Blue Bamboo sits on Jacksonville’s south side, spinning hip Asian flavors with Southern comfort food inside their fresh, inviting space. Considered one of the best restaurants in town, you’ll find dishes like red curry shrimp & grits, honey-seared ahi tuna and peppercorn beef filet on offer at Blue Bamboo, which also holds cooking classes and does the occasional catering gig. Known for their dim sum Sundays and exotic cocktails like Thai-garitas and hand-muddled mojitos, the cream colored walls, white linen tables and red hanging paper lanterns give the place a comfortable feel. Don’t leave without trying the dragon whiskers (fried zucchini).
Thirty years ago, a mother, a son, and his wife joined forces to create their own barbecue restaurant, starting with family-inspired, made-from-scratch recipes. They formula proved to be a success, and Woody’s Bar-B-Q now dishes the same quality eats from locations in six states. The restaurant’s defining secret sauce decorates baby back ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, and roasted half-chickens at each location.
"Welcome to Moe's!” is the common refrain heard at this national chain. It’s pronounced loudly to every customer through the door, including the Moe’s Southwest Grill in Jacksonville’s East Arlington neighborhood. Home to the Homewrecker Burrito and the Art Vandalay Jr., a miniature version of the whopping vegetarian version found elsewhere on the menu. Outsized burritos, tacos and quesadillas are served with a bit of Southwestern flair, offered with a customer’s choice of protein, from all-natural chicken and sirloin beef to pulled pork and tofu. Beans, rice and accompanying vegetables round out the burritos, and each order comes with chips and salsa. The yellow, gold and red ambience, large ordering counter area and seating space comprise the bulk of the festive restaurant’s décor, along with an eclectic Moe’s playlist that plays overhead.
UBreakiFix is where electronic are made whole. Whether you dropped your smartphone at work, or your tablet won’t turn on, UBreakiFix repairs and services a wide variety of electronics, from a child’s newly broken video game console to aging laptops and state-of-the-art tablets. Their phone services are a particular specialty, with prior experience repairing Motorola, HTC and LG electronics, plus the full gamut of iPhone, iPod and iPad devices. Thankfully, many fixes are simple enough to be handled on the spot from inside their small storefront on Tapestry Park Circle, which means you won’t have to wait long to be reunited with your favorite electronic toy. Heftier jobs like phone screen replacements, water damage fixes and broken head phone jack repairs may take longer, but UBreakiFix always provides free diagnostics so you’ll at least know what to expect.
The Flame Broiler founder Young Lee found himself eating out of paper bags quite often. His career required a deal of travel during the day, which made eating from fast food restaurants a habit. Unfortunately, his options for healthier quick service fare left him craving something different. In 1995, he took matters into his own hands and opened the first Flame Broiler location, serving Korean-style slices of beef and chicken that were free of dairy, trans-fat, HFCS, and added MSG. He didn't just take away harmful ingredients, though—he also added his signature Flame Broiler marinade and sauce, beds of white and brown rice, and slices of crisp vegetables. This more nutritious take on fast food caught on, as diners can now eat at 135 The Flame Broiler locations in four different states and two parallel universes.
Spices Caribbean Restaurant in Arlington is a Jamaican eatery, serving up authentic island food full of flavorful spices and seasonings. Local favorites include curry shrimp with beans and rice or the eatery’s ever-popular cornbread and plantains. Vegetarian options are limited, the most one could get are a mix of the sides of okra, plantains, rice, and mixed vegetables. Rotating chalkboard specials bring other occasional meatless delights. Simple wood grain tables make for exceedingly casual dining, while reggae music lends a beachy vibe to Spices. Long a mom and pop secret for rich, spicy island fare, the word is largely out on Spices; waits can stretch past the front door during peak hours.