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¡Que Delicioso!

Local dining landmark is transformed into an upscale Mexican joint   by Virginia Chamlee  //  photos by agnes lopez Sun Dog Diner was a fixture on the Neptune Beach dining scene for decades so, when the venerable eatery announced it was closing its doors, many locals were greatly disappointed. Since then, the space was bought […]

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Wine & Dine

It’s not breaking news to report that St. Johns Town Center has perhaps the densest collection of restaurants in the city. One can’t swing a French baguette in the area without hitting an eatery of some kind,

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Restaurant Redux

The property at 1161 Beach Boulevard is well-worn restaurant real estate in Jacksonville Beach. Many longtime residents still associate the space with Giovanni’s Bar & Grill, a classic Italian eatery where Giovanni and Nelly Acireale served guests for 38 years. In 2012, restaurateur Chris Jones secured the space for his new concept—KC Crave, an establishment […]

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Split Personality

Riversiders like to consider themselves artsy, a little edgy and the kind of folks willing to try new things. So, it was with great anticipation that neighborhood denizens watched the structure at the intersection of Oak and Margaret streets rise from the ground. Five Points regulars are accustomed to seeing the odd and unusual. However, […]

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Show Time

Men dressing up in women’s clothing is nothing new. Shakespeare wasn’t afraid to infuse some cross-dressing into a comedy. Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon stole a few scenes from Marilyn Monroe as a couple of bumbling dames in Some Like It Hot. In Jacksonville, a relatively new arrival to the local dining scene combines the men-in-drag theme with meat-and-potatoes pub eats.

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Good For the Soul

Familiarity with Celestia Mobley’s work as executive chef and general manager at the Westside favorite, Potter’s House Soul Food Bistro, should prepare one for what’s in store at Cleota’s Southern American Cuisine. But with a menu that takes a few adventurous turns on some well-traveled culinary roads, diners may be surprised where this country cooking […]

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