A Florida holiday isn’t just about heading straight to Disneyworld, it’s also about sampling the best food that the sunshine state has to offer. From the beautiful fresh citrus fruit that Florida is famous for, to the succulent seafood like stone crab and crawfish; the sunshine state really does offer an incredible array of wonderful food for you and your family to enjoy during your stay.
From the southern tip of Miami to Jacksonville in the north, here are some of the best restaurants that Florida has to offer. You’ll be certain to find one that suits your tastes whether that’s good old-fashioned southern cooking or Asian cuisine, just make sure you go in with an open mind and a big appetite!
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
A Southern-inspired gem near Miami beach, Yardbird combines farm-fresh ingredients with classic Southern cooking, culture and hospitality. Those who’ve built up a big appetite after a day on the beach will be immediately drawn to Elvis’ ribeye, a combo of Florida wagyu beef, bone marrow butter, whipped garlic mash and sautéed southern greens. Not for the faint hearted!
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
At Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami’s design district, the menus change daily because they start with what’s in season and arriving on their doorstep from local farmers and fishermen. You’ll be bowled over by the vibrancy of dishes such as crispy local Spanish mackerel served with chickpeas, chorizo, Florida rock shrimp and aioli. They even have a cheese of the week!
As the name suggests this craft beer bar & kitchen has 42 beers on tap and 100 bottles of beer to choose from. So there’s plenty on offer drinks-wise to wash the exceptional food down with. Their nine ounce burgers are particularly good, if you can finish the “TAP42” served with swiss and cheddar cheese, pickles, mayo, ketchup, fried egg, gravy, ham, pork, tomatoes, onions, mustard, lettuce, bacon and grilled texas toast then they’ll throw in a beer for free!
Located in one of downtown Orlando’s most exciting dining and shopping destinations – Thornton Park Central, Hue has won plenty of awards for its progressive American cuisine. Ahi Tuna with caramelised lemon beurre blanc and herb cous cous is a standout dish.
Legendary chef Norman Van Aken is known internationally as ‘the founding father of New World Cuisine’ fusing Latin, Caribbean, Asian, African and American flavours. Try the pan-cooked fillet of Key West yellowtail for a real taste of Florida.
Victoria & Albert’s
For the ultimate in fine dining at Walt Disney World it has to be Victoria & Albert’s modern American cuisine. The chefs select whatever is fresh at the market to create truly unique menus. Maine lobster, mango, and passion fruit pearls with German caviar anyone?
Mise en Place
The Mise en Place website promises that every meal eaten here is one to remember thanks to Head Chef Marty Blitz’s modern new American cuisine. Possibly the best way to sample his style is by ordering the tasting menu, a five course dinner featuring a sample of Marty’s favourite dishes of the week. Market oysters with pineapple ginger is one of the intriguing delights that you’ll find on there.
Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café
Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café doesn’t just do great southern cooking, it also showcases some excellent local bands and artists to entertain whilst you eat. Check out their ‘Soul Food Sundays’ where you can have scrumptious mains like fried catfish with savoury cornbread followed by mouthwatering desserts like the funky monkey waffle topped with nutella, banana and toasted peanut.
This American gastropub dishes up regional comfort food favourites whilst trying to steer away from the ordinary as far as possible, making it a perfect spot for the adventurous foodie. A good example of this is in their Waffles n’ Tweet dish; crispy fried chicken sitting on top of a cheddar cheese waffle with a side of jalapeno-spiked maple syrup. Datz also has its own market selling everything from balsamic vinegars to boutique spirits.
The Moon Under Water
Overlooking the picturesque North Straub Park, the Moon Under Water prides itself in its British and Indian colonial cuisine. It’s a style that certainly makes for an interesting menu where bangers and mash with baked beans, onions and gravy sits next to tandoori chicken with naan bread and raita.
Red Mesa Cantina
Extremely popular with the locals, which is always a good barometer of a restaurant’s quality, Red Mesa Cantina has a vibrant yet relaxed feel reflected in its food. There are fresh flavours and bright colourful dishes aplenty on a tasty Mexican menu of tacos, ceviche, quesadillas and burritos. All can be washed down with something from their vast cocktail menu.
Bringing a slice of European café culture to the orange state, Café Alma serves relatively simple dishes such as bruschetta and beef carpaccio and lets the flavours speak for themselves. They also have an intriguing offer that they call the ‘relationship stimulus programme’ designed to make a date or night out with friends or family more affordable.
Potter’s House Soul Food Bistro
Soul food with a contemporary flair is how Potter’s House Soul Food Bistro sees its menu and who can argue when such delights as slow braised oxtails, country fried chicken and ‘slap yo mama’ cornbread are on offer? They also have a family deals menu, which is a complete meal for four.
Opened in 1993 as a cosy 37 seat coffee house, Biscotti’s has rapidly expanded to become a casual, innovative 100 seat eatery ranked by the New York Times Sunday Travel section as one of the four best places to eat in Jacksonville. Don’t miss the Asian battered fish fingers or tortilla crusted atlantic cod sandwich.
Serving thai and southeast Asian cuisine, Indochine serves delightful noodle dishes, curries and tasty combinations fresh from the wok. It also has a number of speciality dishes such as ‘Haw Mok’, steamed catfish in red curry and ‘Sea of Indochine’, shrimp, squid, mussels and scallops with bamboo shoots, sweet peppers and thai basil.
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