One bbq stand, one sandwich shop.
BBQ - Jenkins' Quality BBQ 830 N PEARL ST JACKSONVILLE FL
- in town on Pearl Street between State and Union - get off on Union (can do going N or S) about 6 - 10 blocks into town - Pearl street is just before the lighthouse (you'll understand when you get there.) Look to your left for the authentic red plastic mansard roof. Sides are so-so at best, but the smoked pork is m-m-m. The sauce is a mild mustard based that is kind of hard to describe but addictive. Esp. recommend the pulled pork sandwich and the rib sandwich (that's ribs, white bread, sauce, butcher paper around the whole deal.) Drive right by that McD's on 8th St, if you please. Take State Street back to I-95 and go on your way a happy hound. This is a hound place. You're welcome.
Sandwich shop - Blue Boy - 6514 Norwood Ave. (Lem Turner exit north of downtown - go south on Norwood about 6-8 blocks - just past elementary school on the right.) A Jacksonville legend. Big sandwiches. Great sub rolls about regular length & double width, baked in house. If you think you'll have room for fries, chips or one of those big-ass cookies, you're kidding yourself. Recommendations - check out the menu - I would keep it simple with a cheeseburger sub on the first visit (or a round for non-hound normal folks) - the basic deal is the terrific bread and the 'getting real' urban ambience that is Blue Boy. Bet you park next to a police car in the ridiculously small lot. Did I mention that these puppies are big? Another hound place - my Cleveland buddy who used to live here starts every conversation with - "have you been to Blue Boy lately.." just go.