Always on the lookout for good vegetarian options? The Floridian features a menu with built-in ones, but omnivores shouldn't worry because The Floridian serves them too. The kitchen fuses a melange of Southern comfort food alongside what could be called healthy Californian. With dishes as eclectic as Ancho-Citrus Brined Turkey or the Five Spice Smoked Tempeh (soy product), the restaurant is always a nice change of pace in this historic beach town. If you're looking for a something a little more breakfast like, try their sister cafe La Floridita right next door.
Carmelo's Pizzeria may be mainstay for Flagler College students, but this establishment has been here in St. Augustine for more than a century. Most of the menu focuses on the pizzas, yet the kitchen still provides sandwiches, calzones, panini, wings, salads, subs and wraps. After dinner, check out the San Sebastian Winery across the street for a tasting or head to Whetstone Chocolate Factory to satisfy the sweet tooth.
Housed in a charming 18th-century building, The Tasting Room is the place to go and tapear (eat tapas) while in St Augustine. The menus change according to season and they all feature items from home such as aged Serrano and Iberian ham, Chorizo and the popular Valdéon or Manchego cheeses. Some of the traditional tapas themselves include pulpo (octopus), Croquetas (croquettes) and Caracoles (snails). In addition to spectacular seasonal menus, The Tasting Room also has excellent prix-fixe ones. The wine list is equally impressive, the restaurant not only has varietals from around Spain like Tempranillo, Albariño and Garnacha, but it also has wines from regions around the world.
Oasis is a well-known watering hole offering casual dining, a full bar and direct access to the beach. It's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and each service has everything from traditional eggs and waffles to burgers, dogs, soups and salads. The bar is usually filled with local patrons who come to watch one of the games on more than 40 different TVs and enjoy a bucket of oysters. Others come for the live music that varies depending on the night, sometimes its rock, sometimes its country or something in-between.
The unpretentious Crucial Coffee Café is a mom-and-pop establishment that prides itself on quality coffee. It's housed in what resembles a chic, wooden shack in St. Augustine's historic district, right near the Castillo de San Marcos. In addition to excellent coffee and espresso, the baristas also serve smoothies, milkshakes, bubble teas and pastries. Since the little house is so small, the open air patio is a perfect place to take your coffee while you relax under the sunny Florida skies.
Clark's Fish Camp Sea Food Restaurant is home to traditional Floridian seafood, steaks, chicken, and out of the ordinary food. This popular and always-crowded spot can be found in Mandarin, on the south side of Jacksonville right on Julington Creek. They have garnered rave reviews over the years, serving up favorites from finger food to hearty full sized entrees. Alligator tail is a specialty. The rustic, faintly nautical theme comes complete with nets on the walls. It's a casual, family-friendly spot with views overlooking the mesmerizing creek.
Pizza Time is a small, nondescript gem right on historic St. George Street. It serves pizza by the slice and it's ideal for those who wish to grab a quick one without breaking the bank nor interfering too much with your sightseeing or shopping excursions. Pizza Time is also a cash-only establishment, but the pie slices are worth using the ATM inside if you want to taste an authentic one without going to Brooklyn.
Established in 1905, this beautiful historic restaurant is located in the heart of the historic district in St. Augustine. Explore delectable Spanish and Cuban cuisine with a visit to Columbia Restaurant and let the place charm you with its quaint, pleasant atmosphere. Featuring beautiful Spanish fountains and colorful tiles, the place exudes traditional, old-timey vibes that go well with the authentic dishes served here. Try the variety of delicious seafood, soups, salads, and classic tapas. Pair it with a delicious wine from the elaborate list, and wrap it up with a decadent dessert like churros, key lime pie, or white chocolate bread pudding. Then, head over to the gift shop to explore quirky souvenirs, local products and other knickknacks.
This coffeehouse, located at the corner of St George and Hypolita streets, is located in a gorgeous 18th century house. Serving and array of desserts, sandwiches, and snacks, this makes a very nice stopping point on a tourist sojourn through old St Augustine.
Just like Scarlett O'Hara, the Gone With The Wind heroine, this feisty-and-fun restaurant is a Southern favorite. You can dine in the spirit of Southern hospitality upstairs in the piano room or on the outdoor porch. Located near all the city's shopping and sightseeing, the restaurant offers live entertainment nightly and a happy hour from Monday through Friday. A children's menu is available. You may want to try Mammy's Homemade Chilli or Tara's Garden Salad. There is also a good selection of sandwiches.
Kilwin's confectionary shop is located in the heart of the Old City, so you may want to stop by and indulge while you are shopping or sightseeing. There is a large variety of confectionery delights, including an assortment of popular truffles: raspberry, hazelnut, coffee, le gran, brugg and bombe. There are also clusters in milk or dark chocolate with coconut, peanut or pecan, and a variety of creams filled with milk maple, milk orange, dark raspberry, or dark vanilla butter.