We arrived in Jacksonville around 4:00 on Friday, and sat around for a while trying to decide what to do. Our original plan was to go to dinner on the beach and then walk along the water for a while, but stormy weather was coming in and the wind was insane so we thought it would be best to hold off and watch the weather. With that decided, we ended up doing some shopping near the beaches, starting at Marshall's and then moving on to Home Goods and Ross. I found a couple of decorative items for my room, and one for John's house as well.
Afterwards, we headed off to eat some dinner. On the way to shop I had noticed an intriguing restaurant called Poe's Tavern. Jamie, being the Jacksonville native, said it was good and Amber suggested that we eat there. I was all for it because I was extremely curious about what it would hold.
It was obvious that the place was influenced by Edgar Allan Poe. I am a big Poe fan. His creepy stories were truly original in his time, and they will be remembered in the world of literature forever. Despite the restaurant being named for him, I was still surprised at how cool the atmosphere was. The inside was dimly lit and there were old-fashioned chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. The walls appeared to be antique brick, and they were covered with every type of Poe memorabilia imaginable. There were posters from movies that were derived from his works, quotes from his writing, pictures of him...everything. The place was literally a dream for every hungry literature nerd.
It didn't end there though. The burgers (the food the restaurant is known for) were all named after things in his writing. I had one called the Annabelle Lee, and Amber had a Tell Tale Heart. Each menu also had a brief biography about Poe. As strange as this sounds, the restrooms were even amazing. All of the walls were plastered with book pages of Poe's works, and there was a recording of one of his stories playing over the speaker.
The food was delicious, and even if it wasn't I would definitely be going here again just for the atmosphere. If you're ever in the Jacksonville area and you love Poe or burgers, this is the place for you!
|Excuse the random people. But this photo had to be taken.|
|Photo shoots in the wind are much more difficult than they look!|
|Had to take some pictures of us "cleaned up." ;)|
Come back tomorrow to hear about the magical birthday gift that John gave me, plus a couple of other special gifts.