A creative name for a restaurant that serves creative food. Recently a large number of our Summerhouse Snowbird group enjoyed that food at the family-owned Purple Olive Restaurant located in Seaside Plaza 4255 A1A South St. Augustine, Florida. Here are some pictures of the food at a recent luncheon.
We choose from three starter items and then were served an Intermezzo of fresh pineapple with raspberry sorbet. Entrée choices included: Pan-seared salmon over mashed potatoes and wilted spinach topped with lemon sherry crab cream, Sautéed chicken breast with artichoke, caper and lemon sauce over angel hair pasta, Espresso rubbed pork loin topped with port wine mushroom gorgonzola demi-glace served with mashed potatoes, and grilled vegetables and gnocchi tossed with basil pesto.
And, wait until you see dessert – a sampler of key lime pie, berries and zabaglione, and tiramisu. YUM. Absolutely!
The staff did a great job serving a large crowd from a limited menu. The cook deserves special recognition. This restaurant serves dinner from 5 p.m. and tells us they support local farmers and businesses. They have won a number of awards including most recently The Great Chowder Debate, RSVP Chocolate Gala and Chowder Challenge for Children.
One of our group summed it up perfectly when she said, “Love their food and loved seeing all the ladies.”
More info and a full menu at purple-olive.com