Nearly a year ago we posted our 2nd list of restaurants flying under the radar in Jacksonville. These are the places we eat when we take off our reviewing pants. Try these places. Support local restaurateurs who’re working hard everyday for the love of good food!
Address: 10916 Atlantic Boulevard, #6 Jacksonville, Florida 32225
Ariana Kabob is the best restaurant in Jax that no one has ever heard of. Ariana’s specialty is Afghani food, but it also offers a nice fusion of Greek, Turkish, and Pakistani influences. We’ve loved nearly everything we’ve tried there from the middle eastern staples chicken and lamb schwarma’s to their amazing eggplant dish banjan borani. If you’re a fan of rose water make sure to try their unique dessert dish ferny.
Tea Haus [CLOSED]
Address: 353 6th Ave South. Jacksonville Beach, FL
Phone: 904 803 1407
Serving an entirely gluten free and vegan menu, Tea Haus somehow finds a way to make healthy taste delicious. Grab a bite to eat in the store or choose a dish from their grab and go case. While they haven’t converted us to veganism they sure have made eating our veggies a whole lot more fun. In addition to delicious food Tea Haus also offers great teas, cold pressed juice and an entire holistic wellness suite in the building.
Address: 869 Stockton St, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Phone: (904) 551-4375
Tres Leches was one of our earliest reviews and is still a huge favorite of ours. Chef Irene Sweda cooks from the heart as she blends Venezuelan favorites and Spanish cuisine learned from her Chef father who cooked in Spain for decades. For the best chicken empanada in Jax, killer paella, amazing arepas and so much more head over to Tres Leches.
A&J’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream [CLOSED]
Address: 469 Atlantic Blvd #5, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Phone: (904) 372-7174
They say the cutting edge in cooking today is going back to using techniques of the past. AJ’s takes our ice cream back to the old school with every single flavor made in a 1920’s wooden barrel with traditional techniques. They actually had a bidding war with a museum to get it! If you’d like to experience ice cream the way it used to be made along with some delicious new school flavor head over to AJ’s for a treat.
Address: 3807-B Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216
Phone: (904) 338-0188
Website: No website
Las Antillas is the equivalent of showing up at your Puerto Rican grandmother’s house for dinner. This place is incredibly authentic with huge portions and reasonable prices. There’s nothing fancy, just great home cooked Puerto Rican food. Expect dishes any gringo could love like lechon(roast pork) and arroz con pollo(chicken and rice) as well as traditional Puerto Rican dishes you don’t often find elsewhere in town like Cuajito(Pig Stomach) and goat. The lechon is so good we can hardly bring ourselves to order anything else.