Reminiscent of a large, clean cafeteria and located on the south side, Potters House Soul Food Bistro, started as a 600 square-foot bistro operated by the Potters House Christian Fellowship of Jacksonville and quickly blossomed into a 5,800-square foot cafeteria. Locals and tourists rave about the wholesome soul food such as fried chicken, slow braised oxtails and smothered pork chops. Sides like field peas, Slap Yo Mamma Cornbread and carrot and raisin salad are a throwback to Sunday nights at grandma’s house. With hanging lantern lights, simple wood tables and chairs and a huge dinning space, Potters House Soul Food is a real down home experience. Sweet potato pie, pound cake and hummingbird cake round out the experience.
In 1937, Vernon Rudolph founded Krispy Kreme in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with the first location on South Main Street in Old Salem. Seventy-seven years later, his secret doughnut recipe lives on within hundreds of Krispy Kreme locations, serving premium sweet treats across the globe.
The entire doughnut-making process, which customers can view up close and personal at many of Krispy Kreme?s outposts, begins with fresh ingredients and ends with the click of a fluorescent sign bearing the words, "Hot Doughnuts Now." From the original, mold-breaking glazed doughnut to newer doughnut varieties, such as Chocolate Iced with Kreme Filling, Glazed Raspberry Filled, and Glazed Chocolate Cake, each round dainty pairs with piping-hot coffee for a compact snack.
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.
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.
With simple red hanging lanterns, eclectic and colorful modern art on the walls and plenty of seating throughout, the Riverside location of Soup’s On is all about the gourmet soups and salads on offer. Dine in or carry out from selections like vegetarian broccoli cheese; French onion with Jarlsberg cheese; in-season Maryland crab; or spicy fish chowder. Soup’s On rocks a variety of new bowls daily, using fresh, local ingredients for the fitness, health and vegetarian conscious Jacksonville crowds. While the warming soups are definitely the star of the show, from-scratch sandwiches like the Portobello mushroom and pepper jack cheese aren’t far behind. Look for interesting flavor combinations, some with an Asian bent, to spice up a cold night in.
Rifle through the pages of the menu at Nirvana Cafe, and you'll see dishes inspired by cuisines from across the globe—there's tender gyros and kebabs from the Mediterranean, plump perogi from Eastern Europe, and tangy Korean-style carrot salad. But there's also a variety of American favorites, such as chicken salad wraps and creamy new york cheesecake. As chefs bring these dishes to life in the kitchen, diners lounge on banquettes amid the bold red walls of the bright dining room, sipping freshly squeezed juices and imported Russian beers.