Golden Spoon Awards from Florida Trend

The list of Golden Spoon Award winners for all of Florida

For over 50 years Florida Trend magazine and now have covered the business, political and cultural landscape of Florida. Restaurant Editor Chris Sherman provides insights, commentary and reviews covering the restaurants of Florida. Every year Chris recognizes the best restaurants in Florida with the prestigious Golden Spoon Award. To win a Golden Spoon a restaurant must provide an exquisite experience across the entire plate, including vegetables and bread. In alphabetical order, the Jacksonville area winners of the Golden Spoon Award are:

 1. Azurea at One Ocean
… (904) 249-7402 … One Ocean Blvd. menumapreviews>

The beach-side setting in a modern luxury hotel provides the flash, and the kitchen provides artisanal warmth and seasonal harvest on great seafood. Have it as simple as you want and order a side of Zellwood corn, risotto, lamb belly or collards with double bacon — and basil mascarpone cheesecake. More>

Azurea - Coriander Dusted Seabass

Azurea - Coriander dusted sea bass

2. Bistro Aix
… (904) 398-1949 … 1440 San Marco Blvd. 
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For almost 15 years, Aix has marked the big-city intersection of Provence and California...robust classics with artisan and seasonal ingredients, sourced from local farms and spiced from faraway. Crab cakes, house baked cookies and bacon are as sophsticated as vichysoisse. More>

Bistro Aix - Executive Chef Zeke Mears prepares Bananas Foster

Bistro Aix - Executive Chef Zeke Mears prepares Bananas Foster

3. Blue Bamboo 
… (904) 646-1478 … 
3820 Southside Boulevard menumap>

Author, chef and teacher Dennis Chan misses no trick from potato fritters and Food Truck Shortrib Tacos to throwback eggplant parm and curry shrimp and grits. Stop by weekends for Chan’s peachy chicken and waffles and on Sunday for dim sum. More>

Blue Bamboo - shrimp and grits --- Linda Blakely Photography

Blue Bamboo - Red Curry Shrimp & Grits

4. BRIO Tuscan Grille 
… (904) 807-9960 … 4910 Big Island Dr. menumap> reviews>

Rustic Italian goes suburban. Cool feel with fired-up cooking, charred and earthy. Great outdoor seatings, sophisticated brunch. More>

BRIO Tuscan Grille - Crab & Shrimp Cakes

BRIO Tuscan Grille - Crab and Shrimp Cakes

5. The Capital Grille 
… (904) 997-9233 … 5197 Big Island Dr. menumap> reviews>

Top-dollar steaks trimmed with wild mushrooms. Fine coffee, lobster mac and cheese, all trimmed in gentlemen’s club green. More>

6. Eleven South Bistro 
… (904) 241-1112 … 216 11th Ave. S. 

Steak, seafood and drinks, sleekly done with bold twists, sea bass with bell pepper spaetzle and chimichurri punched with sherry. Plates as splashy as the decor. Plus fresh succotash! More>

7. Marker 32 
… (904) 223-1534 … 14549 Beach Boulevard 
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View is grand and broad, so is Ben Groshell’s cooking. Local fish and short ribs go Thai-high and low-country. Try the fennel slaw and butterbeans. More>

8. Matthew's Restaurant 
… (904) 396-9922 … 2107 Hendricks Ave. menumap>

Matthew Medure adds spice from around the world to local shrimp and produce and handmade pasta for a thrilling table. More>

9. M Shack
… (904) 241-2599 … 299 Atlantic Blvd. 

After years pleasing haute Jax, the Medures put new luxe into burgers, shakes and fries on the beach — from bacon cheese to foie gras, pecan pie you can drink, and yammy tater tots. More>

10. Orsay
… (904) 381-0909 … 3630 Park St.
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Orsay feeds Jacksonville's hunger for French cooking -- onion soup, bouillabaisse, duck confit, mais oui, but enhanced with house pate, local bacon and local eggs. Sunday brunch as well. More>

Orsay - Duck Cassoulet

Restaurant Orsay - Duck Cassoulet

11. Pele's Wood Fire 
(904) 232-8545 … 2665 Park St. menumapreviews>

The menu goes way beyond Neapolitan pizzas to seafood crudos, pulled duck salad, salumi and main dishes of rabbit piccata, rack of lamb and bucatini carbonara. Just for fun: Root beer floats and zeppole. More>

Pele's Wood Fire - Arugula Pizza

Pele's Wood Fire - Arugula Pizza

12. Poms Signature Restaurant 
… (904) 641-2450 … 9822 Tapestry Park Circle 

Pom Souvannosoth changes the menu constantly, so seasonal ingredients and global ideas are always fresh and elegant. Look for lemongrass pork, Cornish hen with bok choy and peanut curry or diver scallops with Thai eggplant in truffle oil. More>

Poms Signature Restaurant - Chilean Sea Bass

Poms Signature Restaurant - Chilean Sea Bass

13. Roy's
… (904) 241-7697 … 2400 3rd St. S. 
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Asian flavors and Pacific fish get fusion recipes and French technique; sauces are smooth as sushi. Laid-back settings with Aloha service. More>

14. Salt Life Food Shack 
… (904) 372-4456 … 1018 3rd St. N. 

Surf’s up, sushi and ceviche too -- fish and shrimp, fried, grilled and poked in tacos and baskets. Flip-flops welcome. More>

15. Seasons 52
… (904) 645-5252 … 5096 Big Island Dr. 
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Reinvented casual dining for a nutritious age. Flatbreads, duck salad, golden beets, mini cakes and a packed bar. More>

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