I’ve been to Columbia Restaurant in St. Augustine three times now, and it never fails to impress. As the oldest restaurant in Florida and situated right on St. George Street, Columbia always has a significant wait, therefore a reservation is usually a must.
You know what else is a must? Their sangria. The Imported Sangria is made tableside, and is perfectly juicy with that kick of wine and brandy.
Why yes, that video was made with Vine. I’m mildly obsessed.
Moving on, I know a lot of people are really crazy about the 1905 salad, but I wasn’t in the mood for salad. I usually go for the Filet, but I wanted to try something different. After much debate, I finally decided on the Pollo Relleno “Lele” – a boneless chicken breast stuff with ham, chorizo, breadcrumbs, parsley, shallots, and extra virgin olive oil.
Topped with gravy and slivered almonds, this chicken dish is probably my new favorite there. Or at least one of my favorites. Either way.
One of the cool things about Columbia is the menu tells the story of how many of the dishes got their names. This one was named after the Great Bambino himself – Babe Ruth. Apparently he was a regular at the original Ybor City location and always ordered this massive hunk of meat. I had a bite and it was fantastic. The grilled potatoes served with it are also wonderful. The simple salt and pepper seasoning is a nice change of pace.
I wish I would’ve saved room for dessert because I’ve been dying to sample their dessert menu. Maybe next time, right?