Linda Butler, our executive chef, has been cooking since she was a young girl and credits her mother and grandmother for her diverse knowledge of flavors and the simple love of cooking – is a true native to the Jacksonville Beaches.
Daughter to local shrimper Albert Butler (so she knows her seafood) and a graduate of Fletcher High School, she started working in the restaurant business at the age of 15 at the old Sea Grill in the Village of Mayport under the supervision of Chef Greame Thomson.
She would later take on cooking duties in her travels and has prepared meals for the soul/rock band the Commodores before leaving the area for a time to live and work in New Orleans for Del monte Foods.
There she continued to cook for private parties and in restaurants, where Linda learned to cook in a wide range of cuisines over a 10-year period – exposed to a broad range of cultural food diversity from native Creole to southern Italian dishes and everything in between.
Following Hurricane Katrina, Linda made her way to New York where she continued to cook in various private settings while she augmented her salary with outreach social work.
Her roots in Northeast Florida finally got the best of her, and Linda is now where she belongs – creating locally-sourced dishes at Monkey’s Uncle Tavern.
Linda ensures that all our sauces, and soups are made from scratch –and that we offer the finest quality shrimp and fish thanks to her local connections.
We’re proud to offer some great dishes with her original recipes – including our crab cake and she crab soup – along with daily specials like chicken and sausage gumbo and creole creamed peas that are among the best you’ll ever taste in the area.
We've been serving up Weekday Happy Hours and Nighttime Fun in Jax Beach since 1985!
Monkey's Uncle's original location at the South Beach Shopping Center
For nearly four decades, thousands of beaches residents and visitors to the Jacksonville beaches have enjoyed Monkey’s Uncle Tavern -- the place to meet friends, unwind and have fun.
Monkey's Uncle's original main bar at South Beach Shopping Center
Once one of only a handful of bar restaurants in south Jacksonville Beach, we relocated in early 2016 to 1728 Third Street North to continue our tradition of offering weekday happy hour until 7 p.m., trivia night, live music, our award-winning karaoke and other activities in the evenings -- and a new menu offering you the best bar food around the beaches.
Opening night at our new location in 2016.
Owner Carter Quillen, who has been in the bar and restaurant business since the early 1960’s, invites you to check out our beachy, updated décor, a more family-friendly non-smoking bar and dining area, and a new outside patio area where smoking patrons are still very much welcome!
(Monkey's Uncle Tavern in Jacksonville Beach is not affiliated with any other Monkey's Uncle in any other location).
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