Catch 27 – Fresh Fish on Charlotte Street

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Good things come in small packages. But in the case of Catch 27, expansion to a bigger space was a very good thing. Visitors and locals both fell in love with the former teeny-tiny Hypolita Street location. We loved eating outside beside the jasmine-covered arch. But when we went, our family took up the entire patio!

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The old Catch 27 location was adorable… but petite! We took up the whole patio when we went!

When Catch 27 moved to Charlotte Street, it was a win-win. Their kitchen expanded. The patio is 5 or 6 times as big and the dining room is more spacious as well. Stephen and Lindsey worked with SPACECAMP Co to keep the local feel of Catch 27 – I love the refined coastal look they came up with! Check it out:

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The wall treatment is a nod to the water that is ubiquitous in St. Johns County- I love this mod take on a coastal look!
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Check out the huge patio! There’s room for live music, heaters or fans, and a little fountain!

Catch 27 updates their menu seasonally but some local favorites have made it on each iteration- my boys beg for the Blackened Fish (currently served over pasta with a sherry cream sauce, tasso-braised greens and heirloom carrots for $24) for birthdays and any other time we all go out to eat. It’s a generous portion, but my 9 year old and 11 year old each take down an entire plate!

I used to go for the Farmers Market Hash but it rotated off the menu for Fall. I can’t wait to go in and try the new take- Farmers Market Risotto. The veggies are sourced from our local farmer’s market. I love, love, love this!! This brings me to one of the reasons I love Catch 27… owners Stephen and Lindsey are serious about locally sourcing. Chef Josh goes to the market for local, seasonal veggies and for fish caught the night before. The grits are from nearby Gainesville farm, Greenway Farms. We live in a region rich in culinary heritage. Catch embraces that.

An example from the appetizer menu – the Deviled Egg BLT with Southern Fried Oyster:

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Y’all- I don’t even like oysters and I love this app. It’s an amazing balance of creamy, crunchy, tangy and heavenly.

Flavors at Catch are clean and fresh (like in the Blackened Fish) but Chef Josh isn’t afraid to throw down with a complex dish either (ie: deviled eggs). The gumbo is Louisiana-style. It starts with a dark molasses-ey roux and is then loaded with Cedar Key Clams, sausage and local shrimp… it’s all served over rice, of course.

If you’ve been a fan for a while, you’ve tried the Minorcan Clam Chowder. A nod to our Minorcan heritage, the hot sauce that gives this dish a kick is made by a local Minorcan. It’s legit enough to still be on the menu years later. So legit we could say it’s too legit to quit. {bwa ha ha…. I crack myself up.}

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Catch 27 St Augustine Minorcan Chowder

 

So there you have it. Still amazing. Still local. The menu changes often enough to require it to be a regular on your dining list. Catch 27 is a family favorite for a very good reason. See you there.

Catch 27
40 Charlotte Street
(904) 217-3542

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