Best Places To Eat Near Everglades National Park

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By: Shayne Benowitz

If you’re planning a day trip to the Everglades, read our guide to the best places to eat before or after your visit to Everglades National Park and its nearby attractions. These delightful Everglades restaurants are sure to be a memorable part of your visit to the “River of Grass.”

Gator Grill
Don't miss Gator Grill's grilled gator sandwich.

Everglades Gator Grill

If you’re heading to the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center at the main entrance to Everglades National Park in Homestead, stop in at Everglades Gator Grill. It’s a casual counter with outdoor picnic table seating beneath a tropical thatched palapa. You’ll find a nice variety of hearty comfort food here such as shrimp po’ boys, burgers, fried chicken, chili cheese fries and fried clams. As its name implies, you’ll also find their famous grilled gator sandwich on the menu. Be adventurous and give it a try (many say it tastes like chicken).

Los Potosinos Taqueria

For authentic Mexican food, Los Potosinos Taqueria is a favorite stop for anyone driving through Homestead en route to the Everglades. Here, you’ll find a spacious covered patio with picnic-style tables decorated in the festive colors of the Mexican flag. From tacos to burritos, quesadillas and gorditas, you can’t go wrong with their hearty, home-style dishes.

Miccosukke Resort Dinner
Visit Miccosukee Resort & Gaming for a quick bite or an elegant meal.

Miccosukee Resort & Gaming

Found at the edge of the Everglades off Tamiami Trail (Southwest 8th Street), Miccosukee Resort & Gaming is an excellent place to stop for a bite to eat on your way to the Shark Valley Visitor Center entrance. Its Sawgrass Café is a casual destination for sandwiches, pizza, soups and salads at budget-friendly prices, while Café Hammock offers more sophisticated fare, from steak to shrimp scampi and baby back ribs.

Coopertown offers both thrilling airboat tours and delicious dining experiences.

The Restaurant at Coopertown Everglades Airboat Tour

Coopertown is one of the first airboat operators you’ll encounter once you’ve entered the Everglades through Tamiami Trail (Southwest 8th Street). It’s also home to a down-home country restaurant adjacent to the gift shop. Grab a quick snack or a meal either before or after you take a spin on the airboats and view the gator show. You’ll find some unique menu items that are specialties of the Everglades: frog legs, gator tail, catfish filets and other delicacies. This is adventurous eating, but you’ll be surprised at how tasty the food is.

Robert is Here
Discover the variety of tropical fruit at Robert Is Here.

Robert Is Here

What do you get when you combine a farm with a fruit stand, picnic tables and petting zoo? A must-stop destination in Homestead for visitors heading to the Everglades. Established by farmer Robert Moehling in 1959, Robert Is Here boasts an amazing selection of tropical fruit, from lychee to Asian guavas, jackfruit, dragon fruit, tamarind and more, all of which can be blended into one of their famous tropical fruit milkshakes. You’ll also find a variety of goods, such as dips, jams and spreads to bring back to your kitchen.

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