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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, where early bird specials serve those rising at the break of dawn and daily specials keep things fresh. 

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 Southern Grounds 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.



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

Neptune Beach


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

Jacksonville Beach Area


Located conveniently on A1A in the center Jacksonville Beach, Famous Toastery lives up to it's name with world class breakfast and brunch dining. Whether you are an early riser taking in the sunrise or a late morning brunch seeker, you'll be...  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



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



This neighborhood gem is nestled inside the charming Beaches Town Center a short walk from the beach. Regulars and visitors alike flock to Southern Grounds & Co for it's direct trade coffee, craft beer, and tasteful selection of wine. 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


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