Central Florida-Orlando, Tampa, Daytona, St. Augustine

The Worlds Largest Orange, Kissimee, FL

Note: Many of Floridas toll roads are now cashless. The regional SUNPASS is available Prepaid at most Publixs, CVS and Wallgreens so you can buypass rental car transponder tyranny.

Almost everyone will be here at some point, so we might as well have listings. Oddly enough, Orlando has a huge vietanamese population and has tons of restaurants.

Most of the Bars and Clubs are in the “Downtown” area of Orlando but the hotels in that area are either bad or expensive.  As you travel southwest there is a cluster of Hotels near Universal and Funspot and much further southwest is the Area of Disney and Seaworld parks.

There is a local alternative paper called the Orlando Weekly

Universal Studios has an amusement park called Islands of Adventure in Orlando. They have a great collection of rollercoasters, a one of a kind 3-D ride themed with Spiderman, an amazing Dudley Dooright themed Log flume and a very trippy Dr. Seuss themed area plus the new harry potter world.  While there, try the ribs at the tavern near the Dueling Dragon coaster.  Yum!  Tip-show your AAA card for a ten percent discount on food and stores throughout the park.


Wallys-1001 Mills Ave Orlando, FL 32803-One of the few worthy bars in Orlando. SInce 1954.  When in Orlando you want to hit Wallys, Yellow Dog Eats and Beefy King. (Update-Wallys was “renovated” and all the life sucked out of it but at least it is smoke free now.

Lou’s Whiskey Lounge-121 N Bumby Ave, Orlando, FL 32803 (407) 896-2593-Huge but despite this its very very smoky.  Pool table and more.  Best dive bar in town probably.  Bars are only open til 2 am here.


Beefy King-424 N Bumby Ave, Orlando, FL 32803 (407) 894-2241-Roast Beef Joint.  A rare locals only joint.
Charley’s Steak House, 8255 International Drive, Gooding’s Plaza
Orlando 32819 (407) 363-0228.  The servers bring a tray and you pick your own meat, which is grilled over citrus and other woods.  When your steak arrives, the waiters break out a flashlight so you can check the doneness.  Well done!
Emerils-Universal CityWalk, Orlando  tel: (407) 224-2424- Bam! Yes that Emeril.  Damn Tasty, but you better make a reservation.
Cecil’s Texas Style Bar-b-q, 2800 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32806- You get free ice cream when you dine in. Best BBQ. (407) 423-9871

Linda’s La Cantina Steak House- since 1947,Checkered tablecloth steak house with a firepit and sunken lounge. – 4721 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803

Mark’s Caribbean Cuisine-10173 University Blvd., 407-636-9290-Oxtail Yum

Nile Ethiopian-7048 International Dr., 407-354-0026

Nha Trang Subs-1216 E. Colonial Dr., 407-346-4549-Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches

Willie’s Pinchos Restaurant-1718 N. Goldenrod Rd., 407-601-3373 -was on triple d for their plantain mofongo and jibarito, a sandwich with tostones and is topped off with pastrami and beef.

Johnny’s Fillin’ Station-2631 S Fern Creek Ave, Orlando, FL 32806 (407) 894-6900-Family owned joint with great looking burgers, potato wedges and more.  “famous patty melt”

Shiraz Market-185 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood, 407-951-8084-Slow roasted kabob.

Taste of Peru-9521 S. Orange Blossom Trl., 407-857-2734-Peruvian food including great rotisserie chicken.

Tasty Wok-1246 E. Colonial Dr., 407-896-8988-Better than average Chinese food incuding roast meats.

The “white trash” from Yellow Dog Eats

Yellow Dog Eats-1236 Hempel Ave, Windermere, FL 34786 (407) 296-0609 BBQ and Gourmet Sandwiches.  Recommended!  Counter service in this HUGE sprawling complex.  

The Mad Crab Seafood & Wings-small inexpensive restaurant with fried seafood, shellfish & wings. 325 W Kennedy Blvd, Orlando, FL 32810  (407) 986-0819

Hot Dog Heaven-5355 E. Colonial Dr., 407-282-5746-many types of hot dogs but a great Chicago Dog

To get away from most of the tourist areas head to the ViMi District
Just northeast of Downtown Orlando, Vietnamese, Korean, Thai and Chinese restaurants crowd along Colonial Drive and Mills Avenue; and grocery stores, stocked with everything from alternative medicines to exotic produce, cater mostly to Asian customers.

Live Music-

Uncle Lou’s Entertainment Hall-1016 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803 (407) 898-0009-small dive bar feet away from Wills Pub with accoustic punk and smaller bands.
Will’s Pub-1850 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, FL 32803-1854 one block south of Princeton Avenue (the Loch Haven Park area), on the west side of 17-92/Mills Avenue.

The Guesthouse-1321 North Mills Avenue  Orlando, FL 32803-(407) 228-0048-more just a cocktail bar now

The Abbey-100 S Eola Drive, Suite 100 Orlando, Florida 32801
(407) 704-6103

Soundbar – 37 west pine st, orlando, fl.

64 North-64 N Orange Ave, Orlando, Florida 32801 (321) 245-7730

The Social  -54 N Orange Ave, Orlando-tel: (407) 246-1419 or (407) 246-1599. Live venue with acts national alternative and college acts and the occassional DJ.

Independent Bar – 70 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801  (407) 839-0457-could be a little cheeseball but they play old new wave versus the top 40 shit at other clubs.

Record Stores-
Rock and roll Heaven-1814 N. Orange Avenue , Orlando
(407) 896-1952 (wow, still there 2019)
d.i.y. records-now only exists as an online store

Tourist Attractions.  There are many, but 

Old Town has cool chararacter.  5770 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway

Kissimmee (407) 396-4888-

Boynton Beach, FL


Sweetwater Bar & Grill-1507 S Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, Florida-Bar and grill with “mixologist’ cocktails with an occasional soul and tiki DJ.
Tsunami Subs & Wraps-309 E Woolbright Rd
Boynton Beach, FL 33435  (561) 739-8525 sub shop supposedly from the son of the founder of jersey mikes.
Torchio’s Finer Meats and Delicatessen-1877 W Woolbright Rd, Boynton Beach, FL 33426 (561) 732-5915  Take out only.  Sandwiches and butcher shop.  Grab fixings for a bbq or get a giant sub
Flakowitz of Boynton Restaurant-Old Fashion Style New York Eatery
8:00 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. seven days a week (561) 742-4144
7410 W Boynton Beach Blvd, Boynton Beach, FL 33437-was visited by Diners drive ins and dives.  Sad to say, not many of these places exist in Florida anymore

above Old Town in Kissimee

Apopka, FL (Greater Orlando)


Kelly Park-400 E Kelly Park Rd, Apopka, FL 32712-Cool park with lush springs and a tube run that is 68 degrees year round.

Bonita Springs, FL


Trackside Donuts & Cafe – 28001 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs, FL 34135 (239) 390-1400-donuts in an A frame that was something else.


Brandon, FL

Record Store-
Sound Idea-113-H Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL  813-653-2550

Brookville, FL


Coney Island Drive Inn-1112 E Jefferson St, Brooksville, FL 34601 (352) 796-9141-Foot long hot dogs and a 6 food Betty Boop.

Florida Cracker Kitchen-966 E Jefferson St, Brooksville, FL 34601 (352) 754-8787-Fried seafood, Mullet Dip and fried Chicken.

Maw’s Vittles-511 S Broad St.,Brooksville, FL 34601 (352) 796-9197-Breakfast and lunch only open til 1:30.  Southern breakfast.

Christmas, FL


Jungle Adventures, A Real Florida Animal Park ?- 26205 E Colonial Dr, Christmas, FL 32709- (407) 568-2885

Clermont, FL

Attraction-The Florida Citrus Tower-226-foot-tall  tower in built in 1956 to allow visitors to observe the miles of surrounding orange groves,  141 US-27, Clermont, FL 34711

Cocoa Beach, FL

The 321 LOCAL” Rock Bar & Grill -Brevard County. -located in the Cocoa Village at 333 King Street on the corner of eastbound 520 and Hughlett next to Norman’s. -Not a sports bar with a band playing in the corner. We are a ROCK BAR with a large stage and a huge PA. We will be booking bands 7 days a week

Clearwater, FL
Many cool things do not last forever in FL, but once upon a time, there was a huge garish restaurant called the Kapok Tree.  It closed many years ago, but part of its facilities and gardens are still used for special events and can be viewed.  Check out this tribute page.
923 McMullen Booth Rd. Clearwater, FL   33759
Delco’s Original Steak & Hoagies-1737 Main St, Dunedin, FL 34698 (727) 738-4700-Cheesesteaks
Nauti-Nancy’s -700 Eldridge St, Clearwater, FL 33755  (727) 446-3717-Seafood restaurant in a residential neighborhood.  Occasional live music.

Fort Myers, FL

Record Store
Silver Platters, 11763 Cleveland Ave. #10, Fort Myers, FL 33907

Gainesville, FL
A and B Soul Food-104 NE Waldo Road, 352-335-5446
Caribbean Spice-1121 West University. 352-377-2715.  Good food, $2.65 lunch special.
Satchel’s restaurant1800 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 352-335-7272. It’s the best pizza/salad/calzone place in town and it’s very artsy, with a million mobiles hanging from the ceiling and an outdoor garden
Terrell’s Bar-B-Que- 2445 SW 13th St, Gainesville, FL, 352-367-1400 or 1130 NE 16th Avenue stand every Friday Saturday or Sunday at the Dollar General. Best BBQ in town

Live Music-
Commongrounds coffeehouse-919 W. University Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32601 [352]-372-7320..
1982  bar (ALL AGES VENUE) 919 W. University Avenue Gainesville Florida” near the University of Florida
The Church of the Holy Colors
A working gallery space located at 11 SE 5th Ave and S Main St in Gainesville, FL. with shows

High Dive – 210 SW 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601  (352) 872-5949

Record Stores-(updated 4/2017)

Arrow’s Aim Records – 10 N Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 371-2121
Hear Again Music and Movies ?-201 SE 1 St, Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 373-1800

Jacksonville, FL


Above, a Camel Rider, a local regional specialty in Jacksonville. Sometimes called Riders. Basically any type of sub in a pita.

The Weekly alternative paper is Folio WeeklyNo Idea records has a lot of bands that tour through the area

Music Clubs-
Imperial Bar & Lounge-325 W. Forsyth St., Jacksonville (904) 355-0810 Live music & pizza in renovated antique bar
Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville.
Edge 2000, 845 University Blvd., Jacksonville. For tickets or information, call 904-743-1845.
618, 618 W. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. 904-356-6363.
T-Birds, 9039 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville. 904-363-3399.
The Florida Theatre-128 East Forsyth Street-Jacksonville, FL 32202
Event Info: (904) 355-2787-large venue for bigger acts.
TSI-Hey! A hipster club located in Jacksonville!  Cool.  333 E Bay St, Jacksonville, FL 32202-live acts like VHS or Beta play here.

Dive Bar-331 East Bay Street,Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 359-9090  www.divebarjax.comEats-
Freds Cotton BBQ-2623 N. Main Street-904-356-8274

Bonos BBQ-actually a regional chain with a mustard based sauce
Blue Boy Sandwich Shop, 421 N Laura St Ste 2 , Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville (Lem Turner/Norwood Ave. exit off 1-95) It’s about 1/4 mile east of the exit on Norwood.  One sandwich is big enough for two people.  Over 50 varieties. 2 other locations.
Metro Diner-3302 Hendricks Ave, Jacksonville, Florida 32207  (904) 398-3701, featured on triple d.  Homemade meatloaf, steak salad with fries and steak and blue cheese on top of a salad and stuffed french toast called yo, challahRecord Store-
Theory Shop, 1051 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204

Junior’s Famous Sandwiches, 9347 N Main St  -Jacksonville, FL 32218
(904) 751-2816

The Sheik-Regional Middle Eastern Fast Food chain with the above pictured Riders

Knuckle Sandwiches-Breakfast & Lunch served Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 948 Cesery Blvd.  Jacksonville Florida 32211 (904) 743-6900

Maitland, FL


Kappy’s Subs-tiny classic diner with  subs, burgers & hot dogs  501 Orlando Ave, Maitland, FL 32751  (407) 647-9099

Sarasota, FL

Bahi Hut is a throwback Tiki Lounge-4675 N Tamaimi Trail
Sarasota, FL
Eats-THE HOLY GRAIL OF FOOD.  YEAR ROUND TURDUCKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Thats Chicken stuffed in a duck, stuffed in a turkey atAlpine Meat Market and Restaurant OPEN!
Tues-Sat 9am-9pm, Closed Sun & Mon,  (941) 922-3797  4520 South Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34231
Record Stores-
6560 Superior Ave, Sarasota, FL 941-923-5081
Daddy Kool-5900 S Trail Unit K, Sarasota, FL
Sarasota Jungle Gardens-a throwback Florida attraction with lush tropical gardens since the 40s-Sarasota Jungle Gardens is located at 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, Florida, 34234
St. Augustine, FL
St Augustine has the Sing Out Loud Festival Annually.
Flagler College Rotunda
Flagler College was originally built as a hotel in the 1800s.  A very cool place to see.  74 King Street.
Regional Specialty-Minorcan Clam Chowder-unique to this area, similar to Manhattan clam chowder but with hot local Datil Peppers.  Available at Schooner’s Seafood House ,  O’Steen’s Restaurant , Barnacle Bill’s and Saltwater Cowboy’s .  Bills also has hot wings made with the pepper and all these joints specialize in shrimp as well.  
Tourist Attraction
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument – National Park Service-1 South Castillo Drive  St. Augustine, FL 32084, (904) 829-6506  Not the type of stuff I normally list, but lots of bad stuff happened here making this place extra creepy
Bar-St George Tavern-116 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084 Dive bar on the Mainland.
Live Music-
PLANET! SARBEZ!– 115 Anastasia Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080 (904) 342-0632-Great Stage beer bar with a game room.

Shanghai Nobby’s-10 Anastasia Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080 -Big indoor outdoor dive bar with lots of touring acts, sometimes of the accoustic punk type.

Gaufres and Goods- 212 Charlotte St, St. Augustine, FL 32084-Greek/European Restaurant with Great Food and Wines.  Get the Pyzy, round Pierogi like dumplings with Bacon topping

O’Steen’s Restaurant-205 Anastasia Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080-The classic Trashy Travel type Seafood restaurant.  Since 1965.  Closed Sunday and Monday.  Cash Only.  With the local variety of fried shrimp served with Datil Pepper hot sauce and Minorcan Clam Chowder also made with the Peppers.

Minorcan Chowder with Datil peppers.
Regional Style Fried Shrimp from O’Steens with datil pepper sauce and Cucumber Salad
St. Cloud, FL (greater Orlando Area) Tourist Attraction
Florida EcoSafaris at Forever Florida, 4755 N. Kenansville Road,  St. Cloud, Florida 34773
1-866-85-4EVER, Zip line “coasters” Zip Line Bikes and other cool adventure things.

Stuart, FL-(about 40 miles north of West Palm Beach

Record Stores-
Confusion Records 20 E Ocean Blvd  Stuart, FL (561) 287-9994

Video store-
Groovy Movie A Go-Go 28 E Ocean Blvd  Stuart, FL (561) 221-0400

Tallahassee, FL

Live Music-
Beta Bar-809 Railroad Ave, Tallahassee, FL-Great shows with touring acts
Cow Haus -469 St. Francis Street,Tallahassee, FL (850) 425-2697, now called the beta bar
Floyd’s Music Store 666-1 W. Tennessee St.,Tallahassee, FL(850) 222-3506-Smells like a punk club.
Club Downunder -Tallahassee, FL-gets shows like Mary Timony and superchunk.

Record Stores-
Waterworks-104 1/2 S. Monroe, Tallahassee, FL 904-224-1887
Vinyl Fever-2033 W. Pensacola St,Tallahassee, FL 904-576-4314.great store, great website with local act info.

Manna, 3507 Thomasville Rd. (Village Square Blvd.) Tallahassee, FL 32309 , 850-668-1968  Gourmet deli, take-out and restaurant.
Shell Oyster Bar-Oysters in a converted gas station- 114 East Oakland Ave (between Munroe and Adams), 850-224-9919

Tampa, FL/St. Petersburg/Lakeland

The Local Alternative Paper is Weekly Planet. For good show info click here.  For Ybor city news try Ybor City.com.  For other concert info check out local promoter Fantasma’s Site.  Local info site Bay Domain is also worth a visit.

TBT Soundcheck site.

Tune into WMNF (wmnf.org. community radio station going on 32 years now.)with shows such as SURFACE NOISE on Wednesdays from 6-8p, new wave, mod, glam, garage and punk rock.

Monthly swing events at Swingtime.

Nearby is St. Petersburg is the Salvadore Dali Museum.

Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. Better than the one in Spain.

Frank Lloyd Wright designed some college buildings in Lakeland.

Tiki Bar?-sorta?

Zom Hee Chinese Restaurant -9015 Park Blvd, Seminole, FL 33777 (727) 391-8393 “only” open since 1985, this time warp chinese restaurant has amazing tiki drinks like the Tahitian scorpian and “Fried Banana” and Rumaki-Bacon, chicken liver and water chestnut deep fried.


Emerald Bar – 550 Central Avenue  St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (727) 898-6054-Bar with occasional punk bands.  Super smoky though

Red Star Rock Bar-5210 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603 (813) 237-0012-2 am Thursdays, 3 am Friday and Saturday.  1 am Close the rest of the week.

The Bends -919 1st Ave N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33705  (727) 202-8931-Bar with occasional soul nights

Flamingos Sports Bar – 1230 9th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33705-Just a sports bar, but a sports bar that Kerouac liked to drink in towards the end of his life.

Live music-
The State Theatre -687 Central Avenue -St. Petersburg FL 33701
Skippers Smokehouse-Corner of Skipper Road and Nebraska-813-971-0666-yeah, I know.  Sounds like a restaurant, and it is, but is was also voted best place to hear live music in Tampa.
Jannus Landing-16 2nd St N, St. Petersburg (727) 896-1244
The HUB-Dive bar with the occasional live band-719 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602-40s style

Danny’s All American Diner: 4406 N Falkenburg Rd, Tampa, FL 33610 (813) 740-0606 Daily 10:30 AM TO 6 PM.burgers, chili dogs, burgers named after baseball players and a chili cheese burger with homemade chili. Also an excellent cuban sandwich that has capicola and mojo pork


Fun-St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club-559 MIRROR LAKE DRIVE NORTH, ST PETERSBURG, FL 33701

Dance Clubs-
The Castle-2004 North 16th Street, Tampa, FL 33605-(813) 247-7547-its a castle.  bar/club thump thump, maybe a goth night

Tampa is home to a Busch Gardens theme park with some great coasters. When in Tampa, the place to be is YBOR City (pronounced e-bore), home of galleries, clubs and restaurants in this college town, though it can be kind of sleepy when its not a weekend night.  They have gallery walkarounds once a month too.  Don’t miss the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg across the river.


Coney Island Sandwich Shop-250 Martin Luther King Jr. St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33705-Decades old chili dog and chili burger place.  The kind of place this site exists for.

Coney Dog with Slaw

La Segunda Ybor-Bakery open since 1915 with a hybrid of cuban and italian specialties.including a Scachatta, similar to Utica,NY’s tomato pie., Despite being open so long this space is new and charmless.. 2512 N 15th St, Tampa, FL 33605 : (813) 248-1531

Dessert sampler at Berns dessert room. Requires separate reservation

Berns Steakhouse-1208 S. Howard Avenue at Margere-Tampa (813) 251-2421-THE most famous restaurant in Tampa, and pricey but are actually a prix fixe for the price.  Make sure you also make a reservation for the dessert room and get a wine vault tour-4444 W. Cypress St., Tampa, FL 813-353-9706

Charleys Steak House4444 West Cypress Street, Tampa, FL 33607, 813.353.9706-3 restaurant mini chain.

The Crab Shack-old fashioned CHEAP!! Crab house. St. Pete.  They feature a very unusual Smoked mullet.  Get the peel and eat shrimp and coleslaw.  Skip the crab cakes and the garlic butter crabs, but get the key lime pie!
Ted Peters Famous Smoked Fish, 1350 Pasadena Ave S, South Pasadena, FL 33707  (727) 381-7931-another smoked fish joint, this one also has an amazing fish spread, smoked mullet and whole large platters of smoked fish.  Potato salad made with BACON and a surf and turf combo with the fish spread side and a burger made with velveeta.  You can also bring your own fish and have it smoked.

Mel’s Hot Dogs-All kinds of Vienna wieners including slaw dogs and Chicago dogs. 4136 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33617  Since 1973 Daily 11AM–8PM Closed Sunday  (813) 985-8000

Wright’s Gourmet House-1200 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33629 Not Trashy but HUUUUGE deli with made to order sandwiches including the specialty Martini Beef.

Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe-5119 North Nebraska Avenue  Tampa, FL 33603 (813) 234-1000-go for the soul food sundays.  Occasional live music too

Dairy Inn -Old-school, window-serve joint with picnic tables, with burgers shakes and ice cream: 1201 Dr M.L.K. Jr St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (727) 822-6971

Brocato’s Sandwich Shop-since 1948, cuban sandwiches and deviled crab croquettes.- 5021 E Columbus Dr, Tampa, FL 33619(813) 248-9977

La Caridad Bakery- 4425 W Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, FL 33614 -Phone: (813) 884-2822-Cuban specialties like chorizo empanadas and the regional tomato pie abberation called scachatta

El Cap -beer, sandwiches & freshly ground burgers – 3500 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704: (727) 521-1314

Goody Goody Burgers– 1601 W Swann Ave, Tampa, FL 33606 (813) 308-1925-Burgers and chili cheese fries “since 1925”.  Place went out of business and was resurrected by saviors from the famous cuban sandwich restaurant.

Biff Burger and Buffys BBQ, 3939 49th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL (727) 527-5297.  Last of an old chain with car and motorcycle meetups and burgers with special sauce

Record Stores

Mojo Music-2558 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33612  often stages concerts on weekends.
Sound Exchange – 14246 North Nebraska Avenue, Tampa
Daddykool Records. (727) 822-5665, 666 Central Ave ,St Petersburg, FL 33701 CDs, records, T-shirts, vinyl figurines 
Bananas Music-2887 22nd Ave. N, St. Pete; (727) 321-4616, musicfinder.com. 10,000-square-foot store across from Mazzaro’s Italian Market. and  (2226 16th Ave. N). 
Asylum Sights and Sounds-6566 Central Ave., St. Pete; 7180 49th St., Pinellas Park; asylumsite.com. 
Disc Exchange-6712 Central Ave., St. Pete; (727) 343-5845.
Sound Exchange-14246 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa; 732 W Lumsden Road, Brandon; 7688 49th St. N, Pinellas Park; soundexchangetampabay.com.
In addition to the numerous chain hotels around the area, there is the Tahitian Inn, 601 South Dale Mabry Highway, (800) 876-1397,  with 62 rooms in a residential neighborhood, with a heated outdoor pool. $69 to $89.

Grand Plaza Hotel Beachfront Resort & Conference Center ?- 5250 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706 (727) 360-1811-A fatter version of the Pier 66 hotel with a revolving restaurant, the only revolving restauarant on the West coast of Florida, Spinners.

Bilmar Beach Resort – 10650 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, FL 33706 (727) 360-5531-Midcentury design, very spread out

Thunderbird Beach Resort – 10700 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, FL 33706
Phone: (727) 367-1961-Classic Mid century, with its sister Tahitian Beach down the street.

Drive In Theater-
Silver Moon Drive In-4100 U.S. 92 W., Lakeland, FL 33801, (941) 682-0849


Citrus Place-7200 US-19, Terra Ceia, FL 34250 (941) 722-6745 Old Florida juice shop where you can get those vanilla and orange swirl cones and fresh orange juice and probably those orange gumballs.  Right before the sunshine skyway bridge.

Apalachicola, FL

Tamaras Cafe Floridita-17 Avenue E. Apalachicola, FL-850-653-4111-excellent venezuelan restaurant.

Brigitte’s Romantic Retreat -101 Sixth St., Apalachicola, FL.  One of them themed hotels with all different rooms.

Carabelle, FL

World’s Smallest Police Station in Carabelle, on US 98.

De Leon Springs, FL

Old Spanish Sugar Mill, 601 Ponce Deleon Blvd
De Leon Springs, FL 32130   (386) 985-5644-  In a state park, this place lets you grill your own pancakes.

Destin, FL

The Rib Shack
605 Highway 98 East, Destin, (850) 837-9314

Eaton Park, FL (Greater Lakeland)


S & L Restaurant -2915 S Combee Rd, Eaton Park, FL 33840 (863) 665-0731-Amazing burgers in a crazy decor stand alone cinderblock building.

Fort Walton Beach, FL (50 miles east of Pensacola)

Joe & Eddies Restaurant, 206 SE Florida Place,  Ft. Walton Beach, 243-0733-Incredibly good, incredibly cheap down home cooking.  Open 24 hours on the weekends.
Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q,925 North Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, (850) 314-0717-When in the south, you gotta get ‘cue.

Movie Theater-
Suds-N-Cinema — 174 SE Miracle Strip Parkway, Ft. Walton Beach, FL – (850) 244-2484, 243-7455-Movie theater where you can drink and smoke.  Great Idea.

Flora-bama Lounge and Package-17401 Perdido Key Drive in Pensacola Bay., 850-492-3048-Live Music in a beach house with a Jimmy Buffet twist.

Ocala, FL

Drive In-

Ocala Drive-In – 4850 S Pine Ave, Ocala, FL 34480  (352) 629-1325


Hungry Bear Drive-In – 420 SE Osceola Ave, Ocala, FL 34471 (352) 732-3003 Closed Sunday.  Old Drive in burger shack in a brick building.

Pensacola, FL Amusement Park-
Sam’s Fun City– Located in Pensacola south of I-10 on Highway 29. New Family Amusement Park. Live Music-
HANDLEBAR– 319 N. Tarragonna, Pensacola, (850)434-9060-I don’t know much about this venue, but the Causey way has played here.

Local Music Info Here.

Record Stores-
Unity-27 W Romana St, Pensacola, FL 904-433-3104
East Hill CD, 2509 N. 12th Ave, Pensacola, FL 32503

Seaside, FL-Believe it or not, an artists community 40 miles east of Fort Walton Beach.

Sundog Books-89 Central Square-850-231-5481 – Seaside

Spring Hill, Florida

Awesome tourist attraction
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, Florida 34606 (352) 592-5656  Old timey Florida tourist attraction, now part of a state park.  See a quaint show where mermaids perform to you in an underwater theater.  Catch it before the times or the mean environmentalists cause it to shut down

Tarpon Springs, FL
The Sponge Factory -old florida shop w9ith natural sea sponges, handmade soaps & novelties.: 15 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689  (727) 938-5366
Titusville, FL
Dixie Crossroads-SInce 1983 famous for Corn Fritters, Shrimp Soup and Chargrilled Oysters-1475 Garden Street Titusville, FL 32796 | Phone: 321-268-5000 Moon Light Drive In -Old-fashioned, family-run drive-in-1515 S Washington Ave, Titusville, FL (321) 267-8222-Lots of photos in the dining room. Winter Haven, FL Attraction Cypress Gardens, A tourist destination of old is now legoland. Eats- Andy’s Drive-In Restaurant aka Andys Igloo-703 3rd St SW, Winter Haven, FL 33880 Daily til 11PM Closed Sunday. Womp Womp. Awesome sign, the kind of joint Trashy Travel lives for. (863) 293-0019 Dino’s Drive In -take out or eat at outdoor picnic tables or in your car-2929 Havendale Blvd NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881 (863) 967-0230 most days· 10AM–10PM A basket will get you a burger, fries and your choice of coleslaw or yellow rice. Since 1968 Harbor Side Steakhouse & Oyster Bar 2435 7th St SW, 863-293-7070. It’s a roomy restaurant situated on a lake and is an old-school Florida seafood restaurant. They have fried pickle chips Yeehaw Junction, FL A stop on the turnpike and has a Stuckeys! Get a pecan log!
Attraction-Desert Inn-Former brother, current bar and restaurant and inn.  Good burgers.
Desert Inn Motel – 5570 S Kenansville Rd, Yeehaw Junction, FL 34972(772) 240-2267
Zephyrhills, FL (Dade City)
Coney Island Zephyrhills – 5327 Gall Blvd, Zephyrhills, FL 33542,  (813) 702-4041-Chili dogs, foot longs and a 6 foot wiener, mini carousel and 6 foot Elvis inside.