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11 Splendid Breakfast Restaurants in Jacksonville

These breakfast icons are more than scrambled eggs and toast

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After a night out with friends or before cheering on Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars there’s nothing better than a hearty breakfast. Jacksonville and the surrounding neighborhoods have plenty of options to grab the most important meal of the day at. From diners and Hawaiian and Southern fusion plates to casual bakery drive-thru’s and French bistros, Jacksonville really does have it all. Start the day in the Bold City stop in at one of these 11 breakfast spots.

Editor’s Note: The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Beach Diner Atlantic Beach (Multiple locations)

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501 Atlantic Blvd
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
(904) 249-6500
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For more than 20 years Beach Diner has been serving Jacksonville locals some of the area’s best hot breakfast. While guests can expect all the traditional breakfast fare on the menu, a true standout dish in the fish and grists made with cheese grits that are topped with golden fried fish and served with a side of eggs and toast.

2. Cool Moose Cafe

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2708 Park St
Jacksonville, FL 32205
(904) 381-4242
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Cool Moose Cafe has been a Jacksonville staple since 1998. The restaurant is known for its wide variety of globally-inspired breakfast items like Irish hash made with grilled potatoes, kohlrabi (German turnip), Brussel sprouts, cabbage, corned beef, and topped with eggs. Cool Moose Cafe also has an entire section of the menu dedicated to vegetarian options with dishes like a vegetable breakfast burrito and an egg white omelette with veggies and feta cheese. 

3. Penman Diner

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1289 Penman Rd
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
(904) 595-5289
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This all-American diner serves traditional breakfast fare like eggs, corned beef hash, country fried steak, and waffles. For those who can’t decide what exactly they want for breakfast consider the 222 breakfast that comes with a choice of two pancakes or waffles, two eggs, and two slices of sausage or bacon.

4. Fox Restaurant

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3580 St Johns Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32205
(904) 387-2669
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Fox Restaurant is a lively diner in Avondale that is a favorite amongst pop culture aficionados with movie and concert posters lining its walls. The menu is filled with breakfast favorites like French toast, omelets, corned beef hash, and a must-try biscuit that sliced in half and griddled so it’s soft with a light crunch on the outside. 

5. Johnny Angel's Diner

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3546 St Johns Bluff Rd S #120
Jacksonville, FL 32224
(904) 997-9850
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No matter what time the breakfast cravings call, Johnny Angel’s Diner has it ready for hungry diners. The 50’s-themed diner comes complete with neon signs, checkerboard flooring, and bright blue bar stools. Each of the menu items are named after an icon of the 50s like Betty Boop and the Elvis made with country fried steak on top of a biscuit with white gravy, two eggs, and grits or potatoes. For something sweet consider the Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a Cap’n Crunch covered French toast topped with bananas and strawberries. 

6. Village Bread Cafe

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4073 Philips Hwy
Jacksonville, FL 32207
(904) 732-2261
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At Village Bread Cafe diners can start their day off with items like biscuits and gravy or lox and bagels, which are all made with the bread from its sister company Village Bread and Bagels. For something more personalized opt for the “create your own” breakfast with choices likes omelettes, pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, French toast, and breakfast burritos. 

7. The Local (Multiple locations)

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4578 San Jose Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32207
(904) 683-8063
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Late weekday morning breakfasts and early morning weekend brunch is what The Local is all about. For an indulgent way to start the day order The Blue Goat, which is blueberry bread pudding that’s fried and topped with whipped goat cheese, granola, strawberry puree, and basil. Naps would likely be required after this breakfast but it’s worth it. 

8. Liberty Bakery

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6661 Bowden Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32216
(904) 321-9567
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Liberty Bakery is a small drive-thru best known for its pastries and cookies, but also serves a solid on-the-go breakfast. Grab a muffin filled with fruit or a breakfast sandwich made-to-order, but make sure to leave room for a cookie or slice of pie for dessert.

9. Le Petit Paris Cafe Mandarin

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9965 San Jose Blvd Suite 46
Jacksonville, FL 32257
(904) 512-7777
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From the moment guests walk inside Le Petit Paris Cafe they are greeted with a pastry case filled with jewel-colored macarons, French music playing in the background, and the smell of just baked croissants filling the air. For breakfast order a croissant sandwich with strawberries and Nutella or a slice of savory quiche Lorraine with cheese and bacon. 

10. Grumpy's Restaurant (Multiple locations)

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Grumpy's Restaurant, 834 Kingsley Ave
Orange Park, FL 32073
(904) 215-1956
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What started out as a small diner in the Orange Park neighborhood has quickly become a Jacksonville favorite that is best known for its oversized cinnamon rolls that come to the table hot, massive omelets that can easily serve two with the added home fries and toast. 

11. Just A Pinch Cafe & Catering

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1615 County Rd 220 #180
Fleming Island, FL 32003
(904) 375-0402
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Just a Pinch Cafe combines Southern and Hawaiian flavors with dishes like sweet bread French toast, which can be paired with katsu fried chicken strips for a sweet and savory option. For a real taste of the islands get the loco moco, made with white rice topped with either pulled pork or a burger patty, then slathered with brown gravy and two over easy eggs with a side of macaroni salad. But the real star of Just a Pinch Cafe is the macadamia nut syrup, which is a nice alternative to traditional maple syrup on everything. 

1. Beach Diner Atlantic Beach (Multiple locations)

501 Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

For more than 20 years Beach Diner has been serving Jacksonville locals some of the area’s best hot breakfast. While guests can expect all the traditional breakfast fare on the menu, a true standout dish in the fish and grists made with cheese grits that are topped with golden fried fish and served with a side of eggs and toast.

501 Atlantic Blvd
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

2. Cool Moose Cafe

2708 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32205

Cool Moose Cafe has been a Jacksonville staple since 1998. The restaurant is known for its wide variety of globally-inspired breakfast items like Irish hash made with grilled potatoes, kohlrabi (German turnip), Brussel sprouts, cabbage, corned beef, and topped with eggs. Cool Moose Cafe also has an entire section of the menu dedicated to vegetarian options with dishes like a vegetable breakfast burrito and an egg white omelette with veggies and feta cheese. 

2708 Park St
Jacksonville, FL 32205

3. Penman Diner

1289 Penman Rd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

This all-American diner serves traditional breakfast fare like eggs, corned beef hash, country fried steak, and waffles. For those who can’t decide what exactly they want for breakfast consider the 222 breakfast that comes with a choice of two pancakes or waffles, two eggs, and two slices of sausage or bacon.

1289 Penman Rd
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

4. Fox Restaurant

3580 St Johns Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32205

Fox Restaurant is a lively diner in Avondale that is a favorite amongst pop culture aficionados with movie and concert posters lining its walls. The menu is filled with breakfast favorites like French toast, omelets, corned beef hash, and a must-try biscuit that sliced in half and griddled so it’s soft with a light crunch on the outside. 

3580 St Johns Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32205

5. Johnny Angel's Diner

3546 St Johns Bluff Rd S #120, Jacksonville, FL 32224

No matter what time the breakfast cravings call, Johnny Angel’s Diner has it ready for hungry diners. The 50’s-themed diner comes complete with neon signs, checkerboard flooring, and bright blue bar stools. Each of the menu items are named after an icon of the 50s like Betty Boop and the Elvis made with country fried steak on top of a biscuit with white gravy, two eggs, and grits or potatoes. For something sweet consider the Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a Cap’n Crunch covered French toast topped with bananas and strawberries. 

3546 St Johns Bluff Rd S #120
Jacksonville, FL 32224

6. Village Bread Cafe

4073 Philips Hwy, Jacksonville, FL 32207

At Village Bread Cafe diners can start their day off with items like biscuits and gravy or lox and bagels, which are all made with the bread from its sister company Village Bread and Bagels. For something more personalized opt for the “create your own” breakfast with choices likes omelettes, pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, French toast, and breakfast burritos. 

4073 Philips Hwy
Jacksonville, FL 32207

7. The Local (Multiple locations)

4578 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Late weekday morning breakfasts and early morning weekend brunch is what The Local is all about. For an indulgent way to start the day order The Blue Goat, which is blueberry bread pudding that’s fried and topped with whipped goat cheese, granola, strawberry puree, and basil. Naps would likely be required after this breakfast but it’s worth it. 

4578 San Jose Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32207

8. Liberty Bakery

6661 Bowden Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32216

Liberty Bakery is a small drive-thru best known for its pastries and cookies, but also serves a solid on-the-go breakfast. Grab a muffin filled with fruit or a breakfast sandwich made-to-order, but make sure to leave room for a cookie or slice of pie for dessert.

6661 Bowden Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32216

9. Le Petit Paris Cafe Mandarin

9965 San Jose Blvd Suite 46, Jacksonville, FL 32257

From the moment guests walk inside Le Petit Paris Cafe they are greeted with a pastry case filled with jewel-colored macarons, French music playing in the background, and the smell of just baked croissants filling the air. For breakfast order a croissant sandwich with strawberries and Nutella or a slice of savory quiche Lorraine with cheese and bacon. 

9965 San Jose Blvd Suite 46
Jacksonville, FL 32257

10. Grumpy's Restaurant (Multiple locations)

Grumpy's Restaurant, 834 Kingsley Ave, Orange Park, FL 32073

What started out as a small diner in the Orange Park neighborhood has quickly become a Jacksonville favorite that is best known for its oversized cinnamon rolls that come to the table hot, massive omelets that can easily serve two with the added home fries and toast. 

Grumpy's Restaurant, 834 Kingsley Ave
Orange Park, FL 32073

11. Just A Pinch Cafe & Catering

1615 County Rd 220 #180, Fleming Island, FL 32003

Just a Pinch Cafe combines Southern and Hawaiian flavors with dishes like sweet bread French toast, which can be paired with katsu fried chicken strips for a sweet and savory option. For a real taste of the islands get the loco moco, made with white rice topped with either pulled pork or a burger patty, then slathered with brown gravy and two over easy eggs with a side of macaroni salad. But the real star of Just a Pinch Cafe is the macadamia nut syrup, which is a nice alternative to traditional maple syrup on everything. 

1615 County Rd 220 #180
Fleming Island, FL 32003

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