- Darwin’s on 4th is downtown Sarasota’s darling for artisanal ales. The vats behind glass walls are part of the urban-cool interior. Order brew- master Jared Barnes’ Flanders red ale and chef Darwin Santa Maria’s Peruvian ceviches.
- Henry Ford lends his name to this burger and beer joint, where a 1929 Model A hangs over the bar. At Ford’s Garage in Fort Myers, the signature burger — Black Angus, Vermont cheddar, applewood smoked bacon and bourbon barbecue sauce — pairs quite well with any of the 150 brews.
- Find American comfort food at Blue Collar in Miami’s MiMo neighborhood. Smoky bacon, Berkshire sausage and a fried egg zest up classic pork and beans. Old-school lunch pails on the wall add a diner-chic feel.
- Newbie Juvia brings glamorously hip rooftop dining to Lincoln Road in South Beach. Dine on Chilean seabass with maple-glazed eggplant; gaze at the Atlantic Ocean and an art-deco cityscape.
- Nonna’s Trattoria opens on tiny brick-lined Aviles Street in historic St. Augustine. So grab a sidewalk table, enjoy a Caprese salad and save room for Limoncello cake and espresso.
- A little bit of Tuscany arrives on Sanibel Island with the opening of Il Cielo Ristorante. Oxtail meatballs, gnocchi with Fontina cheese and black truffles, and seabass in sun-dried tomato crust are anything but ordinary. The dining room is awash in warm browns with pouf draperies and sculpted windows.
- Urbanites kick back at Edge, Steak & Bar tucked inside the Four Seasons resort in downtown Miami’s Brickell neighborhood. Casual enough for burgers and after-5 cocktails (try the BBQ Collins, a bourbon concoction topped with Bell’s amber ale), yet perfect for that juicy steak dinner. Bonus: a terrace with a fire pit for late-night lingering.
- Chef Marc-Jean Berruet and his wife, Trish, bring back classic French cuisine and candlelight dining with the opening of L’Etoile in Naples. The headliner is a pressed slice of foie gras with cranberry gastrique reduction and truffle butter. Dine in an intimate houselike setting.
- New York’s sweet-tooth palace, the famed Serendipity 3, has opened its doors on Lincoln Road in South Beach. Get ready for giant banana splits, mile-high red velvet cakes and frozen hot choc- olates — a double or spiked with mint. If savory is more your thing, burgers are served here too.
- Sara’s Crepe Cafe in St. Augustine has an Old Europe vibe. Owner Margarita Abramov recre- ates her babushka’s recipes. Try the Russian pirogi stuffed with potato and onion. The terrace overlooking the Old City is the perfect place to sample the Count Amaury crepe — beef tips, mushrooms and black truffles.
10 Great Places to Eat in Florida
Looking for a cool spot to enjoy a bite to eat? Here are some new picks to try from juicy steaks and delicious crepes to classic French cuisine.