Florida has great food. Nothing against, Arizona, but coming from Illinois, the Midwest and the Chicago area, we love food. Midwesterners know food. We’ve had the best meats, Vienna Beef, veggies that are the best in the world – we know food. Dining out is one of the greatest joys that Assistant Laura and I have, and eating in – well, there’s nothing like a Midwest backyard BBQ.
Sure, Illinois and the Midwest has its chains – McDonalds did get its start as an international empire here – but we also have a whole lot of mom & pops, small spots, holes-in-the-wall, and mid-sized restaurants that are the heart of dining.
So living in Arizona for four years we struggled when the only places to eat really were large chains. Sure, there were some small places and mom & pops, but for four years being in the Phoenix area, we were dying for something other than chain food.
Then we came to Florida…
Certainly you’re going to find the chains here. Can’t help it, they’re everywhere. And its not that they’re all bad – they just get boring and repetitious.
This is Florida though – Sunshine State – practically surrounded by water – and while I’m not a big fish eater, even I can appreciate the freshness of a catch right offshore. Or the beef that one can have, the chicken… the buffets, the fine dining, the food…
I do have to say – we found fish prices to be less in Arizona and can’t figure out why, but over all, we’re thrilled with the range of choices of food here. Dining in the Sunshine State should appeal to all your eaters, all budgets, and all walks of life.
Dining “in” here – I mean shopping at grocery stores and making your own meals at home, a timeshare, rental condo and the like – can be expensive. We’ve not shopped in the Chicago area for some time (5 years) now, but from what we remember, what we had in Arizona, and what we’ve overheard, our frustration at grocery prices seems well put.
That said – this is a tourist area. We’ve only grocery shopped in the area surrounding Walt Disney World. This area is known for its tourists – like yourself – so between timeshares, condos, rentals, part-time residents and so on, apparently the grocery stores feel they can serve up some of the lowest quality produce and products for some of the highest prices. Be ware!
But this is about dining… I cannot possibly share all of the places that call Florida home. I have not – yet – had the pleasure of trying all of the options out there – but but, we’re going to stay with it.
So in the mean time… here are just a few that we have tried or been recommended to us… Bon Appetite!
( ** Indicates places on our Must-Try List, but have not yet had the pleasure)
Cecile’s French Corner – Rori Travel Review **
Grand China, Davenport, FL – Rori Travel review coming soon
Charley’s Steak House **
Angel’s Lobster & Seafood Buffet **
Sloppy Joe’s **
Inclusion in 30 Days & 30 Ways in Florida lists does not mean nor indicate endorsement. We are simply providing a list of options for your consideration. Please read other Rori Travels Florida articles for services, providers locations and our opinions, but the options here are provided merely as a starting point for your Florida vacation plans.