10+ Best Restaurants in Jacksonville: Hidden Gem Edition!

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The Jacksonville foodie scene is boomin’ with so many delicious places to eat and we’re here to narrow down some of the best Jacksonville hidden gems that are restaurants to try this weekend!

You may have already tried some of these but there are so many that you may not know about yet. And if you are like us, once you know, you will be back every other weekend. 

Foo Dog
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Foo Dog Curry Traders

Foo Dog Curry Traders is the perfect fusion of European and American recipes. The food is perfect for a health conscience diner – there are lots of vegetarian options and everything on the menu is gluten free! Their delicious curries are all made in house using traditional techniques and ingredients. It’s good food that’s good for you!!

Monday-Saturday | 11:00am-10:00pm

Sunday | 11:00 – 8:00pm

📍Stockton St, Jacksonville, FL 32204

Tasty Thai
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Simply Tasty Thai

The name says it all… this is Simply Tasty Thai! The owner Nancy has been cooking traditional Thai food for over 20 years and has studied with chef’s in Thailand and the Philippines. The curry paste is freshly ground in the kitchen, and all of the sauces are made from scratch. You’ll fall in love with their fresh ingredients and great prices, and definitely be back for more! 

Monday-Friday | 11:00am-3:30pm, 4:30pm-9:30pm

Sunday | 12:00pm – 9:30pm 

Sunday | CLOSED 

📍2292 Mayport Rd #8 Jacksonville, FL 32233

Pie Heaven
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Pie Heaven Bakery Cafe

This hidden gem will have you feeling like you’re seriously in Heaven! Pie Heaven Bakery Cafe is your one stop shop for any and all dessert cravings! Swing by for delicious cakes, tarts, and of course… pies! Your sweet tooth will thank you! 

Tuesday-Friday | 10:00am-6:00pm

Saturday | 10:00am-5:00pm

Sunday-Monday | CLOSED 

 📍1980 Mayport Rd, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

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Dalton's Sports Grill

When it comes to hidden gems, we believe that Dalton’s Sports Grill is one of the best. They are located in Green Cove Springs and they are most known for their delicious wings. The flavors we tried were the BoomBoom and the Cajun Ranch. They have stuffed potatoes that are so delicious and it feels like a community there. Next time you are in the neighborhood, you should definitely check it out!

Monday |  CLOSED

Tuesday – Thursday | 11:00am – 9:00pm

Friday – Saturday | 11:00am – 10:00pm

Sunday | 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

📍2808 Henley Road,
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043

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Gina's Delicatessen

Gina’s Delicatessen in Murray Hill serves up good food at a great price! Ditch the frills or fancy food and dive into a delicious meal simply served on a Styrofoam plate! They serve yummy subs and salads for lunch, and have a full breakfast menu! This will be your new favorite casual eatery in no time!

Monday-Friday | 6:00am-4:00pm

Saturday | 7:30am-2:00pm

Sunday | CLOSED 

📍803 Edgewood Ave S, Jacksonville, FL 32205

Sub Cultured
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Sub Cultured

Whether you call them subs, heroes, or hoagies, Sub Cultured has what you’re looking for! They have dozens of hot and cold sandwich options, plus tasty and fresh salads, and specialty fries! This hole in the wall sandwich shop will be your new favorite lunch spot! 

Monday-Saturday | 11:00am-5:00pm

Sunday | CLOSED 

 📍10 Donner Road Atlantic Beach FL 32233

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Green Papaya

Immerse yourself in an underwater wonderland while enjoying delicious Thai food and sushi at Green Papaya! 

This awesome little Thai restaurant has a stunning bar, full menu of both Thai and sushi, as well as a moving art wall swimming with sea life! It’s a dining experience that is really unique and the best way to enjoy a sushi roll in town. 

Tuesday-Thursday | 11:00am-9:30pm

Friday & Saturday | 11:00am-10:30pm

Sunday | 11:00am-9:30pm

📍Southside Beach Blvd Location
12675 Beach Boulevard Ste 306, Jacksonville, FL 32246 (Two other locations in St. Augustine & Northside. 

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Las Tapatias

Touting itself as “the most authentic Mexican cuisine in Jacksonville, Florida,” this place is the REAL DEAL! 

Out personal motto has been Tajin-on-everything and Las Tapatias knows how to do it! With big frozen candy drinks, Aguas Locas, and fruits, enchiladas, Micheladas, and plently of seafood – you’ll feel deep in the heart of Mexico city. 

So, let’s slam a Jarritos, order some carnitas and have ourselves a fiesta.  

Monday-Saturday | 11:00AM-10:00PM

Sunday | 11:00AM-9:00PM

📍9974 Old Baymeadows Rd # 3, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Sunday Gathering Table 10+ Best Restaurants In Jacksonville: Hidden Gem Edition! 2022
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Sunday Gathering Table

Sunday Gathering Table is an adorable breakfast & lunch spot near downtown St. Augustine! We absolutely love their sandwiches, which feature their made in-house daily sourdough and locally sourced ingredients. 

The restaurants itself is bright and bohemian with walls decorated in local art. Sunday’s atmosphere is totally “St. Augustine” and is one of the coolest places to grab a wine and chat with your bestie while watching tourists filter down the street. It’s a easy-going Sunday morning every day here!

Tuesday-Sunday | 8:30AM-4PM

Monday | CLOSED

📍73 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084

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Johnny Angel's Diner

Step back in time to the good ol’ days at Johnny Angel’s Diner! This 50s nostalgia gem is the perfect place to share a milkshake with your sweetheart. With friendly, neighborhood customer  service and some of the best burgers you’ll eat ⁠— Johnny’s is like a blast from the past!

We got the cookies and cream milkshake and mac and cheese sandwich on Texas Toast! It was so good and truly hit the spot. We loved the free jute box, which added to the fun ambience of this little golden oldies diner. Their breakfast is also fantastic! 

Tuesday-Sunday | 7AM-3PM

Monday | CLOSED

📍3546 St Johns Bluff Rd S #120, Jacksonville, FL 32224

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Marianas Grinds

Marianas Grinds is home to delicious Hawaiian, Filipino, and Chamorro food! Local favorites include Hawaiian Paradise Shrimp, Island Shrimp Fajitas, and Flounder Fillet with SFV.

The owner is also opening a bakery called Say So Sweets serving pandesal and ensaymadas. We are so excited to try!

Monday | CLOSED
Tuesday | 11AM–2PM | 5PM–8PM
Wednesday | 11AM–2PM
Thursday–Friday | 11AM–2PM | 5PM–8PM
Saturday | 11AM–8PM
Sunday | 11AM–4PM

📍11380-10 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32246

Riverside Liquors 10+ Best Restaurants In Jacksonville: Hidden Gem Edition! 2022
📷 Riverside Liquors

Riverside Liquors

Yes, you read that right…a liquor store with one of the best restaurants in Jacksonville inside! They focus on fine wine, a wide variety of spirits, and craft beers, but they also have great food and a full-service bar.

Riverside Liquors is said to be the premier location for a complete food and beverage experience in Riverside. And have even more good news…free wine on Fridays!

They have a fantastic selection of small plates and tapas. Some favorites are the Chorizo Stuffed Dates, Bacon Sea Scallops, and their Beer Cheese & Pretzel Rounds. You must also try their Deviled Egg Flight. It comes with 4 half-slices of deviled eggs that include a traditional deviled egg, a Cobb style, a Hummus variation, and the Tequila pickled deviled egg. Yum!

Retail Hours
Sunday |Closed
Monday–Saturday | 10AM–10PM

Bar Hours
Sunday | Closed
Monday–Saturday | 4PM–10PM

Kitchen Hours
Sunday | Closed
Monday–Thursday | 4PM–9PM
Friday–Saturday |4PM–10PM

📍1251 King Street Jacksonville, FL 32204

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📷 Brewer's Pizza

Brewer's Pizza

Brewer’s Pizza serves handcrafted beer and pizza in Orange Park! They have so many amazing choices for pizza, so it’s hard to pick our favorite. We recommend the BBQ chicken pizza paired with a beer.

And if you are into deep dish, the Florida Smacker is your order. It’s made with their trademark 8″ deep dish pizza with light, fluffy crust and golden brown, crunchy sides. They use the finest cheeses toppings over their famous sauce!

They are Orange Park/Clay County’s ONLY true brewpub, with Pinglehead Brewing Company on site. Brewer’s is a place you will feel comfortable calling your own.

Sunday–Thursday | 11AM–9PM
Friday–Saturday | 11AM–11PM

📍14B Blanding Blvd. Orange Park, FL 32073

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📷 Woodpecker's Backyard BBQ

Woodpecker's Backyard BBQ

Woodpeckers Backyard BBQ is locally owned and operated! They’re open until they run out of food, and they tend to stay busy.
We recommend ordering turkey and pork, corn on the cob, and mac and cheese. And if you have enough room, order the banana pudding for dessert. Now that’s a home-cooked meal for you!

Monday | Closed
Tuesday-Sunday | 11AM–7PM

📍4930 State Rd. 13 N St. Augustine, FL 32092

More Jacksonville Hidden Gems

🍽️ The Fox Restaurant– Avondale

🍽️ Mr Taco – Bowden 

🍽️ Trents Seafood & Grille- Ortega

🍽️ Gators BBQ– Marietta

🍽️ Treylor Park – Nocatee

🍽️Secret Tiki Temple – Baymeadows

🍽️ Ronnie’s Wings, Oysters and More – Green Cove Springs

🍽️ Mr. Chubby’s Wings Fleming Island

🍽️ THC Trap House Chicken – Arlington

🍽️ Yi Liu Hotpot Sushi BBQ – Atlantic Beach

🍽️ Clarke’s Fish Camp – Mandarin

🍽️French Pantry – Englewood

🍽️ Harps American Pub & Grille – San Marco

🍽 Angie’s Subs – Jax Beach

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Morgan Lash

Morgan Lash

Morgan is a writer for UNATION's Stuff to Do in Jacksonville