If you’ve lived in Florida long enough, you’ve probably tried practically every decent restaurant (and nearly every item on the menu). If you’re tired of your usual go-to diners, why not take a short drive to one of these fantastic eateries? If you prefer a decent greasy spoon, you’ll adore every single location on this list. These restaurants are a little out of the way, but the food is worth the trip. Bring your appetite, because we’re going to embark on an adventure to a hidden treasures restaurant in Florida.
How does one choose where to dine in South Florida when there are so many options? Central Florida’s culinary culture has flourished in recent years. From excellent gourmet dining to small mom-and-pop eateries and “flavortown” burger shops, we have it all. But let’s focus on some of our favorite off-the-beaten-path restaurants.
Etzel Itzik Deli
Dine on Israeli food at this Aventura deli, which exclusively serves kosher meats. The extensive menu caters to a variety of desires, including dishes such as hummus, fried eggplant, and spicy matbucha, as well as soups, salads, sandwiches, and entrees like kebabs, Moroccan fish, and margez, all served with a choice of sides. Breakfast is also served, as well as fruit and vegetable juices and desserts.
George’s Restaurant and Lounge
For almost two decades, North Beach’s local Italian restaurant has kept customers satisfied. Highlights on the menu include filet mignon, salmon carpaccio, and salads to begin, followed by pasta like carbonara and puttanesca. The main courses include steak, chicken, and fish served with a variety of sides, while the desserts are simple: cheesecake or tiramisu. To compliment all meals, George’s features an exceptional wine list and a full bar.
Rancho Luna Restaurant
For decades, this Little Havana institution has served Cuban cuisine. Traditional foods such as arroz con pollo, picadillo, ropa vieja, and bistec empanizado are available, along with all the usual accompaniments such as arroz con frijoles negros, moros, maduros, tostones, and mariquitas. In addition, there are daily breakfast specialties, Cuban sandwiches, and desserts on the menu.
Tinta Y Cafe
Tinta y Cafe demonstrates that not all coffee businesses are created equal. Aside from the various coffee drinks on offer, customers can also enjoy Cuban breakfast and lunch mainstays like croquetas, tostadas, pastelitos, and a Cuban sandwich that is a genuine contender for the greatest Cuban sandwich in Florida.
In Florida, this little restaurant packs a huge punch with its Mexican fusion meals. Menu items include ropa vieja tostones (shredded beef on crispy green plantains), tacos, burritos, fajitas, and quesadillas, as well as a blend of Mexican and Cuban fare. Wash down your meal with a margarita or one of the various beverages on offer, and don’t forget to taste the fried cheesecake topped with your choice of guava, dulce de leche, or caramel.
Osteria Vecchio Peimonte
Because it is located in a row of businesses on Sunset Drive, Florida, this humble Italian gem is easily overlooked. The tiny trattoria serves antipasti, pastas, secondi, and desserts, which can be coupled with a variety of new and old-world wines. Insider tip: If a particular meal isn’t on the menu, don’t worry; the chef will make it for you. So, go ahead and order the carbonara.
Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant
Guadalajara, a Pinecrest restaurant offering Mexican food for over 20 years, offers a variety of favorites such as fajitas, burritos, tacos, ceviche, soups, salads, and many vegetarian alternatives. Owner Cesar Berrones is almost always present to ensure that patrons are well taken care of and enjoying their meal, and will not hesitate to bring in a piñata to guarantee that everyone is satisfied.
El Floridita Seafood Restaurant
Seafood fans in South Florida may enjoy an affordable three-course lunch for $12 at any hour and every day of the week, thanks to three venues. Start with the basic fish soup or upgrade to the lobster bisque, cheese bisque, or red pepper and tomato soup for an extra $4. Continue on to main courses like fish filet, shrimp “your way,” or lobster and crab ravioli, with most entrees coming with two sides. Finish your dinner with flan, Catalan custard, bread pudding, or espresso.