I recently spent the day in Florida's oldest city, St. Augustine with a few of my foodie friends! We enjoyed a day of macarons, wine and live music, and the awesomeness that is
There's been a lot of buzz about this place and after visiting, I can definitely understand why! For starters, it's history dates back to the early 20th century when it was merely an ice manufacturing plant.
As soon as you walk in, you're greeted with a bit of nostalgia, as they have kept some of the original fixtures to add character to the once old ice factory turned vintage restaurant and bar.
One of the things I was most anxious to try was their craft cocktails!
I was very indecisive, but our waitress, Maggie, was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful when it came to assisting me in choosing the right cocktail.
I went with the Sin City and I don't think I could've asked for a better drink. My best description would be that it was equivalent to a spicy margarita and I love a good margarita!
It had Corazon Tequila, Ancho Reyes, and Madarine Napoleon with Vanilla Pepper, Lemon, and Habenero Sugar around the rim for a nice kick! Whoa! I savored every drop!
A few of my buddies got the same thing I did, but my friend Nate went for a cocktail that wasn't on the menu called the Amelia. It was similar in taste, to the Amelia I had here, at Bazille inside of Nordtrom. What I loved most about this drink was the ice sphere that he got with it!
After all, we were at an old ice factory and The Ice Plant believes "ice is the cornerstone of the American bar and an integral component of a well made drink." so it was only right that one of us got a personally carved piece of ice. It was a perfect sphere!
The food was delicious and very fresh! I love that their restaurant is farm to table and that their seafood is local and their beef is grass-fed!
Three of the five of us, including me, got the Shrimp and Grits. It was very tasty. The grits were very creamy, the shrimp were succulent, and the haricot vert was delicious!
Needless to say I gobbled up every bit of it!
The other two order the Ice Plant Burger! I got to taste this bad boy and the next time I go, I will definitely be ordering one of them. It came with the grass fed Georgia beef, bacon-chive aioli, cheddar, and your pickles, onion, and tomato. YUM! The hand-cut fries were nicely seasoned as well.
I always have a good time grubbing with my fellow foodie pals and the next time I'm in St. Augustine, I'll be making a stop at The Ice Plant. It is definitely somewhere to visit if in the area.
As always, thank you so much for stopping by!