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We're driving down from the Savannah area and meeting another couple who are driving in from Orlando area for lunch in Jax. Could you recommend a nice, not too expensive place for lunch? It would be nice if it was in an area where we could walk around and shop after lunch before we each head back home. Thanks for any suggestions!

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  1. The Jacksonville Town Center (off of JTB/Gate Pkwy), which is a large open air outdoor mall, has several upper end, chain-style restaurants (PF Chang's, Cheesecake Factory, Maggiano's, etc.). They are all pretty inexpensive, w/good food. It is a beautiful place this time of year, with their christmas decorations and lighted trees. This would cover your shopping and food. Hope this helps!!

    1. You may want to check out the San Marco area near the Southbank. There are a number of lunch spots: European Street Cafe, Poms Thai Bistro, Metro Diner, Tidbits, BBs and Bistro Aix. All of these are a short drive from the square where there are a number of shops you can browse.

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      1. re: Sunshine17

        Sorry, I don't have a good suggestion for you just one piece of advice.
        Don't go to the downtown/Jacksonville Landing area. There is really NOTHING there!
        especially for lunch.