Florida March 16, 2017
11 Scrumptious Restaurants In Florida You Never Even Knew Existed
From longstanding local landmarks to burger joints and beach dives, this list has something for everyone. These are the delightful little places that you’ve probably never heard of, but locals would tell you about (if they really liked you). Hopefully, you’ll be traveling through one of these towns soon, and you can see for yourself just how scrumptious they are.
1. Mister Fish, Lakeland
It may only have one table, but this tiny family-owned spot on Lake Morton yet is a local favorite. Don't leave without trying the fish sandwiches, corn nuggets, and fried mac n cheese,.
2. Highlander Cafe, Crystal River
This quaint little coffee shop in Crystal River has delightful Scottish vibe and some of the best breakfast you've ever had. Relax and enjoy your breakfast, lunch, or dinner in peace, followed by the best desserts in town.
3. Peace River Seafood, Punta Gorda
Listen up if you love fresh seafood and an Old Florida setting. Seafood fanatics will be especially pleased with the AYCE blue crab.
4. Little Moir's Food Shack, Jupiter
Despite the fact it's hidden in a strip mall, Food Shack (AKA Little Moir's) has quite a cult following. It's best known for creative takes on flavors from around the globe.
5. Engine No. 9, St. Petersburg
Though it has a more traditional sports bar atmosphere, these burgers are best described as works of art. For a special treat, order the Chubby Duck, a huge burger topped with foie gras, pancetta, sauteed onions, brie, and duck cracklings.
6. Cherry Pocket Steak & Seafood Shak, Lake Wales
We can all appreciate a good fish camp around here. This rustic slice of Old Florida sits on Lake Pierce. Cherry Pocket specializes in seafood, steaks, and gator.
7. Pearl Country Store & Barbecue, Micanopy
You'd never guess this little country store that was converted from a gas station would be home to some of the tastiest barbecue in the area. That is, until you've seen how long this line can get.
8. 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.
9. Sopchoppy Pizza Company, Sopchoppy
You might not expect a top-notch pizza restaurant hidden in a tiny Old Florida town of fewer than 500 residents, but Sopchoppy Pizza will blow you away with their mouthwatering pizzas and calzones. Don't feel like pizza? The burgers are out of this world, too.
10. The Front Porch, Panama City Beach
This laidback spot on the beach has a reputation for serving up some of the biggest, best burgers and burritos around.
11. The Owl Cafe, Apalachicola
When you find yourself in the charming Northwest Florida town of Apalachicola, 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.
Have you ever visited any of these scrumptious Florida restaurants? What’s your favorite under-the-radar restaurant in Florida?