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Ceviche is a Latin dish that highlights two ingredients Florida has in abundance. Citric acids in lemons, limes, and oranges "cook" raw fish and seafood for a bright, refreshing flavor. Our real estate agents find Florida's famous food at these amazing local restaurants.

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Florida BBQ

BBQ may be popular from coast to coast, but this beloved cuisine is embedded in the DNA of the South as one of Florida's famous foods. When our real estate agents are craving BBQ, slow-cooked meats and tangy sauces are just minutes away at these top restaurants.

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Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried green tomatoes are such an iconic part of Southern cooking. According to our real estate agents, first-class versions of this Florida famous food can be found at these wonderful restaurants.

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Shrimp and Grits Florida

Once a breakfast dish for sailors, the Creole and Southern mash-up of shrimp and grits is now a popular meal any time of day as one of Florida's famous foods. Find this tasty dish at these great restaurants

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Food Halls

So you're hungry, but you don't know what you want, or maybe you're with friends, and you can't agree on a place to eat. Sometimes referred to as "food courts on steroids," food halls are the answer to your dining dilemmas. Food halls have grown in popularity in recent years and you'll find several throughout Central Florida. You just may run into some of our real estate agents at these great food halls around Orlando and Winter Park.

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Located on Florida's Atlantic coast with a pleasant tropical climate and home to a diverse collection of outdoor activities that locals love, the Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville metro area is one key real estate market to keep an eye on throughout 2022. In fact, REALTOR® Magazine ranked the Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville area as one of its top 10 hidden gems for 2022. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on why you'll definitely want to watch Brevard County in 2022.

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Gator Bites

A live alligator may not be a delightful sight, but gator tail is an exotic food experience that will delight your taste buds. Head to these great restaurants when you're craving this iconic Florida famous food.

The Black Sheep on Broadway - 128 SW Broadway St., Ocala, FL 34471
With a name like The Black Sheep on Broadway, you may think this gastropub is all about red meat. Yes, they have delicious burgers and steak sandwiches, but they're also known for their fried gator tails. Get them as an appetizer, served with zippy Cajun remoulade sauce, or on the Cuban gator sandwich. Stop in for live music on a Friday or Saturday night. Hours are 11 a.m. - midnight Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday.

Fish on Fire - 7937 Daetwyler Dr., Orlando, FL 32812
The exterior of Fish on Fire is decorated in traditional Florida pastels. Inside, the food is unlike any other restaurant. Founders Jay Herrington and John Mitchell are longtime fishing buddies, so they're seafood experts. The cleverly named Allies Gator is seasoned with Everglades spices before frying for a unique flavor. Specials such as shrimp & grits fritters showcase their inventive spirit. Hours are 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. - midnight Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday.

Tibby's New Orleans Kitchen - 2203 Aloma Ave., Winter Park, FL 32792
Find flavors of the bayou at Tibby's New Orleans Kitchen. Cheesecake usually comes after a meal, but Tibby's serves a savory shrimp & alligator cheesecake to whet your appetite. If you prefer, order your gator bites straight up, hand-battered with a side of remoulade sauce. The menu includes other favorites such as boudin, jambalaya, and muffuletta. Tibby's is open 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Cocoa Beach Fish Camp Grill - 5602 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
Cocoa Beach Fish Camp Grill definitely lives up to their slogan, "Swamp Food with a Flair." Choose gator bites with their signature Camp Sauce or a trio of gator sliders on brioche buns topped with coleslaw. If you're starving, take the Da Rougarou challenge. This beast of a sandwich features a pound of pulled pork, eight strips of bacon, andouille sausage, mac & cheese, coleslaw, crispy onions, and two Black Angus patties. Hours are 11 a.m. - midnight Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

JT's Seafood Shack - 5224 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast, Fl 32137
Just as straightforward as its name, JT's Seafood Shack serves fresh, delicious food in a casual setting. The tin roof, wood doors, and diner-style decor provide a classic ambiance. Fried gator tails, shrimp & grits, and crab cakes are only a few of the seafood favorites on the menu. Follow them on Facebook for information about specials. JT's is open from noon - 9 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday when hours are extended to 9:30 p.m.

Famous foods are just one part of the amazing lifestyle in Central Florida. Contact us at Watson Realty Corp. for experienced help buying or selling your home.



Florida Empanadas

Florida's famous foods embrace a diverse range of flavors that provide a welcome variety. Empanadas are a prime example of a traditional food that encompasses a number of styles and influences. When you get a craving for empanadas, head to these great local restaurants. 

Latinos y Mas - 2030 S. Pine Ave., Ocala, FL 34471
Treat your taste buds to global cuisine at Latinos y Mas in Ocala. Contemporary Latin dishes get some Mediterranean flair for true international fusion. Hearty Empanadas Colombianas feature cornmeal patties filled with beef stew and potatoes. Pair them with a roast beet salad topped with feta cheese and homemade balsamic vinaigrette.

Latinos y Mas is open 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. every day but Sunday, with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Arepara La Nueva - 29 S. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, FL 32807
At Arepara La Nueva, there's a flavor of empanada to suit every taste. Choose from shredded or ground beef, shredded chicken, ham and cheese, fish, or cheese. Their signature Empanada de Pabellon is stuffed with black beans, shredded beef, sweet plantains, and white cheese. Stop by this Orlando gem whenever you're craving authentic empanadas. Hours are 8 a.m. - midnight daily, with extended hours as well as curbside pickup from 11 p.m. - 2 a.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Tipico Latino Restaurant - 566 Barton Blvd., Rockledge, FL 32955
Take a trip to the Dominican Republic without leaving the Space Coast. Dominican cuisine, as served at Tipico Latino Restaurant, has been shaped by influences ranging from Puerto Rican and Haitian to Japanese and Hungarian. At just $2 each, you can indulge in beef, chicken, and cheese empanadas to your heart's (and stomach's) content. Tipico is open 11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Latin Shark - 26 N. Orlando Ave., Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
It's not surprising that a restaurant named Latin Shark would boast the best-fried fish around Cocoa Beach. But according to the many fans posting on social media, it's the amazingly authentic Venezuelan empanadas that keep them coming back for more. Get your day off to a perfect start with one of their delicious breakfast empanadas, then come by at 7 p.m. on Friday for live music. Hours are noon - 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

El Pollo Colorao - 227 Saint Joe Plaza Dr., Palm Coast, FL 32164
Pizza empanadas? No, it's not a dream. That's one of the flavors you'll find when you visit El Pollo Colorao Puerto Rican Eatery in Palm Coast. Customers rave about the authentic Puerto Rican food, including empanadas with chicken, beef, and cheese to go along with the aforementioned pizza. When you want to switch it up a bit, be sure to try the mofongo, a traditional Puerto Rican dish of mashed green plantains that are fried and filled with your choice of ingredients. El Pollo is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Cuban Sandwiches

With its satisfying mix of flavors and textures, the Cuban sandwich has become known as the unofficial state sandwich of Florida. We head to these wonderful restaurants when we're craving a Cuban sandwich, one of Florida's famous foods.

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Not all oysters contain pearls, but the delicate, flavorful meat hidden inside the shell is just as desirable. And when you call Florida your home state, you've got access to plenty of places to check out this seafood delicacy. We satisfy our cravings for one of Florida's famous foods at these favorite seafood restaurants. 

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Bubble Tea Florida

Have you tried the latest tea trend that's sweeping Central Florida? Bubble tea was first created in Taiwan, where it's known as boba tea, and it's a sweet, refreshing tea with a texture unlike any tea drink. That's because of the sweet, chewy tapioca balls, called boba, which give the drink both its name and its fascinating flavor. Whether you're brand new to bubble tea or you already have a favorite flavor, there's a local tea shop that's ready to serve you. We've got the delicious details in our guide to five of the best places to enjoy bubble tea around Central Florida.

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What once was a relatively obscure trend among small populations has grown into a full-blown lifestyle adopted by celebrities, professional athletes, and regular joes alike. Veganism's rise as a lifestyle choice has, in fact, made it easier for people to go vegan thanks to a great proliferation of vegan-friendly eateries and grocery stores – especially in cities dominated by a younger population, like the collegiate town of Gainesville. From trendy neighborhood spots to unique cultural cafes, here are some of the best vegan-friendly restaurants in Gainesville, FL.


Located in a historic Gulf Oil building, Civilization proudly touts its locally sourced ingredients as well as its impressive cultural footprint. Their menu features food from five continents, and every Wednesday they offer a new special from a different country. Civilization also boasts an entirely separate vegan menu full of appetizers like onion rings and delicious entrees like Thai Green Curry with Mushrooms.

The Top

To put it simply, if you're a cool kid, you've been to The Top in downtown Gainesville. The Top serves up fine cuisine without pretension or stuffiness in a hip setting full of fun people. You're treated to delicious meals like eggplant rollatini (filled with house-made cashew cream cheese) or coconut panko-fried tofu. If you're in a handheld mood, check out the black bean or falafel burgers served on whole wheat Kaiser buns.

East End Eatery

East End Eatery prides itself on its familial atmosphere, eco-friendly ingredients and practices, and home-cooked breakfast and lunch. The all-day breakfast and Sunday brunch menus feature items like huevos rancheros with tofu eggs and vegan cheese, while the lunch menu is full of tasty options like a buffalo tempeh wrap with vegan blue cheese.

Daily Green

This downtown eatery commits to environmentally friendly practices so much, they put green in their name! All the drink cups are recyclable, they cook all their food with Energy Star appliances, and they give all food scraps to local farms from which they source ingredients. Meanwhile, the menu is full of vegan-friendly delights, from dairy-free waffles to tempeh sandwiches.

Reggae Shack Café

Who says vegan food can't have a little kick to it? The folks at Reggae Shack Café put Jamaican spins on classic vegan meals – or perhaps they put a vegan spin on classic Jamaican meals? You won't ponder the question for long when you're chowing down on handmade seitan steak simmered in a sweet Caribbean sauce with veggies or spicy tofu with the heat cranked up to 11.


You may not immediately think of Vero Beach as a pizza haven, but maybe you should. When you're craving a slice, here's where to go for the best pizza in Vero Beach, FL.

Nino's Italian Food

First up is one Vero Beach's highest-rated pizza spots. Nino's has three restaurants, two of which are in Vero Beach – Nino's Café and Nino's Corner – but no matter which you dine at, you'll be treated to some of the city's tastiest 'za. The BBQ pizza gets rave reviews, but don't miss out on Croce's Favorite with pesto sauce, sundried tomatoes, sautéed spinach, and grilled eggplant.

South Beach Pizzeria

Pair two objectively amazing things – the beach and pizza – with a trip to South Beach Pizzeria. Head across the street after fun in the sand and surf and grab a slice of South Beach's unique specialty pizzas like Mushroom Swiss Burger, Cheesesteak, and Chicken Parmesan. Or you can build your own from a list of toppings.

Davila's Pizza

Davila's is a local favorite for its tasty pies made with fresh ingredients, cheerful service, and menu variety. All the typical pizza partners are here; wings, sandwiches, calzones, pasta dishes, and more fill out the menu at Davila's. But make no mistake, the pizza is the star of the show here with a roster of specialty pizzas that are sure to make your mouth water.

Pizza Mia

Also making their bid for best pizza in Vero Beach, FL is Pizza Mia, a family restaurant stepped in tradition. The art of cooking has run in the family behind Pizza Mia for some 200 years, resulting in some of the city's tastiest pies around. Want a bite of history? Try a slice of the Grandma. Thin crust topped with heaps of mozzarella and San Marzano tomato sauce and garnished with fresh basil create an old-world flavor like no other.

Vincent's Ristorante E Pizzeria

Family-owned and operated since 1978, Vincent's offers classic pizza and Italian favorites like Bolognese and eggplant parmesan. This beloved local pizzeria may have blossomed into one of Vero's most popular Italian restaurants, but Vincent's expansion hasn't turned its pizza into an afterthought. Rather, house specialties like the Alfredo pizza or Caprese pizza still explode with as much robust flavor as they did 40 years ago.

Cap's Pizza

Cap's is a no-frills, authentic pizza joint. Within this unassuming storefront lies a pizzeria that hearkens back to the days of classic pizza parlors, wood paneling, Pac-Man machines, and all. Cap's doesn't need fancy décor or hip menu items to argue its status as best pizza in Vero Beach, FL; peep the 'za for all the proof you need. Crusty yet plump dough, bubbly cheese, and flavorful toppings populate every pie at Cap's.

Station 49 Pizza

Station 49's wood-fire oven produces some of the tastiest pizza in the city. Each pizza comes out the oven with crispy crust and decadent flavor imparted by the unique cooking method. It's also the perfect place to visit when you're craving a meatless pizza, as items like The Garden Pie with broccoli, spinach, mushroom, tomato, red onion, and peppers satisfy cravings without any meaty toppings.

Italian Kitchen

Located in the heart of historic downtown Vero Beach, Italian Kitchen features a menu packed with classic Italian dishes and, of course, delicious pizza. Order by the slice for a quick lunch during your downtown excursions or cap off a fun-filled day with a whole pizza hot from the oven. No matter how you choose to dine at Italian Kitchen, you'll never leave hungry.

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