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Seafood on the San Sebastian

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Seafood on the San Sebastian

There’s a new fish camp in St. Augustine When it comes to finding freshly prepared seafood in Northeast Florida, locals will tell you to go to a fish camp. Historically, fish camps were the places that men would set up camp alongside the water, fish all day, then enjoy their catch in the evening with a few drinks and tall tales. The design of fish camps today pays delicious tribute to this remarkable heritage, especially at the recently opened St. Augustine Fish Camp on the bank of the San Sebastian River. Located a stone’s throw from St. Augustine’s historic attractions, just south of the St. Augustine Distillery, and nestled into a seafaring port that includes both working fishermen and recreational sailors, this exciting new eatery caters to locals and visitors alike. While you won’t have to catch your own fish, there’s an exceptionally well-stocked bar with an esoteric selection of wines, local brews, bourbons, and spirits; an extensive menu of seafood dishes inspired by Southern culinary traditions; and a warm, friendly, and casual vibe that makes visitors feel more like family than guests. The restaurant itself, expertly designed by the renowned Jacksonville architectural firm Cronk Duch Architecture, is built on a foundation that once supported a commercial scallop operation. While the only evidence of its history are the doors that serve as a decorative backdrop in the reception area, the restaurant has an aesthetic that is directly influenced by its working waterfront. Complete with an 80-foot dock for individuals who prefer to arrive by water, a coquina beach that runs along its bank, and plenty of outdoor seating, this is the perfect spot to eat, drink, and enjoy the passing parade of commercial fishing boats, recreational craft, kayakers, and the occasional pod of dolphins. Operated by restaurateurs Ben and Liza Groshell, St. Augustine Fish Camp is the seventh restaurant to open as part of their incredibly successful family of restaurants and fish camps managed by the Southern Table Hospitality group. “This stretch of the San Sebastian River is very much alive. Based on numerous requests from our patrons for a Fish Camp in St. Augustine, we knew the aesthetic and vibe of this working waterfront would be an ideal location,” Liza Groshell says. “The restaurant is conveniently located near St. Augustine’s historic district. It has plenty of parking, lots of space, and is both casual and comfortable.” When it comes to the kitchen, the culinary team includes Chef Ben Groshell (also CEO of Southern Table Hospitality), Executive Chef Sean Crowell (a recognized culinary talent in Northeast Florida), and Culinary Director Sergio Zucchelli (a longstanding member of the Southern Table Hospitality group’s team, ensuring the success of all four Fish Camps). When we asked the staff which dishes were house favorites, the response was unanimous. While not on the menu, their Bay Scallops on the Half Shell (served in a creamy tomato sauce) is regularly featured as a daily special appetizer. Another appetizer that’s a regular among daily specials is Fish Bites (fried fish of the day served with shoestring fries and sriracha lime aioli). Suggested with equal enthusiasm, and deservedly so, are their main dishes—Spicy Seafood Linguini (served with sea scallops, shrimp, calamari, clams, garlic, and white wine) and Fish Camp Shrimp & Grits (served in a white wine butter...

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The Wine Cellar: Tradition and Staying Power

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The Wine Cellar: Tradition and Staying Power

On the north end of San Marco, nestled among the high-rises on the Southbank, resolutely stands the Wine Cellar, a restaurant that has delivered love on a plate since 1974. While major cities like New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Chicago can boast a litany of tenured restaurants like the Wine Cellar, it remains an institution among its peers here locally. Its secret? Don’t just deliver a meal: Deliver a complete experience and consider everyone who walks through the door as a friend of the family.

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An Old Favorite. A Delightful New Experience.

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An Old Favorite. A Delightful New Experience.

There’s a lot going on at the Beaches Town Center. This is the increasingly popular beach destination where Atlantic Boulevard meets the ocean. The place is abuzz with all sorts of new shops, inviting cafes, lively bars, and enticing restaurants. While some may come and go, one of the most enduring destinations, and a favorite among locals, is Mezza Luna Ristorante.

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Marker 32 — Come for the View. Stay for the Food.

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Marker 32 — Come for the View. Stay for the Food.

After twenty-seven years of operation by the venerable restauranteurs Chef Ben and Liza Groshell, who are also the creators and owners of the Fish Camps and Valley Smoke, it’s no surprise that Marker 32 has become one of Jacksonville’s most iconic and well regarded dining destinations.

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A Groovy Place — Celebrating Twenty Years and Going Strong

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A Groovy Place —  Celebrating Twenty Years and Going Strong

When it comes to culinary impact, one of the most enduring and highly regarded restaurants contributing to the cool and groovy vibe of the city is bb’s, a perennial favorite in the Southbank neighborhood, just a stone’s throw from the St. Johns River in historic San Marco.

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Escape Restaurant & Bar — A Wonderful Melting Pot of Cuisines

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Escape Restaurant & Bar — A Wonderful Melting Pot of Cuisines

One of the liveliest spots in Jacksonville is the Five Points neighborhood in Riverside, considered the bohemian center of the city. If you haven’t visited in a while, and enjoy ethnically inspired foods, you’ll want to check out Escape Restaurant & Bar. Described as a melting pot of cuisines from around the world, their menu pays delicious homage to a cornucopia of culinary styles and cultures. 

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Michael’s — An Elevated Dining Experience

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Michael’s — An Elevated Dining Experience

A visit to St. Augustine is always enjoyable. There’s the imposing Castillo de San Marcos, plenty of old world charm, the scenic Mantanzas River, lots of galleries and museums, and a wide variety of entertainment options. And when it comes to exceptional dining experiences, Michael’s, formerly Michael’s Tasting Room, is yet another remarkable attribute in this already noteworthy destination.

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Fully Restored and Eager to Serve

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Fully Restored and Eager to Serve

One of Jacksonville’s most culturally and historically significant neighborhoods is Riverside-Avondale. One of the most awaited events in the ‘hood was the opening of Derby House Diner on the corner of Park and Margaret Streets. While locals may remember this eatery as Derby on Park (if you’re old enough, you may even remember this was originally a Texaco station), it has changed hands and is now owned by Chad Munsey and Michael Schmidt – owners of The Bearded Pig in San Marco and the Rec Room, also in Five Points.

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Royal Palm — Great Food. An Amazing Selection of Wines and Beers.

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Royal Palm — Great Food. An Amazing Selection of Wines and Beers.

If you’re looking for an exciting culinary adventure, willing to indulge your palate with tastes from around the world, open to an incredible variety of wines, and eager to explore an impressive selection of craft beers, you’ll want to round up a few friends and head over to Royal Palm Village Wine & Tapas – a casual, comfortable, and completely enjoyable restaurant and bottle shop secreted away just off the main drag in Atlantic Beach. 

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Come Prepared

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Come Prepared

It’s not every day that you can step out onto the sand and enjoy a moonlit stroll along the beach after an indulgent and expertly prepared meal. At Seahorse Grille, the signature restaurant at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, that’s exactly what you can do.

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