Jaybirds Restaurant

I’ve driven by dozens of times… maybe hundreds. From the road, Jaybirds wasn’t quite convincing enough for me to stop. But when friends raved about the fresh lunch they enjoyed there, Georgia Anne & I decided to try it out on a “girls night out”. {Thanks, John & Michelle!}

My dinner buddy, Georgia Anne.

After grubbing potatoes at a Blue Sky Farms event earlier in the day, we were hot & thirsty and ready for an early dinner.

Our server Chris {who happened to be the friendly & super helpful bartender} helped me come up with a light & fruity cocktail. Jaybirds stocks several craft beers and all the usual cocktail staples but not my favorites, so we bounced ideas back & forth until he mixed up something just right.

I sipped the drink, Georgia ate the orange. Teamwork.

Jaybirds dinner menu is pretty ambitious. They have a pizzeria, burgers, entrees like fish tacos, ribeye and fish, and soups, salads, etc. I have only been there once, so my review is based on that dinner. Chris insisted the pizzas are great… maybe we’ll return to try one out sometime soon.

Georgia Anne and I decided to share a salad and a burger for dinner. Our blue cheese salad was generously topped with spiced pecans and blue cheese – she whisked the apples away before I could eat any of those.

Since we were sharing a burger, I opted for the 1/2 pound Stuffed Gorgonzola Burger ($12.95). The kitchen cooked it perfectly and the gorgonzola added a great flavor. Georgia Anne disagreed.

“The white stuff tastes icky,” she said, so she ate the burger around the outside & I ate the center w/the cheese. Teamwork! The fries were what you’d expect- hot & crisp on the outside, potato on the inside. Not hand-cut but tasty.

I mentioned the location earlier… Jaybirds has a lot to overcome in that department, IMO. It sits in front of a wing of the synonymous hotel that has yet to be renovated. While the restaurant is bright and clean, the hotel behind it looks a bit sketchy. A fence borders Ponce de Leon Boulevard so it leaves a lot to the imagination when driving by.

It turns out that fence is there to reduce traffic sound and create ambiance via a planted courtyard. There’s a covered porch with fans and umbrella-clad tables for those seeking Florida’s sun. No koi swim in the pond {the birds kept eating them!} but the waterfall’s cascade helps cover some of the highway noise from the other side of the fence.

Annnnd the patio offers pet-friendly dining- we met a friendly pooch while waiting for dessert.

And what a dessert it was! Bananas Foster ($9.95) was meltey and gooey with caramel sauce and a very sweet ending to our girls night.

Jaybirds surprised me! I’ve only been once and have heard mixed reviews, but if you’re looking for a spot to grab a pleasant meal outside the hustle and bustle downtown, I think you’ll enjoy a quiet breakfast, lunch or dinner there. The price point is a little high for it to be a regular stop when I’m in town with the whole family so if you beat me back, leave a comment with your experience to help others out!

Jaybirds Restaurant
2600 N Ponce de Leon Boulevard
(904) 429-7153
7 am – 9 pm Sun thru Thurs
7 am – 10 pm Fri & Sat 

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Comments

  1. Yay! Glad you finally gave it a try! Try the breakfast and maybe you can meet Margret the owner.
    Glad you blogged about Georgie’s too. Hoping you’ll give Casa Maya another try. ;)the breakfast is unique, but delicious. The Apocalypto sandwich, Tulum smoothie, organic coffee, cucumber infused water is something you won’t find everywhere. :)

  2. Oh, that’s great! Just read the blog post on Casa Maya! Now for another “challenge” heehee…as if tasting yummy food were such a challenge, right? :) La Cocina is an authentic Mexican Restaurant way south on US1 (past Walmart). It’s not your typical El Potro, although I know many locals enjoy them.
    Do you know if Fratelli’s on the Island (near the old Zhanra’s which is now BlackFish?) still has a lady doing cash-only breakfasts? She was renting it out from the owner. We went a few times and it’s fabulous! Unique and she changes up the menu, too. I’d love to know if she’s still serving bfast there.

    • We thought we were eating at La Cocina last week… but ended up at another place I won’t mention because, well, it wasn’t exactly memorable. La Cocina is def on the list! Didn’t know about Fratelli’s! We don’t eat breakfast out very often… do tell if you hear more!! ~Allie O

  3. Love Casa Maya! When I visit my daughter (Flagler student) we enjoy going for a mid- morning bkfst. The upstairs front porch is a perfect place to enjoy a glass of Sangria and each other’s company. The food is always great and the service excellent! Also love Harbor View, the ladies there have been wonderful surrogate Moms to my daughter. A bit cramped but it’s like being in a family kitchen.

    • I’ve never reviewed Mary’s Harbor View Cafe! We ate there w/the reenactors from the Castillo once…

      I love sitting on the porch at Casa Maya- it’s so breezy up there! Thanks for sharing your sweet memories with your daughter. ~Allie O

  4. Ruth Hill says:

    We love Jaybirds & have been going there since it opened. My husband thinks the “Naked Jaybird” burger is the best is St.Aug. I love the pizzas, particularly the chicken with pesto. Just the best pizza I’ve had outside of Italy. Breakfasts are always excellent & lunches are really good too. We always bring our visiting guests there. To my knowledge everything is freshly made on the premises, no funny additives on the food like MSG etc. The owners are usually around so if there is a problem, at least you can take it directly to them.

  5. Love Jaybirds!! But it is definitely a breakfast/lunch destination. And since breakfast is served until 2pm and lunch service starts at 10am, you can get pretty much anything at anytime.
    The Reuben sandwich is one of the best I’ve ever had — even better than in NYC! And the Sweet Potato Hash is yummy thanks to the chorizo, which I also add to my order of Huevos Rancheros. For sweet lovers, the homemade donuts and cinnamon buns are tasty and big enough to share.
    I definitely suggest you try it again for breakfast or lunch!

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