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When it comes to good eatin’, it’s not hard in the south to find something great and 2 Florida restaurants have made Southern Living Magazine’s list of Best New Restaurants in the South for 2023.

We’re so lucky here in Fort Myers, Naples and Cape Coral that there are so many great restaurants. It seems, especially after the hurricane, that there are new restaurants popping up constantly. Whether it’s restaurants that were on the islands that relocated or closures with new spots replacing them. You could probably go to a new restaurant that’s opened every week at this point. I love all the options. And that’s just here in Southwest Florida. Around the state the list of new restaurants is endless.

While Florida is a big state, there’s more to the south than just the Sunshine State. Picture eating po boy’s in New Orleans, hot chicken in Nashville, biscuits and gravy in Mississippi or some Georgia peach pie..mmm now I’m hungry.

Southern Living Magazine put together a list of the best new restaurants in the south and 2 Florida restaurants made the top 5.

When you think of what makes a good restaurant, of course the food better be good. But it goes beyond that. It could just be that it has a great atmosphere or amazing waterfront views. Maybe the service is impeccable. We all have our favorites and if you’re like me you’re always on the hunt for new spots to enjoy. The two restaurants in Florida that made Southern Living Magazine’s list are two places I have yet to try, so I’m excited. Zitz Sum in Coral Gables came in at #4 and Willa’s in Tampa came in at #5. The others on the list would be great to remember if you’re traveling. For the full list, click here. Below are the Top 5.

Southern Living Magazine’s Top 5 Best New Restaurants in the South:

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