They say when it comes to flavor identity the further South you go in Florida, the further North you get. There is much debate on the lasting tradition of Southern homestyle cooking and the rarity of classic made from scratch dishes complete with real sweet tea and slow cooked sides. Jacksonville is perched in the ideal location just South of the Georgia border with plenty of rural outskirts, lots of family history, and a culture that appreciates great home cooks and fresh ingredients.
In almost all of the fine dining establishments nearby you’ll find a nod to Southern Americana cooking. Whether it’s grits, or mac n cheese, foodies can’t resist the nostalgia attached to classic comfort food. There’s nothing quite like the original, and that’s why locals still flock to time trusted favorites like Beach Road Chicken Dinners who have kept true to their original concept since opening their doors in the 1930s.
Community driven diners full of retro decor and friendly service attract lines out the door at establishments like Metro Diner, and The Fox Restaurant as they dish out consistent good ole fashioned fare. Meanwhile classic comfort still has room for reinvention with new icons like Maple St. Biscuit Company putting a modern twist on down home favorites.
Whether you’re seeking the best Florida BBQ, or a warm bowl of soup to fill you up, these homestyle favorites are sure to keep you coming back for more.