The smell of alcohol fills the pub as I enter a small waiting area. Music from a modern jukebox is playing, but it comes to a halt as customers get heated about a Steelers game playing on a flat screen television near the pool tables. Waitresses greet regulars with their […]
A beige brick building with its hand-painted sign just starting to show its age, stands alone between a car wash turned car lot and a gas station left abandoned from a time before Jacksonville experienced the blessing of suddenly lower gas prices. A man is finishing his cigarette on a […]
Find your new study spot with a caffeine fix at one of these local coffee shops. Near Campus: The Coffee Grinder Swing by The Coffee Grinder on Old Baymeadows Road to sip on freshly brewed coffee while contemplating the meaning of the local artwork on the walls. Electronic music from […]
The Jaguars are catching up to the Cincinnati Bengals on the flat screen behind a lightly lit bar, an announcer’s voice serving as the background to lively dinner conversations.
A metal map of the states, a used washboard and other scraps of country pride hang loosely along wood paneled walls. Families gather over glossy wooden picnic tables. Monroe’s Smokehouse on Beach Boulevard serves the food of a typical southern feast at a restaurant price. The appetizer sampler comes with […]
The scent of cooked spices floats through the flooded parking lot outside of Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen on Baymeadows Road. Hay colored woven baskets sit below a grass covered table on a short stage ready for the next aromatic Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. There is no hostess station waiting for customers inside. […]
Meal plans can get tedious but there’s more to them than just the Osprey Cafe. If you use your dining dollars conservatively, you can buy fancy meals for yourself all semester long. The key is balance. Here are some of the best options on campus for when you’re not feeling cafe […]
Intricate artwork, colorful photographs and welcoming service reflective of the culture bring the spirit of Thailand to Atlantic Boulevard. The recently opened Blue Orchid Thai Restaurant brought me as close as I thought I’d ever get to this peaceful country. The host, who was dressed in traditional Thai attire, greeted […]
A brawny luchador, made mysterious by his red mask, eagerly waits at the host station for his next rival. Colorful Lucha Libre masks from previous luchadors watch over him like trophies on shelves as a reminder of generations’ worth of wrestling rounds. A handful of restaurants across the nation share […]
Ice cream is the perfect treat to keep cool and bear the dog days of summer. Fortunately, Jacksonville is home to a handful of great ice cream shops that are worth the trip. Stop by one of these spots for a tasty frozen dessert.
Bright bulbs transformed by colorful lamp shades illuminate painted ceiling tiles at Crazy Sushi, making the restaurant feel like a disco as pop music surrounds locals. The restaurant on Southside Boulevard is surprisingly empty for a weekend evening. But then again, sushi may not be the ideal dinner for a […]
New Orleans memorabilia dances around Gumbo Ya Ya’s on Beach Boulevard in the form of Mardi Gras signs on the front door and fleur-de-lis on Saints jerseys and the bar.
Pizzas with names like “The Bianca,” “Benny Blanco” and “Mary Jane Pesto” sit beside each other like old schoolmates on the bleachers at Biggie’s Pizza on Third Street.
The door slams, the expected rush of cool air never comes, and the staff is working hard to take orders and get entrees out. The burger joint’s yellow walls are a combination of beige slatwall, pictures and business cards; a television sits on a shelf to the left, classroom style; and the air conditioning is turned down.
Sid and Linda’s Seafood Market and Restaurant, located near the corner of Kernan and Atlantic Boulevard, proves that an eatery doesn’t have to overlook the Atlantic Ocean and name itself after a dynamic creature to serve and sell fresh seafood.
Crate-sized paintings and long delicate curtains are the only decorations that grace the walls of India’s Restaurant on Baymeadows Road.