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15 Delicious Foods That Florida Does Best

Head on down to delicious. Florida has some of the most delicious food in the country, including Florida Orange Juice.

1. Stone Crab

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From October to May, Florida stone crab is one mollusk you don't want to miss. Those gigantic claws with signature black tips are full of succulent meat just begging for lemon and butter.

2. Conch Fritters

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These crispy and tangy morsels are the perfect way to start any tropical meal. Good luck finding conch far from the Bahamas!

3. Rock Shrimp

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These deep dwellers are more like lobster than traditional shrimp. Their shells are hard, but their meat is sweet and delicious.

4. Cuban Sandwiches

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This Florida staple was invented to appease the taste buds of early Cuban immigrants. The combination of ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard on Cuban bread is really hard to beat.

5. And Every Other Cuban Dish

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Close proximity to Cuba and a large immigrant population means Florida has the best Cuban food in the country. Arroz con pollo, boliche, roasted plantains with cheese... There are simply too many great dishes to name.

6. Fish Sandwiches

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Florida's massive coastline means it has some of the best seafood in the country, and some of the best fish sandwiches in the country. There are a gazillion variations. (This is a crispy grouper cheek BLT. YUM!)

7. Every Fried Food at the Florida State Fair

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Funnel cakes, fried Oreos, fried Snickers, fried butter, fried everything... It's delicious, but our bodies are thankful the fair only comes once a year.

8. Orange, Grapefruit, and Kumquat Marmalades

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All that awesome Florida citrus fruit can be made into marmalades for delicious breakfast spreads. So fresh, so sweet, so tangy!

9. Oysters

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Raw, broiled, fried, dressed, or plain — there is no wrong way to eat a Florida oyster. You should probably just try all of the above.

10. Citrus Swirl

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Dreamsicles have nothing on this delicious combo of soft serve and orange sorbet.

11. Alligator

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What better to do with Florida gator than eat it? Alligator is a lean meat with a mild flavor. It's great fried or stewed in a gumbo. Alligator sausage, mixed with turkey or pork, is also delicious.

12. Spiny Lobster

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Spiny lobsters may not have claws, but they more than make up for it with their meaty bodies, which proportionally have more meat than Maine Lobsters. The meat is good in salad and pasta, but you can't beat the presentation of a whole spiny lobster, split and grilled.

13. Fish Tacos

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Florida has so many delicious fish + dressing + salsa combos. Is it even possible to pick a favorite? You're definitely going to need a beer to wash these down.

14. Mojitos

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And speaking of beverages...the mojito is a tropical standard. Five ingredients make this a warm-weather winner: white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water, and fresh mint.

15. Key Lime Pie

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Last, but certainly not least, the tropical dessert to end all desserts: the key lime pie. Made best with limes fresh from the Florida Keys, this pie is served on a graham cracker crust with whipped cream or a mountain of merengue. Dig in. After making it through this post, you deserve it.

No list of Florida foods would be complete without Florida Orange Juice.

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Orange juice is America’s favorite 100% fruit juice. Every glass of 100% Florida OJ delivers the Amazing 5: great taste, vitamin C, potassium, folate, and no added sugar. Thanks, Florida — you’re delicious!