What began as a prep kitchen for Caps on the Water is now a bustling lunch spot with a personality of its own. Cap’s Express originally began as a sort of “prep kitchen” for notable St. Augustine eatery Cap’s On The Water. In September 2014, the viability of the location as a lunch venue became obvious. That’s when General Manager Cameron Farrell, along with his wife Lisa, opened shop.
The menu at Cap’s Express is focused on generally lighter fare that’s easy on the wallet. Sandwiches start at $7 for the grilled cheese (no boring grilled cheese here) and go up to $12 for the Cap’s Crab Cake Melt. Salads are $9, and all side dishes and fountain drinks are only $1. Cap’s Express also has a breakfast menu, consisting of breakfast sandwiches and pitas, all priced at $7. And, if you’re there between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., your morning coffee is free with the purchase of any breakfast sandwich. Head Chef David Garcia, with the assistance of Tim Scheib and Jake Goetsch, expertly prepare every meal from fresh ingredients, and every bite of every dish is mouth-wateringly delicious.
The food is tasty, the prices are easy on your wallet, and their containers are good for the environment. It’s a veritable trifecta of “win”. Next time you find yourself out and about, hungry and on a schedule, stop by Cap’s Express and treat yourself to a quick lunch that tastes anything but quick.
When you go, try…
Garlic Mushroom & Cheese Sandwich: Arugula, garlic roasted mushrooms, goat cheese, fresh tomato salsa and cilantro come together to create a vegetarian sandwich even a meat-eater will love.
The Philly Express: The Philly Express is sure to satisfy even the most ardent “Philly” fan, with roast beef, peppers, onions and melted cheese. Served hot and tasty.
Location: 525 SR-16 (Westgate Shopping Plaza)
Claim to Fame: Shared ownership with Cap’s on the Water
Hours: Monday-Friday: 10 am-2:30 pm
Fare: Fresh sandwiches and salads
Favorites on the Menu: Shecrab Soup, Philly Express, Garlic Mushroom Cheese
Written & Photographed by Steve Parr, originally published in St. Augustine Social Magazine — August/September 2015 print issue.