Tequila Flights at Neptune Beach

Earlier this month I had the chance to meet with Jayvee VanValkenburgh the general manager at Neptune Beach’s Flying Iguana Taqueria & Tequila Bar. After talking to coworkers and friends there seems to be a consensus that Flying Iguana is best known for their guacamole which is made from scratch and massive selection of tequila. I had…

Fresh Subs at a Store Near You

Recently I had the opportunity to visit an awesome locally owned sub franchise group that many of you may be familiar with, Larry’s Giant Subs. Prior to doing the interview with the company’s CEO, Larry Raikes, I had visited many of their locations and personally experienced consistent quality and taste in their subs. I wanted…

Bringing Cajun Flair to the First Coast

A few weeks back I had the opportunity to meet with Robert Alley the executive chef and co-owner of Gumbo YaYas, a New Orleans inspired dining spot here in Jax. Like many other places I had previously driven by this establishment on several occasions, but on this day I decided to pay them a visit….

Mambo the Cuban way

A few weeks ago I had the delightful pleasure of meeting Raul Arias the owner of my favorite Cuban restaurant in Jacksonville, Mambos Cuban Cafe & Pizzeria. Raul first opened up his restaurant off of Mayport Road after retiring from the Navy in 2007. Raul is originally from Panama but moved to South Florida at…

Prost! At German Schnitzel Haus

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to revisit with one of my favorite German-style restaurant’s in town, German Schnitzel Haus. I had been to this establishment when it was still at it’s original location a block west on Atlantic Blvd past Hodges Blvd. Since my last visit there the restaurant had closed and…

American Barbecue in San Marco

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit with a brand new barbecue restaurant that recently opened it’s doors in San Marco this past April called The Bearded Pig Southern BBQ & Beer Garden. Michael Schmidt and Chad Munsey are the co-owners and operate this new laid back all American barbecue spot on Kings Ave…

Defined as Force of Character

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet with Sarah Marie Johnston who is also known as “The Handler”. Sarah is the marketing director at one of my favorite local brunch spots in town, MOXIE Kitchen + Cocktails. Sarah and her husband Tom Gray opened up this unique restaurant back in November 2013…

Straight from IndoChine

About two weeks ago I found myself walking the San Marco neighborhood streets, it was peaceful, birds were chirping, and the temperature was mild. Many businesses weren’t open yet but I managed to find my way into the doors of Indochine. San Marco resident’s are probably very familiar with this establishment as it sits right…

Bringing the New Jersey Diner to Jacksonville

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…

Dining Hawaiian Style in Jax

Last Wednesday I was exploring Jacksonville’s restaurant scene and decided to visit a local joint that I must have driven by at least a dozen times in the past. With an inviting sign hung above it’s exterior, I thought that this place may have a fun story to tell. I ventured inside and got in…

Grab A Snack At The Shrimp Shack

Last week I was out and about in Jacksonville’s San Pablo and Beach Blvd area and spotted Shrimp Shack as I was driving. I had heard of this quick service restaurant before from both family and friends but decided to explore it a bit further for myself. I pulled into the parking lot, found a nearby space, and…

Hand-crafted Convenience in the Heart of San Marco

Last week I was cruising the streets of San Marco and decided to revisit a place that I had previously been to as a customer, Taverna. I got lucky and found street parking a block up from the restaurant and made my way inside. The first thing I noticed was a unique interior with a…