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


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

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