The Top Three Greatest Restaurants in Jacksonville

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Jacksonville’s a pretty large city, and there are a lot of different restaurants. You could probably eat out every meal for a month and still find something new to try. Maybe not at different restaurants, at least. I think my favorite part about eating here isn’t just the quality of the food, but it’s the sheer variety that is offered. With so many people in Jacksonville, you can’t trust all of the reviews. But you can trust mine.

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Each one of these restaurants will be have some degree of a vegetarian or vegan theme, only because I think that it’s a style of cuisine more people need to try. First up on my list of reviews is Nile Ethiopian Restaurant. If you were to ask any stranger you met on the street if they had tried Ethiopian food, they would likely say no. After all, how many Ethiopians live here and have the money to start a restaurant of their own?

Nile Ethiopian Restaurant is located near San Jose in Jacksonville, which has some pretty nice scenery. It’s also not too far from the country club, but I prefer the food here to be honest. If I had to pick one dish off of the menu, it would probably be the vegetarian platter. Hey, I said there was an element of vegetarianism somewhere in here, didn’t I?

The menu itself has a nice variety, so it is really tough to single out one item as the best. Some other great dishes include the lamb tibs, and the Doro Wat chicken stew. You don’t have to eat meatless, but at the same time if you choose to then you will not be let down. What’s better is that the chefs do no skimp on proportions. Some restaurants are hesitant to put too much food on your plate for some reason, even though you are a paying customer.

Nile Ethiopian Restaurant has some great chefs, and it is pretty obvious that they care about the customer more than usual. Having a lot of different choices for your food isn’t enough in this day and age, and you need to have great food as well. Actually, that’s probably a timeless aspect of the restaurant industry.

Regardless, Nile Ethiopian Restaurant has never once served me a bad dish. There has never been over or undercooked food, and I have never been sick after returning to my house. I know a lot of people are reluctant to eat new foreign food that they have never tried because it might upset their stomach. I am here to make all of your fears go away.

I also really like the service at this Jacksonville restaurant. Nile Ethiopian Restaurant’s servers are really friendly and helpful, which is always appreciated. Having a helpful waiter when you visit a new restaurant is pretty much a necessity, because you don’t know what to order yet. That’s my opinion, at least. The servers here have a lot of suggestions, both from their own personal thoughts and what the other customers have ordered.

In fact, I pretty much always see a decent amount of customers in the restaurant. It’s never too busy, but it’s also not empty at the same time. Having a good balance is a good sign in a business, because it means that they can handle the volume of business but also stay afloat at the same time. After all, the restaurant industry is extremely competitive.

Luckily, Nile Ethiopian Restaurant sets a pretty high bar for other Ethiopian restaurants. If you don’t believe me because I don’t really have anything negative to say about this Jacksonville restaurant, you could always just read the great online reviews instead. I have, from time to time.

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Second, there’s Taste of Thai. Just because it’s not at the top of the list doesn’t mean it’s not as good. In fact, all three of these restaurants are all equally as good. With so many restaurants in Jacksonville, you know some of them are going to have to be great. Narrowing it down to three was hard enough. This time around, you will be dining near Sans Souci in Jacksonville.

There will always be a special place in my heart for Pad Thai, and this was one of the few occasions when I did not need to ask the server for help. Family-owned restaurants usually have a very friendly atmosphere, and Taste of Thai is no exception. Managing a business on your own can be tough, especially when you need to find someone for different repairs. Other family-owned restaurants that I have seen in Jacksonville were a little lacking in the kitchen sanitation department.

Kitchen hoods are a important hazard to keep track of. If Taste of Thai is unhappy with their hood cleaners, I know some restaurant hood cleaners in Jacksonville that can get the job done. I used to have a friend who worked with them, and he told me that the vast majority of restaurants in Jax were starting to contact this place.

I think it’s because they offer a lot of different services, like commercial kitchen equipment cleaning. I’ll have to tell the owner next time I see him. They have an about page, so you could learn all you need to before calling. Taste of Thai also happens to have just as many positive reviews as the other two restaurants, and it’s no secret why.

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Finally, there’s Noura Cafe & Middle Eastern Foods. I saved this one for last because it’s more of a cafe, and I wanted to appeal to a broader audience first. Noura Cafe & Middle Eastern Foods is still one of the greatest restaurants I have been to in Jacksonville, and that’s saying a lot with all the stiff competition.

The lamb gyro platter will make your mouth water, just from reading the description on the menu alone. Even if you’re more of a falafel person, Noura Cafe has something on the menu for you. I have never had any major complaints after eating here, and the quality of the food has always been consistent.

There’s nothing worse than enjoying a meal and coming back to a worse tasting version of it. Again, there are some amazing reviews that I have read for Noura Cafe. I’m always surprised at how great some of these Jacksonville restaurants get rated, because owning and managing a restaurant is not easy. Lakewood in Jacksonville is starting to sound like a better place to live with each passing day.

The Top Orlando Restaurants for Lunch

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After spending a few years in Orlando, I’ve become accustomed to eating out at restaurants every day. The traffic can be crazy during rush hour, so it’s usually just for lunch. Since I essentially have a professional opinion on the matter, I am going to describe my experiences at my top four favorite restaurants for lunch in Orlando.


First up is a breakfast and brunch place, Se7en Bites. This one’s for all you guys who prefer to eat an earlier lunch, or woke up early enough to eat breakfast at a restaurant. Expect to be hanging out around around Northeast Orlando if you want to eat here. Fortunately it’s a beautiful neighborhood, so you could take your food to go and walk around while you ate if you wanted.

Se7en Bites has a great menu, which should be expected of a breakfast-centric restaurant. When I went in for the first time, the owner greeted me with a friendly smile. As I proceeded to sit down and peruse the menu, he made sure I had everything I needed to be comfortable. Customer service really improves the quality of the meal, and I think more restaurants need to take that into account before serving you.

A lot of items on the menu were Southern-themed, which I thought was nice and unique. My favorite thing to order (I’ve been ordering it ever since the first time) is Se7en Bites’s biscuit with ham, egg, and pimento. You can taste how fresh the ingredients are with every bite, and I’m sure if you went out back each morning you would see all of their fresh ingredients being delivered.

I thought the food was so good that I left a positive review after the first time, so don’t be shy and let Se7en Bites know your thoughts afterwards.

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Next up, if you’re thinking about eating at a cocktail bar instead, head over to Cafe Tu Tu Tango. Doesn’t really roll off the tongue, but it has quickly become one of my most spoken phrases ever since going. This one’s located by the SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, but I’m not sure if they allow outside food indoors. That would be great if they did, because then you could look at all the beautiful fish while eating delectable food.

Cafe Tu Tu Tango delves deeper into higher-end food territory, not serving simple dishes like biscuits and gravy or anything like that. The menu is very unique and varied for an Orlando restaurant, and Cafe Tu Tu Tango still manages to keep their prices low while staying in business. I’ve always been pretty impressed at how well they manage to keep the tables and dishes clean. Some restaurants have cloudy and foggy glasses, and it’s because they don’t use the right type of high end soap.

Cleanliness should be paramount in every restaurant owner’s MO. In this review, I want to give a special shout-out to the accommodations for the elderly. There was an old man who used a walker and couldn’t use the stairs, so his waiter helped him find a way around them to his table.

It was pretty packed that night. I mentioned that in my google review, but most of them go unnoticed since there are so many positive online reviews that you’d have to dig through. Good job, Cafe Tu Tu Tango!

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This list wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention some amazing Latin food, so here’s my review for Tako Cheena. This restaurant is by Park Lake in Orlando, so there’s another spot for walking if you’re really into taking your food to go. I like getting a meal that includes bread whenever I’m near a lake, so I can feed the ducks. Even though science has proven that feeding bread to ducks is extremely unhealthy for them.

Tako Cheena has a huge selection of great tacos, from mojo shrimp to pork belly. No lie, my mouth is watering right now just thinking about the pork belly taco. I’m not really into seafood, but the mojo shrimp taco was to die for as well. I always order both whenever I eat at Tako Cheena. After eating here for a while, I thought it would be nice to take a peek inside their kitchen and watch the chefs do their work. While I was in there, I decided to take a look around and see if I could spot any imperfections.

Nothing had a speck of dust on it, not even their exhaust hood! Tako Cheena must know a great Orlando Hood Cleaning business. Exhaust hoods collect the grease that evaporates into the air when you cook, which is especially important in Latin restaurants because so much of their food is deep fried. Again, leave your thoughts (hopefully positive ones) in the big pile of great great online reviews.

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Last but not least, I have to give an honorable mention to my favorite Asian restaurant in Orlando. Hawkers Asian Street Fare takes the Asian cake when it comes to amazing food. I’ve always had a sweet spot for Oriental food, so Hawkers Asian Street Fare helps me scratch my late night food run itch. The restaurant itself is very open and roomy, eliminating that claustrophobic feel that some restaurants in Orlando can give when they’re packed to the brim.

Hawkers Asian Street Fare is only a street away from the last restaurant, near Park Lake in Orlando as well. Expect another menu with great variety on it, except this time with rice and noodles. I really appreciate that they give you little chopstick assist tools, in case you have trouble using chopsticks well. Staff has been very friendly each time I visit, even going so far as to remember me as a regular.

Guess that shows you guys how much I like their food. I’ve eaten at a few restaurants where they constantly avoid making eye contact with you, and you can’t even get the check to leave. Not here, however, which is why I had positive things to say in my good online review.

My experience with pets

In the past, I have owned at least four pets. One was my dog, Dexter, which was probably the most important and memorable. Previously I had only really owned gerbils. Actually, make that three pets. I had fluffy, my original gerbil, who was white and female. I forget the other one gerbil’s name, but it was brown. I think its name was spike or something. Fluffy had this real issue with chewing on things, even more than a gerbil usually would. she would gnaw on everything we left in her cage with her, except for Naomi’s gerbil. I’m pretty sure his name was nighttime or something similar to that. Pretty sure one of the guys at the best Restaurant Hood Cleaning in Seattle like gerbils too.

Anyways, fluffy enjoyed chewing on things so much that she shredded the legs on her training wheel, which tipped over and crushed her. We didn’t discover her until we got home from some road trip, and I’m pretty sure we buried her in the backyard. I was around 4 or 5 at the time, so that’s why I don’t remember a ton of details. All I really remember is how she died. It had to have been before I was 6 years old, because that’s when we moved to my second house. This took place at my first house, which was a one-story.

We got dexter in 2011, I believe. He was only a year only and we got him around christmas time so we just claimed that christmas was his birthday. Dex was the only real family pet that we’ve ever had, and now that there’s no chance of our family becoming whole again, he’ll remain the only family pet. He was a dachshund/jack russell mix, which meant that he was a big yapper. That’s actually the reason he got taken away, but I’ll discuss that in my next post so stay tuned if you wanna hear more about my favorite pooch. Technically dex was actually “naomi’s dog” but she didn’t take any more care of him than the rest of the family did so he belonged to all of us.

Dogs vs cats as pets

First of all, I’m going to start this article by admitting that I’m on the side of dogs in this discussion, and there is no way that I will display an unbiased view in this article. I’m still going to talk about some features of cats that I like, but dogs still automatically win in this debate. Some people like to have a pet that will play games with them and provide them with some form of companionship. Some people want a lump of hair that sleeps all day and is incapable of going on walks.

As my dad told me, you can take a dog on a walk and you can take a cat for a drag. I know my buddy at the best Denver Restaurant Hood Cleaning Company absolutely prefers dogs over cats. Dog food is statistically cheaper and healthier for animals, and probably tastes better too. However, cats also have one benefit to society: cat videos. My mom is actually allergic and I’m far too lazy to raise a cat so there’s no way we would ever actually have one. If I were to put my facts into analogies, dogs would be a kids from the 1950s. They’re active, like good music, and are contributing members to society. Cats are modern kids from the hood. 2/3 of them are obese and enjoy grotesque, obscene rap music, and they tag everything in sight with whatever letters they remember learning before dropping out of the first grade.

Now, I don’t believe cats are inherently evil. They just don’t understand that what they’re doing is wrong. All of their other cat companions enable them to act this way and they have a whole subculture surrounding them with negative influences, with nobody to teach them right from wrong. Dogs are very versatile companions, too. Not only can they serve the purpose of a guard dog, but they can serve in the K-9 unit, act in movies, guide disabled people or the elderly, and provide little children with a best friend who will always be there for them at home. Cats are cool too I guess