When growing up in Florida cooking on the grill becomes natural for most people. I would like to share with you a few of my favorite markets to get the best value for your dollar and enjoy some delicious fare along the way. First of all on Anastasia Island we have the Seafood Shoppe on A1A South, those folks are so knowledgeable, it’s always so nice to shop there. Their fish is always fresh and reasonably priced .
I like to make fish taco’s a lot and they have an” everything tray” which is a variety of fish that they may have left over from the fish they filleted earlier that day. It has nice chunks of fish ready to go for about $7 or 8 dollars a pound that is right up my alley. I also like to make Wahoo steaks on the grill with Béarnaise sauce, it is so amazing. That’s a South Florida dish. I used to go out fishing with my Dad off Jupiter inlet, he always caught a Bonita first for good luck and then the real fish would hook on afterwards… never failed. When king-fish are running I always ask to see if they have any in and if they would steak them up for me, because its time to get the grill going. I like to grill salmon, in fact that’s the only way I’ll eat salmon is on the grill with just a hint of blackened seasoning on it , yummy, it gives it the best flavor . You will find a lot of fresh fish choices here in St. Augustine .
The next best place to get your grill on, is Stewart’s Market on Anastasia Blvd. Luther is a native of Saint Augustine and the owner. His home made datil sausage is very good, perfect for Perlau. My friend Rex turned me on to this Awesome place to get steaks , the best New York strips starting from$ 5.99 a pound and up. You can’t beat those prices and get such quality steaks anywhere else! I can get two potatoes and two New York strips for under $15.00 dollars easy. The beef steak tomato’s are the best and the cherry clams or great when in season. Plus if I don’t have time to run to the fish Market and I want a little surf and turf its a one stop shop, they have a selection of fish and poultry that can’t beat. Stewart’s Market also sells our local shrimp. The shrimp around here are fantastic. I Support our local shrimpers, they work hard to bring in the supply to our city and Stewart’s Market . All the locals shop at Stewart’s market BUT bring your cash and leave your debit at home because “that’s how they roll “
whether you are visiting charming St. Augustine or have set your roots down here you must go to the local outdoor markets. The Wednesday market takes place at the pier out on the beach. The Saturday market takes place at the amphitheater. Our Sunday market takes place in Lincolnville just on the outside of historic downtown. You can find so many great deals on veggies, coffee, plants, local honey, local arts and crafts and so much more. if the fish lady happens to be there pick up the tuna, its delicious on or off the grill. these markets will give you a sense of our community and the experience is priceless. Happy Grilling!
Contributed by, Joan Salisbury
Stewart’s Market 311 Anastasia Boulevard St. Augustine Florida 904- 824- 5637
Seafood Shoppe 2125 A1 A South St. Augustine, Florida 904-471- 0410