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The Homestead Restaurant

The famed Copper Top Bar at the Homestead is enough to make the restaurant worthy of induction. First opened in the late 1940s, the Homestead has soldiered on through ownership changes and economic hardships. Yet, the establishment remains true to its culinary roots. Fried chicken, country fried steak, chicken and dumplings—we hope she never goes away. […]

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O’Steen’s Restaurant

What does it mean when you see a bench full of people waiting outside of this Hwy. A1A landmark? Simple. O’Steen’s is open. The place is small, it fills up fast, and it’s a cash-only enterprise. Most diners wait for the fried shrimp. They’ll sell you a small portion, but don’t kid yourself. The 24-piece […]

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The Hilltop

For many in Clay County, a trip to The Hilltop is like visiting a favorite relative, albeit a relative who prepares a mean slow-roasted Black Angus prime rib and strawberry shortcake for dessert. The Victorian mansion-like setting has played host to literally thousands of birthday gatherings, anniversary celebrations, wedding receptions, high school prom dinners and […]

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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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