The culinary scene in St. Augustine is as storied as its history. Over the past 500 years, lots of people came from lots of different places to the New World, bringing with them their aromatic spices, their seasoned pots and age-old recipes from their homelands. Here, they mixed, mingled and culminated in what is truly a melting pot of cultures. From African to Minorcan, Spanish to Greek, you can still experience the rich, vibrant flavors of St. Augustine through its distinct culinary scene. And the cooking can be learned. At the Ancient City Brunch Bar’s Ancient City Cooking Experiences, the staff and guest chefs teach the preparation and use of local ingredients in some of the region’s popular fish, chicken, and local grown vegetable dishes.
The food scene here is bursting at the seams. Samples of small-batch spirits distilled can be found throughout the city. At local staples like The Floridian, southern classics mingle with fresh salads made from local produce and hearty portions served in cast iron skillets. Fine dining and sweet flavors are on every corner. And there are great dining experiences like AsadoLife, where everyone gathers around the pit for an evening of friendship, great food and lively conversation over a fabulous fire-grilled meal. This Argentine-inspired, live-fire asado dining experience takes place on the waterfront overlooking the scenic San Sebastian River.
Restaurant recommendations from locals will help you plan your foodie adventure while you’re here. One of the best ways to discover great restaurants that are local favorites, and sometimes off the beaten path, is with one of the great food tours.
The Tasting Tours, St. Augustine City Walks Food & Wine Tours, and St. Augustine Experiences each offers a unique tour that reflect the history, culture and flavors that makes St. Augustine a top culinary destination.