218 1st St., Neptune Beach, 246-0881 Proving an establishment need not be fancy to be loved, Sliders has been a Beaches mainstay for more than 20 years. Its longevity is the result of its no-frills simplicity, consistently good eats and a location about a block off the beach. The picnic tables out front fill up […]
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The innovative architecture and interior design of the waterfront restaurant turned heads when it opened its doors more than 20 years ago. Today, it still ranks among the region’s most eye-pleasing restaurants, complete with postcard views of the Downtown skyline. A string of Chart House eateries stretches from coast to coast, each with a unique […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
2032 County Rd. 220, Orange Park (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. […]
218 First St., Neptune Beach (246-0881). The chalkboard menu is a neighborhood landmark. Regulars come for the fresh shucked oysters, seafood gumbo, grilled mahi and Key lime pie. L, D, FB, O, TO, $$, ALL.
St. Johns Town Center (645-3474; mitchellsfishmarket.com). Upscale but casual restaurant near JTB features a menu 80 dishes long highlighted by items such as Little Neck clam chowder, broiled sea scallops and lemon pepper grilled chicken. L, D, FB, CB, BR, TO, WA, $$, ALL.
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, X, $$, ALL.
3551 St. Johns Ave., Avondale (387-0700, bluefishjax.com). Replaced Sterlings in Avondale. The interior and menu were updated—lots of blue (fitting, of course), serving oysters, steaks and chops. Extensive wine list. L, D, SB, O, BR, *, FB, RA, TO, =, X, $$, ALL.