Breakfast/Brunch in Jacksonville, FL
Named for the John Cougar Mellencamp song and housed in an 1862 shotgun structure believed to have been a service establishment of a whole ‘nother kind for visiting pirates back in the day, Jack & Diane’s is a quaint, casual Amelia Island eatery. Eggs any way, breakfast burritos, bagels and pancakes are on the menu. But the most requested are the crepes. Culinary creativity makes for a dizzying array of flavors from the sweet French Indies crepe made with slow-stewed island fruit to the spicy Louisiana Purchase crepe made with creole chicken, peppers, onions and tomatoes. Of course Amelia Island’s seaside locale makes the seafood crepes are a local favorite. Try the Louie’s Favorite with sweet crab and baby shrimp.
From the courtyard, you can hear the lap-lap-lap of the Atlantic Ocean waves. And the inside has a boutique art gallery ambiance. Either way, breakfast at Lillie’s Coffee Bar is a favorite way to greet the day. Breakfast options are simple but delish. The muffins are always a hit – blueberry, apple cinnamon pecan and wholegrain triple berry. Fresh fruit and cheese, yogurt and granola are popular among the beaches area’s health-conscious. And many swear that Lillie’s coffee is the best in town. Start your day with a cup and stop back in after work for a glass of wine and live music. And bring your four-legged family member, Too. Lillie’s is pet-friendly.
Among the first to specialize in local farm-to-table fare, Uptown Market in Jacksonville’s historic Springfield neighborhood serves up a breakfast selection that rivals any uppity gourmet eatery in taste and beats them in price. Specialties include the Irish Oatmeal with sautéed bananas and raisins. If you’re a spicy kind of gal, try the Huevos Ranchos on Tostada – two eggs, pinto beans, fresh avocado, salsa and cheddar cheese on crispy flour tortillas. Lots of vegan fare, plus you’ll find all the traditional Southern soul food fare like scrambled eggs, grits and sausage gravy. Grab your besties or your significant other and come back on Saturday morning for $10 bottomless mimosas.
Café du Marche Market Café & Catering serves up bistro-styled breakfasts in Jacksonville’s Mandarin neighborhood. The specialty is omelettes. A local favorite is the Crab Omelette – three eggs filled with crab meat, crumbled bacon and avocado topped with cream sauce and jack cheese. If you’re a lox fan, choose the Goldie Lox – a toasted bagel with smoked salmon, cream cheese, sliced onions, sliced tomatoes and capers. And ditch the diet with a decadent Banana Split Waffle. Oh yeah. It’s just what the name suggests – a fresh waffle topped with vanilla ice cream, bananas, caramel, chocolate sauce and candied walnuts topped with fresh crème. Linger a bit in the relaxed bistro atmosphere or order takeout for your officemates.
No one’s got a culinary flair like the French. And Restaurant Orsay is Jacksonville’s go-to spot for upscale French cuisine in a hip, urban atmosphere. Located in the city’s historic Riverside district, Restaurant Orsay serves Sunday brunch from an a la carte menu. And oh, the choices! House-made Banana Pecan Bread made with bourbon pecan butter, anyone? Or how about Berkshire Pork Rillettes with sour cherry marmalade on a toasted baguette? Brunch hors d’oeuvres include roasted oysters with Eden Farms bacon, spinach and parmigiano-reggiano. And if you’re really hungry, a favorite entrée is the Steak Frites - pan seared hanger steak, red wine jus and house-made pommes frites. Finish things off with a fruity sangria or the specialty Orsay Bloody Mary.