Cousteau’s Waffle & Milkshake Bar

This is a happy/sad post.  Which do you want first?  Ok, sad.

I’m sad Bon Ami Confections closed.  Forever.  No more macarons for me.  {sniffle}

I’ll give you the happy now.  To help you Bon Ami lovers get over your despondency, restauranteur Steven opened Cousteau’s Waffle & Milkshake Bar in its place!

“Everything is made in house.  It really is a local product made by really talented people.”  -Meredith, waffle baker extraordinaire

When we walked in the door, our bakers put Belgian Liege dough on the griddle.  We make waffles at home all the time and I’ve had European waffles from Gaufres & Goods before, but this thicker, bread-like waffle is new to me.  I learned that Cousteau’s uses a special sugar in their dough resulting in a sweet, caramelized exterior.  The teeny shop filled with the delish scent of freshly baking bread…

After much debate, our family decided on three waffles:

  1. Life on Mars $7.49
  2. Whirlybird $7.95
  3. Jaguar Shark $8.49
I was impressed to see freshly flavored, whipped cream going on the waffles- espresso whipped cream on Life on Mars and bourbon whipped cream on the Jaguar Shark.  I think I’d be happy with a cup of that Bourbon Whipped Cream! {shhh… don’t tell my personal trainer!}

Hubby’s Whirlybird was an easy choice for him- he loves apple pie a la mode.

Whirlybird

Fresh cinnamon apples, vanilla ice cream and a caramel drizzle… mouth-watering!

The Life on Mars was our least favorite, and incidentally the one with fewest toppings.  But with coconut, mocha drizzle and espresso whipped cream it was still pretty dog gone good.

Life on Mars

I didn’t even get a picture of the Jaguar Shark- my little sharks had been circling from the moment we walked in the door and they descended on their treat post haste!

These waffles are much more dense than I’m used to.  Cousteau’s did supply sturdy plasticware that could stand up to the job but I don’t think it’d be realistic to walk around town with one unless you order the untopped “unpaid intern”.

protip: Eat at the waffle bar or at least cut it up while in the shop.  These dense treats don’t yield easily.  You don’t want to be walking & wrestling with waffle + toppings!

Granny was in town and decided we should try a milkshake, too.  Our waffle-ista suggested the Deep Search ($6.25) and it was a hit with everyone… except Gran.  She’s not a big chocolate fan but let the kids choose what they wanted anyway.  Now that’s love!

Deep Search Milkshake

Cousteau’s was a hit with the kids.  Everyone grabbed a fork and shared.  There are more of us {9} than there were seats in the whole place, so we all stood around and shared- I loved the flexibility of laughing and swapping bites in this quick-serve shop!

protip: Wear a red beanie for 10% off!  Order yours here!

Hubby, Gran and I enjoyed Cousteau’s Waffle Bar but agreed we miss Bon Ami.  But this was only their 2nd week open- I have all confidence that the team will pull off another win as they work out the kinks.  Kinks like stashing those Publix ice cream containers to preserve the fun, boutique feel of St. Augustine’s newest sweet spot. 

Cousteau’s Waffle & Milkshake Bar
15 Hypolita Street
(904) 342-5627

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6 comments


  • OMG YUMMY I’m sitting here drooling at this post. I want to go get one this weekend! Can’t wait to try it out!

    December 12, 2013
  • John

    Let’s be real here another over priced Hyppo owned business…. 6.49 for a milkshake made with Publix ice cream is an absolute joke.

    December 23, 2013
  • Jason

    Really? Catering to the tourists again I see. This business is definitely not getting my investment. I give it one year.

    December 27, 2013
  • I had not read this last month when we went to dinner with friends to our fav place next door(Catch 27). The smell of the waffles made us come check it out, and I was pleasantly surprised. We got a Belefonte, Kingsley, and Hennessey. We were in heaven. The pearled sugar gave it a very bruleed crunch that was divine.
    As to the price and the touristy nature. Their prices are in line with the high rent cost of the area. You must factor in rent and such into the cost of an item.(Granted we only had waffles and they were well worth the price) And yes, it is touristy, but it is in the touristy area of St.Augustine (from what I hear every time I go down there, St George street is considered Visa Alley). But for a treat every once in a while, I consider it worth the price.
    We will surely be back.

    February 10, 2014
  • Ann JB

    I loved your article. Your personal experience and information has been very useful. I am a university student in Jacksonville,FL working on a project analyzing the success of taking a company (like Cousteau’s) international. My question to you is were would be the best place to look in order find there financial reports. I ‘am unsure as to if the restaurant is private. Any bit of information will help in completing my analysis.

    Thank you,

    Ann JB
    annjeanbaptiste@ebs-paris.com

    May 20, 2014
    • Ann- Health Inspections are public record but if you’re just curious if it’s a privately held business, I can assure you Cousteau’s is. Stephen, the owner, is a community-minded local who has a flair for entrepreneurship!

      Enjoy your waffles :) ~Allie

      May 31, 2014

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