Bill Murray and his five brothers opened their first restaurant in St. Augustine’s World Golf Village in 2001.  The restaurant is done in golf décor and memorabilia from its namesake – Caddyshack – the movie which came out in 1980, which was written by one of Bill’s brothers, Brian Doyle-Murray.  The serving staff all sport caddy attire and if you look around, you might see a gopher or two.

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If you believe in the importance of eating healthy while supporting your local farmers, and you want to experience a little local southern fare with a St. Augustine flair, you definitely have to try The Floridian restaurant located in the Spanish Quarter of downtown St. Augustine.  Even Chef Emeril Lagasse will highly recommend you do so, as The Floridian was featured in an episode of the Cooking Channel’s Emeril’s Florida, which featured Farm-to-Table venues.
Owners Jeff and Chef Genie McNally opened The Floridian in 2010 showcasing a great deal of respect for St. Augustine’s history and culture.  Their passion for food is evident when you peruse their menu, which provides a various array of options from seafood, steak, chicken, right down to vegetarian or gluten-free.  The not-your-ordinary appetizer options of Fried Green Tomatoes, Pickled Pepper Shrimps or Biscuits and Belly (to name just a few) are a great way to start your mouth to watering for the main entrée.  If you have a hard time picking just one appetizer, wait until you get to the main course!  The Cajuns might be known for their jambalayas and crawfish pies, but the Minorcans of St. Augustine are known for their pilaus and cornbread, which The Floridian proudly showcases in its “Shrimp and Sausage Pilau” entrée.  It would be remiss to not include that the cornbread with this entrée is drizzled with hot honey.

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Finally a great Mexican place in World Golf Village! Cinco de Mayo, located at 124 Capulet Dr, Suite 109, offers very affordable lunch options, daily specials and a full bar. I was extremely impressed with the service and quality of food. I don’t know about you, but I normally judge a Mexican restaurant on their fajitas and queso. Cinco de Mayo gets five stars from me on both!

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Gator’s Dockside is up and running in World Golf Village! If you aren’t familiar with the local-restaurant-turned-chain, Gator’s Dockside started with only one restaurant in Jacksonville before expanding their reach to 19 different locations throughout Florida. The family-friendly eatery is sports-themed and offers customers humongous flat screen TVs, pool tables, great food and awesome service. Perfect to grab a bite for lunch or watch some football!

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Willie Jewell’s is a great new addition to the restaurants in World Golf Village! I stopped by last week for the first time to check it out and get my barbeque fix. Let me tell you, the food does not disappoint. The Adeeb Family, the owners of Bono’s Pit Bar-B-Q and Willie Jewell’s, really got it right with this one!

Willie Jewell’s offers finger-licking appetizers like Country Corn Fritters, Fried Okra, Chicken Wings, Fried Pickles, and Homestyle Onion Rings. The corn fritters dipped in their homemade ranch dressing is the way to go! They also have a variety of salads, sandwiches, big ol’ platters and southern sides! Our group went for the Crispy Chicken Salad, the Beef Brisket platter and the Smoked Turkey Platter. I tried bites of the mac-n-cheese, collard greens and fries and they were all delicious.

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“Get it while it lasts” is the motto at locally owned and operated Woodpeckers Backyard BBQ! Woodpeckers is a newly opened barbeque restaurant located at 4930 State RD 13 near World Golf Village. They serve mouthwatering smoked barbeque that some would argue is the best in town!

Woodpeckers opens at 11 am every day (but Monday) and serves its loyal clientele until the bbq runs out. The food goes fast due to their growing popularity, so it’s smart to grab an earlier lunch when you’re craving their tasty brisket, ribs, sausage, chicken, turkey or pork!

When I make my weekly trip to Woodpeckers, I always opt for the brisket sandwich with datil corn. They incorporate datil pepper’s spicy flavoring into their corn, baked beans and some homemade sauces. Delicious! Other sides include regular baked beans, corn on the cob and coleslaw. Make sure to ask about their daily specials and desserts!

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With a great rustic atmosphere and tasty barbeque, Willard’s BBQ Junction is sure to be a neighborhood favorite! World Golf Village’s newest restaurant recently opened up next to the BP Gas Station on International Golf Parkway. The barbeque joint’s prices cannot be beat and their food is delicious and quick to order!

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When it opened its doors in November 2007, Blackstone Grille set a new precedent for excellence in American Fusion cuisine for all of Northeast Florida. Since then, it has earned distinctions from Jacksonville Magazine as one of the area’s best eateries, and continues to gain traction as a top dining destination for Jacksonville and St. Augustine.

Blackstone’s executive chef and principal Charles Wang has been an integral part of the bistro’s success by utilizing his uniquely diverse culinary background. A more than 30-year restaurant veteran, Charles earned 1st Place honors at the 2002 TBS Superstation Dinner and a Movie, an invitation-only cooking competition held in New York. He has also been a cooking competition judge.

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Antonio’s Pizza & Grill, located off CR 13 past Outback Crab Shack, is quite the hidden gem. But World Golf Village residents know them for their family’s traditional homemade Italian sausage. I recently made my first of many trips to Antonio’s to try out what my World Golf Village neighbors have been raving about. I was not disappointed by the delicious food or the excellent service!

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The Ice Plant Bar offers an experience like no other restaurant in our area. Its early 20th century vibe invites visitors to enjoy cocktails and delicious food the way it was in the early 1900s. Ice Plant focuses on fresh local ingredients and house-made juices and syrups to create unique cocktails that sit perfectly on the tongue. Their ice is carved daily from slow-frozen, filtered water and custom cut to fit any of their specialty drinks or spirits. Watching the bartenders craft the perfect drink is part of the experience! The cool, speak-easy atmosphere along with the friendly staff, exceptional food and creative drinks make for a perfect night out on the town!

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