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.
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.
'town utilizes locally farmed ingredients whenever possible to craft sublimely-plated cuisine that inspires taste buds to pop from the palate like a 3-D movie about tongue anatomy. The colorful dishes match the colorful décor and exposed brick, allowing diners to savor fine American fare in casual comfort. Communal tables and a bar that peers into an open kitchen encourage guests to extend private conversation to the staff, strangers, and strange, yet familiar, sock puppets. Travel to 'town with a group for lunch and nibble on sweet potato chips with bacon-sherry dressing ($5) and a duck confit flatbread with fresh figs ($11). The dinner menu boasts a variety of entrees including grilled swordfish ($24) and veal tenderloin ($25), as well as a three-course prix fixe meal with nine succulent choices such as rosemary potato soup and heirloom squash risotto ($33).
Yobe Frozen Yogurt in the Avondale Shopping district is a chain froyo spot with several locations throughout Jacksonville. This delicious, sweet, creamy frozen yogurt has found a loyal following, thanks to its fat free nature and sweet finish. Yobe, like most fast-casual yogurt shops, offers a handful of flavors that switch up daily, including salted caramel and blueberry swirl taro. Toppings run from healthy to decadent, with granola giving way to Captain Crunch, mochi and the usual array of chocolate chips, gummies, sprinkles and peanut butter pieces. The small shop sports lime green walls, large hanging lantern lights, white Lucite tables and chairs and scant patio seating out front. Yobe is not self-serve, however, so the counter person handles your topping needs.
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.