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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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