1. The Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails
There's not too many places in town where you can take the train to eat in a century-old building housing a candy factory above you. In fact, the Candy Apple Café & Cocktails is the only spot. The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails is a full service bar and restaurant that shares space with Sweet Pete’s candy store. As a result, several menu items are based around candied treats. Aside from that, the menu items are also based around popular French cuisine, with an added Southern Twist.
They serve brunch and lunch daily, as well as dinner Tuesday- Saturday. Their brunch menu includes items such as “Bourbon Pecan Waffles,” omelets named after famous streets in Jacksonville, and “Rock Shrimp and Grits.” Their lunch and dinner menus include dishes such as “Candy Apple bisque,” “Short-rib Meatloaf,” Croquet Monsieur sandwiches, and fun appetizers like specialty deviled eggs and candied bacon strips.
Perhaps most popular though, are their handcrafted cocktails and unique desserts. An extensive portion of their dessert menu is dedicated to candied gourmet apples, with flavors such as “Coconut Curry Cashew” and “Salted Caramel Candy Bacon.” Their cocktails feature a sweet twist, with drinks such as a “Rock Candy Mimosa” and a “mimosa Popsicle.”
The Candy Apple Café was named “Best New Restaurant” in 2015. On top of their delicious food and a unique, and sweet, dining experience, they also offer candy and cocktail classes as well as private events and custom catering. The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails can be found in the Historic Seminole Club Building on 400 N. Hogan St.