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The best restaurants in St Augustine heavily rely on the town's history. The oldest city in the United States, St Augustine has long been considered a destination for history buffs looking to check out ancient sights like the iconic 17th century fort Castillo de San Marcos and Ponce de Leon's dubious Fountain of Youth. But there are many more things to do in the port town, plenty of them targeted at foodies.
Culinary gurus flock here to pay respect to the long-standing local culinary tradition established by the Minorcans, a multicultural group descended from 18th-century indentured servants. Their Mediterranean-inspired style—heavy on the seafood and datil-pepper spices—still influences the fare of the area, even in the wake of the growing farm-to-table trend and as new-wave coffee shops and gastropubs continue to sprout.
Here, the best restaurants in St Augustine mix southern flavors, colonial preparations and of-the-moment ingredients to create something truly unique and decidedly Floridian.