Restaurants in Florida
Florida cuisine is incredibly diverse, mixing European as well as African, Mexican, and Caribbean influences. Restaurants in Florida reflect these varied tastes and cultures. Bahamians, Haitians, Nicaraguans, Vietnamese, and many other cultures bring new tastes to local flavors.
There are plenty of ideas for picking Florida restaurants. Tap Tap is a colorful restaurant in Miami Beach serving up West African, French, and Caribbean fusion food. Try fried plantains, shrimp creole, or spicy conch ceviche, and top it off with a sip from their rum selection. For a famous dive-bar experience, try Singleton’s Seafood Shack in Atlantic Beach. This unassuming spot serves some of the best seafood Florida restaurants have to offer, without the fuss of white tablecloths or too much silverware.
Key Largo Conch House serves local craft beers and an excellent Key Lime Pie. Whether you feel like crepes, shrimp tacos or hush puppies, this spot will easily fill your dining needs. A purple cottage in Fernandina beach holds 29 South, a southern style bistro with farm-to-table food. It serves world cuisine with a modern twist, like lobster corn dogs and sweet tea brined pork chop, all by its famous chef, Scotty Schwartz.
When the crowds on Duval get too rowdy, step off the street into this whitewashed Victorian tapas and wine bar. Pair one of the specials—Black Angus filet and a cone of crispy French fries—with one of more than 20 wines by the glass.
Inside the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, is the award-winning restaurant of chef Norman Van Aken, a member of the James Beard Who’s Who list. The New World cuisine of Norman’s fuses the flavors of different global regions including Latin, Caribbean, and Asia.
The Tusker House is located in the Harambe Marketplace in the Africa area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The focal point of the restaurant is its impressive Wall of Flames, an 18-foot wall filled with rotisseries.
Lunch in Via Mizner at this local favorite for its thin-crust pizzas and rustic outdoor ambience.
Global menu in a colorful setting
A haven for clubgoers seeking an affordable, fast dining option to satisfy their late night cravings, T-Mex has earned a following with its reliable Mexican fare.
The homey lunchtime restaurant is filled with exhausted interior decorators and their clients ingesting salads and generous wedges of homemade key lime pound cake who moonlights as a showroom hostess at the wacky boutique, Dolce.
Don't assume that the smaller shops selling Key lime pie are the most authentic. The yellow factory on Simonton, which smells of graham crackers (an ingredient in the crust), is the real deal. Order it topped with meringue.