I was given the opportunity to visit Jacksonville for work, and I jumped at the chance. Florida was never really at the top of my bucket list, but I will take any opportunity to explore a new place! Although I was stuck at a work-related conference for the majority of the time, I did make time to explore a bit.
This section will be a little shorter than my usual posts, but I hope you still find this interesting to read! I'm going to format this a little differently and just list the places I went to and my experience/a little summary about that particular spot.
Navigating The Airport
The airport in Jacksonville is moderately sized, but it is on the small side. It's pretty easy to get through, with only one main terminal. I was able to get off my flight and walk through the airport to get outside in less than 10 minutes. I had a rental car scheduled for me, so I took a shuttle to the rental car facility to pick up my car. Depending on your mode of transportation, you will have a different experience. I notice that if you are taking Ubers/Lyfts, they are at a designated area in the arrivals hall but it should tell you in the app.
Points of Interest
*** Disclaimer ***
There is much more to do in Jacksonville, but I only had the opportunity to see these spots. Look to Google to help you in getting the most out of your experience here!
Chomp Chomp - This is a pretty small restaurant that is set up half as a bar, half as a table (it didn't seem very big). I was only able to call ahead and pick up my order vs. actually sitting there and eating, but it did seem like a lowkey spot to get food or just chill with friends. I got the Change Up, which was a very tasty burger. If I were to go again, I would actually sit at the restaurant and eat because I feel like my burger would had tasted better too.
Five Points - This is a cute little area in the Riverside district of Jacksonville. When I got there at night, most of the shops were closed. But, I can tell that if I went during the day, there would be lots of people around. It was a very cute area with lots of eateries open at the nighttime.
Hawker's Asian Street Fare - This is an Asian fusion restaurant.in the Five Points area and I was initially skeptical because c'mon, would you really think Florida would have good Asian food? But I was craving some, and I wanted to just give it a try. It did not disappoint! I got the Basil Fried Rice and the Lettuce Wrap with the Roast Duck, and both dishes were surprisingly really tasty! I felt like the fried rice was seasoned a tad bit too much, but the lettuce wrap was delicious. They had lots of other yummy-looking dishes on their menu as well! I didn't get a picture of the fried rice because I ate it all before realizing I forgot to take a picture (sorry!).
Waffle House - This is a popular Southern chain that I really wanted to try because I'm a big fan of breakfast food. I was pleasantly surprised at how friendly the staff was, and how good the food was for the price. I got a Hash Brown bowl which was absolutely delicious. Probably mostly because I'm a huge fan of hash browns, but they had a lot of options with great prices. Definitely try this place if you get the chance!
Friendship Fountain - I didn't spend too much time here, but the fountain is pretty cool to see! However, the real gem is the blue bridge in the background, which makes for a really nice picture.
Irie Diner - The food here was pretty good, and I liked the atmosphere a lot! They have a steel drum player (I think, some sort of music) every Thursday nights, so that was a nice touch. I got the Dominica Veggie Station with the Jerk Fries and the Sweet Plantains, which was really tasty and the dish itself had lots of flavor. However, I only wish the portions were bigger. If you are in the mood for Caribbean food, this is a great place!
Maple Street Biscuit Company - I decided to come here for breakfast before my flight and I would definitely recommend the place! The interior is very cute with lots of chairs and tables for one to sit with friends. There was also a lot of people with coffee and their laptops. I got the Sweet Potato Fries, and something else that was free with my government ID (my memory is a little fuzzy here)! They were doing this thing where the cashier would ask you what was the most memorable gift you got someone, and then they would use your answer to call out your order. I thought that was pretty neat. My food came and all of it was really delicious! My main thing with biscuits is that it could be too dry but this biscuit was perfect. I was very full after my meal! I would definitely make a stop here if you get the chance (they have multiple locations in Jacksonville as well)!
Here are some of my favorite pictures of some of the places I went to in Jacksonville!