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By Ania Cajuste, DVI Intern

With major development projects on the horizon and more people coming to live and work in Downtown Jacksonville, it has become a great place for entrepreneurs and small businesses to put down roots. There are so many businesses that are unique to DTJax, some that you may have heard of as well as a few hidden gems. “Found in DTJax” is your guide the shops, restaurants and venues that you can find ONLY in Downtown Jacksonville.

November edition: Manifest Distilling

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Founded in 2016, Manifest Distilling is located in Downtown Jacksonville’s Sports District, home of the Everbank Field and other sports venues.

Manifest prides itself in utilizing American-made distillation equipment, as well as using grains sourced from a network of co-ops throughout North America. The distillation process for their spirits is greatly influenced by the Siebel Institute, a brew school that is famous for its techniques.

 

A few noteworthy aspects of the distillery include:

 

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The Standard- A guided tour that gives an overview of the production area, with the chance to view and learn about spirits. Tours end in the tasting room, with free samples of spirits and cocktails.

Distiller’s Tour- A more detailed tour of the production process that provides a look into the science of distillation and what goes into making the spirits you love to drink. This tour ends with tasting as well, but with sensory perception, nosing and blind tasting.

Private Tastings- Private guided tastings are available for groups of 10+.

 

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The distillery’s 9,000 square foot space boasts a modern, upscale design and consists of three versatile spaces: the bar, the tasting room and the distillery. Each space connects with rolling glass doors allowing for a range of private or semi-private events.  The bar can host 60 people, the tasting room can host 30 people and the distillery can host 167 people. The selection of spaces allows them to host a variety of different events, such as weddings, birthday parties and business functions.

 

 

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Currently, Manifest offers five different spirits: Potato Vodka, Gin, Rye, Barreled Gin and Florida Citrus Vodka, with several of them earning awards from events such as the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition.

Manifest spirits can be purchased in their tasting room, ordered online through EZRA’S shipping to 36 states in the U.S. or found in select stores all over Jacksonville.

 

 

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By Ania Cajuste, DVI Intern

The music scene in #DTJax has always been an integral part of the full Jacksonville experience. The Elbow, the Entertainment District of #DTJax, hosts many music and performance venues in its area.

From major headliners to locally known artists, the different music venues allow us to have many options when we are making plans for a big night out.

 

1904 Music Hall

19 Ocean St.

Founded in 2011, 1904 Music Hall has been an iconic part of #DTJax for the past several years. The original building that they are housed in was built in 1904, hence the namesake, and has since been renovated in order to create the current space that we know and love.

While they can host anything from private parties to punk rock shows, the 1904 Music Hall is only open when there are events planned, so be sure to check out their events calendar!

Photo by: 1904 Music Hall

Photo by: 1904 Music Hall

 

Maverick’s Live

2 Independent Dr.

Maverick’s Live, located upstairs in The Jacksonville Landing, is a nightclub, as well as a large music venue. Hosting a large variety of artists from numerous genres, Maverick’s has something for everyone.

Each Thursday night, Maverick’s Live hosts one of the largest country music nights in northeast Florida with free line dancing lessons from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and drink specials, such as $10 all you can drink! Upcoming events are listed on their event calendar.

Photo by: Florida Music Blog

Photo by: Florida Music Blog

 

Daily’s Place

1 EverBank Field

Daily’s Place is the newest sports and entertainment destination in #DTJax. Newly constructed in 2017, it sits adjacent to EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

This venue specializes in big-ticket artists, such as the Kings of Leon and Ms. Lauryn Hill. With concerts nearly every week, Daily’s Place brings a lot of buzz and activity to #DTJax. Be sure to check out their event calendar, as well as our guide on how to have a great time at Daily’s!

Photo by: Jacksonville.com

Photo by: Jacksonville.com

 

Breezy Jazz Club

119 W. Adams St.

Mon – Thur 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Fri – Sat 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Sun 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Breezy was established out of a growing desire to bring an inviting jazz music and dining experience to #DTJax. The jazzclub specializes in bringing a unique jazz experience to its patrons. Upcoming events can be found on their events calendar.

Each night features a different jazz musician or band. For dinner, Breezy offers a large, themed menu featuring many southern staples, as well as a few fun twists on classic fare. Be sure to stop by for their Sunday morning brunch menu!

Photo by: Breezy Jazz Club

Photo by: Breezy Jazz Club

 

Florida Theatre

128 E. Forsyth St.

The Florida Theatre offers well over 200 entertainment events annually, with a wide variety of genres to appeal to the very diverse city of Jacksonville. Opened in 1927, the theatre is one of only four remaining high-style movie palaces built in Florida during the Mediterranean Revival architectural boom of the 1920s.

Current programming at the Florida Theatre includes jazz ensembles, punk rock shows, ballets, classic movie nights and more. Upcoming events can be found on their events calendar. On October 14th, TEDxJacksonville will be hosting an annual conference titled We, The People.

 

Photo by: Jacksonville.com

Photo by: Jacksonville.com

 

Times Union Center for the Performing Arts

300 Water St.

The Times Union Center for the Performing Arts is a large center consisting of three venues: a theatre, concert hall and recital hall. First opened in 1962, the first performance in the center was by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. By the 1990’s, the center was forced to undergo a renovation costing several million dollars to fix the notoriously poor acoustics in the building.

Currently, the center hosts programing such as comedy shows, live theatre productions and concerts. Upcoming shows include The Legend of Zelda Symphony and the Sound of Music and much more, all listed on their event calendar.

 

Photo by: Kirkegaard Associates

Photo by: Kirkegaard Associates

 

Ritz Theatre and Museum

829 N Davis St.

In 1999, The Ritz Theatre and Museum was constructed on the site of the 1929 Ritz Theater movie house in #DTJax’s historic African American community of La Villa. During La Villa’s height of activity it was known as the “Harlem of the South.”

Whether visiting the museum, attending a concert, viewing a film or listening to a lecture, the Ritz has a unique experience. Their largest event, Puttin’ On the Ritz, is a talent show that showcases what talents #DTJax has to offer. Be sure to check out their event calendar for much more!

 

Photo by: Ritz Theatre and Museum

Photo by: Ritz Theatre and Museum

 

 

#DTJax is full of exciting music venues, both old and new. The wide set of choices of these spaces allows us to choose a completely different music experience any day of the week.

By Ania Cajuste, DVI Intern Visiting #DTJax is always a fun and exciting experience. However, if you’re looking to include your beloved pet in your adventures, it can be a bit of a hassle when you don’t know where you’re allowed to bring them.

Here are a few of the pet friendly places and activities that #DTJax has to offer and will be open on September 6th for the First Wednesday Pet Walk.

 

Magnificat Café

231 N. Laura St.

Mon – Fri 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

This Parisian-style eatery is right in the heart of #DTJax. Founded by Chef Benoit, a native to Paris, France, the Magnificat Café boasts classic lunch items such as soups, salads and sandwiches.  The large outdoor seating space is perfect for pets!

Photo by: DVI

Photo by: DVI

 

BARK Downtown

45 W. Adams St.

Tues- Fri 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sat – Mon Closed

This fun, unique dog boutique is the perfect stop for your trip in #DTJax! Browse through their extensive collection of novelty treats, toys, designer collars and high-end grooming supplies!

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Photo by: DVI

 

Burrito Gallery Downtown

21 E. Adams St.

Mon – Fri: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Sat 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Sun 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

This Jacksonville staple hosts a spacious front patio to hang out with your furry friend while in The Elbow. Enjoy the tex-mex menu and find out why this is one of the best-rated restaurants in town!

Photo by: Jacksonville.com

Photo by: Jacksonville.com

 

The Candy Apple Café

400 N. Hogan St.

Sun 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Mon 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tues – Thurs 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Fri 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sat 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The large patio space at the forefront of The Candy Apple Café is dog friendly! Stop by and enjoy the specialty craft cocktails, beer and wine selection, as well as the French-inspired menu!

Photo by: Jacksonville.com

Photo by: Jacksonville.com

 

The Court Urban Food Park

37 Hogan St.

Mon – Fri 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

First Wednesday Art Walk 5 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy lunch outside and enjoy the variety of food trucks! With plenty of shaded areas to sit and enjoy your food, this outdoor food court is great for your pet to hang out.

Photo by: Jacksonville Business Review

Photo by: Jacksonville Business Review

 

Hemming Park

117 W. Duval St.

Sun – Sat 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Lunch and Live Music Mon – Fri 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This park is the oldest park in the City of Jacksonville! This park is located right in the heart of #DTJax, which makes it the perfect stop for you and your dog to rest while you’re out and about.  With regular programming such as live music, it’s a great place to enjoy a day outside.

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Photo by: WJCT News

 

Bringing your dog out to and about can be a great experience for the both of you to enjoy, if you know where to look! Remember that each and every First Wednesday Art Walk is a pet-friendly event. Just ask a few of the dogs of #DTJax!

Bella, 4 year old Dachsund

Bella, 4 year old Dachshund

Peanut, 6 year old Pug

Peanut, 6 year old Pug

Maddie, 7 year old Cocker Spaniel

Maddie, 7 year old Cocker Spaniel

Donut, 2 year old French Bulldog

Donut, 2 year old French Bulldog

Tug, 9 year old Newfoundland mix

Tug, 9 year old Newfoundland mix

April (left), 4 year old Chow and Buddy (right), 6 year old Chow mix

April (left), 4 year old Chow and Buddy (right), 6 year old Chow mix

 

For more information, visit iloveartwalk.com.

By Heather West, DVI Intern

In honor of “Do your pART” eco-friendly Art Walk coming up on April 5, we talked with Nick Zimmer, a vendor at First Wednesday Art Walk and owner of Bluebird Growers, about why he loves Art Walk and providing fresh, locally-grown produce for Jacksonville.

Q: What do you enjoy most about running your own business?
A: They all sound pretty cliche but… I enjoy the freedom of planning a system and seeing it through. It can be overwhelming to deal with all the aspects of running a small business, but it forces you out of your comfort zone and makes you a stronger leader. Owning a business also leads to more confidence and purpose in your personal life.bluebird3

Q: Why do you enjoy coming to Art Walk?
A: Art Walk provides a unique opportunity each month to showcase our artistic side. Our main mission at Bluebird is teaching people how to live sustainability and grow their own food. Getting people excited about plants through our living art pieces and unique natives, like our carnivorous plants, is a logical fit for Art Walk.

Q: I know your grandmother inspired the name Bluebird Growers; what have been some other influences on your business?
A: My grandfather owned a grocery store growing up. He would bring in thousands of small vegetable plants and flowers each spring. Consequently, we always had a huge veggie garden. That basically started me down this path from an early age.

bluebird2Q: Are you involved with any partnerships with local businesses?
A: We have a very close relationship with Dave the Plant Man, local garden consultant/coach. We share similar missions and work together on a regular basis to grow our annual crop.

Q: What are some unique methods you’ve created to grow produce?
A: Funnily enough we are unique because we use straight forward traditional methods for growing. We are firm believers in using a plants own physiology and defense systems to produce happy healthy plants sustainably.

Q: What are some sustainable practices you’ve utilized?
A: We use a “lean and mean” growing system. Essentially we give the plants just enough food and just enough water to be healthy. We do this by utilizing slow release organic fertilizer and precise methods of irrigation. This system reduces water usage and runoff while producing healthy, strong plants. Another unique aspect of this system is that all our plants are produced outdoors. This means they are exposed to the same conditions as they will face in our customers’ gardens. It also exposes plants to natural predators which control insects without using pesticides. These are just some of the ways we produce plants in line with our mission.

Make sure to “do your pART” and bike to the First Wednesday Art Walk and check out Bluebird Growers’ demonstration of carnivorous plants; the Green Lion Festival on Laura St, and take advantage of the free bike valet in Hemming Park.

By Ari Sinudom, DVI Intern

We at Downtown Vision know there are a ton of things to do in #DTJax in any given day, but do others? A local Jacksonvillian may have solved that issue. We sat down with Zachary Schwartz, the Founder and CEO of intoGo, a new app on the market that hopes to change the way people find things to do in Downtown and throughout Jacksonville. So, we’ve partnered with intoGo to incorporate all things Downtown.

What is intoGo?

IntoGo is a mobile app, the first of its kind. Unlike other online directories, intoGo learns each user’s preferences to give suggestions for fun things to do. When users swipe right to like something or left to dislike, the swipes teach intoGo the user’s interests so the app can give specific recommendations. IntoGo is strictly about having fun; and covers events, outdoor recreation, destinations, nightlife, dining, shopping, parks and more in the user’s area.  Its mission is to help people explore, experience and enjoy their community, one place at a time. IntoGo has one primary goal: to become the go-to resource when one is wondering what to do.

Google or Yelp list things to do around town, but can’t make specifically tailored recommendations for the user. IntoGo has the innate ability to capture ratings from each user for every recommendation.

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Why Jacksonville?

Jacksonville originally drew Schwartz in when his family moved to town. He built a local directory called thecity.guide, then received first place at the 2015 One Spark in the “technology” category and secured investment. Schwartz then met his tech team, who all lived here and became a perfect fit.

Not only does Jacksonville have wide-ranging demographics, but it’s also a second-tier technology market. Residents are tech-friendly but not necessarily tech-savvy, making Jacksonville a perfect test market for intoGo. IntoGo headquarters are located in Downtown at 6 E Bay St.; an area the staff believes is the leading innovation hub in Jacksonville. IntoGo’s team enjoys the amenities and dining within walking distance of its office and is fond of the local businesses that foster and cater to a Downtown audience.

How does intoGo work?

  1. In the Explore section, businesses, events and places are stacked like a deck of cards. Clicking on a card will reveal pictures and details. Users swipe right if they like it, swipe left if they don’t and swipe up to skip. With each swipe, the app is able to learn the user’s preferences.
  2. Under the Guide Me section, users can see businesses, events and places recommended by intoGo. The more you swipe, the more confident the app is at giving suggestions.
  3. Users can set filters to refine their interests and distance. They can also search within intoGo for a specific interest.
  4. All likes are stored in the account tab for easy referencing and are sorted based on what’s closest to the user’s location.

IntoGo is integrated with Yelp and Facebook, making it easy for users to see more information and ratings for a specific interest. At 12 weeks old and 6,000 downloads, the app is clearly making waves and changing how Jacksonvillians do fun.

What’s intoGo’s future?

Schwartz believes intoGo can become a diversified internet tool, from app to web and mobile to desktop, where people go to make plans, to explore when they land in a new city or to figure out where to take that special someone on a first date. The app has more on its way in the coming updates: merging profiles for group suggestions, targeted in-app advertising and coupons, recipes and social elements. IntoGo wants to help enable users to find cool places where they can create memories, share experiences and enjoy life. The app is truly living by its slogan and is making it easy to “Find Fun Faster.”

 

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By Heather West, DVI Intern

We sat down with Ellen Cottrill, co-owner of HOBNOB, one of the most unique restaurants in #DTJax.

Q: How is the dining experience at HOBNOB different from other restaurants?
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When we were designing HOBNOB, one of our goals was that it would be a place where people could come and have an elevated food experience without pretentious surroundings. We wanted it to provide an open atmosphere where people could relax, eat great food, and have a good time with friends. There are also share apps on the menu that allow you to sit down with a group of friends and all share the same dish. When designing the restaurant, we included architectural features that keep the noise level from being so loud that you can’t hear yourself think, let alone the other people at your table. Overall, we sought to make dining at HOBNOB feel like being part of a community where you can come and share an amazing food experience.

Q: How does your menu combine global and local influences?
For one of our appetizers, Shrimp Kilawen, we use local shrimp to create a Filipino style ceviche with sweet and spicy peppers, avocado purée, and spring roll crisps. Another example is our Thai Peanut Salad, which is a Thai inspired salad made with local greens. Even though our foods are influenced by global cuisine, we strive to use local ingredients.

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Q: How did your Generous Pours program come about?

Our local intentions apply not only to our menu, but to our desire to be involved in the Jacksonville community. This desire inspired us to launch our Generous Pours program in order to bring awareness and funding to local nonprofits. Our current featured drink is a lavender-inspired cocktail and for every drink purchased we will donate $1 to Berry Good Farms, our current partner.

Q: You’ve recently opened up an art gallery in your new event space. What is the current installation?

Right now our first installation, with our partner Stellers Gallery, features three local artists – Heather Blanton, Mike Perry and Thomas Hager – as well as a few from out of town. In addition to changing our installation quarterly, we’ll also occasionally be hosting local art exhibitions in conjunction with events going on in Unity Plaza. On Feburary 20th, we’ll be hosting our first local exhibition for Tacos for Tatas, a pink tie event benefiting the Donna Foundation. The installation, Brush Bold, will feature women who have had mastectomies with their chests painted.

Q: HOBNOB has a special Concierge Program for business professionals. What does it offer?

The Concierge Program strives to give professionals the benefits of The River Club without the membership fees. We keep a card on file for program members with your name, the company you work with, and keep (if you’d like) your credit card and whenever you want to make an appointment you can just call one of our managers and tell us of any dietary restrictions and what appetizer you’d like on the table when you get there. The program also features a free small appetizer for two people once a month.

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Q: What made you choose to open up Downtown?

We saw an opportunity to do something distinctive in this space and were excited to be a part of the growing Brooklyn neighborhood. Our location in Unity Plaza also allows us a great opportunity to get involved in different events.

Q: What new opportunities will your new event space offer?

Our new event space will allow us to host much bigger events, with up to 60 seated guests or 110 guests for a standing reception instead of our previous limit of 16. It will be ideal for business meetings, happy hour or even private events such as bridal showers or graduation parties. The Gallery also gives the space a unique feel different from other venues.

To learn more about HOBNOB, be sure to visit them at 220 Riverside Ave.. There hours are:

Tuesday 11AM-9PM

Wednesday-Thursday 11AM-10PM

Friday 11AM-11:59PM

Saturday 10AM-11:59PM

Sunday 10AM-3PM.

Also check out their new happy hour on weekdays from 4PM-7PM featuring $2 off draft cocktails and select $4 beer and wine and a late night happy hour from 10PM-12AM Fridays & Saturdays along with a special food menu. For more information about HOBNOB or any other restaurants in our directory, visit our website.

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By DVI Intern, Je’Nisa Waugh

Folio Weekly has released their Best of Jax 2016, with some of the best dining, shopping, arts and entertainment venues right here in #DTJax.

… Folio Weekly Magazine brought forth this Best of Jax, a new concept.  Now we are engaged in a great readers’ poll, proving clearly this Best of, more so than any knock-off or pretender, can long endure.  Today, you meet the winners in this great issue…”  -Folio Weekly

 

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1. Best New Nightclub: Myth Nightclub | 333 E. Bay St.   

This nightclub and bar brings something fresh, new and exciting to the Jacksonville area.  Showcasing local artists and specializing in uniquely designed craft cocktails. Upscale and inviting giving an experience in sight, sound and indulgences, allowing locals to enjoy the nightlife, as it was meant to be experienced.

 “Myth keeps it current and cool with cutting-edge, tasty-cocktails, hip DJs, weekly events like Sanctuary Saturdays and EDM College…” -Folio Weekly

2. Best Live Music Club: Mavericks Live | 2 Independent Dr.

Located upstairs of The Jacksonville Landing, Mavericks is the largest and premier concert venue & nightclub.  Mavericks caters to bringing a variety of artists from various genres such as hip hop, metal, rock and country.

“Mavericks Live is making great strides in shedding its “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” image with an increasing run of killer concerts.” -Folio Weekly

 

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 3. Best Hair Salon: Daniel James Salon | 45 W. Bay St.

If you’re looking for a salon experience that exceeds above and beyond, the Daniel James salon is the place to be. Located in a beautiful historic building the salon features an urban energy and a relaxed atmosphere. “Creating inner beauty that is a reflection of how we treat you” is their mission statement. Daniel James Salon specializes in personal design and a passion for creating an experience that exceeds expectations.

“With a skilled, friendly staff on board, this truly indie and hip cuttery does is all, from a quick lunchtime trim to a complete color change and makeover.” -Folio Weekly

chamlinsoutside 4. Best Local Bookstore: Chamblin Bookmine/ Chamblin’s Uptown | 215 N. Laura St.

Looking for a good read? Whether you’re on the Westside or in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville, Chamblin’s has a great selection of books. They have been selling books new, used and rare in Jacksonville for four decades. From the floor to the ceiling, Chamblin’s has an endless series of shelves crammed full of paperbacks, hardcovers, and everything in between.  

“Chamblin Books remains the one-stop place to spend an hour (or day) browsing through untold thousands of new and used books.” -Folio Weekly

5. Best Health Club/Gym: YMCA | 50 N. Laura St.

The YMCA has always been dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities.  The YMCA has been serving Americans for over 100 years.  Today the YMCA has several membership facilities, a charter elementary school, school based child care sites and development campuses.  Though they continue to grow and evolve, their mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body, continues to be the driving force for their cause.

“The YMCA is far more than just a gym. It’s a leading nonprofit committed to building healthy lifestyles in our community.” -Folio Weekly

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6. Best Farmers Market: Riverside Arts Market | 715 Riverside Ave.

Our neighbors, Riverside Arts Market has served as a popular community-gathering place and is arguably the most unique arts and entertainment venue in Northeast Florida. Located under the Fuller Warren Bridge, this destination attracts thousands of visitors and is the storefront for many artisans, food artists and farmers as they sell their products and provide great family entertainment every weekend.

     “… the readers have again voted Riverside Arts Market (RAM) as the Best Farmers Market in the 904. Check it out under the Fuller Warren bridge rain or shine.” -Folio Weekly

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7. Best Skate Shop: The Block Skate Supply Shop | 537 Park St.

Talk about doing what you love, The Block Skate Supply Shop is deeply rooted to skating and services the Jacksonville Metro area.

“Considered a kind of head quarters and tribal center for local skaters… The Block Skate Supply Shop maintains a total indie/ DIY vibe, proving that skating is not a crime – it’s nearly a mystic devotion.” -Folio Weekly

8. Best Neighborhood Bar: Dos Gatos | 123 E. Forsyth St.

Downtown Jacksonville’s only genuine cocktail lounge, located directly across from the historic Florida Theatre, you’ll find the art of the cocktail on full display nightly by a handpicked staff of drink making experts.

“…this year FW readers gave the craft cocktail lounge with locations in Downtown Jacksonville and Downtown St. Augustine four accolades with bragging rights.” -Folio Weekly

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9. Best Burrito: Burrito Gallery | 21 E. Adams St.

Founded in early 2005, Burrito Gallery opened up in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville.  It all started with a crazy idea to make the best burritos, tacos and quesadillas, make the tastiest drinks, pour great beer and provide a space for local artists to jam out.  This crazy idea got Burrito Gallery where it is today by serving and being the best around town.

“For the best burrito in town – sober or not – Burrito Gallery has you covered.” -Folio Weekly

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 10. Best Meal under $10: Spliff’s Gastropub | 15 Ocean St.

“With a commitment to quality,Spliff’s Gastropub serves up bold flavors to the Downtown Jacksonville dining landscape. Offering a unique variation on “Gourmet Comfort Food”. The menu aims to have a little something for everyone and the bar features a wall of rotating taps with craft and local beers, select wines, as well as daily events to entertain you while you dine.” -Spliff’s Gastropub

“… our readers know that when they want to fatten their guts without bleeding their wallets, they hit Downtown for lunch and grab a cheap, yet tasty bite, at Spliffs’ Gastropub.” -Folio Weekly

 11. Best Steak: Ruth’s Chris Steak House1201 Riverplace Blvd 

“A good steak speaks for itself, so what is there to say really about Ruth’s Chris steakhouse?”  Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse provides a high-class dining experience, famous for its fine, custom-aged midwestern beef, Ruth’s Chris has an extensive menu full of delectable delights.

“Their thing is bringing out your steak on a plate so hot the meat is still cooking when its’s served. This is a wonderful thing, and the food is truly exquisite…” -Folio Weekly

 12. Best Thai: Indochine | 21 E. Adams St.

Located in Downtown Jacksonville, Indochine is casual dining in an upscale atmosphere at it’s best. Indochine provides an authentic Southeast Asian and Thai cuisine served in a beautiful atmosphere along with beautiful buddhist decorations that give a hip downtown feel to it.

“Pad Thai and Drunken Noodles, oh my! For six years in a row, this bomb-diggity spot has dominated Best Thai.” -Folio Weekly