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).
Medure: a sleek Ponte Vedra place with some of the best food in Florida; try the meatloaf! ($$$)
The Seafood Kitchen: fried shrimp, a can of PBR and a good attitude is all you need ($)
Barbara Jean’s: crab cakes, chicken fried steak and other Southern fried food in a diner/deck setting ($$)
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! ($$$$)
Casa Tua: A restaurant? A Club? A Hotel? Who knows, but I’ve always had a good meal ($$$$)
Zumi: Best sushi in Florida; creative ($$$$)