If you’ve lived here for long enough, chances are you’ve tried nearly every good restaurant (and nearly every item on the menu). If you’re getting bored with your local establishments, why not take a little road trip to one of these awesome eateries? If you love a good greasy spoon or hole in the wall, you will enjoy every single place on this list. These places might be a little out of the way, but the food worth the drive.
1. Fisherman’s Corner, Perdido Key
Don’t judge this tiny restaurant by its exterior. The Cajun-style seafood here is out of this world. Don’t leave without some of their famous bread pudding.
2. Emmy’s Time Out Tavern, DeLand
If you’ve been searching for delicious, authentic German food, your prayers have been answered. Emmy’s has a great comfy vibe that will make you feel right at home.
3. Peace River Seafood, Punta Gorda
If you love fresh seafood and an Old Florida setting, this will be your new favorite restaurant. Seafood fanatics will be especially pleased with the AYCE blue crab.
4. Mister Fish, Lakeland
This tiny family-owned place on Lake Morton has only one table, yet it’s a longtime local favorite. Must-try items include the fish sandwiches, corn nuggets, and fried mac n cheese, just to name a few.
5. Harry’s Old Place, Winter Haven
This restaurant doesn’t look like much at first, but it’s actually one of the best restaurants in town. Every dish is lovingly prepared with Southern flair. Come early because this place is no secret to locals.
6. The Whip Waterfront Pub n Grub, Quincy
This restaurant of the Whippoorwill Sportsman’s Lodge is right on Lake Talquin, only half an hour from Tallahassee. Classic comfort food in a laid-back rustic setting, with stunning views of the lake…what more could you ask for?
7. Barrier Jack’s, Cocoa Beach
Jack traveled the country learning all of America’s favorite meals, so you can find Tex-Mex, BBQ, and seafood at this little diner. Barrier Jack’s is also celebrated as one of the best breakfast spots around. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it here.
8. Big Lee’s, Ocala
Big Lee’s knows that mastering the art of barbecue is serious business. Big Lee’s is a food truck and relatively new to the game, but it ranks as one of the top barbecue spots in the state.
9. TC’s Front Porch, Navarre
This unique indoor/outdoor cafe was converted from one of Navarre’s early gas stations. It’s now a fun cafe with lots of character. Come for a bite, a few drinks, or just for the experience.
10. Hungry Harry’s Family Bar-B-Que, Land O Lakes and Seffner
You know from the minute you see the barn-style building or the American flag tin roof, you’re in for a treat. Since its founding in 1985, Hungry Harry’s has earned its reputation as some of Tampa Bay’s best BBQ.