Local Lunch Spots That Need Our Support During the Coronavirus Pandemic


While Florida restaurants have temporarily closed their dining rooms because of the coronavirus pandemic, many of our local Jacksonville restaurants remain open for curbside carryout and delivery via local delivery apps like DoorDash, UberEats, and GrubHub. Some restaurants may even offer free delivery within a limited area, so be sure to check restaurant websites or give them a call for updates and current operating hours.


Now, more than ever, choosing to eat and drink locally will help to support the millions of small businesses in neighborhoods across America that need our support.


We’re featuring five of our favorite local Jacksonville Gems that could use our business during this unprecedented time, as they continue serving up tasty meals throughout our communities!




Metro Diner

San Marco | Jax Beach | Mandarin | Southside |Ortega

Current Hours | Monday – Sunday 8 am – 3 pm

A favorite Jacksonville breakfast and brunch spot featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, Metro Diner serves up fan favorites like fried chicken and waffles with sweet and spicy syrup and house-made strawberry butter, ‘Iron City’ meatloaf, and their award-winning ‘Bold City’ burger topped with bacon, sausage, fried jalapeños, and garlic aioli.

This Jacksonville Gem is featuring ‘Enjoy at Home Metro Meal Packs’ to go, family-sized meals perfect for feeding 4 – 6 hungry diners! Select from slow-roasted pot roast, chicken pot pie platters, Metro’s signature fried chicken, burger packs, and more! Individual meals also made fresh to order.



V Pizza

San Marco | Jax Beach | Mandarin | Palm Valley | Fleming Island | Gainesville

Current Hours | Sunday – Thursday 11 am – 9 pm | Friday & Saturday 11 am – 10 pm


Bringing authentic Neapolitan pizza, or pizza Napoletana, made from the freshest all-natural ingredients, to local pizza aficionados, V Pizza is a Jacksonville Gem!


Baking custom pies in 900 degree Stefano Ferrera pizza ovens imported from Naples, Italy, V Pizza uses fresh San Marzano tomatoes, imported Italian 00 flour for its authentic pizza crusts, fresh mozzarella di bufala, and a variety of toppings that includes prosciutto di Parma, pancetta, Calabrian peppers, and more! V’s is offering ‘Family Meals’ that will feed families of 4 – 8, including choice of one of three pastas, two small salads, and two loaves of focaccia bread, perfect for dining at home!


Other favorites include calzones, house-made meatballs, wood fire roasted wings, bruschetta, and more!




Biscottis Restaurant

Order @ 904.387.2060

3556 St. Johns Avenue | Jacksonville, FL | 32205

Current Hours | Monday – Thursday 10.30 am – 9 pm | Friday 9 am – 10 pm | Saturday 9 am – 10 pm | Sunday 9 am – 9 pm


Offering curbside pickup and free local delivery within five miles of the restaurant, Biscottis is a bistro-style favorite in the Avondale/Riverside dining district, serving eclectic American cuisine, plenty of Southern charm, and delectable desserts that are truly one of a kind!


Select from house-made soups and salads; café bites like crab + artichoke fondue or grilled brie served with roasted garlic, sour cherry preserves + fresh bread; and signature dishes including Biscottis’ open–faced meatloaf on focaccia bread topped with mozzarella + apricot marinara, or Ancho chili rubbed pork chops with caramelized apple butter sauce.


Don’t forget dessert! From year round faves like white chocolate raspberry cheesecake to seasonal treats like mixed berry cake, grab a cup of tea or coffee and a cozy place to curl up and you’re set to enjoy a ‘sweet’ family evening!



Beach Road Fish House & Chicken Dinners

4132 Atlantic Blvd | Jacksonville, Florida | 32207

904.398.7980 | Open 7 days | Hours may vary

A Jacksonville Gem since 1939, Beach Road serves up its staple award-winning fried chicken, along with new favorites including the freshest locally caught seafood, scratch-made sides, and more! Select from delicacies like whole, half, or quarter fried birds + biscuits w/honey, or seafood dishes that include locally sourced shrimp, scallops, oysters, and a variety of freshly caught fish.


Beach Road Fish House & Chicken Dinners is currently offering 15% off all to-go orders, offers curbside pick-up, and partners with GrubHub, Bite Squad, and DoorDash for deliveries. Call to order or order online.


Please check Beach Road’s Facebook page for updates.




Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Butler Blvd | Commerce Center Dr | Orange Park | Jacksonville Airport | Chaffee Point | St Augustine

Temporary Hours | Monday – Sunday 8 am – 8 pm

Although they’re not just local, Cracker Barrel offers affordable, down home, scratch country cooking from their kitchens to your tables all around Jax, so we've included them here!


Offering home style favorites for sharing, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store’s ‘Family Meal Baskets To Go’ are made freshly for your family and are available for curbside pickup or free delivery to your home.

In addition to Cracker Barrel favorites like chicken n’ dumplings, fried chicken, meatloaf, and buttermilk biscuits and cornbread, breakfast is served all day. Cracker Barrel’s ‘Heat N’ Serve Easter Family Meals To Go’ serves up to 10 people and goes from oven to table in under three hours!

Don’t forget the groceries! Cracker Barrel’s Country Store offers a variety of groceries for delivery, including pancake mix and breakfast meats, cheeses, muffin mixes, ground coffee, snacks, sweet treats, and more.


Author: Alanna Zelinski, Holmes Content Team

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