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"Save Room for the Key Lime Pie, Sugar"

4th Street Shrimp Store - St. Petersburg
1006 4th Street North - 727 822-0325
A longtime neighborhood favorite, they serve up fresh seafood fast and value priced.  Ice cold brews wash it all down.


Alabama Jack's – Key Largo
58000 Card Sound Rd - 305 248-8741
Open daily 11am-7pm


Alva Country Diner - Alva
21200 Palm Beach Blvd. - 239 728-3366


Apalachicola Seafood Grill - Apalachicola
100 Market Street - 850 653-9510
Cooking strong since way back in 1903. The grill can be found under the only traffic signal in beautiful downtown Apalachicola. They serve up a very tasty fried grouper sandwich.  Recommended.


Bay City Lodge – Apalachicola
1000 Bay City Rd. - 850-653-9294
“Florida’s last fishing frontier”, this part-fish camp, part-motel, part-restaurant serves simply prepared and super fresh seafood.


Beach Road Chicken Dinners – Jacksonville
4132 Atlantic Blvd - 904 398-7980
Closed Mondays; open Tues thru Sat from 4 pm to 9 pm; Sundays from 11 am to 8:30 pm.


Bert's Bar & Grill – Matlacha
4271 Pine Island Road - 239 282-3232
Good burgers, fried smelt & fried clams also popular items here.


Betty's Soul Food & Barbecue - Fort Lauderdale
601 N.W. 22nd Road - 954 583-9121
Monday through Thursday dine from 6am-9pm.  On the weekends stay ‘til 10pm.


Big Tim's BBQ - St. Petersburg
530 34th Street South - 727 327-7388
Go for the pork ribs with Tim's Secret Sauce. Favorite sides include baked beans and fried corn.  It's all reasonably priced, so pig out! Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday; until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday


Blue Heaven - Key West
729 Thomas Street - 305 296-8666


Boss Oyster - Apalachicola
125 Water Street - 850 653-9364


Cabbage Key Inn – Pineland
Cabbage Key – 239 283-2278


Cajun Cafe on the Bayou - Pinellas Park
8101 Park Boulevard - 727 546-6732
Located next door to the Wagon Wheel Flea Market, this cafe is run by Joe Thibodaux from Thibodaux, Louisiana --- can you get more Cajun than that?  Try the Crawfish Po Boy.  Live music is played here frequently and dancing does break out from time to time. Nice waterfront setting. Open Wednesday - Sunday for lunch and dinner.


Captain Anderson's Seafood - Panama City
5551 N. Lagoon Drive - 850 234-2225


Clark's Fish Camp – Jacksonville
6769 34th Street North - 727 526-8072
Pork, chicken and beef BBQ. Try the locally popular baked beans and the chunky pork BBQ sandwich. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Coffee Cup - Pensacola
520 E. Cervantes Street - 850 432-7060


Columbia – Sarasota
411 St. Armand’s Circle – 940-388-3987
A family favorite for dining in Sarasota.  Great Cuban sandwiches and the Original 1905 Salad is prepared at your table.  Their holiday dinners are fantastic or you can order from the menu.  A must-visit if you’re in Sarasota.


Crab Shack – St. Petersburg
11400 Gandy Boulevard - 727 576-7813
Early bird specials during the week.  Check out their new menu online.


Dixie Crossroads - Titusville
1475 Garden Street - 407 268-5000


Dolores’ Sweet Shoppe – Apalachicola
29 Avenue East - 850 653-9081
Open for breakfast and lunch, weekdays only. This is where locals go to get their regular fix of coastal home cooking. Please don’t dare miss their deadly desserts --- and we mean that in a good way!


Don Ramon Cuban Cuisine – West Palm Beach
7101 South Dixie Highway - 561 547-8704
Delicious Lechon Asado (mojo marinated pulled pork with grilled onions).


Eli's Bar-B-Que – Dunedin
360 Skinner Blvd. - 727 738-4856
Rave reviews from the St Petersburg Times.  Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Fat Kahuna's - Cocoa Beach

8 Minutemen Causeway - 321 783-6858


Dixie Dining review


First Choice Southern Barbecue – Brandon
10113 Adamo Drive - 813 621-7434;


Flora-Bama – Pensacola/Perdido Key
17401 Perdido Key Drive - 850 492-0611!/pages/Flora-Bama-Lounge-Package/62754102348?sk=wall


Florida House Inn – Amelia Island
22 S. 3rd Street - 904 277-7212
Country Inn-style dining featuring Southern fare.

Floridian, The - St Augustine

39 Cordova Street - 904 829-0655

Dixie Dining Review


Half Shell Raw Bar - Key West
231 Margaret Street - 305 294-7496

Hyppo Gourmet Pops, The - St Augustine

15 Hypolito Street - 904 217-7853

Dixie Dining review

Hole in the Wall Cafe - Apalachicola

23 South Avenue - 850-653-1763

Dixie Dining review


Howley's - West Palm Beach
4700 Dixie Hwy - 561 833-5691
Retro diner, established in 1950, where everything is homemade.  Often voted "Best Diner in Palm Beach County."  Opens at 7am every day.


Hub Stacey’s Food & Spirits – Pensacola
312 E Government Street  - 850 469-1001
Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Indoor/outdoor seating.  Best lunches we’ve tried so far include the LaRua (a muffuletta with the Hub’s own olive salad), the Romano (a classic Reuben) and the good ol’ Cheeseburger.  The Big Dirty Dog was good, but soggy.  Ask for a toasted roll.  Nice lunch spot in the Historic District.


Indian Pass Raw Bar – Apalachicola
8391 Indian Pass (Hwy C-30) - 850 227-1670
The oysters you eat here today probably slept (do oysters really sleep?) in the bay last.  Open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 9pm.


Island Grill - Islamorada
85501 Overseas Highway (U.S. 1, Mile Marker 85.5); 305 664-8400


JB'S Fish Camp - New Smyrna Beach
859 Pompano Avenue - 386 427-5747


Jazzy's BBQ - Tampa
5703 W. Waters Avenue - 813 243-8872
Wood fired grill. Load up on ribs, baked beans, potato salad and crispy slaw but save room afterwards for what some have called the best Pecan Pie in the Tampa area.


Jimbo's Pit Bar-B-Q – Tampa
4103 W Kennedy Blvd. - 813 289-9724
Breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Joe's Stone Crabs - Miami
11 Washington Avenue - 305 673-0365
Founded in 1913 by Joe and Jennie Weiss.  Historic figures such as Al Capone and J. Edgar Hoover dined here.  It was perhaps the one thing they could agree on. Not cheap ... market price for six medium stone crab claws can be around $20 or more.  Try the fabulous Key Lime Pie or the excellent Apple Pie made from a Hungarian recipe. The restaurant also features Joe's Take Away (Carry-out) and a coffee bar. Joe's ships stone crabs overnight October 15 - May 15 ... call 1 800 780-2722.


Keegan's Seafood Grille - Indian Rocks Beach
1519 Gulf Blvd. - 727 596-2477!/keegansseafood


Kojak's House of Ribs - Tampa
2808 Gandy Blvd. - 813 837-3774
Open Tuesday through Sunday


La Teresita - Tampa
3248 West Columbus Drive - 813 889-9704


Lazy Days - Islamorada

Mile Marker 79.9 Overseas Highway - 305 664-5256
Lunch and dinner every day


Lightsey's Fish Company & Seafood Restaurant – Okeechobee
10430 Route 78 West – 863 763-4276!/pages/Lightseys-Seafood-Restaurant/151439031542468?sk=wall
Fodor's calls this "The pick of the lake, this lodgelike restaurant at the Okee-Tantie Recreation area started closer to town as a fish company with four tables in a corner. Now folks gladly trek out here for lunch and dinner daily. Get most items fried, steamed, broiled, or grilled. The freshest are the catfish, cooter (freshwater turtle), frogs' legs, and gator." Give me the cooter and gator combo --- now that's Old Florida Cracker food, for sure.


Little Moir’s Food Shack - Jupiter
103 South U.S. Hwy 1 – 561 741-3626
One of our favorite restaurants on the east coast of Florida.  Open for lunch and dinner.  Closed Sunday.

Dixie Dining review


Magnolia Grille - Palm Harbor
600 Alternate 19 North - 727 789-5464
"Classic Southern Cuisine" ... started as a small home-cooking joint in Tarpon Springs 33 years ago named Chicken King.  A local favorite, it’s well known for their vinegar-based Carolina pork bbq and their excellent fried chicken.  After 20 years of success in fattening up all the Greek folks, they moved Chicken King to Palm Harbor and expanded their menu.  In May 1998, current owner Jaime Kanos, took over Chicken King, renamed it Magnolia Grille and developed a full menu you'd be proud of.  The fried green tomatoes have won a blue ribbon at the Taste of Palm Harbor, and have been named in the 'Best of the Bay' and 'Best of Tampa Bay' multiple times.  The menu features locally-famous fried chicken, meatloaf, pecan crusted pork chops, fried catfish, collard greens, fried okra, homemade mashed potatoes, lots of seasonal veggies, salads, grouper, pecan pie, peach cobbler, all homemade desserts, and so many other yummy things - you should plan a trip to come eat!


Mallie Kyla's Cafe - Brooksville
510 E. Liberty Street - 352 796-7174


Margaritaville Cafe - Key West
500 Duvall Street - 305 292-1435


New Pass Baithouse & Grill – Sarasota
1505 Ken Thompson Parkway - 941 388-3050


Original Point - Innerarity Point
14340 Innerarity Road - 850 492-3577
"NOT FANCY...BUT FAMOUS".  Located near the back gate of the Pensacola Naval Air Station and just minutes from the famous white sand beaches of Perdido Key. Weekend diners are treated to the foot-stomping sounds of "The South's Funnest Bluegrass Band" ... Bubba and Them. A garden area under giant oaks is a great summertime setting. Daily seafood specials can include Tuna, Trigger, Tuna, Red Snapper, and Scamp ... cooked the way you like them.  Soft-shelled Crabs, Crab Cakes and a rich Crab Imperial are also available. Other featured entrees are the Seafood Au Gratin and Acapulco Shrimp. Fried Mullet is the dish that made this place famous and is served with baked beans, cole slaw and hushpuppies.  Appetizers include Gumbo, Shrimp and Crab Bisque, Cajun Gator Stew, Conch Chowder (recipe below) or Fried Alligator.   The most popular appetizer is the Royal Red Shrimp.  These babies, said to be a cross between lobster and shrimp, are huge, quite tender and have a sweet flavor.  Top-notch desserts here include key lime pie, chocolate peanut butter pie, and a blueberry-lemon jazz cake - sort of a lemon cheesecake layered with blueberries.  Hours are seasonal but they open Monday through Saturday at 11am and Sundays at noon.  Closed Monday.


Original Point Conch Chowder

2 bags of conch meat – ground in food processor
2 cups diced carrots
4 cups diced celery
3 cups diced onions
4 cups diced potatoes
1 ½ oz. Basil
2 oz. Black pepper
6 oz. Worcestershire sauce
1 oz. Seafood seasoning (Dixiedining recommends Old Bay brand)
1 10 oz. can of tomatoes
1 cup sherry wine

Add all the ingredients together; stir until mixed.
Cook over medium low heat until vegetables are tender.
Makes enough for a very large crowd.  Enjoy!


O'Steen's Restaurant - St Augustine
205 Anastasia Blvd - 904 829-6974
Fried shrimp.


Owl Café – Apalachicola
15 Avenue D - 850 653-9888
Apalachichola oysters dipped in rich cream, breaded with crumbs leftover from house-baked Italian bread, and then fried up crispy.  Eat up and then head for the cozy bar ("The Night Owl") upstairs for a nightcap.

Dixie Dining review


PJ's Oyster Bar - Indian Rocks Beach (Tampa area)
500 1st Street - 727 596-5898!/people/PJs-Oyster-Bar/100000847003343?sk=wall
Neighborhood seafood joint. Food is simply prepared but very fresh. Casual setting.  Sumptuous Stone Crab Claws are available when they're in season.


Papa Joe's Oyster Bar – Apalachicola
301-B Market Street - 850 653-1189
"If You Ain't Been to Papa Joe's, You Ain't Been to Apalachicola!"


Rod & Reel Pier - Anna Maria Island 

875 North Shore Drive - 941 778-1885
Unique setting at the end of a rickety old fishing pier since 1947.  Fresh seafood and rustic surroundings.  The bar is downstairs and diner upstairs.  The fresh catch of the day is pretty hard to beat. On the day we visited, it was blackened wahoo --- dee-lish!  Cole slaw is served up just right and the backdrop is even better.  Keep an eye open for manatees and/or passing dolphins as you dine!  Rod & Reel has become a Dixiedining family favorite.


Rustic Inn Crabhouse - Ft. Lauderdale
4331 Ravenswood Rd - 954 584-1637
Crack open your steaming hot crabs on newspaper-covered tables.  Try the famous garlic crabs. Open since 1955, the Rustic Inn has hosted famous patrons like Jimmy Buffet, Dan Marino, and Johnny Depp.  Speak loudly to rise above the constant banging of crab mallets!


Rusty's Seafood and Oyster Bar - Pt. Canaveral
628 Glen Cheek Drive - 321 783-2033!/pages/Rustys-Seafood-and-Oyster-Bar/194217740623760
Popular seafood hangout for the locals


Schooner's – Jupiter
1001 North Highway A1A - 561 746-7558
Lunch and dinner.


Schooner's Seafood House - St. Augustine
3560 North Ponce De Leon Boulevard - 904 826-0233


Scully's Tavern – Miami
9809 SW 72nd St. - 305 271-7404!/pages/Scullys-Tavern/120275124655509?sk=info


Shorty's BBQ Ranch - Miami
9200 S. Dixie Highway - 305 670-7732
Opens at 11am.  Several locations around town, it’s that good.


Ted Peter's Famous Smoked Fish - St Pete
1350 Pasadena Avenue South - 727 381-7931


Versailles Restaurant – Miami

3555 Eighth Street SW – 305-444-0240
THE place in Miami for an authentic Cuban meal.

Dixie Dining review


Wheelhouse Oyster Bar, The – Apalachicola
317 Water Street - 850 653-8860
Located on the banks of the Scipio Creek, the building seems to barely cling onto the dockside.  Oysters on the half-shell are the house specialty.  The smoked mullet and saltines aren't bad either, and don't you dare forget the ice cold beer!


Whitey's Fish Camp - Fleming Island
2032 County Road 220 - 904 269-4198!/pages/Whiteys-Fish-Camp/169049343120604?sk=wall
Fried clams, shrimp, and fish served along the meandering Swimming Pen Creek.

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