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shrimp tempura and grilled steak. Casual and upscale. L, D, B/W, RA, RS, O, BR, TO, = , , $$, ALL. Sushi Café 202 5 Riverside Ave., Riverside (384-2888; sushicafejax.com). The sushi list includes a handful of locally-inspired rolls like the Jax (a California roll with eel) and the Jaguar (eel and avocado deep-fried). The menu also includes hibachi, tempura, katsu and teppan meals. L, D, B/W, O, $$, ALL. lunch or dinner. L, D, O, FB, $, ALL. Cantina Laredo 10282 Bistro St., St. Johns Town Center (997-6110; cantinalaredo.com). The Town Center eatery specializes in fresh fish, beef fajitas, tacos al carbon, grilled ribeye steak, chicken enchiladas and shrimp flautas. Upscale. L, D, SB, FB, * , RS, O, BR, TO, , $$, ALL. Flying Iguana Taqueria & Tequila Bar 207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach (853-5680, flyingiguana.com). This Neptune Beach taqueria MEXICAN/SOUTHWESTERN Burrito Gallery 21 E. Adams St., Downtown (598-2922; burritogallery.com). Arrive early to get a table for lunch at the popular Downtown eatery. The restaurant and art gallery offers the Tex-Mex stan-dards—tacos, taco salads, quesadillas, nachos, bur-ritos, chili and deli wraps. Dine inside or out for features an eclectic assortment of tacos, as well as heartier fare, like Peruvian rotisserie chicken, blue corn-crusted grouper and Agave-brined pork chops. The restaurant also features more than 100 tequilas, as well as nightly live music and al fresco dining. $$, L, D, SB, FB, * , O, VP, TO, = , , ALL. TacoLu Baja Mexicana 1183 Beach Blvd. (249-8226). Offering a blend of Baja-style cuisine, this Culinary casual Beaches sit-down eatery offers a new twist on the traditional taco. But, what really sets it apart from the pack is its selection of over 50 tequilas. L, D, SB, FB, * , O, TO, , $, ALL. X CALENDAR Ponte Vedra mainstay Aqua Grill welcomes diners for a gluten-free vegetarian dinner. Guests will enjoy a four-course meal that begins with a baby red and green salad topped with shaved parmesan, red onion, horseradish Caesar dressing and a fried quail egg. 6:30 PM, 950 Sawgrass Village Dr., $40. 285-3017 Tapa That is celebrating Cooking with Intuition (a cookbook from the folks at Intuition Ale Works) with dinner and drinks. Chef Arielle prepares a six-course dinner paired with Intuition brews. Authors Cari Sanchez-Potter and Robin Rutenberg, along with photographer Laura Evans, will be on hand for book signings. Advance tickets available at Tapa That. 820 Lomax St., 6 PM, $50. 376-9911 More than a dozen local TV personalities and notable business leaders serve guests of this annual fundraiser for The Salvation Army. 10:30 AM-1 PM, Prime Osborn Convention Center, $30. 301-4841 MIDDLE EASTERN Casbah 3628 St. Johns Ave., Avondale (981-9966; thecasbahcafe.com). Diners seeking a Middle Eastern experience will find it at this Avondale hotspot. In addition to a menu of traditional fare such as baba ghannoush and fried kibbie, guests can enjoy aromatic tobacco in the hookah lounge, as well as live belly dancing Thursday through Saturday nights. L, D, B/W, O, TO, = , , $$, AX, MC, V. z Vegetarian & Gluten Free Dinner, March 19 PREPARED FOODS Bottega di Bella Sera 919 King St., Riverside (387-8483; cateringbyliz.com). Offers "prepared dinners for busy people like you." Diners can choose from a menu that includes favorites like chopped kale salad with dried cranberries, roasted butternut squash, toasted pumpkin seeds and crumbled queso, topped with a blood red vinaigrette. L, D, TO, ALL. Gregory Paul's 215 Fourth Avenue, Jacksonville Beach (372.4367, gregorypauls.com). Located in a renovated beach cottage, Gregory Paul's offers a diverse menu of freshly prepared, take-away gourmet meal options. Reserved orders are rec-ommended. White plate catering for small to mid-size events is also available. The weekly menu (which changes often, but always includes a selec-tion of entrees, salads, soups and sweet treats) is available online. L, D, TO, ALL. JJ'S Liberty Bistro 330 A1A #209, Ponte Vedra (273-7980; jjbistro.com). This French restaurant is known for a huge dessert case and vast selection of wine and cheeses, but it also contains a large case of to-go items. Choose from an assortment of breakfast breads, croissants and muffins and more substantial items, like crab cakes and Rouille-blackened chicken strips and pesto sauce. B, L, D, TO, ALL. J. William Culinary 2013 San Marco Blvd. (899-2062; jwilliamculinary.com). The classicaly trained chef Jay prides himself on freshly prepared, healthy gourmet meals, high in protein and dairy free. Enjoy dishes from a weekly-changing menu, like a roasted pork loin with black eyed peas, col-lard greens and cilantro pesto, or Caribbean turkey meatballs. Place and order online, and have your meal delivered to your front door. L, D, TO, ALL. z Cooking with Intuition, March 12 z Celebrity Chefs Tasting, March 13 z Great Atlantic Music & Seafood Festival, March 15 Celebrate the return of warm weather (plus some delicious seafood) with the Great Atlantic Music & Seafood Festival at the Beaches. The festival fea-tures live music, food, shopping and a surfing con-test. There will be games, rides and activities for children. Noon-10 PM, Jacksonville Beach, free. greatatlanticmusicfest.com z Lions Seafood Festival, March 21-23 More than 100 artists and crafters will showcase their work at the 33rd annual St. Augustine's Lions Seafood Festival, but the real star is, of course, the eats. Friday 3 PM; Saturday 10 AM; Sunday 11 AM. $3 for adults; free for children 12 & under, Francis Field, Downtown St. Augustine. lionsfestival.com z Coffee Workshop with Bold Bean, March 27 Spend an evening with the roastmasters of Bold Bean Coffee Roasters at the Museum of Science and History for an after-hours lesson on how to brew coffee. Ticket includes a tasting of the coffee house’s local brews. 6 PM, $20, $15 for members. themosh.org PUBS Culhane’s Irish Pub 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach (249-9595). The Culhane sisters are as Irish as the Emerald Isle itself. Eclectic menu features Reuben egg rolls, scotch eggs and Shepherd’s pie. MARCH 2014 JACKSONVILLEMAG.COM | 93