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Jun 29, 2009 08:06 AM

southern food in Jacksonville?

I'm visiting Jacksonville from NY and would love to find some great southern food (i.e. chicken fried steak, vegetables, etc.) in a non-chain setting. Does this exist there? Any recommendations? I have a special desire for fried okra. Thanks!

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  1. Beach Road Chicken - we've been eating there since the '70's. Mmm, now you've got me thinking about their fried chicken and creamed peas.
    You also might want to try Whitey's Fish Camp.

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    1. re: cynder

      Thanks! I actually tried both those places on an earlier trip. Beach Road Chicken is a real treasure, and I will definitely go back there. Whitey's was a bit more hype than substance, I thought. (But still fun.) I was wondering about the type of dinner restaurant you find in old southern cities--meat plus 3 vegetables kind of thing. Unreconstructed and not a chain. Are there places like that in Jacksonville?

      1. re: gnosh

        Famous Amos, nothing fancy but typical meat and three, multiple locations. I think it is just what you are looking for.

        1. re: karenfinan

          Thanks! Are there any places like that that people know of that are not chains?

    2. Used to be Homestead on Beach Boulevard just east of the intercoastal. I haven't been there in ages - know they updated the menu for a while then maybe went back to basics. Loads of construction issues over the last year had it closing then not closing. Seems they pulled through.
      Also The Rite Spot on 3rd Street in Neptune Beach. Chicken fried steak, biscuits and corn bread on the table - great shakes!

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      1. re: meginAB

        The last time I went to The Homestead (maybe 2 years ago?) it was awful. Wouldn't go back. I tried Rite Spot once - and it was mediocre. Not as good as Golden Corral.

      2. no okra, but GOOD HOMECOOKED FOOD!!!
        Potters House Soul Food Bistro
        (904) 394-0861
        5310 Lenox Ave
        Jacksonville, FL 32205

        1. I'll contribute an "amen" to the Soul Food Bistro, but what you want to do is go to Arden's for lunch. Just off of US 17 S. (Roosevelt Blvd.) at San Juan Ave. Cross the tracks, and Arden's is back a couple of blocks on the left. There are usually a couple of JEA trucks parked nearby, cause that's where the boys like to go for lunch. I don't know how they get anything done after eating at Arden's.

          This is the best home cooking avaiable in Jacksonnville. Arden has a menu as well as a buffet - but after you look the buffet over, you'll likely say something like "this'll do...". Open for lunch only from 11:00 AM Mon -Fri - go early - it gets busy. Real busy. Her okra and tomatoes are just like my Grannie's. Three or four meat items and all the southern style veg you can eat. You'll find field peas, squash, cabbage, greens, limas, mac and cheese, chicken and rice, biscuits, cornbread, desserts and on and on and on...

          Highly recommended, completely non-chain, and ferociously local. More like a place you'd expect to find in a small town.

          Arden's Kafe & Katering
          1650 Hamilton St, Jacksonville, FL

          1. Editing my post - San Juan = St. Johns, and a couple of blocks on the right, not the left.

            My bad.

            Really though, try Arden's - you'll never forget this place.