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Giovanni's Restaurant

Over the last 30 years, a lot has changed at Giovanni’s and a lot has stayed exactly the same. The location and presence of the Acireale family are the same. The restaurant itself has expanded like some of the waistlines of longtime fans of the Beaches landmark. Never been? Picture a plate of veal scalloppini […]

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Chizu Japanese Steak & Seafood House

She may not have been the city’s first sushi restaurant, but Chizu is certainly the oldest still in operation under the same owner. At a time when many in the River City thought raw fish was reserved for bait, the chefs at Chizu were stuffing rolls with eel, shrimp, squid and other delights from the […]

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Ragtime Tavern, Seafood & Grill

The taps at the city’s first micro-brewery/restaurant, Ragtime, started flowing at a time when Michael Jackson’s Thriller topped the charts—for the first time. Since the early ’80s, the Beaches gathering spot has attracted a loyal following because of its Cajun-inspired eats, good-times atmosphere and homemade beers including Dolphin’s Breath Lager, Red Brick Ale and A. […]

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Whitey’s Fish Camp

Give the customer what he wants and you’ll be fine. That simple idea works at Whitey’s Fish Camp, a waterside landmark that satisfies hungry diners with oysters, stuffed flounder, steaks, pasta, chicken and more. The fish camp side has been around for more than 40 years, but it wasn’t until the late ‘80s that it […]

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Top Lawyers

Everyone knows a lawyer joke or two, but the truth is, there are many professional, skilled attorneys in the Jacksonville area. Our annual report showcases the best lawyers around, as well as board-certified experts in various fields. Hopefully, you won’t need one of these outstanding professionals, but just in case…

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Natural Inspirations

Bright hues, floral accents, shells and beaded accents—spring is here, alright. With a nod to earthy color palettes and designs, fashions from local boutiques are presented in a gorgeous photography spread that brings the nature of style to full bloom.

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Getting To Know…

One of these days, an American Idol producer is going to get fired because of Jordyn Jackson. The “jazz-pop” singer-songwriter auditioned for the show eight years ago in Atlanta and was sent home golden ticketless. But since then, Jackson, 26, has released six CDs and performed everywhere from the Jacksonville Jazz Festival to the Italian Riviera.

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Bon Chance

[nggallery id=8 images=1] Step through the doors of the The Brasserie (1312 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, 249-5800, brasserierestaurant.net), located in a strip mall just a half-block from the beach, and the sophisticated ambiance will tantalize. A large bar offers live music nearly every night, and a lounge-like reception area is separated from the main dining […]

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'town

3611 St. Johns Ave., Avondale (345-2596; town3611.com) Specializing in ingredients from local farmers and purveyors, the chic eatery serves an exceptionally creative menu. Truffled tater tots, buttermilk ricotta gnocchi, brick-grilled organic chicken—the menu is delicious to read. L, D, SB, O, CB, FB, TO, RA, WA, $$, ALL.

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Three Layers, A Coffee House

1602 Walnut St., Springfield (355-9791) A renovated loft-like space serves tasty bagels, muffins and cakes with flavors like Italian cream and chocolate espresso. Also serving salads and fresh-made soups. Next door they sell boutique wines and beer. L, D, B/W, BR, TO, $, ALL.

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