Florida: Where to eat in 3 cities around state


MEAT MARKET — PALM BEACH

Prime short ribs with lobster risotto. Kobe meatloaf with mango barbecue sauce. Buffalo tenderloin smothered in an espresso rub and chocolate mole butter. That’s just a short list of dishes to tempt carnivores at the Meat Market, a restaurant that puts an upscale, modern spin on that American dining institution, the steakhouse.

Steakhouses have an old-school reputation as a place where you eat a thick cut of meat and a baked potato with your grandparents, but nothing could be further from reality at this chic restaurant. It teems with elegant diners enjoying innovative cuisine that goes beyond an excellent cut of meat. An impressive wine list ensures the perfect complement to any meal.

191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach, Fla. 561-354-9800, meatmarket.net

RUMFISH GRILL — ST. PETE BEACH

At RumFish Grill, a restaurant at the Guy Harvey Outpost resort, the fish swimming in a 12-foot-deep aquarium that stretches along an entire wall is as much of an attraction as the fish on the menu. Diners savor Gulf Coast seafood dishes, such as RumFish bouillabaisse and shrimp and grits, while being entertained by the darting about of 30 colorful fish species. If you feel like jumping in, go for it. The “Swim With the Fishes” program provides a chance to get up-close-and-personal with the marine life. Why be a spectator when you can be part of the attraction?

6000 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, Fla. 727-329-1428, rumfishgrill.com@RumFishGrill

AL FRESCO URBAN DINING — PENSACOLA

This laid-back dining hot spot on the corner of Main and Palafox streets in Pensacola includes a cluster of four eateries in gleaming stationary Airstreams. The anchor restaurant, Shux Oyster Bar, is housed in a traditional building with a choice of indoor and outdoor seating. At lunch, taco lovers line up early at Z Taco Fresh Mex to get their favorite tortilla-wrapped treat, while those in search of bright Asian flavors head to Fusion World. A craving for Southern comfort food can be satisfied at Banty Reds Chicken & Waffles or Gunshot BBQ.

850-438-1999, eatalfresco.com

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