Best Places to Eat in the Everglades

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Everglades Gator Grill

Everglades Gator Grill

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By: Shayne Benowitz

A day trip to the Everglades promises a fun-filled, action-packed experience – and big adventures makes for big appetites. It’s not always easy to find a spot to fuel up in this remote expanse, so plan ahead with our guide for some of the most delicious and adventurous bites in the Everglades with plenty of local color.

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Visit Miccosukee Resort & Gaming for delicious food and exciting gambling.

Dining Near Shark Valley Visitor Center

The Restaurant at Coopertown Everglades Airboat Tour

Coopertown is one of the first airboat operators you’ll encounter along Tamiami Trail on the way to Shark Valley. You’ll also find a down home country restaurant adjacent to its gift shop simply known as “Coopertown Restaurant.” Fuel up before or after you take a spin on the airboats and visit the gator show. You’re going to find some rather unique Everglades delicacies here. Frog legs, gator tail, catfish filets and other local specialties are featured on the menu. This is adventurous eating, but you’ll be surprised by how good it tastes – especially deep fried!

Coopertown offers both thrilling airboat tours and delicious dining experiences

Miccosukee Resort & Gaming's Deli

While much of Miccosukee Resort is currently closed as a precaution due to COVID-19 (including the resort, airboat rides, Indian Village and out-of-this-world buffet), you can still stop by the casino floor to play the slot machines and other games. The deli is up and running, serving fresh sandwiches and salads perfect for grab-and-go picnics. While you won’t be able to indulge in the Empeeke Aaweeke International Buffet with its pasta, steak, fresh fish, steamed vegetables and plenty of other mouthwatering sides right now, definitely bookmark it for future travel. When you’re back, hopefully you’ll also be able to embark on the airboat tour, witness an alligator demonstration and learn more about the Miccosukee tribe’s history. 

Dining Near Ernest F. Coe and Flamingo Visitor Centers

Gator Grill entrance
Gator Grill

Everglades Gator Grill

Make a pit stop at Everglades Gator Grill on your way to the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center at the Royal Palm entrance. This casual counter boasts ample outdoor picnic table seating beneath the shade of a tropical thatched palapa. You’ll find a variety of hearty, southern comfort-style fare here with a Florida Everglades twist. Enjoy shrimp po’ boys, burgers, fried chicken, chili cheese fries and fried clams. And yes, this is the place to order the famous grilled gator sandwich. Be adventurous and give it a try – it tastes just like chicken!

Taqueria Morelia

Taqueria Morelia is a hidden gem tucked away in a strip mall in Homestead just off the Turnpike on your way to Royal Palm. It serves some of the most delicious tacos this side of Mexico City. This family-owned restaurant is all about authentic Mexican flavors. Burritos, quesadillas and other specialties are on the menu, but tacos are the true star. Choose from shredded pork, beef, chorizo, chicken and more served inside warm, homemade corn tortillas. Dine in or grab your food curbside and enjoy it at nearby Harris Field Park or JD Redd Park before you continue your trip to the Everglades.

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