Part of the reason we stopped in St. Augustine is because it was Fionn's birthday and I thought it'd be fun to travel somewhere new. Since we are both really into food, I knew we had to go somewhere for a memorable lunch (this was also because Fionn was glum about getting older and I wanted to cheer him up).
After much online sleuthing, I found The Floridian, a restaurant that promised "innovative southern fare for omnivores, herbivores, and locavores." The menu sounded amazing, so off we went.
Y'all. Let me just say right now that they did not disappoint. Even sad panda Fionn forgot about officially being a year closer to 30 and burst into a delighted grin with each bite of whatever deliciousness was put in front of us. This was one of the best places we've been.
(and after 30+ countries and countless restaurants, that's saying something)
The restaurant itself is small and intimate, the hipster waitresses were friendly, and the decor was quirky. All of their menu options are locally sourced and artisanal, from local shrimp to fresh baked bread to sodas made with cane sugar. There's a lot of commitment to quality and your tastebuds reap the reward.
So what did we eat?
First off, we started with a cheese board with Georgia artisanal cheeses, fresh baked bread, peaches, candied pecans and rucola, drizzled with Florida honey.
It was so good I forgot to take a picture until halfway through when Fionn reminded me I'm a terrible blogger. Oops.
But, seriously. It was perfection. We even found out you can buy the Georgia cheese online from Sweet Grass Dairy.
Next up, the mains. I ordered a Summer Salad with blackened local shrimp over local lettuces topped with summer fruit, cucumbers, quinoa, shredded carrots, Sweet Grass Dairy's Lil' Moo cheese, and spiced garbanzo beans with a honey-herb vinaigrette. It was perfect.
Fionn celebrated his birthday with a Floridian Bahn Mi sandwich with pulled all natural chicken on a toasted hoagie roll with housemade pickled veggies, cilantro mayo, and zesty slaw. He raved about everything from the perfect homemade pickles to the bread. He was one happy birthday boy.
For dessert we got coffee and a chocolate croissant and peach bread pudding to go since we had to get back on the road. We talked about the food the whole 5 hour drive home and enjoyed the bread pudding, though wondered what other sweet treats we'd missed out on.
Should've gotten more desserts to go, obviously.
St. Augustine, it would be wonderful if you could be a little closer. Or just open up another Floridian near us?
If you're in St. Augustine, you can find the Floridian at 39 Cordova St, St Augustine, FL 32084. It seems to fill up quick, so try to get there a little early.
What's the best thing you've eaten on your travels?