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Driving from Miami to St. Augustine — what not to miss?

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DH and I are participating in a MINI Cooper event in Miami in mid June. We're flying into Miami (we're from the Kansas City area) for a few days, then driving up to St. Augustine and beyond (our many-day trip will end in Boston).

We're looking for the "can't miss" food experiences along the Florida coast. We've never really been to Florida, and are always up for an adventure, culinary or otherwise. We're staying in South Beach, and plan to spend a lazy day driving to St. Augustine. What should we make sure we don't miss along the way? What should we be sure to stock up on or bring home with us? What should we avoid (if anything)?


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  1. Unique to the area, are Grimaldi's Chocolate Covered Potato Chips in Melbourne. The combination seems strange on paper, but these things are addictive! While I usually prefer dark chocolate, I find that the milk chocate version works better.


    1. A couple of ideas for lunch...

      For fine dining, there's Scott's on Fifth ( http://www.scottsonfifth.com/ ) in Indialantic or Cafe Margaux ( http://www.margaux.com/ ) in Cocoa.

      If you want to eat on the water, there's Capt. Katanna's ( http://www.katannas.com/ ) on Rt. 1 in Melbourne & Fish Lips ( http://www.fishlipswaterfront.com/ ) in Port Canaveral.

      If you need a fix for a Chicago style hot dog, there's Mustard's Last Stand, with locations in downtown Melbourne & on Rt. 1, just north of downtown Melbourne.

      Hope this helps.

        1. For seafood I highly recommend JB's Fishcamp in New Smyrna Beach. We were on the way back to Boca from NC and got off I-95 to find JB's for lunch. It was well worth the effort. Great fish, crabs, and shrimp. If you love oyster stew, this is the place to go. It's everything a seafood-loving hound could ask for. http://www.jbsfishcamp.com/

          1. North of St Augustine, A1A - north end of Vilano Beach, turn left at the castle-(Myrtle St.)...can't miss it..."Cap's on the Water". Beautiful casual intracoastal location, we like it better at off peak times (week days). Inside-(no children) or outside on tree sheltered deck. Often get free air shows from small aircraft at St Augustine airport directly west across the intracoastal waterway. http://capsonthewater.com/
            Eat light & you can stop again at Saltwater Cowboy's at Dondanville Rd. in St Aug. Beach!

            1. I forgot to mention an icon in Brevard County...Dixie Crossroads.


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              1. re: cavandre

                We stopped here once for a dreadful meal - I don't recommend it.

                1. re: cynder

                  We haven't gotten there yet, but several sources have said that you should stick to the Rock Shrimp.

                  1. re: cavandre

                    We stopped at Dixie Crossroads on the way up to NC last summer. My wife had the rock shrimp and I had the mullet and we both enjoyed our meal although I wouldn't call it a place not to miss.

                    As I mentioned above, we stopped at JB's Fishcamp on the way back and it was excellent. We'll definitely go back the next time we're heading up I-95.