My last few visits to Jacksonville have been to the beach side of town, so we made it a point to stick more to the downtown-ish area during this visit (it wasn't a hard decision, as the weather was chilly and rainy!). It was fun to rediscover some parts of the city that I hadn't seen in a while.
When we first got to town we headed to Riverside in search of lunch and ended up at Hawker, one of the area's newer restaurants - we were impressed with both the decor and how delicious their Asian street food was. Then we followed lunch up with some tea and snacks next door at Cozy Tea (it was like stepping into your grandma's house!) because it was cold and rainy and when you're pregnant you have to find some activity other than drinking a couple of afternoon beers. :)
Riverside seems to be so much cooler than when I left. The neighborhood, especially Five Points, has always been the cool/hipster area of town, with antique shops, a tattoo parlor, small boutiques, and hipster bars. But the neighborhood seems to have really taken off as of late, especially where restaurants and breweries are concerned. We didn't go to any of the breweries but Taras did try a few local brews with his meals and he was super impressed. Way to go, Jax! Oh, those photos from the park are from the same spot where we did our engagement photos.
Baby had his first swim in the hotel's indoor pool! It definitely feels a little weird to get in the water while pregnant but I have a feeling it's something I'll come to enjoy over the next few months. ;)
We also spent some quality time in San Marco. We had a suuuch a great dinner with a group of friends at Taverna (gah! it was so good to see everyone!) (btw, get the homemade pasta!). Then, we went back to the neighborhood the next morning for breakfast at Maple Street Biscuit Company, where the whole menu is focused on their delicious biscuits - think breakfast sandwiches and fried chicken with some fun maple syrup sauces.
San Marco is pretty small and it doesn't take long to wander the square, especially if you're in the neighborhood before the cute boutiques open up. So maybe go there after 10am because there's some really great shops that are worth checking out.
And, of course, our final food stop was to meet up with some old accounting pals at Burrito Gallery! I end up there at least once every time we visit. My go-to is usually the tofu burrito, fyi. :)