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First Coast Good Eats for Non-Holiday Feasts

Posted by Donna Lundgren - Nocatee Welcome Center Manager

11/3/16 5:30 PM

Nocatee residents don't have to wait for Thanksgiving or Christmas to get that post-feast nap we all know and love. Restaurants in Florida’s First Coast area are abundant and delicious, providing lots of options for a night out with your other half or the whole family.

And with Jacksonville being ranked as the second-best city in the nation for new small businesses in 2015, innovative chefs and restaurant owners have chosen the First Coast area as their home.

We've pulled together a list of awesome First Coast dining so you can savor good food any time of the year, without the kitchen mess:


Ponte Vedra

Nineteen —  Located at TPC Sawgrass, this eatery will have you feeling like a golf pro . Enjoy golf club-type grilled options and drinks with a view of the famous Stadium Course.


Nona Blue | A Modern Tavern - Nona Blue serves fine American cuisine in Ponte Vedra Beach. Known for a variety of "shareables" on the menu, the restaurant aims to create a comfortable and social dining experience. Nona Blue also serves a variety of tap beers and signature cocktails. aqua grill 2.jpg


Aqua Grill Aqua Grill serves eclectic American cuisine in Ponte Vedra Beach. With a mainly seafood menu, you’ll feel the sea breeze with outdoor seating surrounded by water fountains.


M Shack Boasting truffle fries and pecan pie shakes, this gourmet burger joint has several locations in the Jacksonville-area, and now has an M Shack in the Nocatee Town Center. To learn more about this new location, check out the "M Shack Cooking in Nocatee" blog post. 


Palm Valley Fish CampOn the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway, this cozy, rustic chic spot serves a variety of fresh catches styled any way you’d like. Live bands, and plenty of outdoor space, makes it the perfect dinner destination for the whole family.shrimpgrits.jpeg


Barbara Jean’s — Also along the Intracoastal Waterway, this family-run restaurant and bar is known for its Southern American and seafood to take you back into Grandma’s kitchen. Everything is made from scratch for Barbara Jean’s best home-style cooking.


Jacksonville Beaches (17 miles from Nocatee)

Flying Iguana If you’re in the mood for some gourmet tacos and tequila, this Latin American go-to in Neptune Beach is the place for you. Choose from the largest selection of tequila in town and some guacamole made at your table. And if tequila, tacos and guac aren’t enough, the entree menu ranges from specialty enchiladas to Latin-inspired seafood.


Dwight’s BistroDwight’s is a Jacksonville Beach special occasion destination, with mosaic decor and gourmet Mediterranean cuisine. You’ll feel like you traveled across the world without even crossing the shores of Atlantic Ocean. Reservations are requested as the chef creates the guest dining experience himself.Wine lovers


Southside Jacksonville (18 miles)

MoxieWithin the popular shopping destination of The St. Johns Town Center, Moxie is a modern restaurant and cocktail bar boasting sustainability and notably fresh ingredients. Cuisines range from gourmet salads to carefully prepared steaks and seafood.


Whiskey JaxLocated in the Baymeadows neighborhood of Southside Jacksonville, Whiskey Jax is a gastropub and sports bar noted for its craft beer and whiskey. Guests can enjoy juicy gourmet burgers and other savory menu items at lunch or dinner, and whiskey flights during evening trivia and band entertainment.


St. Augustine (20 miles)

Ice Plant — This farm-to-table restaurant and bar in downtown St. Augustine is housed in an old ice-making plant and boasts perfectly crafted ice, hence the name. Besides must-try signature cocktails, Ice Plant has a delicious menu of seafood and grill options.

 The Ice Plant in St. Augustine

Collage Collage is a romantic seafood and steakhouse with a quality selection of fresh, local menu items. “Artful, global dining” is how Collage describes the atmosphere and experience.


Downtown Jacksonville (25 miles)

IndochineThis Asian dining lounge is located in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. Its fundamentally Thai menu boasts the perfect options for spice lovers, so be ready to take the heat.


Uptown Kitchen & Bar This modern gem is located in the middle of Jacksonville’s historic Springfield neighborhood. The diner’s fresh ingredients take the stage in everything from classic Southern dishes to specialty tacos and burritos.


Fernandina/Amelia Island (53 miles)

Gilbert’s Underground KitchenThis Deep Southern American restaurant in Fernandina serves up a daily seasonal menu based on availability of local ingredients. That’s fresh. Chef Kenny Gilbert was even a fan favorite on Bravo’s “Top Chef” in 2010.

 Gilbert's Underground Kitchen

Salt Inside the Amelia Island Ritz-Carlton Hotel is Salt, an elegant destination perfect for special occasions or date-night splurge. The restaurant features the “Chef’s adventure,” which gives guests a delectable multi-course surprise dining experience from the chef himself.


Don’t give turkeys and holiday hams all the attention this year — there are several ways to stuff yourself, gourmet style at one of the First Coast’s favorites, whether along the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville or in the quaint seaside town of St. Augustine.


To learn more about new homes available in Nocatee, explore nocatee.com or stop by the Nocatee Welcome Center.

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Topics: Ponte Vedra, Shopping, Restaurants, St. Augustine, Holidays at Nocatee, Dining at Nocatee, Relocation