JJ's Bistros serve tasty editions of authentic French cuisine, crafted from scratch for the freshest quality and flavor. Every day, a delicious lunch is available for breaking the fasts that have lasted since breakfast. Patrons can drink deeply of french onion soup, a savory mix of caramelized onions and white wine accents crowned with french bread and provolone ($3/bowl, $4.50/cup). Fill your sandwich hole with the combo des alpes sandwich, which includes turkey, swiss cheese, sprouts, and tomatoes stacked up on a fresh croissant with honey mustard ($8.95).
The Pointe Vedra Beach cantina serves up a fresh menu of tasty Tex-Mex treats served daily for lunch and dinner. Start your dining adventure by splitting an order of green-chili sliders ($7.95) with your brawny bodybuilding companion. Haberdashers and handmaidens savor the bespiced flavor of the mini sirloin burgers smothered in cheese and green-chili sauce, while history profs opt for a 10-inch Mexican pizza ($9.95), loaded with steak or chicken, black beans, fresh chopped veggies, Chihuahua cheese, and red mole sauce. Soups and salads offer light options for foolish diners who spoiled dinner with mid-afternoon Pop-Tart binges, while the more heartily appetited will enjoy feasting on any of the eatery's tacos, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, or house specialties, such as the ancho-seared scallops ($17.95) doused in red-chili pecan sauce and served with yucca fries and poblano grits, or the slow-roasted pork ranchera ($14.95) with black beans, rice, fresh veggies, and poblano peppers.
With a vibrant décor featuring more colors than a Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper, Zoёs is an energetic and flavorful stop for good-for-you grub. A healthy recipe breathes new life into the Zoёs original chicken-salad sandwich with white chicken on seven-grain bread, while seameat cravers can feast on the Mediterranean tuna pita, stuffed generously with tuna, capers, red onions, olives, lettuce, and tomato (all sandwiches are $6.95). Toastier tastes include quesadillas ($6.95 with $1 extra for grilled chicken), a warm melt of spinach, scallions, and feta; and chicken kabobs ($8.95) skewered with green peppers, cherry tomatoes, and red onions over a rice pilaf and Greek salad. Zoёs also offers salads, side dishes, and the decadent Yaya's homemade chocolate sheet cake ($2 a slice).
Within a streamlined storefront that recalls an aquarium, Sharky's Burgers and Fries swiftly placates palates with a menu of sandwiches and shakes. Chefs hand-hew spuds for fries and pack pure beef into patties that are never frozen or molded into action-figure shapes for fun before they hit the grill. Burgers tower to their tipping point with topping options that include bacon, fried egg, A1 steak sauce, mushrooms, and green peppers. Rows of booths and tabletops couch malt-slurping customers beneath surfboards and sharks hung from aqua-blue walls.:
Though Brucci's Pizza owner Bruce Jackson was born in Syracuse, New York, his grandparents hail from Italy, and he grew up feasting on Italian recipes that had been passed down through generations. At his restaurant, the chefs follow the same timeworn recipes as his grandparents when dishing up Italian favorites with a New York–style flair. They whip up lasagna layered with meatballs and italian sausage, grill paninis, and hand-toss housemade dough for pizzas, strombolis, and calzones. Their specialty pies include the Brooklyn—topped with diced tomatoes and fresh basil—and the Syracuse Stuffer—laden with sausage, beef, pepperoni, and ham, as well as green peppers, onions, and mushrooms.
But Brucci's Pizza is more than just an eatery—it's also a gathering place. In addition to weekly specials, the three locations host regular events. The Ponte Vedra and Fruit Cove locations host a Monday kids' night, and the West Beaches location facilitates live music twice a week, played by bands that are not made up of animatronic rodents. The chefs also issue a standing challenge: if any guest can devour a double-thick, 16-inch Fuhgeddaboudit pizza—smothered in seven toppings and gobs of extra cheese—within an hour, it's on the house.
The Augustine Grille supports locally grown food by working with an array of local farmers, regional farmers, and artisans to source the freshest and highest quality of sustainable, seasonal food. The menu of local seafood, naturally raised chicken, and house dry-aged prime steaks satisfies any craving. Start with truffled white-cheddar and lobster mac ‘n’ cheese ($14), or the blue crab with watermelon, cucumber, and cilantro ($14). Specialty seafood dishes include Mayport shrimp with grit cakes, spinach, and tasso gravy ($28) and a whole fish with jasmine rice, baby bok choy, and red thi curry (market price). A dry-aged, prime, natural ribeye with parmesan frites and asparagus is a delectable entree option ($39), or opt for a three-course prix-fixe meal and savor the flavors of course after course of scrumptious dishes ($39).