There is only a handful of reasons why I would make the drive to St. Augustine. Creme de la Cocoa, Uptown Scratch Kitchen, The Ice Plant, the outlet mall, and thats about it.
But I’ve been looking to add to the list.
My friend Kristen told me about the Preserved Restaurant a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been wanting to go ever since. It’s a huge Victorian style house, restored and converted into a beautiful restaurant. But the thing that really caught my attention was the old executive chef from Orsay: Brian Whittington. As the owner and executive chef, Brian is leading the charge at The Preserved Restaurant – and if you know me, then you know I love Orsay.
I decided to go for brunch and turn St. Augustine into a Sunday funday. You could say it was a beautiful day in the neighborhood, and parking was free and easy. A great start to brunch.
This building used to be the home of Thomas Jefferson’s great granddaughter. Thus “at The Jefferson House.”
The Preserved only seats 32 people in the main dining room, and about another 20 outside – though more seating is soon be added in the courtyard. The inside is like…an upscale rich grandmas house. I loved all the plates, silverware, glasses and decor, I feel like this is what one of the nicer dining rooms on the Titanic would look like.
Not going to lie, I stalked the menu with my friend before going. I went down the list and as soon I said “Banana Bread French Toast”, she was sold! The presentation was minimalistic, but it sure made up for it in taste. Super moist, perfectly sweet, with a nice crust the outside. We devoured it. This is the perfect snack to eat with coffee. Priced at $9, all I can say is let me get two slices for $9!
Over the last couple of months I’ve been a bit of a “quiche connoisseur”. Orsay, Native Sun, Vagabond Coffee, Knead Bakeshop, and now at Preserved. I use to think “ehhh, it’s just egg, how good could it be?” Then, one day my friend let me try hers and I’ve been addicted ever since. The waiter went through the specials and we just had to get the spinach, tomato, and goat cheese quiche. Though the best quiche I’ve tried so far was the Shortrib Quiche at Orsay, this is definitely a close 2nd.
Creamy cheesy goodness
From @preservedrestaurant ‘s Instagram: Radishes, Okra, Pickles, and Shrooms
Shrimp and Grits: Antebellum grits, Florida white shrimp, crisp bacon, creamed corn.
After the first bite, I said “damnNnnNn, this is money!” Or rupees, euros, and yen as friend Summer said that day. I loved the presentation on the dish, the way they stacked the shrimp like a pyramid, and the plate itself was beautiful too. My favorite grits are Anson Mills, but these creamy grits really hit the spot. $12 for Shrimp and Grits? Well worth it.
I love dessert, and honestly you cannot tell me a meal is complete without dessert. They said that they didn’t do dessert this week, and I was pretty devastated. =( Oh well, we planned on going to Creme de la Cocoa, and we did.
If this brunch was a little taste of what The Preserved Restaurant has to offer, then I can’t wait to try dessert and dinner. When we went for brunch we were the only ones in the main dining room, but this is quickly going to change when the word spreads about how exceptional this place is. All in all, I’m glad to say that there is another culinary powerhouse in St. Augustine besides the Ice Plant. If you’re in Jacksonville, it’s worth a trip. And if you’re in St. Augustine, well you should be a regular.
- Preserved Restaurant serves Lunch Tuesday – Thursday from 11am to 3pm.
- Weekday daily Supper times are 4pm to 10pm, with extended hours to 11pm on Saturdays.
- Enjoy our Sunday Brunch from 10am to 3pm, and Sunday Supper from 4pm to 9pm.
- Preserved Restaurant is closed on Mondays, giving the staff the opportunity to enjoy their families.
- Address: 102 Bridge St, St Augustine, FL 32084
- Phone: (904) 679-4940