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Old 05-14-2009, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC, USA
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Lately I've had a craving for calamari. Does anyone know where I can find this dish here in Jacksonville? Who makes it tender?

The last time I've had this dish was at a place in Baltimore's little Italy a number of years ago. It was so tender it melted in your mouth. I wish I could remember the name of the restaurant.

I've had this dish at other places where it was as tough as rubber bands. Obviously I would like to avoid restaurants that make it like that.
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Old 05-14-2009, 08:27 AM
 
Location: North Florida
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Santioni's on San Jose in Mandarin has great calamari IMO. Carabba's does pretty well for a chain restaurant. Santioni's is my favorite, though.
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Old 05-16-2009, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, Fl.
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Best I've had was at Cap's in Villano Beach. Great place to eat this time of year- lots of outdoor seating by the intra-coastal waterway.
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Old 05-17-2009, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Jax
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I haven't been to Santioni's in years, but I always thought their food was good.

For a different spin on calamari, P.F. Chang's cooks it properly as does Mitchell's SeaFood Market. Both are chain restaurants and both are located in the Saint Johns Town Center.
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Old 05-18-2009, 05:33 AM
 
Location: Middleburg, FL
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Carraba's is very good, as is that Italian restaurant at the St. Johns Town Center (name escapes me right now).
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Old 11-17-2009, 08:04 AM
 
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Carabba's is a chain, but they are also franchised. the one on san jose is owned by someone who lives here locally. he actually works there as well. i met him. he's very nice. they have very tasty calamari. the seasoning is good. but the calamari isn't very thick like i like it. so i will try santioni's today.
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Old 11-17-2009, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Middleburg, FL
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Carraba's is great, even for a chain.

Maggiano's at St. Johns Town Center is awesome!
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Old 11-19-2009, 03:51 PM
 
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i tried santioni's calamari yesterday. they have good bread but their calamari was dry also the seasoning wasn't as good as carrabba's.
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