Restaurants & Bars 4

Amelia Island: 29 South, Beech St, Bonito, Moon River, Kofe Hous

Miss E | Jun 5, 2008 08:36 PM

Thought I'd share some of our dining experiences on Amelia Island, where we spent a gorgeous week-- can't wait to go back!

29 South, on 3rd Street in Historic Fernandina Beach, was awesome: creative, organic, delicious. We had the fried green tomato appetizer (the tomatoes, super crispy, were lightly stuffed with goat cheese and served with sweet red pepper jam); seared scallops; and snapper. The desserts were particularly inspired: banana beignets with mint chocolate chip ice cream and caramel sauce sound weird, but were great; coffee and doughnuts was doughnut bread pudding, baked in a latte cup so it was crisp AND eggy, with mocha ice cream--incredible. A good selection of wines by the glass tipped the scales: this was our fave of the week.

Bonito , also in FB, gave us the best sushi we've had in years (we live in a sushi wasteland, IMO), so good we went twice. The key was the very, very fresh seafood, although the service was also friendly and thoughtful. The space is kind of odd, with a bright, casual sushi bar in the front (fun people watching) and a dark, formal dining room in the back. Both serve the full dinner menu as well as sushi.

Beech Street Grill was solidly good, but not great--the flavors just didn't pop for me, and the dessert menu was uninspired. The wine list was just sad. They also do this weird "bread service" fuss: french bread with butter is "free", but bruschetta is an extra $1 per person. One dollar? When entrees are all over $20? Please. Maryland Crab soup, crab cake, Crab stuffed shrimp, and a creole seafood stew were all good, and portions were extremely generous. Atmosphere is a bit so-so.

Moon River is a very casual, bustling pizzeria in a strip mall on 14th at Jasmine staffed by a hard-working crowd of tattooed hipsters. They make a doughy pie, but it's good, with very fresh, gourmet ingredients.

Kofe Hous, in a new mall on Sadler, is a cool little coffee shop that roasts its own beans and is definitely worth a stop.

There were at least half a dozen places we didn't have time to try--quite the restaurant scene up there! We shall return...

Thanks to all who made suggestions.

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