St. Augustine: Where the Old World meets the New
“If you think the Sunshine State is all about theme parks and frying on the beaches, you probably haven’t been to St. Augustine,” said Dave Seminara in The New York Times. This small coastal city, the longest continually occupied European settlement in North America, feels “vaguely European” even as it remains a “distinctly American place.” Grab a butter pecan milkshake when you stroll its Historic District, and whether you spend most of the day at the history museums or on the beach, you’ll never be far from some good eating.
La Herencia Café “St. Augustine is no place to skip breakfast,” and this Cuban-American café on the oldest street in America is a must-stop for one of the day’s early meals. Start with “what may be the best café con leche north of Miami.” Then try the guajiro, an open-face omelet over Cuban toast, topped with black beans, roast pork, salsa, and romano cheese. 4 Aviles St., (904) 829-9487
Preserved It’s hard to pass up an indulgent brunch on the porch of a former Victorian home: shrimp and grits, roasted oysters, warm scones with jam. But trust chef Brian Whittington day or night. The James Beard Award nominee has turned a sketchy former mini market in Lincolnville into one of St. Augustine’s best restaurants. 102 Bridge St., (904) 679-4940
The Floridian At this casual refuge in the Historic District, the chef, Genie McNally, “specializes in Southern comfort food and healthier alternatives to the usual suspects.” Think blackened tuna niçoise with charred cherry tomatoes or shrimp and sausage pilau with braised farm greens, all served indoors or on a patio shaded by towering live oaks. 72 Spanish St., (904) 829-0655
Ken Goodman Photography, Tom Schifanella Photography ■