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Lunch in St. Augustine

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(edited: shortly after this post was published, Casa Maya moved into a larger location. All photos are from the original spot.)

My last post we took a tour of the Whetstone Chocolates factory. Well, after all that sampling of sweets we wanted to eat something a little more substantial so Chad consulted Urbanspoon to find a nice healthy place to have some lunch in St. Augustine. He found a place called Casa Maya – a Mexican organic restaurant with some great reviews from fellow foodies.

Casa Maya is tucked away on a little side street in the historic downtown area of the city. It looked cute and more like a local spot so we decided to give it a shot.

the outside of a two story beige house with a porch that houses Casa Maya

The place is small…very very small……only 5 tables inside and 4 outside in a tiny courtyard.

a garden courtyard patio with a wrought iron railing and restaurant tables under a green plant arch

The first thing I ordered was an iced tea – this is how it was served to me- a glass of tea with a bottle of Agave Nectar on the side –

a plastic cup of iced tea next to a bottle of Agave Nectar on a gray marble table

As I sipped the tea I realized the tea was spicy before I added anything to it. Turns out they brew the tea fresh with cinnamon sticks – the Agave Nectar was perfect as it balanced the spiciness with a little sweetness.

The menu consisted of  very basic Mexican café fare – salads, soups, sandwiches and tacos. This was not your typical Mexican place with enchiladas and burritos – you know those kind of places where you get the plates the size of your head smothered in cheese and sauce? Ya- not this place. As a matter of fact, they are only open from 10:30am – 3:30pm during the week and 8:30am – 3:30pm on the weekends.

This isn’t a vegetarian place either as you can order beef and chicken (or shrimp or tempeh) on about anything but they did have a vegetarian wrap sandwich. Chad and I decided to order that and also split an order of fish tacos. The fish tacos had really good reviews online – the last time I had fish tacos was in San Diego at the original Rubio’s – beer battered Alaskan Pollock and it was quite tasty but I have been a little reluctant to order the dish since- I mean fish and tacos just don’t seem to mix in my head.

However, the Casa Maya version stated it was made with fresh Mahi Mahi which sounded refreshing and yummy.

a trio of flour tortillas topped with griiled fish, lettuce and tomatoes with a mayo sauce on aluminum foil

We were so pleased with this dish. The Mahi Mahi was so fresh, not battered but grilled. The sauce was a Homemade Chipotle Mayo Sauce and it added just enough kick to the tacos – they were really delicious!!  (Although you can’t really go wrong with adding Chipotle to about anything)

The vegetarian wrap was also incredible – even Chad made the comment that is was very hearty and filling for it being veggies.

a grilled burrito with avocado, hummus, tomatoes and carrots in a paper lined basket and a small pile of corn chips with a small ramekin of red salsa

The wrap was made with organic spring mix, avocado, tomato, beans, freshly chopped mango, and a Queso Fresco sauce. On the menu you are also given a choice of either hummus or vegetarian refried beans – we chose the hummus. (You can also add Tempeh for an extra dollar)

We split our entrees and were very very satisfied. The service was great also – we didn’t have to wait long for the food and my cinnamon iced tea never went empty.

The downtown historic district of At. Augustine is filled with little hole-in-the-wall places to eat – as a matter of fact I didn’t see any chain restaurants (if there are I certainly didn’t notice any). We just really wanted to find a spot that was unique to the city and I think Casa Maya was perfect. We will definitely eat there again the next time we visit. A BIG 5 STARS from this  Foodie!  Smile with tongue out

But don’t forget – they close at 3:30pm  so don’t wait and think you can grab an early dinner here….grab lunch!

Allie O

Saturday 20th of October 2012

You\'ll have to come back & try it again!! Casa Maya is all grown up now- they moved across the street to a {much} larger place & serve lunch & dinner all week {breakfast on the weekends}.

Their veggie burrito is huge & delish- my hubby & I shared it last time! Viva St Augustine! ;)

Helen Corbin

Wednesday 2nd of May 2012

That veggie wrap looks so incredible that I am going to make it this Friday night for Steve using the lemon hummus. AND, even though, he doesn’t think he likes avocado, IT’S GOING IN THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!