Family owned and operated, Purple Olive prides itself on supporting local farmers and purveyors. The restaurant is known for its mix-and-match, make-your-own meals, in which diners choose from all sorts of entrées, sauces, condiments, and side dishes. For those who'd rather leave it in the expert hands of chef/owner Peter Kenney, we highly recommend the datil seafood fra diablo. When in St. Augustine, you may as well embrace the unofficial flower—er, hot pepper, the datil—which adds a sensational current of spice to the fra diablo's sea of seafood and marinara sauce. Other highlights include the espresso-rubbed, Gorgonzola-crusted pork loin, or, out of left field, the Thai vegetable curry. An early bird menu has some stellar specials such as beef tips tossed in truffle Gorgonzola sauce. Chef Kenny used to be a saucier. He knows his sauce. The menu may be all over the place, but you don't need a theme to indulge in what tastes good. Don't be put off by the strip mall location and the no-frills inside, with its partially purple walls and purple tablecloths. What Purple Olive lacks in ambiance is made up for in the cuisine.
St. Augustine› Restaurant
4255 A1A S.
Our Rating Neighborhood Anastasia Island Hours Tues–Thurs 5–9pm, Fri–Sat 5–10pm Phone 904/461-1250 Prices Main courses $15–$31 Cuisine Type American Web site Purple Olive
Map4255 A1A S. St. Augustine
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