Chef Michael Lugo of Michael’s Tasting Room in charge of Colonial Quarter food

Michael Lugo of New items are available at the Taberna Del Caballo in the Colonial Quarter in downtown St. Augustine. Michael's Tasting Room (formerly The Tasting Room) is in charge of food and beverage at the two Colonial Quarter restaurants. Photo from the Taberna facebook page

Michael Lugo of New items are available at the Taberna Del Caballo in the Colonial Quarter in downtown St. Augustine. Michael’s Tasting Room (formerly The Tasting Room) is in charge of food and beverage at the two Colonial Quarter restaurants. Photo from the Taberna facebook page

 

From the Colonial Quarter

Michael Lugo

Michael Lugo

The Taberna del Caballo and the Bull & Crown Publick House at the Colonial Quarter on St. George Street are the latest restaurant projects for Chef Michael Lugo of Michael’s Tasting Room in St. Augustine.

These two restaurants are part of the two-acre Colonial Quarter outdoor history museum in a public/private partnership with University of Florida and entrepreneur Pat Croce (who also owns the St. Augustine Pirate  & Treasure Museum next door).

The British-style pub and Spanish-themed Taberna now showcase Chef Lugo’s creative vision.

“Food comes first” Chef Lugo explained. “We cook from scratch with great ingredients made with love. We have full bars with special cocktails, select wines and interesting beers. It’s the complete package for dining, drinking and good conversation on St. George Street.”

Chef Lugo’s culinary curiosity began as he watched his Grandmother preparing traditional Puerto Rican dishes at home. His love for great food combined with a competitive drive spurred him into the world of fine dining where he learned from top restaurateurs like Chef Richard Chamberlain in Dallas, Texas. From there his skills and love for food grew until he had an opportunity to open Michael’s Tasting Room (formerly The Tasting Room), a top restaurant in St. Augustine, renowned for its wine list. Pat Croce was a frequent diner and loved Chef Lugo’s style. T

The Taberna Del Caballo and Bull & Crown Pub are open for business seven days a week in the heart of downtown St. Augustine for lunch, dinner, cocktails and appetizers. For more information, go to www.colonialquarter.com or call the Taberna del Caballo at 904-342-2867 and the Bull & Crown at 904-342-2869.

Grilled chicken skewers from the Taberna Del Caballo, 33 St. George St., iin downtown St. Augustine, part of the Colonial Quarter. Contributed image

Grilled chicken skewers from the Taberna Del Caballo, 33 St. George St., iin downtown St. Augustine, part of the Colonial Quarter. Contributed image

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