First Coast: Culinary Wonderland
Where First Coast|Fall/Winter 2020
The First Coast has been making waves lately in regards to its culinary breakthroughs with no signs of backing down. As new and unique eateries continue to make a scene in Amelia Island, Jacksonville and St. Augustine, visitors looking to add a little spice to their palette have a plethora of options that’ll send them on a trip to the other side of the world.
Kara Pound

Amelia Island is a quiet retreat for those looking for an easy and romantic trip to the beach. Nestled on the island are a variety of new and beloved restaurants that offer one-of-a-kind dining experiences.

Voted as having the “most romantic dinner” on Amelia Island, España Restaurant and Tapas offers a Spanish culinary experience like no other. Specializing in flavors from Spain and Portugal, España’s menu features small plates that pack intense flavor. The paella dishes are fan favorites, and patrons can order for one, two or four. The Paella Marinera features a seafood medley of clams, shrimp, scallops, mussels, calamari and fresh fish for the perfect island dinner.

For a more laid-back atmosphere, give the Salty Pelican Bar and Grill a try. Known for its seafood and beautiful view overlooking the Amelia River, the Salty Pelican makes for an easy lunch or dinner for those wishing to enjoy the local scene at a more casual pace. Catch the sunset or a Sunday football game while enjoying the Fish and Shrimp Duo with a side of deliciously crispy onion rings and a cold beer. The Seared Tuna BLT prepared rare, is also a signature item and uniquely exquisite on its own.

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