Fernandina Beach is a “sweet” little beach town, but not exactly a “foodie’s paradise”. Hunting for the Best Places to Eat in Amelia Island…I found them! Stay out of those “beachy” places and head straight here….
Plae…the unusual name of this amazing restaurant is an acronym for “People Laughing and Eating”…and they were! Nestled in a quiet spot on Amelia Island Plantation the menu was varied and filled with enviable choices. I started with a beet, arugual and fried goat cheese salad, while my companion chose the iceberg wedge with blue cheese and bacon. All delicious and served up with a plate of warm focaccia bread. Always up for an adventure, I chose the “Chef’s Surprise”! The waitress “hinted” that it contained a “bone”, so I was hoping for a “shank”! Not to be disappointed, a huge, lucious, slow braised lamb shank was my reward! It was amazing. We also ordered the short ribs, which were equally delicious. Plae was so enjoyable, we returned the next evening to enjoy the piano singer in the bar AND an decadent Chocolate Torte for dessert! Plae is MUST on the Amelia Island dining scene!
Le Clos…located in a tiny bungalow in Downtown Fernandina Beach, this is a “must reserve” if you have any hope of snagging a table. The setting is charming, the food is French and the staff very attentive. I loved it. If Escargots are on the menu, ordering them is a “given”. I have eaten Escargots all over Europe and the US and, as I told the waitress, these were the most perfectly seasoned, most perfectly EVERYTHING that I have EVER had!
Our entrees were a Parmesan Crusted Grouper in a Lemon Caper Beurre Blanc and Duck Breast with Chive Whipped potatoes. Delicious!