Dick’s quickly silences grumbling bellies with a menu of tasty grilled edibles and a tongue-tingling variety of spicy twists. Fried pickles ($4.29), buffalo shrimp ($7.49), or wings in 365 available flavors ($8.99/10) engage mouths as guests wait for the main attraction—half-pound burgers, whose meatslabs are hand-pressed and grilled to order over the heat of omnipresent flame decals. Bacon, swiss, and lettuce enrobe the Squealin' Cheeser burger ($7.59), whereas sautéed mushrooms sit proudly atop the Shroomer burger ($7.59) and a trio of cheddar, american, and jack adorn the Three Cheeser ($7.59). All burgers come with a choice of steak fries or waffle fries and can be sharpened with any of Dick’s 365 sauce blends ($0.59 additional). Before strolling over to the nearby beach to squash sandcastles, diners can clog their molars with chunks of deep-fried Oreos ($3.99), a chocolate tribute to the hamburger and a smooth ending to a spicy ride.
The Brick Restaurant in Avondale is a delightful one-stop brunch, lunch or dinner bonanza. No matter where you sit or what time of day – outside on the patio, at the bar, or in the ample dining room – the atmosphere is fun and playful, though the focus is squarely on the food. Dedicated weekend brunchers flock for aptly-titled dishes like the Caprese Benedict , while huevos rancheros and a spicy habanero bloody Mary kick up the heat a notch. The seared ahi tuna salad, the seafood tower salad and the Hawaiian sirloin are dinner favorites, though approachable sandwiches mean it’s possible to find something for all to enjoy. And with an open, airy feel, The Brick’s large booths and dark wood floors make for an inviting meal, any time of day.
Bluefish Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Avondale is an upscale seafood operation in the heart of the historic shopping district. From raw oysters served on the half shell to more fiery options, Bluefish offers a unique selection of seafood to choose from. There’s the Cuban Mojo Grouper, covered in a lime mojo sauce and offered with Cuban black beans and yucca fries, or the Black and White Sesame Tuna, seared rare and set against with soba noodles, wakame, a soy ginger glaze and wasabi cream. Hardwood floors, dark wood tables and recessed soft lighting give Bluefish a special ambience, while accent walls, table linens, glasses and barstools are as blue as the ocean itself.
Over the last century, many traditional Mexican dishes have found a comfortable home in American kitchens, from nachos covered in savory toppings to enchiladas and many variations of tacos. Luckily, when visiting El Porto Mexican Restaurant, guests don’t have to choose one of their favorite Mexican dishes over another. Instead they mix and match the shop’s combination dinners. Chefs pair tacos filled with carne asada, marinated pork loin, or fish with enchiladas, chalupas, and chili rellenos.
Chefs even create pairings specially designed for vegetarians, subbing in mushrooms, bell peppers, and spinach for the traditional meats of their dishes. The one thing that doesn’t come with these pairings is desserts, and options range from caramel-kissed flan to deep-fried tortillas filled with bananas, honey, strawberries, and whipped cream like the blimp in a great dream.
Crazy Egg, located inside of a mocha and brown brick building on Edgewood Avenue on the west side of Jacksonville, serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. The extensive menu consists of a large variety of sandwiches, like a cheesesteak, a ham steak melt and a reuben. There are also soups, salads and an entire EGG menu. It is clear with offerings like eggs and grilled meatloaf, eggs and hash, eggs benedict and a wide selection of omelets that, here, eggs are the featured food. Crazy Egg sports a true diner ambience, with lime and yellow walls and oak tables surrounded by waffle-pattern oak chairs. Open for dinner only Wednesday through Friday, Crazy Egg serves up an egg-centric menu of mostly breakfast and brunch items.
Begun as a catering venue, and later expanded into a full-fledged barbecue restaurant with a second location out in Baldwin, Treemendous BBQ in Herlong offers smoked BBQ beef, chicken, pork, sausage, turkey and ribs. These traditional and sufficiently meaty feasts can come in family-size dinners with a choice of two or four meats, and including sides like collard greens, corn on the cob, BBQ beans and mac ‘n’ cheese, which can be taken away or enjoyed inside the low-slung brick building. A spotted pink pig adorns the front of the restaurant, where murals of trees offer a nod to the humorously misspelled name. Inside, limited seating is scattered throughout, with little more than plain café tables to relax in. But what Treemendous BBQ lacks in ambience, it offers in true Southern-style BBQ flavors.