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By: Jill Martin
Try one of these popular restaurants in Homestead and Florida City.
Talk about farm-to-table cuisine. When the fields are your backyard, you know it’s fresh. Whether you fancy Cuban, Mexican, Italian, Puerto Rican, or American, there is a world of flavors to savor in Homestead and Florida City.
Restaurants in Historic Downtown Homestead
How about a side of history with your entrée? The restaurants in historic, downtown Homestead offer more than a memorable meal. This quaint area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places thanks to its connection to the Florida East Coast Railway and its many architectural styles, including Art Deco and Mission Revival, to name a few. While you’re here, feast your eyes on the newly reopened Seminole Theatre. Dinner and a show makes for a perfect date night.
In a neighborhood renown for Mexican food, it can be hard to stand out, but not at Casita Tejas. The crowds come for their authentic Tex-Mex cuisine where everything is homemade and the servers are proud to be there. The Burrito Norteño will send your taste buds on a thrill ride, as will their steak, chicken or shrimp fajitas. Chili Relleno, anyone? Just say yes! 27 North Krome Ave., Homestead, FL 33030
Worth the drive from anywhere, Chefs on the Run is the only Homestead restaurant to have ever been invited to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. They not only showed up, but they won the Village Tasting two years in a row. Chef Jodrick is a creative genius in the kitchen, turning out dishes like habenero chicken with blue cheese mousse, slow braised short ribs, coriander-rubbed tuna, and the best burger you will ever eat. One more bragging tidbit about Chef Jodrick: he is the first local chef to ever be invited to cook at Paradise Farm’s “Dinners in Paradise.” 10 East Mowry Drive, Homestead, FL 33030
Perhaps the most well-known restaurant in the area, El Toro Taco is pure Mexican from the tile floors to the textured walls. Yes, this is the place with no liquor license so bring your own – a blender of margaritas, cold beers in a cooler…just carry it in. No one will care. Fajitas are sizzling good and the hot queso dip starter is the way to go, be sure to save some to dribble on your shredded beef tacos for más sabor (more flavor). 1 South Krome Ave., Homestead, FL 33030
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Oh those garlic rolls at Mama Mia Italian Restaurant. They’re worth eating carbs for. And you might not think an Italian place would be known for chicken soup, but you won’t find a better bowl (and it comes with garlic rolls). Craving real New York-style pizza? This is your new home. Purists order Grandma’s pizza (plum tomato sauce and cheese on thin crust) and the adventurous go for the “Mama Mia All The Way.” The vibe here is comfortable and casual, so come as you are. 538 Washington Ave. Homestead, FL 33030
Open 24 hours, Mario’s Family Restaurant is a great late night hot spot. Dine inside or find a table on their covered patio (like most do) and savor their daily specials from Picadillo on Mondays to Arroz con Pollo on Saturdays. For seafood that will knock your socks off, try the Sarzuela de Mariscos (seafood in creole sauce). The walk up window is where you’ll find locals getting their caffeine fix as well as croquettes, empanadas and pastries. 1090 N Homestead Blvd., Homestead, FL 33030
Try to score a coveted seat at one of Paradise Farms’ charity-driven “Dinners in Paradise,” and you won’t regret it. These dinners showcase local, organic, farm-to-table cuisine in collaboration with famed Miami Chef, Michael Schwartz. This is a full-time organic farm that provides micro baby greens, edible flowers, heirloom tomatoes and other products to chefs in South Florida. It sits on five acres designed to be totally Zen, and you can even book a stay at their B&B. Dinners in Paradise are super pricy, but if you can swing it, you’ll be rewarded with a multi-course meal under the stars that you can brag about for years. 19801 SW 320th St., Homestead, FL 33030
Dine in air-conditioned comfort at RedLander Restaurant where the centerpiece is Schnebly Winery’s tasting bar. Ornately painted ceilings and stacked cases of wine add to the ambiance. Or dine outside, beneath a Tiki hut and spy iguanas by the waterfall. Whichever you choose, order their “spent grain” bread made with leftover wheat from their brewery, served with olive oil and smoked salt. The pork and grits is a bowl of bold flavors and the Sunday brunch features Challah French Toast with fresh lychees. Also new is their Miami Brewing Grill, a huge, open-air, warehouse experience with corn hole games, craft beers on tap and a menu of hot-off-the-grill goodies like fire-roasted corn, pork nachos, guava wings and of course, burgers and dogs. 30205 SW 217 Ave, Homestead FL, 33030
Robert is Here is the quintessential stop when visiting this area. It’s an open air fruit stand where your order total is tallied by hand on a brown paper bag. But it’s much more than a plethora of exotic fruits and veggies, families drive here for the experience. Wait in line for a fresh fruit milkshake, walk out back to the animal farm, play in the splash pad area and even enjoy live music on weekend afternoons. In a nutshell (make that a boiled peanut shell), Robert is Here offers a taste of local country living. 19200 SW 344 St. Homestead, FL 33034
Simple in décor and no frills, Rosita’s Mexican Restaurant is a good place for a casual lunch or dinner. The prices are fantastic and the food is made fresh, which is why you’ll find many locals dining alongside you. The spicy shrimp get rave reviews and their pork ribs in chipotle sauce may cause immediate happiness. It’s family friendly and super affordable. Look for the building with the painted murals. 199 West Palm Drive, Homestead, FL 33034
Shiver’s Bar-B-Q is a hometown institution for over 50 years and it just keeps getting better. Dine at shared picnic tables with paper placemat menus and come hungry. For an appetizer, try the brisket burnt ends or the Squealing Pig Skins (with pulled pork). Entrée favs include baby backs, brisket or pulled pork. Did we mention the heap of sides? Corn or sweet potato soufflé, collard greens, jalapeno grits, hash brown casserole, coleslaw, black-eyed peas and don’t miss the crispy hushpuppies. Oh, and save room for dessert. There’s a heap of them too, including key lime pie, cobblers and the best-ever banana pudding. Family owned and operated, this is a true South Dade gem. 28001 S Dixie Hwy, Homestead, FL 33033
Venture off the beaten path and you’ll find the White Lion, where locals go for special occasions, great food, and live music on the expansive patio. This place is downright fun and always delicious. The setting is a little white cottage with multiple interior rooms, all decorated with antiques and memorabilia. The patio is lively with a full liquor bar. Try their Dirty Little Shrimp appetizer, a mixture of blackened shrimp, garlicky mushrooms and fresh spinach piled high on French bread. Meatloaf is right out of grandma’s kitchen and their fresh fish really is fresh. Try the Mahi Piccata or Vera Cruz. Made in-house cakes are off-the-chart huge, you must have a slice for dessert. 146 NW 7th St., Homestead, Florida 33030
Restaurants in Florida City
Newly painted exterior, newly designed interior, same tasty bar-be-que you’ve relied on for years. At Sonny’s BBQ, even when there’s a line, it goes fast because the service is quick. Get cozy in a booth and order yourself some Corn Nuggets or Redneck Eggrolls (filled with pulled pork and slaw). The salad bar is overflowing with possibilities including salads like mama used to make: broccoli and bacon, bowtie pasta, crab salad, red potato salad and more. Rib fans love their sweet and smoky, and Memphis style, and their pulled pork and brisket are always tender. Warm, peach cobbler is a winner with your chicken dinner. 33505 S. Dixie Highway, Florida City FL 33034
Head to the salsa bar at Taqueira Morelia for tomatillo, guacamole, hot red pepper, habanero, pico de gallo, pickled veggies and enjoy all you want. They offer several authentic Mexican dishes but this place is all about the tortillas. They’re made fresh, all day long, and are warm right off the griddle. Steak, chicken, al pastor (pork) and barbacoa (shredded beef) are excellent taco choices, and the daring can try tongue or tripe. Wash it all down with a cold Modelo. 961 West Palm Drive, Florida City or 875 NE 8th Street, Homestead, FL
Traditional Italian with fresh and organic ingredients, Capri Restaurant has been around since the 1950s. On the left side is the casual dining room with mostly pizzas, pastas and sandwiches done old-school good. On the right is the King Richard’s dining room, with white linens, prime rib, seafood, and traditional Italian specialties. Their Wine Room is perfect for parties and their walled, outdoor patio is even pet-friendly. What’s new is the Salad, Pasta & More bar, where in addition to salad, you can choose a pasta, sauce and add-ins (think mushrooms, spinach and artichokes) and the chef creates it right before your eyes. 935 N. Krome Ave., Florida City, FL, 33034
Restaurants in Cauley Square
Take a stroll along garden paths beneath canopies of shade trees in Cauley Square and discover a glimpse of old South Florida. This historic railroad village boasts two cottages-turned-restaurants, including their famous Tea Room, where gourmet tea is the star but so is the décor – and dishes from duck to salmon.
The second cottage restaurant is The Village Chalet, a romantic spot with twinkling lights, a 1920s bar, and live music every Friday and Saturday night. Looking for a quick bite? Order at the window of the Latin Corner and enjoy an iced coffee and pork sandwich amid the foliage.
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