It is not a complete visit to St. Augustine until you have eaten at an authentic Spanish tavern (Taberna del Caballo). Especially if it resembles one of the 40 taverns that were open here during the 18th Century.
This Taberna is part of the Colonial Quarter in St. Augustine, Florida, a living museum that takes you back to the early days of the city’s 16th, 17th and 18th centuries are re-enacted for you. If you don’t plan to visit the museum (which you should) you can walk directly to the tavern from St. George Street without paying an entrance fee.
Restaurants in St. Augustine – Why a Spanish Tavern?
You will not find yourself with a limited amount of restaurants in St. Augustine. We were able to enjoy the tasty food of a few of them. But nothing beats having a traditional meal in the way that Spaniards once did back in their heyday.
Fun Facts about Spanish Taverns and Tapas
- Tapas date back to the 14th and 15th century when the Spanish King, Alfonso the Wise, issued a royal decree stating that everyone should have tapas style meals with the drinks to avoid bar fights.
- Tapas literally means lid or cover
Food Served at Taberna Del Caballo
Typical tapas are the norm here but there is also a variety of flatbreads, sangria and plenty of beer.
We mainly ordered off the regular menu and tried a few flatbreads that were on special offer. We had: Cheese Flatbread and the St. Augustine special flatbread with the Datil Pepper and BBQed chicken- surprisingly delicious.
We also had:
The Queen’s Plate – With artichokes, salsa and olives on toasted bread – It was my favorite.
Meatballs – This is usually my favorite Tapa at Spanish restaurants, so I wasn’t able to resist and ordered it here.
Cheese Dip – One of my boys loves melted cheese with breadsticks at home. It was so tasty that I consider ordering it a mistake. I will never be able to make it this good at home. I ended up warning my son, that mama can’t make it like them since we don’t have the right ingredients in Guatemala.
Then there were the games for kids. Back in the 18th century, kids had to be entertained, just like today’s kids. But there were no iPads, tablets, or portable dvds. In the tavern my oldest son (nine years) was able to play a historic game getting the ring. What fun!
I must say that this was one of our absolute favorite eating experiences while in St. Augustine. But the best part wasn’t the food or the entertainment for kids. It was the price, the food was dirt cheap. Literally! The flatbreads were on sale for $5 each. The rest were no more than $10 a dish. And they were huge.
If you had to pick anywhere to eat while visiting St. George Street, I would say this is the place.