The Story of the Old Man and the Sea
"He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish. In the first forty days a boy had been with him. But after forty days without a fish the boy's parents had told him that the old man was now definitely and finally salao, which is the worst form of unlucky, and the boy had gone at their orders in another boat which caught three good fish the first week. It made the boy sad to see the old man come in each day with his skiff empty and he always went down to help him carry either the coiled lines or the gaff and harpoon and the sail that was furled around the mast. The sail was patched with flour sacks and, furled, it looked like the flag of permanent defeat."
- The opening paragraph from the critically acclaimed story, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.
About Santiago's Florida Kitchen
"Think of what you can do with that there is"
-Ernest Hemingway, "The Old Man and the Sea"
With a seemingly endless selection of cuisines around the world, there's always something that makes a country, a region, a city, or even a neighborhood unique. At Santiago's, we're making the most of what there is by fusing Florida and St. Augustine's melting pot of cuisines, history and cultures into a menu that showcases what has made our city the destination it is today.
Santiago's Florida Kitchen & Craft Bar is a contemporary take on everything that makes Florida dining great - a melding of culinary influences including the Spanish heritage of St. Augustine, Latin American and southern cuisines.
Our wide selection of traditional dinner plates will satisfy your appetite for unique and eclectic tastes, but the main focus of our menu is our tapas-inspired, smaller, sharable-sized selections that allow the guest to experience an array of dishes.
From fresh ceviche and seared ahi tuna, to shrimp and grits and the best burger on the beach, our menu is both comforting and exciting. Our bar features freshly prepared juices, local spirits and craft beers, award winning cocktails and beach-friendly libations alike.
Awards and Testimonials
TASTE OF ST. AUGUSTINE PEOPLE'S CHOICE WINNER 2022
Once again the Taste of St. Augustine food festival drew in food-loving locals and visitors alike to sample "taste" from around St. John's County. Benefitting EPIC Behavioral Health, a non-profit organization providing substance abuse prevention, intervention, outpatient treatment and aftercare services. The festival menu included Shrimp Corndogs with Datil Pepper Honey Mustard, Jamaican Jerk Lamb Chops with Pineapple Sauce and finished with a Watermelon Mint Sorbet to take home the gold.
TASTE OF ST. AUGUSTINE PEOPLE'S CHOICE WINNER 2019
The Taste of St. Augsutine is a food-sampling event any good foodie would love to attend. This year's TOSTA benefitted Epic Behavioral Healthcare. Guests purchased $1 "tasting tickets" plus a $5 entry fee to sample some of St. Augustine's local culinary scene for a good cause. We won People's Choice for our Bahamian Conch and Ciderhouse Bacon Crusted Gulf Shrimp with Datil Pepper Orange Blossom Honey.
THE CONCH HOUSE'S GREAT CHOWDER DEBATE
3RD PLACE - BEST NON-SEAFOOD CHOWDER 2019
2ND PLACE - BEST NON-SEAFOOD CHOWDER 2018
Inaugurated in 1984, the Great Chowder Debate is one of the longest-running chowder championships in the country. The Great Chowder Debate features over 5,000 patrons and over 2,000 gallons of chowder, served by some of the Florida’s best restaurants and chefs.
JACKSONVILLE'S FOLIO WEEKLY MAGAZINE BEST OF ST. AUGUSTINE WINNER
• 2ND PLACE - BEST SERVER, Jeremy Cain
• 3RD PLACE - BEST NEW BAR
• 3RD PLACE - BEST NEW RESTAURANT
Folio Weekly’s readers of influence select the top 250 people, places and things in the Nation's Oldest City.