The oldest city in America has a great food scene and it starts at coffee shops and goes all the way into the evening with great craft cocktail bars. From dawn to dusk you can eat and drink in your way through paradise. Don’t be fooled, a sip from the Fountain of Youth will not cure a headache or roll back the years. However, a craft cocktail may make you feel like you are young again, if only for a few hours. For a town of only 13 to 14,000 the St Augustine restaurant scene is on par with any major city I’ve been too. As I discovered on the Savory Faire Food Tour there is a lot of history behind the culinary personality of St Augustine and there is more to come. Let’s eat.
Coffee – The right start to your day
The Kookaburra – Start your day off with a shot of espresso and satisfy your taste for a bit of “down under” at The Kookaburra. Right in the heart of old town, this cafe serves up a jolt of caffeine and some tasty Aussie Pies.
Crucial Coffee – Located near the Castillo de San Marcos I would visit Crucial Coffee before and after touring the fort. There is a small garden patio to enjoy your beverages and snacks and honestly, it is just a cute place to sit and enjoy. Oh, they also make wicked Americanos, my drink of choice. I made a pit stop here to fuel up on caffeine before I resumed my road trip and bid farewell to St Augustine.
St Augustine Restaurants – Book a table and stay a while
Cafe Alcazar – If you read my food tour story you’ll remember that one of the stops was in the former indoor swimming pool built by Henry Flagler. That place is Cafe Alcazar. Whether you just finished a tour of the Lightner Museum or you just want some good food this casual cafe will fill your belly and won’t break the bank. Good food, good portions and a unique dining location.
Kingfish Grill – The only St Augustine restaurant that required I get into my car is the Kingfish Grill, but the drive was worth it. Seafood is their claim to fame and they even have a Sushi Chef that can prepare anything from California Rolls to delicious Sashimi. I put myself entirely in his hands and was treated to a delicious sushi sampler platter. Not a piece of sushi was left. I also enjoyed one of their most popular dishes Horseradish Crusted Mahi Mahi.
Craft Cocktails – Where drinking becomes an art form
Ice Plant Bar – Located in the same building as the St Augustine Distillery the aptly named Ice Plant is a great place to sample the locally made spirits in your favourite cocktail. The bar is located in the former ice plant that helped keep wintering New Yorkers cool during the “Winter Season” in Florida. True to its name the cocktails are craft but so is the ice. Each drink gets its own unique hand made ice cube. If you are lucky and they aren’t too busy they may show you how they make an ice ball. I enjoyed a classic Old Fashioned and couldn’t have been happier.
Odd Birds Bar – It is tiny and yes they are odd. Odd Birds Bar is the place that opens up when a talented mixologist comes to town to open up a larger bar and restaurant. After a few years he decides to break out on his own and Odd Birds is born. You can enjoy all the classics here or go wild and try one of their creations. I had the Ruffed Grouse. Smokey with liquorice and a hint of espresso. Only drink this if you plan on being up for a while.
Other St Augustine restaurant to consider. These are places I visited on my food tour and can’t wait to dine at each for a full meal.
No matter which St Augustine restaurant you choose I am confident you will leave a full and happy camper. From dawn to dusk you are covered in St Augustine. Happy eating.