.org
92 AT THE JACKSONVILLE ZOO Hot enough? When the temperature is predicted to be higher than 92 degrees — if two of the three local weather authorities say the heat’s gonna hit 92 or more — a half-off general admission coupon is posted on jacksonvillezoo.org. This deal runs through Aug. 31. Zoo officials determine if a coupon is posted the day prior, based on a 92 degrees or higher prediction made by two of the three local weather authority websites. The coupon, updated after 4 p.m. daily, is good for the day indicated only. Determinations for Sat.-Mon. are made the Fri. before. Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, located at 370 Zoo Parkway, one-half mile east from I-95, has more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 plants. It has won national acclaim for its South American Range of the Jaguar exhibit and has the largest botanical garden in Northeast Florida. The Zoo is a nonprofit organization and is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It’s open daily year-round, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., except Christmas day. jacksonvillezoo.org MUSIC BY THE SEA The free concert series continues with Mid-Life Crisis from 7-9 p.m. on Aug. 8 at the Pier & Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Each week, an area restaurant offers its fare; this week it’s La Strada. 347-8007. thecivicassociation.org CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA The 22nd annual series continues with The Rick Arcusa Band performing from 1-5 p.m. on Aug. 9 at Plaza de la Constitución, downtown St. Augustine. Bring a chair or blanket. Concerts continue at 7 p.m. every Thur. through Labor Day. 824-1004. COSMIC CONCERTS Laser shows include Laser Beach Boys at 7 p.m., Laser Spirit at 8 p.m., LaseRetro at 9 p.m. and Laser Vinyl at 10 p.m. on Aug. 10 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. Online tickets are $5. 396-7062. moshplanetarium.org JACKSONVILLE FARMERS MARKET Northeast Florida’s largest farmers’ market is also its oldest. Nearly 200 year-round vendors and farmers offer everything from live chickens and homemade honey to lemongrass and locally grown blueberries. There’s even a restaurant, Andy’s Farmers Market Grill, onsite. Navigable aisles, indoor and outdoor stalls, plenty of parking and it’s open dawn to dusk, seven days a week, every day of the year. 1810 W. Beaver St., Jacksonville. 354-2821. jaxfarmersmarket.com FARMERS MARKET OF SAN MARCO Fresh local and regional produce, homemade chai tea and San Marco local honey are offered from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sat. at 1620 Naldo Ave., near the corner of LaSalle Street and Hendricks Avenue, in Swaims United Methodist Church parking lot. 607-9935.
POLITICS, BUSINESS, ACTIVISM
CHAMBER POLITICAL MEET & GREET The Ponte Vedra Chamber hosts local candidates from St. Johns County at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 8 at Hilton Garden Inn, 45 PGA Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra. Candidates scheduled include Marielena Stuart, Richard Clark, Fred Costello, Billy Kogut, Craig Miller, Kim Kendall, Doc Renuart, RJ Larizza, Rachel Bennett, Ken Bryan, Alan Kelso, Cyndi Stevenson, Ray Quinn, Vivian Browning, Paul Linser, Robert Smith, Daniel Abel, Lee Bickwell and Becky Reichenberg. Admission is free. pontevedrachamber.org BEACHES DEMOCRATIC CLUB This group meets at 6 p.m. on Aug. 7 at Beaches Branch Library, 600 Third St., Neptune Beach. 807-9817. AIFBY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Cathy Hagan, Certified Business Analyst with the Small Business Development Center at UNF, is available to meet
with business owners one-on-one to discuss business planning, marketing and cash flow management from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Aug. 8 at AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Fernandina Beach. Admission is free. 261-3248. aifby.com SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB Tera Meeks, chief COG Waterfront Management, is the featured speaker at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 8 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is $20. 396-5559. NAACP MEETING This group gathers at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9 at 1725 Oakhurst Ave., Jacksonville. 764-7578. jacksonvillenaacp.com SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPS Government Contracting 101 workshop is held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Aug. 8 at Beaver Street Enterprise Center, 1225 W. Beaver St., Jacksonville. The fee is $40. To register, go to sbdc.unf.edu. Tax Facts is held from 6-9 p.m. on Aug. 7 at the Small Business Development Center at University of North Florida, 12000 Alumni Dr., Jacksonville. Cost is $40 in advance or $50 day of workshop. How to S-T-A-R-T-U-P Your Own Business is held from 9 a.m.-noon on Aug. 17. The fee is $40. A business startup kit for Duval and surrounding counties is included in the fee. 620-2476. sbdc.unf.edu FREETHOUGHT SOCIETY The group meets at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 7405 Arlington Expressway, Jacksonville. Dr. Elaine Hull, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Florida State University, discusses “The Devil Made Me Do It: The Neurophysiology of Free Will.” 419-8826. firstcoastfreethoughtsociety.org JACKSONVILLE JOURNEY The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets at 4 p.m. on Aug. 16 in Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ed Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville. 630-7306.
BOOKS & WRITING
CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP The Callahan Creative Writing Workshop is held at 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 7 at the Nassau County Library branch, 450077 S.R. 200, Ste. 15, Callahan. Nancy Lee Bathea is group moderator. 403-4360. ANASTASIA BOOK CLUB Dr. Tom Graham discusses his book, “The Awakening of St. Augustine: The Anderson Family and the Oldest City,” at 6:45 p.m. on Aug. 9 at Anastasia Island Branch Library, 124 Seagrove Main St., St. Augustine Beach. Admission is free. 209-3730. BOOK SALE The Friends of the Bartram Trail Branch Library hold a book sale from 9:30 a.m.-noon on Aug. 11 at the library, 60 Davis Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove. DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes and audiobooks are also available. 827-6960. ADULT BINGO FOR BOOKS Win some great books at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 8 at Hastings Branch Library, 6195 S. Main St., Hastings. 827-6970. FICTION BOOK CLUB Readers gather to discuss fiction at 1 p.m. on Aug. 7 at Mandarin Branch Library, 3330 Kori Rd., Mandarin. 262-5201. CREATIVE WRITING CRITIQUE WORKSHOP Writers read and critique each other’s work at 3:45 p.m. on Aug. 7 at Southeast Branch Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville. 996-0325. WRITING WORKSHOP First Coast Romance Writers offer this writers’ event at 10 a.m. on Aug. 11 at West Regional Library, 1425 Chaffee Road, Jacksonville. firstcoastromancewriters.com LUNCH & LIT BOOK CLUB The group discusses Susan Vreeland’s “Clara” and “Mr. Tiffany” from noon-1 p.m. on Aug. 13 at Main Library, 303 N. Laura St., Jacksonville. 630-1741.
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JIM GAFFIGAN MR. UNIVERSE TOUR The relatively low-key comedian appears at 7 p.m. on Aug. 11 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., downtown. Tickets are $41.25 and $51.25. 355-2787. floridatheatre.com JAY PHAROAH Comedy Zone All Stars appear at 8 p.m. on Aug. 7 and 8. Tickets are $6 and $8. Impressionist funnyman Jay Pharoah appears at 8 p.m. on Aug. 9 and at 8 and 10 p.m. on Aug. 10 and 11 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road, Ramada Inn, Jacksonville. Tickets range from $20 and $25. 292-4242. JACKIE KNIGHT’S COMEDY CLUB Rob Steen and Joe Pettis appear at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 10 and 11 at 3009 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine. Tickets are $8 and $12. 461-8843. THREE LAYERS COFFEEHOUSE Brian Foley hosts various comedians from 7-8 p.m. every Sun. at Three Layers Coffeehouse, 1602 Walnut St., Springfield. 355-9791. SQUARE ONE STANDUP Moses West and Herman Nazworth host standup and spoken word at 9 p.m. every Tue. at Square One, 1974 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville. 306-9004. UNDERBELLY Doug Stanhope is in for standup comedy geared to adults at 8 p.m. on Aug. 15 at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., downtown. 353-6067.
GREAT SOUTHERN TAILGATE COOKOFF Aug. 24 & 25, Amelia Island FOLIO WEEKLY INVITATIONAL ARTIST EXHIBITION Aug. 24-Dec. 2, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens CLEAN WATER FESTIVAL Aug. 25, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall THE FRESH BEAT BAND Aug. 25, St. Augustine Amphitheatre JOYCE DEWITT IN ”REMEMBER ME” Sept. 5-Oct. 7, Alhambra Theatre & Dining OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE OPEN HOUSE Sept. 12, UNF’s University Center FIGHT NIGHT IN DUVAL PRO BOXING Sept. 15, Brewster’s MegaPlex IMAGINATION MOVERS Sept. 21, The Florida Theatre SESAME STREET LIVE: ELMO MAKES MUSIC Sept. 29, T-U Center Moran Theater FLORIDA FORUM WITH WALTER ISAACSON Oct. 2, T-U Center KEVIN HART LET ME EXPLAIN TOUR Oct. 12, T-U Center O.A.R. Oct. 12, St. Augustine Amphitheatre FOLIO WEEKLY’S 4TH ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST Oct. 20, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
NATURE, SPORTS, OUTDOORS
JACKSONVILLE SUNS The local Southern League team starts a homestand against the Mobile BayBears at 7:05 p.m. on Aug. 8 (Honor The Military Night) at the Baseball Grounds, 301 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Games continue at 7:35 p.m. on Aug. 9 (Thursday Night Throwdown & Throwback Night), at 7:05 p.m. on Aug. 10 (Christmas in August, Family Fireworks), at
6:05 p.m. on Aug. 11 (ZOOperstars, Second Harvest Food Drive) and at 6:05 p.m. on Aug. 12 (ZOOperstars, Back-toSchool Day, Kids Run the Bases). Tickets range from $7.50$22.50. 358-2846. jaxsuns.com JAGUARS VS. NEW YORK GIANTS The Jacksonville Jaguars play their first home preseason game against the Giants at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 10 at EverBank Stadium, 1 Stadium Place, Jacksonville. Tickets range from $60-$260. 633-2000. TALBOT ISLANDS STATE PARK A park ranger discusses the lifecycle of Florida sea turtles at 2 p.m. on Aug. 11 at Ribault Club, Ft. George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road, Ft. George Island. The program is free. 251-2320. floridastateparks.org SECOND SATURDAY TRAIL WALK The GTM Research Reserve hosts a 1.5-mile guided Trail Walk from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Aug. 11 at the Trailhead Pavilion, 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. There is a $3 per vehicle parking fee. Reservations are requested; call 823-4500. CANDLELIGHT TOURS AT FT. CLINCH Ft. Clinch State Park offers candlelit tours after sundown every Fri. and Sat. night through Labor Day weekend at 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. Reservations are required. 277-7274. floridastateparks.org/fortclinch GTMNERR PRESCRIBED FIRE NOTICE Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve is planning an ecological prescribed burn in the coastal strand on the west side of South Ponte Vedra Boulevard, S.R. A1A, through early September. If you have any questions or for more information, call 823-4500. GUIDED KAYAK EVENTS Kayak Amelia offers all manner of various guided kayak events, including firefly paddles, full moon paddles, bike tours and yoga kayak, held throughout the area, with expert instruction and supervision. Or rent a canoe or kayak and explore the marshes on your own. Kayak Amelia, 13030 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, 251-0016. kayakamelia.com FT. CLINCH UNION GARRISON Living history interpreters recreate Civil War life on the first weekend of each month at Ft. Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. Artillery demos, marching drills and everyday chores are featured. 277-7274. floridastateparks.org/fortclinch PADDLE BOARD EVENTS Black Creek Outfitters offer stand-up paddle board minilessons every other Tue. throughout the summer, as well as stand-up paddle board yoga, kayak trips to many of Northeast Florida’s most beautiful waterways and SUP demos on the ocean. Call for times, dates and fees. Black Creek Outfitters, 10051 Skinner Lake Drive, Southside. 645-7003. blackcreekoutfitters.com PING PONG TOURNAMENT A double elimination format ping pong tournament is held at 7 p.m. every Tue. at Green Room Brewing, 228 Third St. N., Jax Beach. 201-9283.
CAT IN THE HAT VISITS The lovable rascal from Dr. Seuss’ books appears for storytime at 11 a.m. on Aug. 11 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 11112 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. Bring your camera, parents. A Children’s Storytime is held at 10:30 a.m. every Wed. at Barnes & Noble, 11112 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 8, Jacksonville, featuring stories and songs. 886-9904. KIDS’ BIRDING PROGRAM The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Anastasia State Park offers this basic birding program for kids ages 8-12 from 9-10:30 a.m. on Aug. 12 at Anastasia
Jim Gaffigan brings his Mr. Universe Tour to Northeast Florida at 7 p.m. on Aug. 11 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., downtown. Tickets are $41.25 and $51.25. 355-2787. floridatheatre.com 78 | FOLIO WEEKLY | AUGUST 7-13, 2012
The Jacksonville Suns start a homestand against the Mobile BayBears at 7:05 p.m. on Aug. 8 (Honor The Military Night) at the Baseball Grounds, 301 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Games continue at 7:35 p.m. on Aug. 9 (Thursday Night Throwdown & Throwback Night), at 7:05 p.m. on Aug. 10 (Christmas in August, Family Fireworks), at 6:05 p.m. on Aug. 11 (ZOOperstars, Second Harvest Food Drive) and at 6:05 p.m. on Aug. 12 (ZOOperstars, Back-to-School Day, Kids Run the Bases). Tickets range from $7.50-$22.50. 358-2846. jaxsuns.com State Park, 1340A A1A S., St. Augustine. The program is free with regular paid park admission. Advance registration is required; call 461-2035. JAXPARKS SUMMER CAMPS Most summer camps are held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.Fri.; openings are available on a first-come, first-served basis for kids ages 4-17, with an emphasis on enrichment activities, sports and aquatics. Extended day is available at most locations. Enrichment camp fees are $75 per twoweek session. Other camp fees vary. Online registration is available. 630-2489. jaxparks.com SUMMER ADVENTURE CAMP A new adventure awaits each week at the Museum of Science & History’s Summer Adventure Camps, held from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri. through Aug. 10 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. In addition to hands-on instruction, planetarium programs and science shows, campers explore the museum’s exhibits, including the new T. rex Named Sue! Camps are offered for Pre-Kindergarteners (Pre-K Camps are half-day or full day) through sixth graders. Extended-care is available. For details and fees, call 396-6674, ext. 226 or register online at themosh.org. SUMMER ARTS CAMPS The Performers Academy offers dance, theater, acting, creative builders, guitar, art, music and baby dance camps now through Aug. 3 at 3674 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Camp times and fees vary. Extended hours are available; lunch and snacks are included. For details, call 322-7672 or go to theperformersacademy.com JACKSONVILLE ZOO Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens presents new amur leopard cubs and a new 4-D ride theater, featuring Happy Feet Mumble’s Wild Ride, open from 9:30 a.m. to a half-hour before closing, daily. The ride can fit up to 18 people per ride. Cost per ride is $3 for Zoo members and $4 for general public; riders must be at least 42” tall. The Zoo is located at 370 Zoo Parkway, one-half mile east from I-95. jacksonvillezoo.org KAYAK LESSONS Black Creek Outfitters offers kayak sessions throughout the summer. Classes are primarily for beginners, and kayakers must know how to swim. For more information, call 645-7003. T. REX EXHIBIT AT MOSH The traveling exhibit, A T. Rex Named Sue from Chicago’s Field Museum, is open at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville. It features a cast skeleton of the largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered: 42 feet long and 12 feet tall. 396-6674. themosh.org
PLANT CLINIC St. Johns County master gardeners discuss plants and lawns from 10 a.m.-noon on Aug. 11 at Bartram Trail branch library, 60 Davis Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove. Small soil samples for pH testing are accepted. 209-0430. BABY ANIMALS NEED VOLUNTEERS The Wildlife Rescue Coalition of Northeast Florida needs volunteers 18 years and older to assist at the Wildlife Center, 5853 Seaboard Ave., Jacksonville. Help prepare food, pick up supplies and host fundraisers. 779-5569.
CLASSES & GROUPS
PROPOSAL WRITING BASICS The free workshop is held from 9:30-11 a.m. on Aug. 9 at Main Library Hicks Auditorium, 303 N. Laura St., Jacksonville. 630-2401. PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS This group gathers at 6 p.m. on Aug. 7 at South Mandarin Branch Library, 12125 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin. 288-6385.
SCRABBLE CLUB The scrabblers gather at 1 p.m. on Aug. 8 at Mandarin Branch Library, 3330 Kori Rd., Jacksonville. 262-5201. ANCIENT SOUL DANCE Master Egyptian dancer Kawakeb offers classes in Ancient Soul Dance - Dancing in Divine Flow every Sat. through Aug. 25 at Arthur Murray Studio, 84 Theatre Drive, Ste. 300, St. Augustine. Class fee is $50 for five sessions in advance; drop-in rate is $15. No experience required. 819-1889. ADOPTIVE PARENTS The Greater St. Johns County Foster Adoptive Parents meets from 7-8:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 and every third Thur. each month at Good News Presbyterian Church, 134 Poole Road, St. Augustine. 377-2569. AMPUTEES TALK SHOP The group meets at 1 p.m. on the second Sat. of the month at various locations throughout Northeast Florida. mysupportjax.com VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA The Duval County Chapter No. 1046 gathers at 7 p.m. on the first Wed. of every month at the Elks Lodge, 1855 West Road, Jacksonville. 419-8821. COMMUNITY LAUGHTER CLUB The Community Laughter Club for Wellness gathers for Laughter Yoga at 6:30 p.m. every Mon. at The Healing Farm, 2105 Powell Rd., St. Augustine. Seriously, yuck it up! 8062191. laughteryogastaugustine.com MEN’S WEIGHT LOSS SUPPORT PROGRAM Have you tried every diet known to man? Have you successfully lost weight only to gain it back? We are a group of men with similar experiences who get together at 9 a.m. every Sat. and 7 p.m. every Wed. at 12001 Mandarin Road, Rm. 9, Jacksonville. There are no fees or dues. Call 217-7904 for info. Affiliated with Overeaters Anonymous. COMMUNITY HOSPICE Community Hospice of Northeast Florida offers support groups and grief workshops held at various times throughout the area. For details and reservations, call 407-6330. communityhospice.com FREE YOGA ON THE RIVER Karen Roumillat, RYT, teaches free gentle yoga at 9 a.m. on the fourth Sun. of the month on the boardwalk, weather permitting, at Walter Jones Historical Park, 11964 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville. Bring a mat. 287-0452. NAMI SUPPORT GROUP National Alliance on Mental Illness meets from 7-8:30 p.m. every first and third Thur. each month at Ortega United Methodist Church, 4807 Roosevelt Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is free. 389-5556. ortegaumc.org NICOTINE ANONYMOUS (NIC-A) Want to quit smoking or using other forms of nicotine? Nic-A is free, and you don’t have to quit to attend the meetings, held at 6:30 p.m. every Wed. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1415 S. McDuff Ave., Westside. 404-6044. nicotineanonymous.org DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE This support group meets from 6-7:30 p.m. every Tue. at Baptist Medical Center, 800 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville. For more information, call 322-4040. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Do you have a drug problem? Maybe they can help. 3586262, 723-5683. serenitycoastna.org, firstcoastna.org NAR-A-NON This group meets at 8 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at 4172 Shirley Ave., Avondale. 945-7168. Q-GROUP ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS This free, open discussion is held at 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. at Quality Life Center, 11265 Alumni Way, Jacksonville. alcoholicanonymous.org To get your event included in this listing, email the time, date, location (street address, city), admission price and contact number to print to email@example.com or click the link in our Happenings section at folioweekly.com. Events are included on a space-available basis and edited for content. The deadline is 4 p.m. Tue. for the next week’s issue.
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Story Begets Stories
sizable crowd turned out on Friday, July 27, for a screening of the Oscar-winning documentary “Lost Country” held at Riverside’s CoRK Arts District/ East, on Rosselle Street. Director Heather Burky experienced what must happen every time this documentary shows: Viewers shared their personal experiences before and after hearing those of three expatriots who fought the Castro Revolution.
Drive By Art
atrons, artists and friends gathered at Florida Mining Gallery’s opening of “The Highway Gallery: A Public Art Experiment” on Friday, July 27, at the Shad Road Southside location. The work of 12 local artists is also showing successively on electronic billboards around town for the joint project between Clear Channel and Florida Mining Gallery.
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1. An early crowd to see “Lost Country” 2. Filmmaker Heather Burky hears more stories of Cuba 3. Bumper-to-bumper crowd 4. Adelaide Corey-Disch, Cindy Corey and Steve Williams 5. Jesse Brantman (artist) 6. Jim Draper, Jenny Stoppelli and Jason Fort (artist) 7. Lily Kuonen and Aaron Garvey (artist) 8. Megan Cosby 1-2 photo credits: John Barton and Ed Grimm 3-9 photo credits: Jim Benedict and Rob Tabone
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Best Water Ever
• New York City’s tap water is already widely regarded as world-class, in safety and taste (and subjected to a half-million tests a year by the city’s Department of Environmental Protection). However, two entrepreneurs recently opened the Molecule water bar in the East Village, selling 16-ounce bottles of the same water for $2.50, extra-filtered through their $25,000 machine that applies UV rays, ozone treatment and “reverse osmosis” in a seven-stage process to create what they call “pure H2O.” Molecule’s owners are a restaurateur/art dealer and a “social-justice activist” who’s a “former world champion boomerang player,” according to a July Wall Street Journal profile.
Can’t Possibly Be True
• In 2011, the Liberty County, Texas, home of Joe Bankson and Gena Charlton was raided by sheriff ’s deputies, the FBI, state officials and a media crew (alerted by the sheriff ), checking out a tip that “25 to 30” children’s bodies were buried on the property. No evidence was found, and in a June 2012 lawsuit for defamation, Bankson and Charlton claim the sheriff organized the raid knowing full well the tipster was a self-described “prophet” who said her information came from “Jesus and the  angels” who were present with her. The sheriff said he did everything “by the book,” and a judge signed the search warrant confirming “probable cause” to believe at least one crime (if not 25-30) had been committed.
• North Carolina state Rep. Becky Carney, an environmental activist, inadvertently cast the deciding vote in July to open up natural-gas hydraulic fracking in the state. The legislature had passed the bill earlier, but it was vetoed by Gov. Bev Perdue. The House needed exactly 72 votes to override the veto and enact the bill. Carney’s tireless lobbying of colleagues seemed to have helped halt the overriders at 71 votes, but when it came time to push the buttons, Carney accidentally became the 72nd. She could be heard on her microphone in the chamber, saying, “Oh my gosh. I pushed green.” • “It’s Just Politics”: In May, Mark Schimel told reporters in Albany, N.Y., it was nothing personal that caused him to run for the Republican nomination to the state assembly from Nassau County — where the incumbent is his estranged wife, Democrat Michelle Schimel. Mark’s mother seemed upset at her son. “I can’t believe he’d do a thing like this [to Michelle],” she told a reporter. “I’m going to talk to him.” • Democratic attorney Christopher Smith is the presumptive nominee for a Florida Senate seat from Ft. Lauderdale, and it was just a coincidence, said Republican leadership in June, that their candidate is attorney Christopher Smithmyer. Registered Democrats dominate the district, but Smithmyer may win some votes by confusion. • Coming Soon to American Democracy? In March in Ireland, Bundoran Town Councilor Florence Doherty became exasperated with colleague Michael McMahon, who opposed a bill to strengthen whistleblowers’ rights. “(T)his country doesn’t need whistleblowers,” McMahon said. Doherty replied, “Of course it does, you asshole.” In a later radio interview, Doherty repeated her word-of-the-day four times.
promise of benefit
• In a live TV debate in July, Jordanian parliament member Mohammed Shawabka became enraged when his opponent, Mansour Seif-Eddine Murad, called him a secret Israeli agent. Shawabka removed a shoe and hurled it at Murad, who ducked, but then Shawabka pulled a silver pistol from his waistband and waved it around; no shots were fired. • Mainstreaming: In May, the brother of Jane Svoboda, 52, called for sympathy after a video surfaced of her addressing the Lincoln (Neb.) City Council with nonsensical comments about Whitney Houston, Hillary Clinton and “corpse(s) found without clothes.” The brother noted that his sister lives in an assisted living community and has been diagnosed as schizophrenic. Nonetheless, as the Lincoln Journal Star pointed out, Ms. Svoboda continues to be a registered lobbyist at the state capitol.
Unclear on the Concept
• William Voss has a tough job, noted a Bloomberg News report in June. He’s CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation, which relentlessly campaigns for improving airline safety regulations, but admits that his primary obstacle is ... safe airlines. The last major-airline accident in the U.S. was 11 years ago, leading to complacency by airlines, passengers and regulators. “If anyone wants to advance safety through regulation,” Voss said, “it can’t be done without further loss of life.”
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Least Competent Criminals
• James Allan, 28, was sentenced to three years in prison in Oxford, England, in July for robbing a news shop. Allan’s getaway was delayed when he insisted, repeatedly, on pushing the front door open when he obviously should have been pulling. Finally, exasperated, he yanked off his balaclava, exposing his face to the surveillance camera, kicked the door, breaking the glass, and escaped. Police arrested him about three hours later nearby. The 2000 British movie “Snatch” featured just such a memorable scene of push/pull helplessness. • When the assistant manager arrived early on June 26 to open up the Rent-A-Center in Brockton, Mass., he encountered a man with his head stuck underneath the heavy metal loading bay door, obviously as a result of a failed burglary attempt during the night. “Hang tight!” the manager consoled the trapped man. “The police are on their way.” Manuel Fernandes, 53, was arrested.
• Our Lady of Sorrows Academy in Phoenix, playing for an Arizona state boys’ baseball title in May, decided to forfeit the game rather than field a team against Mesa Preparatory Academy — because Mesa’s second-baseman was a girl, Paige Sultzbach. In two regular-season meetings, Mesa had honored Our Lady’s beliefs by benching Sultzbach. • The Judson Independent School District near San Antonio fired a kindergarten teacher in June for arranging an unorthodox solution to a colleague’s bullying-student problem. The teacher ordered the class’s 24 other students to line up and slap the bully (and encouraging the students to “hit him harder”) to reinforce the message of “why bullying is bad.” Chuck Shepherd WeirdNews@earthlink.net
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Apollo astronaut Russell Schweickart had a vision of loveliness flying through outer space in his lunar module. “One of the most beautiful sights is a urine dump at sunset,” he testified. He said it resembles a “spray of sparklers,” as ten million little ice crystals shoot out into the void at high velocity. As you feed your quest for a lusty life, be as quirky and resourceful as Schweickart. Make your own definitions of what’s gorgeous and revelatory. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): At this horoscope’s heart are words of Maya Angelou. While it may seem schmaltzy, I assure you: its counsel is essential to your success in the weeks ahead. “I’ve learned people will forget what you said,” she said, “people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” See how valuable this may be? If you hope to get what you desire, turn your empathy on full blast. To supercharge your vitality, hone your skills as a judge of character. If you want the love you think you deserve, master making people feel good around you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The week ahead is prime time to celebrate your eccentricities and cultivate idiosyncrasies. You like ketchup on bananas? Is heavy metal the music you relax to? Do you break out in raucous laughter when folks brag on themselves? Make note of all the qualities that make you odd or unique, and express them with extra intensity. It may grate on some, true, but it’ll have a potent healing effect on you. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Will you thrust your foot across that imaginary line, or back away from it, looking for an escape route? Will you risk causing a commotion to scratch the itch in your ambition? Or shuffle on back to your comfort zone and caress your perfect daydreams? I hope you elect to do what’s a bit unsettling. But it doesn’t mean you should. If you make a bold move, make sure you’re not angling to please or impress me — or anyone, for that matter. Do it to express your respect for yourself — or don’t do it. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): When Tchaikovsky wrote the musical score for his famous “1812 Overture,” it included 16 cannon shots. Literally. The blasts weren’t supposed to be made by, say, a sledgehammer pounded against a wooden mallet, but by the detonation of an real cannon. As crazy as that is, ya gotta admire Tchaikovsky’s creative gall. He was going way out of the box, calling on a source of sound no other composer had. In tune with astrological omens, be inspired by him. In your chosen field, mess with the rules about how to play there. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “And if nothing is repeated in the same way,” says poet Antonio Porchia, “all things are last things.” That’s a good principle to adapt for your purposes. A few weeks from now, you’ll be enmeshed in an orgy of novelty, creating yourself from scratch and exploring experiences you’ve never heard of. In the meantime, as you close this cycle, be equally inventive about how you finish. Don’t imitate the approach you used tying up loose ends in the past. Don’t put stale, boring karma to rest in stale, boring ways. No repeats! All things last things! LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): All of us feel bad sometimes — sad, discouraged, helpless, unloved and all the rest. It’s a natural part of being human. The good news: I’m not predicting you 82 | FOLIO WEEKLY | AUGUST 7-13, 2012
go through a phase like soon. Even better news: The week ahead is a great time to work effective strategies for what to do in the future when you have a rough period. Like, instead of wallowing in self-pity or berating yourself for your weakness, maybe resolve next time to amble aimlessly out in nature, dance to cathartic music for hours or go to the gym and smack around a punching bag. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): When a domesticated weasel captures some treasure or beats a competitor for food, it performs a celebratory dance referred to as the “weasel war dance.” During the triumphant display, it may hiss, arch its back, fluff out its tail and hop madly. Devise your own version of this ritual. It can be more dignified if you like: snap fingers, sing a magical phrase or raise your arms in a V-for-victory gesture. Whatever you choose, do it after every accomplishment, no matter how small: buying groceries, arriving on time, getting a good new idea or any success. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): One out of every four of us is afraid we’ve missed our calling, that we’ve misread our soul’s code and failed to identify the labor of love to provide our ultimate fuel for living. If you’re in this deprived group, good news: The next six weeks are an excellent time to fix that, to leave the niche where you don’t belong and create a new power spot. If you’re among the 75 percent confident we’ve found our vocation, the next six weeks are prime time to boost your efforts to a higher level. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You can take this as a metaphor if you like, but I’m getting a psychic impression you’ll soon be drawing on the energy of a past life. Will it be a 13th-century Chinese lute player or a kitchen maid from 15th-century France? Will you be high on the vitality you had when you were a Yoruba priest in West Africa 300 years ago or a 16th-century Guarani herbalist in Paraguay? Play with fantasies like these, even if you don’t think they’re really true. You may be surprised at the boost you get imagining being alive in a different body and time. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Italian mattress company Sogniflex has made a bed with features designed to facilitate love-making. It has straps and handles and a trench to help you get better traction. The extra-strong springs allow better bouncing. You may consider buying one. Astrological omens say it’s time to play with more intensity in intimate clinches. And try: 1. Upgrade mouth skills. 2. Cultivate the ability to listen receptively. 3. Deepen your sincere appreciation for what’s beautiful about who you’re attracted to. 4. Make yourself even more lovable than you already are. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): My $10/hour counsel needs only a few seconds to deliver. To wit: “Never try to be someone you’re not. Discover what you were made for, and do it with all your passionate intensity.” On the other hand, my $100/ minute wisdom is more complicated, subtle and hard to impart in less than an hour. Here’s a hint: There are times when you can get interesting, even brilliant results by experimenting with being something you’re not. Go against the flow of instinctual urges and customary tendencies; it may tweak you the right way, giving an exotic grace and wild depth when you finally return to the path you’re born to tread. Rob Brezsny email@example.com
TALL, DARK, FINE AND BUILT I came in to get gas, your smile melted me. You helped me find the things I needed without hesitation. I have long brown hair and dark brown eyes. I was wearing a bohemian, long, no-sleeve dress. Your presence put chills down my spine. I knew you were interested, but shy. Please look for me and see if I am the one. When: July 27. Where: World Golf BP. #1396-0807 FUTURE PAL AND CONFIDANT You: sunglasses, security? Me: grey shirt, bare feet. I shuffled past you on the way to the beach, but you were too focused on the route to notice. Next time let’s connect... so we may travel down the road and back again. When: July 28. Where: PV Beach. #1395-0807 IN YOUR EYES I was standing behind you in line at Starbucks. You turned around and looked at me. We spoke briefly and the entire time, you looked at me; into my eyes! I felt like the LEADING Lady to your LEADING Man: beautiful movie moment. Our meeting ended with a hug. When: July 27. Where: Starbucks Town Center. #1394-0807 FRIENDLY SMILE IN BLUE FATIGUES I saw you early last Thursday morning around 7 am. You were getting gas and probably heading to NAS. Me: tall, long, dark brown hair, white sweater and jeans driving a white Civic. You: driving a dark gray Toyota truck. We caught each other’s eye so many times. I got nervous and regretfully drove away. I’m still thinking about that morning! When: July 19. Where: Daily’s on Roosevelt. #1393-0807
with me my all of my life, but I was blinded by all of the beautiful women on campus. I see now that all I need is myself. When: July 18. Where: FSCJ. #1385-0724 BEAUT ON A COMMUTE You: silver Civic. Me: blue pickup. I Saw U during my favorite part of the day: leaving work. I risked a wreck to turn and see you. It would’ve been worth it. I slowed down to the speed limit hoping you’d catch up, but Gate Parkway stole you from me. I realized this was a perfect I Saw U opportunity. How about lunch someday? I’m buying. When: July 17. Where: JTB. #1384-0724 WATER NEVER LOOKED SO TASTY! You: Zephyrhills delivery man. Me: A manager at a shop in the St. Johns Town Center. I asked you how heavy the full containers were. I must say you’re one tall drink of water. Let’s hang out sometime. When: July 11. Where: St. Johns Town Center. #1383-0724 SEXY LADY IN WHITE DODGE CHARGER I’ve seen you in the store where I work with your special needs daughter. You’re so very kind and patient. Let me be that special someone in your life. I would love to be the one who makes you smile. When: July 13. Where: Baymeadows & Southside. #1382-0724 HOTTIE WHO LOOKS MEXICAN I was lost until I saw your angelic face. When you spoke, your accent captivated me and changed my life forever. Me: Your tall, dark and handsome hero. I know we’re meant to be together for all eternity. You got it all, BABE! The smoldering good looks AND the brains! You can come tutor me privately anytime! When: July 7. Where: FSCJ South Campus ASC. #1381-0717
CRASH INTO ME You in a black Speedo with your friend in white tropical shorts. You swam in the surf and left the beach when the seagulls got bad. You swam beautifully; I wish I was one of those waves to crash into you. When: July 18. Where: Jax Beach. #1392-0731
CAN I RIDE ON YOUR SHEARWATER? I saw you sitting at the bar by the bathrooms. You had on what looked like buckle jeans and a nice black and grey shirt; very sexy. I had on black shorts and a yellow shirt; sat next to you at the bar. Can I go for a ride on your Shearwater? When: June 20. Where: Cheers Mandarin. #1380-0717
BEAUTIFUL PAINT EXPERT You: gorgeous brown eyes, beautiful smile and even better personality. Me: you gave me wrong directions to your store but it was worth the trip and the bad taste the Milky Way left in my mouth :) Hope to be in the presence of that smile again soon. When: July 22. Where: Sherwin Williams. #1391-0731
SLIM AND FINE I Saw U at MHC; my heart couldn’t stop racing. I just wanted to hold you in my arms. You were so cute with long brown hair, pretty smile. You had on orange shirt and black pants at the front desk. We started talking and I didn’t want to stop, but you had to leave early taking a trip to JFK. I wanted to at least get your name. I come by every now and then to see if you are there but I never see you anymore. Where are you? Email me if you can. When: March 28. Where: MHC. #1379-0717
THE BLUE CRAB Spunky-Sexy hair, flirty smile behind the bar at The Blue Crab. Saw your picture in the paper and had to come see you. Sat at the bar with you all night. Curious about your team? When: July 15. Where: The Blue Crab. #1390-0731 CUTIE @ THE GARAGE Me: Big beardy bear with the band t-shirt. You: Cute chick with the blue dress and brown purse. You liked my glasses, I liked your jokes. Took some pictures, but you stole my heart! Let’s find a cave and cuddle. When: July 21. Where: The Garage. #1389-0731 BLOODMOBILE WITH GORGEOUS EYES I Saw U: Bloodmobile at TJ Maxx between 12:45 & 1:10. You: dark hair, gorgeous eyes, lip pierced, tattoo on foot that says smiles or smile, filling out paperwork. Me: lying on bed donating blood, Carolina blue polo shirt, black shorts & glasses. We made eye contact a couple of times. It was only me and you in Bloodmobile. I wanted to say something but the phlebotomist wouldn’t stop talking. When: July 21. Where: BloodMobile @ Atlantic & Kernan. #1388-0731
JAX ZOO 4TH OF JULY You: A cute blonde working the bird aviary. I was there with a friend who was too afraid to go in. We talked for a little bit about the exhibit. When I came back later to talk to you again, you were gone. I would like to chat again. When: July 4. Where: Jacksonville Zoo. #1378-0717
BAD DATE? You: Black shoulder-length hair, white shirt, blue jeans. Me: Black short, dark hair, green eyes. Looked like you were maybe on a bad date? Couldn’t stop stealing glances at you. Let’s talk. See you there? When: July 6. Where: Bold City. #1377-0717 TATTOOED HOTTIE DRINKIN’ COFFEE You: Slinking down Stockton St., Bold Bean in hand; I knew when I saw you that your pipe was smokin’. You look like you work at Inksmith? I want you to dip that bald head in oil and rub it all over my body. Me: There’s dew on my berry! When: July 2. Where: Stockton St. #1376-0710 HOT COP AT TARGET We were walking in the parking lot that Wednesday morning. You: tall, athletic build, strikingly handsome, a smile to die for, is a JSO officer. Me: shorter, brown hair, drives a black Challenger. You asked if it was mine, smiling so big, seeming like you wanted to talk. I replied, “yes” but wanted to say much more. I was too struck by your good looks. Don’t know if you’re in the traffic unit but you can pull me over anytime! Love another chance. When: June 27. Where: Target @ Town Center. #1375-0710 CRAWFISH GUY I met you at Bluewater. We had a ridiculously long talk about crawfish. I had to leave to meet my friend and didn’t run into you again that night. If I had a hot tub time machine, I’d go back and give you my number. Crawfish sometime? When: June 29. Where: Bluewater. #1374-0710 ABSOLUT BEAUTIFUL CUSTOMER Ab-soul-utly beautiful customer, saw you in line behind my friend at liquor store checkout. Our eyes met as the clerk talked about the music in the store referring to ’80s & ’90s. Too stunned by you to speak, I waited outside for you, but it was the wrong door. Me: Tan, long legs, blonde curly hair, blue eyes, a blissful smile because I was looking at you. You: Tall, brown hair, sparking blue eyes, enchanting smile. When: June 29. Where: ABC Liquor, Fleming Island. #1373-0710 THIRD TIME’S A CHARM You recognized me from Cantina and we exchanged numbers a second time. You left and the Apple Store gave me a new phone causing me to lose your number again. You work at Memorial (I think), you should respond b/c I hear the third time is a charm. When: May. Where: Apple Store @ Town Center. #1372-0703 PRINCESS OF THE RODEO You: Doing tattoos that don’t hurt in your Canadian tuxedo! Smile that calms the nerves! Looking like what all pinup girls are modeled after! Me: When pigs fly! When: June 25. Where: Livewire Tattoo. #1371-0703 LEGS A MILE LONG You, exquisite tall blonde w/ a black shirt, short floral skirt and black strap-on sandels and legs from
here to the moon! Me, tall divorced dad w/ my three kids who couldn’t take my eyes off You! Never shop alone again! When: June 23. Where: Publix/Roosevelt. #1370-0703 TOOK ME BY SURPRISE You came up to me saying I was cute, blonde hair, gorgeous with a long dress. You were with your guy friend. You gave me your number but I must have put it in my phone wrong. Hopefully we can meet again. When: June 23. Where: Blackfinn Restaurant. #1369-0703 FRONT WINDOW OF KRYSTAL You were the attractive lady sitting at a table in the front window of the Krystal, wearing a black and white ’50s style dress, long hair. You were with a group of people. I was outside the building, walking along the sidewalk, our eyes met twice. It was about 8:00 when we saw each other. Would like to get to know you better. When: June 23. Where: Krystal Main St. Cruise. #1368-0703 I’M GETTING AN ICEE TOO! You: Beautiful blonde in long brown dress. You’d just bought your son an ICEE at Daily’s on Palm Valley Rd. We passed each other and shared a laugh as I was taking my daughter in to get an ICEE too. You left in a silver Toyota SUV, no ring on your finger? Me: Single Dad, “Father of the Year” candidate. Get the kids together sometime? When: June 22. Where: Ponte Vedra. #1367-0703 RAINBOW PRINCESS When I come into Dragonflies, I come in for one reason, to look upon the face of my rainbow-haired princess. I was going to ask you out but you were working too feverishly on the computer. I’ll gain the courage one day and my heart will be yours like the ones drawn on your arm?! When: May 30. Where: Dragonflies Jewelry. #1366-0626 BLUE-EYED BASSIST You: Playing bass for the Jazz brunch at the Omni Hotel. You were wearing a blue dress shirt and jeans. I couldn’t take my eyes off you. You’re completely charming, and your smile is brighter than the stars. Me: Girl in striped sweater. Hopefully we’ll meet again one day, but until then. When: May 27. Where: The Omni Hotel. #1364-0626 DANCING AT WHISKY RIVER Older woman dancing alone at Whisky River Friday night when you, a 21-year-old guy, asked me to dance. We danced a little naughty a few times as you kissed my neck. I told you my name, but we never exchanged numbers. When: Jan. 15. Where: Whisky River. #1363-0626 YOUR FATHER WORKS FOR BP I regret letting your movers rush you out without trying to get your number; I hope you still have mine. You were so sweet and interesting; I can’t stop thinking about you. You move to Jax from Alaska with your dad; were you as interested as I was? Don’t be the one who got away; please call. Where: BP @ JTB & Philips. #1362-0626
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Unions have an important role in our history and a rightful role in political free speech
his is not the first time in history that conservatives have been accused of exploiting labor, but I believe that today’s political climate has upped the ante in the way we view our labor movement. Candidates for public office proudly stake their claim to winning elections by smearing their opponents with negative attacks that put them in bed with the “labor unions.” These commercials and advertisements seek to shame moderate politicians into apologizing for getting support from the Fraternal Order of Police, Duval Teachers United and other groups that have a legitimate voice in our political dialogue. It’s as if these hardworking, dues-paying members are somehow a toxic threat to free speech. I agree that all politics is local, but I believe it is telling that the presumptive Republican nominee for president recently visited Poland. This nation has been a supportive ally in our foreign endeavors and was a rallying point for those who wanted a peaceful end to the Cold War. What we conveniently forget, however, is that trade unions were at the heart of Lech Walesa and his Solidarity movement. This is the same former president of the same nation that resisted his efforts to win freedom for his people. And this is the same man to whom Governor Mitt Romney made overtures during his travels in Europe. “I belong to the generation of workers who, born in the villages and hamlets of rural Poland, had the opportunity to acquire education and find employment in industry, becoming in the course conscious of their rights and importance in society,” Walesa said in 1983. For too long in our society, we have denigrated those who wish to advocate for the rights of those who work within our shores. The labor movement, contrary to our stereotypes and fears, has a rich heritage of promoting a more democratic society. We forget the workers who promoted social justice through the debates over child labor, occupational health, women’s suffrage, civil rights and other issues that struck at the heart of our history. Labor unions, however partisan they are — as perceived by their foes — have some friends within the party of Lincoln. The Great Emancipator himself said, “Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is superior to capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.” Even our 16th president said that successful business was made possible through the work of many hands. His remarks ring true in the now-misquoted comments of our 44th president.
While actual work is the essence of our nation’s work ethic, we seem to have redirected our condemnation from the welfare queens of old to the working people of today. Witness this in legislative attempts to hamstring the collective bargaining rights of our public sector unions. These efforts make excellent red meat for primary elections, but are a beggar’s banquet of meager policy that truly affects those who earn a living in Florida. Everything from limitations of dues deduction to attempting to decertify public sector unions directly contradicts the words of Pres. Dwight Eisenhower. “Only a fool would try to deprive working men and working women of their right to join the union of their choice,” said the twoterm president, who presided over the largest expansion of the American economy in history. So why are such “fools” trying to weaken the unions in the eyes of the public and at the ballot box? It’s quite evident. Because many labor union households vote solidly Democratic, those who oppose labor unions are exacting revenge through partisan games they continue to win by using class warfare to dismantle the rights that labor won in Florida and throughout the nation. When politicians incorporate anti-union rhetoric into their campaigns, they belie the truth of how the labor movement has indeed benefited the overall economy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2011, union members had median weekly earnings of $938, while those who were not union members had median weekly earnings of $729. This is the kind of data that shines light on the crux of the argument of whether or not unions are good for earning potential. Beyond the material, I want to also point out the spiritual aspect of belonging to a labor union. There are many social conservatives who will oppose unions on moral or spiritual grounds. They may rightfully or not claim that unions are socially radical in their agendas. But look no further than Pope Paul VI who said, “The important role of union organizations must be admitted: their object is the representation of the various categories of workers, their lawful collaboration in the economic advance of society, and the development of the sense of their responsibility for the realization of the common good.” Before the demonization of unions, they were some of the conservative movement’s guardian angels in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Disgusted by the Democratic Party’s internecine quarrels over the Vietnam War and alienated by the New Deal coalition’s collapse into factions over the changing culture, labor
union members took refuge in the “silent majority” that voted twice for Richard Nixon. The conservative appeal of traditional values attracted many otherwise Christian liberals and moderates who faced down an uncertain new world of new freedoms and the accompanying chaos they believed was being brought by the hippies and the Yippies. Instead of shunning labor then, Nixon reached out to the president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York to serve as Secretary of Labor. Peter Brennan served under both Nixon and Ford, from 1973 until 1975. Nixon and Ford were by no means socialist-coddling presidents. And I would dare say that union leaders offered no less a voice for the movement of freedom and liberty throughout the world. Case in point: the late Albert Shanker, longtime president of the American Federation of Teachers. In the biography of Shanker, “Tough Liberal,” it explains the efforts of American union members to defeat communism and tyranny around the world. Though vilified for their alleged indoctrination of children and being labeled as “terrorists” by talk radio hosts, the American Federation of Teachers assembled an array of voices such as Jimmy Carter, George Will, Bayard Rustin, Gerald Ford, Jeanne Kirkpatrick and Norman Podhoretz, to release a statement of principles called “Education for Democracy” in 1987. According to Democracy Web (democracyweb.org), this esteemed alliance spoke to “transmitting to each new generation the political vision of liberty and equality that unites us as Americans.” Contrast that statement with the mud that conservatives continue to sling at their erstwhile allies. Even Walesa’s Solidarity movement has had enough with conservative attacks on labor. “Regretfully, we were informed by our friends from the American headquarters of AFL-CIO, which represents more than 12 million employees … that Mitt Romney supported attacks on trade unions and employees’ rights,” Solidarity said in a statement. “Solidarity was not involved in organizing Romney’s meeting with Walesa and did not invite him to Poland,” according to a Reuters report. John Louis Meeks Jr.
John Louis Meeks Jr., an Air Force veteran, is a third-generation union representative (Duval Teachers United) who has been teaching social studies in Duval County Public Schools since 2002. He is a former teacher of the year and twotime union representative of the year.
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