Unique Eats

Eight Key West restaurants for authentic local flavor

Eight Key West restaurants for authentic local flavor

Key West has so many restaurants that it’s hard to make a decision where to eat. Next time I go, though, I have an intriguing list of restaurants filled with local color and character– and I’m sharing it with you. It comes from a fellow blogger who ate his way through Key West recently.

October is prime time for seafood festivals in Florida

October is prime time for seafood festivals in Florida

Florida’s seafood festival season kicks into full gear. Here’s the October schedule.

Wat Mongkolratanaram -- Wat Tampa for short is located on the Palm River amidst live oak trees. (Photo:Bonnie Gross)

Tampa Buddhist temple: Sunday market for brunch in lovely outdoor setting

An open-air Thai brunch and market draws throngs every Sunday morning to this beautiful waterfront temple in Tampa. The food is very good and moderately priced. The exotic gold-trimmed temple is worth visiting just because it’s beautiful, set among shady live oak trees decorated with orchids.

Muscadine grapes by Flattop341 via Flickr

Florida wineries stomp grapes at harvest festivals

Harvest time in 88 degree August? Grapes in Florida? You bet. For the next few weekends, Florida wineries celebrate their harvests with grape stomping festivals.

JB's Fish Camp in New Smyrna Beach

JB’s Fish Camp: Running with the crabs in New Smyrna Beach

JB’s is your original crab shack, a funky Florida kind of place where blue crabs are served steaming from the kitchen and dumped onto sheets of brown kraft paper that serve as your tablecloth. There’s an outdoor dining deck with a tiki bar overlooking Mosquito Lagoon.

Best mango recipes: Mango BBQ sauce, mango chutney, mango daiquiris, mango bread

Best mango recipes: Mango BBQ sauce, mango chutney, mango daiquiris, mango bread

Mangoes may be the reason I can never leave Florida. Here are favorite Florida mango recipes discovered or developed during my 30-plus years of worshiping these beautiful fruit.

Seafood Festival with pirates on the side in historic St. Augustine

Seafood Festival with pirates on the side in historic St. Augustine

St. Augustine comes alive this weekend with twin events — 36th Annual Lions Club Seafood Festival and the historic re-enactment of privateer Capt. Robert Searle’s 1668 attack on the oldest city.

Historic Florida restaurants: A meal with a story

Historic Florida restaurants: A meal with a story

My idea of a great choice for a place to eat on vacation is a restaurant with a story behind it. Here are seven historic restaurants that fit that criteria — from Prohibition rum-runners to 1980s drug-runners; from authentic 1920s grand hotel to an authentic 1950s diner.

An out-of-the-way tiki bar:

Three Florida Keys restaurants that are hard to find but worth it

Three of my favorite stops in the Keys are a little hard to find, and that’s part of their charm. They’re off the Overseas Highway in neighborhoods — and they’re worth discovering.

The honky-tonk sign out front proclaims the location as Downtown Card Sound

Alabama Jack’s: The best start to a Florida Keys roadtrip

Alabama Jack’s has been an outpost in the middle of water and mangroves for 50 years. It’s a well-weathered, open-air, waterfront spot known for conch fritters, fresh fish and pure Keys ambiance.