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 at 4840 Big Island Drive in the St. Johns Town Center. You can enjoy great beer, plenty of cocktails and excellent food. The secluded booths provides a great spot for a private date or meeting, while the high-top tables make it a good place for friends to gather, as well.
Best "Girls Night Out" Spot
Urban Flats is a popular choice for the ladies. Found at 9726 Touchton Road and 330 A1A North in Ponte Verde, this is an Orlando-based chain with plenty of great choices for the ladies. Wednesdays provides ladies night with "Winedown Wednesdays" and drink specials are offered on both Thursday and Saturday for the ladies, as well.
Best Sports Bar
With football in full force, it's always good to know where the best sports bar is located. Sneaker's Sport Grille is found at 111 Beach Boulevard and 8133 Pointe Meadows Drive. This is the right place for sports with a great beer selection, plenty of good bar food, massive TV screens and serves in cheerleader uniforms.