October 2013

Found 11 blog entries for October 2013.

CoffeeChain coffee shops are great, but local coffee houses usually provide a better atmosphere if you're a new resident. These businesses can make it easier to meet new people and enjoy your new local environment. Here are some of the top locally owned coffee houses in Jacksonville.

Bold Bean Coffee Roasters

This company has been roasting organic coffee beans for years and they opened their first coffee house in November of 2011. This one is found in the Riverside District of Jacksonville, which is one of the most historic areas of the city.

Seating isn't exactly plentiful, but the coffee is amazing. They do plan to add more seating as they grow and there are places to sit and enjoy a conversation or check email on your laptop. Wi-Fi is provided free of

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Restaurant TablesJacksonville is full of great restaurants. You can find anything from healthy eats to some of the best pizza in the city. Here are a few of the best restaurants in Jacksonville to discover.

Best for Innovative Eats

Taverna is the best choice for your innovative choices. The menu features many seasonal choices with only the freshest ingredients used in every dish. The skirt steak a la plancha is one of the local favorites. You can find Taverna at 986 San Marco Boulevard.

Best Pizza

Two places provide great pizza, Mellow Mushroom and Al's Pizza. Al's is a bit more of a local joint, while Mellow Mushroom is one of the best unique pizza chains in the country. Whether you love fresh ingredients, unique toppings or a great selection of beer, both of

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Finding the best pizza is one thing, but finding the best pasta, steaks, chicken, burgers and more is quite a bit different. Discovering the best of what Jacksonville restaurants have to offer isn't always easy. Here are some of the best dishes you will find throughout the city.

Fried Chicken

The best fried chicken in the city comes from Beach Road Chicken Dinners. This restaurant is located at 4132 Atlantic Boulevard and serves signature fried chicken. They have been a Jacksonville staple since 1939. With homemade sides, excellent biscuits and the perfect selection of fried chicken, you can get a true taste of southern cooking here.


The best burger in town comes from Cruisers Grille. Some may say it's from Five Guys, but they are a chain

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Since there's no clear cut line between Avondale and Riverside, many of the Jacksonville locals refer to this area as the Riverside-Avondale district. Often, Avondale is considered a sub-district of Riverside, as well. Even though this is all true, Avondale and Riverside are separate areas and Avondale is listed separately in the National Register of Historic Places.


Located between St. Jon's Avenue and close to Roosevelt Boulevard, Avondale is found on the Westside of Jacksonville. The neighborhood is most known for The Shoppes of Avondale, which is a collection of eclectic shops and excellent restaurants. You can find all types of places here, such as upscale boutiques and a hookah lounge.

Affordable apartments are found throughout

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A private golf club community with plenty to offer, Hammock Dunes is found just to the south of St. Augustine, Florida. This area is bound by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Intracoastal Waterway on the other. You will find two of the absolute best golf courses in the country in this area, The Fazio 18-hole Links Course and the Creek Course by Rees Jones.

This nearly 1,000-acre upscale development provides oceanfront property and a great place for golfers. With nearly 1.5 miles of beachfront property and a 2.5 mile long island, this community provides privacy, beauty and so much more.

The community is controlled by privacy gates, which are manned by security 24/7. Ownership opportunities come in a variety of choices including properties

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Jacksonville, Fl - Regardless of which side you fall on or if its somewhere in the middle, the discord in Washington sends ripples throughout the economy and housing is not immune.  As more and more potential homebuyers open their newspapers, turn on their tablets, or talk to their friends its impossible for them to avoid the feedback that comes frmo the stalemate in D.C.  So if D.C. cant figure things out than how can Jimmy and Suzie figure out what to do with their home hunt?

This effects most major purchases and with house and home being one of the largest of those, it would only make sense that that particular shopping experience would need to be slower and more deliberate.  As Washington goes, so may go the home buying process.  Not to mention that

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Finding the right restaurants and bars throughout a new city can be difficult. It's easy to fall back on national chains, but finding the top local spots provides a better experience. Here are some of the hottest spots in Jacksonville for food and drink.

Best Family-Friendly Restaurant

TacoLu is a great place for the entire family or for a cheap date. It's found at 1183 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville Beach and provides excellent food for the price. Kids are always welcome and adults can enjoy house-made margaritas, grown-up tacos with filet mignon or ahi tuna, while kids can munch on the excellent quesadillas and bajastyle fish sticks.

Best New Bar

BlackFinn American Grille has made quite a name for itself over the past couple years. It's found

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Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/grandvelasrivieramaya/3655676414/Jacksonville offers plenty of great spas and salons, but you need to find the best choices for your relaxation. There's nothing better than stepping out of the spa door with new paint on the toenails and fingernails, along with a relaxed state of mind. It's much like a week vacation shoved into just a few hours. Here are the top choices found throughout the city.

Sole Spa

Known for the best body treatments in the city, Sole Spa is found at 1113 Third Street in Jacksonville Beach. This spa provides Brazilian bikini waxing, airbrush tanning, full-body salt polishes and a variety of other body treatments for all your needs.

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

If you're searching for a place to spend the day, this is the best day spa in Jacksonville. Enjoy body

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