Episode 52 – Our Favorite Foodie Towns in Florida

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What’s up this week?

We talk a lot about food on this podcast. We really do like our food. Florida is loaded with amazing food concepts and we have researched and explored so we can share the best with you. Join us on a trip around Florida to all the best foodie towns in Florida.

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Product and Locations Mentions

Travel over to Jacksonville in West Volusia or St. Pete/Tampa for what is known as Ale Trails. You get to visit the best locations in there area with expert knowledge leading the way.

Mt Dora

Mt Dora has the Goblin Market. This unique market is so charming. It is frequented by locals and tourists alike. The restaurant features three intimate, book-lined dining rooms, as well as a beautiful bar and lounge. At the unique British pub, Magical Meat Boutique, you will find yourselves in a Kitschy, British-inspired pub for comfort eats & pints in casual digs, with live music & a patio. Windsor Tea Room and Restaurant was born in 1991. It was a small quaint hideaway among a delightful garden filled with the aroma of hot fresh pastries, scones, and many flavors of tea. You will transport to a magical place in their courtyard.

Apilachicola

Apalachicola is located in NW Florida. Here you can find a taproom at the Owl Cafe in the heart of downtown Apalachicola where you will find River City Dining at its best. Downstairs from The Owl Cafe and right across Commerce Street from the Oyster City Brewing Company. The Tap Room features 16 taps. Apilachachicola Chocolate and Coffee Company Apalachicola’s home for hand-made in-store; chocolate, gelato, and coffee. We also serve homemade, breakfast, lunch, pastries, pies, cookies, and more. Up the Creek Raw Bar, enjoy the best view in Apalachicola from the covered and open-air decks. With a laid-back atmosphere, they are not just “your father’s oyster bar.”

Winter Garden Florida

Winter Garden

Winter Garden in Central Florida is one of our top favorite locations. Loaded with unique restaurants and markets, coffee and dessert shops, Winter Garden is a foodie town for all foodie lovers. They have every variety of food on the market with quaintness and elegance around every turn. Plant Street Market is the place where everyone can find something. A large indoor artisan market full of fresh organic food, you are bound to put a smile on everyone’s face.

South Florida

Miami South FL is a cultural epicenter in Florida. Ms. Cheezious is a brick-and-mortar location but also has a food truck! They offer craft, award-winning grilled cheese. Does it get any better than that? Phuc Yea (You have to listen to hear the best part of THAT name!) Undoubtedly tongue in cheek, the word “Phuc” actually means “blessings and prosperity.”  They offer a fusion concept and are the city’s first pop-up concept. Half Cajun, half Viet, this is not your classic Viet spot. It’s next-level Viet-Cajun. Crust Pizza which was the only Miami pizza spot to make The Daily Meal’s Best Pizzas in America list.

Tampa

Tampa is is ranked # 10 in the country for food and has been described as a new innovative food movement that has emerged in Tampa recently. New concepts, focusing on fresh, farm-to-table options and seasonal ingredients have reinvigorated whole neighborhoods. The

Seminole Heights neighborhood, in particular, has emerged as a local leader in these new culinary concepts. In Seminole Heights, make sure you check out Ichicoro Ramen or Rooster and the Till. Ichicoro is serving up some of the finest traditional ramen bowls you’ll ever taste and Rooster and the Till is a pioneer in the area for modern, farm-fresh dishes. Of course, we would be remiss not to mention Dunderbrak’s Brewery. Mr. Dunderbak’s German Brewpub is a gathering place for family and friends of all ages to share quality time together. Enjoy great homemade food and the most unique draft and bottled beer selection in the state.  Gen X Tavern is exactly what it sounds like! Pay a little homage to the time period

Located in Downtown Tampa, Gen X Tavern was created for people who take their food and drink seriously, but not themselves. Pay homage to a period of time. It is decked out in the fads of yesteryear with a contemporary twist. Enjoy some 80’s and 90’s.

North Florida

Jacksonville is a food lovers paradise. Check out https://www.visitjacksonville.com/blog/eat-well-jax-is-a-foodies-paradise/ for all the best this town has to offer.

You must take a Panhandle foodie road trip. Stop off and get some brown paper bags of boiled peanuts, jars of mayhaw jelly, and tupelo honey from deep in the swamps. Stop at Ouzts’ Too for some freshly shucked oysters. Or relax at Coastal Restaurant with eating the delicacies of the sea with grouper, redfish, shrimp, blue crabs, stone crabs, and gator bites, all served with cheese grits and hush puppies. Posey’s Dockside Cafe will have smoked mullet waiting.

Orlando

Orlando. Our local big city hangout. We might be just a tad partial, but Orlando is really one of the top-ranked cities internationally for food.  International Drive is a cultural explosion with many cuisines as Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Caribbean, Chinese, Japanese, Cuban, Brazilian, and Thai, as well as authentic English and Irish pubs and Fof de Chaio Brazilian Steakhouse for all the meat lovers.

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Florida Product of the Week

This week’s Featured product is Ella Bing wooden bow ties.  Made by hand for over seven years now. Every single one of the custom-fitted, high-quality pieces has been crafted with care and attention to detail. From a sole woodworker who lives in the shadows, his work will soon be seen through society’s lens. He strives toward legacy status among artists like him and before him keeping alive an indigenous craftsmanship tradition that was almost lost forever!https://www.ellabing.com/collections/wooden-bow-ties

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