The world needs more little mom and pop shops and hole in the wall restaurants. There’s nothing better than finding a really special place in the sea of chain restaurants, where everyone knows your name (and your order) when you walk in the door. If you’re looking for unique places to add to your restaurant bucket list, we have a few you need to check out.
1. Granger & Sons Bar-B-Que, Lakeland
Though it may be small, this beloved barbecue joint has been going strong for 20 years, when it was bought by the current owners. Even before that, it was a popular BBQ joint, but plenty of things have changed. They're probably most famous for their lipsmacking baby back ribs and their weekend steak dinners.
2. The Stein & Vine, Brandon
You probably couldn't have a more generic storefront than this (it literally just says PUB), but this gem hidden in the Kings Row Shopping Center is guaranteed to surprise you. This craft beer and wine bar specializes in upscale twists on comfort classics like tator tots, "pig wings," and a burger that's 1/3 bacon.
3. The Dog House and More, Ruskin
Don't let the humble digs fool you, this is no ordinary hot dog stand. This local favorite serves everything from excellent barbecue to grouper sandwiches to hand-dipped milkshakes, and it's all delicious.
4. Cherry Pocket Steak & Seafood Shak, Lake Wales
Who doesn't love a good fish camp? This rustic slice of Old Florida sits on Lake Pierce. They specialize in seafood, steaks and gator.
5. B.O. 's Fish Wagon, Key West
This modest little shack might just have the best conch fritters on the island. Compared to other places in the area, the prices are reasonable, too.
6. Hole In The Wall Seafood, Apalachicola
If you're in Apalachicola, you're probably looking for oysters. Look no further. Hole In The Wall is exactly the sort of casual, cozy seafood place we love. You can't go wrong with any of the fresh seafood here, but try to save room for some Key lime pie.
7. A1A Burrito Works Taco Shop, St. Augustine
Florida isn't exactly known for its Mexican food, but this local chain could change that. The owner took his dream of bringing So Cal freshness and flavor to the East Coast and made it a reality.
8. The Burger Inn, Melbourne
You'll never eat at another chain burger place again after you try The Burger Inn. The classic American decor (and food) will make you nostalgic for the good old days.
9. Frog's BBQ Pad, Williston
This unassuming little place has been an institution in Williston for decades. Everything is smoked on-site, and the sauces are so good you'll want to buy a few bottles to take home.