We were back down in St. Augustine this past weekend for Jenna’s orientation/student onboarding event at Flagler College. It was a quick trip but after the college activities were finished we managed to check out a couple of new restaurants, spend a little time poking around St. Augustine and hit the beach for a couple of hours.

We were beat late Friday afternoon after school activities in the morning and a hot afternoon poking around the historic section of St. Augustine near the college. We retired to our hotel room to cool down for a while. While we were there we spent some time looking through the tourist info books we had collected to try to find a restaurant for the evening. Our requirements were fairly simple, a variety of types of food and overlooking the beach if possible.

We came up with a few possibilities then headed down A1A to check ‘em out. We also used the trip to explore a little bit and look for potential vacation spots. We ultimately settled on beach front place called Beachcombers.

When we pulled into the parking area lot we found ourselves at a relatively nondescript concrete block building with a bar and small seating area with high-top tables inside and a large patio with picnic benches outside. Unassuming would be a good description. The parking area was nearly full so we took that as a good sign, parked and headed over to the hostess stand. We were seated without a wait at a table in the shade. Our server took our drink orders and gave us a few minutes to look over the menu.

ConnieLou ordered the fish Baja Fish Tacos (fried catch of the day on flour tortillas with cabbage cilantro slaw and Baja sauce), Jenna ordered the Shipwreck Burger (1/3 lb. Burger, chargrilled and topped with crispy fried shrimp and house made tartar sauce). Both ConnieLou and Jenna’s entrées came with fries. Me? I ordered a pound of steamed shrimp and a pint of Dogfish 90-Minute Ale to wash it down.

Our food came quickly and we dug in. An interesting thing that we noticed was that the fries seemed to be breaded, probably in a beer batter of some sort. Different, but pretty darn tasty. Were the fries fresh or frozen? Honestly, we weren’t sure. If I had to bet I’d bet on frozen. ConnieLou said that she was a bit underwhelmed with her fish tacos, as was Jenna with her burger. I can’t say that my shrimp were the best steamed shrimp I’ve ever had, the Indian Bass Raw Bar holds that distinction, but they were still pretty darn good.

So how did Beachcombers fare on the Thumbs Scale? We gave it 5 out of a possible 6 thumbs. It’s hard to say if we’ll make it back or not given that there are so many restaurants in and around St. Augustine but I’d be willing to go.

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