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North Beach Bistro is more than a restaurant?it's a legacy. The upscale eatery was the vision of renowned chef Tony Pels, who trained with culinary giants such as Wolfgang Puck and Michel Richard, and chef David Seavey, whom Pels mentored for 15 years at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa. Pels passed away only two months before the restaurant's opening in June of 2008, leaving executive chef Seavey to carry on his tradition of culinary creativity and generosity. Spurred on by this responsibility, Seavey combines the freshest ingredients with a genuine love for his fellow Floridians. The Jacksonville native crafts hearty and flavorful surf 'n' turf entrees such as the bistro bouillabaisse with Mayport shrimp, sea scallops, mussels, calamari, and fresh fish or chargrilled Black Angus ribeye with sauteed mushrooms and port wine sauce. Reddish-gold fixtures in the bar emanate light that's as warm and welcoming as the chef himself. DJs and live music keep the space vibrant, and the dining room's wood floors and spot-lit art give it an air of sophistication. Weekly trivia nights arm guests with knowledge that makes an ideal conversation starter or helps pass the time while stuck in an elevator with Ken Jennings.
725 Atlantic Blvd
Atlantic Beach,
FL
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Fodor's points out that Ocean 60's proximity to the Atlantic Ocean affords an unusual opportunity to mix "fine dining and flip-flops." The restaurant's space is split between a formal dining area and martini room, and both sections serve chef and owner Daniel Groshell's menu of fresh seafood and creative continental cuisine, which evolves in step with the changing seasons and tides that ripple through a variety of meal-complementing drinks. In a dining room fringed with a wine bar, local artist Enrique Mora peppers the walls with colorful scenes reminiscent of his Puerto Rican heritage. The martini room envelops guests in an ambiance characterized by local artwork, rich woods, and Bali-inspired decor as they sip martinis culled from a list of more than 30 signature cocktails including a Grapefruit Basiltini. From Thursday to Saturday, area musicians add to the atmosphere with lively beats.
60 Ocean Blvd
Atlantic Beach,
FL
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Casual American fare can be found at Taps Bar and Grill. Taps Bar and Grill is a fantastic spot to indulge and with no low-fat options, you'll need to save the diet for another day. Beer, wine, and more are also available from Taps Bar and Grill's extensive drink list. Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — Taps Bar and Grill has kid-friendly food and seating. Just around the workday bend are Taps Bar and Grill's happy hour food and drink bargains. Wifi here is on the house. Sit outside when the weather is fine — Taps Bar and Grill has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day. Live music is often featured for diners' enjoyment. The restaurant's "rush" is all weekend long, so diners should be prepared to wait for a table. If you're strapped for time, take out food from Taps Bar and Grill. null Super-savers will adore the low-prices at Taps Bar and Grill, too — meals there usually cost less than $15.
2220 County Road 210 W
Jacksonville,
FL
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As one of the world’s largest beer brewers, this Jacksonville outpost of Anheuser Busch is surprisingly open about its process. The looming facility offers free tours on how they brew and package Budweiser, with guests catching glimpses of the state-of-the-art technology, giant tanks, carefully controlled temperature rooms and bottling and packaging facilities, all of which can be seen through glass viewing windows. There’s also information on the recycling program, energy recovery and conservation of wildlife in the surrounding Jacksonville wetlands. After the tour, stop in the hospitality room and sample some beer. For the truly curious, the more in-depth Beermaster Tour is for true connoisseurs and a one-off Beer School class introduces patrons to different beer styles, proper pouring and a variety of craft beer and food pairings. There’s also a gift shop on hand, and occasional events take place on the property.
111 Busch Dr
Jacksonville,
FL
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For three days, the Jacksonville International Car & Truck Show turns the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center into the nation’s most exciting parking lot. Deluxe rides from the likes of Lotus, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche dazzle attendees with sleek lines and plush interiors, and innovative autos such as the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt show off their efficient electric engines. The newest models from more than 25 other manufacturers line the floor, doors open for guests to lean back in the seats or measure how large a ham can fit in the glove compartment. During daylight hours, a lineup of drivable cars idle outside to give curious patrons the chance to try their dream rides.
1000 Water Street
Jacksonville,
FL
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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.
1076 Hendricks Ave
Jacksonville,
FL
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