Shh!!! Come close and I'll let you in on a Sunshine State secret...we LOVE to eat outside. Yep, our beautiful weather, lively social scene and world-class restaurants make sidewalk dining as regular as rainbows after a shower. For a few months in the dead of winter it gets a little too chilly to enjoy a good meal in the great outdoors, but with the sunshine of spring, we head out under umbrellas to dine with butterflies and blooming flowers and watch the world go by.
I thought of you as I enjoyed both breakfast and lunch at Indigo, a fantastic sidewalk cafe, today in Fort Lauderdale. I snapped this photo with my Kodak Zi8 before I polished off the prettiest stack of pancakes I've seen all year. As I savored every tasty bite I was wishing that everyone could be so fortunate. If you're coming to see us anytime soon - -make sure you make plans to take in at least one or two meals at a restaurant that offers alfresco dining.
You're likely to find outside seating arrangements in any Florida city you visit. But, some stops are regionally known for their outdoor offerings. Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale will have you wondering if your plane accidentally stopped in Paris. Beautiful bistros serve up everything from fresh crepes to elegant entrees and provide a front row view to all that's happening around you.
St. Petersburg's Beach Drive is quickly catching up with more than a half dozen good places to eat lining both sides of the street - with three of the headliners: Cassis, 400 Beach Drive Seafood and Tap House, and Parkshore Grill, all opened in just the past 18 months.
Sarasota is a sure bet for great outside eating options, too. Mattison's on Main Street serves up a fine dining experience and offers plenty of pretty scenery for diners.
It doesn't matter your destination, from West Palm Beach to Weston...St. Augustine to Steinhatchee...Eating outdoors in Florida is a good weather treat that makes the Sunshine State a special place to be -- and eat!