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In keeping with their restaurant's name, the chefs at Terra cook in sync with Earth's natural cycles. They constantly alter the menu to reflect the current season, and gather ingredients from local farms and purveyors. But their careful work doesn't stop there—they also make almost every component of their dishes in-house, for dine-in meals and catering on and off site. Terra is owned and founded by veteran restaurateur Michael Thomas, who also founded Jacksonville dining landmarks Sterling's and 24 Miramar.
Beyond these givens, Terra's offerings retain an element of the unpredictable. Quiches and seafood plates vary each day; a rotating "fresh catch" option delivers the freshest fish available straight from the Atlantic to the table. Shrimp and scallop dinners are always "chef's choice," enabling the staff to create a dish based on seasonal ingredients. Patrons with dietary restrictions can even order a customized dish—vegan, if they prefer—which the restaurant will create if given two days' notice or a flute whose music controls the wind. Of course, some specialties seem destined to carry over from menu to menu: skewers of pork belly and sautéed apple, duck breast sourced from Maple Farms, and a "Soon to be Famous" french toast stuffed with peanut butter and bananas.