Barnacle Bill’s menu supplies aquatic fare fresh from the Atlantic as well as terrestrial eats and homemade desserts. Begin dinner with the tomato based minorcan clam chowder spiced with local datil peppers ($3.59 for a cup, $4.59 for a bowl) before sending seafaring taste buds to the sweet-and-savory shores of the caribbean mango mahi mahi, grilled and topped with fresh mango salsa ($12.95). Land lubber grub such as the 7 oz. blackened sirloin steak, spiced and topped with blue cheese crumbles, keeps palates high and dry and safe from the threat of mutinous molars.
The Beachcomber Restaurant first appeared on a St. Augustine beach in the 1940s, its colorful walls and umbrellas blending harmoniously with a backdrop of sandy dunes, swaying palm trees, and calm ocean waves. Generations later, locals and tourists alike still flock to its wraparound wooden deck, where they can linger over cups of spicy clam chowder and baskets of fried seafood. Come evening, they chug beer and nibble on chicken wings and fresh local oysters; in the morning, their attention turns to hearty breakfasts of pancakes, omelets, and breakfast burritos. In the kitchen, the staff whips up "Catch of the Day" dinners, grilling fresh fish they caught right by the restaurant using nothing but a lacrosse stick and a dog whistle.
Ocean waves swirl steps from The Beach Bucket's umbrella-littered patio, where white tables groan beneath fried-shrimp baskets and plates of burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Blenders churn frozen libations to the pulse of weekly live music performances, and mixologists also stir sea-inspired drinks such as shipwreck, bay breeze, and water on the rocks. Personable staff and a selection of 28 bottled beers leave sippers grinning as broadly as the exultant shark on The Beach Bucket's souvenir T-shirts.
Experts agree that swimming around the world is probably impossible. Fortunately, no flippers are required to enjoy the globally-inspired, sea-sourced bites at LuLu's Oceanside Grill. The eatery's eclectic menu features such bold dishes as mussels tossed in red curry sauce, fried lobster tacos with mango salsa, and blackened salmon topped with piquant andouille sausage. For those who prefer their plates landlocked, pork- and ham-filled Cuban sandwiches and wings tossed in soy butter basil sauce fit the bill. The wine list is equally well-traveled, boasting reds and whites sourced as far away as Argentina and Germany.
No beach party is complete without entertainment, so LuLu's hosts frequent live music acts and keeps its numerous televisions tuned to sports. The good times are often for good causes?LuLu's monthly 5K FunRun, for instance, supports local charities.