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​“Enter Empty – Leave Full” – Obi’s Fillin’ Station

Our recent trip to St. Augustine allowed us to explore a few of the best restaurants on A1A. Obi’s Fillin’ Station was on the top of the list. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this gas station themed diner, filled with automobile memorabilia from year’s gone by, is a fantastic place to get a quick bite. Burgers and sandwiches named after cars – The Mustang, The Rolls Royce, The Jalopy are a few of the items on the menu.

Obi's Fillin Station

Inside Obi's

Breakfast items are also themed with The Ford Galaxie and The Chevy Impala being our crews’ favorite picks. The Chey Impala (breakfast burrito) had some good heat: featuring chorizo and pepper jack cheese.

The Chevy Impala

Most impressive was the 2 servers handling the entire restaurant, and the cleanliness from the restrooms to the tables. Everything was top notch and definitely worth a return visit next time around.

Memorabilia of Obi's


​Sunset Grille – Anastasia Island Eats

Within walking distance from our hotel on St Augustine Beach was one of the best seafood and steak options around – Sunset Grille. This Key West style restaurant seems to be a local favorite as well as a hit with the tourists.

Sunset Grille

Upon entering the restaurant there is a big decision to be made - to eat downstairs or upstairs. Each have a separate wait time, with the downstairs being a bit quicker. Upstairs, however offers a beach view and in the right weather conditions, a perfect outdoor dining experience. Our crew was too hungry to wait for the upstairs table, but would be worth checking out for future visits.

The menu offers a good blend of seafood, steaks, chicken etc. While a little pricier than what we usually spend on a meal, we found the food and flavors to be worth the extra cost. We started with a spinach and artichoke dip and had grilled shrimp and a seafood platter. The owner even stopped by toward the end of the visit to make sure our meal was ok and offer some tips for helping our teenage daughter learn to drive. Very personable service and fun location. We will be back to check out the top deck of the restaurant in the future!

Mango Mango's Caribbean Bar and Grill - St Augustine

Mango Mango’s Caribbean Bar and Grill was one of our last restaurant stops and probably the one we were least sure of trying out. The small restaurant, looks no bigger than a small home and if the reviews on Trip Advisor hadn’t been so good, we probably would have passed this one by for something a bit bigger. However, I’m glad we tried it out.

While a small restaurant, the quality and quantity of the food was really good and quite surprising. The service was top notch and the pricing was very reasonable. We started with chips and salsa, with mangos in the salsa adding a fresh and fruity flair, and then tried the crab cakes and pork tacos. Everything had amazing flavor.

It is a small restaurant, so it does fill up fast and I’m sure during the heavier tourist seasons gets quite a wait time, but definitely worth checking out.

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