Paddlefish at Disney Springs, Florida

Eco-friendly and sustainable seafood is the theme at Paddlefish at Disney Springs.  Disney Springs is the shopping, dining and entertainment venue in the theme park capital of the world.  Disney Springs highlights only premium brands and the best the world has to offer.  Paddlefish fits well into this offering. Location: The Landings at Disney Springs,…

Florida’s Best! Yellow Dog Cafe in Malabar, Florida

When anyone asks what my favorite restaurant in Florida (where I reside) is, my immediate answer is the Yellow Dog Cafe. It is a romantic local multi-level eatery on the Intracoastal Waterway in Malabar, minutes from Melbourne. My husband took me to the Yellow Dog Cafe for the first time about five years ago. I…

BBQ and Airboats at Boggy Bottom BBQ in Kissimmee, Florida

The BBQ is top notch, but what makes Boggy Bottom BBQ unique is the ability to combine it with an Airboat ride through the headlands of the Florida Everglades.  Location: 2001 East Southport Road, Kissimmee, Florida The restaurant is located at Southport Park, connected to the Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures, but you do not have…

Holler and Dash Biscuit House in Celebration, Florida

With a mission to make the world better, one biscuit at a time, Holler and Dash updates comfort food and redefines fast food. Owned by Cracker Barrel, Holler and Dash has been described as the “Cracker Barrel for Millennials.”   I stopped in for a quick bite of sustenance before a day of adventure in Kissimmee,…

Jaleo: Rousing Success in Disney Springs, Florida

The long-awaited Orlando opening of Jaleo by Jose Andres is a stunning success. The largest of his restaurants, so far, gleams and amazes its diners, both visually and gastronomically. Location: 1482 Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, Florida (inside Disney Springs) Menu: The menu at Jaleo consists of Spanish cuisine presented in an extensive variety of tapas,…

Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro in St. Petersburg, Florida

It is the only waterfront restaurant in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.  As I peruse the menu, the song, “Sitting on the dock of the bay,” is running through my head. Otis Redding sang about San Francisco Bay, but the song works just as well on Tampa Bay.   Whether you’re dining around sunset, enjoy yacht gawking,…

CHARCOAL Bar +Grill – A Hot Spot in Miami, Florida

Wynwood Yard is an outdoor culinary and entrepreneurial concept that occupies four lots on NW 29th street in downtown . Within that space, you will discover the city’s first and only restaurant constructed entirely out of shipping containers – CHARCOAL Bar + Grill. One step inside the magical courtyard and you experience an ambiance that…

Blue Heaven in Key West, Florida

I was chatting with a local artist in a gallery on Duval Street when we realized it was time for lunch. I asked for a recommendation. “Where the locals eat,” I prompted. Blue Heaven was his pick.  We were directed just a few blocks off the busy main drag of , walking to the historic…

Stiltsville Fish Bar an Homage to the Flavor of Old Florida

In 1938, “Crawfish” Eddie Walker, a man famous for crawfish chowder, built a bar on top of stilts to sell beer and bait. The bar, constructed a mile off of , became such a favorite place for fishermen that a few other folks decided to build shacks in the same area known as the flats….

Literary Inspiration: Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille, Florida

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille on Captiva Island has sister locations on Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island. All three owe their name to the lead character in 25 popular novels by . Even more, they owe their success to fabulous fresh seafood, flavors, creative rum drinks and waterfront locations. Location: 5400 South Seas Plantation…