Just slightly inland off the Atlantic Ocean in north Florida, though situated along the banks of the St. Johns River, lies Jacksonville. The city is located about 40 miles north of St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States. An important port city, the Navy has a significant presence east of the city closer to the ocean. Interestingly, the city is host to the longest running Blues music festival in the country, Springing the Blues. Much of the economy relies on tourists who can enjoy all the attractions, nightlife, and dining options Jacksonville offers. Due to its geographic location, the culinary scene mixes inspiration from various sources such as Southern comfort, sea-food, and Hispanic cuisine.

Patriotic photograph taken along the Atlantic coast in Jacksonville Florida.
Photo by David Masemore / Unsplash
Iconic Neighborhoods

San Marco:

Just across the St. Johns River from downtown Jacksonville lies the San Marco neighborhood. Along the San Marco Square rests a plethora of quaint boutique shops, art galleries, and many fine dining options that comprise the San Marco Dining District. Named after the famous Venetian square, this neighborhood is a hub of culture in the Jacksonville area.

Riverside & Avondale:

Though technically separate, these two neighborhoods, located southwest of downtown Jacksonville, are closely associated and often considered one single broader community. The area is mostly residential but two shopping districts, Five Points and King Street District, exist in the neighborhood. In Five Points you will find independent shops and the famous, Sun-Ray Theater, while the King Street District has recently become Jacksonville’s beer hub due to the emergence of two craft breweries and multiple bars in the last 15 years or so.

Jacksonville Cuisine

Croissant Bread Pudding

Croissant Bread Pudding is a dessert made with croissant batter that is crunchy on the top and gooey on the inside. With chocolate chips added on the inside, it makes this pudding a great addition to any brunch or breakfast meal. Try it today with delivery from restaurants like GUMBO YA YA’S or Picasso’s in the Jacksonville area.

Ahi Tuna Taco

This taco is loaded with cabbage, cilantro, radishes with a spicy mayonnaise added on top and of course, Tuna meat. All wrapped in a warm tortilla, this specialty taco is a tasty Mexican-inspired seafood dish. Get it delivered from restaurants like The Mossfire Grill or Yummy Sushi.

Chicken and Waffles

Popular across the American South, Chicken and Waffles can be eaten at any time of day. Pieces of Fried Chicken are placed on top of a bed of waffles and usually, maple syrup is poured on top. Order it today from Maple Street Biscuit Company or Johhny Angel’s Diner in the Jacksonville area.