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Dining Notes: Safe Harbor Seafood Restaurant presents fast-casual and locally sourced dishes

Mar 7, 2020 | Safe Harbor Seafood Restaurant

Chef Ben and Liza Groshell (think Marker 32 and the Fish Camps) have teamed up with Chris and Deanna Wooten (of Safe Harbor Seafood) to open Safe Harbor Seafood Restaurant, at 2510 Second Ave. N. in Jacksonville Beach. It’s been renovated since the place was in operation as the Old Florida Fish Camp.

The new restaurant is a quick-service fast-casual eatery with indoor and outdoor seating, featuring fresh, locally sourced seafood. The menu also offers starters, soups, sides and salads, wine and beer selections.

Non-seafood lovers can choose from hot dogs, a chicken sandwich and a Black Angus cheeseburger. There’s even a kids menu for the small fry. The place is a bit off the beaten path, but it is worth the trip. Pro tip: The Smoked Fish Dip is a thing of wonder.

Bob’s Steak comes to Amelia Island

Bob’s Steak & Chop House opens in The Shops at Amelia Island Plantation on Tuesday in the former PLaE restaurant space.

Originating in Dallas in 1993, Bob’s now has 11 restaurants nationwide. Known for a lively atmosphere, stiff drinks, fine wines and large cuts of prime steaks, chops and seafood, Bob’s also offers sides and desserts made from scratch.

Check out this list of all prime steaks and meats in various weights: rib-eye, bone-in rib-eye, filet mignon, bone-in Kansas City strip, T-bone, porterhouse, New York strip, veal porterhouse chop, rack of lamb and half roasted duck. The seafood dishes – such as shrimp, salmon, crab cakes, lobster tails – are just as tempting.

Entrees include a choice of potato, and Bob’s famous glazed carrot.

Reservations are available at (904) 432-2201. For information on the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Bob’s, or any of the dining options, call (800) THE-OMNI, or visit omniamelia

Applebee’s diners generate donation

Applebee’s locations in Florida and Georgia recently presented a check for $56,277 to the U.S. Marines Corps in support of its Toys for Tots program.

The funds were raised during Applebee’s annual Breakfast with Santa fundraising events in Florida and Georgia, in which 100 percent of the proceeds benefited underprivileged children and deliver a message of hope.

Get your free pancakes at IHOP

On Tuesday, March 8, pancake lovers can head to IHOP to enjoy one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in celebration of National Pancake Day.

Now in its 11th year, IHOP restaurants will give away millions of free pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and ask guests to leave behind a voluntary donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Over the last 10 years, National Pancake Day has raised $20 million for children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada. Last year alone, IHOP restaurants served 6.6 million free pancakes – which would have created a stack nearly 19 miles high – and raised $3.5 million for children’s charities.

Hook up with deals at Captain D’s

Available for a limited time, Captain D’s new Home-Style Flounder introduces a new light and crispy home-style bread crumb on its popular flounder that is served with two sides and homemade hush puppies for $4.99.

Additional $4.99 “Full Meal Deals” include the fish and butterfly shrimp meal. And the new grilled menu, featuring a new Tuscan Tilapia meal, is also available for a limited time.

Guests can also enter to win one free year of Captain D’s, along with a special private hometown dinner with five friends hosted by Captain D’s chef Jason. Enter the Catch of the Year sweepstakes once per day on Facebook at

Nancy White blogs about food and culture at Feast your eyes on her mouth-watering photography on Instagram @nourish_the_beast. She’s also pinning on Pinterest and posting on Flickr @nourishthebeast. If you see something happening in the dining world, email Nancy at