Eat & Drink
While the region offers locally produced farm-to-table dishes and fresh-off-the-boat seafood, it also boasts diversity and an eclectic roster of restaurants, cafes and breweries. Flavors from France and Latin America have emerged as international favorites, while bites like gourmet grilled cheese, frozen custard and shoestring fries have local taste buds begging for more.
Calling all foodies! Are you ready to satisfy your taste buds’ wanderlust?
From gourmet grilled cheese at The Happy Grilled Cheese to organic breakfast fare at Community Loaves or freshly-caught seafood at Safe Harbor, JAX has a place that will delight the epicurean in us all.
Enjoy understated Southern classics like Korean Hot Fried Chicken, BBQ Pork or a Beet Burger at Bellwether. But don’t fret, there’s more where that came from. Bellwether’s sister restaurants Orsay and Black Sheep never disappoint.
Looking for a little taco shop that packs a big punch? TacoLu has your back. Between its stacked enchiladas, Bangin’ Shrimp Tacos and extensive tequila list, you might just have a new favorite taco joint.
Interested in improving your home-cooked meals? JAX can help with that. The JAX Cooking Studio offers everything from basic knife skills to meal prep enhancements and step-by-step recipes.
The region’s variety of farmer’s market also make local produce accessible. JAX’s agricultural excellence shines at the Jacksonville Farmers Market, the oldest, operating outdoor farmers market in Florida which has more than 200 vendors. The Riverside Arts Market merges the trifecta of local artists, farmers and makers in JAX, allowing you to shop for produce, breads and gourmet spreads while enjoying live music.
Grab your passport, we’re going on the Jax Ale Trail! This one-of-a-kind craft beer adventure is interlaced with 15 (and counting) Jacksonville breweries. With a handful of new local breweries popping up in Jacksonville, the Jax Ale Trail is your tour guide for experiencing the newest brews in the area.
So how does the Ale Trail work? After you pick up your passport from a participating brewery, sip on a craft beverage and stamp your passport. As you acquire stamps and a broadened beer palette, you can win JAX-themed prizes!
Apart from our Ale Trail, it’s easy to quench your thirst in JAX with craft beer, artisan cocktails and other spirits. River & Post, for one, combines crafty cocktails, culinary decadence and a rooftop lounge that overlooks downtown Jacksonville to create a unique drinking and dining experience. Who says craft cocktails are only for those who drink spirits? Wildcrafters in hipster Riverside is seen a national leader in the non-alcoholic cocktail movement with kava, teas, and booze-free craft cocktails in a tropical environment.
Broaden your beer horizon at Intuition Ale Works by sipping on a small-batch brew or taking a tour of the taproom.
Dos Gatos and Ice Plant Bar are local favorites, and they even graced Southern Living’s list of favorite Southern Bars, thanks to classic cocktails and singular specials, like “A Peculiar Paradise” and “Bodak Yellow.”
The Jacksonville region is not without gastropubs and speak-easy style bars either. Looking for a late-night nosh? Poe’s Tavern has more than 50 beer options and The Volstead creates tantalizing, hand crafted cocktails that you don’t want to miss out on.
Enjoy a drink and live music at Prohibition Kitchen in St. Augustine or the Flying Iguana, which boasts a selection of more than 100 tequilas and thanks to our year-round summer climate, rooftop bars never go out of season.