Who doesn’t love dining out? Unfortunately, it’s becoming a challenge to find the perfect hidden gem in a sea of cookie-cutter chains. Here are a few incredible family-owned establishments in Florida that will get you out of that chain restaurant funk:
1. Sam's Subs and Soup, Port Charlotte
You'll feel like part of the family the moment you step into Sam's. Try a hefty sandwich or burger at a great price. Don't forget to try the best chicken and dumpling soup in town, too.
2. El Siboney Restaurant, Key West
If you're searching for a mom and pop in a sea of touristy spots in Key West, head over to El Siboney for some of the best Cuban food in town. If you have a personal quest for the best Cuban sandwich in Florida, add El Siboney to your list.
3. Hunt's Oyster Bar, Panama City
Hunt's has been a panhandle landmark for over 50 years, with many customers driving for hours across state lines to satisfy their craving. Bring good company and expect a wait, because this place is popular, to say the least.
4. Andy's Drive-In & Igloo, Winter Haven
Andy's is a refreshing family-owned blast from the past in a world of burger chains. Order a steakette and a Big Daddy milkshake and get ready for one tasty time warp. As with many old school restaurants, bring cash.
5. Tin Can Cafe, Clearwater
The Tin Can Cafe is a local favorite, and rightfully so. Look no further for your greasy spoon favorites, from the perfect scrambled eggs to fresh, filling deli sandwiches.
6. The Red Top Pit Stop, Lakeland
The hole in the wall facade is hiding one of the best restaurants in Lakeland, and locals know it. Mouthwatering barbecue and classic comfort food favorites, what more could you ask for?
7. Stefano's Trattoria, Winter Springs
Authentic homestyle Italian dishes are served up in this cozy little restaurant in Winter Springs. Everything from pizza to pasta is made lovingly with quality ingredients.
8. Bread & Butter Gourmet Deli, Tarpon Springs
Fresh turkey roasted daily and delicious homemade soups makes this deli one of the best places for a quick lunch in Tarpon Springs.
9. Athens Restaurant, Edgewater
Don't be fooled by the simple setting, everything from the soup to the baklava is delicious. If you're looking for the best gyro in Central Florida, look no further. Oh, and be sure to try the saganaki (flaming cheese) for an impressive tableside show.
10. Puerto Sagua, Miami Beach
If you're visiting Miami Beach, you're probably searching for some tasty, authentic Cuban cuisine. Try the ropa vieja, oxtail stew, or call ahead for a perfect paella.
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