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Dining Notes

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Dining Notes

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NEW RESTAURANTS FOR TINSELTOWN, LANDING

The Tinseltown area has yet another restaurant. The latest is Gallery Eclectic Bistro, 9753 Deer Lake Court, near Jacksonville Ale House. The Gallery Eclectic Bistro is owned by Eric Yen, who has the successful chain of Big Easy Cajun restaurants. This is a full-service restaurant that is casual and specializes in what it calls a "New American cuisine with a Southern infusion."

It seats 260 and offers a 100-bottle wine list with 23 wines available by the glass. Entrees range between $13 and $22, with some specials slightly higher.

The executive chef is Brian Lee, a graduate of Johnson and Wales University who was previously the executive chef at Ruth's Chris Steak House.

Currently, Gallery Eclectic Bistro is open at 4 p.m. daily for dinner. Beginning April 1, it will open at 11 a.m. to serve lunch as well.

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The Jacksonville Landing has a new restaurant with the opening last week of St. Johns Tavern & Grill above Jocks & Jills. The restaurant will cater to a lunch crowd as well as those looking for casual dining with a Cajun twist.

Look for large sandwiches in the $7.50 range. The Reuben and Cheesesteak are already becoming favorites, according to managing partner Michael Holliday.

The dinner menu features a healthy serving of Jambalaya ($14.95), Blackened Chicken Pasta ($13.95) and Chicken Cordon Bleu ($12.95).

The restaurant seats about 150, has a full bar and a couple of pool tables and dartboards, and one of the best views of the river in the city.

Beer fans will enjoy the 16 different brews on tap, including Murphy's Irish Stout and Boddington's. Get this -- they are served in 20-ounce glasses ($3.50 domestic and $4 import) and 34-ounce glasses ($6.50 domestic and $7 import).

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Castillo de Mexico recently opened its second location at 1222 Third St. S.,

Jacksonville Beach, in the former Cyclone Anaya's location. The original is at the corner of Beach Boulevard and Kernan Road. …

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