I think everybody has a restaurant that they can always count on to provide an enjoyable meal, good atmosphere, and reasonable price where they can go if all other ideas and plans fall through. For us, this would be Seven Bridges.
While the proximity makes the choice easier it's certainly not a major criteria. Great food, portions big enough to fill us up even when sharing a plate, and a pleasant ambiance has solidified Seven Bridges as one of our favorite eateries in Jacksonville. The meals aren't the cheapest around but certainly no more expensive than many of the comparable chains found on most street corners and the price is justified in the quality and quantity of the food you get. Another great element that sets Seven Bridges and its two sister restaurants, A1A Ale Works in St. Augustine and Ragtime Tavern in Atlantic Beach, apart from the rest is the beer that is brewed in house.
Neither of us are drinkers but we like the occasional glass of beer or wine and when we chose to imbibe then we turn our noses up and put our snob caps on. Microbrews are often the kings of the beer realm in terms of taste, texture, and overall quality and the beer brewed at Seven Bridges is no exception. I don't think we've tried them all but all have been good so far.
Because of the brewery, there's also a large bar area (fully stocked) and some pool tables which makes for a great afterwork meeting place, particularly during one of the seasonal tapping events where a seasonal beer is unveiled and glasses are $3 all night. The last tapping was for the summer wheat ale and this was the third I've attended so far this year so I'm sure there are plenty more to come. Perhaps we'll start announcing these things ahead of time once we find out about them.
Good food, good beer, nice atmosphere and the answer to "I don't know, where should we go instead?" which is not a bad position to be in.
9735 Gate Parkway North
Jacksonville, FL 32246