Florida, the sunshine state of America is well famous for its gorgeous coastline beaches and theme park attractions. Hundreds and thousands of tourists arrive here to explore the tropical getaway and enjoy the sunshine and summer days. They rent a villa in Florida and enjoy the notable arts scene, miles of beaches and the nightlife. Well apart from all that fun and excitement, there is more to Florida, and it is the local food which is indigenous to the area.
All the food enthusiasts are happily surprised when they tour Florida and come across mouth-watering culinary creations. Although Florida is towards the south and its food is very different from that of its neighbors. Thus, when planning a trip to Florida, keep in mind to spare some time just for the culinary experience.
Here are some attractive cuisine options available.
- Cuban sandwiches
Cuban sandwiches probably came to Florida in the early 1900s from Cuba and today, and they are part of the everyday lifestyle in cafes across Florida. The traditional Cuban sandwiches consist of smoked ham, roast pork, salami, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles that are pressed between the buttery Cuban bread
- Dole Whip
It is a must to try the Dole Pineapple Whip if you visit Walt Disney World in Florida. The locals much love the frozen pineapple treat. There are several copycat versions of the recipes all over, but the authentic version can only be found at Disney Parks. Enjoy the refreshing pineapple flavored treat which is served in a cup or as a float.
- Stone Crabs
Stone Crabs is served all over South Florida’s seafood restaurants. The seasonal dish is the tender and succulent crab meat which is served cracked and chilled on ice. Joe’s Stone Crabs are the best place to go for these marvelous treats from oceans. Florida Stone Crab needs a little seasoning and can vary in size.
- Key lime pie
Key limes are native to the Florida Keys, and it is hard to miss that distinct sour juice of the limes. The tangy, creamy pie is bright green color or pale yellow. It is made with fresh and minimal ingredients like limes, egg yolks, condensed milk and reflects the quintessential taste of Florida. You will find the most authentic version in the Florida Keys.
- Fried Gator Bites
Florida alligator is one of the more exotic dishes, and most of the alligator meat which is served comes from the tail. The meat is soaked in cornmeal and fried before serving in small bites known as Gator Bites or fritters. The high-protein low-fat meat tastes very similar to chicken and is popular throughout the state. Fried Gator Bites are ubiquitous around many of the state’s restaurants, and it is hard to resist the golden, finger-food bites.
Chicharrón is an excellent example of Latin American- and Caribbean-influenced foods. A staple of South American cuisine, Chicharrón is fried pork skin and comes in various varieties. Not all chicharrón are created equal, and one can find the very best at El Palacio De Los Jugos in Miami. It is hard to resist the slow-cooked fried slices of pork belly including the skin, fat, and meat. Chicharrón tastes best when freshly made and its pieces are soft and meaty.
- Fish Sandwich
When it comes to quantity and variety of fish recipes available in Florida, one is just amazed at the choices. Miami residents and visitors can enjoy the delicious Mahi-Mahi and grouper Sandwiches. You can order them grilled, blackened, or fried and nothing tastes better than freshly cooked fillet sandwiched between two freshly baked buns. Super Grouper Sandwich and Cajun Grouper Sandwich are simply excellent and one of the best sandwiches you have ever had.
- Apalachicola oyster
Apalachicola oysters are well known as Florida’s raw jewels. These colossal oysters are highly valued among bivalve enthusiasts and are sweet. You can enjoy the regionally beloved mollusk at several local restaurants. The nutrient-rich flow of the Apalachicola River allows the oysters to grow big and fat. The wild oysters are harvested with tongs and later hauled up. They are buttery and carry a nutty flavor. Papa Joe’s is an excellent place to enjoy Apalachicola oysters with a cold beer.
Conch is another delicacy which comes straight from the Florida Keys and is found abundantly in this area. In fact, Florida is sometimes referred to as “Conch Republic.” The delicious meat is hidden under the shells of the large shellfish which is first soaked in lemon juice to tenderize the meat. As Conch meat is tough, it has to be marinated and pounded before eating. Later, several dishes like ceviche, chowder and conch fritters are made from the sea snails meat. Conch fritters are served as an appetizer at local restaurants in Florida. You’ll most commonly find conch in deep-fried fritters or in salads.
- Greek Salad of Tarpon Springs
Greek Salad of Tarpon Springs is an all-time favorite. The classic salad is made with olives, cucumbers, tomato, lettuce, feta, and onions. A story runs from the past that how the salad made with the special supplement of potato started during World War I and made its way to bulk up meals for the troops. Greek salad ingredients are all fresh and local, and it is a joy to feast on fresh Red Ripe Tomatoes, Peppers, Olives, Feta Cheese, and onions. It is a wonderful assortment of fresh veggies which looks good and tastes good!