Florida’s cultural diversity -- from the Caribbean, Latin America, and all parts of the world -- adds to the culinary experiences you can have during your visit. In Northern Florida, you’ll find Southern culinary traditions with influences from the Geechee and Gullah cultures, while the Panhandle offers influences from the Deep South. In south and central Florida you’ll find a wide range of Haitian, Jamaican, Bahamian, Afro-Hispanic and soul food experiences.

 


FORT LAUDERDALE

 

Localicious Jax Ice Cream

4220 NW 12th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33313
(954) 533-5566
localiciousicecream.com

Cleveland Smith has been manufacturing and producing ice cream for 40 years and has poured his skills and passion into a creamery offering dozens of flavors.

 


JACKSONVILLE

 

The Soul Food Bistro

Soul Food Bistro, West Side location
5310 Lenox Avenue St.1, Jacksonville, FL 32205
904.394.0860
The Potter's House Soul Food Bistro,  South Side Location
11876 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32225
904.394.2801
https://www.facebook.com/ThePottersHouseSoulFoodBistro/

Reviewers say these spots are hands-down among the best soul food restaurants in the state, where you get treated, and fed, like family.


The Brinkk Restaurant 

45 Kernan Blvd. N., Jacksonville, 32225
904-337-1850 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brinkk-Restaurant/339709842799268?rf=516520821743092

The Brinkk has all of the usual favorites you’d find at a soul food restaurant, but also features some new classics on the menu, such as chicken and waffles, and shrimp and grits.

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MIAMI

 

Chef Creole Seasoned Kitchen

200 NW 54th St, Miami, FL 33127
(305) 754-2223
chefcreole.com

Haitian community staple that’s been in the community for years and blends Haitian and Bahamian flavors.
 

Jackson’s Soul Food

950 NW 3rd Ave, Miami, FL 33136
(305) 374-7661
jacksonsoulfood.com

Serving soul food in Miami since 1946.
 

MLK Restaurant

2469 NW 62nd St Miami, FL 33147
(305) 693-0303

MLK Restaurant has been the cornerstone of the Liberty City community and a breakfast meeting spot for the Black community.
 

Conch Heaven/Bahamian Connection

11275 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33167
(786) 360-3892 
facebook.com/ConchHeavenMIA/

Laid-back eatery specializing in conch-based dishes, plus other Bahamian comfort food staples.

Clive’s Cafe

5890 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127
(305) 757-6512 
clivescafe.com

Jamaican/Caribbean eatery that was in the Wynwood neighborhood for 40 years before the community’s transition and has since called Little Haiti its new home.

 


ORLANDO

 

Chef Eddie's

595 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32805
(407) 826-1731
chefeddies.com

Chef Eddie’s is one of Orlando’s largest Black-owned restaurant and has been serving comfort food since 2009.