According to Jax Mag readers, Five Guys Burgers and Fries (several locations) serves up the Best Burgers. The quick-serve franchise keeps it simple—burgers, hot dogs, fries and drinks. Take a seat and listen for your number. You want cheese on that? Yes, please.
Cinotti’s Bakery (1523 Penman Rd., 246-1728) is a Beaches institution that offers desserts, sandwiches, and tempting chocolate treats, making it the Best Bakery.
Readers say Restaurant Orsay (3630 Park St., 381-0909) serves up the Best Brunch, as well as the Best Innovative Eats. When Croque Madame and huckleberry scones are served from the same kitchen, though, who’s going to argue?
The Best Dessert Case in a restaurant is found at Biscottis (3556 St. Johns Ave., 387-2060), and it’s not for the faint of heart; behind the glass panels stand some of the most decadent sweets this side of the St. Johns.
When it comes to the Best Fish & Chips, no one does it like O’Brothers Irish Pub (1521 Margaret St., 854-9300). Icelandic cod, lightly battered and fried—yum!
Area foodies consistently praise Native Sun Natural Foods Market (11030 Baymeadows Rd., 260-2791; 10000 San Jose Blvd., 260-6950) for its wide selection of natural produce, free-range poultry, and wild catch seafood, making it a natural pick for Best Organic Goods purveyor.
Moon River Pizza (1176 Edgewood Ave. S., Murray Hill, 389-4442; 925 S. 14th St., Fernandina Beach, 321-3400) is loud, funky and, voters say, the Best Pizza joint in Jacksonville, topped with hearty tomato sauce, cheese, and a huge list of toppings that appeal to vegetarians and carnivores alike.
Taverna (1986 San Marco Blvd., 398-3005) whips up seasonal Spanish-influenced fare that emphasizes fresh ingredients and innovative presentations. This hip dining scene newbie wins out for Best New Restaurant.
At Mezza Luna (110 First St., 249-5573), the chef will let you create your own pasta combination with your choice of sauce, pasta and additions, like mussels or calamari. Sounds like a Best Pasta choice to us.
Beach Road Chicken Dinners (4132 Atlantic Blvd., 398-7980) has been making the Best Fried Chicken (and livers, gizzards and corn nuggets, too) since 1939. Seconds, anyone?
Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Crowne Plaza Hotel, Southbank, 396-6200; 814 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 285-0014) is known for its juicy filets, ribeyes, porterhouse and T-bones, making it the place to order the city’s Best Steaks.