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St. Augustine, Florida – Part Two

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The Saragossa Inn Bed and Breakfast is a beautiful 1920’s house that was ordered out of the Sears catalog, shipped from New York to St. Augustine and hauled by horse cart piece by piece to its present location. It was first converted to apartments and most recently as the B&B. The house is divided into six guest rooms with the owners living upstairs.

We stayed in what is perhaps the smallest room of the six but it was quite satisfactory for our needs. Sure the bathroom could have been a tad bit larger but we made do (no pun intended). Nothing says romance like a well-placed poop joke!

The Inn is located a mere two blocks from the heart of the historic district of St. Augustine, so we had the perfect location. It was far enough away from the revelry and spirited outbursts of the trolley and ghost tours yet close enough for a quiet, reflective walk home in the evening after enjoying all the shopping and dining locations that St. Augustine has to offer.

Our hosts, Gibbs and Chuck, were wonderful. Gibbs produced some of the most incredible breakfast offerings I have ever eaten from a kitchen no bigger than 20 square feet! Who knew that cold strawberry and banana soup would be so delicious for breakfast?

This brings me to my favorite restaurant in all of St. Augustine – Salt Water Cowboys. “Cowboys” is located on Dondanville Road, just off A1A. Good Lord, this restaurant is awesome! I first experienced this turn of the century fish camp inspired gem while on vacation over 20 years ago and it is a must-visit every chance I get to the area.

There is nothing fancy about the décor; all the magic happens in the kitchen. The “Florida Cracker Combo” is always ordered. Gator tail, frog legs and fish bites with dipping sauces is a great appetizer. Next we ordered the chicken and ribs dinner and the blackened mahi mahi over a bed of the most incredibly creamy grits ever! This restaurant never fails to deliver which is why the locals come here in droves. Get here early or expect to wait on the open air patio where you will be forced to enjoy a magnificent Florida sunset melting into the local marsh land.

Sorry Mom, next time I’ll invite you too.

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Written by David A. Ufer

December 5, 2011 at 7:26 am

Posted in Florida

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