Corazon Cinema

Tucked away at the end of Granada Street is a local gem- Corazon Cinema and Cafe. The cafe opens for lunch at 11:00 AM and weeknight movies start at 7:00 PM but this venue strives to be more than just a movie theatre. Special events, matinees, room rentals, live music and free parking make Corazon an easy entertainment choice in the heart of St. Augustine.

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The Corazon Cinema was lovingly {and gorgeously!} renovated in 2014.

Hubby and I slipped down to Corazon on a quiet weeknight for dinner and a movie. We were both relieved that the beer selection went beyond Bud & Bud Lite. He ordered a local brew without question- Bold City Duke’s Brown Ale comes in a can but Corazon offered a heavy, chilled glass to pour into. Bravo, Corazon!

Salads range from $5.99 for a simple tossed salad to $8.99 for their “famous” chicken salad. Not in salad moods, hubby decided on the Robert Redford ($7.79) – a 1/4 pound all beef burger with potato salad. Y’all know I’m an updated-classic kind of gal… I went for the Hugh Jackman “All muscle and no fat. A truly scrumptious roast beef sandwich with all the fixings.” (also $7.79) The whole menu reads like that and it’s a lot of fun! :)

We ordered at the counter before the movie started and our sandwiches were delivered during opening credits. Other snacky options include traditional movie snacks: popcorn, nachos, candy and a fountain Coke machine.

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I love the updated nostalgia of Corazon. We heard some tourists beg to keep their old-school tickets as souvenirs!

Ticket to Corazon Cinema St Augustine

Just like they used to do it… an attendant comes around and collects these old-school tickets before each show.

As hubby and I headed through the lobby toward our theater, we marveled at the transformation from the old Pot Belly’s Movie Theater to the new, classy Corazon Cinema. Check out the before and after of the lobby area:

What a transformation!

What a transformation!

Can you believe that’s the same place!?! In case you never saw the old version, read this blog and you’ll better appreciate the transformation. {Take your time… it’s worth it. I promise.}

The transformation continues… check out the dine-in theatre space! Gone are the old school desk type seats. Instead, comfortable leather chairs surround fun barrel tables.

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The updated theater space is cozy and clean.

Owner Karla has poured her heart and a lot of sweat into the aptly named Corazon. She shared that her love of theatre started when, as a girl, her grandmother took her to a similar theater in Winter Park, Florida. She’s proud to provide a place that locals can gather in, visitors can explore and the arts can prosper.

Corazon Theatre Downtown St Augustine

Attention to design details make the new Corazon shine.

Karla owner of Corazon St Augustine

Karla breathed new life into this theater in the heart of St. Augustine.

Corazon features a new Sundance or other Indy film every week. They’re open for dine-in or carry-out lunches and dinners. Former Cheese Wheel Sandwich Shop chefs, Joe & Tammy, serve up local favorite recipes.

The new Corazon Cinema and Cafe is a space I’m proud to send visitors to. This classy cinema is a fantastic addition to our local arts & entertainment scene and I’m looking forward to returning regularly. See ya there!

Corazon Movies St Augustine

Corazon Cinema and Cafe
36 Granada Street
(904) 679-5736
$8 admission, $7 students, seniors & military

Cap’s Express on SR16

Cap’s on the Water has been a local favorite for decades. Fresh flavors, the best water views in St. Augustine and a line of locals willing to wait for a memorable meal all await you when you visit on a nice evening.

Cap’s Express now offers the fresh & local flavors Cap’s on the Water is known for. Breakfast and lunch are available for dine-in or take-out weekdays and service is super-fast to fit into any schedule. Ben, my oldest son, and I visited for lunch. My only regret is that I didn’t take the whole family so I could try one of everything on the menu!

Open for breakfast and lunch weekdays, Cap's Express is on SR16 in the Westgate Shopping Plaza.

Open for breakfast and lunch weekdays, Cap’s Express is on SR16 in the Westgate Shopping Plaza.

Ben immediately decided on the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich on ciabatta. All of Cap’s Express’ sandwiches are offered on your choice of 4 breads (pita, ciabatta, health nut & white) and all sandwiches are $9 with your choice of side. This sandwich features a slightly sweet buffalo sauce with the expected kick topping the shredded chicken. Blue cheese nicely rounds out the flavor profile and celery adds a slight crunch. Ben went with the Southern Potato Salad for his side.

Although he is used to eating with his food blogger mamma- we always snap a photo first and share a taste of each dish- I practically had to wrestle a bite from him this time! He gave his sandwich 2 thumbs up and I have to agree. Delish.

Cap's Express offers sandwiches on pita, ciabatta, health nut or farm white bread.

Cap’s Express offers sandwiches on pita, ciabatta, health nut or farm white bread.

I wrestled with my sandwich choice… should I go veggie (the Garlic Mushroom Cheese has goat cheese and cilantro, two of my favorites!) or try something crazy like the PBLT- pork belly, tomato jam, lettuce, tomato and smoked bacon oh-my-gracious! Even the Chicken Waldorf Pita sounded pretty darn good with dried cranberries and apples sweetening the chicken salad… Choices, choices, choices!

I went for the Garlic Gyro in the end. Romaine, cucumbers, beef & lamb are tossed in a creamy garlic sauce similar to a tzatziki sauce then scooped into a pita. The flavors were all right! I ate some as a sandwich but mostly pulled back the soft pita bread and ate the filling with a fork.

The Garlic Gyro Pita was delish and boasted house made creamy garlic sauce.

The Garlic Gyro Pita was delish and boasted house made creamy garlic sauce.

Cap’s Express makes all of Cap’s on the Water’s soups fresh daily, so if you’re a fan of the She Crab Soup ($6) or a good gumbo, you can now enjoy it on days you can’t splurge for a lengthy dinner!

I also have to mention the tea. I’ve needed to watch my sugar intake with this pregnancy and was thrilled to find freshly brewed China Mist teas at Cap’s Express. When we visited, there was a Jasmine and a Watermelon tea- both flavors are unsweetened but take the edge of a bitter plain black tea. (Black is also available if it’s your fave as is sweet tea.) It’s nice to have 4 flavor choices!

When I take the whole family, I’m certain Andrew will go for the Tomato, Basil Pesto Grilled Cheese ($7) and I think Lauren will probably choose her usual, a Pesto Caesar Salad ($9). I know my gluten free friends will ask about options- Cap’s Express does offer 3 salads and a Jambalaya but I didn’t ask about the dressings & sauces… their strength is a good sandwich, so if you’re strictly GF, call before trying them out.

Ben and I chose a table with a great view of the water…

Photos of Cap's on the Water show patrons Cap's Express' roots.

Photos of Cap’s on the Water show patrons Cap’s Express’ roots.

The photos throughout the restaurant are a perfect nod to this little eatery’s roots. Lisa and Cameron carry on parents/owners Bernard & Vivian’s vision beautifully. Great food, scratch made sauces and sides and friendly service… I think Cap’s Express will join Cap’s on the Water as a local staple for years to come. See ya there!

Cap’s Express
Westgate Shopping Plaza
525 State Road 16
(904) 679-3357
Breakfast & Lunch hours: 7:30 – 2:30 weekdays

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We were invited to lunch at Cap’s Express in order to share the experience with you. All photos and thoughts are mine.