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Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Come mid-March, every Irish pub in the city, as well as dozens of other drinking establishments that convert for one day, will be dressed from bar to ceiling in shamrocks, Guiness signs and plaids of every imaginable stripe and color. Bar crawlers should expect to hear U2, Sinead O’Connor and Cranberries songs played in near-nonstop […]

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Asian Sophistication

[nggallery id=53 images=1]New chef-owned restaurant moves past traditional Thai The newest tenant in the Tapestry Park development, Poms Signature Restaurant, fits right in with its neighbors. Proprietor Pom Souvannasoth has created a pleasing combination of an intimate atmosphere and an inspired, worldly menu in his latest culinary endeavor. The interior of Poms is upscale with […]

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Tastings & Tapas

[nggallery id=51 images=1]Royal Palm Village Wine & Tapas 296 Royal Palms Dr., Atlantic Beach; 372-0052, royalpalmwines.com Atlantic Beach newcomer offers something for just about anyone. Walking into Royal Palm Village Wine & Tapas on a Friday night was like walking into a friend’s party. It was a loud, bustling brew of beach folk, drinking, laughing, eating and […]

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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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