Veg ‘n’ Out: St. Augustine
Dynamic History, Unique Ambiance and Deep Spanish Influences:
St. Augustine is an Impressive Destination for Veg Travelers
The Floridian Restaurant
The Floridian describes themselves as ‘regionally-authentic, fresh from the source cuisine: a clever synthesis of down home Southern comfort foods and lighter, healthier dishes, with many vegetarian options.’ The Floridian restaurant was a great dining option for vegetarian me and my omnivore travel companion.
We started the afternoon lunch with the fried housemade pickles, which were crispy on the outside and dill pickley juicy on the inside. For my main meal I chose the Black Bean & Sweet Potato Veggie Burger on an artisan bun. The veg patty was housemade and of sizable portion. The flavor was delicious and the texture was soft, which had me using a fork and knife to eat my burger. I would visit this restaurant again looking forward to trying some of their other veg specialties such as: The Florida Sunshine Salad, ‘N Dumplings or Roasted Fennel and Citrus Salad.
39 Cordova St.
St. Augustine, Fl 32084
$10-$15 an entree
Hours: Lunch 11–3. Dinner 5– 9 weeknights. 5–10 weekends.
Closed on Tuesdays. Open Noon Sundays.
Casa Maya Restaurant
Tucked in a small side street of downtown St. Augustine is Casa Maya restaurant. A hidden gem of authentic Latin influenced eats and beverages. Try the housemade guacamole, vegetable empanadas and the Mayan cinnamon hot chocolate.
17 Hypolita St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
no website, but plenty of positive reviews!
The Present Moment Cafe and Market
Vegan raw food cafe. Serving coffee drinks, raw breakfast bar, organic juice and shakes, lunch and dinner entrees such as mango samosas, pad thai, cashew hummus, zucchini pasta, pine nut-chili tacos and desserts. Eclectic atmosphere and decor with artwork on the walls.
Hours: Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Friday and Saturdays dinner until 9:30, closed Sundays.
Everything about the Columbia Restaurant is Spanish and Cuban influenced, the decor, the food, the sangria (a must have.) Although most of the menu is non-veg friendly, they do offer an extensive menu with several veg options. I enjoyed the flavorful Black Bean Cakes with guacamole as a starter. They do also offer a vegetarian Cuban Black Bean Soup over a bed of white rice and topped with diced raw Spanish onions.
For my entree I had the Vegetarian “Cubana.” A starchy medley of boiled yuca with crispy garlic, black beans, white rice, platanos, tostones and sautéed fresh vegetables. Vegetarian entrees also offered are the Eggplant “Riojana” with sliced eggplant breaded with ground plantain crumbs, smothered in Rioja sauce of tomatoes, garlic, capers, olives and red wine topped with melted Galician Tetilla cheese or the Pasta con Trufas “Cristalino” Fresh pasta pockets stuffed with truffles and cheese simmered in a rich creamy sauce made with Spain’s premium Cava sparkling wine, Cristalino.
After our meals, the server brought a decadent housemade flan with a candle in it for my birthday. The best flan I think I’ve ever had with a smooth, creamy texture and rich vanilla, caramel flavor.
98 St. George Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Monday — Thursday (11 a.m. — 9 p.m.)
Friday — Saturday (11 a.m. — 10 p.m.)
Sunday (12 noon — 9 p.m.)
Open 365 days of the year.
Serving Lunch & Dinner daily.
Several Florida Locations: Ybor City, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Clearwater Beach, Celebration and Tampa