Jazzy's Restaurant & Lounge
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Jazzy's Restaurant & Lounge
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just ordered 80.00 worth of food and 2 sides of macaroni was left out. only one plate had cornbread. they charge me an extra .80 for cornbread... one of the porkchop meals was cooked in burned chicken grease. this is so disappointing!
The atmosphere was very good, The food was delicious and the service was great and the wait time was excellent I would highly recommend checking it out me and the wife had a fabulous time and the live band was awesome....
Beautiful place! We came tonight for some live music and some good cold drinks and we weren’t disappointed. The manager runs a great place, we are having a fantastic time :-)
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Restaurant review: Southern soul food treats rule in Riverside at Jazzy’s
The moment you walk into Riverside’s new Jazzy’s Restaurant and Lounge, it’s pretty clear what the place is about. From the jazz murals and ornate wall décor conjuring those legendary sounds, to the performance stage that blares live soul and R&B most nights, to the lively bar scene and cocktails with funny names that have their own soul.
But if you thought for a long note that Jazzy’s was named for … well … jazz, you’d be off-key.
Jazzy’s namesake is Chef Celestia Mobley’s daughter, Jasmine, who helped open the family’s latest venture on King Street in March, along with Celestia’s Coastal Cuisine on Dunn Avenue in 2017. Before that, Mobley had served as executive chef and general manager for The Potter’s House Soul Food Bistro.
The space on King and College, a former Hamburger Mary’s and before that The Blind Rabbit, is hopping — really, no pun intended — once again with Mobley’s blend of soul food cooking and live musical performances on the western edge of Riverside’s Park and King district.
Jazzy’s feels like a pair of comfortable, well-worn shoes, with Southern comfort delicacies to match from a tightly curated menu dominated by chicken and seafood entrees. The restaurant itself, like its predecessors, is long and curved, thicker at the front and back. From an aerial view, the floor plan just might resemble a musical note.
I stopped by Jazzy’s last Wednesday night to meet some new friends. We got down to business with two small plates. For quick-and-easy snacking, the Fried Pickles ($5) are hard to beat. Our mini baking dish was covered in wispy, lightly battered slices with just enough tang from the dill pickles to produce a nice zing. If you need the next level of zing, ask for a dipper of ranch dressing.
For something a little more involved, or as an entrée stand-in for lighter appetites, the 2 Crab Cakes ($13) is just that, two jumbo cakes made from mild claw meat, coated in crunchy panko breadcrumbs and served with a spicy remoulade. The cakes were moist and flaky and easy to subdivide with a fork. If it wasn’t for my company, I would have skipped the cutting and grabbed my own, but manners prevailed.
Our group gave a trio of chicken entrees a spin for our mains. All come in two- or four-piece sizes at $11 and $13, respectively with choice of light or dark meat, cornbread and choice of regular or premium ($1.25 upcharge) side.
I gravitated to the four-piece Hot Dusted Fried Chicken. With that portion you get two large pieces and two smaller wings. My plate came brimming with lots of juicy meat and just enough spice to tingle the tongue, but it won’t ring your bell like a Nashville Hot Chicken might. Cholesterol notwithstanding, you can’t stop by Jazzy’s without a side of the mac and cheese, a wonderfully old-school rich-and-creamy baked concoction and great entrée accompaniment.
Jazzy’s terms its Citrus Herb Roasted Chicken as the “healthy” choice on the menu. I don’t know if I’d go that far, unless you contrast it with the other fried chicken entrees here. It was a perfectly tender and moist treat with a light hint of citrus. I’m equally unsure how “healthy” the side of fried Brussels sprouts with slab bacon was, but chances are you’ll pick up on that bacon right quick and ask for more.
The final entry on our chicken trio, the Southern Fried Chicken, was another well-balanced, juicy selection, piping hot with just the right crispy coating and a secret spice blend rubbed in. My friend’s choice of collard greens was another delight, flavorful all on their own and not bitter.
You won’t find desserts on the menu, but your server will entice you with a few, all made in-house and amply portioned for sharing, if you’re into that with your desserts.
The Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Icing ($5) was a lofty summit of sweetness, the highlight of which was a gritty, sugary icing that was less creamy and more dry. It may not be everyone’s piece of cake, but it felt very old-worldly and soothed my sweet tooth.
The best way to describe my dessert choice, the Pineapple Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce ($5), was a decadent French toast lookalike on steroids. It was a broad, flat, spongy slab of goodness with a slight pool of sweet rum reduction on top. It was almost too sweet, but I soldiered through.
Finally, the Peach Cobbler ($5) was an unadorned bowl of simplicity, studded with lots of peach slices swimming in cobbler crumbles. Like grandma’s, it was spot-on Southern homemade.
Jazzy’s boasts a full bar, including a dozen signature cocktails, draft beer and 14 wines by the bottle, with most available by the glass. Happy hour gets rolling Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. with discounted beverages and small plates. Live entertainment takes the stage Monday and Thursday from 7-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 8-11 p.m., and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Local artist Monique Ellis headlines Jazzy’s house band most nights, while rotating artists visit on Fridays. Jazzy’s Facebook page is the best place to find out about upcoming acts.
All tastes considered, Jazzy’s blends smooth sounds with solid Southern staples, making it a fun and filling addition to Riverside’s dining and entertainment scene.
Jay Magee is a regular guy who needs a little balance in his life. That means spending as much time in the gym as he does in new restaurants. Find out how that’s working out for him at jaymagee.yelp.com or read one of his blog posts at jaymagee.com.
Chef Celestia Mobley’s latest concept is Jazzy’s Restaurant and Lounge
By Dan Macdonald, Contributing Writer
Chef Celestia Mobley is launching a new venture — Jazzy’s Restaurant and Lounge — in Riverside.
Mobley has taken over the former Hamburger Mary’s Pub House at 901 King St. to open a soul food restaurant and lounge that will feature live jazz music throughout much of the week.
Mobley, an accomplished restaurateur, started her career as executive chef at The Potter’s House Soul Food Bistro and went on to open her own restaurant, Celestia’s Coastal Cuisine, which operates at 6765 Dunn Ave. in North Jacksonville.
Jazzy’s, her latest family-owned venture, plans a Tuesday soft opening, meaning she will offer a limited menu and no beer, wine or liquor.
A grand opening is expected in early March.
When licensing is approved, the restaurant will start with wine and beer and later add liquor, she said.
Mobley learned to cook as a child for her family and went on to earn a culinary degree from Florida State College at Jacksonville.
She built her reputation on comfort food. Jazzy’s menu will feature many of her most popular items, such as fried chicken, spicy chicken, fried shrimp and low country boil.
Her signature fried oxtail wontons will not be a menu regular at Jazzy’s but could appear as a special. However, expect to see her mac and cheese.
The price point for dinner and beverage will be under $20, she said.
Mobley opened Celestia’s Coastal Cuisine in 2017. When she saw the King Street property was vacant, she took the opportunity to fill a dining void and provide an alternative form of entertainment.
“I’ll have good food. There’s nothing around like it. It will be unique to the area,” she said. “You can listen to hip-hop and techno at other places. This is going to be real music.”
In addition to being a full-service lunch and dinner restaurant, Jazzy’s will have a separate entrance for takeout.
Mobley will split her time between Celestia’s Coastal Cuisine and Jazzy’s. Her husband of 27 years, Varon, will manage Celestia’s Coastal Cuisine while she establishes Jazzy’s.
Mobley said she isn’t concerned about spreading herself thin and said she is confident in her staff at Celestia’s.
“The one thing I learned at Potter’s is that I know people will work hard for you when they know you care for them,” she said.
She expects to employ 20 people at Jazzy’s.
After a banking career, Mobley pursued her passion for food and in 1998 opened Lojope’s Seafood Restaurant, a small shop that featured garlic crabs and other seafood.
It was short-lived. To gain knowledge to operate a business, she enrolled in the FSCJ culinary program while she also was working at Potter’s House.
Mobley worked with Potter’s House for nearly 20 years before venturing out on her own to open Celestia’s Coastal Cuisine.
There, she built a strong following where she has become known for her take on combining soul food with seafood. That restaurant also features live music.
She has space for 18 draft beers, many of which will be locally brewed. The restaurant features a long bar and high-backed banquette seating as well as several tables for two or four.
A large jazz-themed painting by David Nackashi is a focal point opposite exposed brick and tile over the bar.
Bands will perform beside the bar. She will feature smooth jazz and wants to provide students at the University of North Florida jazz program an opportunity to perform.
When licensing is granted, she wants to make Jazzy’s a happy hour destination.
Hours will be 3 p.m. to midnight Monday, 11 a.m. to midnight Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
At Jazzy’s, her motto is written across the wall: “Music is life. That’s why our hearts have beats.”
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Update: Since the publication of this article Jazzy’s has opened for full service.
One of Jacksonville’s most beloved chefs is opening a second restaurant in the coming weeks. Chef Celestia Mobley was the chef behind Soul Food Bistro, and later opened her own restaurant, Celestia’s Coastal Cuisine. Mobley shared with us that she has always had a vision for a relaxed, neighborhood restaurant with table service, and it is coming to life.
Jazzy’s Restaurant and Lounge is located in Riverside on King Street, in the former Blind Rabbit and then Mary’s Pub House space. Chef Celestia was drawn to the character of the building and the neighborhood. Jazzy’s is not only her daughter’s namesake, but speaks to the feel of the restaurant. You can expect a relaxing environment, filled with soft jazz music and even some soft R&B music, a place where you can just be. There will be no white tablecloths, this is not intended to be an upscale restaurant. It is a comfortable neighborhood restaurant to kick back and relax in. Prices will be reasonable, under $20 for dinner. This restaurant and lounge will be open until until midnight or later every day except Sundays.
You can expect more of the delectable food Chef Celestia is known for. The menu is focused on comfort food, ranging from low country boil, fried chicken, hot chicken, to cabernet braised short ribs over mashed potatoes, fresh seafood, local shrimp, hot crab dip, and things like Not Your Mama’s Mashed Potatoes (these have way more butter and goodness), whole roasted carrots, brussel sprouts with bacon, and of course mac n cheese. Jazzy’s will also offer some harder to find comfort dishes such as chicken livers and gizzards, shrimp deviled eggs, and fried lobster tail. Jazzy’s will feature a full bar, but that will come shortly after opening. Guests can enjoy live music a few nights per week, mainly smooth jazz.
Jazzy’s soft opening starts Monday, February 18th. The restaurant will be operating with a limited menu and no alcohol during the soft open. The menu will be discounted, but the restaurant will not be operating at full capacity, as it is a soft open. The grand opening is set for the first Monday in March, the 4th. If you are looking for a full menu and alcohol, this is the time to check out Jazzy’s Restaurant and Lounge.
Jazzy’s Restaurant and Lounge will be the place to go for comfort food, and a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Congratulations, Chef Celestia Mobley! Welcome to Riverside!
Jazzy’s Restaurant and Lounge
901 King Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Jazzy's Restaurant & Lounge
901 King St, Jacksonville
accepts credit cards
accepts apple pay
limited vegetarian options
good for groups
good for kids
good for dinner
best nights on saturday
happy hour specials
offers military discount
open to all
|Tuesday||11AM - 9:30PM|
|Wednesday||11AM - 9:30PM|
|Thursday||11AM - 9:30PM|
|Friday||11AM - 11PM|
|Saturday||11AM - 11PM|
|Sunday||11AM - 5PM|
Hours or services may differ due to COVID-19. Please contact the business directly to verify hours and availability.
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