One of my favorite areas of Jacksonville is Mayport Village. When I moved to Jacksonville, I ended up driving to Mayport Village when I was looking for fresh shrimp. Many people are familiar with this area because of the fishing. It’s one of those places where you can just pull off to the side of the road and fish. It doesn’t matter what time of day you drive out to Mayport Village, there’s always somebody out here fishing. I’m not much of a fisherman myself, even though I love to eat seafood, but I often pull over and walk down to the water to watch the boats come by.
The first thing you’ll notice when you drive is a sign that let’s you know that you’re entering a historic place. According to the signs, Mayport Village was established in 1562.
Here are my two favorite places to visit.
Safe Harbor Seafood Market
My favorite fish market is located here – Safe Harbour. Safe Harbour actually supplies fresh seafood to many of our restaurants in Jacksonville. You’ll see their white trucks all over town.
I grew up far from salt water and the ocean, so I am still a newbie when it comes to choosing, preparing and cooking seafood. But I do love seafood, which is probably why I love going to Safe Harbour so much. I often ask for advice on how to prepare my seafood, because I’m still learning and I have to say that everyone who works here has always been really helpful to me. Beside the fresh fish market, there is also a restaurant at Safe Harbor. When the weather is nice, I like to come out for lunch and sit outside on the deck watching the shrimp boats unload right behind the restaurant. Now thats fresh seafood!
Singleton’s Seafood Shack
Drive past Safe Harbor towards the ferry boat ramp, and you’ll get to Singleton’s. There is no doubt that Guy Fieri from Food Network made this place famous in his show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. From the outside, this place looks like a tiny, little shack, and actually it’s not that small, it’s pretty big inside with lots of seating. This is not your white table cloth restaurant far from it, everything is served on styrofoam, but the seafood is fresh and the waitresses are friendly. If you are a newbie to seafood like me, you’ll be fascinated by the life-size fish hanging on the walls. There’s a big blue one that I had to ask my waitress about. She called it a Ocean Sun Fish. But that’s not what I usually order here, I’m perfectly happy with a basket of plain old steamed Mayport shrimp. Delicious!
When I have family visiting Jacksonville, I often end up driving out to Mayport Village to eat or pick up fresh seafood. There’s a lot of history, Mayport Village has been around for the long time. Sometimes I also like to take the ferry boat across to the other side and we drive up to Talbot Island, or Amelia.
As you know, the base is located in this area of town, and that means lots of good international food on Mayport Road. One of my favorite places to visit on Mayport Road is Simply Tasty Thai. This used to be a very small thai restaurant, and it has recently expanded and renovated, but the food is still awesome. A little bit further down the road, you’ll find Nick the Greek. This place also expanded fairly recently. Nick makes the best baklava in town, and I also like the spanakopitas.
Singleton’s Seafood Shack
4728 Ocean Street, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Phone: (904) 246-4442
Mon – Thu 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
Fri & Sat 10 am – 10 pm
Sun 10 am – 9 pm
4378 Ocean Street, Mayport, FL 32233
Tue – Thu: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Simply Tasty Thai
2292 Mayport Rd #8, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Phone: (904) 372-2600
Mon – Sat 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
Nick the Greek
10 Donner Rd
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Phone: (904) 241-0070
10:30 am – 9:00 pm