April 26, 2019

24 Florida-based restaurant chains that are actually good

Florida is rich in chain restaurants, Tampa Bay is too, but that isn't always a bad thing. Not all chains are crap, and some locally-based franchises are actually worth your time. Here are a few of our favorite Florida-based chain restos.

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SoFresh
Locations: Downtown Tampa, South Tampa, North Tampa
Happiness does come in a bowl. This fast-casual Tampa-based chain is quickly becoming a local's fav for fresh healthy options. 
Photo via SoFresh/Facebook

SoFresh

Locations: Downtown Tampa, South Tampa, North Tampa
Happiness does come in a bowl. This fast-casual Tampa-based chain is quickly becoming a local's fav for fresh healthy options.

Photo via SoFresh/Facebook
Metro Diner
Locations: All over Florida, and the South
Metro Diner is quickly becoming one of Florida's biggest exports. The chicken and waffle purveyors got their start in Tampa and now they're pretty much everywhere.
Photo via Kahwa/Facebook

Metro Diner

Locations: All over Florida, and the South
Metro Diner is quickly becoming one of Florida's biggest exports. The chicken and waffle purveyors got their start in Tampa and now they're pretty much everywhere.

Photo via Kahwa/Facebook
Kahwa Coffee
Locations: Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota
UPDATED:05/21/20 5:45 p.m.Arguably one of Tampa Bay's most celebrated coffee shops, Kahwa is one of those chains that locals actually like, and for good reason. Don't come asking for a caramel machiato though (Kahwa's version of a caramel latte is a a traditional Italian espresso, which you can add caramel to). Do grab a few of those ham and cheese croissants, however, and order a "salted caramel latte" if you must.  
Photo via Kahwa/Facebook

Kahwa Coffee

Locations: Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota
UPDATED:05/21/20 5:45 p.m.
Arguably one of Tampa Bay's most celebrated coffee shops, Kahwa is one of those chains that locals actually like, and for good reason. Don't come asking for a caramel machiato though (Kahwa's version of a caramel latte is a a traditional Italian espresso, which you can add caramel to). Do grab a few of those ham and cheese croissants, however, and order a "salted caramel latte" if you must.

Photo via Kahwa/Facebook
Hawkers Asian Street Fare
Locations: Orlando, St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, Neptune Beach, Windermere
Since opening its first location in Orlando in 2011, this Asian street food establishment has expanded across Florida and will soon be opening two out-of-state locations. Inspired by Asian “hawkers,” or street food vendors who depend on local ingredients, the restaurant owners hand-picked the most authentic Asian street foods to offer to customers.
Photo via Hawkers Asian Street Fare/Facebook

Hawkers Asian Street Fare

Locations: Orlando, St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, Neptune Beach, Windermere
Since opening its first location in Orlando in 2011, this Asian street food establishment has expanded across Florida and will soon be opening two out-of-state locations. Inspired by Asian “hawkers,” or street food vendors who depend on local ingredients, the restaurant owners hand-picked the most authentic Asian street foods to offer to customers.

Photo via Hawkers Asian Street Fare/Facebook
Twistee Treat
Locations: 2 Orlando, 7 Kissimmee, Clermont, Davenport, New Smyrna Beach, Cape Canaveral, Daytona Beach, Melbourne, Ocala, Tampa Metro Area, Sebring, Homosassa
Twistee Treats’ giant ice cream cone buildings have been popping up around Central Florida and serving homemade soft-serve ice cream ever since 1987. This place offers ice cream in all forms, such as twirls, sundaes, shakes/malts, waffle taco, cookiewich, brownie boat, banana split and more.
Photo via Twistee Treat USA (UCF)/Facebook

Twistee Treat

Locations: 2 Orlando, 7 Kissimmee, Clermont, Davenport, New Smyrna Beach, Cape Canaveral, Daytona Beach, Melbourne, Ocala, Tampa Metro Area, Sebring, Homosassa
Twistee Treats’ giant ice cream cone buildings have been popping up around Central Florida and serving homemade soft-serve ice cream ever since 1987. This place offers ice cream in all forms, such as twirls, sundaes, shakes/malts, waffle taco, cookiewich, brownie boat, banana split and more.

Photo via Twistee Treat USA (UCF)/Facebook