Crave Food Truck – Fresh, Healthy and Waterfront!

I happened upon another St. Augustine hidden gem last week… CRAVE Food Truck! They buy all their veggies at local farmers markets, whip up smoothies, build-your-own-salads, sandwiches and wraps to order and they have picnic tables on the water.

locally grown food + waterfront views = awesome food truck!

I’m newly gluten-free and while CRAVE doesn’t offer gluten free bread for sandwiches (too crumbly), they do make a gorgeous, filling salad! I topped my local greens with shredded carrots, red peppers, candied nuts, pumpkin seeds, goat cheese, red cabbage… as my list grew longer, owners Andrés & Renee never rolled their eyes. The CRAVE team loaded up my container, topped it with house made {err… food trailer made?} balsamic dressing and delivered it to our table!

After reading every item on the menu, Timothy decided on the the twisted tuna and ate every bite! I snuck one forkful of tuna… and it was very well seasoned. I’m always skeptical of tuna salads but my fear was groundless. Take a chance and try CRAVE’s. Even my picky eater, 7 yo Andrew, said, “This is better than I thought it would be!”

"Our big sellers are our sweet southwest wrap with sweet potato hummus and the twisted tuna wrap," Andrés said.

The littles decided on a grilled goat cheese & preserves sandwich. CRAVE’s bread of choice for this is raisin Ezekiel Bread, made from sprouted grains. It’s dense and filling – I remain impressed to see it on the menu! The only challenge with Ezekiel Bread is it tends to be a little dry. The girls didn’t seem to mind. They polished off their lunch and shared the pita chips.

The thing that blows me away about CRAVE {besides their locally harvested veggies} is the location. Literally blows me away. The breeze coming off the water was strong while we were there! I didn’t have a problem holding my salad container with one hand and eating with the other but my kids did. The chips went flying more than once. The CRAVE team is putting an awning up soon to provide some shade from the summer sun but the wind will continue to blow…

As a lifelong Floridian, I say be thankful the breeze is keeping the gnats away and cooling you off! But next time I’m there with my littles, I’ll keep their chips at my spot and put a little at a time out for them so we don’t lose lots of lunch.

Eating a $10 lunch with this view is definitely a love where you live perk!

It’s easy to fall in love with CRAVE’s seasonal specials, super fresh salads, gorgeous view and friendly team led by Flagler grad Andrés and Renee. A local business sourcing food locally and providing delicious, nourishing meals with a peaceful view? Yes, please. #GoLocal – eat at CRAVE!

CRAVE Food Truck
Monday through Saturday 11-4
134 Ribera Street; in the San Sebastian Marina

ATTENTION tourists riding the Old Town Trolley or Red Train: get off at the Ice Plant stop and walk next door to the marina. CRAVE food truck is parked in the back L corner. Tell them Simply St. Augustine sent you and enjoy a healthy, delish lunch!

Centro Restaurant and Piano Bar

Centro Restaurant and Piano Bar is the new St. Augustine Steakhouse.  White tablecloths, a baby grand piano and a rose on each table hint at the fine dining experience they promise.  Could they fulfill the expectations they set when I walked in the door?

Centro Restaurant and Piano Bar opens on St. Augustine's plaza.

Elegant without being stuffy... mission accomplished.

Hubby and I popped in late one evening during Centro’s 2nd week open unsure of whether they’d still seat us. Although the last diners were leaving, we were welcomed without hesitation- what hospitality!  Turns out they’re open from noon to midnight daily- it’s nice to be able to order from a full menu late at night.

That dinner menu is short… well, the menu is LONG but only because they used very large print.

Their facebook page describes their focus as a, “chef driven steak & seafood fine dining restaurant. Featuring World cuisine.”  We decided it was too late for a rich Osso Bucco meal -I’ll be back for that- and tried some of the World Cuisine flavors highlighted.

Starter ~ Argentine Empanadas

We vascillated between Argentine Empanadas ($10) and Sicilian Eggplant Caponata ($14) for our starter, finally deciding on the empanadas.  One chicken, one beef, side of chimichurri sauce.

I wasn’t thrilled with these, honestly.  They were both a bit dry.  Though the chicken empanada was more moist and the chimichurri helped in that regard, I wouldn’t order this app again.  Y’all know I hate to say that- but what good is a review if it isn’t honest?

Centro House Salad

My Centro House Salad came next and made up for the empanadas!  I loved the house dressing {can I have that recipe, please Centro!?!} and the presentation was creative- it’s served in a parmesan cheese basket.

protip: Order the Centro House Salad.  It’s tasty! But don’t eat the basket.

I found hubby’s French Onion Soup ($8) to be good but salty.  He raved over it!  He was less thrilled with his beer options.  

Centro has a bar but currently only has their beer & wine license.  They’ve applied for a liquor license and when that comes through, I can see myself relaxing in the “lounge” by the window and enjoying the view of the plaza.  Until then, stick with wine.  There are fewer than 14 beers on the list and not all were available when we were there.

Centro's bar is beer & wine only for now.

So the front of the restaurant boasts gorgeous views of the plaza and the back of the restaurant is dominated by this gorgeous baby grand.  Centro is tagged as a Restaurant & Piano Bar but I’ve been by several times and never seen anyone at the piano.  Growing pains, people.  I’m sure it will all come together… in the meanwhile, if you’re looking for a perfect meal, great service and no hiccups head over to Collage on Hypolita Street.  It remains our fave fine dining option.

When there is a pianist to tickle these ivories, it will add gorgeous ambiance!  Maybe I’ll time my drink in the lounge so I can listen to live music then, too.  Add “people watching on the plaza ” to create a trifecta = guaranteed success. :)

Speaking of people watching... hubba hubba hubby!

Centro is a beautiful restaurant in a perfect location.  It’s nice to have another special occasion restaurant in St. Augustine!  They’re still working out the kinks of a new place, and developing a reliable waitstaff but with warm hospitality and tasty food on their developing menu, I’m hopeful for their success.  We’ll be back!

Centro Restaurant and Piano Bar
17 King Street
(904) 547-2542
open noon to midnight daily 

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