Jacksonville/ Food & Drinks
Published on May 31, 2019
Check out the 5 most popular spots in Jacksonville's Sunbeam neighborhoodEl Castillo. | Photo: Bobby B./Yelp

Spending time in Sunbeam? Get to know this Jacksonville neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a restaurant and hookah lounge to an independent book shop.

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in Sunbeam, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.

1. El Castillo

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Topping the list is Mexican restaurant El Castillo. Located at 9735 Old St. Augustine Road, Suite 18, it's the highest rated business in the neighborhood, boasting 4.5 stars out of 121 reviews on Yelp. The restaurant serves authentic Mexican fare such as tacos, pozole, chile rellenos and ceviche.

2. Tillman's Meats, Produce, & Bakery


Meat shop, bakery and caterer Tillman's Meats, Produce, & Bakery is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located in the Southside at 10177 Old St. Augustine Road, four stars out of 50 reviews. The "old-fashioned, country-styled butcher store" offers more than a dozen different kinds of meats, as well as fresh baked goods and game/animal processing services.

3. San Jose Deli and Grill

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San Jose Deli and Grill is another much-loved neighborhood go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 25 Yelp reviews. The casual deli offers hot and cold sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads and sides. Head over to 9735 Old St. Augustine Road (next to O’Malley’s Bar & Tavern) to see for yourself.

4. Layalina Restaurant and Hookah Lounge

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Check out Layalina Restaurant and Hookah Lounge, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 19 reviews on Yelp. Serving authentic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes, such as fatoush, kofta and shawarma, the spot also offers a wide selection of hookahs. You can find the restaurant and hookah lounge at 9735 Old St. Augustine Road. 

5. Black Sheep Books

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Finally, there's Black Sheep Books, a local favorite with five stars out of 15 reviews. According the the shop's Facebook page, "We are a used and rare bookstore with a wide variety of gently owned paperback and hardback books." Stop by 9735 Old St. Augustine Road, Suite 20, to check out the used book shop next time you're in the neighborhood.

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