My Wandering Fork
St. Johns Magazine's exclusive reviews of Local Restaurants by Local Foodie Lori Allen
The setting at Aunt Kate’s gets me every time. Its like going back in time to what I imagine Florida was like in the old days. I love driving down the old beachy road and coming up on those giant live oaks and then to the restaurant set along the intracoastal marshlands. The views are truly spectacular. This is one of our favorite places to bring the kids but we also go on little date nights for just the two of us.
Specializing in old Floridian style food, Aunt Kate’s serves a variety of seafood and other tasty dishes. The simple yet incredibly delicious cornmeal crusted fresh caught flounder is one of my favorites - its the whole fish simply prepared.
We also love the datil pepper cornbread and clam chowder. The datil peppers are locally sourced. Another thing to try is the pilau (perlo), an old-fashioned Minorcan rice dish. Our kids tried fried gator here for the first time and they say it is delicious.
Chef Jake Hollander creates many seafood specialties. On a recent visit we tried the Sesame Seared Tuna. It's a 6oz Ahi tuna steak pressed in sesame seeds and seared to rare, topped with orange teriyaki and an Asian slaw and garnished with crispy wonton strips. And the Cajun Mahi Florentine, a blackened 6oz Mahi fillet topped with a Cajun spiced spinach cream sauce and topped with flash fried leeks. Mouthwatering goodness!
Of course, the best way to finish to off your visit to Aunt Kate’s is with a sunset over the Tolomato River and a short walk to soak in the view and help digest your meal.
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612 Euclid Ave, St. Augustine
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Lori Allen is a local who moved from the Boston area to attend Flagler College and never left. She is a family person that loves the beach, football, working out and finding new places to try. Her love for food comes from her northern background and her love of cooking as well as meeting new and interesting people. She has never met a stranger nor has she ever been afraid to try an intriguing place. (Check out all her reviews on stjohnsmag.com)
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