It’s time once again to bring you a list of some of our favorite hole in the wall restaurants in Jax. When we set out on this crazy restaurant reviewing adventure, our goal was to help our readers find great small local restaurants. We’ve reviewed a lot of places at this point and some of our favorites are still those little-known hidden gems. You can check out our first four hole in the wall lists here, here, here, and here. This latest list also includes some new newcomers to the Jax food scene. For the most part these spots are flying under the radar…for now.
Address: 2294 Mayport Rd #22, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Phone: (904) 247-3301
Who doesn’t love fried chicken? Who doesn’t love ramen? Hangar Bay married two of our favorite things and made a military themed comfort food fast casual restaurant. Located on Mayport Road, Hangar Bay is serving up some of the best comfort food in Jax- fried chicken, five kinds of ramen, fried biscuits, fried mac n cheese; let’s just say you won’t go away disappointed.
Ugly Cupcake Muffinry
Address: 115 5th Ave S, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Phone: (904) 339-5214
Owner Ivy Wolf’s kids were in love with cupcakes, dragging mom to every cupcake shop in town. After they’d tried them all they realized mom’s muffins were better than all of those. Fast forward several years and Ivy has gone from selling muffins at the Beaches Green Market to a full restaurant offering daily breakfast and lunch service plus the muffins that started it all. Why the name? Everyone knows a muffin is just an ugly cupcake. The Muffinry is as adorable as it is tasty, located in the first floor of an old house on 5th Ave South in Jax Beach. Make this your next stop for breakfast eats.
Address: 1011 3rd St S, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Phone: (904) 270-1040
Beach people don’t often cross the ditch for a sandwich. And with Sun Deli in their backyard, why would they? A massive menu, ridiculously delicious soups, Boars Head meats, a daily surprise sandwich, and some of the best sandwiches in town are Sun Deli’s secrets that keep folks coming back again and again.
Address: 5161 Beach Blvd #5, Jacksonville, FL 32207
Phone: (904) 396-4008
The newest Korean restaurant in town is the one you don’t want to miss. Jacksonville’s slowest Korean restaurant, Hon Korean, has been replaced with what may be the fastest Korean restaurant in town. GangNam Korean is a totally new restaurant with an entirely different staff. Bibimbap you don’t want to miss, delicious soups, and some bulgogi for good measure are all options at this tasty new Korean hole in the wall.
Bagels R Us
Address: 14185 Beach Blvd # 4, Jacksonville, FL 32250
Phone: (904) 223-9333
Located on Beach Blvd near San Pablo for the past couple of decades, and having survived being passed through the hands of three or four owners over the years, Bagels R Us never sacrifices quality. If you’re looking for authentic New York bagels you’ll want to head to the place that sets the bar for bagels in Jax, Bagels R Us.
Mr. Ed’s Heavenly BBQ
Address: 5426 Blanding Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32244
Phone: (904) 874-9418
Despite its humble location in a tiny red trailer on the corner of Blanding and 103rd, Mr. Ed’s has become a star among Westside eateries. Mosey on up to the window and order yourself some of the best smoked chicken you’ll ever eat, plus a half rack of ribs, grab a seat at the picnic table and sink into pure happiness. You’ll be glad we sent you!
Go forth and eat! And let these restaurants know Jax Restaurant Reviews sent you!