Floridian Food

Restaurant Guide: Authentic Floridian Food

No trip to Florida can be considered complete without sampling a little (or a lot) of America’s finest food. Of course, there’s going to be burgers and hot dogs aplenty, but there’s a lot more to American cuisine than those two popular meals.

If you’re looking for an authentic taste of Florida, there are some weird and wonderful dishes every visitor must try. To save some time, we’ve done all the research for you. Below, you’ll find some of the sunshine state’s finest restaurants, categorised by their specialist dishes. Just make sure you save room for dessert too, you can’t miss out on the famous key lime pie!

Gator Meat

Gator meat, produced by specialist alligator farms, is popular in restaurants all around the USA.

You won’t find better, fresher fried gator anywhere else but in its state of origin. Most restaurants choose to serve the meat as gator bites (which are fried nuggets) or as fried tails.

Kush Wynwood

Address: 2003 North Miami Avenue, Wynwood, FL 33127
Contact: +1 305-576-4500
No reservations required

If you’re in Miami, visit Kush Wynwood. The craft beer bar serves up a range of tasty meals, with America classics like Frito pie and conch sandwiches on the menu. You’ll find gator bites and delicious gator tacos here too – it’s not to be missed!

New England Moorings

Address: 1326 SE 16th Pl, Cape Coral, FL 33990
Contact: +1 39-851-9141
Reservations recommended for tables of 6 or more people

Visiting the Gulf Coast? Head to New England Moorings and try the gator tail appetiser. The seafood specialists make an excellent chowder too – we recommend the dish for your main.

Cafe Tu Tu Tango

Address: 8625 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Contact: +1 407-248-2222
Reservations available

Make a stop at Cafe Tu Tu Tango whenever you’re in Orlando. The vibrant cafe displays some of Florida’s finest artwork on its walls and serves up some seriously tasty food. The cafe specialises in smaller, tapas sized plates – don’t forget to try the spiced alligator bites and Florida gator dip.

Seafood Central

Florida is blessed with beautiful coastlines, each producing deliciously fresh seafood. You’ll find lobster, clams and oysters in abundance, but it’s fried shrimp and stone crab that Florida is most famous for.

Lazy Lobster

Address: 7602 N Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34243
Contact: +1 941-351-5515

For the best fried shrimp, head to the Lazy Lobster on the Gulf Coast. Open daily until 9pm, the restaurant provides casual dining that’s perfect for families. Make sure you try the big-bang shrimp appetiser, the coconut shrimp salad or the tasty lobster and shrimp tacos.


Address: 6707 W Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32819
Contact: +1 407-352-0135
Reservations and private dining available

Fishbones takes pride in its specially caught, fresh seafood dishes and prime Colorado beef. The restaurant has a friendly atmosphere and you’ll even find jumbo fried shrimp on the kids’ menu. All food is cooked over a delightful open wood fire pit.

Cod & Capers

Address: 1201 U.S. Highway One, Suite 47, North Palm Beach, FL 33408
Contact: +1 561-622-0994
Reservations available, recommended for larger parties

Every seafood lover needs to taste the Florida stone crab, and you’ll find the dish at Cod & Capers in North Palm Beach. Caught locally, visitors are guaranteed the freshest, finest crab every time in this cafe. You can even visit their marketplace and purchase crab to cook at home afterwards.

A Taste of Cuba

Florida has a strong Cuban heritage, with Cuban communities first forming in Key West and Ybor City, Tampa. Workers brought the delicious Cuban sandwich to the state, and this historic lunch-time snack contains ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard and possibly salami, all housed in Cuban bread.

Find the mouth-watering sandwich in the restaurants below.

Chimney House Grill and Cafe

Address: 701 W Las Olad Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Contact: +1 954-900-5352
No reservations required

Visitors of Fort Lauderdale should head to the quaint Chimney House Grill and Cafe. Situated in a remodelled 1924 house, the cafe oozes charm and serves up tasty, authentic Latin American food. Try the Sandwich Cubano for lunch.

Columbia Restaurant

Address: 411 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, FL 34236
Contact: +1 941-388-3987
Reservations encouraged

Don’t miss the Columbia Restaurant if you’re on the Gulf Coast. It’s the sister of Florida’s oldest restaurant (the original Columbia in Tampa), and they know how to cook Cuban bread exactly right. The stunning location, with a hand-painted tile dining room and a wonderful patio, make this the perfect spot for a stylish lunch.

Key Lime Pie

We can’t write a restaurant guide about Floridian food without mentioning key lime pie – a classic American dessert. The dish is, in fact, named after the Key limes that are grown throughout the Florida Keys.

Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe

Address: 200 Elizabeth Street, Key West, FL 33040
Contact: +1 305-296-0806
No reservations required

There are endless imitations, but you can’t beat key lime pie from Florida. If you’re in Florida Keys, visit Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe – even the National Geographic and the Food Network name it the best in America! The cafe is connected to the shop, but if once slice simply isn’t enough you can just purchase more for later.

Old Key Lime House

Address: 300 East Ocean Avenue, Lantana, FL 33462
Contact: +1 561-582-1889
No reservations required

Situated on the waterfront, the Old Key Lime House is a restaurant and bar that boasts beautiful views and serves wonderful food. You’ll find homemade key lime pie here, alongside a wide range of tasty starters and mains. You might even spot a gator in the water!

Whichever city you’re planning on visiting, make sure you arrive in Florida with an empty stomach. The state offers such an eclectic mix of flavours, from rich Cuban cuisine to freshly caught seafood, it’s going to be difficult to decide which restaurant to visit first!

We have included a Google Map with all the places listed below:

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