The Best Jacksonville Beach Restaurants Offer More Than Fried Fish and Fries
Jacksonville Beach restaurants hold surprises for those who are visiting the area for more than just the sun, surf and pier. Here are some of the best Jacksonville Beach restaurants that are worth visiting any time of the week.
TacoLu Baja Mexicana
Located just a few blocks from the beach and lit up like a Christmas tree year 'round, TacoLu is a popular beach hangout for those who love margaritas and tacos -- fish tacos, that is. Everything -- and it does mean everything, from the guacamole to the salsa -- is prepared on the premises from fresh ingredients. The restaurant is known as much for tequila as it is for tacos, enchiladas and quesadillas. In addition to having more than 90 different tequilas stocked, TacoLu also makes its own sour mix by hand.
If you're searching for the best burger in Jacksonville Beach, look no farther than this casual eatery that has been around for 15 years. In recent years, Cruisers has been spreading around with a growing number of franchises, based on the original Jacksonville Beach location's formula of serving fresh food in a laid-back environment. Dressings, marinades and sauces are made on the premises and the restaurant even breads the fish for its sandwiches. The restaurant prides itself on having no heat lamps because everything is made to order.
For something more upscale in Jacksonville, try this French-style bistro. On the menu, patrons find signature items such as coq au vin, Moroccan lamb stew and beef Stroganoff. Even meatloaf gets an elegant treatment, made from mushroom and eggplant, wrapped in bacon, topped with port wine sauce and served with garlic mashed potatoes. With a main dining room, lounge, bar and ballroom for special events, the restaurant also has European-themed outdoor courtyard with outside seating, if desired.
Chef Roy Yamaguchi's eponymous restaurant is renowned for its innovative cuisine, cutting-edge wine list, and “aloha” style of service. Based on Yamaguchi's childhood memories of the feelings and flavors of Hawaii, the chef created what he refers to as “Hawaiian fusion” cuisine, featuring fresh local ingredients, European sauces and bold Asian spices with a focus on seafood.
Fresh and healthy are the buzz words at this casual chain restaurant that serves up reasonably priced Southwestern cuisine. A simple menu features quesadillas, sandwiches, grilled burritos (including unusual choices, such as fish, shrimp, ginger chicken and Hawaiian steak), tacos and salads. Once the food is served, you can visit the restaurant's salsa bar, which has a variety of freshly made salsas from cool to spicy.
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Posted on February 27, 2012 by Brian Bixler