Fast-Casual Restaurants for Florida Explorers on the Go
St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra dining options offer a variety of quality food.
It’s no secret that exploring every culinary nook and cranny is at the top of many travelers’ lists when planning a vacation in Florida. In St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra, you’ll find plenty to add to that list! From farm-to-table dining in St. Augustine’s historic downtown to fresh seafood fare at the beaches, there’s a bit of something to please everyone’s palate when visiting St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra Beach and The Beaches. Between relaxing days spent on the Atlantic coastline, a round of golf at one of Ponte Vedra’s championship courses, adventures aboard a pirate ship and taking in a concert at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, sometimes a quick bite is in order to get you back to exploring. Here on the Florida’s Historic Coast, there are dozens of fast-casual restaurant options.
Pizza & Mexican Fare
Characterized by offering counter service (rather than sit-down, table service) that is freshly prepared with high-quality ingredients, fast-casual fare is thriving among those on the go. In downtown St. Augustine, pizza is aplenty including by-the-slice options at Pizza Time and Pizzalley’s – both on St. George Street. Pizza Time, which was named the second-best pizza place in the country by TripAdvisor, offers up New York-style pie with nearly every topping imaginable. Nearby Pizzalley’s time-tested, from-scratch recipes will have your mouthwatering before the slice hits the plate. Also, check out Borrillo’s Pizzeria and Beer & Wine Garden on San Marco Avenue. If tacos are more your thing, the Florida’s Historic Coast has dozens of fast-casual, Mexican-influenced grub to choose from. A relative newcomer to the scene, Osprey Tacos on Anastasia Boulevard is a laid-back taqueria located on A1A with made-to-order tacos and taco bowls. Order up a Saint Augustine taco with fresh fried shrimp, pickled onion, cabbage and house-made Datil and pink sauce. There’s also A1A Burrito Works on A1A at the beach, Mojo’s Tacos on Anastasia Boulevard, Burrito Works Taco Shop on St. George Street and Nalu’s Tropical Take Out just outside the entrance to Anastasia State Park. Touted as “St. Augustine’s first food truck,” Nalu’s was established in 2002 and brings Hawaiian fusion fare to residents and visitors alike.
Seafood & Spanish Flavors
Just a stone’s throw from both the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway (not to mention dozens of rivers, bays and marsh ecosystems), St. Augustine is known for its fresh seafood nearly as much as its long and colorful history. St. Augustine Seafood Company on St. George Street offers the best of both worlds, a sit-down restaurant with full bar and an accompanying fast-casual restaurant for those looking for quick and delicious bite before their next adventure. Focused on fresh and sustainable seafood (they even list the name of the boat that caught that day’s ingredients on their menu board), SASCO features raw oysters served on the half shell, chowders and wild-caught fried shrimp baskets. A melting pot of Spanish, English, French and Minorcan influences, dining here can oftentimes feel like you’ve journeyed back in time to a hidden brick-lined street in an ancient European city. Check out Spanish Bakery & Café, also on St. George Street. Nestled under a historic Cedar tree, the Bakery has been a favorite spot for breakfast and lunch for more than 37 years. Order up a delectable empanada, Picadillo, sausage roll, house-made soup, signature sandwich or pastry along with beer, wine or fresh coffee. The Spanish Bakery is perfect for a mid-day treat that’s sure to fuel your busy take-it-all-in itinerary. Back at the beach, The Original Café Eleven is a local’s spot that’s a hidden gem in plain view. Located across the street from the Atlantic coastline on A1A Beach Boulevard, Café Eleven is a favorite brunch spot, music venue, happy hour locale and place to grab a quick egg sandwich or panini before hitting the beach. For those visiting St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra Beach and The Beaches, you’ll quickly find that there are dozens of options to satisfy a grumbling tummy – even for those mid-adventure seeking groups that have a hard time sitting still.