From Cuban cuisine and Spanish spices to seafood feasts and
southern delicacies, St. Augustine’s restaurants are a welcome vacation
destination for any a taste need. Just like its eclectic combination of
attractions and accommodations, the city also offers a wide array of both upscale
and casual restaurants. Acclaimed for variety, the restaurants offer some of
the best local cuisine in Florida. St. Augustine also has a number of ambience choices
including fine pubs, wineries, waterfront terraces, gourmet bistros and
unique casual cafes.
Even though it is America’s oldest continuously occupied City, St.
Augustine’s food scene is still growing, offering diverse and fresh options
for dining. You can easily sample authentic Spanish foods like empanadas or go
for a sophisticated dinner of tapas paired with wine. For a more casual treat
or something to keep you going on a walk through the City, locally made chocolate,
fresh hot waffles and gourmet icy treats will tempt your resilience when you
catch a glimpse or a whiff of all the tasty delicacies spilling out onto the
streets. We will show you a few must eats to plan your next visit to this historic
and beautiful City. Enjoy the nation’s finest delicacies in the Nation’s Oldest
City as you dine in St. Augustine!
1 Old Fashioned Hipster Vibe at The Ice Plant
The Ice plant, on top of a cool distillery that makes great craft
spirits is a great restaurant with an old fashioned hipster vibe. You can head
there for lunch and have an Old City Melt with cheddar, mozzarella, caramelized
onion on multigrain bread and tomato or a meatloaf sandwich. There are also bar
snacks to go with your cocktail like bacon wrapped dates and smoked fish dip. For
Dinner you can have pan seared scallops with handmade black pepper pasta. Cocktail
made with their Distilled Vodka or New World Gin is also available and you can
stay late if want, the restaurant closes at 2 a.m.
2 Grab Coffee and a Pastry at Les Petits or The Bunnery
The Bunnery and Les Petits are two amazing places you can get
local pastry and coffee. The Bunnery has great morning muffins and cinnamon
rolls while Les Petits has authentic French pastries. If your stomach’s still growling
you can order Belgian waffles with bananas and Nutella from Cousteau’s Waffle &
Milkshake Bar or Gaufre’s and Biscuits at Yard Bird Café.
3 Artisan Bites at the Spanish Bakery
The small bakery located on the city’s most historic street,
St. George Street, serves affordable but very tasty local Artisan bites. Only
open during lunch hour, their limited menu serves rustic baked foods like smoked
sausage wrapped in a biscuit dough, homemade chicken soup and savory empanadas
stuffed with beef. Sweets include scones and giant cinnamon rolls. Even though
there is no formal sitting at the bakery, you can enjoy your local snack at a
picnic table under a leafy tree or take it with you as you explore the Colonial
Quarter. The restaurant also offers locally made Spanish cuisine including sausage
rolls and more.
4 Innovative Southern Fare at the Floridian
Most locals in the city describe the Floridian Restaurant as
a great place serving regionally accepted authentic cuisine for dinner and
lunch. The restaurant utilizes fresh from the source ingredients with a mixture of down
home southern comfort entrees mixed with healthier and lighter dishes. The
restaurant also offers a wide array of vegetables. The restaurant prides itself
on the use of local and sustainable produces like vegetables, cheeses, artisan
breads, seafood and meats. You can also order fried green tomato
bruschetta, pepper shrimps and sausage pilau.
5 Harry’s Seafood, Bar and Grille
Located in an old bayfront house in St. Augustine, Harry’s
offers tasty New Orleans style meals such as jambalaya, burgers, etouffee, crawfish,
salads and po’boy sandwiches. The festive and casual dining room is an
excellent place to dine with companions, but most guests are also drawn to
their outside patio strung with cozy and romantic white lights. New Orleans
libations such as Bayou Blood Mary’s and Hurricanes are also on their Menu.
6 Local Spanish Delicacies at Michael’s Tasting Room
With its Spanish delicacies, Michael’s tasting room is a
great fit for St. Augustine, a city full of Spanish influence. Their menu is greatly
inspired by the traditional Spanish cuisine and the Mediterranean region. Apart
from the tapas to big plate/entrees, the restaurant has a wide award winning
wine list. Seasonal and Expertly sourced seafood and meats are always the focus
here and are served with various gorgeous presentations. To complement your
meal, you can choose from over 70 local wines with several available in tasting
flights. Add some authentic live Spanish music to that and you have an amazing
atmosphere for any special occasion.
7 Freshness at Crave Food Truck
Tucked in a boatyard near San Sebastian River, Crave Food
Truck offers the freshest food in the oldest city. The premiere food truck offers
only local, fresh and healthy menu options from wraps to smoothies, and salads
to wraps and vegan sandwiches. You can also try Tuscan kale salad with pumpkin
seeds, beets, tomatoes and other items, all topped with balsamic and hummus
dressing and a tuna wrap full of fresh spinach, carrots, avocado, carrots and
other fresh vegetables.
8 Eclectic Taste at Collage Restaurant
In the heart of the oldest city lies Collage Restaurant which offers
a first class dining experience. The Menu reflects the eclectic tastes of
founders Cindy Stangby and Mike Hyatt and only focuses on fresh local seafood, veal
and lamb. The decor is also romantic and intimate, a great setting for a date
night or a special occasion. You can also say yes to their Kobe beef short ribs
with parsnip puree filled with shrimp and lobster.
9 Mojo BBQ
Mojo comes from a blues song that describes a cool cat vibe
and a good luck feeling. The blues that fill Mojo’s space reflects a southern
blues kitchen vibe with matching delicacies. A hodge podge of local barbecue specialties
from all over Florida give the restaurant a spin as one of the most unique
barbecue joints in Florida. From the menu, you can get barbecued beef briskets,
chicken and pork accompanied by collard greens, grits or mac and cheese.
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