Music ricochets off the walls as a live band jams out on Burro Bar’s stage. The bar swells with noise as the music from the band mingles with the socializing guests sipping craft beers from breweries such as Bold City Brewery, Intuition Ale Works, and Green Room Brewing. A calendar of events keeps a rotating list of musical guests on the roster, averaging about four shows a week.
Inside Dwight's Bistro, wall-to-wall mosaic tiles offer an eyeful of crafted wine bottles, goblets, and swirls colorfully pieced together. Chef and owner Dwight Delude's bistro cuisine is just as eclectic. Diners savor lamb chops in mint jelly and mouthfuls of filet mignon and enjoy handmade pasta, featured in the restaurant's rotating selection of jumbo ravioli. To wash down these delectable dishes, guests can choose from an extensive list of red, white, and sparkling wines.
At Back Alley Bistro, breakfast begins in the early morning and doesn't end until well past noon. Skilled chefs bustle about the kitchen, sizzling up housemade corned-beef hash, battering french toast, and topping buttermilk waffles with fresh fruit, nuts, and chocolate chips. But the versatile chefs don't limit themselves to breakfast food—come lunchtime, they add juicy Prime Angus burgers and crispy subs to their repertoire. While they enjoy their repast, diners perch at tabletops in the sunny dining room, sipping old-fashioned Coca-Cola and freshly squeezed lemonade.
One could travel across the world and still not taste as many wines as Corner Bistro has. Sourced from France, Italy, Portugal, and across the United States, the list of more than 100 wines pairs equally with light lunch cuisine such as vegetarian Corner sandwiches or dinner offerings that include braised short ribs and scallops Victoria with truffle-lobster mac 'n' cheese. On Sunday, the bistro unveils a brunch menu populated by an enormous spread of crab cakes benedict, omelets stuffed with bacon and brie, and belgian waffles topped with berries, maple syrup, and Grand Marnier cream. On Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday at 9 p.m., guests can join Matt "Piano Man" Hall as he croons about rieslings and recounts the time he thumb-wrestled Billy Joel for his nickname.
Uptown Market, in the revitalized historic Springfield section of Jacksonville, serves daily breakfast, lunch and takeaway items, freshly prepared with organic and local ingredients from area farmers. Unique offerings like stuffed crêpes, smoked salmon benedict and huevos rancheros make breakfasts here sing. Later in the day, homemade soups, salads and deli sandwiches draw a huge work-lunch crowd, including the Asiago roast beef sandwich and the fried green tomato salad, both of which are local favorites. Assorted cobblers, pies and cookies are made from scratch daily in Uptown Market’s industrial-chic space. The diner-style eatery is simple, casual and a little noisy, with lots of chatter and clattering dishes to go along with the affordable prices.
Since opening in 1980 as a German deli, European Street Cafe has steadily increased the scope of its menu to accommodate an eclectic mix of French, American, and Mediterranean influences. In addition to a beer selection that features 20 drafts and 150 bottles from foreign and domestic producers, the bistro-style eatery?s four locations ply patrons with hot and cold sandwiches. Bavarian bratwursts and spicy kielbasas appear alongside corned-beef sandwiches and pitas with homemade tabbouleh. Taking care to offer vegetarian and gluten-free alternatives, chefs pile sandwich ingredients upon the diner's choice of bread, including pumpernickel, sourdough, and ciabatta. Beyond the ever-expanding menu, certain locations also lure in passersby with trivia nights that test visitors' knowledge of food-fight physics.