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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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Modern Classic

There are countless restaurants that tout culinary inspiration from beautiful coastal regions. Pele’s Wood Fire may very well be unique in that it claims heritage and flavor influences from two shores: the tropical and exotic Kauai, Hawaii; and New Jersey, most recently famous for Snooki and JWoww. The two diverse influences come together nicely in […]

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Rising Sun

The Far East shines bright at a new beachside eatery. One of the Beaches’ newer restaurants bills its cuisine as “modern Pan Asian,” a broad term that hints at influences ranging from Japanese to Thai to Mongolian. Sushi and sashimi are big customer draws (guests may even sit at a bar overlooking the sushi chef […]

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MMM, MMM, GOOD

[nggallery id=55 images=1] If you didn’t know the location of The Good Food Company, you could easily drive right past it. Once guests are in the door, though, it seems that executive chef Millard Cooley has a handle on what it takes to keep them coming back. The dining room is warm and inviting, with […]

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Fresh Picked

One of the best things about St. Augustine is its bounty of locally owned restaurants. Sure, it’s a tourist town that has scads of Cracker Barrels and fast food franchises near the interstate. But stretched between the historic district and the beaches are dozens of original operations. One of the newer establishments, and arguably the […]

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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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