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Florida 2016: Best Restaurant In Each Florida County

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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!.

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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


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

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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


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?

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The criteria was: Taste, Experience, and Uniqueness.

View past 2015 list:click here

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