Believe it or not, Florida’s got it goin’ on when it comes to food. The sheer size and diversity of the state make it a prime place to enjoy all different kinds of cuisine. It’s all so good, you’ll want to write a blog post (or at least a great Yelp review) about it.
This quaint and historic town might be small, but it’s densely packed with plenty of top-notch eateries. Ice Plant Bar specializes in dishes with locally-sourced ingredients, served in a historic setting, while The Floridian is all about modern Southern fare. There’s also Cafe Alcazar, the restaurant at the Lightner Museum. It serves up American gourmet food for lunch in the now-empty pool of the former Alcazar Hotel.
Head to Ulele, on Tampa’s vibrant Riverwalk, for fresh seafood, steak, and burgers grilled on a 10″ barbacoa grill. If it’s a lighter meal you are in the mood for, Oxford Exchange has you covered with breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch in an airy space that’s also home to a bookstore. Farm-to-table meals take center stage at The Refinery.
It has world-class nightlife, and world-class food, too. There’s excellent dining options like Seaspice, Zuma, Il Gabbiano, and La Mar, plus hidden gems like the cash-only La Camaronera, a small seafood shack that’s rumored to have the best fish sandwich around. NIU Kitchen gets locals talking with a unique tapas menu and rustic ambiance.
Jacksonville has a very distinctive food scene that is sure to satisfy just about every palate. Many of the most popular places are located in the trendy, bohemian neighborhood of Five Points. There’s the Black Sheep Restaurant, which makes the most of the city’s location with Southern specialties like wild Georgia shrimp & grits and creamed collards, and The Bread & Board offers a rotating daily menu, charcuterie and cheese plates, and down-home sandwiches like coffee and juniper-brined roast beef or smoked “sweet tea” turkey.
Believe it or not, the land of theme parks has an incredibly diverse and delicious dining scene. The Ravenous Pig is the perfect spot for a casual-meets-refined meal—try a blackened shrimp tostada, pork porterhouse, or duck breast. For award-winning barbecue, look no further than 4 Rivers Smokehouse, which now has several locations in the Central Florida area. Tako Cheena fuses Mexican and Asian cuisine with street-style burritos, empanadas, and tacos, and Hawkers Asian Street Fare specializes in inventive small plates, plus beer and wine.