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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→

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!”

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124 St George St,

Saint Augustine, FL

(904) 819-0133

 

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

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 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.

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

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→

Authentic French Food in Saint Augustine

bis·tro-

[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→

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

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  5 Cordova  Street, Saint Augustine.

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