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I am headed to Jacksonville for the Gator Bowl on New Years Day. Where should I eat when I am in town??

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I am a Nebraska Cornhusker fan from Kansas and I am coming from Hays, where I go to college. I want to know a few spots that I shouldn't leave the Jacksonville area without stopping at... Suggestions??

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  1. Jacksonville is big, spread out city; so I'll give you some highlights that are fairly close to downtown. If you aren't staying near downtown, let me know where, and I'll try to give you some recommendations for that area.

    (1) For good southern (mostly NC style) BBQ, Mojo's BBQ is excellent. They have great pulled pork (some of the best I've ever tried).

    (2) For southern-style soul food, Potter's House Soul Food Bistro is really good (excellent fried chicken).

    (3) For chicken wings, there is a small bar in the Riverside area called Kickbacks. They offered grilled wings (my preference), lots of great flavors, and the wings are good sized. In my opinion, they are definitely the best wings in town.

    (4) For something more upscale, BBs in San Marco serves excellent Bistro-style cuisine.

    There's plenty of other options in town, so if you have something in mind, let me know.

    When you're in town, I hope you enjoy it. However, as a Clemson fan, I hope you don't enjoy it too much! ;)

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    1. re: RHT in JAX

      Ahh, thank you. We are stayin on the west side. On south Lane street. But your suggestions sound great. We like all different kinds of food. We definately at some point in our trip want to eat really good fried chicken, cajun, and probably bbq. The wings place sounds awesome too. I think we are a little bit curious about seafood possibly.. or whatever the area might be known for.

      1. re: Epp34

        If you're staying on the Westside (and you are...) you're a short ride from the Potter's House Soul Food Bistro. They're closed on Monday, but don't miss this place. Another secret Westside gem is Silver Star for Chinese and HK style dim sum, if you like it (I do...) relatively close to the corner (more or less) of 103rd St. and Blanding Blvd.

        Mojo's is sufficiently far away from your lodging that you can't get there from where you are.:) That said, I'm about to point you to a spot even farther away. If you want to try the local seafood, try Clark's Fish Camp in Mandarin at the end of Hood Landing Rd. Check the pointer below and the map - it's the only way you'll get there - even locals find this place hard to find. This is the whole local experience re: southern style fried/broiled seafood + sides. Try the smoked fish dip, and be prepared to wait. Beer is available while you wait. You will drive a looong way to get this though...

        Closer by, try the Avondale restaurant corridor for some things you're not likely to find in Hays - i.e. The Casbah - share a hookah with some friends and try out the Middle Eastern menu - good grilled kabobs, kibbie, falafel, rice dishes, couscous, flatbreads w/ dips, etc. etc. This is a hangout for the same crowd you'll see at Kickbacks, which is a terrific hangout with a kitchen better than it has to be, as well as an ungodly number of beers on tap. Sushi? - try Sumo Sushi. Feeling adventurous? -try the tapas at 13 Gypsies. Lots of choices in Jax. - hope you enjoy your stay.

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        Mojo Bar-B-Que
        1607 University Blvd W, Jacksonville, FL 32217

        Potter's House Soul Food Bistro
        5310 Lenox Ave # 1, Jacksonville, FL

        Silver Star Chinese Restaurant
        5016 Blanding Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32210

        Kickbacks
        910 King St, Jacksonville, FL

        Casbah Cafe
        3628 Saint Johns Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32205

        Clark's Fish Camp & Seafood
        12903 Hood Landing Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32258

        Sumo Sushi
        2726 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32205

        1. re: mezzrow

          Hey, just to let you know, we did go to Clark's Fish Camp, tried the fish dip, and a lot of other crazy stuff. Gator, frog legs, fried oysters, shrimp, shark, scallops, soft shell crab, catfish, and oh yes, kangaroo. They were out of jumbalaya and gumbo or else we woulda had that too. I even ate black eyed peas there, and it happened to be New Year's Day, which I heard later that it is good luck to do that. All the animals stuffed and the scenery in there blew us away. My friend and I both got t-shirts too. Overall it was an awesome experience and definately worth going to if you are within 200 miles or so. Thank you so much for the suggestion. It was well worth the trip and I appreciate you helping me out with this. Oh and yeah it would have been crazy trying to find this place had I not had my GPS... Thank you again!!