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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→

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→

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→

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→

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