Who doesn’t love a little local gem, the kind you have to know someone to know about? These are always the coziest restaurants with the best food (and service, too). Here are a few of the best neighborhood cafes and bistros in Florida that you’ve probably never visited (but you should, right away):
1. The Blue Hen Cafe, St. Augustine
This Southern classiccs at this adorable cafe are examples of comfort food at its best. Trust us, you need these chicken biscuits in your life.
2. Sweet Pea Cafe, Tallahassee
If you've never had tofu (or never liked tofu), this is the place to try it (or try it again). Sweet Pea serves farm-to-table vegan sandwiches, salads and baked goods in an adorable setting. Try the tempeh reuben or buffalo tempeh. You don't have to be vegan to love Sweet Pea.
3. Hardy Park Bistro, Fort Lauderdale
This charming little restaurant is everything you could want in a neighborhood bistro. The ambiance is upscale but friendly, and the food is creative and fresh. Definitely pay Hardy Park Bistro a visit when you're in Fort Lauderdale.
4. Francesco's New York Pizzeria & Ristorante, Sarasota
If you can't live without New York pizza, but you live in Florida, you can finally rejoice. Give it a try, and this little family-owned gem will be your new go-to Italian spot in Sarasota.
5. Paris Bakery & Cafe, West Palm Beach
No one makes a better breakfast than the French, especially if you love a well-prepared omelet or crepe. This adorable little cafe brings a bit of France to West Palm Beach.
6. Casa Mia Trattoria, North Miami
If you're in search of great homemade Italian food, add Casa Mia to your bucket list. Casa Mia is well named, because they always go out of their way to make you feel at home. For a variety of fresh, delicious classics of Northern Italy, head to Casa Mia Trattoria.
7. Cafe Tango, Santa Rosa Beach
This little cottage on 30A is intimate, to say the least. With only eight tables, you never have to worry about a big crowd ruining your evening. This is the perfect place for a romantic evening or special occasion. Prices are high, but so is quality.
8. Deco Cafe, Inverness
Could anything be cuter than this little cafe in Inverness? Enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch, or just go for the best coffee in town. Do yourself a favor and try the stuffed french toast.
9. Owl Cafe, Apalachicola
When you find yourself in the charming Northwest Florida town of Apalachicola (and hopefully you will), the Owl Cafe is a must. Seafood is the obvious choice in this Old Florida fishing village (oysters especially), but you really can't go wrong with anything on the menu.
10. Philly's Cheesesteaks & Hoagies, Pensacola
You probably thought you couldn't find an authentic Philly cheeseteak or hoagie in Florida, right? Wrong! You won't be disappointed, even if you're from the Northeast.
11. Highlander Cafe, Crystal River
Next time you're near Crystal River, pay a visit to this quaint little coffee shop with a delightful Scottish vibe. Relax and enjoy a tasty breakfast, lunch, or some of the best desserts in town.
12. Simply Sara's, Jacksonville
Simply Sara's will take you back in time to your mother's or grandmother's table, with homemade meals in a low-key, relaxed setting. Everything served here is Southern comfort food at its finest. Don't leave without trying one of their desserts, which are simply scrumptious.