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Change of Seasons

[nggallery id=47 images=1]New restaurant proves “good” and “good for you” can be one and the same. If there’s any prevailing criticism of Jacksonville’s dining scene, it’s the stark bifurcation between franchise restaurants and independent kitchens. Within the St. Johns Town Center, recently opened Seasons 52 has the potential to bridge that gap. Its tie to […]

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Bowl You Over

[nggallery id=44 images=1]Traditional Vietnamese cuisine is a rare find in Jax. Of all the various incarnations of popular Asian eats, Vietnamese is probably the least represented in Northeast Florida. Sushi bars, Mongolian barbecues, Thai and Chinese restaurants. Check. Outlets for fare from Vietnam are few. Bowl of Pho is an exception.The restaurant is located in […]

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Flavor Profiles

Exploring Northern Indian cuisine at India House. Fans of global cuisine know that the Baymeadows area is home to a handful of traditional Indian restaurants. Among those, newcomer India House – which opened in August—stands ready to continue its neighborhood’s reputation.

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Island Vibe

[nggallery id=25 images=1] Chef Kenny Gilbert’s emphasis on ambiance is clear from the second you arrive at Nippers Beach Grille. A complimentary valet will handle the task of finding a parking spot, and live music provides an energetic atmosphere on the back patio just a few steps away. The crowd is an interesting mix of […]

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Yucatan Gold

[nggallery id=19 images=1] Casa Maya is a well-kept culinary secret in St. Augustine. The renovated house-turned-bistro is located on Hypolita Street, a narrow, one-way alley. But locals and regular visitors to the Oldest City revere the menu as a refreshing homage to traditional Mexican fare, prepared with local ingredients in the Yucatan Peninsula style. Warm […]

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My Big Fat Greek Dinner

[nggallery id=13 images=1] From the piped-in music to the white-and-blue décor, everything about Taverna Yamas! feels Greek and casual, even on a slow Monday night. Upon entering the Souhside restaurant, our party was greeted with “Opa!” as the host led us to a cozy corner booth. Seating is ample in this relatively new dining spot, […]

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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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Corner Seat

[nggallery id=7 images=1] The Corner Bistro and Wine Bar is the newest eatery to enter the Tapestry Park lineup, joining III Forks and Lime Leaf Thai in a mixed-use development that has become a hot spot for restaurants. Owner Andi Vito used ideas he had from years spent building restaurants while working as a contractor to […]

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In the Mixx

[nggallery id=5 images=1] Mixx reminds me of Ketchup, a restaurant on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles that caters to diners who want to be able to eat an eclectic range of favorite foods in a hip setting, with inexpensive prices. Chef Toni Acireale and his wife, Shari, opened Mixx because the family had hit a wall […]

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A Taste of Spain

[nggallery id=12 images=1] A lot has changed in downtown Fernandina Beach in the last six years; a lot has stayed the same. The food at España, however, remains consistently fresh and flavorful. With owner and chef Roberto Pestana heading the kitchen, the dinner-only restaurant serves a mix of the Spanish and Portuguese dishes he grew […]

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