Where To Carb-Load in Jacksonville!

You call it carb-loading, we call it chowing down on some of the best foods in Northeast Florida before the big run!

Carb load before the big run! Jacksonville’s food scene is an eclectic hybrid of inspired casual elegance and classic southern comfort, infused with the flavors of the coast and a dash of international flair. No other Florida city has more unique flavors than Jacksonville, a melting pot of cultures and tastes, with a thriving culinary culture pioneered by local chefs that have been nationally and internationally trained.

Get that runner’s high and avoid hitting the wall by fueling up in some of Jacksonville’s most delicious restaurants during your marathon visit this February.  We’ve compiled a list of restaurants that are featuring “carb”tastic dishes for you to nosh on before and after the big run.


Beaches Area

Azurea at One Ocean Resort & Spa

  • Seafood Risotto: a beautiful blend of lobster, shrimp, scallops, urchin broth and bottarga, served over delicious risotto.

Culhane’s Irish Pub

  • Kearney's Corned Beef Hash: Thumann's crispy gourmet corned beef and hash served with 2 eggs any style.
  • Cinotti's Donut Sandwich: Applewood smoked bacon or Azar sausage patties, fried eggs and cheddar cheese on a Cinotti's glazed donut. Served with baby cakes.
  • Avocado Cobb Salad: Romaine lettuce, avocados, hard boiled eggs, bleu cheese crumbles, applewood smoked bacon, tomatoes & choice of dressing.
  • Chad's Shrimp N’ Grits: Fresh Local Shrimp sautéed with cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, and spicy garlic parmesan sauce. Served with a seared grit cake and fresh scallions 

 


Downtown/San Marco Area

Olio

  • Steak & Cheese
  • Shrimp & Grits
  • House Fries with aioli

Fionn Maccool's Irish Pub

  • Irish Lasagna: Lasagna noodles, roasted tomato and Guinness sauce with Irish banger sausages, cabbage and ricotta and mozzarella cheeses. 

Candy Apple Café

  • Short Rib Meatloaf:  tomato jam, brown butter whipped potatoes, port reduction, petite vegetables
  • Country Fried Chicken: saltine and buttermilk crusted chicken breast, pink peppercorn gravy, house fries and collard greens
  • Mac-n-Cheese: white cheddar, fontina, onion hay, candied bacon

Sweet Pete’s Candy

  • Gummy Fried Eggs: Scrambled or sweet? Sweet gummy eggs are a real treat that keep you going for a long race!

Riverside/Avondale Area

Black Sheep Restaurant

  • Roasted Butternut Squash and Spaghetti: house spaghetti, seasonal mushrooms and fried sage. It comes as an Appetizer for $12 and as an Entree for $18 and you can add duck confit for $5 or add pork belly for $3. 

M Shack

  • M Shack Insanity Burger: two hamburger patties sandwiched between two grilled cheese sandwiches complete with the fixins - lettuce, tomato, pickle, shake sauce.

Professor Panini Food Truck at Riverside Arts Market

  • Hot-pressed, gourmet 'Silicon Valley' Panini (turkey, bacon, tomato, pesto, avocado, American and cheddar cheese) with a side of fresh, grilled asparagus!

Southside Area

Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails

  • Handmade Gnocchi: oxtail ragout / truffle butter / Brussels sprouts
  • Chicken + Waffles: fried chicken / waffle bread pudding / maple mousse / pepper jelly
  • Pappardelle Pasta: sauteed shrimp / housemade tasso ham / charred tomato cream sauce

Blue Bamboo Restaurant

  • Classic Cantonese Lo Mein

M Shack

  • M Shack Insanity Burger: two hamburger patties sandwiched between two grilled cheese sandwiches complete with the fixins - lettuce, tomato, pickle, shake sauce.

Other Hot Spots To Eat Around Town

What to eat at the Beaches & Mayport: Seafood of course! Jacksonville’s own Mayport Shrimp is the culinary staple of the region. Enjoy it and other local fresh seafood at unique and delicious spots like North Beach Fish CampMarker 32,  MezzaSafe Harbor Seafood Restaurant and the Fish Company Restaurant and Oyster Bar.

What to eat at the Southside & Mandarin: Don’t be fooled, despite the ample presence of nationally known restaurant chains, the Southside also managers to have its own unique flavor with options like  Metro Diner,  Maple Street Biscuit Company and Ovinte, to name a few. For a real Southern Food experience in Jacksonville visit The Potter’s House Soul Food Bistro and Gilbert's Social...you won’t regret it! 

What to eat in Riverside & Avondale: Welcome to foodies mecca! These historic neighborhoods are putting Jacksonville’s culinary scene on the national map. While visiting be sure to indulge in some of the city’s best restaurants located in the eclectic FivePoints District, on King Street, and in the Shops of Avondale. Don’t miss Hawker'sCarmines Pie HouseThe Mossfire Grill, and Burrito Gallery.

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