• O’Steen’s Restaurant

    What does it mean when you see a bench full of people waiting outside of this Hwy. A1A landmark? Simple. O’Steen’s is open. The place is small, it fills up ...
  • Chizu Japanese Steak & Seafood House

    She may not have been the city’s first sushi restaurant, but Chizu is certainly the oldest still in operation under the same owner. At a time when many in the ...
  • Ragtime Tavern, Seafood & Grill

    The taps at the city’s first micro-brewery/restaurant, Ragtime, started flowing at a time when Michael Jackson’s Thriller topped the charts—for the first time. Since the early ’80s, the Beaches gathering ...
  • Whitey’s Fish Camp

    Give the customer what he wants and you’ll be fine. That simple idea works at Whitey’s Fish Camp, a waterside landmark that satisfies hungry diners with oysters, stuffed flounder, steaks, ...
  • 'town

    3611 St. Johns Ave., Avondale (345-2596; town3611.com) Specializing in ingredients from local farmers and purveyors, the chic eatery serves an exceptionally creative menu. Truffled tater tots, buttermilk ricotta gnocchi, brick-grilled ...
  • Three Layers, A Coffee House

    1602 Walnut St., Springfield (355-9791) A renovated loft-like space serves tasty bagels, muffins and cakes with flavors like Italian cream and chocolate espresso. Also serving salads and fresh-made soups. Next ...
  • Tapestry Cafe

    9823 Tapestry Park Cir., Southside (396-0528) Boar’s Head sandwiches, paninis and breakfast offerings draw diners throughout the day and piping hot espresso drinks and smoothies keep the comfy seats filled. ...
  • Suite

    St. Johns Town Center (241-7697; suitejacksonville.com) Suite fuses American, Italian and Asian flavors into small dishes like shrimp and crab ceviche, black cod miso and lamb lollipops. Sophisticated cocktails are ...
  • Speckled Hen Tavern & Grille

    9475 Philips Hwy., Southside (538-0811; speckledhentavern.com). This Southern gastropub features classic fare prepared with a twist. The menu changes seasonally, but look for items like pecan-crusted seared scallops, king crab ...
  • Secret Garden Cafe

    10095-600 Beach Blvd., Southside (645-0859; secretgardencafe.net) The newly refurbished interior of the Secret Garden Cafe fills fast for breakfast, especially the Sunday brunch. Lunch specials include the open-faced Monte Cristo ...