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Florida 2016: Best Restaurant In Each Florida County

Florida 2016 map for FacebookA

Published June 8th 2016: [UPDATE: 100,000s of views in the first week, thanks to all for sharing on Facebook!]

After you see your county click here to nominate your favorite places for the 2017 list!.

To limit the list to a certain region pick below
Northwest Florida: Northeast FloridaCentral Florida: South Florida

 

2016 Winners, FULL LIST:


Alachua County

Root & Pecker:  hot

Root and Pecker AlachuaRoot and Pecker Alachua A


Baker County

Cecil’s Hometown Cooking:

Cecil's Baker Cecil's Baker A

This is the brand new local hot spot in small town McClenny, FL.


Bay County

Firefly:2nd year award

Firefly Panama City Beach Firefly Panama City Beach tree with lights

Runner up:  g. Foley’s


Bradford County

Tom’s High on the Hog Real Pit BBQ:

Bradford Toms BBQ Bradford Toms BBQ 2


Brevard County

The Fat Snook2nd year award

Fat Snook Cocoa Beach Florida Fat Snook Cocoa Beach Florida logo

Runners up: Florida Fresh Grill and Crush Eleven


Broward County (2)

Kuro at Seminole Hard Rock Casino: hot

Kuro Broward A Kuro Broward

Save some of your gambling money for this culinary treasure.

 

Hardy Park Bistro2nd year award

Hardy Park Bistro plate


Calhoun County

Parramores Too Restaurant2nd year award

Parramores Restaurant Too Blountstown Florida


Charlotte County

Peace River Seafood:

Charlotte Peace River Seafood Charlotte Peace River Seafood A


Citrus County

Vintage on 5th2nd year award

vintage on 5th Crystal River


Clay County

Just A Pinch Café & Catering:

Clay County Clay County A


Collier County

Rumba Cuban Café2nd year award

rumba cuban cafe rumba cuban cafe naples


Columbia County

Sal’s Italian Deli:

Sals Lake City Sals Lake City A

 


DeSoto County

Magnolia Street Seafood and Grill:

Desoto Margarets Main St Desoto Margarets on Main


Dixie County

Taste of Dixie Diner:

Dixie Taste of Dixie Dixie Taste of Dixie A

Photos by journalist Mike Walker

 


Duval County

Restaurant Orsayhot

Good Food Company JacksonvilleDuval Restaurant Orsay

Runners up: Sbraga & Company  and HOBNOB


Escambia County

Restaurant IRON2nd year award

Restaurant Iron Pensacola Florida Restaurant Iron Pensacola Florida Chef McPhail


Flagler County

The Blue Heron Beachfront Bistro:

Flagler County Blue Heron Flagler County Blue Heron A


Franklin County

The Owl Café Tap Room:  hot

Franklin Tap Room Owl Franklin Tap Room A

Think oysters, duck fries, alligator sausage and tons of micro brew!


Gadsden County

Rutabaga Café: hot hot

Glades dish Jackson Rutabaga

Chattahoochee, FL is on the culinary map with this gem.  Specials like quail, amber jack, basil shrimp and grits and more.


Gilchrist County

Cherry’s Steak and Seafood:

Collier Cherry's steak and seafood


Glades County

Sorry, nothing to recommend out here yet.


Gulf County

Indian Pass Raw Bar2nd year award

Indian Pass Raw Bar Indian Pass Trading Post Port St Joe

Nearby Provisions and Bin 4eleven are heating up.


Hamilton County

Crossroads Market and Grill2nd year award

Crossroads market jasper florida pizza Crossroads market jasper florida


Hardee County

Giouvanni’s Main Street Kitchen2nd year award

Giovanni's Main Street Kitchen Wauchula Florida sandwich Giovanni's Main Street Kitchen Wauchula Florida


Hendry County

Jalapeno’s Taqueria:

Glades tortilla Glades Jalapeno

The place has its own tortilla machine, legit Mexican hole in the wall.


Hernando County

Marker 48 Brewing: hot

Hernando County Marker 48

In Hernando County you should drink your dinner at this great small town brewery!


Highlands County

Garden Café at McLane’s Country Garden2nd year award

Garden Cafe sebring florida Garden Cafe sebring florida sign

Garden Café is still an oasis of flavor in Highlands County.


Hillsborough County (2)

Edison2nd year award hot

Edison TampaEdison Tampa 1

Rooster & the Till2nd year award hot

Rooster and TillRooster and Till chef

Edison and Rooster & the Till remain tops 2 years running.  For great casual lunch options try the quintessential Brocato’s deviled crabs or Cuban counter service at La Teresita Cafeteria.

 


Holmes County

Castaway Seafood2nd year award

Castaway Seafood and Oyster Bar BonifayHolmes Castaway


Indian River County

The Tides2nd year award

The Tides Vero Beach Florida The Tides Vero Beach Florida Chef


Jackson County

Spears’ Café:

Spears Cafe Jackson County Spears Cafe Jackson County A

Great burgers and fried chicken in a county that desperately needs a few new local restaurants.


Jefferson County

Tupelo’s Bakery and Café2nd year award

Tupelo Bakery and Cafe FloridaJefferson County Tupelo's


Lafayette County

Tumbleweed’s Smokehouse2nd year award

tumbleweed smokehouse


Lake County

The Goblin Market Restaurant2nd year award

Goblin Market Restaurant Mt Dora Florida Goblin Market Restaurant Mt Dora Florida outside


Lee County

Bruno’s of Brooklyn:

Lee County Bruno's Lee County Bruno's A

 


Leon County

The Edison Restaurant: hothot

Leon County The Edison A Leon County The Edison

Finally, a modern foodie hot spot in the Florida capital of Tallahassee.


Levy County

Tony’s Seafood Restaurant2nd year award

Tony's Seafood Cedar Key Florida Tony's Seafood Cedar Key Florida outside


Liberty County

Apalachee Restaurant2nd year award

Apalachee Restaurant Bristol Florida


Madison County

Rancho Grande2nd year award

Rancho Grande Madison Florida


Manatee County

The Sandbar2nd year award

The Sandbar Anna Maria Island soft shell crab The Sandbar Anna Maria Island


Marion County

The Blue Wagyu2nd year award hot

The Blue Wagyu Ocala Florida The Blue Wagyu Ocala Florida wall decal


Martin County

District Table and Bar2nd year award

Disrict Table Stuart Florida Disrict Table Stuart Florida salad


Miami-Dade County (4)

Yardbird Southern Table and Bar

Yardbird Southern Table Florida food Yardbird Southern Table Florida

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill:

Miami Sugarcane 2 Miami Sugarcane 1

Alter:

Miami Alter 1 Miami Alter 2

The Cypress Room

The Cypress Room Miami


Monroe County

Blue Heaven:

Monroe Blue Heaven Monroe Blue Heaven a


Nassau County

Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen: hothot

gilberts 1 gilberts 3


Okaloosa County

One20 a Modern Bistro2nd year award

One20 modern bistroOne20

The team behind One20 is opening a new restaurant in summer 2016 on Racetrack Rd in Ft Walton Beach: Spork Eatery

 


Okeechobee County

Nutmeg’s Café:

Okeechobee Nutmeg's cafeOkeechobee Nutmeg's cafe A


Orange County (3)

Victoria and Albert’s2nd year award

Vctoria and Albert's chocholate OrlandoVctoria and Albert's chocholate Orlando inside

Osprey Tavern: hot hot

Orange County Osprey Tavern Orange County Osprey Tavern Bar

Morimoto Asia:

orange County Morimoto Disney Springs sushi Orange County Morimoto Asia Disney Springs

Don’t eat theme park food out of a window all week….plan ahead.  Check out my friend http://tastychomps.com/for a more in depth dive into Orlando.


Osceola County

Savion’s Place2nd year award

Savion's Place Kissimmee Florida Savion's Place Kissimmee Florida Chef


 

Palm Beach County (3)

Grato:  hot

Palm Beach Grato Palm Beach Grato riccotta

Buccan:

Palm Beach Buccan palm beach buccan 2

Max’s Harvest2nd year award

Max's harvestMax's harvest 1

 


Pasco County

Pearl in the Grove:

Pasco County Pearl in the Grove Pasco County Pearl in the Grove A


Pinellas County (2)

FarmTable Kitchen: hot

Pinellas FarmTable Kitchen Pinellas FarmTable Kitchen bar

 

Brick and Mortar: hot

Pinellas Brick and Mortar Pinellas Brick and Mortar food

 


Polk County

Nineteen 61: hot

Polk County Nineteen 61 Polk County Nineteen 61 food


Putnam County

The Magnolia Cafe2nd year award

The Magnolia Cafe Florida The Magnolia Cafe Florida outside


Santa Rosa County

The Slippery Mermaid2nd year award

Slippery Mermaid Floirda Slippery Mermaid Floirda sushi


Sarasota County

Owen’s Fish Camp:

Sarasota County Owens Fish Camp A Sarasota County Owens Fish Camp

This property is kind of a fun hot mess and we love it.


Seminole County

Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café2nd year award

Hollerback Willow Tree Cafe


St. Johns County

The Ice Plant: hot

St Johns Ice Plant st johns bar fl

 


St. Lucie County

Fernando’s Dockside Grill2nd year award

Fernandos Dockside Grill Saint Lucie County Florida Fernandos Dockside Grill Saint Lucie County Florida A


Sumter County

Miz Kathi’s Cotillion Southern Cafe2nd year award

Cotillion Southern Cafe


Suwannee County

The Brown Lantern:

Suwannee County Brown Lantern


Taylor County

Deal’s Famous Oyster House2nd year award

Deal's Famous Oyster House


Union County

Someone needs to give Union County/Lake Butler a place to eat besides Hardee’s.


Volusia County

Chucherias Hondurenas Restaurant:

Flagler inside Flagler food


Wakulla County

Hamaknockers BBQ2nd year award

Hamaknockers BBQ Crawfordville Florida outsideWakulla County Hammaknockers


Walton County

Vintij2nd year award

Vintij Restaurant Florida Vintij Restaurant Florida Wine

Another great restaurant to consider in Walton County is Bijoux.


Washington County

French’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar2nd year award

French's Restaurant Caryville FloridaWashington County Frenchs

Because, who doesn’t love a country seafood buffet with deviled crab and snow crab legs?


See full list

or only:
Northwest Florida

Northeast Florida

Central Florida

South Florida

The criteria was: Taste, Experience, and Uniqueness.

View past 2015 list:click here

If you’d like to vote for some of your favorite restaurants in up to 5 Florida counties click here.



 

 

South Florida: Best Restaurant In Each Florida County 2016

Florida 2016 map for FacebookA

The criteria was: Taste, Experience, and Uniqueness. To see the 2015 winners click here.

Please vote for some of your favorite restaurants both that made the list and ones we missed: click here to vote!.

See full list

or only:
Northwest Florida

Northeast Florida

Central Florida

South Florida

South Florida List Only:


Broward County (2)

Kuro at Seminole Hard Rock Casino: hot

Kuro Broward A Kuro Broward

Save some of your gambling money for this culinary treasure.

Hardy Park Bistro2nd year award

Hardy Park Bistro plateHardy Park Bistro


Charlotte County

Peace River Seafood:

Charlotte Peace River Seafood Charlotte Peace River Seafood A


Collier County

Rumba Cuban Café2nd year award

rumba cuban cafe rumba cuban cafe naples


Columbia County

Sal’s Italian Deli:

Sals Lake City Sals Lake City A


Glades County

Sorry, nothing to recommend out here yet.


Hendry County

Jalapeno’s Taqueria:

Glades tortilla Glades Jalapeno

The place has its own tortilla machine, legit Mexican hole in the wall.


Lee County

Bruno’s of Brooklyn:

Lee County Bruno's Lee County Bruno's A


Martin County

District Table and Bar2nd year award

Disrict Table Stuart Florida Disrict Table Stuart Florida salad


Miami-Dade County (4)

Yardbird Southern Table and Bar

Yardbird Southern Table Florida food Yardbird Southern Table Florida

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill:

Miami Sugarcane 2 Miami Sugarcane 1

Alter:

Miami Alter 1 Miami Alter 2

The Cypress Room

The Cypress Room Miami


Monroe County

Blue Heaven:

Monroe Blue Heaven Monroe Blue Heaven a


Palm Beach County (3)

Grato:  hot

Palm Beach Grato Palm Beach Grato riccotta

Buccan:

Palm Beach Buccan palm beach buccan 2

Max’s Harvest2nd year award

Max's harvestMax's harvest 1


See full list

or only:
Northwest Florida

Northeast Florida

Central Florida

South Florida

The criteria was: Taste, Experience, and Uniqueness.

If you’d like to vote for some of your favorite restaurants in up to 5 Florida counties click here.



Central Florida: Best Restaurant In Each Florida County 2016

Florida 2016 map for FacebookA

The criteria was: Taste, Experience, and Uniqueness. To see the 2015 winners click here.

Please vote for some of your favorite restaurants both that made the list and ones we missed: click here to vote!.

See full list

or only:
Northwest Florida

Northeast Florida

Central Florida

South Florida

Central Florida List Only:


Brevard County

The Fat Snook2nd year award

Fat Snook Cocoa Beach Florida Fat Snook Cocoa Beach Florida logo

Runners up: Florida Fresh Grill and Crush Eleven


Citrus County

Vintage on 5th2nd year award

vintage on 5th Crystal River


DeSoto County

Magnolia Street Seafood and Grill:

Desoto Margarets Main St Desoto Margarets on Main


Hardee County

Giouvanni’s Main Street Kitchen2nd year award

Giovanni's Main Street Kitchen Wauchula Florida sandwich Giovanni's Main Street Kitchen Wauchula Florida


Hernando County

Marker 48 Brewing: hot

Hernando County Marker 48

In Hernando County you should drink your dinner at this great small town brewery!


Highlands County

Garden Café at McLane’s Country Garden2nd year award

Garden Cafe sebring florida Garden Cafe sebring florida sign

Garden Café is still an oasis of flavor in Highlands County.


Hillsborough County (2)

Edison2nd year award hot

Edison TampaEdison Tampa 1

Rooster & the Till2nd year award hot

Rooster and TillRooster and Till chef

Edison and Rooster & the Till remain tops 2 years running.  For great casual lunch options try the quintessential Brocato’s deviled crabs or Cuban counter service at La Teresita Cafeteria.


Indian River County

The Tides2nd year award

The Tides Vero Beach Florida The Tides Vero Beach Florida Chef


Lake County

The Goblin Market Restaurant2nd year award

Goblin Market Restaurant Mt Dora Florida Goblin Market Restaurant Mt Dora Florida outside


Manatee County

The Sandbar2nd year award

The Sandbar Anna Maria Island soft shell crab The Sandbar Anna Maria Island


Martin County

District Table and Bar2nd year award

Disrict Table Stuart Florida Disrict Table Stuart Florida salad


Okeechobee County

Nutmeg’s Café:

Okeechobee Nutmeg's cafeOkeechobee Nutmeg's cafe A


Orange County (3)

Victoria and Albert’s2nd year award

Vctoria and Albert's chocholate OrlandoVctoria and Albert's chocholate Orlando inside

Osprey Tavern: hot hot

Orange County Osprey Tavern Orange County Osprey Tavern Bar

Morimoto Asia:

orange County Morimoto Disney Springs sushi Orange County Morimoto Asia Disney Springs

Don’t eat theme park food out of a window all week….plan ahead.  Check out my friend http://tastychomps.com/for a more in depth dive into Orlando.


Osceola County

Savion’s Place2nd year award

Savion's Place Kissimmee Florida Savion's Place Kissimmee Florida Chef


Pasco County

Pearl in the Grove:

Pasco County Pearl in the Grove Pasco County Pearl in the Grove A


Pinellas County (2)

FarmTable Kitchen: hot

Pinellas FarmTable Kitchen Pinellas FarmTable Kitchen bar

Brick and Mortar: hot

Pinellas Brick and Mortar Pinellas Brick and Mortar food


Polk County

Nineteen 61: hot

Polk County Nineteen 61 Polk County Nineteen 61 food


Sarasota County

Owen’s Fish Camp:

Sarasota County Owens Fish Camp A Sarasota County Owens Fish Camp

This property is kind of a fun hot mess and we love it.


Seminole County

Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café2nd year award

Hollerback Willow Tree Cafe


St. Lucie County

Fernando’s Dockside Grill2nd year award

Fernandos Dockside Grill Saint Lucie County Florida Fernandos Dockside Grill Saint Lucie County Florida A


Sumter County

Miz Kathi’s Cotillion Southern Café2nd year award

Cotillion Southern Cafe


See full list

or only:
Northwest Florida

Northeast Florida

Central Florida

South Florida

The criteria was: Taste, Experience, and Uniqueness.

If you’d like to vote for some of your favorite restaurants in up to 5 Florida counties click here.



Northeast Florida: Best Restaurant In Each Florida County 2016

Florida 2016 map for FacebookA

Published June 8th 2016:

The criteria was: Taste, Experience, and Uniqueness. To see the 2015 winners click here.

Please vote for some of your favorite restaurants both that made the list and ones we missed: click here to vote!.

See full list

or only:
Northwest Florida

Northeast Florida

Central Florida

South Florida

Northeast Florida List Only:


Alachua County

Root & Pecker:  hot

Root and Pecker AlachuaRoot and Pecker Alachua A


Baker County

Cecil’s Hometown Cooking:

Cecil's Baker Cecil's Baker A

This is the brand new local hot spot in small town McClenny, FL.


Bradford County

Tom’s High on the Hog Real Pit BBQ:

Bradford Toms BBQ Bradford Toms BBQ 2


Clay County

Just A Pinch Café & Catering:

Clay County Clay County A


Columbia County

Sal’s Italian Deli:

Sals Lake City Sals Lake City A


Dixie County

Taste of Dixie Diner:

Dixie Taste of Dixie Dixie Taste of Dixie A


Duval County

Restaurant Orsayhot

Good Food Company JacksonvilleDuval Restaurant Orsay

Runners up: Sbraga & Company  and HOBNOB


Flagler County

The Blue Heron Beachfront Bistro:

Flagler County Blue Heron Flagler County Blue Heron A


Gilchrist County

Cherry’s Steak and Seafood:

Collier Cherry's steak and seafood


Hamilton County

Crossroads Market and Grill2nd year award

Crossroads market jasper florida pizza Crossroads market jasper florida


Lafayette County

Tumbleweed’s Smokehouse2nd year award

tumbleweed smokehouse


Levy County

Tony’s Seafood Restaurant2nd year award

Tony's Seafood Cedar Key Florida Tony's Seafood Cedar Key Florida outside


Liberty County

Apalachee Restaurant2nd year award

Apalachee Restaurant Bristol Florida


Madison County

Rancho Grande2nd year award

Rancho Grande Madison Florida


Marion County

The Blue Wagyu2nd year award hot

The Blue Wagyu Ocala Florida The Blue Wagyu Ocala Florida wall decal


Nassau County

Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen: hothot

gilberts 1 gilberts 3


St. Johns County

The Ice Plant: hot

St Johns Ice Plant st johns bar fl


Suwannee County

The Brown Lantern:

Suwannee County Brown Lantern


Union County

Someone needs to give Union County/Lake Butler a place to eat besides Hardee’s.


Volusia County

Chucherias Hondurenas Restaurant:

Flagler inside Flagler food



See full list

or only:
Northwest Florida

Northeast Florida

Central Florida

South Florida

The criteria was: Taste, Experience, and Uniqueness.

If you’d like to vote for some of your favorite restaurants in up to 5 Florida counties click here.



Northwest Florida: Best Restaurant In Each Florida County 2016

Florida 2016 map for FacebookA

Published June 8th 2016:

The criteria was: Taste, Experience, and Uniqueness. To see the 2015 winners click here.

Please vote for some of your favorite restaurants both that made the list and ones we missed: click here to vote!.

See full list

or only:
Northwest Florida

Northeast Florida

Central Florida

South Florida

Northwest Florida List Only:


Bay County

Firefly:2nd year award

Firefly Panama City Beach Firefly Panama City Beach tree with lights

Runner up:  g. Foley’s


Calhoun County

Parramores Too Restaurant2nd year award

Parramores Restaurant Too Blountstown Florida


Escambia County

Restaurant IRON2nd year award

Restaurant Iron Pensacola Florida Restaurant Iron Pensacola Florida Chef McPhail


Gadsden County

Rutabaga Café: hot hot

Glades dish Jackson Rutabaga

Chattahoochee, FL is on the culinary map with this gem.  Specials like quail, amber jack, basil shrimp and grits and more.


Gulf County

Indian Pass Raw Bar2nd year award

Indian Pass Raw Bar Indian Pass Trading Post Port St Joe

Nearby Provisions and Bin 4eleven are heating up.


Holmes County

Castaway Seafood2nd year award

Castaway Seafood and Oyster Bar BonifayHolmes Castaway


Jackson County

Spears’ Café:

Spears Cafe Jackson County Spears Cafe Jackson County A

Great burgers and fried chicken in a county that desperately needs a few new local restaurants.


Jefferson County

Tupelo’s Bakery and Café2nd year award

Tupelo Bakery and Cafe FloridaJefferson County Tupelo's


Leon County

The Edison Restaurant: hothot

Leon County The Edison A Leon County The Edison

Finally, a modern foodie hot spot in the Florida capital of Tallahassee.


Liberty County

Apalachee Restaurant2nd year award

Apalachee Restaurant Bristol Florida


Madison County

Rancho Grande2nd year award

Rancho Grande Madison Florida


Okaloosa County

One20 a Modern Bistro2nd year award

One20 modern bistroOne20

The team behind One20 is opening a new restaurant in summer 2016 on Racetrack Rd in Ft Walton Beach: Spork Eatery


Santa Rosa County

The Slippery Mermaid2nd year award

Slippery Mermaid Floirda Slippery Mermaid Floirda sushi


Taylor County

Deal’s Famous Oyster House2nd year award

Deal's Famous Oyster House


Wakulla County

Hamaknockers BBQ2nd year award

Hamaknockers BBQ Crawfordville Florida outsideWakulla County Hammaknockers


Walton County

Vintij2nd year award

Vintij Restaurant Florida Vintij Restaurant Florida Wine

Another great restaurant to consider in Walton County is Bijoux.


Washington County

French’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar2nd year award

French's Restaurant Caryville FloridaWashington County Frenchs

Because, who doesn’t love a country seafood buffet with deviled crab and snow crab legs?


Click here to see all full list or other regions:

See full list

or only:
Northwest Florida

Northeast Florida

Central Florida

South Florida

If you’d like to vote for some of your favorite restaurants in up to 5 Florida counties click here.



New Best Restaurant In Each South Carolina County for 2016 is now published!

The 2016 Best Restaurant In Each South Carolina County Awards are now posted on Scott Wink’s new blog:

http://www.snacksofjax.com/2016–south-carolina–best-restaurant-in-each-county.html

 

The voting is now open for 2016’s Florida and North Carolina awards.  Click below to vote:

 

North Carolina: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BFT9MP3

 

Florida:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3MXKHV5

Best Restaurant In Each North Carolina County, 2015

North Carolina Counties image

The criteria for this list was: Taste, Experience, and Uniqueness.  This is the first time a county by county list of the best restaurants in North Carolina has been compiled.

We plan on updating it in 2016.  We hope to use more local feedback to improve the list for next year.  You may participate in the selection of next year’s winner by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Alamance County

Prego’s Trattoria :

Pregos Burlington North CarolinaPregos Burlington North Carolina inside


Alexander County

Crossroads Grill :

Crossroads Grill Taylorsville North Carolina


Alleghany County

Brown’s Restaurant :

Browns Restaurant Sparta North Carolina


Anson County

Oliver’s Restaurant :

Oliver's Restaurant Wadesboro North Carolina shrimp and grils Oliver's Restaurant Wadesboro North Carolina


Ashe County

Bobby D’s :

Bobby D's Jefferson North Carolina pizzaBobby D's Jefferson North Carolina


Avery County

Artisanal :

Artisnal Restaurant Banner Elk North CarolinaArtisnal Restaurant Banner Elk North Carolina outside


Beaufort County

Grub Brothers :

Grub Brothers Washington North CarolinaGrub Brothers Washington North Carolina outside


Bertie County

Hammerheads Oyster Bar :

Hammerheads Oyster Bar Windsor North Carolina Hammerheads Oyster Bar Windsor North Carolina Chef Mitchell Spivey


Bladen County

San Jose Mexican Restaurant :

San Jose Cantina Elizabethtown North Carolina


Brunswick County

Mr P’s Bistro:

Mr P's Bistro Southport North Carolina fish plate Mr P's Bistro Southport North Carolina


  remember you can vote, Click here: vote

 

Buncombe County (3)

Rhubarb :

Rhubarb Asheville NC 2 Rhubarb Asheville NC 3

Curate :

Curate Asheville North CarolinaCurate Asheville North Carolina Katie Button

Dining Room at Inn on Biltmore Estate:

The Biltmore Dining Room Asheville North Carolina outside The Biltmore Dining Room Asheville North Carolina David Ryba


Burke County

Root & Vine :

Root & Vine Restaurant Morganton North CarolinaRoot & Vine Restaurant Morganton North Carolina Chef Miller


Cabarrus County

The Smoke Pit :

The Smoke Pit in Concord North CarolinaThe Smoke Pit in Concord North Carolina inside


Caldwell County

Granite Falls Brewing Co :

Granite Falls Brewing North Carolina salad Granite Falls Brewing North Carolina


Camden County

Dockside Grille at Lamb’s Marina :

Dockside Grill at Lambs Marina Camden North Carolina soup Dockside Grill at Lambs Marina Camden North Carolina


Carteret County

Amos Mosquito’s :

Amos Mosquito's North CarolinaAmos Mosquito's North Carolina eck


Caswell County

Hushpuppies Seafood :

Hushpuppies Seafood Yanceyville North Carolina to go Hushpuppies Seafood Yanceyville North Carolina


Catawba County

Youssef 242 :

Youssef 242 Hickory North CarolinaYoussef 242 Hickory North Carolina drinks


Chatham County

Fearrington House Restaurant :

Fearrington House Restaurant Pittsboro North CarolinaFearrington House Restaurant Pittsboro North Carolina Chef


Cherokee County

Doyle’s Cedar Hill Restaurant :

Doyle's Cedar Hill Restaurant Murphy North CarolinaDoyle's Cedar Hill Restaurant Murphy North Carolina Chef


Chowan County

Inner Banks Inn :

Inner Banks Inn Edenton North Carolina food Inner Banks Inn Edenton North Carolina


Clay County

The Copper Door :

The Copper Door Hayesville North CarolinaThe Copper Door Hayesville North Carolina door


Cleveland County

Bridges BarBeCue Lodge :

Bridges BarBeCue Lodge Shelby North Carolina food Bridges BarBeCue Lodge Shelby North Carolina


Columbus County

Todd House Restaurant :

Todd House Restaurant Tabor City North Carolina buffettTodd House Restaurant Tabor City North Carolina


Craven County

247 Craven :

247 Craven Tabor City North Carolina logo 247 Craven Tabor City North Carolina


Cumberland County

Taste of West Africa :

Taste of West Africa Fayettville North Carolina ox tailTaste of West Africa Fayettville North Carolina


Currituck County

Weeping Radish Brewery & Restaurant :

Weeping Radish Jarvisburg North Carolina beer Weeping Radish Jarvisburg North Carolina


Dare County

Ocean Boulevard Bistro and Martin Bar :

Ocean Boulevard Bistro and Martin Bar Kitty Hawk North Carolina surf and turfOcean Boulevard Bistro and Martin Bar Kitty Hawk North Carolina


Davidson County

Lexington Barbecue :

Lexington BBQ North Carolina plate Lexington BBQ North Carolina


Davie County

Ketchie Creek Bakery :

Ketchie Creek Bakery North CarolinaKetchie Creek Bakery North Carolina outside


Duplin County

The Bistro at Duplin Winery:

The Bistro at Duplin Winery North Carolina The Bistro at Duplin Winery North Carolina door logo


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Durham County (3)

Mateo Tapas :

Mateo Durham NC 1Mateo Durham NC

Guglhupf Cafe:

Guglhupf Cafe Durham North CarolinaGuglhupf Cafe Durham North Carolina outside

Dame’s Chicken and Waffles:

Dame's Chicken and Waffles Durham North CarolinaDame's Chicken and Waffles Durham North Carolina sign logo


Edgecombe County

On The Square :

On The Square Tarboro North Carolina plate On The Square Tarboro North Carolina


Forsyth County

Noble’s Grille :

Noble's Grill Winston Salem North CarolinaNoble's Grill Winston Salem North Carolina beans


Franklin County

Hometown Café :

Hometown Cafe Franklinton North Carolina


Gaston County

Jia Asian Fusion :

Jia Asian Fusion Gastonia North Carolina


Gates County

Tarheel Bar-B-Q :

Tarheel BBQ Eure North Carolina


Graham County

Jasper’s at Tapoco Lodge :

Jasper's Restaurant Robbinsville North Carolina plateJasper's Restaurant Robbinsville North Carolina


Granville County

Harvest Restaurant :

Harvest Restaurant Oxford North Carolina food Harvest Restaurant Oxford North Carolina


Greene County

Morris Barbeque :

Morris BBQ North CarolinaMorris BBQ North Carolina outside


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Guilford County (2)

Print Works Bistro :

Print Works Bistro Greensboro North Carolina plate Print Works Bistro Greensboro North Carolina

Iron Hen Café :

Iron Hen Cafe Greensboro North Carolina plateIron Hen Cafe Greensboro North Carolina


Halifax County

Hunan Chinese Restaurant :

Hunan Chinese Roanoke Rapids North Carolina


Harnett County

Broad Street Deli :

Broad Street Deli Dunn North Carolina quice Broad Street Deli Dunn North Carolina


Haywood County

Frogs Leap Public House :

Frogs Leap Public HouseFrogs Leap Public House Chef Raymond


Henderson County

Postero :

Postero Hendersonville North CarolinaPostero Hendersonville North Carolina Chef Jason Reasoner


Hertford County

Tavern 125 :

Tavern 125 Murfreesboro North Carolina Shrimp and GritsTavern 125 Murfreesboro North Carolina


Hoke County

Edinborough Family Restaurant :

Edinborough Family Restaurant Raeford North Carolina fish Edinborough Family Restaurant Raeford North Carolina


Hyde County

Martelle’s Feed House :

Martelles Feed House oystersMartelles Feed House


Iredell County

Epic Chophouse :

Epic Chophouse Mooreville North Carolina whole fish Epic Chophouse Mooreville North Carolina


Jackson County

Guadalupe Café :

Guadalupe Cafe Sylva North Carolina foodGuadalupe Cafe Sylva North Carolina


Johnston County

Bistro on Third :

Bistro on Third Smithfield North Carolina  Bistro on Third Smithfield North Carolina logo sign


Jones County

Two Jays Diner :

Two Jays Diner Trenton North Carolina BurgerTwo Jays Diner Trenton North Carolina


Lee County

The Steele Pig :

The Steele Pig food The Steele Pig


Lenoir County

Chef and the Farmer :

Chef and Farmer NCChef and Farmer NC 1


Lincoln County

Harvest Moon Grille :

Harvest Moon Grille Lincolnton North Carolina food Harvest Moon Grille Lincolnton North Carolina


Macon County

The Bowery :

The Bowery Franklin North Carolina ox tailThe Bowery Franklin North Carolina


Madison County

Spring Creek Tavern :

Spring Creek Tavern Hot Springs North Carolina pizza Spring Creek Tavern Hot Springs North Carolina


Martin County

Sunny Side Oyster Bar :

Sunny Side Oyster Bar Williamston North Carolina


McDowell County

Bruce’s Fabulous Foods :

Bruce's Fabulous Foods Marion North Carolina


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Mecklenburg County (4)

Luna’s Living Kitchen :

Luna's living kitchen Charlotte North CarolinaLuna's living kitchen Charlotte North Carolina staff

Block and Grinder :

Block and Grinder Charlotte North Carolina plateBlock and Grinder Charlotte North Carolina Chef

Nan and Byrons :

Nan and Byron's Charlotte North Carolina foodNan and Byron's Charlotte North Carolina

Price’s Chicken Coop :

Price's Chicken Coop box Price's Chicken Coop


Mitchell County

Knife and Fork :

Knife and Fork Spruce Hill North Carolina plataeKnife and Fork Spruce Hill North Carolina


Montgomery County

Blake’s Restaurant :

Blake's Restaurant North Carolina


Moore County

Elliots on Linden :

Elliots on Linden foodElliots on Linden


Nash County

Lou Reda’s :

Lou Reda Rocky Mount North CarolinaLou Reda Rocky Mount North Carolina inside


New Hanover County

Catch :

Catch in Wilmington North CarolinaCatch in Wilmington North Carolina Chef Rhodes


Northampton County

 Broadnax Diner:

Broadnax Diner North Carolina


Onslow County

Marrakesh :

Marrakesh Jacksonville North CaolinaMarrakesh Jacksonville North Caolina family


Orange County

Lantern :

Lantern Chapel Hill North Carolina  Lantern Chapel Hill North Carolina outside


Pamlico County

The Silos :

The Silos Oriental North CarolinaThe Silos Oriental North Carolina outside


Pasquotank County

Montero’s Restaurant :

Montero's Elizabeth City North Carolina food Montero's Elizabeth City North Carolina


Pender County

Jebby’s on 17 :

Jebby's on 17


Perquimans County

Patricia’s Grille :

Patricia's Grill Hertford North CarolinaPatricia's Grill Hertford North Carolina Chef Jon Szarke


Person County

Brookland Eats :

Brookland Eats Roxboro North Carolina foodBrookland Eats Roxboro North Carolina


Pitt County

Parker’s Barbecue :

Parkers Barbecue Greenville North Carolina


Polk County

Lavender Bistro :

Lavender Bistro Tyron North Carolina food Lavender Bistro Tyron North Carolina


Randolph County

The Table :

The Table Asheboro North Carolina foodThe Table Asheboro North Carolina


Richmond County

4 T’s Diner :

4Ts Soul Food Rockingham North Carolina sign logo 4Ts Soul Food Rockingham North Carolina


Robeson County

Candy Sue’s Downtown :

Candy Sue's Downtown Lumberton North Carolina foodCandy Sue's Downtown Lumberton North Carolina


Rockingham County

The Celtic Fringe :

The Celtic Fringe Reidsville North CarolinaThe Celtic Fringe Reidsville North Carolina outside


Rowan County

Sweet Meadow Café :

Sweet Meadow Cafe Salisbury North Carolina foodSweet Meadow Cafe Salisbury North Carolina


Rutherford County

Larkin’s On The Lake:

Larkin's On the Lake Lake Lure North Carolina food Larkin's On the Lake Lake Lure North Carolina


Sampson County

The Hungry Farmer :

The Hungry Farmer Clinton North CarolinaThe Hungry Farmer Clinton North Carolina sign logo


Scotland County

Miyako Japanese Cuisine :

Miyako Japanese Cuisine Laurinburg North Carolina food Miyako Japanese Cuisine Laurinburg North Carolina


Stanly County

Off The Square :

Off The Square Albemarle North Carolina cornOff The Square Albemarle North Carolina


Stokes County

Hillbilly Hide-A-Way Restaurant :

Hillbilly Hide-a-way Walnut Cove North CarolinaHillbilly Hide-a-way Walnut Cove North Carolina inside


Surry County

Trio Restaurant and Bar :

Trio Restaurant and Bar Mt Airy North Carolina plateTrio Restaurant and Bar Mt Airy North Carolina


Swain County

Sassy Sunflower Bakery and Café :

Sassy Sunflowers Bakery and Cafe Cherokee North Carolina inside Sassy Sunflowers Bakery and Cafe Cherokee North Carolina


Transylvania County

The Square Root :

The Square Root Brevard North CarolinaThe Square Root Brevard North Carolina inside


Tyrrell County

Old Salt Oyster Bar :

Old Salt Oyster Bar Columbia North Carolina oysters Old Salt Oyster Bar Columbia North Carolina


Union County

The Stone Kitchen :

The Stone Table Monroe North CarolinaThe Stone Table Monroe North Carolina inside


Vance County

Skipper Forsyth’s Bar-B-Q :

Skipper Forsyth's Bar-B-Q Henderson North Carolina  Skipper Forsyth's Bar-B-Q Henderson North Carolina sign logo


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Wake County (4)

18 Seaboard :

18 Seaboard Raleigh North Carolina18 Seaboard Raleigh North Carolina Chef Jason Smith

Fiction Kitchen :

Fiction Kitchen Raleigh North CarolinaFiction Kitchen Raleigh North Carolina outside

Bida Manda :

Bida Manda Raleigh North Carolina plateBida Manda Chef Lou Raleigh North Carolina

Sitti :

Sitti Raleigh North CarolinaSitti Raleigh North Carolina outside


Warren County

Warren FoodWorks :

Warren FoodWorks Warrenton North Carolina coffeeWarren FoodWorks Warrenton North Carolina


Washington County

The Garden Spot Café :

The Garden Cafe Plymouth North Carolina


Watauga County

The Table Restaurant at Crestwood :

The Table at Crestwood Boone North CarolinaThe Table at Crestwood Boone North Carolina sunset


Wayne County

Carl and ‘Chelle’s Grill Room :

Carl and 'Chelle's Grill Room Goldsboro North Carolina table steak Carl and 'Chelle's Grill Room Goldsboro North Carolina


Wilkes County

Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery :

Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery North Carolina foodBrushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery North Carolina


Wilson County

Bill’s Barbecue :

Bill Ellis BBQ Wilson North CarolinaBill Ellis BBQ Wilson North Carolina sign


Yadkin County

Hearth Restaurant at Sanders Ridge Winery :

Hearth Restaurant at Sanders Ridge Winery North CarolinaHearth Restaurant at Sanders Ridge Winery North Carolina inside


Yancey County

Garden Deli :

Garden Deli Burnsville North Carolina desserts Garden Deli Burnsville North Carolina

Darius Rucker’s New Southern Style Album and Favorite Restaurants

 

Darius and Scott Wink Charleston Food Bloggers

I got to sit down and talk with Grammy Award winning artist Darius Rucker one morning in Charleston, SC.  Darius has won international fame in both the rock/pop genre with his former band Hootie and the Blowfish and now in the country genre as a solo artist.  He has won Grammys in both genres as well.  That is pretty dang amazing.

I was excited to discuss his new album Southern Style and to hear about some of Darius’ favorite restaurants.

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Scott Wink:  Are you a morning person? Do you do breakfast?

Darius Rucker:  Sure, I make breakfast for the kids. I made breakfast this morning.  We made eggs and bacon and cinnamon toast. We make French toast or eggs or pancakes a lot too. I make a LOT of breakfast.

Scott Wink: What were some of your favorite foods when you were growing up in Charleston?

Darius Rucker:  Growing up for me it was all about the local seafood markets and all the great fresh local stuff. Fried chicken, okra soup, collard greens, mac n’ cheese were a huge part of me growing up. Today they are still my Kryptonite.  You put some collard greens and fried chicken on the table I don’t care what kind of diet I’m on.  I’m going to eat good that day.

Scott Wink: What are some of your favorite restaurants here in Charleston?

Darius Rucker:  I love FIG. It’s great. I love The Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan’s Island. I go there a lot.  I love that place Monza. It’s just awesome. We just stumbled on that place and the food is really good.   For lunch I like going to places like TBonz or Liberty. You know, those places where you can walk in and get a good sandwich or a great burger.  For me its not always about a place having a great chef. It’s just really about the food.  I’ve been blessed to eat in cities all over the world and there are not many places with better restaurants than Charleston.  I tell people all the time that we may not have the same number of restaurants as New York City but if you want to talk quality we rival them.

Scott Wink: What are some of your family or kids favorite places?

Darius Rucker:  They like the ones I just said too.  We like to take the kids with us to eat most of the time. Monza IS our family favorite.  The kids also loveeee Obstinate Daughter.  If we don’t take the kids to FIG when we go, we hear about it for 3 or 4 days….  comments from them like, “I can’t believe you went to FIG without us.”  My youngest child is around 10 and the thing is even if these places don’t have kids menus they all have things that my kids just love to eat.

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Scott Wink: What about when you are on the road? Are there cities you look forward to playing in because of the food?

Darius Rucker:  When we go to Memphis we get Rendezvous. I get it every time I go to Memphis.

Scott Wink: Ohh, those dry rub ribs!

Darius Rucker: Yeah, I love it. Then when we go to Raleigh, North Carolina we get Cloos’ hot dogs. I’ve been eating there since my days touring clubs with Hootie and the Blowfish.  We stumbled on it and it’s still there so that’s always fun.

Scott Wink:  Speaking of Hootie and the Blowfish, are you glad when you went solo you got to use your real name and have less people refer to you as “Hootie”?

Darius Rucker:  Yes, when I named the band (Hootie and the Blowfish) there was not one moment when I ever thought anyone would ever call ME Hootie.  That never crossed my mind.  There were years of my life where that was basically my name. Now that has all changed thank goodness.  People have gotten to know me.  Looking back at the last 20 years of my career I’m just very grateful that people still know who I am and have supported me.  I very grateful.

Scott Wink:  You do a lot of charity concerts here in Charleston. Thank you. Was there ever a moment when you decided things had gotten big enough to be able to start giving back to the community like you do?

Darius Rucker:  Not really, I’ve just always thought that way. Ever since I was a kid it was just part of life growing up. I was raised in an environment where we were taught early on that you should always help people when you can. For me its just something I feel I need to do and I love to help HERE in Charleston.  I want our kids to have great hospitals. I want our schools to keep getting better. So its a no brainier for me to help out as much as I can.

Scott Wink:  Your new album Southern Style has a few really personal songs on it. One about Charleston and one about your mom I hear.

Darius Rucker:  Yeah, on albums you have to always have a few songs that really, really, mean a lot to you.  “You Can Have Charleston” is one of those songs. When I finished writing it I realized it was one of those great, sad, beautiful songs. “So I Sang” that song is about… life.  It tells a really cool little story about growing up.


 

Darius is such a great guy with an amazing voice. You should definitely download his song from iTunes or pick up the CD.  His new single off of this Southern Style album is Homegrown Honey and is burning up the charts and airwaves.

Later in the day Darius performed several songs both new and old for a small group of radio and news people at Charleston Distilling Co on King Street.  Here are a few videos of his performances.

 

 

 

Best Restaurant In Each Florida County: 2015

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The criteria was: Taste, Experience, and Uniqueness.  A few other notable contributors were 30AEATS.com and TastyChomps.com.

I have lived in Florida off and on for over 20 years and still visit and eat a dozen or more times a year there.

Please vote for some of your favorite restaurants both that made the list and ones we missed: click here to vote!.

 


Alachua County

Satchel’s Pizza:

Satchels pizza in Gainesville Florida Satchels pizza van is awesome


Baker County

Sixth Street Steakhouse

Sixth Street Steakhouse Sixth Street Steakhouse logo


Bay County

Firefly:

Firefly Panama City Beach Firefly Panama City Beach tree with lights


Bradford County

Tony and Al’s Deli:

Tony and Al's Deli in Starke Florida


Brevard County

The Fat Snook

Fat Snook Cocoa Beach Florida Fat Snook Cocoa Beach Florida logo


Broward County (2)

Hardy Park Bistro

Hardy Park Bistro plateHardy Park Bistro

La Huaca Peruvian Cuisine

La Huaca Peruvian Cuisine La Huaca Peruvian Cuisine plate Hollywood Florida


 Calhoun County

Parramores Too Restaurant

Parramores Restaurant Too Blountstown Florida


 Charlotte County

Trabue

Trabue Punta Gorda Florida Trabue Punta Gorda Florida Chef Kevin


Citrus County

Vintage on 5th

vintage on 5th Crystal River


Clay County

Saigon Tokyo Bistro

Saigon Tokyo Bistro Fleming Island Florida sushi Saigon Tokyo Bistro Fleming Island Florida


 Collier County

Rumba Cuban Café

rumba cuban cafe rumba cuban cafe naples


 Columbia County

Marion Street Deli and Pub

Marion Street Deli and Pub Lake City Florida


 DeSoto County

Wheeler’s Cafe

Wheeler's Cafe Arcadia Florida gravy Wheeler's Cafe Arcadia Florida


Dixie County

Putnam Lodge

Putnam Lodge Cross City Florida Restaurant lobster Putnam Lodge Cross City Florida Restaurant


Duval County

Restaurant Orsay

Good Food Company Jacksonville


Escambia County

Restaurant IRON

Restaurant Iron Pensacola Florida Restaurant Iron Pensacola Florida Chef McPhail


Flagler County

Burrito 101

Burrto 101 Burrito 101 inside


Franklin County

Up the Creek Raw Bar

Up The Creek Raw Bar Florida Up The Creek Raw Bar Florida building


Gadsden County

The Whip Waterfront Pub n Grub

The Whip Quincy Florida burger The Whip Quincy Florida


Gilchrist County

Hobo’s Restaurant

Hobo's restaurant Trenton Florida Hobo's restaurant Trenton Florida building


Glades County

Sherry’s Hideout Restaurant and Catering

Sherry's hideout cafe


Gulf County

Indian Pass Raw Bar

Indian Pass Raw Bar Indian Pass Trading Post Port St Joe


Hamilton County

Crossroads Market and Grill

Crossroads market jasper florida pizza Crossroads market jasper florida


Hardee County

Giouvanni’s Main Street Kitchen

Giovanni's Main Street Kitchen Wauchula Florida sandwich Giovanni's Main Street Kitchen Wauchula Florida


Hendry County

Two Peas Cafe

Two Peas Cafe Labelle Florida


Hernando County

Florida Cracker Kitchen

Florida Cracker Kitchen soup Florida Cracker Kitchen


 Highlands County

Garden Café at McLane’s Country Garden

Garden Cafe sebring florida Garden Cafe sebring florida sign


 Hillsborough County (2)

Edison

Edison TampaEdison Tampa 1

Rooster & the Till

Rooster and TillRooster and Till chef

 


 Holmes County

Castaway Seafood

Castaway Seafood and Oyster Bar Bonifay


 Indian River County

The Tides

The Tides Vero Beach Florida The Tides Vero Beach Florida Chef


 Jackson County

Bistro Palms

Bistro Palms Marianna Florida


 Jefferson County

Tupelo’s Bakery and Café

Tupelo Bakery and Cafe Florida


 Lafayette County

Tumbleweed’s Smokehouse

tumbleweed smokehouse


 Lake County

The Goblin Market Restaurant

Goblin Market Restaurant Mt Dora Florida Goblin Market Restaurant Mt Dora Florida outside


 Lee County

Wisteria Tea Room and Café

Wisteria Tea Room Florida cakes Wisteria Tea Room Florida


 Leon County

Kool Beanz Cafe

Kool Beanz Cafe Tallahassee Kool Beanz Cafe Tallahassee outside


 Levy County

Tony’s Seafood Restaurant

Tony's Seafood Cedar Key Florida Tony's Seafood Cedar Key Florida outside


 Liberty County

Apalachee Restaurant

Apalachee Restaurant Bristol Florida


Madison County

Rancho Grande

Rancho Grande Madison Florida


 Manatee County

The Sandbar

The Sandbar Anna Maria Island soft shell crab The Sandbar Anna Maria Island


 Marion County

The Blue Wagyu

The Blue Wagyu Ocala Florida The Blue Wagyu Ocala Florida wall decal


 Martin County

District Table and Bar

Disrict Table Stuart Florida Disrict Table Stuart Florida salad


Miami-Dade County (4)

Yardbird Southern Table and Bar

Yardbird Southern Table Florida food Yardbird Southern Table Florida

La Camaronera

La Camaronera Miami Florida fish sandwich

Bar Crudeo Miami

Bar Crudeo Miami Florida Bar Crudeo Miami Florida drinks

The Cypress Room

The Cypress Room Miami


 Monroe County

Garbos’ Grill

Garbo's grill Key West Florida Garbos' Grill Key West Florida


Nassau County

La Mancha

La Mancha Restaurant Fenandino Beach Florida La Mancha Restaurant Fenandino Beach Florida plate


 Okaloosa County

One20 a Modern Bistro

One20 modern bistroOne20

 


 Okeechobee County

Lightsey’s

Lightsey's Lightsey's outside


Orange County (3)

Victoria and Albert’s

Vctoria and Albert's chocholate OrlandoVctoria and Albert's chocholate Orlando inside

Pharmacy

Pharmacy orlando Pharmacy orlando bar

Prato

Prata Winter Park Florida Prato Winter Park Florida

 


 Osceola County

Savion’s Place

Savion's Place Kissimmee Florida Savion's Place Kissimmee Florida Chef


 

Palm Beach County (2)

Max’s Harvest

Max's harvestMax's harvest 1

Little Moir’s Food Shack

Little Moirs Food ShackLittle Moirs Food Shack inside

 


 Pasco County

Mayoor Indian Restaurant

Mayoor Indian Kissimmee Florida Mayoor Indian Kissimmee Florida inside


Pinellas County

Wildflower Cafe

Wildflower Cafe Clearwater Florida Wildflower Cafe Clearwater Florida Outside


 Polk County

West Caribbean Cuban Restaurant

West Caribbean Cuban Cafe


 Putnam County

The Magnolia Cafe

The Magnolia Cafe Florida The Magnolia Cafe Florida outside


 Santa Rosa County

The Slippery Mermaid

Slippery Mermaid Floirda Slippery Mermaid Floirda sushi


 Sarasota County

Sofrito Mama’s

Sofrito Mamas Sofrito Mamas Sarasota


 Seminole County

Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café

Hollerback Willow Tree Cafe


 St. Johns County

Catch 27

Catch 27 Saint Augustine Florida Catch 27 Saint Augustine Florida street view


 St. Lucie County

Fernando’s Dockside Grill

Fernandos Dockside Grill Saint Lucie County Florida Fernandos Dockside Grill Saint Lucie County Florida A


 Sumter County

Cotillion Southern Cafe

Cotillion Southern Cafe


 Suwannee County

All Decked Out Café

All Decked Out Cafe Florida


 Taylor County

Deal’s Famous Oyster House

Deal's Famous Oyster House


 Union County

Village Grill

Village Grill Lake Butler Florida


 Volusia County

Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill

Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill pancakes Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill


 Wakulla County

Hamaknockers BBQ

Hamaknockers BBQ Crawfordville Florida Hamaknockers BBQ Crawfordville Florida outside


 Walton County

Vintij

Vintij Restaurant Florida Vintij Restaurant Florida Wine


 Washington County

French’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar

French's Restaurant Caryville Florida


 

The criteria was: Taste, Experience, and Uniqueness.

If you’d like to vote for some of your favorite restaurants in up to 5 Florida counties click here.



 

 

Don Julio Tequila and Clammer Dave in Charleston

On the heels of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival about 30 Charleston bar managers and staff boarded a pontoon boat at the Isle of Palms marina. Our journey was sponsored by Don Julio Tequila for the purposes of demonstrating the reasons farming and processing of ingredients are so vital to the quality of the finished product.  Local shellfish farmer Clammer Dave uses similar dedication to growing, harvesting, and processing his main ingredient above and beyond that of his competitors similar to how Don Julio prides itself on its treatment of agave plants for tequila.

 

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As we cruised slowly out toward Capers Island our boat driver Robert of Barrier Island Eco Tours showed us lots of local bird varieties and told us why the Charleston marshes so vital to our ecosystem and lifestyle in Charleston. We sipped on mason jars of Don Julio margaritas as we enjoyed our tour of the beautiful marshes.

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As we approached some of Clammer Dave’s oyster beds he discussed how jet skis and the surge of boating in this sensitive oyster bed area can have a dramatic negative effect on clams and oysters.

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Clammer Dave discussed how poaching has started to become a problem and how he has begun using HD cameras installed on buoys to help combat this.

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He then took us to a floating house boat near his oyster beds. He said that when we started this business around ten years ago that he would live on this boat from time to time so that he could spend more time getting all of his work done. Both clams and oysters are planted and harvested by his business. He sells to many downtown Charleston, SC restaurants and also ships to restaurants around the country including some in New York City.  Visit his website for more information.  www.clammerdave.com

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After our boat cruise we headed back to Clammer Dave’s processing plant located near McClellanville, SC and he spent some time explaining to us the ways his crew uses their senses of hearing, sight, and smell to sort out any poor quality oysters. They also sort them by hand one at a time by weight so that they can deliver a superior and consistant product to his customers. This type of one by one hand sorting is almost never done by other oyster producers. At 3:40 in the below video there is a great discussion about how both Clammer Dave and Don Julio respect the ingredients and do everything in their power to keep them at maximum quality.

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Then the party began as the bar managers and staff started sampling Don Julio oyster shooters and a local bluegrass band got our collective juices flowing. There was Don Julio cocktails including the “50/50” and “Basil Smash”.

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We then sampled roasted oysters (steamed) in clusters as well as selects (singles). At the end of the night we finished with a Lowcountry boil of clams, shrimp, corn and potatoes.

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I definitely have a greater respect for the companies that take the time to focus on quality. Taking pride in delivering a world class product like Don Julio and Clammer Dave requires a dedication most food businesses lack. In the age of the global industrial food market it is nice to see and support those companies that do it responsibly.

 

Cheers to Don Julio for this wonderful day, your dedication to quality, and your delicious tequila!

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