The Floridian’s owner and chef husband-and wife team, Jeff McNally and Genie Kepner have embraced not only native ingredients but Florida’s Southern foods heritage as well, albeit lighter and fresher. The grit cakes, for example, is fried polenta topped with seasonal salsa ($8) and the Shrimp and Sausage Pilau ($16) is made with local shrimp sauteed with onions and peppers and simmered in a spicy Datil-tomato and sausage “gravy.” Datil, by the way, is St. Augustine’s native pepper. The Floridian makes a great effort to provide lots of vegetarian and vegan options such as the ‘n Grits, which can be ordered with the traditional remoulade shrimp or tofu ($14). The seasonal Florida Sunshine salad with Florida strawberries, roasted sweet potatoes and candied pecans has the option of being topped with tempeh ($13). There are even gluten free options on the menu.
39 Cordova Street St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084