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Jacksonville's Homestyle Favorites Attract Diners Craving a Taste of Southern Tradition

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.  

West Jacksonville


For great service and good ole fashion comfort food, Arden's Kafe & Katering is where the locals go. Arden's offers an affordable buffet full of dishes prepared with loving care and the freshest locally sourced ingredients. Raised in the...  Read More

Le Shea's Homestyle Eatery
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Located in the center of downtown's urban core, Le Shea's Homestyle Eatery is full of comforting goodness that lives up to the name. You'll find generous portions of Salisbury Steak, the most tender Smothered Pork Chops you'll find in Jax, and...  Read More



Open since 1939, Beach Road Chicken Dinners proudly sports the title of "oldest restaurant in Jax". Dishing up the best Southern fried chicken in the region, Beach Road's location hasn't changed since it first opened it's doors, and neither has...  Read More



Established nearly forty years ago, the Deerwood Deli & Diner is a Jacksonville staple. Over the years the world has changed but some traditions still hold true at the diner including slicing their deli meat fresh every day. The 50s style...  Read More



Arguably one of the best spots to order up a juicy all American hamburger in Jax, The Fox Restaurant in Avondale is definitely a local favorite. Proving that great food doesn't have to be complicated, The Fox wins over diners seeking classic...  Read More

Soup's On
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Dedicated to creating great food from superior ingredients Soup's On recipes are full of flavor, tradition, and down home goodness. Cultures collide at Soup's On where you'll find delicious soup's from around the world. Curry, cilantro, and...  Read More



Locally owned and created Maple St. Biscuit Company is dedicated to Southern Homestyle Cooking with their own modern twist. The menu puts the classic biscuit front and center with creative sandwiches crafted with rich, made from scratch...  Read More



For casual southern dining centered on great homemade recipes pay a visit to Barbara Jean's at Wards Landing. Her signature "Eastern Shore" style crab cakes are famous in these parts. Relax at Barbara Jean's intercoastal location and watch boats...  Read More



Jacksonville native John Rivers' 4 Rivers Smokehouse is nothing short of a sensation. While living in Texas a dedication to mastering the art of smoked brisket inspired the ultimate conception of his brick and mortar flagship in Central Florida....  Read More

San Marco


Serving up one of the best breakfast and lunches in town for over a decade, Metro Diner has been hailed Best in Jax more than once. This popular establishment serves up generous helpings of classic American plates that are loaded, smothered, and...  Read More


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