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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
We hit this long standing restaurant in downtown St. Augustine at 12 noon on a Sunday afternoon and the parking lot was practically empty. Bad sign. But shortly after we were seated, the place became jam packed. Good sign!
There are two Barnacle Bill's places in the nation's oldest city. We chose the downtown location because their beach location didn't open until 4pm.
We started out with an appetizer order of "crab bites." Five little crab cakes arrived at the table and they were g-o-o-d!!!! You must try them when you dine here.
My wife ordered a filet of flounder prepared Mantanzas style which meant broiled in a lemon butter sauce with bread crumbs. She said it was to die for. I ordered a broiled seafood combo consisting of fresh Mahi Mahi, scallops and shrimp. Mine came with the same yummy butter lemon bread crumb topping and it was great! The Mahi Mahi was, perhaps, the best piece of that type of fish that I've ever eaten. Sometimes the very tip of the tail of the Mahi can be a little fishy. But this was absolutely ocean fresh and cooked just perfectly. My dish came with six good sized and tasty shrimp and probably 8 nice sized scallops. All were very good.
Each order came with two sides. Watching carbs, I chose cottage cheese and broccoli. And by the way, the broccoli, while overcooked a bit, was fresh. My wife chose cole slaw and green beans. Both were good.
The clientele was decidedly elderly on this one visit. A lot of locals have been eating at this place for a lot of years, obviously.
This was our first experience. On many subsequent visits, the food has been consistently good. We highly recommend it. Their web site with address, menu, etc., is right here.