Archive for Restaurants

Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in St Augustine, FL

 Here is a complete list of the Restaurants in the Saint Augustine area that will be open on Thanksgiving 2016.

Some are only open for breakfast so be sure to check the hours.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Ripley’s Red Train is a Fun Way to See the Nights of Lights in St Augustine

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Ripley’s Red Trains Nights of Lights Tours

Get your tickets early! Click here to buy.

Looking to get into the holiday spirit? The Ripley’s Red Train is a great way to do just that. They offer tours every night of the week. We recently took the ride and had such a great time on board! The Red Train is a fantastic way to see St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights. The ride is complete with Christmas carols, a bit of history, candy canes and best of all your magic glasses! Read More→

The Corazon Cinema & Cafe in St Augustine, FL – Lunch, Movies and Beer

IMG_2077The Corazon Cinema and Café celebrates its grand opening Friday, September 26th, 2014. I think it will be a big  star here in Saint Augustine.

 

 

The Corazon Cinema and Café is located at 36 Granada Street, in historic downtown St. Augustine (formerly known as “Pot Belly’s Theater.”) 

This Drafthouse style cinema will feature Sundance film festival style films 7 days a week starting at 7:00 pm. They will also be serving up lunch from 11:00 – 3:00 and other goodies all day long.

 

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I spoke with  the owner of the Corazon, Karla Wagner the day I stopped in. She was delightful to meet with and her passion for the renovation of this historic theater really shined through. Her goal is to create an art house with eating, drinking and entertainment, all in one great spot. They are all about community here too. They have all ready committed to hosting some of the films for the Saint Augustine Film Festival in January, 2015. Read More→

Viola’s Pizza, Pasta & Seafood Restaurant in the Old Napoli’s Location is Open – Review

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UPDATE  10/11/2014

We ordered a pizza for take out and it had a thin crust and it was fantastic! Even better than the old Napoli’s pizza.

 

Viola’s Pizza, Pasta and Seafood has opened in the old Napoli’s Pizza location. Under new ownership and with a bit of remodeling they are open for business.  They have reversed the bar so it looks out towards the street now and have given it a face lift and comfortable stools with backs. If you’re a local you know what we’re talking about. The whole place has gotten a fresh coat of paint and new tables, chairs and décor. It looks good!

 

 

They have a lot of the old familiar favorites on the menu from Napoli along with a few new additions.

 

IMG_2061We stopped in for the grand opening to try a pizza. Napoli’s was always one of my favorite pizza joints so I have been waiting patiently for the big day. The pie was good but it was definitely different than the Napoli pie. It has a much thicker chewier crust making the sauce and cheese taste less prominent. The owner mentioned they are working on keeping the thin crust of the past, so that may change once they have thrown their share of dough. As my grandmother from Naples said, “pizza dough has a mind of its own… you must learn to work with it, not against it.” I never did learn how to throw dough.

 

 

 

 

IMG_2057The couple sitting next to us ordered the Fried Calamari. They said it was fantastic and they loved that they also fried the banana peppers that came with it.

We stopped in early and saw plenty of familiar local faces there for Happy Hour. Happy Hour specials are $1.00 off draft beer and $1.50 off house wine.

If you have eaten here, please let us know what you think. we’ll keep you posted on our next pie.

 

 

 

IMG_2058Located at:

6149 A1A South.

Saint Augustine, Florida 32080

904-471-2981

 

Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant is Open in St. Augustine, FL – Menu & Review

10557539_10152676875865900_26372715374021931_oBuffalo Wild Wings is now open in St. Augustine, Florida. Are you ready for some football? Buffalo Wild Wings is ready with 47  TV’s and two projectors I can’t think of a better spot to catch a game.

 

It’s big, it’s roomy, and it’s got a lot of energy bouncing around in the newly renovated building. There is fun upbeat  music playing and plenty to watch on the TV’s.  The design and layout is perfect. You can choose to be seated in the middle of all the action or off to the side for a more private dining experience.

 

I talked with General Manager Stephen Taylor and got the scoop on Saint Augustine’s newest hot spot for sports and great food. They’re  really excited about being a part of the Saint Augustine community and it shows. They are aware of how many of our residents are hearing impaired and they wanted to serve their needs. If you see a “D” embroidered on a wait staff’s uniform, they are fluent in sign language. We love it! Kudos to them.

 

IMG_2024Besides serving up delicious  famous wings, you will also find burgers, salads, flatbreads, sandwiches and wraps on the menu. They are known for Wing Tuesday and Boneless Thursday, on those days they have wings for 60 cents a piece.

 

We tried the Caribbean Jerk wings done with a exotic sauce made with red peppers and island spices. I loved those wings and  they were my favorite. We also tried a dry rub of Chipotle BBQ and the Sweet BBQ wings. We also had the Spinach Artichoke Chicken Flatbread.  It had a thin crust and was smothered in a creamy spinach artichoke dip. They serve up good pub style food. We sat at the bar and our bar server’s name was Kellen. I loved him! He was friendly, knowledgeable and he did everything he could to make sure we were happy. No matter if you’re 21 or 101, get your ID out! They card anyone ordering alcohol. We get it, but it is annoying when you know you’re old and you don’t look THAT GOOD!

 

IMG_2034From the way the menu looks you can customize your wings or any of their menu items. I counted over 22 different flavors. They have everything from Blazin’ to Sweet and some yummy ones to try like Asian Zing and Thai Curry.

Check out the menu for a complete look at the flavors & sauces.

 

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Lunch Menu

 

 

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The bar is huge with a friendly atmosphere and a great configuration. They have 30 beers on draft and 25 different bottles including some regional brews.

Happy Hour runs from 2pm – 7pm and has a nice $3.00 appetizer selection. They have call drinks featuring Absolute, Captain Morgan’s and Jack Daniels for $3.00 or $5.00 doubles as well as Domestic beer talls for $3.00. Now that’s a great happy hour…. they really do understand St. Augustine locals.  😉

If you’ve eaten there, let us know what you think. We bet they will be a welcome part of the community, especially on game day.

 

 

Sierra Bianchini and Stephanie Johnson

Sierra Bianchini and Stephanie Johnson

They are located at 318 State Road 312. In the Old Friday’s Building.

904-679-3495

Hours of operation:

Monday – Thursday 11:00am – 1:00am

Friday & Saturday 11:00am -2:00am

Sunday 11:00am – 12:00am

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Salt Life Food Shack in St Augustine FL – Restaurant Review & Menu

 

Salt Life is now open for lunch and dinner. We will update our information and reviews as we try new food items.

1779077_617347728335566_6124390843502454065_nThe new Salt Life Food Shack in St Augustine Beach, Florida is  “BEACHY KEEN.”

St. Augustine has been waiting for this restaurant to open for a very long time and for good reason. The food is beyond fantastic! The location across the street from St. Augustine Beach Pier doesn’t hurt either, nor do the great prices and fabulous views. From the roof top deck you have the best of both worlds; sunset on one side and the Atlantic ocean on the other.

 

Now that I have had the grand tour, I can see why they took a little longer to open. Perfection! The place is perfect. The decor is the signature Salt Life colors of Turquoise & watery blues mixed with a lot of Teak colored wood. It has Beach written all over it with a casual, relaxed, resort like feel. Salt Life is the perfect place to “Eat, Drink and Be Salty.” Read More→

Cantina Louie is a New Mexican Restaurant in St Augustine FL – Menu & Review

  10155589_603831729700252_8377413597007225192_n Cantina Louie is a Fun New Mexican Restaurant in St. Augustine Florida.

 

Cantina Louie is now open!  The Locals’ Guide couldn’t wait to try it so we popped in for the grand opening to see what it was all about. It was fantastic! If you love Mexican food you are going to love this place.

The food is authentic and the prices are good. You get a lot of food for a great value.

 

They are serving up a wide variety of  Specialty Tacos, Enchiladas, Quesadillas, Burritos, Fajitas and authentic “Mexican Street Food.”

 

See Lunch Menu Dinner Menu Drink Menu

 

They start you off with chips and salsa, of course it’s homemade and out of this world.

 

 

We ordered a lot of food so we could try a variety of dishes. My first taste of Mexican Street Food was the Taco Fresco – $3.50

Made fresh with skirt steak, then topped with fresh lime, Pico de Gallo, and queso fresco. It was fantastic and probably my favorite. I absolutely love the seasoning they use on the steak at Cantina Louie.

Chips & Salsa

Chips & Salsa

Taco Fresco

Taco Fresco

 

Next up was the Sope – $3.99

A fresh handmade corn patty topped with refried beans, skirt steak, lettuce tomato, sour cream and queso fresco.

I had never had a Mexican sandwich before so we had to try the Torta – $8.99

Said to be Mexico’s favorite sandwich and now my favorite Mexican sandwich too.

It s a combination of skirt steak, refried beans, lettuce, avocado, tomato, mayo and queso fresco on a big fat roll. It was really good but I must admit I was so full I only ate the filling and left the roll and fries behind.

Sope

Sope

 

Torta

Torta

 

My husband is not a fan of refried beans so he ordered one of the Gringo Combo Dinners for $8.25

He ordered the number 8  plate. It came  with one taco, one enchilada and one burrito. It was a lot of food for the money and it was terrific. You can choose from 14 different combinations.

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1862 Margarita

1862 Margarita

You would never know they had just opened. The service was really good and they were calm under pressure. The staff was friendly and very accommodating. They really don’t have a bar to sit at  but they do have a wide selection of margaritas and frozen drinks. We had dinner on our visit but they do serve lunch Monday – Saturday. Prices for lunch run from $6.99 – $9.99

Next time in I really want to try the Fajitas. I am a huge Fajita fan and I just know they will make them perfect here.

On the weekends they serve up some other Mexican Street Food to try.

How about this Mexican Street Corn for starters?

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IMG_2001If you love Mexican, go check it out. I think you will really like the food and you can’t beat the value. If you go, leave us a comment and let us know what you think.

Salud!

Cantina Louie is located at the corner of Route 1 and 312

  • 1900 US 1 South
  • Saint Augustine, Florida 32086
They will be open daily.
Hours of operation:
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904-770-2608

Saigon Pho Bistro is Serving Up Delicious Vietnamese Food in St Augustine FL

Do you love Vietnamese food? The Locals’ Guide does for sure. St. Augustine has a brand-new restaurant in town serving up delicious Vietnamese food at a great price point. The owners are friendly, wonderful people who want to please you with their delicious authentic Vietnamese cuisine. If you like something a certain way, just ask!

They have classic appetizers such as eggrolls, vegetarian spring rolls, tofu spring rolls and shrimp spring rolls for $3.99. Their entrées include salads, such as chicken papaya salad or shrimp papaya salad for $6.59.

 

They serve up authentic  Vietnamese Pho soups. They are prepared with vermicelli noodles, mint, basil, cilantro, bean sprouts, green onion and a side of Asian sauces. You can choose beef, chicken, shrimp, tofu, or tripe for $6.99 – $7.99 – It’s a huge meal. It’s served with fresh herbs, sauce, and peppers, so you can flavor it to your liking. We had the beef noodle. We added some Thai basil and hot pepper to it and it was fantastic.

Speaking of fantastic, I had their famous dry noodle bowl. Mine came with beef, lettuce, shredded carrots and rice noodles with a delicious fish sauce on the side. I was in heaven. I love the clean flavors of this dish. This is a “local’  favorite and my favorite too. I can’t wait to have this again. $7.99

They also serve up fried or white rice plates served with chicken, pork, beef, fish, or shrimp. We saw a few of them come from the kitchen and they look delicious. $6.99- $7.99

Another local favorite is their  Vietnamese “Banh Mi” Subs. They come in grilled chicken, grilled pork, grilled beef or of Vietnamese Cha Sub. They come with cucumber, carrot cilantro, green onion, crushed peanut, may have an pepper. $5.99

The prices on beer and wine are fantastic too. $2.75 for domestic and $2.95 for imports. Daft beer is a mere $1.95!

Not only do they serve up authentic Vietnamese food,  they also serve some American food  including breakfast served all day. You can choose from French toast, pancakes, bagel and cream cheese, egg and bacon muffin, breakfast burritos, omelets and a variety of other choices priced in the range of $3.99 to $7.99.

If you are looking to grab an American-style lunch or dinner you can choose from one of their delicious salads, hamburgers and cheeseburgers and Atlantic fish wrap, a northern shrimp wrap or a California pork wrap. All priced between $6.00 – $7.00

The bistro is casual and inviting and the owners are so friendly and nice. It seems to be a locals favorite already by the amount of takeout orders being picked up the day I was having dinner. So go check them out and tell them  “The Locals’ Guide” sent you.

They are closed on Sunday.

Monday they are open from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Tuesday through Saturday. They are open 10:30 AM until 8 PM

Saigon Pho Bistro

1935 A1A South – Anastasia Square, on the island at the 312 intersection in the same Plaza as the World Gym. They are at the end on the right.

St Augustine, FL

904-377-8899

Candlelight South is a New Restaurant Serving Great Food at Reasonable Prices- St Augustine FL

Attention Locals, there is a new spot in town to grab a bite & a beer. Candlelight South has just opened on the South side of the Bridge of Lions in the old Sea Fair location. It has been given a complete facelift and is ready to become a “locals favorite.” They are serving up some fantastic food at great price points. Read More→

South Beach Grill- Beautiful Beachfront Views

GOT KIDS?

We’ve got a place for you, the South Beach Grill is located at Crescent Beach out on the island. It is one of the few true beachfront restaurants in Saint Augustine – A two-story building overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with breathtaking views of the dunes, sea oats and the surf. It has a spot for your kids to play in the sand with pails and shovels, while you dine overlooking the water .

Kid friendly and “St Augustine local” approved.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner – the food here is consistently good. Read More→

Best Pizza in Historic Downtown

It’s Pizza Time Baby!-

If I have to get a pizza downtown, Pizza Time is the place I go. Located on St. George Street in historic downtown is a gem of a pizzeria. I remember several years ago peeking my head in the door, shouting to the owner, “do you make a good Cannoli?” “THE BEST,”  he hollered back at me. I told him I was half Italian and I expected my cannoli to be traditional. His exact words were, “you won’t be disappointed,” and I wasn’t!

 

  I have been going there ever since, for their thin crust, New York style pizza and their delicious authentic, Cannoli. They also do a Sicilian crust, however I have not tried it. It’s a great place to grab a quick slice or a whole pie. “Mangia! Mangia!”

“Know What The Locals Know”

124 St George St,

Saint Augustine, FL

(904) 819-0133

 

124 St George St  Saint  Augustine, FL 32084 -(904) 819-0133

The Ice Plant Bar in St Augustine Is So Hot It Needs To Be Put On Ice – Review

 

UPDATE- NEW FALL / WINTER MENU IS OUT!

The highly successful Ice Plant has been open for several months and have just released their new Fall/Winter Menu. Click the links to see the New Menus.

 

New Fall/Winter Menu         Late Night Happy Hour Menu

 

 

 

UPDATE – THE ICE PLANT IS NOW OPEN!!

If you are looking for info on the St. Augustine Distillery click here.

Usually we don’t review a place until we’ve tried the food and drinks but this place is different. We had to review it now. Why? Because it’s that special. Every day we’re asked the question, “what do you know about the ice plant.  When are they opening?” With this much excitement from the community, I knew we needed to review it early. As of today, September 5, 2013, we have been told that they’re shooting for some time within the next week or two. We will keep you posted on the opening date.

We met with Patricia McLemore today, one of the owners of this very special landmark. As I sat down next to her at the beautiful vintage bar, I realized this was not just any bar and restaurant. This place was going to be an “experience” for anyone entering through the vintage doors.

The setting is in the old St. Augustine Ice Plant at 110 Riberia Street. It is a beautiful building that has undergone extensive renovation. The attention to detail to keep the vintage look and feel of this establishment is apparent from the minute you walk through the doors. After they gutted the old building, they painstakingly refurbished it with reclaimed metal, reclaimed wood and gorgeous reclaimed wood floors. The walls are work of art. The way they were finished leaves you feeling like you have been transported to the old ice plant in the early 1920’s. The attention to detail and refurbishing  carries through right down to the restrooms. Walking into the restroom is like stepping back in time. White subway tiles adorn the walls and floor and the  pull chain toilets remind you of times past. They even have a sink in the ladies room that goes back to the early 1920’s. They have thought of everything here, right down to the mosaic tile Ice Plant logo on the floor as you step through the vintage door.

We met the head bartender on our tour of the bar. His name is Zach and after speaking to him for a few moments, I realized he was a true Mixologist. He is a consummate professional,  He answered all of my questions with a friendly ease about him that made me want to belly up to that bar and order a drink immediately. That unfortunately will have to wait till another day. Opening day!

Zack explained to me all of the things that make their drinks unique. To start with, they make all of their own soda there.

Mule Cup

Freshly extracted Ginger becomes ginger ale. Freshly squeezed lemons and limes mixed with some homemade simple syrup and soda water are turned into a delicious concoction almost too good to be called soda. And last but not least, they make their own cola here too.

Every day starts out with juicing fresh grapefruits, lemons, limes and oranges for their delicious signature drinks. They even go as far

as to make their own grenadine here. It’s made with fresh pomegranate juice, cane sugar, and a bit of orange blossom water. All of these delicious fresh healthy ingredients will go into their signature artesian cocktails that are reminiscent of the early 1920s. Each of these drinks is an experience.

A few of the cocktails offered are the Florida Mule and the Brooklynite.

The Florida Mule is made with cane vodka (local from Florida), ginger syrup, fresh lime and soda water. It is served in a classic Mule cup.

The Brooklynite is made with Siesta Key Gold Rum (local from Florida), honey, fresh lime and Angostura (Bitters)

I will warn you, after looking over the drink menu, it will be very difficult to choose your first cocktail at the Ice Plant.

Now let’s talk about the ice! The Ice Plant is all about the ice. In keeping with the “spirit” of things,  they have decided to hand cut their ice for many of their cocktails. There are several different styles of ice  they will use in their cocktails –  pebbled, sphere, shaved, and long rock –  some of which are expertly hand cut. On the ground floor is a gorgeous kitchen decked out in stainless steel appliances, refrigerators and freezers. The kitchen hosts three different ice machines. Most bars only have your standard cube maker. The Ice Plant also has an icemaker that makes pellet ice as well as the bad boy of ice machines. They have a Clinebell Ice Machine! This workhorse of a machine makes 300 pound blocks of ice. It makes two blocks every two days. These giant blocks are then hand carved into sticks of different shapes and sizes to be married up with the cocktails. Ingenious I say! Finally my bourbon won’t be diluted due to the ice.

The Ice Plant will be open from 5 p.m.  until 2 a.m. The kitchen will remain open until 10 p.m. They will be serving dinner and will be known for fresh wholesome  healthy ingredients.

For example, they will be serving  ” The Ice Plant Burger”, which is made with grass fed beef from Georgia that is hand ground in-house. I love the sound of that. The burger is served with a bacon-chive Aioli, lettuce, tomato and onion and your choice of fries or a house salad.

I also spotted on the menu  “The Bourbon Barbecue Pulled Sammy”. It’s smoked in-house with a jalapeno lime slaw and avocado. It also comes with your choice of fries or house salad.

The ice plant even goes as far as making their own homemade ketchup! Now that’s dedication.

All in all,  I think  the Ice Plant will become a local favorite in no time. I myself can’t wait to belly up to the bar and try some of their signature drinks and a burger. The effort that they have put in to restoring this building that is a piece of St. Augustine’s history is extraordinary. This gives me every indication that they are committed and dedicated to making The Ice Plant a success.

We will keep you posted on the food & drink, and the opening.

Until then,

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Pet Friendly Restaurants in St. Augustine Fl

Hi, I’m Marley Burke, The Locals’ Guide’s  “Local Dog.”

Although I have to be honest and say my favorite place in St. Augustine is the beach, I also like dining out on occasion.

Whether you are a tourist bringing your dog along on vacation, or a local who just can’t resist your pups sad eyes when you leave the house without him… we have plenty of restaurants in town who love dogs just as much as you do.

Here are some great spots for you and your dog to get a bite to eat.. If you’re in the historic downtown area there are few great places on St. George Street that are pet friendly. Keep in mind that at all of the pet friendly restaurants you will be dining outside. On St. George Street, you will find the Chianti Room and the Florida Cracker. The Florida cracker usually has some good music outside and has a good vibe to it. The Chianti room is known for its great happy hour and reasonable prices.

Harry’s

Just off St. George Street, but still in historic downtown, you will find the Barley Republic – an Irish pub and restaurant with a good selection of beers and a chance to hear some good Irish music. If you’re an Irish Terrier or an Irish Water Spaniel, this place will be right up your alley. If barbecues your thing and what dog doesn’t love pulled pork, then try MoJo’s barbecue. The barbecue here is fantastic and it’s definitely a local favorite for dogs and humans alike. If you’re looking to dine a little fancy, try La Pentola, a great place to go after a bath. They have a beautiful courtyard with fountains and pretty flowers to look at. Make sure you get a doggie bag from here – the food is amazing and they have an extensive wine selection.  Be sure to check out the review.

 

If you’re looking to smell the salt air, make sure you check out some of the dog friendly spots along the Bay. Meehan’s Irish Pub is a great place to take a dog for a pint and a view of the water. You’ll find many locals hanging out there. Another wonderful spot to take a dog and have a drink, an appetizer and listen to some great local music is O.C. White’s. Here you will find a beautiful outdoor atmosphere. It’s one of my favorite spots for live entertainment in the springtime. If you get chilly at night they have some incredible outdoor fireplaces to keep you warm and the smell of Jasmine fills the air here on a warm spring night. Some of the tables are underneath a Jasmine covered pergola that is a sight to behold when it’s blooming. Harry’s has a beautiful courtyard, live entertainment and great food at reasonable prices. Everybody is hooked on Harry’s. If you want to grab an iced coffee and a dessert, check out the Gourmet Hut.

Heading over to Vilano beach, you have the KingFish Grill. Beautiful views of the Bay can be found here. Any dog would love to sit out here and watch the world go by. Right on Route 1, not far from town you will find Jaybird’s restaurant. They have a pretty outdoor patio and they have even built a waterfall out there. The food is delicious and reasonably priced. They have live music several nights a week and they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Considering I’m a yellow lab, this waterfall is a bit of a tease for me since I’m not allowed to swim in it. I love listening to the water trickling down the falls though. Also off Route 1 you will find a favorite place of the “Saint Augustine Locals,” Hurricane Patty’s. Water views and views of the marina is what you will find here along with some terrific area bands. You might also see some “local cats.” The lucky critters get to roam free and sleep on boats in the marina. Oh how I dream of chasing them down the dock.

View from Matanzas Inlet

 

 

Now it’s back to the beach, oh how I love the beach. I love digging holes in the sand, flipping my Frisbee between my legs and catching it and swimming with my tennis  ball and cooling-off on a hot day. I like to eat here too. A sandwich, some water and shade and this becomes my favorite place in town. Sometimes we share a chicken Parmesan sub from Romano’s Pizza. They have really good subs and they’re huge. You can also grab some picnic foods like fried chicken at Publix or a Subway in the same plaza. Going to the beach is like going to Mexico. I warn you, Don’t Drink the Water!!!!

Café 11 out at the beach has really good food and they love well behaved dogs. They do a delicious brunch on the weekends. This is a real “Locals” favorite. Hurricane Grill and Wings is a fun spot to grab some wings but I’m not allowed to have chicken bones. The music is nice though and everyone looks happy there. The Wildfower Café is nice too.

 Here is a letter I received from a dog named Pirate.

Pirate says:

 

Marley,

So my people parents take me out to lunch all the time to the Wildflower Café, they bring me a bowl of water as soon as I arrive. We relax in the shade under the awning and my dad slips me bacon from his giant BLT and sometimes mom sneaks me a shrimp from her shrimp salad. This place is always nice to me and my mom and dad really enjoy the lunch menu and sitting outside with me.

Pirate –  (one adorable toy golden doodle!)

 

 

I love going for rides so I get very excited to take a drive down to Matanzas’s Inlet Restaurant. It’s about a 15 minute ride from the beach, 25 from town. Oh boy, it’s worth it. The drive is so scenic and I can smell the salt water in the air. Right before the restaurant are two parks, one on the beach side and one on the inlet side. The inlet side is a great place to take a walk and take a dip on a hot day. (All the kids want to pet me there and tell me I’m cute.)

The restaurant has good food and the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see. This is nice  place to have lunch or

Matanzas Inlet Sunset

dinner and stare  at the water. This place makes you feel like you’re on a Caribbean island. It’s a great place to spend a dog day afternoon.

Contributed by Marley Burke

The Locals’ Guide to Saint Augustine’s “Local Dog”

Pet Friendly Restaurants that will make your tail wag:

Café 11

501 A1A Beach Blvd  St Augustine, FL 32080
(904) 460-9311

Barley Republic

48 Spanish St  St Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 547-2023

Chianti Room

60 Charlotte St, St Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 825-4100

Florida Cracker

81 St George St  St Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 829-0397

Harry’s  (Read Review)

46 Avenida Menendez  St Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 824-7765

Hurricane Patty’s

69 Lewis Blvd, St Augustine, FL ‎

(904) 827-1822

Hurricane Grille

4255 S. A1A 13 & 14  St Augustine, FL 32080
(904) 471-7120

JayBirds

2600 N Ponce De Leon Blvd  St Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 429-7153

Kingfish Grill

252 Yacht Club Dr  St Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 824-2111

La Pentola      (Read Review)

58 Charlotte St  St Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 824-3282

MoJo’s Barbecue

5 Cordova St, St Augustine, FL

(904) 342-5264

Matanzas Inlet

8805 A1A S, St Augustine, FL ‎

(904) 461-6824
Salt Life Food Shack    (Read Review)Phone: 904-217-3256321 A1A Beach Blvd. St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080
O.C. White’s
118 Avenida Menendez  St Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 824-0808
Sea Oats Caffe
1075 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080
Publix Plaza at the Beach
Wildflower Café
4320 A1a S # 9  St Augustine, FL 32080
 (904) 471-2691

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review of the New Mellow Mushroom in St Augustine FL

Everyone has been asking us what we think of the new Mellow Mushroom in Saint Augustine, Florida.  It has become a “Locals Favorite” for sure.

 

The atmosphere here is colorful, creative and funky with an industrial feel. It has a good vibe, a huge bar and plenty of TVs to watch sports. There are tables indoors and out, in all shapes and sizes, to fit even the largest of families or groups of friends. It seemed to be kid friendly and there were plenty of little ones in line waiting for a table Read More→

The Best Place to Have a Drink on the Beach in Saint Augustine FL

People are always asking us  “where is a great place to have a drink on the beach in St. Augustine?”  The fact is we really don’t have a lot of choices on the beach. One great spot that myself and other locals love is The Beachcomber Restaurant on Anastasia island. It’s right on St. Augustine Beach at the A Street beach access ramp.

Nestled behind some beautiful large white sand dunes is The Beachcomber. It has an outside deck with several tables that have an ocean view. Even if you’re not at an ocean view table. You have a view of the sand dunes. These dunes are adorned with beautiful sea oats swaying in the gentle breezes that are coming off the Atlantic Ocean. No matter where you’re sitting you can hear the ocean singing to you. It’s impossible not to hear the beautiful sound of the waves crashing on to the shore.

 

 

It has a great Caribbean feel to it,  brightly colored painted picnic tables and umbrellas draw you in. The atmosphere is as casual and laid back as it gets. This is the beach life. The Beachcomber has a great view and is a fun spot to have a few beers or a glass of wine and start off your vacation. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to0. We happen to love their fish tacos,  their fish sandwich and they have some award-winning desserts. The key lime pie is a local favorite.  If you’re looking for an appetizer, they often have fresh oysters or local shrimp specials. They don’t have a liquor license so you are limited to beer or wine here  but it’s worth it.  

This is a beautiful spot to sit back with a beer and breathe in the salt air. It’s about as scenic as it gets. This ” locals favorite” will quickly become your favorite too.

2 A St
Saint Augustine, FL 32080
(904) 471-3744

“Know What The Locals Know”

 

 
 

The Best Cuban Sandwich I’ve Ever Had on the Oldest Street in Saint Augustine

Even when it rains, St. Augustine is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever laid eyes on. I was meeting a business associate for a quick lunch downtown and she suggested we eat at La Herencia Café. It is located on historic, picturesque Aviles Street. This street is a photographer’s dream! It’s dotted with eateries and shops and has wrought-iron tables lining the sidewalks that  just beg you to sit down, relax and be transported to another world.

 

We were in the middle of  a  sun shower, so we chose the window seat inside with a view of this magnificent street. What are you having I asked my friend?  “The Cuban with rice and beans,” she said. “I’m having it with potato salad,” I said. And so two locals are sitting in the window at La Herencia Café awaiting the best Cuban sandwich in St. Augustine. This sandwich is incredible and huge. We each ended up taking half of it home for another meal. The beans and rice here are phenomenal and the potato salad has just the right Cuban kick. The owner roasts the pork for this sandwich daily.  It is seasoned to perfection and simply mouthwatering. Even the bread for this Cuban is specifically made for it. I was told it is a Miami style sandwich.

I have never had breakfast here but  I have heard from other locals that it is so delicious that they were featured in a PBS special. I can’t wait to have an opportunity to try this specific dish that PBS raved about –  The Guajiro Omelet. This breakfast dish is a combination of an omelet cooked to perfection sitting on top of toasted Cuban bread, topped with black beans, pork, salsa and cheese. No wonder this dish made television.

Guajiro-featured on PBS “Breakfast Special”

 

Whether you’re stopping in for coffee and dessert, a delicious hot breakfast to start your day or the “locals favorite” Cuban sandwich, you won’t be disappointed. Sit back, relax and enjoy the view.

“Know What The Locals Know”

4 Aviles Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
ph: 904-829-9487

Chipotle Mexican Grill in St Augustine FL – Restaurant Menu

chip 2Chipotle Mexican Grill is  opening it’s doors on July 1st, 2014 in St Augustine, Florida. The Restaurant is located at 1753 US 1 in the plaza near State Rd 312 with Marshalls & Ross stores.

Chipotle prides itself on serving the very best sustainably raised food possible with an eye to great taste, great nutrition and great value.
They support and sustain family farmers who respect the land and the animals in their care.
Whenever possible they use meat from animals raised without the use of antibiotics or added hormones.  They source organic and local produce when practical and use dairy from cows raised without the use of synthetic hormones.

 

 

 

Menu Items:

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Burrito

Flour tortilla, choice of cilantro-lime rice, pinto or black beans, meat (braised carnitas or barbacoa, adobo-marinated and grilled chicken or steak) or guacamole, salsa and cheese or sour cream.

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Burrito Bowl

Served in a bowl, choice of cilantro-lime rice, pinto or black beans, meat (braised carnitas or barbacoa, adobo-marinated and grilled chicken or steak) or guacamole, salsa and cheese or sour cream.

Crispy Tacos

Crispy corn shells filled with meat (braised carnitas or barbacoa, adobo-marinated and grilled chicken or steak), salsa, cheese or sour cream and romaine lettuce.

Soft Tacos

Soft flour  tortillas filled with meat (braised carnitas or barbacoa, adobo-marinated and grilled chicken or steak), salsa, cheese or sour cream and romaine lettuce.

 

Salad

Chopped romaine lettuce with choice of pinto or black beans, meat (braised carnitas or barbacoa, adobo-marinated and grilled chicken or steak) or guacamole, salsa and cheese, with freshly made chipotle-honey vinaigrette.

Kid’s Menu

Let your kids get creative with a taco kit of two soft or crispy taco shells and your choice of three ingredients (one meat or guacamole).  Or choose from a small quesadilla with a side of rice and beans or a single taco with a side of rice.  All Kid’s Menu items are served with kid’s chips and juice or organic milk (plain or chocolate).

 

1753 US 1
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone                     (904) 808-8321

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Fax 904.808.8625

Hours Mon-Sun 11:00am – 10:00PM

La Pentola- Fine Dining in Historic Saint Augustine

 

As far as fine dining goes, I really don’t do as much of it as I used to. Living in St. Augustine on Anastasia Island has kind of made me a toes-in-the-sand, sandwich-in-hand kind of girl. There are times, however,  such as special occasions , that a sandwich in hand just won’t do. It’s on these occasions that La Pentola becomes a perfect choice.

I recently had lunch there with my step-mom. It was one of the first hot days of the season and we didn’t realize how warm it had become. We asked to sit outside in the beautiful courtyard with the trickling fountains and exotic plantings, only to find before they brought water, we were sweltering. I went to the hostess and explained my situation.  They were wonderful to pick up everything they had brought us and move us inside to a lovely table in front of a beautiful antique mirror and treat us like Queens for a day.

What were we celebrating you ask? Just each other and our friendship and the fact that we get to live in St. Augustine. Our server’s name was Susan. She was wonderful and had just the right balance of making sure you were taken care of without interrupting your conversation. She also made a wonderful recommendation for my lunch. I had the..
CHICKEN SORRENTINO ~ sautéed chicken breast topped with breaded eggplant, fresh mozzarella cheese and tomato basil & white beans sauce . . . $13.95.  This dish came with a side of roasted vegetables that were fresh and crisp and tasted like they were picked that morning. In fact everything  had a fresh, clean and  delicious taste. The best of the best ingredients went into this dish by some experienced hands in the kitchen.
My Stepmom had the..DUCK & GOAT CHEESE SALAD ~ Shredded duck, apples, walnuts, goat cheese & fresh berries with warm balsamic vinaigrette over mixed greens . . . $12.95.  This salad was beautifully done and presented artfully.
Everything here was delicious that day and I am dying to go back and try dinner. So far I have only had lunch here. I want to go back and have dinner  and try some of their fine selection of wines.

My server Susan says I can get the chef to make Chicken Sorrentino for dinner even though it is not on the dinner menu. That dish was so delicious I don’t know if I could try anything else just yet. I figure if I go at night in the hot steamy weather, I have a better chance of sitting out in that gorgeous courtyard. There is something about the trickling of fountains on a hot summer night that draws me in and relaxes me. I guess I will have to come up with another reason to celebrate and go there for dinner. I’ll let you know how that goes, but somehow I know it will be just as perfect as lunch was.

Harry’s Seafood- Dining Under the Stars in Historic St. Augustine

  Why are we hooked on Harry’s?

THE COURTYARD.

“Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler.” Don’t ask me to pronounce that, especially after I’ve had a Hurricane but it means,“Let the Good Times Roll”

And roll they have – time and time again for us at Harry’s.

Although this place is called Harry’s Seafood, we don’t go there expecting grilled fresh catch. This place has Louisiana and New Orleans written all over it – we’re talking jambalaya, Etoufee, Gumbo, Mardi Gras beads and Hurricanes.

Harry’s is reasonably priced with consistently good food in the very heart of historic Saint Augustine. But let me tell you about  THE COURTYARD… Read More→

Cap’s on the Water- Spectacular Sunsets and Waterfront Dining

    Why is Cap’s on The Water a Top pick  for Family and Friends?

The Atmosphere. The Perfect Mix of Water Views, Spectacular Sunsets, Majestic Oaks Draped in Spanish Moss Swaying in the Gentle Breeze and Great Food and Drink.

Located between Saint Augustine and Ponte Vedra, you will find a gem of a restaurant on the Inter-Coastal Waterway. Caps is well known for its award-winning wine selection of over 400 wines – but I’ll take the “Goombay Smash”. They make the famous St Augustine signature drink better than most – a delicious concoction of Rums, Brandy and fruit juice. Read More→

Mango Mango’s Caribbean Bar and Grill- Feel Like You’re Eating in the Islands

St. Augustine restaurants aren’t always known to be consistent from day to day. However Mango’s is the exception to this rule. Ask any local and they will tell you that the food at Mango’s is exceptional every day. Mango’s is located on A1A Beach Boulevard about a block from the beach. It has a fun, casual, friendly, Caribbean atmosphere and some of the best food in Saint Augustine.

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Authentic French Food in Saint Augustine

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[bis-troh; French bee-stroh]

1. a small, modest, European-style restaurant or café.

2. a small nightclub or restaurant.

Origin:-1920–25; < French bistro ( t ), orig. argot, first attested in the sense “proprietor of a tavern” (1884); of obscure origin.

 

 

Bistro de Leon is just that. My husband and I usually like to eat outdoors, but on a recent rainy Friday night we stopped in to Bistro de Leon for dinner.

The atmosphere is exactly like the dictionaries’ definition. Read More→

Ned’s Southside Kitchen- Better than Moms?

As a local, my clients often ask me for advice on the best restaurants In Saint Augustine.

When a new client has moved here from somewhere else or is visiting, the first thing I ask them is what restaurants have you tried? I love to hear their feedback on places. I always ask have you tried Ned’s Southside Kitchen? If they have not, then I begin by telling them it’s the best food at very reasonable prices. They will be amazed at the large variety on the menu. Ned’s has everything, wonderful salads, hummus platter,  fried shrimp and shrimp and grits (my favorite.)  For the meat lovers they serve prime rib specials, it’s out of this world and the next day they have prime rib sandwiches. I myself like their patty melt. Ned picked out the best rye bread to make his patty melt, he stands out from the rests. Ned is known for the size of his portions. They even serve turkey with stuffing, gravy and mashed potatoes. I have friends that are vegetarians and we can all go out to Ned’s and order something from the menu and be satisfied when we leave. Oh, I almost forgot, save room for desserts. They serve Crème Brulee, Carrot cake, Raspberry Chambord, Ambrosia cheesecake and Humming bird cake. The Boston cream cake is delicious.

Contributed by Joan Salisbury

“Know What The Locals Know”

2450 US Highway 1 S, St Augustine, FL 32086

Phone:(904) 794-2088

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Won’t Lose Your MoJo Eating this BBQ in St Augustine

I grew up in South Florida where grilling and BBQ goes hand in hand. In the summer we would spend time in Arkansas and in Memphis. My grandparents lived there, therefore, I grew up on BBQ. So when I heard a new BBQ place moved into town I had to check it out. My husband Wayne and I went to MoJo Old City BBQ  on our day off and BOY were  we  pleasantly surprised! We ordered the BBQ rib tips for an appetizer.  I had the fried catfish and Wayne had the pulled pork Quesada for dinner. They were both delicious!

 

 

 I heard from a friend that the onion rings were very good there. The way she described them made me want to go out immediately and try the onion rings. I waited until Monday my next day off and went to lunch with my sister in-law. I went there for the onion rings UNTIL my sister in law said, “have you had the BBQ Chicken Nacho’s yet?” That is what we ordered Nachos and rings. Once again, we were not disappointed. Everything was so flavorful. I can see why my friend raved about the onion rings, they were the best I’ve had so far. There is so much chicken on the nachos it was hard to believe it was an appetizer portion. I thought to myself, I could bring an order of the nacho to the salon and feed all four girls for sure.

 

 The restaurant is quite large, they have indoor and outdoor seating. The outdoor patios are “Dog Friendly” too. It has a rustic atmosphere, and the service is very good. This is a family friendly restaurant. It is a real pit BBQ so the ribs and chicken are delicious and everything is fresh. The sweet tea is brewed perfect and so refreshing. The Catfish I ordered was a fresh catch. You can definitely  taste the difference. I will be back with friends! In addition, the way this town is buzzing about the new BBQ place downtown  there was no doubt it would be a local’s favorite in no time!

 Contributed by Joan Salisbury by Joan Salisbury

“Know What The Locals Know”

  5 Cordova  Street, Saint Augustine.

Pet Friendly Restaurant

 

 

   

 

 

Restaurants Open on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day in St Augustine, FL

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Here is a complete list of Restaurants open on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve in Saint Augustine, Florida. Read More→