Publix subs are Florida’s only claim to culinary fame, Thrillist says. We disagree.

Totally legit and not at all cheesy website Thrillist recently decreed Publix subs the best sandwiches in the country. How can we argue? We fought a Twitter war with over Publix’s superiority to Wawa and also just ordered a chicken tender sub online. Extra pickle, please.

We live for Publix subs. We do not ever call them “Pub Subs,” as Thrillist suggests. But we do love them. Still, we must take issue with Thrillist because the writer is tripping. The story calls Florida a wasteland when it comes to cuisine: “Florida, a state so big that it requires a full day to drive from end to end, has very few culinary claims to fame.”

Wait, what?

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Thrillist does grudgingly admit that our beloved Cuban sandwich is awesome but then adds, “You’re not going to find a famed plate of pasta in Pensacola, and nobody visits Fort Lauderdale for the fried chicken.”

A famed plate of pasta? We can clear that bar without even breaking a sweat. We can’t speak for Pensacola, but Thrillist should check out Scarpetta at the Fontainebleau, which has redefined pasta as we know it. In fact, Thrillist, you don’t seem to have crossed the Miami-Dade line at all. We encourage you to do so and will not at all pelt you with rotten loquats when you do.

Here are just a few examples of the great Miami food beyond the Publix sub (which we love. Did we mention that?) We can’t speak for Tallahassee – as far as we’re concerned that’s another state anyway.

Stone crabs

These edible gems of the sea are the reason we put up with the hurricanes, the tourists and the traffic.

The mustard sauce that goes with those stone crabs

You can dip your crab meat into it or you can eat it with a spoon. Either way, you’re good.

Florida lobster

None of that messy shell cracking or embarrassing bib wearing here. We just eat the tail, thus turning it into a convenient vehicle for butter.

Key lime pie

Real desserts don’t need to be sweet to be heavenly.


We don’t even have to cook some of our best food. We just pull it off the trees. And in Miami, everybody has a tree.


Get out of here with your cod and your salmon. Florida has grouper, and whether you fry it, sautee it or slap it on a salad, it’s delicious.


Fried meat sticks. Enough said.

Every kind of empanada known to mankind

They are Cuban and Argentine and Venezuelan and Peruvian and Chilean and…well, you get the idea. Miami borrows from everywhere in Latin America and adds its own touch for pure doughy magic.

Cinnamon rolls at Knaus Berry Farms

To hell with Cinnabon. There’s a reason we wait in those two-hour lines.


I’ve seen grown men and women weep upon stuffing this fried pork sensation into their faces. Can your famed plate of pasta do that?