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In town this weekend

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Vinings, Georgia...
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In town this weekend

Was supposed to be in town in August but plans got changed last minute. Now, traveling down for a long weekend. I already have a list of the places I want to visit, but what about the food? I heard that Old City/Historic District was kind of like New Orleans with restaurants everywhere (don't know if that's true), but any suggestions?

St. Augustine, FL
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1. Re: In town this weekend

So MANY suggestions! Old City House (Saturday, closed on Sunday), Bistro de Leon, the Floridian, Casa Maya...Check out their TripAdvisor reviews and Google them for menus.

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2. Re: In town this weekend

If it is haute cuisine you want try the Tasting Room on Cuna Street in the heart of town for dinner. Tapas or full entrees and a great wine list. If it is the best fried shrimp head to O'steen's over on Anastasia Island - just across the bridge from downtown. Iced tea and no wine there, but the southern home cooking is fabulous - lunch or dinner. For an interesting twist find the Spanish Bakery on St. Georges Street and have a loaf of fabulous bread and an empanada. Bread comes out at 11:00am and is all gone by 3:00pm. If money is no object, La Pavillion is always a hit.

Altamonte Springs...
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3. Re: In town this weekend

Here are my restaurant recommendations, based solely on my personal preferences... and 22+ years of enjoying their cuisine:

For Lunch

Café Alcazar (25 Granada St, Saint Augustine, FL 32084-4387) is a true hidden gem…and is definitely off the main tourist path. It is a small restaurant located in what was once the deep end of the world's largest indoor swimming pool, now the Lightener Museum building. The food is quite good (I love their curried chicken salad.) and the atmosphere is absolutely unique and very conducive to conversation. They don't take reservations and only serve lunch. If you have trouble finding them, you can phone them at 904-825-9948. Check out their Trip Advisor reviews: http://tinyurl.com/5qlvrq

For Dinner

Old City House http://www.oldcityhouse.com/

Outstanding breakfasts and dinners. Located just steps away from the Casa Monica.

The Raintree http://www.raintreerestaurant.com/

The Reef http://www.thereefstaugustine.com/index.html?

The food is very good, and the ocean views are even better. Be sure to arrive before sunset (or for Sunday brunch) for best views. Request a window table when making your reservation.

Saltwater Cowboys

(My personal favorite for ambiance and value combined)


Gypsy Cab Co. http://www.gypsycab.com/

Creekside Dinery http://www.creeksidedinery.com/

Le Pavillion http://www.lepav.com/

Purple Olive http://www.purple-olive.com

Casa Maya

This tiny restaurant offers fresh, organic ingredients to make the most delicious Mayan dishes.

17 Hypolita St

St Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 217-3039

And, for a special treat...you should try Collage http://www.collagestaug.com/ It is strictly a special occasion restaurant, but if you like good service, warm & relaxing ambiance and a creative, eclectic menu, this restaurant is a wonderful experience. They do everything right!

Honorable mention


(Perhaps the best shrimp in town. ZERO ambiance, no reservations, reasonable prices)


You'll notice that I did not mention the Columbia restaurant. IMO, their food is good, but not as good as any of the other restaurants I have mentioned.

Also, it is somewhat of a tourist trap and one of about 6-8 other Columbia's around the state. This may qualify them as a chain restaurant. I know a lot of people eat there, but the other restaurants I have given you are all better.

Winter Haven...
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Best courtyard dining:


Consistently the best food in town - ask for an outside table for an incredible view:


Both restaurants are right downtown in the middle of the historic district - you don't have to drive anywhere.

Vinings, Georgia...
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5. Re: In town this weekend

Oh wow, looks like I have some "decisioning" to do. Thanks for all the suggestions. I am going make my list later today and try to hit as many as I can.

st augustine, fl
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6. Re: In town this weekend

post the reviews when you're done!

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7. Re: In town this weekend

Spanish Bakery is closed.

St. Augustine, FL
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8. Re: In town this weekend

The Spanish Bakery was scheduled to reopen September 12, 2013. Same family doing the cooking under new ownership: staugustine.com/news/….Uk1ppYbENn0

Altamonte Springs...
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9. Re: In town this weekend

Speaking of food, there are some interesting deals available on Flavors of Florida's Historic Coast. historiccoastflavors.com/home/4566504746

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