The Best Food and Drink in Florida
Believe it or not, there’s more to Florida than the beach and Disney World — though, Disney has some outrageous food items of its own. Between the resorts, the Keys, and Florida’s other hot tourist spots, there are dozens of attractive cuisine options available. In addition to the places frequented by tourists, Floridians are hiding a few gems of their own as well. We’ve hunted down the best of the best from the infamously wild state as part of our first-annual guide to the best food and drink in every state.
Florida is home to 17 of the 100 hot spot restaurants in America and has birthed culinary innovations such as legendary Key West shrimp and hurricane shutter grilled cheese. Despite it not being thought of as a destination for food, the state’s restaurant scene gives the beaches some competition for tourists’ attention. Famously generous chef Jose Andres recently opened a restaurant in the state, after chef Thomas Keller chose to do the same.
Florida is also home to one of the best grocery stores in America — Publix. Of course, you’d only know if you were from Florida, but those stores have the best chocolate chip cookies we’ve ever tasted.
Over the course of the past year we’ve honored everything from its best hot dogs and farmers markets to its best dive bar and craft brewery in our comprehensive and wide-ranging lists and rankings, compiled through extensive research and with input from a wide network of site contributors, bloggers, journalists, and chefs. We’ve compiled these into individual slideshows celebrating the best food and drink in every state. Here is where to look to find Florida’s must-try foods and drinks.