You could spend a whole week in St. Augustine and still not taste all the wonderful things the city has to offer.
There's fresh local seafood and international cuisine, elegant restaurants for special occasions and casual little cottages offering handcrafted goods. It really is one of the most delicious cities in Florida.
From little nibbles to fine dining, here are a few of my favorite places to eat in St. Augustine:
The Tasting Room
25 Cuna St, St Augustine, FL
For a Spanish tapas-style meal, this is the place to go. Don't you just love when you get to share small bites and taste a bit of everything? The Tasting Room is known for its extensive Spanish wine list, and if you have time, I highly recommend their Ultimate Dining Experience where their chefs will take you on a guided tour of Spain through your senses, pairing delicious tapas with imported wines.
Old City House Inn & Restaurant
115 Cordova St, St Augustine, FL
Chef Jacob Baster just won third place in the Flavors Top Chef Cook-Off, and once you dine here you'll understand why. Old City House Restaurant presents fresh, creative farm-to-table style meals in an elegant way. My husband and I recently had dinner here and he ordered the Goat Cheese Crusted Pork Tenderloin with bacon and butternut squash from their seasonal menu. I couldn't quite keep my fork on my own plate.
48 Charlotte St, St Augustine, FL
Artisan Ice Pops are the new trend in Florida, and Hyppo makes the best! (Thankfully, they just opened a second store in my home town of Orlando!) These pops are made with fresh ingredients handpicked by the chef to create seasonally inspired and very imaginative flavors. Have you ever had a spicy ice pop? I have to tell you, it's pretty wild to eat something cold and have it also feel 'hot' at the same time. Some of their unique spice blends include datil strawberry and mango habanero. They also have a cool refreshing cucumber lemon mint and a sweet orange cream. For true decadence, though, go for the Elvis. It's chocolate, peanut butter, and banana, of course! Hyppo is constantly dreaming up new flavors, from classic to weird. While you're there, if you want to learn a cool piece of trivia, ask them how they got their name.
6 Granada St, St Augustine, FL
What do you get when you take a French-born chef trained in New York City and allow him to get creative with making chocolates? One wicked chocolatier. Seriously, these European-style chocolates are so decadent and luxurious you'll think you've died and gone to heaven as soon as you taste one. Each of their flavors is handcrafted in small quantities and make excellent gifts to take back home. My favorites are the chewy caramel with sea salt and peanut butter ganache.
The Mermaid Cafe
100 Saint George Street, Suite F, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
You're on vacation, so why not have dessert for dinner? ou could also have it for breakfast or lunch, too! While The Mermaid Cafe serves up a great menu of comforting cafe foods, my recommendation is their mango coconut crepe with freshly sliced mango and bits of shredded coconut topped with coconut cream and coconut brown sugar. They serve it all day, so you can stop by anytime.
26 Charlotte St, St Augustine, FL
This place is just adorable. It's a little coffee shack right on Charlotte Street set in a luscious tropical garden with patio seating. They make the yummiest, most creative flavors of coffee drinks you'll ever see. Sinfully delicious sips like a Pecan Pie Chai Latte, a s'more-like Campfire Mocha, Fudge Latte, and a Snickers Cappuccinos. And that's only a handful of their dessert-like concoctions. It's the perfect place to stop for a break, kick back in the shade with a latte and recharge.
The Gourmet Hut
17 Cuna Street, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
Right next door to Crucial Coffee, and sharing the same whimsical outdoor garden setting, is a farm-to-table restaurant that will have you feeling like you're dining on a rustic farm in the middle of a city. The Gourmet Hut is quaint and romantic with its little candlelit tables-for-two. They serve breakfast all day with gourmet selections such as eggs Benedict and spinach frittatas. For lunch they've got a great list paninis, salads, and wraps. But dinner is when they'll really knock your socks off. The menu changes daily depending on what fresh ingredients are available, so I shouldn't even give you a teaser, but I will. The night my husband and I were there the selections included a Parmesan Crusted Rack of Lamb, Filet Mignon with Moroccan Couscous, and an Orange Maple Grouper. Mmm. Mmm.
46 Avenida Menendez, St Augustine, FL 32084
For casual, southern-style seafood with a bit of Cajun flair, you’ve got go to Harry's. Not only is the food superb, but it's just the kind of place where you'd want to hang out with your friends or go to for a casual dinner date on a Friday or Saturday night. Market lights twinkle in the trees overhead above their outdoor courtyard where you'll typically hear a live band playing on the weekends. On the menu they've got great comfort foods like crab cakes and sweet corn grits and fried shrimp. But dessert is where your jaw will really drop. I've got two words for you: Oreo beignets! Uh, huh. That's a dessert you'll want to post to Instagram.
If you're interested in planning a trip up to St. Augustine, check out my Foodie Itinerary and also visit Floridashistoriccoast.com
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