Top 7 Places You Need to Eat in Florida in 2017
By Henry Muggridge
Florida has a vast selection of ethnicities which creates for a melting pot of several
different forms of delicious cuisine spread all over this lovely state. From Cuban subs in
Miami to pho at Korea town in Orlando. The state offers such a vast array of different
types, styles and just some down right cool places to eat, whether its over looking an
ocean to a shake shack on the beach, to a vast selection of fine cut meats at a Brazilian
steakhouse. Florida has it all to offer from fine dining to food trucks and in my opinion that
is what makes it great, there are choices for everyone. So on this list ill take you through
some of my favourite/coolest places to eat in 2017.
1. Versailles, Miami
Lets start off down south with a personal favourite, a place I always go to when I'm in
Miami. Versailles combines all of my favourite things: Good portions, good prices and good
food, all in a lovely setting. It doesn't hurt that they've been a Miami landmark for more
than 40 years. They are famous for there Cuban sandwich, which I would highly
recommend as a personal favourite.
2. Teak Neighborhood Grill, Orlando
Teak uses fresh, local and organic ingredients as often as possible. A specialty here is the
Drunken Monk, a half-pound Angus beef burger topped with Angry Orchard onion jam,
roasted cherry tomatoes, smoked bacon, herb Mayo, provolone cheese and chips topped
with melted white cheddar cheese served on a pretzel bun. If that doesn't make your
stomach growl, you're probably dead inside. Again another personal favourite and would
highly recommend to anyone and its location is perfect as its situated by Universal
Studios, so a great place to pop for dinner after a long day out having fun in the sun.
3. 4 Rivers Smokehouse, Orlando.
Florida hasn't always been as well known for its barbecue as other Southern states,
but 4 Rivers just might change that. This place has been rapidly taking over Florida
in the past few years, expanding from one man with a brisket obsession to several
locations across the state. They serve all there meals on these cool trays with
paper on top and then your sides and meat laid out nicely with a sort of at home
BBQ vibe, I personally love it. The brisket that they serve is unreal to the point
where they sell bumper stickers that are just simply I <3 and the 4rivers logo, they
seem to be on every other car you see driving in Florida, proof they must be doing
4. TacoLu, Jacksonville.
TacoLu isn't as old as some of the other restaurants on this list, but every North
Florida foodie with a working taste palette would recommend it in a heartbeat. Not
only is the food to die for, the place itself is really cool. They have big spray painted
murals on the walls and a really cool back outside area equip with heat lamps just
incase it gets a tad chilly on those winter Florida nights. The only problem is its
popularity, so plan your visit wisely as the queues speak to the quality and dining
experience that awaits you inside.
5. Columbia Restaurant, Ybor City, Tampa.
This list would not be complete without Florida's oldest continuously operating
restaurant. Columbia Restaurant in the historic neighborhood of Ybor City has been
serving succulent Spanish and Cuban dishes since 1905. It has since branched out
to Sarasota, St. Augustine, Clearwater Beach and Orlando, but nothing can replace
a visit to the original. The inside of these takes you back to a finer era in dining. All
the servers are dressed in what basically look like tuxes, the floors are tile and the
room is scattered with interesting pictures and inside flowers giving you that
authentic feeling that you are actually eating in a foreign country. I personally love
the food here, they are famous for a salad called the 1905, its hands down one of
my favourite meals and is always great for a group outing.
6. McGuire's Irish Pub, Pensacola
McGuire's not only serves up a mean steak in a unique atmosphere; they also
make their own beer and boast one of the largest restaurant wine cellars in the
world. Oh, and if you're looking for a place to be on St. Patrick's Day, this is it. They
have tried and succeeded in recreating a pub like atmosphere from live music to
football, rugby, tennis etc on the TVs. If you are visiting its a lovely little slice on
home, the menu includes several authentic dishes including fry ups with black
pudding and various things made using their home brewed beer.
7. Blue Heaven, Key West
Blue Heaven is an iconic beacon of Key West culture. It has a whimsical
atmosphere with folk art, live music, lush foliage and cats and chickens roaming
free. They also lay claim to the best Key lime pie on the planet. As this being one of
my personal favourite deserts I can vouch that this is the hands down best key lime
pie I've ever had, hands down. It may be last on the list but then they do say save
the best for last.
I hope that this article was informative to the reader, and go out there and try some
different things. There are so many other restaurants out there other than outback,
sizzler, chills etc live a little and venture outside of your comfort zone, I promise
you, you shall not be disappointed.
By Henry Muggridge.