Going out to breakfast is one of my favorite things to do as a family. When hubby deployed last year, it was a sad Saturday morning when I realized I had no one to go to breakfast with. After a few Saturday’s had passed, I knew I had to do something about this. I couldn’t spend the next 9 months without my favorite breakfast spots. Weekends were often the loneliest times during deployment because that’s the time everyone else spends with their families. Our Saturday mornings started to look a lot like any other day of the week. To combat this problem, I started making breakfast dates with other military wives and friends. It was a fun way to get out of the house, enjoy some breakfast and connect with friends for a couple hours. Here’s a few of my favorites in Jacksonville:
- Metro Diner: First, I order a cup of the flavored coffee of the day. Then, I have to decide whether to get their Breakfast Pie (layers of eggs, cheese, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, red skin potatoes, and served with toast) or their Cinnamon Raisin Pecan French Toast. Usually, I try to persuade someone to split both with me as it’s too hard to choose. Other awesome dishes include, Huevos Rancheros, Charleston Shrimp and Grits, or Yo Hala on the Square (A thick slice of challah bread stuffed with a mixture of bananas, brown sugar, cream cheese, and hazelnut syrup, then prepared like French toast). I recommend getting to Metro Diner early if you’re going on a weekend. In 2010, they were featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” with Guy Fieri, so it’s a popular spot. Metro Diner is locally owned and operated with four locations throughout Jacksonville: Jacksonville Beach, San Marco, Ortega, and Mandarin.
- Maple Street Biscuit Company: It’s a touch call deciding where to have breakfast as there are so many yummy choices. You’re in the South, and if there’s one thing the South does well, it’s fried chicken biscuits! Maple Street has perfected the chicken biscuit with several different variations that are sure to please. Personally, I start with their locally roasted maple tap coffee. That’s right MAPLE COFFEE. It’s delish. Pair that with “The Farmer,” a”Flaky biscuit, all natural fried chicken, pecan wood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese topped with fresh house made apple butter,” add a side of “Hash Ups” and enjoy. Their “Hash Ups” are home fries with chopped smoked ham, red and green peppers, grilled onions, mushrooms, and melted cheese. Try all the different biscuit variations and this will definitely be one of your favorite spots in town. Locally owned and operated, Maple Street Biscuit Company has three locations: Jacksonville Beach, Murray Hill and San Marco. Closed on Sundays.
- Native Sun: This is my favorite spot for Sunday Brunch. If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to breakfast pies and fried chicken biscuits, this is the place. Native Sun is a grocery store, and on Sundays, they serve up a great Sunday brunch at their hot bar with yummy organic and Non-GMO breakfast choices. I love their Eggs Benedict, vegan breakfast burrito, chicken sausage and breakfast potatoes. Brunch wouldn’t be complete with out one of their AMAZING smoothies. Even the little one loves the kale, mango, lemon, and dates concoction. Plus, you can grab your groceries and breakfast at the same time. Native Sun is also locally owned and operated with a commitment to organic foods and very strict standards on what foods they allow to be sold in their store. Native Sun has two locations: Southside at 1030 Baymeadows Road and Mandarin at 10000 San Jose Blvd.
Do you have a favorite breakfast spot in Jacksonville? Tell me about it!
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