Jacksonville's Top Breakfast Spots: Iconic Diners, Local Haunts and Inventive Newcomers

From the beaches to the riverbanks Jacksonville has the most important meal of the day covered. Traditional family favorites and reinvented classics remind diners that great taste never goes out of style and old dogs can learn new tricks.

If you awake at the beaches head to local haunts like Beach Diner in Ponte Vedra and Ellen’s Kitchen in Jacksonville Beach, where early bird specials serve those rising at the break of dawn and daily specials keep things fresh. Newcomer The Loving Cup Hash House proves classic taste can be reinvented with flavorful combinations of the freshest ingredients and the best cup of specialty coffee you’ll get at a local breakfast spot.

As you head in town find one of the popular locations of Metro Diner or Maple Street Biscuit Company. The Metro’s generous portions ensures even the biggest appetites are satiated, meanwhile Maple Street creates new biscuit masterpieces out of southern inspired sandwiches and tasty pastries.

Coffee shop aficionados should head to Lillie’s Coffee Bar in Neptune Beach and Cool Moose Cafe where they know how to serve up a good strong cup of fresh brew; and where the local culture is celebrated with family friendly service, great conversation, and delicious food.

Start your day off right on the First Coast and treat yourself at one of these local favorites. You are sure to find Southern hospitality and fresh fare that will delight your tastebuds.

Fifth generation family owned bakery Cinotti's is one of those go-to neighborhood bakeries whose commitment to old fashioned values, and hard work never go out of style. Rising early to whip up tasty treats for it's loyal fans, Cinotti's is a...  Read More

Tucked away in the historic neighborhood of Avondale, The Fox Restaurant is known for dishing out classic favorites with incredible service. As you walk in the door you are met with wall to wall conversation topics. Memorabilia from throughout...  Read More

Ellen's Kitchen is a locally owned staple serving up classic home cooked dishes in a timely manner with friendly service. This mom and pop operation has been serving guests for almost 60 years now. Ellen's may not be fancy, but they have been...  Read More

Neighborhood hang out Lillie's Coffee Bar in Neptune Beach, is more than a coffee shop. It's a place where local artists gain exposure, families come to relax, and girlfriends catch up on the latest news. Fresh local roasts fill your mug, and...  Read More

Local regulars haunt Beach Diner in Ponte Vedra 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch! You would think this local diner would run out of fresh ideas, but not Beach Diner. Serving fresh made from scratch fare daily is the secret behind this...  Read More

More commonly known for their lunch menu, Olio is one of Jacksonville's best kept breakfast secrets. Visit this downtown loft style spot and enjoy a chic atmosphere right on Bay street serving up fresh pastries, and decadent breakfast dishes....  Read More

The Cool Moose Cafe is proud to be a locally owned community favorite serving up great food and coffee in the heart of one of Jacksonville's most creative neighborhoods. Drop by for a casual cup of coffee at the unlimited coffee bar and a pastry...  Read More

One of the many thing the South does right when it comes to food is good ole fashioned biscuits. Maple St. Biscuit Company has not only mastered the art of the flaky biscuit, they have reinvented what it means to be a biscuit. Forget about the...  Read More

San Marco

Showcased on national TV, and known locally as one of the best breakfast places around, Metro Diner gives everything it has and doesn't hold back. Generous portions are dished out on morning favorites like Fried Chicken and Waffles, Cinnamon...  Read More

Looking for a unique local restaurant that serves up fresh fare in a bohemian atmosphere? Local art lines the walls of this new Jax hot spot where generous portions of flavorful creations are served up at a reasonable price. The Loving Cup Hash...  Read More


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