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The pub’s specialty sandwich, the drunken cheese steak, is served on a hoagie roll with thinly sliced ribeye marinated in Guinness beer and loaded with sautéed mushrooms, onions, green peppers and melted cheddar cheese. L, D, SB, O, FB, * , O, TO, = , , $$, ALL. Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub 2 Independent Dr., The Jacksonville Landing (374-1547). Traditional Irish pub with a full lunch and dinner menu, live entertainment and made-from-scratch desserts. Top sellers from the menu include Reuben spring rolls, shepherd’s pie, lamb shank stew, filets and salmon. Casual, family-friendly. L, D, FB, * , RA, O, BR, TO, = , , $$, ALL. fries for decades. Sandwiches come with car-themed names, so the menu takes a minute for first-time diners to digest. They serve what might be the biggest BLT in town. A separate bar area attracts plenty of regulars, as do the comfortable booths and live bands. Karaoke on Saturday nights. L, D. Whiteway Delicatessen 1237 King St., Riverside (389-0355). The neighborhood landmark has been serving sandwiches, sides and iced tea since 1927. A new location a few years back didn’t deter legions of regulars from visiting the Riverside breakfast and lunch spot. Tabouli and riders are the main draws, and daily specials include the Dr. Berk, veggie tabouli and turkey on pita. B, L. ALL. Sliders Seaside Grill 1998 South Fletcher Ave., Amelia Island (277-6652; slidersseaside.com). Founded in 1945, Sliders is a friendly, Caribbean themed ocean side restaurant featuring beach food and three different bars. Signature items include beef tenderloin tips and Slider’s “famous” seafood platter. L, D, O, BR, CLB, LE, FB, TO, $$, ALL. Whitey’s Fish Camp 2032 County Rd. 220, Flem-ing Island (269-4198). Open for more than 40 years, Whitey’s is a local dining institution. Regulars visit for a chance to sit on the huge waterside deck, gawk at the menagerie of stuffed critters on display and partake in steamed snow crab legs, boiled shrimp, fried grouper and sautéed crab cakes. L, D, O, FB, TO, $$, ALL. SANDWICH SHOPS Angie’s Subs 1436 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach (249-SUBS). The décor is “Early American garage sale” (think: mismatched chairs, random tchotchkes and odd artifacts like a boar’s head). But the sandwiches at this Beaches institution are anything but thrown together. From the pulled pork specials to the Dirty Gringo, fans are addict-ed, especially to the sweet tea and the house Peruvian sauce. L, D. The French Pantry 6301 Powers Ave., Southside (730-8696). Regulars know to come early. The line often forms even before the doors open. Expect items like shrimp and leek bruschetta, French dip sandwiches and delicious cakes and cookies. The bakery supplies many of the city’s better restau-rants with bread, and all guests receive a small basket to enjoy with their meal. L. Larry’s Giant Subs Various locations, including 1509 Margaret St., Riverside (674-2793; larryssubs.com). In 1982, two brothers opened the first Larry’s Giant Subs. Today, the chain has expanded throughout Jacksonville and the south-eastern United States. Each sub is made with meats and cheeses that are sliced fresh when you order, then the subs are topped with crisp produce and served with a pickle. Catering is available. L, D. Pinegrove Deli & Market 1511 Pinegrove Ave., Avondale (389-8655; pinegrovemarket.com). Easy to miss, this tiny Avondale deli and market offers breakfast and lunch fare in a homey environment that echoes delis past. Pinegrove has all the regu-lars, like bacon, egg and cheese wrap, fried chick-en or steak sliders, as well as meatball subs and BLTs, known for heaping piles of bacon. B, L. Sun Deli 1011 3rd St. S., Jacksonville Beach (270-1040; sundelisubs.com). A Jacksonville Beach mainstay, this unassuming eatery offers classic sandwiches and salads with catchy names, like the Beach Boy Sub. Each is made to order with Boar’s Head meats and cheeses. The decor exudes a small-town vibe, featuring framed photographs of Fletcher High School homecoming activities and greeting cards surrounding the entrance. L. Tapestry Cafe 9823 Tapestry Park Cir., Southside (329-4380). Boar’s Head sandwiches, paninis and breakfast offerings draw diners throughout the day, but piping hot espresso drinks and tasty smoothies keep the comfortable seats filled. Free wifi sweetens the deal for the coffeeshop crowd. B, L, D, SB. Tidbits 1076 Hendricks Ave., San Marco (396-0528; tidbitsfood.com). The potato salad and stuffed pita sandwich are the stuff of local legend. Regulars know the routine—stand in line and keep it moving up to the counter. Turkey, roast beef, ham, and chicken salad are among the sandwich offerings. The taco salad topped with chili and cheese is a big, big seller. B, L. Tom & Betty’s 4409 Roosevelt Blvd., Westside (387-3311; tomandbettys.com). A Jacksonville clas-sic that’s been serving sandwiches, burgers and SEAFOOD 619 Ocean View 619 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra (285-6198). Relaxing oceanfront restaurant specializes in seafood spiced with Caribbean, Cajun and Southern flavors. Offering fried green tomatoes, seafood gumbo, coconut shrimp and blackened snapper. L, D, SB, O, BR, VP, FB, TO, RA, $$, ALL. Chart House 1501 Riverplace Blvd., Southbank (398-3353; chart-house.com). The exterior of the waterfront restaurant is probably the most unusual in town. Inside is a dramatic, dimly-lit, dinner-only restaurant best known for its seafood, prime rib, salad bar and Hot Chocolate Lava Cake. Upscale. D, FB, * , RA, RS, BR, , $$$, ALL. The Fish Company 525-12 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach (246-0123; thefishcojax.com). With a crowd-ed raw bar, Tuesday and Wednesday oyster spe-cials, and a wide variety of fresh, locally-caught seafood, The Fish Company offers a little some-thing for everyone. Chef Bill Pinner's menu com-bines signature items, like fried Mayport shrimp baskets, with new favorites, such as the Szechuan fish. L, D, O, FB, RA, $$, ALL. Harry’s Seafood Barr & Grille 46 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine (840-0900; hookedonhar-rys.com). Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille operates SPANISH España 22 South 4th St., Fernandina Beach (261-7700; espanadowntown.com). Founded in 2004, España’s is located in the historic district of Fernandina Beach. The menu highlights traditional flavors from Spain and Portugal. Items include var-ied hot and cold tapas, steaks, and homemade desserts. D, O, B/W, TO, RA, $$$, ALL The Tasting Room 25 Cuna St., St. Augustine (810-2400, tastetapas.com). From savory tapas to exquisite wines, this St. Augustine establishment offers something a little different than the typical beach fare. Menus change frequently, in order to feature the freshest, seasonal produce, and live music is performed weekly. L, D, B/W, RA, RS, O, = , , $$$, ALL. STEAKHOUSE III Forks 9822 Tapestry Park Cir., Southside (928-9277; iiiforks.com). Sleek and swanky steakhouse serving USDA prime beef and succulent seafood along with extensive wine list. Private rooms and outdoor seating available. D, FB, * , O, RA, BR, VP, TO, , $$$, ALL. The Capital Grille 5205 Big Island Dr., St. Johns Town Center (997-9233; thecapitalgrille.com). several locations throughout Florida, bringing the tastes of New Orleans to the Sunshine State. Located at the foot of the Bridge of Lions, Harry’s has a waterfront view, which diners can enjoy from either the indoor seating area or the tree-lined courtyard. The menu features Cajun favorites such as jambalaya, shrimp and scallops Orleans. L, D, O, , = , FB, TO, BR, $$, ALL. Marlin Moon Grille 1183 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach (372-4438). This sportfishing-themed restaurant moved south to Jax Beach from the shores of Ocean City, Maryland, where it won the 2009 “Favorite Restaurant Award.” The bill of fare is eclectic, featuring fresh-squeezed orange crushes, fresh-cut fries, beef, pork and chicken entrées, and crab cakes made by Baltimore native chef/owner Gary Beach. L, D, FB, * , RS, TO, , $$, ALL. Pusser’s Caribbean Grille 816 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach (280-7766, pussersusa.com). A taste of the islands in PVB, featuring numerous seafood specialties including jumbo lump crab dip, Grouper Ponte Vedra, blackened salmon tower and Key Largo mixed grill. The restaurant’s signature cock-tail is the Pusser’s Painkiller, a potent blend of rum, pineapple and orange juices, and cream of coconut. L, D, SB, FB, * , RR, O, BR, VP, = , , $$$, ALL. Ragtime Tavern 207 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach (241-7877; ragtimetavern.com). Open for more than 20 years, Ragtime is Northeast Florida’s first microbrewery. The menu is loaded with fun items like shrimp bruschetta, Louisiana crawfish and sautéed mussels. For dinner, try the bistro filet and crab-stuffed shrimp, Cajun fettuccine or the sesame tuna. L, D, SB, O, BR, = , FB, TO, RA, $$, Upscale steakhouse dressed in crisp linens and serving Kona crusted dry aged sirloin with carmelized shallot butter, porcini-rubbed Delmonico with eight-year aged balsamic. Private dining room and chef’s table available. L, D, FB, * , O, RA, BR, VP, TO, , $$$$, ALL. Espeto Brazilian Steakhouse 4000 St. Johns Ave., Avondale (388-4884; espetosteakhouse.com). The authentic Brazilian food at Espeto is served in a casual atmosphere in the heart of Avondale. The menu includes skewered prime meats, such as top sirloin and flank steak, plus tapas items and a salad bar. D, BR, FB, RA, $$$$, ALL. Ruth’s Chris Steak House 1201 Riverplace Blvd., Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront, Southbank (396-6200); 814 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach (285-0014). Steak (be it T-bone, ribeye, NY strip or filet mignon) is obviously their specialty, but entrées also include stuffed chicken breast, lamb chops and lobster. Upscale/casual club seating. D, FB, * , RA, RS, VP, , $$$$, ALL. THAI Basil Thai & Sushi 1004 Hendricks Ave., San Marco (674-0190). Basil specializes in sushi filled with creative and tasty ingredients like spicy may-onnaise, crab and green snap peas. If you prefer a full-sized entrée, try the Chilean sea bass served with a green curry sauce and vegetables. L, D, B/W, RA, TO, , $$$, ALL. Buddha’s Belly 301 10th Ave. N., Jacksonville Beach (712-4444). The menu runs the gamut of MARCH 2014 JACKSONVILLEMAG.COM | 95

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