October in GreaterJax™ is history in the making for local foodies on a budget.
Welcome to Flavors of Florida’s Historic Coast month – brought to you by the St. Augustine, Ponte Verda and the Beaches Vistors and Convention Bureau.
With tourist season close upon us, here’s your change to try some of those fancy restaurants for not a whole lot of money.
All next month, a cross-section of restaurants in St. Augustine and the Beaches is offering lunch and dinner with prix fixe (pronounced “prefix”) menus – three-course meals for one money.
That’s right! An appetizer, an entrée and a dessert for one price.
All month long you’ll know exactly how much cash ot bring to enjoy a meal you might otherwise have to take out a second-mortgage to afford.
There’s a little something for everyone in Florida cuisine. Even people who are allergic to seafood – and God knows this is a tough place to live if you are – can eat well on native Florida ingredients.
Think about it – for way longer than 500 years the Indians and the Spanish and the Irish (Spanish governors) and the Portuguese and the French, the Dutch and the English have had access to our fresh seafood, locally produced beef and pork, Zellwood-quality vegetables, and, of course, the citrus fruit the Spanish claimed to bring from the Olde World.
When Africans and Asians finally made it to Florida, they added their flavors, and the result is what you find in Florida eateris grand and humble.
Some Historical Bills Of Fare
With so much culinary fusion going on, you’re bound to find some intriguing offerings.
Take the October $30 prix fixe dinner option at Bistro de Leon in St. Augustine –
- Appetizer: Goat cheese baked in honey and datil pepper on croutons served on a spring mix salad, honey vinaigrette
- Entrée: Chicken “tajine”cooked in candied lemons and oriental spices, couscous semolina
This plus a dessert is a bunch of fancy for just $30 per person.
Then there’s The Reef in Vilano Beach. For $17.95 at lunch you can try Oysters Rockefeller and a Mahi Reuben – Mahi dressed with red wine braised cabbage, Island Sauce and Swiss cheese on marbled rye.
For $25 at Café Atlantico, again in St. Augustine, dinner could start with Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio in basil oil and parmesan and progress in “Paper-Wrapped Chilean Sea Bass, Shrimp & Mussels,” served in a caper butter broth with pappardelle pasta.
That’s all kind of fancy.
So, JGE, Where Can My Broke Ass Eat Historically & Fancily?
Here’s a list of participating restaurants. Most require reservations. There are links to their menus prix fixe at www.historiccoastflavors.com.
Drink water. Ask for lemon.
- 95 Cordova, Downtown St. Augustine, Global
- 500 South, World Golf Village, American
- 619 Ocean View, Ponte Vedra Beach, Seafood
- Amici Italian Restaurant, St. Augustine Beach, Italian
- Aunt Kate’s on the Water, Greater St. Augustine, Seafood
- Augustine Grille, Ponte Vedra Beach, Continental
- Avilés Restaurant, Downtown St. Augustine, Global
- Beaches on Vilano, Riverside, Vilano, Seafood
- Bistro de Leon, Downtown St. Augustine, French
- Café Atlantico, St. Augustine Beach, Italian
- Creekside Dinery, Greater St. Augustine, Seafood
- Donovan’s Irish Pub, Greater St. Augustine, Irish
- Kingfish Grill, Greater St. Augustine, Seafood
- Raintree Restaurant, Downtown St. Augustine, Continental
- Sara’s Crepe Café, Downtown St. Augustine, European
- Saltwater Cowboys, St. Augustine Beach, Seafood
- South Beach Grill, St. Augustine Beach, Seafood
- The Reef, Beachside, Vilano, Seafood
- The Tasting Room, Downtown St. Augustine, Spanish
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