By Wendy White Philcox, Publisher
Photography by Tammy Harrow
Located in Butler Beach, just 1.5 miles north of S.R. 206 on A1A, you will find a festive, fun restaurant that has all the coziness of a Irish pub. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Redfrog & McToad's is, in fact, named after a famous pub in Ireland, a nod to the original owner's heritage. Scott Covert, who was part of the opening team and became the owner in xxxx, helped develop all of the signature menu items that have put Redfrog & McToad's on the map!Who can't resist, the Giant Pork Tenderloin Sandwich, with it’s fun presentation and mouthwatering flavor. “It’s essentially pork schnitzel on a bun,” says Covert. Redfrog & McToad’s now famous sandwich first debuted to thousands of attendees at a Taste of St. Augustine event just a few weeks after the restaurant opened. “People tried it, and they loved it. We promote it heavily as our specialty, and it’s a menu star.”
"My team is always tracking what people love to eat as well as trends," says Covert, who [need some detail about your culinary career]. Covert and his talented kitchen team translate that information into specials and signature menu items. When it is all said and done, Redfrog & McToad’s literally has something for everyone.
“Redfrog & McToad’s is a value and variety establishment with affordable pricing,” explains Covert. “Almost all of our menu items fall into the $8 to $15 range, but that doesn’t mean we serve ho-hum, boring food!”
Case in point is an innovative Seared Ahi Tuna appetizer served atop seaweed salad and crispy wontons alternately drizzed with cusabi sauce and sesame seed teriyaki sauce.
“Seafood is our biggest seller here,” Covert comments. He explains that his local customers love it and tourists can’t get enough of it. “I am very particular about what seafood I buy and how it is prepared,” Covert says. Two of his most popular offerings are the Lobster Night Special on Wednesdays, serving 1-pound Maine lobsters with all the fixins’ from 5 p.m. till supplies last and his Beer-Battered Haddock Fish Fry served daily.
“I only buy wild-caught coldwater haddock. There is no substitute,” Covert says. “And then key to our haddock, shrimp or any seafood we fry, is our special recipe for an ultra-light ultra-crispy batter which makes the most delicious golden-brown coating. We hand-batter each piece of seafood to order and serve it piping hot. You can’t beat it anywhere in town.”
These seafood stars mingle with other favorite selections such as blackened mahi mahi over cheese grits, coconut shrimp, spicy shrimp curry, fried seafood platters and baskets as well as bourbon glazed ribs, country fried tenderloin, shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash. Freshly ground burgers, signatures sandwiches, wraps and tacos offer additional variety along with thin-crust pizzas, entree salads, and award-winning chowders. It’s a perfect menu for dining with family and friends and watching sports on the 25 high-definition televisions throughout the restaurant and bar.
“Since we opened, we have been constantly fine-tuning our menu to our customer’s tastes. We listen to feedback from our customers and servers to get it right,” says Covert. “But, above all, we have to remember who we are and remain authentic to that.”
Redfrog & McToad’s is open daily from 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. (except Mon., open at 11 a.m.). Full bar features Happy Hour 2 to 7 p.m. daily and major league game day packages. Children’s menu and takeout.
"MY TEAM IS ALWAYS
TRACKING WHAT PEOPLE LOVE
TO EAT AS WELL AS TRENDS."
—OWNER SCOTT COVERT
"OUR LOBSTER SPECIAL ON WEDNESDAY BRINGS IN THE CROWDS. YOU CAN'T BEAT IT ANYWHERE IN TOWN."
—OWNER SCOTT COVERT
Redfrog & McToad’s Pub -n- Grub
5545 A1A South
St. Augustine Beach