Down in southern Florida, 30 miles south of Miami, lies Homestead. Miami-Dade County’s second oldest city is nestled between two national parks and its vibrant dining scene offers everything from Puerto Rican fusion to fabulous barbecue; we list the best places to eat while you’re here.
Chefs on the Run, opened 2011, is undoubtedly one of Homestead’s most exciting and creative dining hot spots, and while Chef Jodrick Ujaque’s Puerto Rican heritage shines through in every dish, diners will also discover plenty of diverse influences from Asian fare to Mediterranean flavors. At lunchtime, diners flock to try Chefs on the Run’s juicy burgers.
Looking around White Lion Café’s cozy, quirky and quaint interior, it’s perhaps not surprising to find out that it used to be an antiques store, but luckily for foodies, it has been transformed into the much-loved restaurant it is today. The café specializes in classic American eats. Don’t miss out on a trip to White Lion Café; it’s Homestead’s best kept secret.
Portofino Coal Fired Pizza’s upscale-casual surrounds, Italian home cooking and lively ambience have made it one of the city’s favorite restaurants. Naturally, its pizzas are a favorite with options ranging from build-your-own and traditional caprese to signature pies. Diners with a sweet tooth will be tempted by Portofino’s dessert menu with classic cannoli and Italian cheesecake featuring alongside creative dessert pizzas.
For deliciously authentic Mexican fare, El Santo Coyote is the place to go in Homestead. Guacamole is prepared fresh tableside and served alongside other tempting appetizers and followed by mouthwatering mains. The authentic Mexican ambience doesn’t just extend to El Santo Coyote’s food either; designed in a traditional pueblo style, its interior is rustic and welcoming, and there’s seasonal outdoor seating under charming chickee huts perfect for a romantic al fresco meal.
With a menu full of Floridian farm-to-table food, guests are guaranteed a dining experience to remember at RedLander Restaurant. RedLander’s menu obviously changes with the seasons, but diners can expect inventive American dishes brimming with fresh, local flavor every time.
When a restaurant has kept diners coming back for more for over 60 years, you know they’re doing something right, and Shiver’s Bar-B-Q, first opened way back in 1950, certainly is, in fact, you could say it’s a local institution. Slow-smoked barbecue classics are on the menu, plus, keep an eye out for its weekly off-the-menu specials.
For something a little different when eating out in Homestead, look no further than Bangkok Cuisine. Opened in 1997, the family-owned and operated restaurant focuses on a mix of traditional and updated Thai and Laotian dishes served up in elegant, contemporary surrounds with stylish nods to Thai culture.
Cuban cuisine is a melting pot of culinary influences from Spain, Africa and the Caribbean, and this is exactly what diners at Mario’s Family Restaurant will find. The family-owned restaurant has been delighting local diners with its authentic Cuban eats for over a decade and boasts a varied menu with a dish to suit every guest.
Boasting one of the most extensive Italian menus in the city, Mamma Mia Restaurant & Pizzeria 2 is the place to go for your fix of pizzas, pastas and other classic dishes. Inside, the theme is traditional trattoria with checked tablecloths, terracotta tiled floors and the kind of relaxed, welcoming buzz you’d expect from a popular, casual Italian restaurant.
Located within the historic Redland Hotel, The Whistle Stop is a cozy restaurant cooking up traditional American comfort food classics. Lunchtime offerings include hearty sandwiches and burgers, fresh salads and soups, while its dinner menu features standout dishes that nod to south Florida like the conch fritter appetizer served with key lime mustard.