New Jersey is a state known for a few things; New Jersey Devils, New Jersey Turnpike, and for being the diner capital of the world. Two men in Jacksonville have sought to bring their New Jersey diner experience to Jacksonville’s restaurant goer. I had the pleasure of sitting down with both Yalcin Sahin and Marvin Kizgin the local owners of Oceana Diner, one of my favorite breakfast spots in town.
Yalcin and Marvin have been life long friends even though they grew up in different cities. Yalcin and his family come from New Jersey, while Marvin is originally from Ocean City Maryland. Yalcin’s father had been in the diner business back in New Jersey for over thirty years and served as the inspiration for bringing the authentic Jersey diner experience to Jacksonville. Oceana Diner opened it’s doors for business for the first time on February 20th, 2015. I recall that I visited the restaurant during it’s first week of being open, and while I didn’t realize it at the time, Marvin had personally been providing my family and I with fantastic service and attending to our dining needs. The next time I visited Oceana Diner Marvin greeted me by name, which I must say was impressive because it was about two months since my last visit. This is the sort of place Oceana Diner strives to be, a place where customers can come and feel at home, a place that acts as a strong thread within the tight knit fabric of Jacksonville’s community.
If you are like me waking up can be a struggle, but forget Starbucks and try the Turkish coffee at Oceana for a change in your daily pace. To brew a single cup takes approximately six minutes, but it’s well worth the wait. The Turkish coffee is made through a hand-brewed process and is so strong that it puts most other coffees to shame.
Oceana Diner also offers a good kids menu which includes a drink and meal for just $4.99, and they are a pet friendly establishment on their outdoor seating area.
Oceana Diner is a proud supporter of the University of North Florida’s Men’s and Women’s soccer teams, they provide the preseason food catering to keep the athletes fueled through training. In addition the diner donates food to the Hubbard House which is an organization that provides shelter to victims of domestic violence and their children. Oceana Diner also loves the first responders of the First Coast offering a 15% discount to the men and women who serve our community.
For more info on Oceana Diner visit them online at www.oceanadiner.net.
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Written and published for BUZZ Magazine, April 2016.