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Dining in Florida, with its 2,170 kilometres (1,350 miles) of coastline and 1,700 islands, is a delight for seafood fans. Beachfront restaurants serve up belly-busting platters of salty, fresh shellfish, including sweet stone crab, conch fritters, blue crab and rock shrimp. If you’re wondering where to eat in Florida, follow your nose to the closest fish fry – there’s bound to be one nearby.
You can’t leave without sampling some local Florida foods, so give gator tail a go. This is Florida’s most unique delicacy, and you can snap up a portion of deep-fried, battered gator tail balls in lots of Florida restaurants. Crispy, chewy and downright tasty, they are a real local treat. Alternatively, tuck into a hearty slab of Cajun-blackened alligator steak.
Florida is home to over 569,000 acres of citrus groves and 74 million citrus trees – in other words, there’s no better place to top up your levels of Vitamin C. Citrus farming is a $9 billion industry in Florida, and only the best juice passes muster round here. So when you’re eating out in Florida, don’t forget to grab a zingy OJ – it’s bound to put a spring in your step.
If you’re cruising the Florida Keys, don’t miss out on a slice of tangy Key Lime Pie. Sour, sweet and crunchy all at the same time, this highly prized local dish can be found in most Florida restaurants. Dining in Florida often ends with a big slice, so loosen your belt and prepare to eat a whole lot of pie.
Peckish? If you’re after a quick bite and wondering where to eat in Florida, pick up a Cuban sandwich, or Cubano. A melty, messy stack of ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese, gherkins, mustard and salami, it will more than fill a hole. Declared the “signature sandwich of Tampa” in 2012, it’s hardly healthy but, hey, you’re on holiday, so relax and enjoy one of Florida’s food classics.