This post is the first in a series of four that will outline the restaurants and bars I’ve visited over the past months. The posts will be organized by Latino, Caribbean, and Spanish dining; casual dining; casual upscale dining; and bars and breweries. I will continue to return to these posts and update them as I visit more places – there are many many more to be savored! And, I’d love if you left any recommendations you might have in the comments section.
Habana Village Café is a Cuban restaurant in the heart of the historic district. We ordered a combo appetizer plate with beef and chicken empanadas, ham croquettes, and maduros (ripe plantains). Three of my favorites.
Tucked away on one of St. Augustine’s most picturesque streets, Casa Maya is a tiny Mexican café that prides itself on offering fresh and healthy meals. My bright and colorful salad with avocado, mango, tomato, and fresh cheese was a perfect example of the restaurant’s philosophy.
Mango Mango’s offers a fun atmosphere right by the beach (there’s also another location on US1). We went for snacks and drinks and enjoyed a Jamaican beef patty, conch fritters, and maduros. A great casual place for lingering over a few beers after your meal. http://www.mangomangosstaug.com/ 700 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080 (904) 461-1077
Hidden behind the historic buildings on pedestrian St. George Street, The Spanish Bakery makes daily batches of soups, breads, and cookies scented with cinnamon or lemon.
The bakery is only open for lunch until the food runs out, so be sure to get there early! Excellent spot brimming with local color (yes, that includes tourists) for a quick, cheap, and tasty outdoor lunch on a sunny day. http://www.thespanishbakery.com/ Rear of 42 1/2 St. George St, Saint Augustine, FL 32084 (904) 471-3046
The Tasting Room Wine & Tapas is in my opinion one of the best restaurants in St. Augustine’s historic district. Unlike some of the other downtown eateries, The Tasting Room doesn’t seem to cater strictly to tourists. They offer live music every night, the staff is extremely competent and friendly, and the dining rooms and outdoor courtyard are equally atmospheric. I held my bachelorette party here.
I could eat the pan roasted scallops over a shaved fennel and arugula salad with citrus vinaigrette for lunch every single day. Highly recommended for tourists and locals alike! http://tastetapas.com/ 25 Cuna St., St. Augustine, FL 32084 (904) 810-2400
Later this week: St. Augustine Round-up Pt 2: Casual Dining.