Best Places to Eat in Jacksonville, NC

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Jacksonville may not be a big city, but its dining options span the globe, benefiting from a veteran culinary audience that demands ethnic diversity. From Korean to Colombian, to Irish or traditional southern BBQ, there’s a place for whatever you're craving. Whether you’re a food truck connoisseur looking for some take-out, or a spot for your next swanky dinner party, there’s no shortage of choices. And here are some of our favorites:


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The Impeccable Plate

Boasting 5-star reviews on Yelp and Facebook, The Impeccable Plate offers a variety of wholesome, nutritious, and delicious meals for take-out or delivery. Options range from teriyaki salmon to chicken cordon bleu, to turkey meatballs and spaghetti squash. Fresh and healthy, you’ll likely be licking your impeccable plate clean at the end of your meal.

Liliana’s Colombian Restaurant and Bakery

This family-style spot brings authentic Colombian cuisine to Jacksonville. Liliana’s features traditional Colombian dishes as well as cakes and baked goods for all occasions. Come for the homemade flan and empanadas, and stay for the great service and family atmosphere.

Mission BBQ

This venue offers more than just great BBQ and southern comfort—it gives back a percentage of every purchase to the heroes who serve our country. So don't only enjoy yourself, here, also know that you're supporting the troops; potentially your neighbors. 

Elsa’s Place

This quaint Caribbean restaurant is a must-visit. You’ll find jerk chicken, catfish, and other island favorites on the menu. Be sure to try the ox tails and smothered pork chops—they’re to die for.


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Jeff’s Burgers, Dogs, and Shakes

Featuring homemade, made-to-order comfort foods combined with quick service, Jeff’s is the best of both worlds—fast and handcrafted. Try the homemade clam chowder, the delicious flounder sandwich, or stick to the basics and get a burger and fries made with care. We promise it’ll taste just right.

Marrakesh

Bringing a little bit of Morocco to Jacksonville, Marrakesh serves authentic Mediterranean cuisine that is absolutely scrumptious. But don’t take our word for it—you’ll find glowing reviews on any of your favorite foodie websites. If you find yourself craving falafel or shawarma, head to Marrakesh and you won’t be disappointed.

TataJo—The French Shuttle of Delights Food Truck

This artisan food truck brings French-inspired crepes, omelets, sandwiches and pastries right to you--and at great prices! Their locations vary, so check their Facebook page; and if you ever see them in your neighborhood, stop immediately.

The Angry Ginger Irish Pub

The Angry Ginger Irish Pub pairs a real Irish menu for lunch and dinner with great entertainment. It’s the kind of place you’re likely to be a regular. If you like great beer, some of the best food the Emerald Isle has to offer, and killer service, you will not be disappointed.   


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Pho Le

No military town would be complete without an authentic Vietnamese joint, and Pho Le is Jacksonville’s. Bringing pho and boba (you probably call it bubble tea) to the area, Pho Le pairs great food with great service, and gives diners a great way to fill their bellies.

Kimchi N Bulgogi House

This Korean restaurant is an excellent place to relax with some yakisoba or kimchi pancakes. (Yes, that’s a thing.) A homely atmosphere with fresh, made-to-order Korean delights makes Kimchi N Bulgogi a must-visit.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marc Acton is a magazine writer out of Nashville, Tenn., who’s written for Journal Communications since 2013, flown helicopters for the Army since 2005, and played central midfield... more

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