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by Julie R

Review: This restaurant isn't vegetarian; they serve a lot of meat dishes. But, just about anything that comes with meat, you can substitute tempeh or tofu (and it's listed on the menu like that). The really good thing about it is, that the tempeh/tofu is cheaper than any of the meats (as it SHOULD be!). For example, I had the Reuben sandwich; I got it with tempeh and it was $9. The same sandwich with fish is $13.50! The Reuben was very good - very tasty. It is listed on the menu as "blackened", but I don't like spicy, so I ordered it not blackened -- and they honored that request. It was a HUGE sandwich served with a very nice dark green salad w/ balsamic dressing. All the dishes I saw come out were big like mine; you definitely don't come away from here hungry. I also had a glass of southern "sweet" tea and it was the best I have ever had! Very sweet and delicious. I only mention it so that you can treat yourself to a nice sugar high if you go here. The service was very good - nice and friendly. It's an adorable little place in historic downtown St. Augustine. I really enjoyed my meal here and will definitely be back. If you have friends who are flesh-eaters, take them here. There's something for everyone! February, 2012 UPDATE: I visited the Floridian again and had dinner instead of lunch; it was an entirely different menu. I had the Florida Sunshine Salad (blackened tempeh over local lettuces, and winter greens topped with Florida strawberries, roasted sweet potatoes, toasted pecans, sweet grass blue cheese and pickled beets, tossed in a datil-strawberry dressing and drizzled with Florida honey). The salad was huge and delicious. The tempeh was perfectly grilled; very tasty (but I don't get it blackened). My friend had the Spicy Melt (blackened tofu with a datil-chipotle mayo, roasted bell peppers, tomato and fresh spinach on whole wheat bread with Wainwright Dairy's cheeses - she said it was very good and spicy! Both dishes were delicious! I love that this place has so much to offer to a vegetarian!

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