From elegant bistros to fish camps and everything in between, Atlantic Highland's restaurant scene harbors a fine collection of tasty cuisine.
Azurea Restaurant, the area's only outdoor eatery, features a sophisticated and breezy setting. The menu includes a collection of contemporary coastal cuisine inspired by European and Caribbean flavors. Start with the pan-seared Hudson, a house-made cinnamon brioche with apple butter and cider glaze. Move on to the ranch strip loin, a tender steak fermented with garlic and herbs. For dessert, try the roasted pumpkin semifreddo with gingersnap.
For the finest USDA prime steak in town, check out III Forks Steakhouse on Tapestry Park. This modern steakhouse sizzles with style, taste and a fully energized bar. Favorites include the 22-ounce USDA prime boneless ribeye and gigantic 32-ounce tomahawk ribeye. Order a side of the delightful lobster mac and cheese or salmon Caesar salad to accompany your steak.
An award-winning wine list complements a superb menu of locally produced food, pastas, meat and poultry at Marker 32. The staff here bakes the bread in-house and delivers it fresh to your table. Breathtaking views of downtown Jacksonville
remain visible from every vantage point. Don't skip the Portuguese-style crispy octopus served over olive oil, saffron, tomatoes and Italian herbs. Sample one of the Southern classics, like the seared blue crab cakes, which come with crushed potatoes and collard greens.
Once the sun goes down, enjoy Broadway-style shows with a fine-dining experience at Alhambra, the nation's oldest operating dinner theater. Many of the performers in this establishment have worked on Broadway and participated in national and international events.
Although not a true dance club, The Dance Shack offers dance lessons for salsa, swing and ballroom styles. If you want a great place to party, downtown Jacksonville contains plenty of venues for nightlife, live music and DJ-inspired beats.