When I think of Florida I certainly do not think of it as a foodie destination, unless of course, we’re talking giant smoked turkey legs at the theme parks, those are delicious. Sadly many share this thought – Florida eats not being the best and not the Turkey legs comment that is. Food in Florida tends to be geared towards tourists and push quantity over quality, or so I thought. That is a side of Florida I have only known until now. With my recent retired life, I spent a month in the Sunshine State and quickly found that Florida eats can be great if you search out the best and unique places.
With that here is a foodie photo review of my surprisingly tasty time discovering Florida eats:
BLST (Bacon/Lettuce/Shrimp/Tomato) – Good God. Quality and quantity in this Florida eats favourite.
Fish Sandwich (Caroline’s Cafe – Key West) – Quality covered in fried quantity.
Shrimp Tacos (Garbo’s Grill – Key West) – Amazing little food truck and cute bar.
Key Lime Pie (Various spots) – As covered in Man vs. Key Lime Pie, this Florida eats can be found throughout the Keys, even on a stick.
Peel and eat Florida pinks (Key Largo) – Oh man.
Gator Balls (Cherry Pockets-Lake Whales) – Or bites depending who you ask. Fishy tough chicken. Surprisingly tasty and a surprisingly common Florida eats dish.
Classic Cuban (Latin Cafe-Miami Beach) – Grilled skirt steak fried polenta, beans and rice. Whoa.
Potato meat ball (Latin Cafe-Miami Beach) – yes.
Fried plantain (Latin Cafe-Miami Beach) – Meh.
Cuban Chicken Soup (Latin Cafe-Miami Beach) – Another win for the Cuban community of Miami.
Cuban coffee (Tropical Beach Cafe-Miami Beach) – A mix of what I liked about Turkish coffee and what I love about a latte.
Empanadas (Tropical Beach Cafe-Miami Beach) – We went from fine dinning to classic street food on this Florida eats trip.
Birthday Toro (Miami) – Splurging on an expensive cut of tuna for Erin’s bday.
Turtle Soup (Key West) – No. Just no.
What say you?
Thoughts on Florida eats?
Let’s hear it!
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