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Feb 23, 2010 04:50 PM

Birthday Meal In Jacksonville

My sister is going to take me to lunch for my birthday next Wednesday, and I'm not sure where I want to go. I live in Jax Beach, and I've lived in the beaches area of Jacksonville since August of '08 and I haven't really found anywhere I'm too crazy about.

I'm maybe considering the French Pantry (I've seen it mentioned on here once or twice), but I don't know how pricey it is.

Where would you go?

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  1. If you want atmosphere, no. If you want good food, yes. It is really outstanding, and they have pastries and baked goods to go as well. I cannot emphasize how important it is that you get there by 11 AM, though.

    It is really advantageous to get on the front end of the rush. If you haven't been before, get there early and reconnoiter the area - it is not obvious that this place serves food, other than the wonderful smell in the area.

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    1. re: mezzrow

      Looking on Urbanspoon, I saw that the prices at the French Pantry are good. So hopefully that will work out with my sister.

      Are there any other places you'd suggest? I honestly have a hard time finding anything good around here.

    2. The Pantry is nice but really difficult to get in to. The line is a hassle and the interior windowless.

      I like Pastiche in Avondale for lunch. Prices are very reasonble for the quality, service and setting. Make a reservation and tell them it's special event. Sit in the garden. Check out their menu at Either place is a long way from the beach but Pastiche is worth the drive.

      1. While the French Pantry is excellent & always worth the drive & wait, here are a few ideas closer to home:
        Eleven South - Jax Beach, upscale
        JJ's Liberty Bistro - PVB, outdoor seating, good food (delicious mini bison burgers)
        Urban Flats - next to JJ's, more casual but still nice
        Nineteen at TPC Clubhouse - outdoor seating over looking the golf course

        Eleven South
        216 11th Avenue South, Jacksonville, Beach, FL 32250

        Urban Flats
        330 A1A N, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

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