Is this a day or nite game?? If you are going from Jax Intl. and driving through town between 8 and 5 on Saturday, you have an opportunity for a "hearty" experience at the legendary Blue Boy Sandwich Shoppe on Jacksonville's Northside - before you get to downtown from the airport. Get off I-95 at the Norwood/Lem Turner exit and head into town for about 1/4 mile. Look on the right, you'll see the Blue Boy sign - if you want fancy, or atmosphere, go somewhere else. Check out the range of choices on the jukebox while you wait for your sandwich. Willie Nelson to 50 cent to Sinatra - go figure...
It's all good, actually - just check out the menu and order what looks good to you. The round is a bit larger than a BK whopper, the sub is normal sub length, but twice as wide as you might expect. Unbelievably good stuff, and you'll have enough chow to carry through the game and "lay a base" for pregame refreshments, paticularly if you go with the sub.
Sides? Hah!! You don't need 'em - this is BlueBoy (one sandwich, one family, one meal). Highly recommended from all chowish types in this forum. Careful driving to Gainesville, they're not kidding about the speed traps - watch out in Lawtey and Waldo.
There isn't anything to eat between Jax and G'ville. Wait until you get to G'ville to eat. Beware of vicious speed traps on the way to town. Don't go even 5 mph over the speed limit- they'll ticket you.
Once you get to Gainesville, eat at the traditional pre-game places like Burrito Bros., Cafe Gardens, Joe's Deli or the Swamp.