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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 restaurants in Jacksonville that are hidden gems 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. 

Dalton Sports Grille

When it comes to hidden gems, we believe that Dalton’s Sports Grille 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

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. 

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

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

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

Coffee flights?! At King & Cake Supply Shop, you can get wings sampling coffees and trying some of their custom cakes and confectionaries! 

Cupcakes, bundts and all sorts of sugary goodness is the perfect way to find the perfect coffee match made in heaven. 

Also, if you’re having a special party — their custom cake decorations are out of this world! 

Monday | 12PM-6PM
Tuesday | 12PM-6PM 
Wednesday | 12PM-6PM
Thursday | 12PM-6PM

Friday | 112PM-6PM
Saturday | CLOSED
Sunday | CLOSED

📍6236 Merrill Rd, Jacksonville

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

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

Angie’s Subs has the best subs and sweet tea in town. This is a local favorite, and we have so many things we recommend for you to try! There is nothing like getting a sub from Angie’s after a long beach day. 

We recommend the meatball sub, the Peruvian, and the Holly Dolly! The Holly Dolly comes on your choice of bread with mayo, freshly smoked roast beef, ham, provolone cheese, and Peruvian sauce topped with lettuce, tomato, onion O/V.

Monday–Saturday | 10AM–9PM
Sunday | Closed

📍1436 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

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

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 Hidden Gems in Jacksonville

🍽️ 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

🍽️ Sub Cultured Subs – Mayport

🍽️French Pantry – Englewood

🍽️ Harps American Pub & Grille – San Marco

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Kayla Fosegan

Kayla Fosegan

Kayla is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Jacksonville City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Jacksonville area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinJacksonville on InstagramFacebook, and YouTube.

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