Local Dining


The Milk Road, a coffee shop with pastries, waffles and more.

Dine in Jacksonville NC

Our restaurants offer dining choices galore! Whether you’re craving fine dining or a casual patio lunch with friends, Jacksonville serves up locally-owned establishments and nationally recognized-chains. From Southern comfort dishes to fresh-off-the-boat seafood to wide-ranging international flavors, Jacksonville’s dining scene satisfies every palate.  

Morning Coffee (and More)

Start your day fully caffeinated by stopping into one of the area’s many yummy coffee shops and bakeries. A classic Cuban and Italian espresso bar, Havana 58 Cafe offers bold Italian and Spanish coffees seven days a week. It also features smoothies and delectable pastries.

For coffee with a view, visit Port City JavaOrder a cup brewed from handpicked coffee beans while enjoying the peaceful natural beauty of the New River. 

Blend Cafe

Tasty treats are available mornings and afternoons at the Blend Cafe

With a breakfast menu that includes artisan toast, acai bowls, fresh-pressed juices, and smoothies, you’ll want to sit and stay awhile at the Blend Cafe. In addition to strong, roasted coffees, the menu includes salad bowls, crepês, and baked goods. Enjoy your coffee, lunch, or afternoon snack outside on the patio in one of their giant swings.

lil bean

Everyone can find their favorite flavor of happiness at the Lil Bean Cafe.

Pick your own mug at the Lil Bean Cafe and fill it with a raspberry white chocolate latte or java chip frappe. Or, nosh on a fresh veggie omelet, avocado toast, or homemade muffins. Stopping by later in the day? Savor the full lunch menu, including paninis and salads. 

Coffee and tea lovers both appreciate The Milk Road. Here, you can find pour-over coffee made with freshly ground beans roasted on-site. Take a bag or two home with you or buy your favorites online. This veteran-owned shop started with a Marine roasting coffee in the barracks of US Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and has grown into a Jacksonville destination. Their sweet yet crunchy liege waffles earned them a spot on the International Food Trail

Laid-back and Leisurely


Captain Bob Beck’s Marina Café – dine on the deck or inside.

For seafood fans, Captain Bob Beck’s Marina Café has been a favorite local dive for more than 20 years. Its large menu has something for everyone and provides a casual and welcoming experience. 

A nostalgic diner-style restaurant, Jeff’s Burgers, Dogs & Shakes is the perfect spot to eat with the family. Hand-cut fries and hand-shaped burger patties earned this restaurant a spot in Southern Living Magazine’s “50 Undiscovered Places You’ll Love in the South”. The Paul Parker sandwich (a fried pork tenderloin creation named after a local 1950’s radio personality), hot dogs, and bologna sandwiches are standouts too. Don’t forget to top off your meal with a homemade chocolate milkshake.

Mission BBQ combines our beloved barbecue with a dose of patriotism. Brisket, ribs, pork, sausage, and chicken are smoked on-site here. Founded by two friends passionate about BBQ and their country, you’ll be invited to stand and listen to the “Star Spangled Banner” at noon.

International Flavors  

As the home to US Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville has attracted visitors from around the world who served here or visited friends and family. That diversity and melting pot of cultures, traditions, and delicious food inspired us to create Jacksonville's International Food Trail. You can sample foods from around the world with this selection of locally owned spots selected for service, taste, and authenticity. 

Southern Style

flavor hills

Go creative or traditional, the options at Flavor Hills are mouth-watering.

Modern southern comfort foods are on the menu at Flavor Hills. Made-from-scratch delights include a fried deviled eggs appetizer, Cajun-smoked turkey collard greens, waffle-wrapped hamburger, and chicken with French toast. It's the ultimate destination for brunch, dinner, cocktails, or dessert. 

southern harvest soul food

 'Slap Yo Mama Chicken and Waffles' is one of the specialties at Southern Harvest Soul Food.

Serving faith, family, and food, Southern Harvest Soul Food serves up southern cuisine straight from the heart of Mississippi. Offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, these homestyle recipes are palate-pleasers.

Breakfast Bites

You’ll feel right at home at Angie’s Family Restaurant where breakfast is served on weekend mornings, with a full menu available for breakfast and lunch every weekday except Wednesdays. A New York-style diner with southern flair, the Kettle Diner has an old-school vibe. From nachos to pot roast and breakfast all day, the culinary options here are endless.

Mouth-watering Moments 
Ducks Grille and Bar Jacksonville Bartender Pouring Martinis-web

Specialty cocktails and fine dining are on tap at Duck's Grille & Bar.

For a romantic outing or a touch of upscale, Duck’s Grille & Bar is the place to be. This fine dining option offers chef-prepared cuisine daily with specialties such as Surf & Turf, grilled heritage pork chops, umami-dusted ahi tuna, and more. Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch; reservations are recommended but not required and private parties are welcome. 

Sweet treats are plentiful at Darel’s Bakery & Sweets. Known for its homemade croissants–that come glazed, filled, or iced to perfection with combinations like maple bacon and strawberry cheesecake–Darel’s also serves mini pies, macarons, and ice cream.


Sweet satisfaction is easy to find at Sheryl's Candy Apple Creations.

Sheryl’s Candy Apple Creations takes an old-school treat to new heights. Choose your favorite crushed candy bar or nut toppings and get a customized Granny Smith apple dipped in homemade caramel and rolled in deliciousness. Cookies, popcorn, bonbons, chocolate strawberries, and apple nachos a la mode round out the tempting menu here.