Culinary Diversity Wafts Through Jacksonville

Jacksonville’s flavorful community provides the area with a wide variety of gastronomic experiences, from interpretive Southern classics to elegant Euro-Caribbean fusion, Asian comfort food and beyond.

By Kieran Kern

The Soul Food Bistro

No trip to Jax would be complete without a little soul. Opened in 1998 by The Potter’s House Christian Fellowship, The Soul Food Bistro’s mission is to provide the best in Southern food and fellowship. The menu runs the gamut of favorites from fried chicken, collard greens and unforgettable mac and cheese to new twists on classics like oxtail wontons. Located on the Southside and the Westside, The Soul Food Bistro will satisfy the most ambitious appetites, and warm your heart to boot.

Blue Bamboo

Founded in 2005, Blue Bamboo marries hip Asian fare with classic Southern favorites. Jacksonville native Chef Dennis Chan found his love of food in his grandfather’s kitchen as a child and cultivated it at University of Florida, The Culinary Institute of America and Ming Tsai’s restaurant, Blue Ginger. Dishes such as the Red Curry Shrimp and Grits, Panko-cheese Tomatoes and Food Truck Short Rib Tacos meld the culinary influences in Chan’s life.

Enjoy a Thai-garita or a glass of premium wine in the elegant dining room and have an epicurean fiesta.

Azurea Restaurant

For a chic beachside retreat, Azurea Restaurant provides an elegant, artistic atmosphere, where every seat has an ocean view. The menu is a thoughtful nod to the flavors of Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas. The menu changes with each season, representing the latest trends and finest organic ingredients.

For a First Coast-worthy feast, start with the Cucumber and Lobster Crudo, move on to the Grilled Coastal Mahi Mahi with a Meyer Lemon Beurre Blanc and finish with an artisanal cheese presentation featuring some of Florida’s and Georgia’s finest offerings.

For a full list of Jacksonville’s dining options—from upscale bistros to down-home fish camps, all infused with warm Southern charm—visit our restaurant section.

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