We were recently featured in an article, It's an Adventure in Food at St. Augustine's Blackfly Restaurant.
Blackfly The Restaurant: If you're looking for a seafood restaurant in St. Augustine, Blackfly is one of St. Augustine's newest and most unique seafood restaurants. Having opened in June of 2012, Blackfly has won favors with the local community and tourists alike. We're known for our daily fresh fish specials using locally caught fish which aren't usually seen on most restaurant menus along with our select fillets of Wahoo, Mahi, Hog Snapper and other specialty fish. The kitchen at Blackfly is a "Scratch Kitchen", everything is fresh, as local as possible, seasonal and made to order. We've been serving farm fresh veggies for years now but our new partnership with Rype & Readi farm in the neighboring community of Elkton has pushed us beyond the standard "farm to table" concept. It just doesn't get any fresher than this. Do you know exactly where your vegetables come from and how they're grown? We do!!!!!!!!!
Rype & Readi adapts classic preparations to farm fare with fresh, local seafood in cooking classes. A New England Clam Bake is presented here by Chef Ryan Ruffell of Blackfly Restaurant.
Visit the Rype & Readi website for upcoming class schedules that you can participate in.
We know you'll be back because you'll have a hard time deciding what to order every time you come to Blackfly.
The menu at Blackfly is as varied as shells on a beach in the Bahamas. Mike and Cindy, partners in Blackfly and owners of the famous Collage Restaurant in downtown St. Augustine are our operational managers. By clicking on this menu link you can view the grand result of their combined expertise, their years of experience in bringing the best possible product to the table and the imaginative input of our incredible chefs Matt Brown and Ryan Ruffell.
Vaughn and Jean Cochran are also partners in Blackfly The Restaurant. The menu and tropical flavors at the restaurant reflect their travels as fishing resort managers in Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Key West and the Bahamas. Some menu items are shared from Vaughn and Jean's fishing lodge in the Bahamas, Blackfly Bonefish Lodge. Vaughn's internationally recognized artwork and murals can be seen throughout the restaurant along with his Blackfly merchandise in the retail area.
Our other partners, Doug and Charlene Bunnell, are long time friends with many successful businesses to their credit. Doug and Charlene were instrumental in completing and directing the various stages of construction while helping us execute the final vision of the entire Blackfly team.
The restaurant is under the internationally known Blackfly Brand of Vaughn Cochran, a Florida artist who lives and paints in St. Augustine, Florida and who developed the famous Blackfly Logo. Blackfly is also represented by the Blackfly Outfitter, a fly fishing shop in Jacksonville, Fl and Blackfly Lodge, a bonefishing lodge in Abaco Bahamas. Give us a try, you'll love the artful presentation of our food and the comfortable atmosphere.
The Blackfly image itself was born on a sunny afternoon in Key West after a painting session where Vaughn was practicing his Japanese Sumi-Brush techniques when the thought came to him to try painting a fishing fly using the same method. It was as if he had been struck by a lightning bolt from the "Muse", painting feverishly for the rest of the day on any paper he could find until paper grocery bags became his canvas. Nearly 300 fly paintings later, one fly painting inspiring the next, for hours and hours, the Blackfly was born. 20 years later the Blackfly has become one of the most recognized brand logos in saltwater fly fishing and licensed worldwide.