By: Alan Aptheker
When I’m in Orlando for more than a day, there are two places I must go to eat: First Watch and Toojay’s, (more about Toojay’s later. I’m heavily lobbying for one in Jax but have had no success). We have a burning need for decent breakfast places in San Jose and Mandarin. The only First Watch I’d ever encountered was in Orlando, and I could swear it was locally owned and operated. It had that familiar, welcoming feel from the waitstaff. The quality of breakfast and brunch food could give the Metro Diner a run for it’s money -- it’s that good. And even though folks from far and near (including me) will still frequent the Metro in San Marco, it’s great to have the bar for quality breakfast food raised in Mandarin. I wish I’d known…
We saw the housing report. We beat out Detroit as the worst housing market now, but there’s good reason to believe we’ll find the bottom soon. But if you’re going to talk about being the worst, we should talk about what we do best. Here’s where we showed up in the some formidable top ten lists: view list after the break...
- Jacksonville was named the nation’s third least expensive city to launch a corporate headquarters (BizCosts.com - 2011)
- Florida’s public school system ranks among the top 5 in the nation (Education Week – 2011)
- Jacksonville ranked No. 3 on the list of “Best Cities to Work” (Careerbliss.com - 2011)
- Jacksonville ranked ninth best U.S. Shopping City (Forbes – 2010)
- Jacksonville is ranked No. 1 on
With the Opening of Seasons 52 at the St. John's Town Center, Jacksonville joins Orlando and 19 other large metro areas where Darden Restaurants operates all of it's six brands: Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and LongHorn Steakhouse. Operating under it's Specialty Restaurant banner are the Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52. Seasons 52 will open this fall, and in addition to it's seasonally rotated menu (hence the name), it's one of the few Darden properties that is "specialty-marketed" as a true venue for social and business events.
You may not know the name, but you know their brands. Darden is headquartered in Orlando, and lays claim to being the world's largest full-service restaurant company. It's history dates back to 1938, when…