Dining with The Fishies

There was this restaurant in Saint Augustine we accidentally discovered. The original place we were going to only took cash and at that time we didn’t have enough and the nearest ATM was about 5 miles away. It wasn’t that far but we were hungry and it was hot! So on to plan B – we consulted the GPS (global positioning system) where you can pick out food, shopping, places of interest as well as the addresses and phone numbers of establishments. Don’t you love modern technology? Anyways, we chose seafood and came up with a long list until we finally settled on one – Santa Maria
It looked promising – it was located in the middle of the water, constructed of wood and there were parking spots available (yipee!). Having 4 kids in tow – 11, 9, 2 and 3 months old, we decided that this was the place. There was a boardwalk
to go to the restaurant and on it was this sign:


sounds good! so on we marched and settled on a spot by the window overlooking the water. The waitress gave us 2 basket-full of bread to feed the fish. There was a tiny slot on the side of the window that you open and where you can drop in the bread. As soon as a crumb fell in the water, this is what came:

For some reason, I found ’em creepy, scary and gross. I mean, the fish were humongous! It’s as big as my niece’s thigh! And that is no big fish story! Needless to say, the kids enjoyed themselves and we settled in to order – I had the crab, DH had the catch of the day – blackened mahi mahi, my sister had cashew crusted fish, my BIL had crab burger, C had fish and chips and G had fried mahi mahi. The omnipresent sweet tea washed it down and my sister and I shared the silk velvet – a creamy chocolate cheesecake pie topped with whipped cream. It was so good, it was sinful, I gained 5 lbs just looking at it. After the meal, we fed the fish some more. Or at least they did. I never looked at the fish again. We left and walked off the calories at the nearby old town of St. Augustine in 90 degree heat. We loved the food and ambience at the restaurant though and vowed to come back. The servers were helpful and the prices reasonable. So whatever disappointment we had for not going to the original destination turned out for the better. Like they say: “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade!”

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  1. Wow! That’s a good place to eat looks like. Feed the fish while you eat.

  2. i would love to dine in that restaurant. was it very expensive? ahh, what kind of fish are those? carp? i wonder if they are good eating.

  3. What kind of fish were they? Ganun kalaki!!? Looks like a nice restaurant πŸ™‚

  4. Hi Tina! It was a good place to eat. The cocktail lounge is in the middle of the restaurant. (Just realized the sign)

    Hi Belle! It was not expensive at all! I think an entree ranged from $9.00 or so. Not bad at all. They were catfish! I swear, they looked like they were staring at me when I was looking at them. And I am not one to be easily grossed out.

    Hi Cookie: Oo, I guess because they are overfed (as soon as we finished two baskets of bread, the waitress gave the kids another) that’s why they grew that big!

  5. Hi Mary! Sounds like it was a good seafood place (i suddenly have a craving for grilled mahi-mahi!)… Welcome back (late as I am) from your vacation. Hope your kids are ready and excited for school. πŸ™‚

  6. Wow! I love the place, seems perfect to have a leisurely lunch. Thanks for sharing your dining experience, even if you didn’t fancy the big fish. πŸ˜€

    have a great week!

  7. Love the pics! The view is nice too. Mukhang kakatakot yung mga isda? hehehe Would love to try it the next time we’re in St. Augustine πŸ™‚

  8. Hi Chateau! Thanks, I’m glad to be back!
    Hi Julie: It was a leisurely lunch indeed! Especially since it was really hot that day.
    Hi Maps: Be sure to post your experience there too ha? πŸ˜‰

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