Columbia’s Competition

When it comes to eating we’re creatures of habit, or maybe we just can’t pass up a guaranteed delicious meal. That’s why a trip to St. Augustine always includes a meal at the Columbia restaurant.  You really can’t go wrong with any of their dishes.

However, apparently the week after Christmas requires advance planning to dine at the Columbia. We stopped by the restaurant a couple of hours before we planned to eat to make a reservation only to be told they were completely booked for the night. Time to come up with Plan B.


As we walked through the streets reading posted menus, I searched Yelp reviews looking for more options. With a 4.5 star rating and reviews that read:


Unique menu. Florida fare with a southern twist.

An amazing oasis in a sea of mediocrity. The Floridian breaks the mold.

We decided to give The Floridian a try. This proved a good decision resulting in four pleased diners.


One order of shrimp and grits, one shrimp and sausage autumn risotto and a burrito. All delicious!


But by far, the best meal was Sarah’s, Fresh Catch Floridian with roasted potatoes and veggies. I can’t remember when I’ve seen her eat so much.


The one downside of our visit: John’s meal was delivered almost ten minutes after the others, but they made up for this by offering us four free desserts. Therefore, we ordered dessert, something that happens rarely and enjoyed every bite of the chocolate cheesecake and chocolate pie.

On our next trip to St. Augustine we’ll have a hard time deciding where we’ll eat.