AB Road Eats: Jacksonville


Bold Bean Coffee: Sometimes you have to mix it up. And for me that means ordering a latte instead of a cortado! I’ve also been noticing a trend lately. Coffee shops turned wine or beer bars at night. Smart concept (and great coffee).


Metro Diner: There was a line on just about every side of Metro Diner when I pulled up to the original establishment. Clearly, everyone from Jacksonville was ready to eat breakfast here. I didn’t have time to order much, but I do suggest the bacon, egg and cheese biscuit with a side of hash browns. I would like to thank everyone for the wonderful service too.


Corner Taco: In an area called 5 Points in Jacksonville, I was directed to Corner Taco (the brick-and-mortar, not truck). I was lucky that their special of the day was Mayport Shrimp Tacos. I also have to admit my crew finished their dulce de leche milkshake faster than I could say, “Hey, can I have a sip?”


Three f(x) Ice Cream and Waffles: Sometimes you walk into an establishment and you spend the first 10 minutes confused. And then you spend the next 24 hours wishing you were back there. Welcome to Three f(x), a Korean ice cream parlor providing some of the most-innovative desserts in the country. This includes waffles called Taiyaki (I filled mine with a walnut and red bean mixture), ice cream made-to-order on an anti-griddle (watch video below) and Patbingsu (a Korean shaved ice concoction the size of my head filled with fruits, red bean paste and everything else possible).


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  1. 3

    OMG you absolutely HAVE to go to the Ugly Cupcake Muffinry!!! They have some of the best foods and coffees I have ever had! I tell you how badly you need to go there! The staff is amazing and the food is to die for! You just HAVE to go so check it out!!!!

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    Go to Chopstick Charley’s!!! It is a fantastic hole in the wall that I discovered by reading an article about the top 10 “hole in the walls” in Jacksonville. It looks shut down but they are in fact open for business. The Trip Advisor reviews do it justice.

  3. 6

    You’ve got to go by Bearded Pig for their poutine. Great concoction of fries, BBQ pork, cheese and a gravy on top. Great portions and delicious!!

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    Victoria Dooly

    You should make a stop at Topgolf we have an amazing menu and would love to meet you my mom and I watch you all the time. Try our sunrise burger or the steak flat bread or the brisket grill cheese with tatter tots.

  5. 9

    Next time you are in town visit the Urban Bean Cafe it is phenomenally delicious in food and coffee!! Also the AMAZING Spring Park Cafe in Green Cove Springs it’s a hidden coffee and baked goods Treasure!!!

  6. 10
    S. Kirk

    We love all of those places mentioned and go to them frequently….there are so many amazing places to eat in Jax, It’s hard to narrow it down sometimes. Bold Bean is by far one of our favorites though!! Great for everyone!

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    Stephanie MacConnell

    Head over to the Urban Bean CoffeeHouse in Orange Park next time you’re in the area! I drive an hour just to spoil myself with their delicious coffee selections, fresh salads and to die for desserts…because everyone deserves dessert!! There’s something for everyone’s palate there and the service and hospitality is what Southern Hospitality is defined by!!

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    Susan Hall

    I’d definitely recommend South Kitchen and spirits for weekend brunch or even lunch. If you’re in the mood for great BarBQ, don’t miss The Bearded Pig, and the best dessert in town is offered by BB’s. Oh, and if you enjoy an occasional “adult milkshake “, give M-Shack a try.

  9. 14

    Be sure to check out the place for Coffee. The Urban Bean has a little bit of everything and a very friendly welcoming atmosphere.

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    Davina Packer

    I have also enjoyed myself at the fine establishments you visited on your last trip to Jacksonville. This time I recommend you try South (best Fried Catfish of my life), Hawkers (I go at happy hour and order one of everything on the special menu), Sweet Theory (go early and be happy), Magic Sweet House (a different take on Asian ice cream) and Safe Harbor Seafood (al fresco waterfront dining on the freshest catch in town). Buon appetito!!

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    Rebecca W

    I moved away 2 years ago, but I still make time for the Urban Bean when I come down for a visit! Delicious coffee and teas, and food is so good! For a fun treat I highly recommend the waffle boats 😉

  12. 22

    Great choices but there are so many more. Taco Lu, Hawkers, Maple Street Biscuit, Black Sheep, The Brick, Biscottis, Il Desco, Julington Creek Fish Camp, Urban Bean, Simply Sara’s.

  13. 24

    You definitely should check out Sweet Theory for your breakfast/sweet fix! They have incredibly creative (not to mention huge) doughnuts, as well as other breakfast items/pastries. They consistently sell out. You won’t be disappointed!

  14. 25
    El Jay

    Also Urban Bean on Park Ave (hwy17) for coffee, amazing custom doughnuts, delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, not to mention hand crafted drinks. (Oh and they have the coolest staff around)

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    Amber Nicolay

    You should try Urban Bean in Orange Park. AMAZING!!!! Everything thing they have is definitely one of its kind. I couldn’t tell you what my favorite is because it’s all so delicious. A very unique place. The staff is phenomenal. You wouldn’t even know who the owners are because they are so down to earth and treat their staff as they are equal to them. I’m all about customer service and they definitely have the top of the line service.

  16. 30

    Singletons Seafood Shack. Next to the water the boats pull they cook then to your plate. Freshes seafood. Also try Clarks fish camp

  17. 31

    I recommend trying TacoLu’s. I absolutely LOVE their corn and their fish tacos. TacoLu’s was also voted #1 for Mexican food in Jacksonville!

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    Chad Forbes

    Great show in Jacksonville! My wife and I had a great night! We love 3fx and the Metro Diner. We will have to try the Coner Taco! Thanks for coming to Jacksonville!

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