While we were staying at the beach Charlotte and Bub made their way down to Saint Augustine to see the kids, check in with us, and grab some dinner. Our first restaurant of choice had a two hour wait, and with two small kids in tow, we decided to take the advice of Becky’s cousin and visit the World Famous Oasis Deck & Restaurant.
We were greeted when we walked in by a waiter who told us to sit wherever we liked. We decided to see what the view from up top looked like, and made our way to the upstairs dining area. It oozed sports bar with tons of television ringing the walls, a busy bar, and high top tables. Our waitress came over to take our drink order. The Oasis has 24 beers on tap and I ordered a cold Stella Artois.
While waiting for our drinks to arrive we checked out the extensive menu. The Oasis offers appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, seafood and breakfast items. It was a bit daunting trying to make a decision, but I finally opted for a Minorcan Bowl and an order of 10 wings tossed in medium sauce. (The waitress said hot sauce was off the charts and that medium still had a nice kick.) Becky went for the fried shrimp dinner. Mason went for the hot dog and Miss Julia ordered the basic cheese burger.
The Minorcan Bowl arrived first and consisted of a red base full of vegetables and clams. It was very spicy and as I worked through the bowl sweat began to bead on my forehead. The claim pieces were very small and it would have been nice with some larger pieces of seafood.
Next up were the wings. The 10 jumbo wings were served in a small plastic basic with blue cheese, celery and carrots. On the positive side the wings were nice and meaty. On the negative side the medium sauce packed almost zero heat. I had to ask the waitress for a cup of their hot to legitimize the wings.
Becky’s fried shrimp were served “Saint Augustine” style, meaning they were butterflied and then fried. There were served with crinkle cut fries. She enjoyed her meal, but I thought the shrimp were a bit dry and overcooked. The kids both ate their meals without a complaint and were happy their cups of Sprite were topped off by our attentive waitress.
One random note, all the food that comes up to the top deck is brought up a set of stairs. Our waitress was about nine months pregnant, and she looked like she could go into labor at any moment. I didn’t notice this until I asked her for extra wing sauce and felt terrible as she trudged down and back up the long flight for my small cup of sauce.
When it comes to food, the Oasis is not quite world famous. Despite that it is a fun sports bar to grab some bar food and have a couple of cold ones with friends and family. The restaurant is located at 4000 A1A, Saint Augustine, Florida. The Oasis is open Sunday – Thursday from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday from 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. The restaurant can be found online at worldfamousoasis.com, on Facebook, and contacted by telephone at (904) 471-3424.
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