JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – I am that person that can eat breakfast most anytime of the day. Cereal for dinner? I’m down. French toast for an afternoon snack? Oui, oui! And I know there are a lot of us out there who enjoy bacon as much as Gardner Minshew loves his majestic 'stache.
To get the full breakfast effect, one must embrace the spectacle that is brunch. Food one might consider for dinner served with breakfast combos and bottomless mimosas — count me in. The mimosas are my marketing pitch for any restaurants looking to lure those pre-gaming for all-day football viewing. You’re welcome!
The great thing about Jacksonville hinges on the fact that the foodie scene is expansive and includes different cultural culinary creations with amazing views and hospitality second to none.
I was just turned onto River & Post over in Riverside. Yes, you’ve heard of the seafood and steaks Chef Steve and his team whip up, but their brunch menu has quickly gained recognition across the city. Chef has a menu in his chef’s coat that includes vegan options…so good, but not my focus. When one can feature a range of dishes with Cuban (Eggs Benedict Cubano), German (potato latkes and salmon) and American (chicken and waffles) influences, it is going to be a filling day rivaling the world tours offered at Epcot. Catch amazing rooftop views before heading to the Bank to watch the aforementioned Minshew lead our Jaguars to victory.
I love futbol…in the states, we say soccer. Culhane’s Irish Pub is a fantastic venue to get your futbol fix while feasting on American breakfast with a hint of Irish love mixed in. They now have two locations: the original near Atlantic Beach and the new, roomy version off of Southside Boulevard. Dig into the traditional Irish breakfast, the Irish skillet, BYO Breky, while savoring a pint or whiskey (too early?) and cheer for your favorite team. Mary Jane and her sisters foster a family vibe that will keep you coming back for more every weekend. If the whiskey angle is too early for you, they have created and distill 5 Sisters Vodka. I have had some of their cocktails with that as the foundation and believe me when I say that your experience will go up a whole other level. Goal, Goal, Gooooooal!