February 12, 2016

The 33 craziest Florida restaurants everyone should visit at least once

When there's over-the-top theme parks, there's over-the-top restaurants. In Orlando alone, we have places to eat where you can hang out with everything from dinosaurs to pirates. But not all of Florida's craziest restaurants are located in The City Beautiful. Here are 33 Florida restaurants where the menu often comes second to the experience.

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Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar
1486 Buena Vista Drive | 407-939-6244 
If you were to catch Indiana Jones knocking back beers anywhere at Disney, it’d be at Jock Lindsey’s. They do have all his stuff hidden around the bar, after all. Jock Lindsey's knows that all good explorers need an ice cold mojito after a day of walking under the beating sun, so order yourself the Hovito Mojito, which comes in a souvenir cup for you to take home. It's not like all treasure has to end up in a museum, right?
Photo via  Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar
Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar
1486 Buena Vista Drive | 407-939-6244
If you were to catch Indiana Jones knocking back beers anywhere at Disney, it’d be at Jock Lindsey’s. They do have all his stuff hidden around the bar, after all. Jock Lindsey's knows that all good explorers need an ice cold mojito after a day of walking under the beating sun, so order yourself the Hovito Mojito, which comes in a souvenir cup for you to take home. It's not like all treasure has to end up in a museum, right?

Photo via Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar
Clark’s Fish Camp
12903 Hood Landing Road, Jacksonville, Fla. 32258 | 904-268-3474
Clark’s Fish Camp has all the wild fun that Animal Kingdom promises without the Disney price of admission. Fend off your hunger with one of their many apps (we recommend the crab cakes), or you’ll have more to worry about than your hunger – like that giant white tiger just chillin’ in the middle of the restaurant.
Photo via Deborah H./Yelp
Clark’s Fish Camp
12903 Hood Landing Road, Jacksonville, Fla. 32258 | 904-268-3474
Clark’s Fish Camp has all the wild fun that Animal Kingdom promises without the Disney price of admission. Fend off your hunger with one of their many apps (we recommend the crab cakes), or you’ll have more to worry about than your hunger – like that giant white tiger just chillin’ in the middle of the restaurant.

Photo via Deborah H./Yelp
Dick’s Last Resort
8201 Vineland Ave. | 321-329-3002
The waiters write things like “taken more loads than a Maytag washer” on tall hats, then put them on the patrons. If you’ve got a good sense of humor (and maybe nerves of steel), then go ahead and have it out with the surly servers of Dick's while they bring you a hot plate of BBQ pork ribs.
Photo via cassandraskyyy/Instagram
Dick’s Last Resort
8201 Vineland Ave. | 321-329-3002
The waiters write things like “taken more loads than a Maytag washer” on tall hats, then put them on the patrons. If you’ve got a good sense of humor (and maybe nerves of steel), then go ahead and have it out with the surly servers of Dick's while they bring you a hot plate of BBQ pork ribs.

Photo via cassandraskyyy/Instagram
The Wreck Bar
1140 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33316 | 954-524-5551
That crush you’ve been harboring for Ariel just became all the more attainable at the Wreck Bar, where beautiful mermaids swim behind the bar. Just be sure to drop a line and not a hook if you go for it after a few margaritas.
Photo via The Wreck Bar
The Wreck Bar
1140 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33316 | 954-524-5551
That crush you’ve been harboring for Ariel just became all the more attainable at the Wreck Bar, where beautiful mermaids swim behind the bar. Just be sure to drop a line and not a hook if you go for it after a few margaritas.

Photo via The Wreck Bar
Mango’s Tropical Cafe
8126 International Drive | 407-673-4422
If South Beach and Vegas had a baby, you would have Mango's. You’ve got waitresses in feathery costumes and extravagant stage shows keeping the adrenaline pumping. Something crazy and colorful is happening in every corner here. Pro tip: order the signature banana martini for an especially entertaining evening.
Photo via Facebook
Mango’s Tropical Cafe
8126 International Drive | 407-673-4422
If South Beach and Vegas had a baby, you would have Mango's. You’ve got waitresses in feathery costumes and extravagant stage shows keeping the adrenaline pumping. Something crazy and colorful is happening in every corner here. Pro tip: order the signature banana martini for an especially entertaining evening.

Photo via Facebook
Bern's Steak House
1208 S. Howard Ave., Tampa | 813-251-2421
If you're looking to get out of town and have a meal that you won't soon forget, Bern's Steak House should be hi-pri. Just about 50 minutes from Orlando, it's situated in the SoHo (short for "South of Howard") district of Tampa, the building is basically an unmarked white box. But upon entering the place, you'll feel like you just stepped into the Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom – low candlelight, red velvet tapestry on the walls, antiques and art up to the ceiling. Their wine cellar is a labyrinth of bottles from the late 1800s to today, not to mention the huge selection of fortified wines and spirits also taking up residence there. Even if you know nothing about wine, it's a sight to behold, and they give tours. 
Photo via Bern's Steak House/Facebook
Bern's Steak House
1208 S. Howard Ave., Tampa | 813-251-2421
If you're looking to get out of town and have a meal that you won't soon forget, Bern's Steak House should be hi-pri. Just about 50 minutes from Orlando, it's situated in the SoHo (short for "South of Howard") district of Tampa, the building is basically an unmarked white box. But upon entering the place, you'll feel like you just stepped into the Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom – low candlelight, red velvet tapestry on the walls, antiques and art up to the ceiling. Their wine cellar is a labyrinth of bottles from the late 1800s to today, not to mention the huge selection of fortified wines and spirits also taking up residence there. Even if you know nothing about wine, it's a sight to behold, and they give tours.

Photo via Bern's Steak House/Facebook
No Name Pub
30813 Watson Blvd., Big Pine Key | 305-872-9115 
Snuggled onto Big Pine Key almost as far South as you can get in the United States, the No Name is a Florida Keys rite of passage. Sip beers under the thousands and thousands of dollar bills stapled to the walls and ceiling that flutter in the breeze, chomp on some of the Keys’ best pizza, and then go outside and pet a Key deer (Big Pine is an official wildlife refuge for the adorably tiny deer).
Photo via No Name Pub
No Name Pub
30813 Watson Blvd., Big Pine Key | 305-872-9115
Snuggled onto Big Pine Key almost as far South as you can get in the United States, the No Name is a Florida Keys rite of passage. Sip beers under the thousands and thousands of dollar bills stapled to the walls and ceiling that flutter in the breeze, chomp on some of the Keys’ best pizza, and then go outside and pet a Key deer (Big Pine is an official wildlife refuge for the adorably tiny deer).

Photo via No Name Pub
Hard Rock Cafe
6050 Universal Blvd. | 407-351-7625
Surround yourself with some of the greatest moments in music history at the Hard Rock Cafe. It may be louder than a 1986 Guns N' Roses show in here, but it's not like you need to hear to devour a hickory BBQ bacon burger.  What could possibly be more rock ’n roll than a pink muscle car dangling where a chandelier should?
Photo via Hard Rock Orlando/Instagram
Hard Rock Cafe
6050 Universal Blvd. | 407-351-7625
Surround yourself with some of the greatest moments in music history at the Hard Rock Cafe. It may be louder than a 1986 Guns N' Roses show in here, but it's not like you need to hear to devour a hickory BBQ bacon burger. What could possibly be more rock ’n roll than a pink muscle car dangling where a chandelier should?

Photo via Hard Rock Orlando/Instagram
The Edison
Disney Springs | 407-560-9288 
After a long wait, the Edison finally opened in January 2018 and Disneyphiles have been relishing the post-industrial, steampunk-themed surroundings of the Disney Springs eatery. And also that 28-day dry-aged prime rib. (Don’t-miss dish: the millionaire’s bacon, served on a clothesline.)
Photo by Rob Bartlett
The Edison
Disney Springs | 407-560-9288
After a long wait, the Edison finally opened in January 2018 and Disneyphiles have been relishing the post-industrial, steampunk-themed surroundings of the Disney Springs eatery. And also that 28-day dry-aged prime rib. (Don’t-miss dish: the millionaire’s bacon, served on a clothesline.)

Photo by Rob Bartlett
The H Cuisine
7512 Dr. Phillips Blvd. | 407-930-3020 
This sister resto to the Haci Steakhouse in Kayseri, Turkey, taps into Nusret "Salt Bae" Gökçe's mystique, though the overacting is (thankfully) kept to a minimum when the waiters slice enticing cuts of USDA Prime beef with dramatic flair tableside, then theatrically fleck them with Maldon sea salt. The bone-in rib-eye, aged for 28 days, is a fave, though interesting cuts like lokum and Robespierre can be had as well. An illuminated dry-aging chamber adds a nice ambient touch to the pomo interior.
Photo by Rob Bartlett
The H Cuisine
7512 Dr. Phillips Blvd. | 407-930-3020
This sister resto to the Haci Steakhouse in Kayseri, Turkey, taps into Nusret "Salt Bae" Gökçe's mystique, though the overacting is (thankfully) kept to a minimum when the waiters slice enticing cuts of USDA Prime beef with dramatic flair tableside, then theatrically fleck them with Maldon sea salt. The bone-in rib-eye, aged for 28 days, is a fave, though interesting cuts like lokum and Robespierre can be had as well. An illuminated dry-aging chamber adds a nice ambient touch to the pomo interior.

Photo by Rob Bartlett