Fresh Local Fare at Tupelo’s in Monticello

Locavores will delight in the menu at Tupelo’s Bakery and Cafe in Monticello’s charming downtown. The blackboard announcing the daily specials encourages diners to “slow down, talk with friends and eat well,” which is exactly what you’ll want to do when you sit down in front of a plate of Tupelo’s goodies. Fresh-baked bread and …

Gulf-side Dining at Roy’s in Steinhatchee

Theres nothing quite like a filling stick-to-your-ribs meal after a hard day of scalloping in the gulf.  For those scalloping out of steinhatchee, Roys is the perfect place to go.  While it isn’t exactly health food (everything on the menu is served up fried unless you specify otherwise) everything on the menu is fresh and …

Eat At The Jones Eastside Eatery in Gainesville

Located on the Eastside of Gainesville in a small roadside shopping strip, The Jones Eastside is a great restaurant that is open from 8am – 10pm every day.  They source locally whenever possible, and some of the ingredients in the specials are actually grown by the chefs!  The Jones has a great vegetarian and vegan …

Gainesville’s “Top” Restaurant: The Top in Downtown Gainesville

If you’re looking for a great meal in downtown Gainesville, The Top is one of the best places to go.  The menu has plenty of options for anyone.  The menu has something for everyone, including a great selection for vegans and vegetarians.  The ingredients are sourced locally whenever possible, and the sweet potato fries dipped …

Boiled Peanuts at Maria’s Dixie Nut House in Oldtown

Located at the intersection of US 19 and 55A, the owners of Maria’s Dixie Nut house have been serving up boiled peanuts for 34 years.  They started at a roadside stand and eventually moved into the building you see today.  They have green peanuts from May-October, and they get them from local sources whenever possible.  The Jumbo peanuts …

U-pick Fruits and Veggies, Summer at its Finest!

In today’s world of supermarkets and mega marts, why pick your own produce when you can just go out and buy it? Well, first of all, they’re fresher.  Less than 24 hours from the farm to your belly.  Second of all, the produce is likely of a higher quality.  When farmers pick for supermarkets, the …

Keaton Beach Hot Dog Stand: Much More Than Dogs!

Don’t let the name fool you: Keaton Beach Hot Dog Stand is neither a stand nor a hot dog place. Sure, you can get a hot dog, but you’re more likely to find folks enjoying seafood, burgers and a stunning sunset at this beachside restaurant. The raw bar outdoors boasts a second-story deck with even …

Mayhaw Jelly: A Southern Delicacy

Relatively rare (if not entirely unknown) in commercial grocery stores, Mayhaw jelly is a must try for visitors to the South East.  The jelly is made from a plant that is commonly considered a weed that grows in swampy areas around the Florida/Georgia border.  The berries of the plant ripen and turn red in late April …

Capt. Tommy Thompson, Natural North Florida’s Fishing, Food and Family Events Expert

Capt. Tommy Thompson is a licensed USCG  boat captain and outdoor writer.  He was previously executive director of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association and as an outdoor journalist specializing in saltwater fishing, he frequently contributes to such magazines as Florida Sportsman and Shallow Water Angler.  He currently writes the monthly Big Bend Action Spotter column …