Dining at the beach allows you to impress your date by sharing champagne at sunset, writing your names in the sand, and playing a shark like a trumpet. Show off oceanside feats with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of American fare at Blues Rock Inn in Jacksonville Beach.
Fusing the atmosphere of a cool, live-blues club and a casual beachside restaurant, Blues Rock Inn invites diners to unwind over ping-pong and drinks or enjoy a tasty seafood supper before a concert. After ordering cocktails from a full bar, diners drink in ocean views and peruse a menu brimming with crispy fried fare such as a whitefish po boy sandwich ($6.95) or a platter of chicken wings tossed in a selection of six sauces ranging from mild to fuego, which arrives hot enough to melt the hands off a family of ice sculptures on a dinner outing ($6.95). Crab cakes bulge with golden-brown lump crabmeat and house-recipe honey mustard ($11.95), and a philly cheesesteak stuffs its bready cheeks with a sizzling stack of grilled peppers, onions, and steak covered in melted provolone ($7.95). The Blues burger slathers smoky bacon with rich, zesty barbecue sauce painstakingly milked from a depressed guitar ($6.95).
Entertainment options rotate nightly; Monday sessions invite patrons to take to the stage to wield an open mic, and ping-pong nights draw competitive paddlers to swat feather-light orbs back and forth. A large nightclub, separated from the dining area, hosts blues bands and dancers, and pianists and guitarists tickle keys or strings at an easygoing restaurant bar.