Florida has its share of great restaurants and themed attractions. However, there are a few restaurants that combine food with their own crazy atmosphere. These places are unique spots that have to be seen to be believed. Here are the most unique restaurants in Florida.
The locals come back time and time again to Clark’s Fish Camp for the seafood and steaks, but for first time visitors, this restaurant is unlike anything they’ve ever seen. Artistically displayed throughout is what many consider to be the largest collection of taxidermy available to the public. Prepare to dine with tigers, gorillas, giraffes, panthers, etc. While this isn’t for everyone, the owners do explain that they get their animals after they naturally pass away from zoos around the country.
In addition to seafood and beef, the restaurant also serves exotic meats from around the world like kangaroo, bison, camel, and snake.
This is a casual, small-group setting where you can have lunch or breakfast and actually ask a real astronaut questions and listen to their stories about living and working in space. The opportunity is offered daily at 10 am and 2 pm.
You would expect a list of unique restaurants in Florida to include several from the Orlando area, and Jack Lindsey’s is our first entry. Fans of the Indiana Jones movie series will recognize Jack Lindsey as Indy’s easygoing pilot. The restaurant is themed as Jack’s airplane hanger, turned bar and restaurant, with many props and artifacts from Jack and Indy’s adventures. The place serves signature alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, along with appetizers, flatbreads, and tacos.
And now for something completely different… Dick’s Last Resort is an outlandish dining experience with purposely bad service. The staff is rude and over-the-top, but that’s what makes it so fun. Come being prepared to be insulted and placed in uncomfortable situations. You need to have a good sense of humor to enjoy Dick’s, but the experience will leave you talking about it for years to come. While the food is just average, it’s a party that everyone should attend at least once in their lives.
This impressive, family-friendly restaurant has a steampunk theme with an emphasis on all things chocolate. Every square inch of this place is perfectly themed (think Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory) with live entertainment (people dressed in steampunk garb) that visit your table. The food is excellent too, but the real stars are the amazing milkshakes and desserts. Save room, because once you see these works of art, every member of your family will want one.
Just a few miles from Toothsome is the T-Rex Café. If you have children, or a husband, that loves dinosaurs, this is a dream restaurant that they should not miss. Travel back 200 million years to witness rumbling meteor showers, squawking pterosaurs, wooly mammoths, a large octopus, and life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, including a 15’ T-Rex. In addition to eating a delicious meal, children can dig for bones and precious stones in the Paleo Zone. Afterward, be sure to check out the Dino Store for all kinds of cool merchandise.
The Murder Mystery Dinner Train is a unique dinner theater experience aboard an actual train that travels 40 miles over a 3-1/2 hour trip. The five-course meal is served while diners try to solve the mystery at hand. The food is good, the acting is top-notch and the views from the train are enchanting. It makes for a great evening or part of a romantic getaway.
Watch a grand tournament of knights while you feast on a utensil-free four-course meal in a castle-like setting. The exciting show includes horsemanship, live jousting, sword fighting, falconry, and hand-to-hand combat. This is fun for the whole family and your ticket also includes a Medieval Village, a self-guided tour where you can experience what life was like back in the 11th century. The menu includes roasted chicken, buttered corn, potatoes, garlic bread, and more, plus two non-alcoholic drinks.
Resting on the northern bank of the Braden River, the Linger Lodge is a great place to dine on southern classics, listen to music and enjoy the views of taxidermied animals, including some fictional creations like the Jackalope, the Alaskan Fur Fish, and the Walking Catfish. It is eccentric, yet perfectly captures the feel of old Florida.
Kick your dining experience up a notch with these memorable and unique restaurants in Florida. It’s a great way to feed your belly and cap off another great day in the sunshine state.