Mojo's owner and proprietor, Todd Lineberry, grew up in North Carolina, right in the epicenter of one of the most thriving barbecue regions in the country. Todd grew to appreciate the distinctive tastes and flavors of different barbecue traditions, which is why he fuses flavors from the major barbecue regions—North Carolina, Memphis, Kansas City, Texas, and the tour bus for the Charlie Daniels Band—into the dishes served at Mojo. Using authentic cooking techniques and housemade sauces, chefs stuff the menu with dishes such as pulled-pork shoulder, pit-smoked chicken, and chopped-brisket sandwiches. To complement these regional barbecued delicacies, they also prepare housemade Southern sides such as collard greens and creamy coleslaw.
Each Mojo Jacksonville-area location has an identity as distinct as the dishes it serves. Live blues music permeates the airwaves and nearby ocean waves at Mojo Kitchen, BBQ Pit, and Blues Bar, while Mojo no. 4 stocks more than 175 whiskies such as Jameson, The Macallan, Wild Turkey, and Jack Daniels. Each location also caters for parties and events of all types.
Clara learned early on that consistency and fresh ingredients were important to the tastiness of a sandwich, but a friendly face and convenience were vital to the success of a business. Starting in 1985, Clara began making sandwiches, pita specials, and homemade chicken and tuna salad. She partnered up with Greg shortly after and together they powered the success of Clara’s Tidbits. Today it serves sandwiches and salads from it's two locations in San Marco and Baymeadows in addition to delivering lunch, which has the effect of giving the restaurant infinite locations—just like time, space, and Frank Lloyd Wright houses.
The sharp, citric aroma of Lemongrass’s namesake herb drifts around decor that Folio Weekly described as “wasabi-hued” in an article that also named the eatery the city’s Best Thai Cuisine. “The ginger-infused salad,” the writer continues, “is possibly the best bowl of leafy greens in Northeast Florida.” Another customer favorite, The Amazing, stews a choice of meat in peanut curry and coconut milk, ladled over a bed of steamed broccoli and spinach. Chefs forge coconut curries, working all the while to add modern accents to dishes to intrigue palates and keep crabby time travelers from becoming bored. The menu separates mild dishes from their hot and Thai hot counterparts.
The chatter of knives dicing fresh parsley. The baritone murmur of hot oil. Italian fare at Rosina's Pizza comes together in an unexpected symphony that drifts out into the dining room. When pizzas finally reach tables, thick cloaks of toppings flaunt international influences from Greece, Mexico, and the Caribbean, saving diners from the disappointment of asking a paper shredder for their passports back. As glasses laden with beer, wine, and margaritas rise in toasts, the eatery’s caterers rush past with fare destined for parties and meetings.
Taste! at 645 Atlantic's confectionary crafters whip up a sweet cornucopia of distinctive cupcakes in an array of gourmet flavors. Bipartisan sweet and savory enthusiasts can delight in the established and widely accepted union of the Chocolate Bacon Kupcake ($1.95), great for early desserts or late breakfasts. Shoo away summer heat with the tongue-cooling delight of the Strawberry Lemonade Kupcake ($1.95), or complete any meal with the Carrot Kupcake ($1.95), which endorses its eponymous veggie with a stylish wrapper and a frosting homage. Taste! at 645 Atlantic's enthusiastic bakers also welcome special orders, including gluten-free, sugar-free, or mummy-curse-free requests.
Located in the northern part of the state, Gainesville resides in the middle of several Florida destinations, about a two-hour drive from Orlando, St. Augustine, Tampa, and Jacksonville. Whether on store windows, car bumpers, or ubiquitous sportswear, the Gator logo is impossible to avoid in Gainesville, home to the University of Florida, the sixth largest campus in the country. Affectionately known as "The Swamp," the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is electric during home football games, when more than 90,000 fans painted in orange and blue perform the Gator Chomp and flawlessly recite every word of the Florida Constitution. Two miles from the Inn, the Century Tower presides over the heart of the campus, a 156-foot-tall Gothic carillon that serenades students with the "Florida Chimes" bell tune every quarter hour. On the west edge of campus, the Florida Museum of Natural History tells the story of the state's history with an award-winning exhibit of more than 500 fossils and Native American artifacts. Dotted with lush, tropical trees, cascading waterfalls, and pedestrian walkways, the museum's Butterfly Rainforest nourishes hundreds of international butterflies species.