Tuesday, August 4, 2020 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Visit These Top Florida Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives Restaurants

You’ve seen Guy Fieri’s Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, you’ve laughed at his sense of humor, and you may even have tried a few of the recipes featured in the show. But have you actually visited any of the restaurants featured on the show? If your answer is no, this weekend is a great time to get started. There are many DDD-featured restaurants in Florida, from Jacksonville to Miami. In fact, there are so many that we don’t have room to list them all here! Here are a few of the best Florida restaurants featured on Guy Fieri’s TV show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
1    Keegan’s Seafood Grille

Head to Tampa Bay for a taste of this awesome local favorite! Keegan’s Seafood Grille is an American diner with a beachside twist. It serves both unusual and traditional food, including a lot of seafood. The appetizers are great and the menu is good, too, but the thing that keeps locals coming back is the gumbo. Try the grouper soup, too!
Keegan’s Seafood Grille
2    Ted Peters Famous Smoked Fish

St. Petersburg is home to this awesome little restaurant. Guy visited this joint after receiving many viewer emails telling him he had to check it out. It didn’t take long for the TV star to fall in love with the delicious fish from this place! The restaurant has been family run for about 60 years. The original Ted Peters turned a backyard fish-smoking hobby into a great career and today, fifth-generation fish smokers run this business. Locals say it’s the best smoked fish around, and Guy certainly agreed! When you visit, don’t forget to order the fish spread. This weird concoction of ground fish, veggies, relish, and dressing is, as Guy would say, “The real kicker.” The warm potato salad, made with bacon, isn’t half bad, either.
Ted Peters Famous Smoked Fish
3    Metro Diner

Jacksonville, Florida is home to this lunch and brunch joint. This is one of the few Florida restaurants where you can say you had a salad—topped with a gigantic Pittsburgh steak. It even includes fries on top! When Guy Fieri visited the restaurant on DDD, he found his new favorite salad. The staff at Metro Diner makes their own blue cheese dressing to go with the salad, and it is incredible. Chef Mark Davoli makes a mean meat loaf, as well. If you visit this place, get an order of the “Yo Holla,” an incredible French toast dessert like none other.
Metro Diner
4    Miami Smokers

This awesome pig-obsessed restaurant in Miami is a hole in the wall that you just can’t miss. You know it has to be good when its only suppliers are a couple of family farms! This place sells everything from bacon jerky and fresh baked goods to awesome barbeque ribs. It has distinctly Floridian dishes as well as comfort food classics: truffled grilled cheese, Havana clubs, BLTs, bacon-wrapped plantains, and more. When you leave, you can grab some fresh sliced ham and bacon for your own kitchen!
Miami Smokers
5    La Camaronera Restaurant & Fish Market

The Garcia family has run this restaurant for years, using their own traditional recipes that have been passed down and perfected. A few popular menu items are the Cuban fried lobster and shrimp, the green plantains, and hush puppies made of black eyed peas, but your best bet is the lobster with a ketchup sauce fried in. Try the minuto sandwich, which is a fried fish on a bun. In Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy Fieri was a little unsure about the tail, but he loved the sandwich anyway! The best part about eating at La Camaronera is that you can pick out your own fresh fish for frying. Yum!
La Camaronera Restaurant & Fish Market
6    Grampa’s Bakery & Restaurant

Dania Beach in South Florida is home to the region’s best place to get baked goods and lunch. Originally, this restaurant was a bakery that sold goods made from original recipes. Eventually, they expanded into an all-American eatery with a diverse menu. Everything is home made every day: lamb shank, Swedish meatballs, homemade lasagna, sandwiches for lunch, and from scratch pancakes for breakfast are just a few of the delicious dishes here. Visit on weekdays or weekends before 9 am to beat the crowds, and be sure to say hi to Tommy Grimes, the friendly manager.
Grampa’s Bakery & Restaurant
7    Scully’s Tavern

Make this a stop when you visit Miami! At Scully’s Tavern, owner and chef Chris Hirsh cooks up more than just your average drinking fare. Some of the fare is practically gourmet, like Mussels Provençal, made with white wine. Try the frog legs, too! A local favorite is the dolphin encrusted sandwich, while pork shank and escargot are also popular. Add in the pool tables, beer, and live music, and this place is the all-around perfect place to chill.
Scully’s Tavern
8    Havana Hideout

This Key West restaurant was featured on DDD back in 2009. This place has a unique atmosphere—it’s made up of a dive bar and a catering truck! It features a nice outdoor courtyard, where you can enjoy the fresh Florida air and live Cuban music. Some of the more popular menu items include empanadas, fish tacos, and Cuban sandwiches. If you watch this episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, you can see Guy learn how to make the Cuban sandwiches.
Havana Hideout
9    11th Street Diner

This diner may be located in South Beach, but its menu originated in Pennsylvania. This place is a great break from the typical Floridian cuisine; here, East-Coast comfort food is served in a real, 1948 diner that was brought in on a truck bed. Apple raisin pork chop is one of the most famous menu items. Be sure to order a side of homemade mac-n-cheese, too!
11th Street Diner
If you’re anywhere in Florida, be sure to check out one of these places to eat! The best meals always seem to come from small, family-owned local restaurants – diners, drive ins, and dives!. And who wouldn’t want to eat a Guy Fieri approved meal?

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