Willy Dunne Wooters took a week of his vacation time from work not long ago. For the most part, we piddled around and watched movies and talked and smooched, and then we smooched some more.
One day, WDW said, How about if we drive up A1A to St. Augustine tomorrow? I want to take you to a restaurant I like.
How can I say no to this man?
I've visited St. Augustine before and found it to be a tourist trap. It turned out WDW wasn't taking me to the touristy part. He knows where cool St. Augustine is. He turned off the road before we reached the creepy looking and expensive Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum. I thought he was lost and needed to turn around or wanted to look at the view, because the building in front of us didn't look like much. It turned out to be our destination: Matanzas Innlet Restaurant, owned by Jerry and Joni Galasso, at 8805 A1A South, Summer Haven, Florida. Technically, I guess we weren't in St. Augustine.
When I realized we had gotten where we were going, I said, Let's look at the water.
It was a beautiful, sunny day:
This is the view from the side of the restaurant that faces the water. Out on that strip of sand in the distance, some people were playing with dogs.
As we enjoyed the breeze, a server who was outside said, Here comes a manatee!
Within a few seconds, a manatee popped up to greet us. He didn't hang around long enough for me to take his photo, so I have to steal a manatee photo from the internet.
|Is he cool, or what?|
Matanzas has tables outside, close to the water. WDW is like a lizard who enjoys soaking up the sun, but I'm Ms. Hot Flashes so we ate inside. Matanzas is very pleasant and comfortable, and oh my goodness, the food! Delicious!
This is a shrimp dish that WDW ordered:
I started with calimari, and then had the best mahi-mahi sandwich ever. WDW refused to try the calimari. I don't know why so many people won't eat calimari.
We also enjoyed the Matanzas sense of humor:
The next sign is kind of hard to read. It says KIDS throwing rocks in water will be made to retrieve them:
Kids throwing rocks will be fed to resident bullsharks:
My guess is that the owners are disciplinarians when it comes to kids throwing things in the water. They even urge their guests to forget about telephone and social media for a while. The bottom of the menu says, sit back, relax, we do not have wiFi, TALK TO EACH OTHER. your food will be out soon. put your cell phone away. catch up on gossip whether it's true or not. no yelling. be nice to your server. elbows off the table. sip your sweet tea. if you enjoyed your meal go to TRIPADVISOR and share it with the world. If not remember what thumper's mother said: "if you don't have something nice to say, don't say nothin' at all!"
And look, Juli (of Surviving Boys)! GLUTEN FREE MENU AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
I had such a good time. If you come to visit me, and I like you, I just might drive you up A1A to Matanzas.
Maybe Mr. Manatee will greet you.
Or you'll spend a little time with a lover man:
That's right: Steve Buscemi is yours. Willy Dunne Wooters is mine, all mine.
Infinities of love,
I just realized that some of you might now know that calimari is squid:
When it's deep fried, which I suppose is very unhealthy but I only eat it about once a year, it looks like this: