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When you grow up in California, you really don’t have a need for Florida. But after a decade in NYC, you start to see its value.  My trips have really centered around visiting in-laws in Ponte Vedra (often) or business trips to Miami (rare).

 

Jacksonville

Medure: a sleek Ponte Vedra place with some of the best food in Florida; try the meatloaf! ($$$)

The Seafood Kitchen: fried shrimp, a can of PBR and a good attitude is all you need ($)

Barbara Jean’s: crab cakes, chicken fried steak and other Southern fried food in a diner/deck setting ($$)

 

Miami

My Miami list is lame.  I know there is some awesome stuff going on down there, but here are a few (hopefully) timeless spots:

Prime 112: MUST try the stuffed lobster…INSANE; plus, bacon at the bar!  ($$$$)

Casa Tua:  A restaurant?  A Club? A Hotel?  Who knows, but I’ve always had a good meal ($$$$)

Zumi: Best sushi in Florida; creative ($$$$)