Restaurants

Florida is known for its various cuisine, with national and international cuisine in every price range. Here you have a small selection of those restaurants, which are highly recommended by their location and quality of food and drinks. These are also very popular with locals.

National specialities

 

Eagle Grille Miller's Dockside Bar & Grill

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Landy's Restaurant

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Beach Road Wine Bar & Bistro

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Sandbar Tiki & Grille

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The Pink Elephant

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The Fishery Restaurant

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Rum Bay Palm Island

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Farlow's Waterfront Restaurant

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Lock 'N Key Restaurant

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Nicola's Italian Kitchen

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Geraldi's Pizza Place

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Villa Capri

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Stefano's Family Restaurant

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Carmelo's Italian Ristorante

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Bella Napoli Pizzeria & Restaurant

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Ephesus Mediterranean Grill

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Austrian-German Restaurant

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Heidi´s Island Bistro

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Sandra's German Restaurant

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Restaurant Edelweiss

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Schnitzel Kitchen

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Kumo Japanese Steakhouse

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Royal India

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Nan's Thai Noodle

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Fortune Garden Florida

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Koo's Kitchen

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IAsia North Port

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The Light House Grill at Sump Pass

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Schnitzel House

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Taste of Berlin

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Prime Time Stake & Spirits

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Placida Grill (Fisch Spezialitäten)

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Whether you prefer European, Mediterranean or American food, you will soon realize that the quality of food and drink and the friendliness of the staff in the restaurants and bars are remarkable. Service and friendliness are very important to Americans, as it is common in the US that a large part of the income in this work environment is earned through tipping. Basically, you can remember: In a restaurant or a bar about 15 percent tip of the total amount is "normal". If your service was especially friendly, you are free to give up to 20 or 25 percent. Of course, if you have not been satisfied, you can also reduce the tip to 10 percent.

 

Shopping

The US is well known that branded goods, not only in the outlets can be bought very cheap. Groceries and items for daily use can be purchased at the Winn Dixi, Walmart and Publix markets, which are between 4 and 8 km away from the house. At Walmart, shopping is available 24/7. Winn Dixi and Pubilx shops usually close at 9pm and are also closed on some US public holidays. In almost every one of these markets, you also have a pharmacy available, where many medicines can be obtained without a prescription. Winn Dixi is comparable to Austrian supermarkets like Billa or Eurospar and Publix to Merkur market. Walmart is most likely to be compared to Metro, because besides food, care and hygiene articles also accessories for cars, fishing and golf, etc. can be purchased. Around 15 kilometers from the house, there is also an Aldi (in Austria known as Hofer) which I cannot recommend because there is not the same quality as in the other mentioned supermarkets.

From the price level, the US foodstuffs are very similar to Europe, but in most grocery stores especially fish, beef and non-alcoholic beverages are slightly cheaper. I can highly recommend American beef, but also to buy fish, because you get comparable quality in Europe difficult or much more expensive. Citrus fruits are also cheaper than in Europe, as they come directly from Florida and are not comparable in taste and freshness to those you can buy in Europe. Fresh vegetables are a bit more expensive than usual, as they are not produced directly in Florida. In the above-mentioned supermarkets, a separate "Bakery" is always implemented, where various types of bread (there is also brown bread, but not whole wheat bread) and a variety of sweets such as Danish pastries, apple curd strudel and pies, etc. freshly prepared in any flavor.

In addition to a newly built mall in Sarasota, Ellenton's two major Outlet Malls in Ellenton and Miromar Outlets near Ft. Myers, to reach. When shopping in an outlet, I can recommend that you visit the information office in advance, as you will receive a coupon booklet, which will give you additional benefits at many designer shops. The prices shown on the price tags are the original prices, i.e. You must deduct the reported discount from this. When paying the VAT (currently between 6 and 8 percent) is added and deducted the discount automatically. If you shop in a designer shop listed in the coupon booklet, this extra discount will also be deducted when you pay. So, it can happen that you can buy up to 70 percent cheaper at brands like Coach, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Under Amour, Calvin Klein, Banana Republic to name just a few.

Please make sure that goods and exemption limits are only available in a certain amount duty-free from the USA after e.g. Austria may be imported. Should you exceed these exemption limits, it is imperative that you declare these goods above the exemption limit at the customs. The best way to find out about, is the homepage of the Federal Ministry of Finance, so that you are always up to date and you get no problems when entering the EU.

 

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