You can’t judge a book by its cover, and you can’t judge a restaurant by its exterior or its location. No matter where you go, locals can usually tell you about that “greasy spoon” or “hole in the wall” that has the best food in town. A couple of months ago we wrote about the
best low-key restaurants in Florida, but there are way too many to fit on just one list. Check out both lists to see if your favorite place was mentioned, and be sure to let us know if it wasn’t.
1. Red Wing Restaurant, Groveland
You'll want to try everything on the menu (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) at this fine dining restaurant with a homey countryside vibe, located in Central Florida.
2. Pudgees' Hot Dog Stand, Floral City
Whether you want an authentic Chicago Dog or a burger so good you'll "Smack Ya Momma,' Pudgees' has you covered (with a side of hand cut french fries.)
3. Star Fish Company Market & Restaurant, Cortez
It makes sense that an authentic fishing village would be the best place to get fresh local seafood. Dishes are simple and the setting is casual, but you'll love every bite.
4. Florida Cracker Kitchen, Brooksville
This restaurant wants to remind everyone that Florida does have cowboys and Southern roots. From shrimp and grits to homemade corn beef and hash, this menu will make your mouth water.
5. Sandwich Inn, Gainesville
Sandwich Inn is proud to be the longest-running locally owned restaurant in Gainesville, serving hungry locals since 1963. Walk up or drive through for burgers, shakes and breakfast sandwiches all day.
6. 12A Buoy, Fort Pierce
You can't judge a book by its cover, and you can't judge a restaurant by its rustic exterior, either. You'll be blown away by the fresh seafood and sides at 12A Buoy.
7. Peebles Bar-B-Q, Auburndale
If you're always on the lookout for great bar-b-q, Peebles deserves your attention. This humble restaurant has been family-owned since 1947. Peebles has all of your favorite classics, plus BBQ loaded potatoes and salads, all prepared to perfection.
8. Balkan Cafe, Jacksonville
If you like Mediterranean flavors, chances are good that you'll appreciate Balkan food. If you're unsure of what to order, the friendly staff at this hidden gem will be happy to help you find something delicious.
9. DJ's Clam Shack, Key West
DJ's Clam Shack was founded when two fellows from the Northeast living in the Keys decided to blend the best elements of Northern and Southern seafood into one incredible restaurant. Be sure to stop by when you're in Key West.
Have you been to any of these restaurants? What’s your favorite no-frills restaurant?