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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
CAP'S ON THE
Like so many cases, we happened upon this place totally by accident. We were motoring along the beach in Ponte Vedra and got hungry as we approached St. Augustine. We asked Garmin, our navigation aid, to list restaurants in the area and this one came up.
Turns out this is a great place that has been around since 1947. It sits right on an inlet and I mean right on the water's edge which makes for a beautiful setting. Most of the dining is done outside under big, moss covered trees although there is indoor seating. Going to the restroom is a trip. You walk along a jungle like trail. Along the way you pass the bar and oyster bar. Great setting!
We sampled this place for lunch on a Saturday afternoon and it was quite crowded. We started out with an order of smoked fish spread and it was great. Somebody else at the table got something else for a starter although I can't remember what it was.
For my main course, I got a blackened mahi mahi sandwich with red beans and rice as a side. The sandwich was perfect and a large portion of fish. The beans and rice, while good, was a little disappointing because we used to live in New Orleans where they do the real deal. But they were still tasty. My son-in-law got the same thing. My wife got a fried grouper sandwich and it was excellent. Our daughter had a fancy tuna salad with freshly seared tuna and it was great. The grandkids had chicken strips -- perfect for heaving.
The dinner menu looked a little more upscale and I can only imagine that meals at dinner would be just as good as what we enjoyed for lunch. And next time we're there, I'm going to attack a plate full of a dozen oysters on the half shell. Several diners nearby were enjoying them and they looked great!
You can come by land or sea to this restaurant. Quite a few people arrived on their boats since the restaurant provides a nice dock.
From our first experience at Cap's, we can highly recommend the place. They're located just off A1A. Details at their web site right here.