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May 2, 2012 01:21 PM

Best in Florida?

Looking for the best fine dining restaurants in Florida. Looking to take a trip and are wide open to any region of Florida except the panhandle and Tampa/Sarasota area. We will be traveling by car from Sarasota and have 5 days. East, West, North, or South.

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  1. Sorry I'm horrible with directions. Would this include my local area of Orlando? And would you entertain the ideas of Miami and Key West?

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    1. re: Sandwich_Sister

      Absolutely. We love Orlando (Bull and Bear, Seasons 52). Not as familiar with Miami or Key West, but we are open to visit!

    2. Bern's Steak House in Tampa .Reservations online or by phone. Ate there for the first time last night. Read all the reviews of this place before you go, as well as the wealth of info on their web site. Got a tour of the kitchen and wine cellar (as all first timers are invited to do)Make sure you visit the dessert room upstairs. A memorable experience and worth every penny IMHO.

      1. here are Florida's best chef of the south James Beard award nominees 2012

        Best Chef: South

        Greg Baker, The Refinery, Tampa, FL

        Vishwesh Bhatt, Snackbar, Oxford, MS

        Clay Conley, Būccan, Palm Beach, FL

        Paula DaSilva, 1500º at Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach, Miami Beach, FL

        Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery, New Orleans

        Scott Hunnel, Victoria & Albert's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Lake Buena Vista, FL

        Chad Johnson, SideBerns, Tampa, FL

        Jeff McInnis, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Miami Beach, FL

        Jose Mendin, Pubbelly, Miami Beach, FL

        James and Julie Petrakis, The Ravenous Pig, Winter Park, FL

        Lee Richardson, Ashley's at the Capital Hotel, Little Rock, AR

        Jeanie Roland, The Perfect Caper, Punta Gorda, FL

        Henry Salgado, Spanish River Grill, New Smyrna Beach, FL

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        1. re: pdpredtide

          Thank you so much for your time to put this together. I will update on our planned trip!