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St. Augustine FLA Sat, 06/2/12 11:47 PM (permalink)
What do you recommend, esp. any local specialities?
 
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    Foodbme

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    Re:St. Augustine FLA Sun, 06/3/12 3:10 AM (permalink)
    Type in Saint Augustine, FL in the box at the top right of the RF Homepage and here's what you get. All have been reviewed.
    http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurants/SearchResults.aspx?st=latlong&latlongid=2228&ob=LatLon
     
    #2
      Michael Stern

      Re:St. Augustine FLA Sun, 06/3/12 4:13 AM (permalink)
      Of the restaurants on the list, the two I'd most highly recommend are Saltwater Cowboy's and O'Steen's.
       
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        NYNM

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        Re:St. Augustine FLA Sun, 06/3/12 10:08 AM (permalink)
        I'm looking at the regional foods served in these places, and I see lots of seafood (duh). Minorcan clam chowder, mullet, shrimp & grits, catfish.
        What's with the crabs?I thought crabs were more a Chesapeake Bay thing.
        Also, any "Spanish" food? (although Minorca comes close).
         
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          TJ Jackson

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          Re:St. Augustine FLA Sun, 06/3/12 4:14 PM (permalink)
          The Columbia Restaurant we went to while in St Augustine was excellent.  Cuban food. 
          http://www.columbiarestaurant.com/st_augustine.asp
           
          Parking in downtown St Augustine can be quite difficult, and if you find that to be so on your visit, park at the big parking lot at the old Spanish fort and walk there from there - its only 2-3 blocks away
           
          If we had been there one more day, we would have hit O'Steen's next
           
          One of my family's favorite restaurants ever is about 90 miles south in Titusville: http://www.roadfood.com/R...6348/dixie-crossroads.   It is well-beloved by many, many Roadfooders.   If you work that in as a side trip with a tour of Kennedy Space Center, I think you will have a truly memorable day on both fronts 
          <message edited by TJ Jackson on Sun, 06/3/12 4:21 PM>
           
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            Foodbme

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            Re:St. Augustine FLA Sun, 06/3/12 5:17 PM (permalink)
            NYNM


            I'm looking at the regional foods served in these places, and I see lots of seafood (duh). Minorcan clam chowder, mullet, shrimp & grits, catfish.
            What's with the crabs?I thought crabs were more a Chesapeake Bay thing.
            Also, any "Spanish" food? (although Minorca comes close).

            North Florida is more "Southern Food" oriented. You have to go below Orlando to get the "Spanish" influence in more abundance. The FL Panhandle is known as the "Redneck Riveria" and that influence extends over to the Jacksonville- St. Augustine, Daytona area.
             
            North FL & South FL are two different worlds. I put the borderline just south of Ocala.
            <message edited by Foodbme on Sun, 06/3/12 5:18 PM>
             
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              Foodbme

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              Re:St. Augustine FLA Sun, 06/3/12 5:25 PM (permalink)
              NYNM


              I'm looking at the regional foods served in these places, and I see lots of seafood (duh). Minorcan clam chowder, mullet, shrimp & grits, catfish.
              What's with the crabs?I thought crabs were more a Chesapeake Bay thing.
              Also, any "Spanish" food? (although Minorca comes close).

              The foods you mention ARE the regional foods of that area! Crabs are in abundance in that area. Lots of Bays and inlets. I think your perception of FL, (AND its different regions) may be a little skewed! It's a big diverse state. Takes a day of hard driving to go from Pensacola to Miami. It's 300 miles from Pensacola to Jacksonville!
               
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                sk bob

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                Re:St. Augustine FLA Sun, 06/3/12 9:40 PM (permalink)
                Foodbme, just to clarify,
                ONLY the Panhandle area is the "Redneck Rivera"
                that DOES NOT extend to the St. Augustine, Daytona area.
                 
                #8
                  Extreme Glow

                  Re:St. Augustine FLA Sun, 06/3/12 10:20 PM (permalink)
                  NYNM


                  I'm looking at the regional foods served in these places, and I see lots of seafood (duh). Minorcan clam chowder, mullet, shrimp & grits, catfish.
                  What's with the crabs?I thought crabs were more a Chesapeake Bay thing.
                  Also, any "Spanish" food? (although Minorca comes close).

                  There are plenty of crabs in Florida.  You can usually find them at buffet restaurants around 4:00 in the afternoon.

                   
                  #9
                    Extreme Glow

                    Re:St. Augustine FLA Sun, 06/3/12 10:24 PM (permalink)
                    Not regional, but I liked Gaufres and More on Aviles for some nice pierogi.

                    ...and a stop at Claude's Chocolates on King St.
                     
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                      Foodbme

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                      Re:St. Augustine FLA Mon, 06/4/12 4:04 AM (permalink)
                      sk bob

                      Foodbme, just to clarify,
                      ONLY the Panhandle area is the "Redneck Rivera"
                      that DOES NOT extend to the St. Augustine, Daytona area.

                      I'm aware of that and should have worded that differently BUT the Southern "Redneck" influence does extend all over North Florida is what I meant.
                      Daytona = NASCAR= Rednecks 
                       
                      #11
                        bosco lover

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                        Re:St. Augustine FLA Wed, 06/6/12 10:12 PM (permalink)
                        O'steen's is a must, and has the best minorcan chowder. Go slightly off hrs, like between 2 and 5, for less crowds.
                        The Columbia in downtown does have excellent cuban food, love their 1905 salad. They actually have their own parking lot,located behind the restaurant on Spanish street. 
                        Also downtown on St george street is the Spanish Bakery, only open until 2 or so, they have great cheap empanadas.
                        There's a place on St george street called cafe hidalgo, i believbe its spanish, and has a tapas and cocktail bar above it, but I've never been so can't vouch for it
                         
                        And on Avilles street, which is on the other side of the square from the big tourist area, and a really lovely area to walk around, is La Harencia cafe, with some very good cuban food, and good breakfast too.
                         
                        That's all i can think of for now. Our 2 big specialties are probably fried shrimp and minorcan chowder. If you want some key lime pie, go down to publix  supermarket and get a whole one from their bakery, they are excellent
                         
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