The outside seating has a lush garden and plenty of shade to cool you when Florida's oppressive heat returns. (And I can't wait! I'm a summer lover.) I love how St. Augustine businesses are carved out of old buildings, they have history you don't normally see. Everything inside is neatly curated yet comfortable, like hanging out at a friend's house. A friend with good taste that loves vintage and cooking, that is! And this friend has great taste in neo-retro blusey music to match the decor. Listen to this playlist while scrolling through the photos for full immersion.
When you first walk in there's a display case of 1950s-60s orange kitchenware. Yep, I see why people kept telling me I needed to come here.
I love finding these bits of Florida history. They're not good sellers but maybe a lot could do well?
Drinks are served in mason jars and fresh flowers are on every table. An yep, those are chicken salt & pepper shakers. It really is the perfect mix of kitsch and class. They played neo-blues rockabilly music like "The Black Keys" and "The Heavy" and it matched the (awesomely) contrived Southern dive vibe.
I love the teal/wood color theme and the giant alligator art piece. Their logo (mascot, even?) is an alligator with angel wings!
The collections really are like looking at a few of my favorite things; sea bits, Florida tourism, string boat art and old books. I'm marine biology obsessed.
Definitely the type of restaurant that has a vintage reseller thinking about contacting kitschy eateries to buy in bulk. I know where to find all the retro Florida goodness, I encounter it all the time!
Above is the beautiful flying gator artwork, it also appears on Floridian t-shirts. Love all the live plants in this restaurant, too.
The back room had a nautical bar complete with an antler chandelier, colorful boat paintings on velvet, blowfish lamp, gator skulls, and sexy mermaids.
If you're ever in St. Augustine stop by the Floridian, I had an absolutely delicious vegan bean burger.
Afterwards we walked around the whole city, took in the beautiful lights, window shopped, and picked up some red wine (so much good local wine to choose from in the Old City). Nothing beats St. Augustine to recharge and reboot inspiration. I need to schedule another trip, soon!