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Downtown Homestead

Downtown Homestead

Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery

Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery

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By: Jill Martin

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.

Trolley on street in Downtown Homestead
Enjoy dinner and a show in Historic Downtown Homestead

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.

Seminole Theatre

While you’re here, feast your eyes on the newly reopened Seminole Theatre. Dinner and a show make for a perfect date night. In a neighborhood renowned 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

Chefs On The Run

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 habanero chicken with blue cheese mousse 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

Man drives tractor on Homestead farm
Farm-to-Table options abound in Homestead

More Restaurants in Homestead

Mamma Mia Italian Restaurant

Oh those garlic rolls at Mamma Mia Italian Restaurant are worth the carbs! 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

Mario's Cuban Cuisine

For all-day breakfast and generous portions of Cuban cuisine with a fusion of Spanish, African, and Caribbean influences stop by Mario’s Family Restaurant. 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 Zarzuela 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

Yardie Spice

Haitian-born Owner and Chef Jean-Paul Cadotte and his Jamaican wife transport you to the Caribbean with their intimate eatery, Yardie Spice. Start your mouthwatering journey with Sriracha mayo flavored conch fritters, a mahi empanada, jerk chicken wings, or a crispy Jamaican beef patty. Meant to be shared, some of their most popular entrée dishes include a tender, Jamaican spiced curry goat, Haitian pork griot with mashed plantain fritters and a spicy slaw, and jerk lamb shank with polenta. Vegans will be pleasantly surprised by their ‘Vegan Corner’ menu which includes vegan jerk tofu, spinach and garbanzo beans, and curried lentils, as well as a vegetable stew made with chayote squash, carrots, cabbage and eggplant. 225 S Krome Avenue, Homestead, FL 33030

Paradise Farms

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

Lychee dish at Redlander Restaurant
Enjoy fresh farm-to-table meals at Schnebly Redlands Winery

Schnebly Redlands Winery

The famed Schnebly Redlands Winery, which produces wine and beer made from the subtropical fruits of the Redlands, is also home to <a data-partnerid=" />Redlander Restaurant. With an emphasis on local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients, the farm has never been so close to the table! Think, smoky guava ribs, catch of the day made to order, seared ahi tuna and smoked fish dip. Pair this with an avocado wine or a coconut ale along with the subtropical farm atmosphere and you’ve got yourself a meal in paradise. 30205 SW 217th Ave., Homestead, FL 33030

 

customers at Robert is Here
Robert is Here is a must visit spot for tropical fruit and farm fun

Robert Is Here

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

Rosita's Mexican Restaurant

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

Shiver’s Bar-B-Q is a hometown institution for more than 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 BBQ Potato Skins (with pulled pork). Entrée faves 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 key lime pie, peach cobbler with ice cream, caramel fudge pie, salted caramel cheesecake and the best-ever banana pudding. Family owned and operated, this is a true South Dade gem. 28001 S Dixie Hwy, Homestead, FL 33033

White Lion Cafe

Venture off the beaten path and you’ll find the White Lion Cafe, 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 Fish of the Day Piccata or Vera Cruz. Made in-house cakes are off-the-chart huge, so you must have a slice for dessert. 146 NW 7th St., Homestead, FL 33030

Restaurants in Florida City

Sonny's BBQ

At Sonny’s BBQ, where you’ve relied on tasty barbecue for years, 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. Scrumptious bread pudding is a winner with your chicken dinner. 33505 S. Dixie Highway, Florida City, FL 33034

Taqueria Morelia

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, while the daring can try tongue or tripe. Wash it all down with a cold Modelo. 961 West Palm Drive, Florida City, 33034

Capri Restaurant

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

Fountain at Cauley Square
Fountain at Cauley Square

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 cottage-turned-restaurants.

The Tea Room

The Tea Room is a delightful daytime restaurant specializing in traditional Afternoon tea service inside a charming cottage with a variety of ornately decorated rooms. Afternoon tea comes with a pot of tea and a three-tiered tower of finger sandwiches, deviled eggs, scones and sweets. A full breakfast and lunch menu are served here, but the real draw is the brunch service. It’s a fun experience in a one-of-a-kind South Dade setting.

The Village Chalet

The second cottage restaurant is The Village Chalet, a romantic spot with twinkling lights, a 1920s bar, serving international cuisine with occasional live music on the weekends. 12310 SW 224th St., Miami, FL 33170

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