For the cooks at Lila's Seafood & Steaks, no imitation seafood can ever compare to the real thing. That's why they never rely on imitation crabmeat; instead, they sell real snow crab legs by the pound and stuff mushrooms with actual blue crab and crab stuffing. Crab only skims the surface of Lila's selection, which ranges from conch fried into fritters to mussels coated in housemade seasoned butter.
Equally choosy about beef as they are about seafood, the cooks shape certified Angus cuts into half-pound burgers and 16-ounce T-bone steaks. To end feasts on a sweet note, the culinary team creates several housemade desserts, including peanut-butter pie, a more satisfying dish than peanut-butter cups that you pretend are tiny pies.
Junior’s Seafood Restaurant & Grill, located on the north side, is a family friendly seafood house where catch of the day is the focus and entrées such as Captain’s Platters (shrimp, scallops, oysters, fish, deviled crab and clam strips, along with hush puppies and two sides) are de rigueur. The child-friendly ambience is perfect for all ages. Locals rave about the stuffed flounder, gator tail and crab cakes, offered in almost any combination imaginable, while sides like grits, fries and baked potatoes round out the meals. With its ample seating, nautical wall-art and big board menus, Junior’s is a favorite of locals on the north side. On the fifteenth and 30th of every month, the restaurant offers a discounted 30-piece shrimp dinner.
Although there aren't many reviews for the Old St. Augustine Road location of Larry's Giant Subs, Larry's was mentioned in an Associated Content article. 80% of Urbanspooners like the San Jose Boulevard location in Jacksonville, and 95% like the Narcoossee Road location in Orlando:
Smokin Pig Bar B Que's traditional southern menu highlights six classic barbecue dishes. Tender pork ribs, fall-off-the-bone pork-rib tips, spice smoked chicken, and others are accompanied hearty sides. These range from mac 'n' cheese and baked beans to signature baked potatoes loaded with pulled pork or turkey, which gives diners the most barbecue taste per bite. This casual eatery and caterer also uses its food as a force of good, setting up massive fundraising feasts.
Skyline Sports Bar & Lounge, in the Brentwood section of Jacksonville, offers a front room with a sports bar ambience and more than a dozen large screen TVs, and a backroom for live performances with a stage and raised VIP seating. The lounge has a large local fan base that enjoys the large portions of oysters, crab legs, fish and wings. In the backroom, Skyline hosts performances of hip hop, rap and R&B. There are daily drink and food specials like $2 gin, vodka and margaritas on Tuesdays and 50-cent oysters. With comedy shows and live pay-per-view sporting events, Skyline is one Brentwood’s best places to watch and listen.
Green Papaya Restaurant is a Pan-Asian restaurant on the north side of Jacksonville, delivering a host of salads, soups and entrées that span a variety of cultures. Diners can cruise through a few different cuisines as they navigate from the appetizer menu to the more expansive list of main dishes, compiling entrées like drunken noodles, Bangkok stir-fry, basil lamb, Thai green papaya pork chop and Szechuan-style tiger shrimp. With glass-topped tables and tall, sleek chairs, the eclectic interior mixes wrought iron wall art with Japanese screens and a vibrant green tint throughout. Softly lit with overhead recessed lighting and a green tiled bar area, Green Papaya is inviting without being intrusive, fun without being too relaxed.