A favorite beach in North Florida, this art deco restaurant serves an eclectic mix of American and tropical cuisine. Entrees range from the simple to the sublime, incorporating fresh Mayport shrimp and fish, chicken, pork and beef or a combination thereof.
If you like your sandwiches thick and hot – juicy burgers and Reubens, or heroes with a side of fries or onion rings – this is the place to be after a day of surfing the shoreline or skimming the sand. If you’re feeling especially in the mood to splurge, complement the belt-busting meal with a creamy shake that’s sure to clog straws. At night, the place jumps out with live entertainment and socializes in its trendy cigar lounge. As the place can seem compact, it’s best to be cautious when sitting if you have a problem with smoke.
Brunch is also a delight. Their blueberry oatmeal pancakes are legendary among the Jacksonville fitness crowd. But you don’t have to be a runner or triathlete to enjoy them and the many omelettes and egg dishes served on weekends. One of the best things about Sun Dog is that you can eat healthy or decadent depending on your fitness and mood.
Located in Neptune Beach at 207 Atlantic Blvd (go another 100 yards and you’ll be on the ocean), the Sun Dog Diner is generally open daily for lunch and dinner, while serving brunch on the weekends. Hours may vary seasonally, so be sure to call ahead. They have a full bar and a small stage for live music. Parking can be a problem on busy nights and weekends, so wear comfortable shoes and enjoy a walk on the beach before or after dinner.