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JaxBest winners guide: The spots that make Jacksonville shine

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Showcasing the best that Jacksonville has to offer, JaxBest is a voter-centric guide to all of the local things that make our city unique.

Here’s a look at the winners so far this year.

Want to see all the winners from last year? Click here.


Round 1 winners

Jacksonville’s best animal attraction: St. Augustine Wild Reserve

Runners up:

2) Celestial Farms 3) Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Jacksonville’s best brewery: SJ Brewing Company

Runners up:

2) Wicked Barley Brewing Company 3) Legacy Ale Works

Jacksonville’s best coffee shop: That Coffee Chic

Runners up:

2) Java Game Haus Café 3) Maple Street Biscuit

Jacksonville’s best dog park: BrewHound Dog Park + Bar

Runners up:

2) Dogwood Park of Jacksonville 3) Julington Creek Animal Walk

Jacksonville’s best fishing charter: Team Buck Rogers

Runners up:

2) River City Charters 3) The Legend Fishing Adventures

Jacksonville’s best golf course: Jacksonville Golf & Country Club

Runners up:

2) Cimarrone Golf Club 3) Jacksonville Beach Golf Club

Jacksonville’s best public art: Spiritualized Life, Memorial Park Riverside

Runners up:

2) Jax Beach Whales 3) Guido Van Helten: “Unity”

Jacksonville’s best surf spot: Hanna Park – Mayport Poles

Runners up:

2) Blow Hole Anastasia Beach St. Augustine 3) Huguenot Park

Jacksonville’s best local trail: Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens

Runners up:

2) Black Creek Park and Trail 3) Spanish Pond Trailhead

Jacksonville’s best water sports rentals: Amelia Island Kayak Excursions

Runners up:

2) Riptide Beach Services and Tours 3) Amelia Island Adventures Kayaking


Round 2 winners

Jacksonville’s best family-friendly park: Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park

Runners up:

2) Ed Austin Regional Park 3) South Beach Park & Sunshine Playground

Jacksonville’s best live music: Blue Jay Listening Room

Runners up:

2) Florida Theatre 3) Iggy’s Bar and Grill

Jacksonville’s best place to dock and dine: Whitey’s Fish Camp

Runners up:

2) Palm Valley Outdoors Bar & Grill 3) Palm’s Fish Camp

Jacksonville’s best sports bar to watch Jaguars play: Big Dawgs Sports Restaurant

Runners up:

2) The Brix Taphouse 3) Mudville Grille

Jacksonville’s best sunset view: Sunset Tiki Bar, Doctors Lake Marina

Runners up:

2) Palms Fish Camp 3) Cap’s on the Water

Jacksonville’s best tacos: Taco Lu

Runners up:

2) El Agave Azul 3) Casa Leon Mexican Restaurant


Round 3 winners

Jacksonville’s best vegan restaurant: TeaPosh Natural Café

Runners up:

2) Murray Hillbilly 3) KraVegan

Jacksonville’s best sandbar: Pineapple Point

Runners up:

2) Bayard Point Sandbar 3) Fort George Island Sandbar

Jacksonville’s best kayak and paddleboard launch site: Dutton Island Park & Preserve

Runners up:

2) Nocatee Kayak Launch 3) Camp Chowenwaw Park Launch

Jacksonville’s best restaurant for Mayport shrimp: Sandollar Restaurant

Runners up:

2) Shrimply Delicious 3) Palms Fish Camp

Jacksonville’s best farmers market: Orange Park Farmers Market

Runners up:

2) Jacksonville Farmers Market 3) Riverside Arts Market

Jacksonville’s best historic neighborhood: Murray Hill

Runners up:

2) Historic Springfield 3) Riverside/Avondale


Round 4 winners

Jacksonville’s best Oktoberfest: German Schnitzel Haus

Runners up:

2) Five Points Oktoberfest 3) Wicked Barley Oktoberfest

Jacksonville’s best bait shop: Steve’s Tackle Box

Runners up:

2) Black Creek Marina 3) Arlington Bait & Tackle

Jacksonville’s best sweet shop: Southern Dessert Plate

Runners up:

2) Funnel Cake Queen 3) Cupcake Fifty Etc.

Jacksonville’s best history museum: Mandarin Museum & Historical Society

Runners up:

2) Beaches Museum & History Park 3) Durkeeville Historical Society

Jacksonville’s best haunted house: CUI Holler–ween Fest

Runners up:

2) 13th Floor Haunted House 3) Haunt Nights at Adventure Landing

Jacksonville’s best boutique: Classic Maven

Runners up:

2) Simply Ke’say Boutique 3) Market Street Boutique


Round 5 winners

Jacksonville’s best rooftop bar: River & Post

Runners up:

2) Oktoberfest Lager, Intuition Ale Works 3) Pumpkin Beer, Wicked Barley

Jacksonville’s best barbecue: Woodpeckers Backyard BBQ

Runners up:

2) The Bearded Pig 3) ABBQ Meat & Drink

Jacksonville’s best locally brewed fall beer: Aard-Toberfest, Aardwolf Brewing

Runners up:

2) Black Sheep Restaurant 3) Cowford Chophouse

Jacksonville’s best pumpkin patch: Mandarin United Methodist Church

Runners up:

2) Isle of Faith Pumpkin Patch 3) Amazing Grace Family Farms

Jacksonville’s best kids attraction: Bay & Bee

Runners up:

2) Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens 3) Black Raven Pirate Ship

Jacksonville’s best local band: Mandalla Music Band

Runners up:

2) GFM Band 3) Dancing With Ghost


Round 6 winners

Jacksonville’s best makery: Paisley Grace Makery

Runners up:

2) Atlantic Beach Arts Market 3) Amelia Makery

Jacksonville’s best holiday event: Deck The Chairs

Runners up:

3-way tie: 2) Nutcracker 2) Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Zoolights 2) St. Johns Town Center Holiday Spectacular

Jacksonville’s best lights display: Girvin Road

Runners up:

2) St. Augustine Nights of Lights

Jacksonville’s best scenic trail: Timucuan Preserve

Runners up:

2-way tie: 2) Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens 2) Jennings State Forest Pioneer Trail

Jacksonville’s best happy hour: Bistro Aix

Runners up:

2) Cheers Park Avenue 3) The Volstead

Jacksonville’s best food truck: Bawk Bawk Chicken Truck

Runners up:

2) Abstrakt Filipino Essence 3) Khloe’s Kitchen


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