St. Augustine has a diverse and thriving culinary scene. On a trip to the Historic Coast, I found a new way to enjoy it – a “Savory Faire” food tour hosted by St. Augustine City Walk Tours.
This Savory Faire tour bills itself by suggesting you “bring your appetite and cancel your dinner plans.” As a matter of fact, you might need to cancel both lunch AND dinner because the food is so plentiful. Our group was asking for smaller portions by the time we were at our fourth stop of seven.
Alice, our entertaining guide, told us that St. Augustine was settled by the Spanish. Other waves of settlers included British, Greek, Minorcan and Cuban nationals. The cuisine in the city reflects all of these, plus newer culinary treats. Savory Faire is an entertaining – and satisfying – way to explore Florida's Historic Coast.
Here’s a round-up of where we went and what we ate on our tour:
The Tasting Room – Mediterranean Cuisine from Barcelona – Originally famous for its tapas, this immensely popular full-service restaurant has sophisticated food, elegant interiors and a friendly atmosphere. We ate grilled lamb meatballs with mint and tzatziki-type sauce. Chef Matthieu Landillon
The Gourmet Hut – Best of the Brits – Curry-influenced Coronation Chicken Salad with sangria was served outdoors. This smallish but thoroughly charming building seemed like an enchanted garden hut, covered in ivy.
Vino del Grotto – Florida wines – We tried “Florida Sunshine,” a citrus-based wine that was traditionally consumed by the Minorcans during Easter. It's quite delicious and refreshing. And they ship!
Meehans – An Irish pub – Rich clam chowder, oysters on the half shell and their own version of a Reuben sandwich were served. Rich and thick portions in a traditional brew pub.
The Spanish Bakery – Follow the aroma of hearth-baked bread through the garden – Picadillo (chopped beef) in a tomato-onion base was our dish, and we ate it in a courtyard under trees.
Hyppo Gourmet Popsicles – Dessert with a stick, and sometimes, a bit of a kick – Flavors include Datil Strawberry, Pineapple Cilantro, Key Lime, Mexican Hot Chocolate, Mango Champagne and Coconut Coconut. Don't skip this dessert!
The Spice & Tea Exchange – At our last stop, we had a delicious tea and received a special heritage gift. The aromas overwhelmed me here, so I went a little crazy buying spice mixes to bring a little bit of St. Augustine home with me.
The Savory Faire tour, which lasts two and a half hours, is offered every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:30 p.m.