Signature Dishes in St. Augustine

The great state of Florida is known for some of the best water views in the whole world- yes, we mean the whole world. But Florida has another fantastic feature up its sleeve.

Take a tally of the places with the best food, and you will quickly realize Florida comes out on top.

Fried fish in St. Augustine FL

What is Florida Cuisine?

Florida cuisine is a melting pot of distinct cultural influences from Europe, East Asia, and the Caribbean, combined with the rich (and deep-fried) tapestry of classic southern dining. 

The end result is magnificent. Florida cuisine is drenched in fresh fish, barbeque, shrimp and grits, pizza, and crab. It’s a delicate balancing act of three specific cultural influences coming together in riveting and original ways. Florida cuisine adds the deep flavor palette of the Caribbean, the colors and varieties of Spain, and the fresh favorites of southern dining in selections like fried green tomatoes and conch fritters. 

What are the top foods of St. Augustine you have to try?

You can see these influences all over when you walk down the historic streets of St. Augustine, and especially when you walk inside its many restaurants. We compiled a quick list of our three must-try dishes in St. Augustine.

Seafood platter in St. Augustine FL

Shrimp and Grits

The combination of the two makes for a dazzling display of freshness. It’s also a classic example of southern cuisine. Shrimp and Grits come with authentic creole dining, made all the better by its adaptability. Small adjustments to the formula make the dish perfect for any meal of the day.

Minorcan Clam Chowder

Sure, while the northeast owns the New England clam chowder, Florida’s delightful spin on the soup is equally amazing. Add clams, onions, bell peppers and tomatoes, and splash it all with some garlic and thyme, and you have the beginnings of a good minorcan. The soup derives from the Minorcans, who settled in the region around 1777 and gave us this fantastic and now classic dish. 

Gator Tail

Gator Tail is “so Florida” that it is hard to imagine eating it anywhere else. Gator Tail is almost always deep-fried to perfection and served as a primer or appetizer. While sometimes being a little rough and chewy, a well-prepared gator tail is the ideal in-between of chicken and fish. 

Florida has a slew of signature dishes not even covered here. Be sure to bite into as many as you can while staying at our beachside St. Augustine beach rentals.

Shrimp basket in St. Augustine FL

What Are the Best Restaurants for Food Lovers?

So it can be challenging to find the finest signature dishes if you can’t find the right places to eat. Here we cover our top three restaurants for good and classic Florida eating- and the best authentic dishes they offer.

Sunset Grille

Sunset grille oozes character, with its family-friendly atmosphere and lovely water views. You got all the fresh Florida fish staples you could ask for, including mahi-mahi and flounder. Be sure to get an order of the grille’s Minorcan Clam Chowder, some of the best in the city.

The Floridian

The Floridian is, almost without question, the ideal place to dine in downtown. Almost all of the items on the menu derive from organic ingredients. The Floridian is also home to the absolute best fish and grits in the city, with their signature purple grits and lime-soaked shrimp.

The Collage

The Collage is elegant and gorgeous, with a romantic and breezy décor ideal for a five-star dinner. The highlight is the Grouper, one of Florida’s most sought after and iconic fish.

Plan Your St. Augustine Trip

The ocean Gallery bests many of the resorts near St. Augustine, Florida with affordable prices and closeness to the beach. Review our list of available St. Augustine condo rentals and finalize your much-deserved vacation plans today. See an area stooped in history and intrigue.

The Ocean Gallery Properties, Inc.

4600 Highway A1A South,
St. Augustine, Florida USA 32080
Information: (800) 398-5980
Reservations: (877) 542-2488
Local: (904) 471-6663
Fax: (904) 471-5994

Email Sign Up