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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.

Below is a list of this year’s winners. Check out the winners from 2020 and 2019.


Round 1 winners

Jacksonville’s best animal attraction: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Runners up:

2) Big Talbot Big Pine Trail 3) Pioneer Trail

Jacksonville’s best brewery: SJ Brewing Company

Runners up:

2) Southern Swells Brewing 3) Veterans United Craft Brewery

Jacksonville’s best coffee shop: Lucky Goat Coffee Co.

Runner up:

2) Pura Bean Coffee

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

Runners up:

2) Dogwood Park of Jacksonville 3) Ed Austin Regional Dog Park

Jacksonville’s best fishing charter: Team Buck Rogers

Runners up:

2) Northeast FL Fishing Charters 3) Northeast FL Angling Fishing

Jacksonville’s best golf course: The Palencia Club

Runners up:

2) Amelia River Golf Club 3) Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

Jacksonville’s best public art: Hope and History

Runner up:

2) Pigeon Feathers – Adele Renault

Jacksonville’s best surf spot: Little Talbot Island

Runner up:

2) St. Augustine Beach Pier

Jacksonville’s best local trail: Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens

Runners up:

2) Big Talbot Big Pine Trail 3) Pioneer Trail

Jacksonville’s best water sports rentals: St Augustine Sailing

Runners up:

2) All Wet Sports 3) Jax Boat Rentals


Round 2 winners

Jacksonville’s best family-friendly park: Boone Park

Runners up:

2) Ed Austin Regional Park 3) Alpine Groves Park

Jacksonville’s best live music: Daily’s Place

Runners up:

2) Florida Theatre 3) St. Augustine Amphitheater

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

Runners up:

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

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

Runners up:

2) The Brix Taphouse 3) Kickbacks Gastropub

Jacksonville’s best sunset view: Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

Runners up:

2) Palms Fish Camp 3) Amelia Island State Park

Jacksonville’s best tacos: TacoLu

Runners up:

2) One Night Taco Stand 3) Burrito Gallery


Round 3 winners

Jacksonville’s best vegan restaurant: KraVegan

Runners up:

2) TeaPosh Naturals Café 3) House of Leaf & Bean

Jacksonville’s best sandbar: Fort George Island Sandbar

Runners up:

1) Bayard Point Sandbar 2) Huguenot Memorial Park Sandbar

Jacksonville’s best kayak & paddle board launch site: Nocatee kayak launch

Runners up

(Tied for 2nd): Big Talbot Island State Park Launch and Wicked Barley Brewing Company Launch

Jacksonville’s best Mayport shrimp: Safe Harbor Seafood Market & Restaurant

Runners up:

2) Two Dudes Seafood Restaurant 3) The Fish Company

Jacksonville’s best farmers market: Jacksonville Farmers Market

Runners up:

2) Fernandina Beach Market Place 3) Orange Park Farmers Market

Jacksonville’s best historic neighborhood: Mandarin

Runners up:

2) Riverside Avondale 3) Historic Springfield


Round 4 winners

Jacksonville’s best Oktoberfest: Beaches Oktoberfest

Runners up:

2) German Schnitzel Haus 3) Wicked Barley Oktoberfest

Jacksonville’s best bait shop: B&M Bait and Tackle

Runners up:

2) Browns Creek Fish Camp 3) On the Line Bait & Tackle Shop

Jacksonville’s best sweet shop: Southern Dessert Plate

Runners up:

2) Cookie and Crème Jax Beach 3) Sweet Pete’s Candy

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

Runners up:

2) Museum of Science & History 3) Ritz Theatre & Museum

Jacksonville’s best haunted house: Daniels Dungeon of Haunted Horrors

Runners up:

2) 13th Floor 3) Warehouse 31 Unleashed

Jacksonville’s best boutique: Lilly Grace Fashion

Runners up:

2) Ysyntricity


Round 5 winners

Jacksonville’s best rooftop bar: TBD

Jacksonville’s best barbecue: TBD

Jacksonville’s best locally brewed fall beer: TBD

Jacksonville’s best pumpkin patch: TBD

Jacksonville’s best kids attraction: TBD

Jacksonville’s best local band: TBD


Round 6 winners

Jacksonville’s best makery: TBD

Jacksonville’s best holiday event: TBD

Jacksonville’s best lights display: TBD

Jacksonville’s best scenic trail: TBD

Jacksonville’s best happy hour: TBD

Jacksonville’s best food truck: TBD


Round 7 winners

Jacksonville’s best wine bar: TBD

Jacksonville’s best pizza: TBD

Jacksonville’s best gym or place for Crossfit: TBD

Jacksonville’s best meal prep: TBD

Jacksonville’s best breakfast: TBD

Jacksonville’s best yoga studio: TBD


Round 8 winners

Jacksonville’s best burger: TBD

Jacksonville’s best chocolate shop: TBD

Jacksonville’s best bed and breakfast: TBD

Jacksonville’s best flower shop: TBD

Jacksonville’s best jewelry store: TBD

Jacksonville’s best romantic dinner: TBD


Round 9 winners

Jacksonville’s best road race: TBD

Jacksonville’s best Irish Pub: TBD

Jacksonville’s best group outing: TBD

Jacksonville’s best kid-friendly restaurant: TBD

Jacksonville’s best summer camp: TBD

Jacksonville’s best juice bar: TBD


Round 10 winners

Jacksonville’s best doughnut: TBD

Jacksonville’s best fishing tournament: TBD

Jacksonville’s best pet boarding: TBD

Jacksonville’s best sushi: TBD

Jacksonville’s best flea market: TBD

Jacksonville’s best gallery: TBD


Round 11 winners

Jacksonville’s best bike shop: TBD

Jacksonville’s best brunch: TBD

Jacksonville’s best pet bakery: TBD

Jacksonville’s best speakeasy: TBD

Jacksonville’s best biscuit: TBD

Jacksonville’s best museum: TBD


Round 12 winners

Jacksonville’s best waterfront dining: TBD

Jacksonville’s best sports team: TBD

Jacksonville’s best sandwich: TBD

Jacksonville’s best wine list: TBD

Jacksonville’s best surf shop: TBD

Jacksonville’s best fried chicken: TBD


About the Author:

Lifetime Jacksonville resident, journalist and experienced broadcast news producer with a passion for classic and exotic cars.