Restaurants

Julie Blomquist, of HistoricFloridaInns.com, has personally eaten at the following restaurants, unless otherwise noted.

* indicates restaurants you definitely shouldn’t miss.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND | BOCA GRANDE | FORT MYERS | GULFPORT | MAITLAND | MOUNT DORA | NEW SMYRNA BEACH | OCALA | ORLANDO | ST. AUGUSTINE | ST. PETERSBURG | SARASOTA | WINTER PARK

Anna Maria Island

Boca Grande


Fort Myers

  • Firestone, four floors on downtown waterfront: two restaurants, dance floor and hip rooftop bar.
  • Veranda, elegant setting in two turn-of-the-20th century homes with outdoor garden.

Gulfport

Maitland

  • Antonio’s, casual café and market downstairs; fine dining upstairs.

Mount Dora

New Smyrna Beach

 

Ocala

Orlando

St. Augustine

St. Petersburg

Sarasota

  • Mattison’s, popular open-air spot with live music and decent food in center of lively, walkable downtown.
  • Chart House, Longboat Key, expensive, great waterfront location.
  • Barnacle Bill’s, downtown Sarasota, good selection of seafood.
  • Columbia, St. Armands Circle, great open-air location on shopping circle.
  • Duval’s New World Café, downtown Sarasota, good seafood.

Winter Park

  • Blu, everything was fabulous!
  • Boca, farm to table restaurant, north end of Park Avenue (other locations:  Tampa, Brandon and Sarasota).
  • Hillstone, good food and great lakeside setting (formerly Houston’s).