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!

Photo by: Downtown Jacksonville

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.

 Photo by: WJCT News

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.

Jacksonville Magazine released their list of 50 Best Restaurants, and while the list spans all along the First Coast, we’re especially proud and lucky to have 12 of those amazing restaurants in #DTJax.  From Jacksonville Magazine:

“2015 saw an abundance of restaurant openings in Jacksonville, giving locals a wide array of new options.  Of course, many of the eateries listed among Jax Mag’s annual list of the top places to dine aren’t new. In fact, some have been around for decades. But that’s the thing about food – fads come and go (are kale chips still a thing?), but it’s hard to beat the tried-and-tasted. From Southern staples to hot bowls brimming with spicy pho, this might be the River City’s most delicious year yet. EAT UP.”

Put these restaurants at the top of your to do list while you’re Downtown – you won’t regret it! Whether you need a quick lunch, casual dinner, or an upscale dining experience, #DTJax has got you covered!

  1. bb’s : 1019 Hendricks Ave., San Marco. At the intersection of casual and upscale sits bb’s, an inviting bistro where the noise level is often high, especially during lunch as the dining room packs with business types.  The core menu of sandwiches, salads and pizzas is top-notch, but don’t miss specials here either.slider-rev2-image0
  2. Café Nola : 333 N. Laura St., Downtown. Chef Kathy Collins’ dishes are often as incentive as the art hanging in MOCA galleries (Nola is the museum’s in-house restaurant). The menu changes seasonally, but expect dishes with a wide range of influences, from vegan paella with smoked almonds to blackened rainbow trout with Mexican crema and crispy collards.
     
  3. Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails : 400 N. Hogan St., Downtown. A major renovation of the historic Seminole Club in 2014 has allowed the building housing Sweet Pete’s and Candy Apple Cafe to become a mini empire of all things delicious in #DTJax. It’s now a space that would make Willy Wonka proud, with striped walls, oversized furniture, multi-colored chandeliers and candy in nearly every corner.  Mother-daughter duo Liz and Jennifer Earnest, owners of Chef’s Garden Catering & Events, opened Candy Apple with an emphasis on grown-up versions of classic kids favorites.blg3
  4. Chart House : 1501 Riverplace Blvd., San Marco. This upscale seafood spot is known for selecting scenic locations upon which to build its restaurants, and the Jacksonville location is no different with its panoramic view of the St. Johns River and the Downtown skyline.
     
  5. Chomp Chomp : 106 E. Adams St., Downtown. With only a handful of tables, three bar stools and limited outdoor seating, Chomp Chomp tends to fill up fast. Here, the chefs put a spin on street fare and classic sandwiches with menu items including Korean chicken kebabs with brown rice and kimchi.   13265218                                       Credit: Bruce Lipsky/The Times-Union 
  6. Fionn MacCools : 2 Independent Dr., Jacksonville Landing. Don’t wait till St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy this Irish Pub.  MacCool’s black and blue surf and turf (blackened sirloin steak, crab and bleu cheese bread pudding and sauteed kale with a spicy remoulade sauce) paired with one of the pub’s more than 40 import, craft, domestic or local brews on tap. Every Wednesday a different whiskey is featured if top shelf spirits are more your thing.
     
  7. Indochine : 21 E. Adams St., Downtown. Whether it’s curry fried rice, peanut curry or short ribs in Massaman curry, the polished plates of Thai-fusion dishes at both Indochine locations are enough to knock anyone out of a dining rut. Part of the fun of dining here is customizing your order with Indochine’s spice rack, adding more heat and thrills to the typical dining experience.     Jacksonville-Restaurant-Reviews-1                                      Via: Jaxfoodcritic.com 
  8. Olio : 301 E. Bay St., Downtown. This is a popular standout for the Downtown lunch crowd. The shrimp po’ boy (with shrimp, andouille sausage and curry coleslaw) is an inspired take on a Southern classic and breakfast items (sriracha scrambled eggs, bacon and cheddar cheese in a tortilla) elevate the idea of breakfast burritos to a whole new level.
     
  9. River City Brewing Co. : 835 Museum Cir., San Marco.  Jacksonville residents are proud of the waterfront and nothing is better than dinner with a view. Fortunately, River City Brewing Co. offers some of the best river views in town. Add in half-pound burgers, pasta Alfredo and fresh Florida lobster tail and you’ve got a dining staple that pleases out-of-towners and traditionalists alike.
     
  10. Ruth’s Chris : 1201 Riverplace Blvd., San Marco.  If you’re craving a classic American dinner – perhaps a sizzling steak topped with butter and flanked by a baked potato then this is the luxurious choice. The upscale setting, err-on-the-side-of-fancy dress code and high-quality cuts of meat will make you forget you’re dining in one of the largest steak chains in the world.
     
  11. Super Food and Brew : 11 E Forsyth St., Downtown. In May 2015, Super Food food truck parked for good in a former Starbucks in #DTJax. Fresh is the focus here with items like ahi poke bowl, sushi burrito and pork belly stir fry are all made in-house without the use of freezers.11040584_1472663329715905_523688713778055176_n
  12. Village Bread Café : 2 Independent Dr., Jacksonville Landing. Those looking for a local spot to grab a quick bite on the way to work have an option in Village Bread Cafe, which has locations on Philips Highway, the Landing and Mandarin. With fresh-baked bread, options like Kenny’s kicker – an egg, ham, cheese, and veggie panini – and curbside service, who needs a fast-food drive-through?

So forget your packed lunch some time soon and check out these amazing eats in #DTJax!

For a full directory of all our delicious restaurants Downtown, visit dtjax.org.

 

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By Kristina Aviles, DVI Intern

mothers day

Whether you’re shopping around for that special gift or taking your mom out this Sunday for Mother’s Day, Downtown Jacksonville is the perfect place to treat that wonder woman you call “Mom.”

If you’re still in search for that perfect gift, check out these places in #DTJax to find a gift your mom would surely love:

Hemming Plaza Jewelers | Shop their wide range of selection including gold, silver, colored gems, pearls and diamonds.

Linda Cunningham | This boutique offers several high-end brands as well as Linda’s signature couture collection of ready-to-wear outfits and accessories.

Lucy’s Gift Boutique | Find cosmetics, hats, jewelry, wallets and bags perfect for your mom.

NAIWBE Organic Day Spa | Give the gift of wellness with organic skin care, spa products or a relaxing day at the spa.

Peterbrooke Chocolatier or Sweet Pete’s Candy Co.| Someone so sweet deserves a great treat.

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By Amy E. Pittman, DVI Intern

 

Guests dining at Indochine will enjoy the comfy atmosphere and the delicious Asian fare.

Guests dining at Indochine will enjoy the comfy atmosphere and the delicious Asian fare. Photos by Tammy Czigan of GPC Studios.

Hidden above an iron staircase at 21 E. Adams St. sits the cozy, casual, candlelit Thai restaurant, Indochine. Tucked under the bright red Chinese lanterns just blocks away at 117 W. Adams St. is Indochine’s friendly Vietnamese sister, Pho. A Noodle Bar. Along with 16 other restaurants, Indochine and Pho are participating in Downtown Jacksonville’s two-week dining promotion, Eat Up Downtown, which ends this weekend. Hurry and make plans to visit Downtown this Sunday so you don’t miss out on these fun deals!

Eat Up Downtown restaurants developed prix-fixe $15, $25 and $35 menus which include three courses. At Indochine, guests are presented with a $25 menu and have the option of one alcoholic beverage, house salad or appetizer soup for their first course; one starter for their second course; and one entrée for their third course. At Pho, $15 gets you one starter, one entrée, and one wine, beer or dessert.

Friendly service and fantastic starters like the crispy rolls keep customers coming back.

Friendly service and fantastic starters like the crispy rolls keep customers coming back.

For those hesitant to try Thai or Vietnamese dishes, you are not alone! For starters, the modern and stylish interior of Pho is chic, urban and inviting. When I first visited, I was curious about the steamy soup I often saw on Instagram and Twitter. After one sip of the delicious make-your-own pho, I knew I would be back. The banh mi sandwich at Pho, which is a type of Asian Po’boy, is a fan favorite, and the cool coconut sorbet rounds out any meal perfectly. An ideal setting for any plans you might have this weekend, Indochine’s atmosphere is clean and elegant, and the service is welcoming and quick. The sweet peanut sauce on the chicken satay skewers is delicious, and the spicy lemongrass tom kha gai soup was a tasty introduction to the classic shrimp pad thai stir fry.

Indochine received the “Best Thai in Jacksonville” award by the readers of Folio Weekly for the past three years, which makes perfect sense to anyone who dines there. David Williams of First Coast News reported that Indochine and Pho owner Ladda Salter’s sales increased $10,000-$15,000 during Eat Up Downtown, but Williams says “it’s about more than money.” In the interview, Salter said she is “happy that there’s energy Downtown.” Don’t miss out on this Eat Up Downtown energy — the promotion ends this Sunday!