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I'm in St. Augustine for a month and could use some advice on where to eat. I have been to O'Steen's (great fried chicken and shrimp) and The Oasis, but have many meals left to enjoy. I'm value-oriented and tend to prefer "funky" over "high end." All suggestions will be considered. Many thanks.

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    2 A St - off of A1A (Beach Blvd)
    St Augustine, FL 32080
    (904) 471-3744

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    4325 Myrtle Street
    Saint Augustine FL 32084
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    1. If you want a funky atmosphere and really good, reasonably priced food you might try the Gypsy Cab Company at 828 Anastasia Blvd (A1A). The couple of times my husband and I have eaten there we've really enjoyed it. If you've been to the Oasis you'll find the Gypsy Cab on the same road only closer to the historic district.

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      1. re: ginxi59

        sorry, I can't agree on the food. The atmosphere was OK, but the scallops and salmon provencale was soupy with much too much watery sauce and the salmon was fishy. I almost always finish what I order, but not here.
        I thought the Sunset Grill had good Coconut shrimp.

      2. Also, if you like vegetarian you should go to Manatee Cafe at 525 State Rd 16 Ste 106, St Augustine, Florida (32084) (at Westgate Plaza).

        and there's also a really yummy raw food place called Present Moment at 224 W King St, St Augustine, Florida (32084) (at 1/2 mile west of Rte 1)
        Phone number: 904-827-4499

        Also, the best Mexican is # 3290 US Highway 1 S, Saint Augustine, FL 32086
        # Phone: (904) 794-1610...

        1. How weird that I've had the opportunity to recommend the same restaurant on three threads today - try Columbia restaurant, the oldest restaurant in Florida. Great Florida and Cuban cuisine.

          1. Sunset Grille on A1A has a great "Ultimate Fish Sandwich" - it's nothing fancy. Kind of a hang out for bikers and beach goers, but family friendly too.

            Also, there's a place called Spanky's Pizza House II that is on the south end of St. Augustine in a strip mall, it's kind of a drive though. We go for the Garlic Knots and the NY Style Pizza.

            Oh, and if you don't mind driving, you should definitely try the Outback Crab Shack, west of St. Augustine - and it's on the river, has outdoor dining and sometimes live music. Picnic tables are inside and out. Good seafood, boiled, fried or grilled. They have 3 large stuffed gators as you come in - I don't know if they were real or not. There's always a crowd, but usually not a wait. You'll see gators if you walk out on the dock. (It's about a 15 or 20 minute drive from St. Augustine.) Head West on 13 (I think) toward Green Cove Springs, then turn left on 16, at the light, it will be on your right - there's on old Coca Cola sign that you'll see.

            1. This may be too late for you as one month has passed since you posted your request.
              For "value oriented" and "funky" restaurants, try Mango Mango's on A1A in St. Augustine Beach. It may look like a typical beach restaurant, but the food is surprisingly good and creative.

              1. Barnacle Bill's (2 locations - A1A and Downtown) has great Fried Shrimp as well as their own Spicy Fried Shrimp with Dat'l peppers.

                Outback Crab Shack is awesome too. www.outbackcrabshack.com. They have a menu online, but if you are staying at the beach in St. Augustine - it is at least a 30 minute drive.

                1. PLACE TO AVOID: There is a pizza place near the Publix and Starbucks on A-1-A over near the beach. They some how win Best Pizza in St. Augustine every year from the local paper. I went out of my way to get one their pizzas this past year while on vacation there. It was terrible. I almost left when I walked in to pick it up and they were using a Dominos conveyor belt oven.