You know that favorite diner, sandwich shop or seafood shack near you? The cash-only one you might affectionately call a greasy spoon or a hole in the wall? You can’t judge a book by its cover, and locals know that sometimes these places have the best food in town. Check out the 14 restaurants below to see if your favorite place made the list:
1. The Freezer, Homosassa
Fresh seafood at affordable prices? Is this a dream? The Freezer is a local gem in Homosassa with an authentic Old Florida feel. Guests eat from to-go boxes with plastic forks (or their hands), but they don't complain. That's because they're eating some of the best steamed shrimp, mussels and crab in town. Bring cash and enjoy this waterfront gem.
2. The Burg Bar & Grill, St. Petersburg
This is a tiny restaurant serve up some big hits. From some of the best burgers in town to a fried chicken and waffle sandwich, you won't be disappointed with anything on this menu.
3. Chowder Ted's, Jacksonville
Be sure to bring cash when you visit this hidden gem in Jacksonville. The amazing food, cheap beer and awesome service will keep you coming back to Chowder Ted's again and again.
4. TiKanis, St. Petersburg
TiKani's is known for the best pizza in town, including an authentic Chicago-style deep dish. Their wings, salads and craft beer are also must-try items.
5. BeckyJack's Food Shack, Weeki Wachee
If you visit Weeki Wachee for a mermaid show, BeckyJack's is a must. It might even be worth its own trip. Blackened fish sandwiches, fish tacos, clam chowder—it's a big menu for such a small place. Side note: If you're like me and have an obsession with finding the world's best mac 'n cheese, you have to try BeckyJack's.
6. Sunnyside Grill, Panama City Beach
You'll find big servings of home-cooked comfort foods and breakfast classics at this grill in Panama City Beach. It's also cash only, so remember to hit the ATM before you visit.
7. Mediterranean Deli, Orlando
Hiding in this tiny, no-frills deli in Orlando is the best gyro you will ever eat. All of the other Mediterranean standards served here are also superb. If you want to be greeted like a hero, buy some extra food to take home.
8. No Name Pub, Big Pine Key
No Name Pub has great pub food, like pizza and wings, but it's the laid-back classic Keys atmosphere that keeps folks coming back. You might even catch a glimpse of the rare Key deer, without even leaving your table.
9. Gulf Coast Grouper & Chips, Naples
Delicious dishes made with only the freshest fish have made this secret spot a local favorite for more than 20 years.
10. Boathouse Oyster Bar, Destin
If you're looking for a waterfront hang-out without a high price tag, this will be your new favorite place to eat. Guests rave about the crab legs, gumbo and, of course, the oysters.
11. Las Olas, Miami Beach
This local favorite with a few locations in Miami is an affordable oasis in this pretty pricey city. Their authentic Cuban sandwiches, coffee, empanadas and fresh breakfasts will blow you away.
12. Tarks of Dania Beach
This is what locals would affectionately call a dive, so consider yourself warned, However, If you are in search of the best wings in the world, this beach bar/seafood shack deserves a spot on your bucket list.
13. Mac's Drive Thru, Gainesville
It's rare these days to see a drive thru without a giant M in front of it, but Gainesville likes to be a little different. Mac's has stood the test of time because of a simple menu of great food at great prices. This is another cash only spot, so come prepared, and avoid the lunch rush if you want to avoid long lines of hungry locals.
14. King Neptune Restaurant, Stuart/Port Salerno
King Neptune is a local favorite for fresh seafood and great service. Guests rave about the cracked conch, seafood bisque, and just about everything else on the menu. I'll save you a wasted trip and tell you they're closed on Mondays.
Have you been to any of these restaurants? What’s your favorite no-frills restaurant?