It was a bold idea?opening a restaurant in the midst of the Great Depression. But the founders were truly convinced that if they maintained a clean space with low prices and friendly service, they'd drum up more than enough business to support themselves. And on October 24, 1932, when Krystal's first customer walked out with six Krystals and a cup of coffee for 35 cents, the restaurant's remarkably successful run began.
More than 81 years later, Krystal reigns as one of the oldest fast-food brands in the country. Their namesake creation remains their biggest draw, snack-size burgers topped with diced onion, mustard, and pickle on a soft, square bun. Over the years they've added other hugely popular menu items, including breakfast scramblers and MilkQuakes made from 100% real ice cream. Even after eight decades, enthusiasm from customers has hardly cooled: Krystal gets so much fan mail, the staff have a Krystal Lovers Hall of Fame, for which inductees have their illustrated likeness printed on more than a million burger boxes.
Sun filters through bay windows at The Blue Goose, a coffee and wine shop nestled within the painted blue walls of a repurposed home. Upon entering the friendly environs, visitors are greeted with a barrage of smiling faces and the scent of freshly ground Jittery Joe’s and Perc coffee beans. Servers ferry small plates of goat cheese and hummus to tables, pairing the snacks with imported and domestic wine and bottled brews. These gourmet refreshments also feed private parties in The Blue Goose’s backroom and on its outdoor patio, which can accommodate up to 60 guests or one Mothra.
As the founding family of Orange Tree Hot Dogs, the Koppenbergers have carefully guarded their secret recipes since opening the first location in 1968. The "dash of magic" outlined in those recipes is central to the coleslaw that tops their most popular hot dog, the aptly named slaw dog, or the savory sauce that blankets the onion-sauce dog. The Koppenbergers' menu also features their popular Orange Frost drink—made with orange juice, orange syrup, and ice—which serves as both a refreshing treat and an extinguisher for mustaches that catch fire.
Although there aren't many reviews for the Old St. Augustine Road location of Larry's Giant Subs, Larry's was mentioned in an Associated Content article. 80% of Urbanspooners like the San Jose Boulevard location in Jacksonville, and 95% like the Narcoossee Road location in Orlando:
The raspberry-colored walls, stained-glass lamps, and mosaic-tiled floors of Layla’s of San Marco transport guests to a Middle Eastern oasis filled with the succulent scent of lamb roasting in spicy sauces. Servers present a lunch buffet as fully stocked as a cornucopia on moving day, featuring fare such as falafel sandwiches, shawarma wraps, and buffalo wings to accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions.
Dinner entrees—such as charbroiled lamb kebabs, shrimp mediterrania, and seasoned tilapia in a garlic wine sauce—arrive on steaming-hot platters with sides of rice and a small salad. A lineup of hookahs puffs out aromatic smoke in a variety of individual or blended flavors, which can be filtered through a choice of water, soda, juice, merlot, or vodka. As bartenders mix drinks at the fully stocked exposed bar, Middle Eastern music guides a house belly dancer through the ranks of mingling patrons to fully immerse guests in a Mediterranean ambiance.
III Forks in the Tapestry Park area is a classic chain steakhouse, offered in only a handful of cities in the country. The modern Jacksonville outpost of this semi-casual eatery is stylish, energized and swank, with a tasteful menu that includes beef, freshly caught seafood and locally-sourced ingredients. With wood floors and gleaming walnut furnishings, III Forks has several dining rooms to choose from across the sprawling facility, including the Trophy, Poker and Wine Room – the latter is wrapped in floor-to-ceiling glass walls that house over 1,500 bottles. Each is the epitome of classic, romantic, business and casual-elegant dining, with recessed lighting fixtures and varying wall and floor décor. Filet mignon, double cut pork chop and Chilean sea bass are top picks here, with sides like sautéed spinach and roasted mushrooms. Texas Pecan cake and chocolate ganache round out delectable meals.