The Best of Beaches Town Center

It’s no secret that Beaches folks are the smartest around—so it isn’t surprising that Beaches Town Center merchants swept the board this year in the annual Best in Jax polls!

From Best Burger to Best Boutique, the city spoke and let everyone else know just how award-worthy BTC is. And while all of our businesses are winners in our book, these are the ones that snagged the bragging rights:


Dance Trance Fitness
• Best Dance Studio – Folio Weekly
• Best Group Fitness Class – Jacksonville Magazine FabuList

Guaranteed to get your blood pumping, Dance Trance is a welcoming environment for people of all dance skills. Whether you’re a regular like J. Lo or more of an Elaine Benes, their skilled instructors will guide you through upbeat sets designed to encourage fun and shed pounds.

Visit Them When: you’re sick of the same old workout routine, or your palates instructor made you cry during your last session and you’re too embarrassed to go back.


Flying Iguana
• Best Girls Night Out – Jacksonville Magazine

Looking to try somewhere new for when your girl group of choice hits the town? Look no further than Flying Iguana, our friendly neighborhood taqueria and tequila bar. With live music every weekend, impressive handcrafted drinks and tableside guac, you can’t go wrong.

Visit Them When: you finally find a babysitter you can trust.


Hawkers
• Best New Restaurant at the Beaches – Jacksonville Magazine

Change is hard for some people, but trying something new isn’t so scary when it’s just so darn tasty. That’s why we’re so glad Hawkers picked the Beaches Town Center when they wanted to open a new location. From noodles to brews, they’re the coolest spot beachside when you want something a little different.

Visit Them When: you’re ready for something more adventurous than lo mien or fried rice, or when you need a FOMO-worthy shot for the ‘gram.


Island Girl Cigar Bar
• Best Bar/Lounge – The Beaches Leader

Kick back, relax and light up a cigar—Island Girl is the premier spot at the Beaches Town Center for unwinding. With 28 beers on tap, nightly specials and a large, walk-in humidor, they’ve got everything you need to blow off some steam in style.

Visit Them When: you want to look as cool as Al Pacino in Scarface.


Jaffi’s
• Best Clothing Shop – The Beaches Leader
• Best Boutique at the Beaches – Jacksonville Magazine

You know what they say—what you aren’t born with, you can always buy! And if you’re on the market for a sense of style, the friendly girls at Jaffi’s will be more than happy to help. From business casual to beach living chic, this Beaches Town Center boutique has been helping women look and feel their best for almost 17 years. Their huge selection doesn’t hurt either.

Visit Them When:  you’re a mom but you refuse to wear mom jeans, or when you realize the “cold shoulder” thing everyone’s talking about isn’t just what you give someone when you’re mad.


Joseph’s Pizza
• Best Takeout/Delivery at the Beaches – Jacksonville Magazine
• 11 Best Pizza Places in Jacksonville – Jacksonville Magazine

There comes a time in everyone’s life when you outgrow the $5 special at Little Caesars. As sad and as cost inefficient as it may be, it’s just a fact, people. Enter Joseph’s Pizza; the pizzeria that separates the children from the adults. Say sayonara to pepperoni and cheese-- the Gyro or the Joseph’s Special is where it’s at.

Visit Them When: you’ve always wanted to play bingo and eat pizza at the same time, or when you want to dine outside with your dog.


KYDS Children’s Boutique
• Best Kids’ Clothing – Jacksonville Magazine

Offering the freshest, hottest trends in children’s fashion, KYDS has been a staple of the Beaches Town Center community since opening its doors in 2001—and new owners Melody Snelen and Rachel Crismond are making sure it stays that way.

Visit Them When: you need a baby gift to knock someone’s socks off, or when your tween refuses to wear what you pick out. (Sorry, mom!)


Mezza Restaurant & Bar
• Best Italian – The Beaches Leader

If your idea of fine Italian dining is eating Spaghetti-Os out of a can, it’s time to up your game. A longtime member of the Beaches Town Center community, Mezza Restaurant & Bar has been serving up classic dishes done right. You know, the kind of pasta Mario Batali would be proud of.

Visit Them When: you want to recreate the iconic Lady & The Tramp spaghetti scene.


M Shack
• Best Burger in Jax – Folio Weekly

Look, everyone loves to say their burger is the best-- and maybe your mom told you yours was. But until you’re actually voted Best Burger in Jax, step aside and let the folks at M Shack do the grillin’. Their menu is filled with meaty delights that are always cooked to perfection, so take your pick—you can’t go wrong!

Visit Them When: you’re ready to graduate from your favorite dollar menu burger, or when your doctor tells you your iron count is low.


North Beach Fish Camp
• 9 Best Places to Get Seafood in Jacksonville – Jacksonville Magazine

Living in a city by the sea definitely makes folks choosier when it comes to picking where they get their seafood from, so imagine how happy we are that North Beach at Beaches Town Center made the list. From daily specials to decadent desserts, there’s no losing when it’s time to order.

Visit Them When: you’re ready to eat tuna that doesn’t come in a can.


Ocean 60
• Best Martini – Folio Weekly
• Best Date Place – The Beaches Leader

First dates can be hard, but your chance of scoring a second one is increased by 50% when you take them to Ocean 60. And since we can’t exactly cite that, you’re just going to have to trust us when we say that it’s pure, scientific fact. From expertly mixed martinis to impressive, but unpretentious bites, this martini room isn’t one to miss.

Visit Them When:  you’re trying to upgrade your definition of “ fine dining” from eating oreos off of grandma’s china because you forgot to wash the dishes again, or when you really, really like someone.


One Ocean Resort & Spa
• Best Mani-Pedis – Jacksonville Magazine’s FabuList
• Best Massage – Jacksonville Magazine

When it comes to getting beautiful at the beach, there’s no better place than the Spa at One Ocean Resort. From pretty, painted toes to massages and facials, they’re experts at maximizing relaxation.

Visit Them When: you can’t tell where your knots end and your normal muscles begin.


Poe’s Tavern
• Best Burger – The Beaches Leader
• Best Burger at the Beaches – Jacksonville Magazine

Look, we know M Shack also got voted Best Burger—but Beaches Town Center is big enough for the both of them. For the other best burger, make sure you stop by Poe’s Tavern. With classics and rotating specials, there’s a patty for every person.

Visit Them When: you think “gee, I really wish there was somewhere I could eat a burger and think about the literary works of Edgar Allen Poe at the same time!”


Sliders Seafood Grill
• 9 Best Places to Get Seafood in Jacksonville – Jacksonville Magazine

Seafood is an easy thing to fudge, so we’re glad Sliders Seafood Grill is consistently a good thing. A staple of the Beaches Town Center community for many years, its been the go-to place for locals in the know with no signs of slowing down.

Visit Them When:  one round of oysters just isn’t going to cut it.


Southern Grounds & Co.
• Best Coffee Spot – The Beaches Leader
• Best Coffee Shop at the Beaches – Jacksonville Magazine

Whether you’re a coffee snob or a faithful pumpkin spice follower, Southern Grounds & Co. has a brew to satisfy all types of coffee lovers. Their cozy café is perfect for working on your next novel (you know, the one you keep saying is the “next Harry Potter”) or your college thesis. And their food isn’t half bad either.

Visit Them When: you can’t remember the difference between tall, grande and venti, or the cute barista you had a crush on at the other coffee spot quit.


Whit’s Frozen Custard
• Best Ice Cream/Yogurt Store – The Beaches Leader
• Best Desserts at the Beaches – Jacksonville Magazine

If chocolate or vanilla just doesn’t cut it for you, Whit’s is the answer. Boasting a rotating calendar of custard concoctions every month, there’s always something new. Which, now that we mention it, is the perfect excuse for daily ice cream consumption…

Visit Them When: you need to bribe the kids, or when the dollar soft serve at your local drive thru just isn’t cutting it anymore.

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