Florida is known for the sun, beaches and laid-back living. As the tribal casinos have blossomed over the past decade, the overall casino experience at the facilities has also catapulted to new levels, bringing with them the amenities of destination resorts. In addition, recent legislation now allows racetracks to have slot machines and compete with the casinos’ gaming action and some of the extra benefits that comes with it.

Starting in southern Florida, you will find plenty of gaming action and dining delights at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming. Located in Miami, Miccosukee boasts a 500-room hotel, plethora of restaurants including their award-winning Empeek-Cheke, and a championship golf course. Also in Miami are the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Mardi Gras Casino, Calder Race Course and Gulfstream Park. Other gaming hotbeds in Florida are Tampa and St. Petersburg, where you will find another Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Derby Lane Greyhound Track, both serving as nice segways for an evening of fun-filled excitement and gaming action. Below is a general guide to casino dining in Florida.

Fine Dining

Miccosukee Resort & Gaming • 1-877-242-6464 • www.miccosukee.com
Price Range: $$

Empeek-Cheke’s menu is full of exotic, succulent delicacies native to the region, including venison, frog legs, buffalo and alligator. There are also plenty of traditional choices.

Farraddays’ Steakhouse
Isle Casino Pompano Park
Price Range: $$$

Farraddays’ proudly serves genuine 21-day, wet-aged prime beef as well as only the freshest seafood and signature dishes. Savor specialty cocktails, fine wine by the glass or classic martinis.

Council Oak Steaks & Seafood
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
Price Range: $$$

Sizzling steaks and sumptuous seafood top the menu of one of the hottest restaurants in south Florida. Included are lobster bisque, Maryland crab cakes, prime beef or fresh local seafood.

Council Oak Steaks & Seafood
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
Price Range: $$$

Visit Tampa’s No. 1 destination for elegant surf and turf. Try the 100-percent prime, dry-aged cut steak or sample any one of the fresh seafood catches, which are all line-caught and Florida local.


Empeeke Aaweeke
Miccosukee Resort & Gaming • 1-877-242-6464www.miccosukee.com
The all-you-can-eat international buffet offers first-class dining at affordable prices. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with menu items showcasing continental and international cuisine.

Isle Buffet
Isle Casino Pompano Park
Isle Buffet serves an extensive menu featuring wood-fired pizza, custom-sliced beef and turkey, an international salad bar, assorted desserts with a sundae bar and much more.

Tropical Gardens
Calder Casino & Race Course • 1-305-625-1311www.calderracecourse.com
Tropical Gardens offers a plethora of tempting choices, including a “comfort food” section with a carving station, an Italian station with a brick pizza oven, and the center island with fresh salads and desserts.

Casual Classics

French Quarter: Mardi Gras Casino
Front Runners; Twin Spires Tavern: Calder Casino & Race Course
Myron’s Delicatessen; Trackside Grill: Isle Casino Pompano Park
Tatu, Bluepoint Ocean Grill: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood


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