Plantation offers visitors ample outdoor activities from hiking trails, to airboat Everglades rides through Florida’s vast swampland. It’s well situated for a day trip from nearly anywhere in South Florida. Here are our top 10 restaurant suggestions while out and about in the area.
The Mustard Seed Bistro is a European-style cafe, serving hand carved sandwiches, fresh daily products and delectable flavors. Open for lunch and dinner, The Mustard Seed Bistro provides healthy eating and quality products with great tastes, all within a value-driven range of prices. Try the jumbo lump crab and sea scallop risotto paired with a bottle from Chef Tim’s Private Wine Cellar.
The Green Wave Cafe bases their meal creations on living and raw food culinary techniques. This requires all dishes to be prepared while conserving the food’s natural state of nutrition and enzyme density, allowing for optimal nutrient assimilation and rich flavors. Organic ingredients cultivated from scratch truly set this cafe apart.
Dubbed as one of Plantation’s best gourmet sandwich shops, The Original Pickle Barrel is tucked away in a small shopping center. Offering a small dining area with tables very close together, the menu consists of a variety of specialty sandwiches with chips, pickles and soft drinks.
Jade Garden has been consistently serving authentic Chinese food for years. Order meals for take-out, delivery or dine-in. This is not a fancy or trendy spot, but instead a local hole in the wall. Order the young chow fried rice, beef chow fun, and sizzling chicken hot pot.
This no-frills Jamaican outpost serves flavors and spices that are influenced by the Jamaican Caribbean culture. Dutch Pot Jamaican offers delicious homemade food made in an actual Dutch Pot, which keeps guests returning to the restaurant for authentic Jamaican food. Try the curry chicken and jerk chicken accompanied by fresh juice.
The Plantation Diner has been serving breakfast and lunch American favorites since 1989. When in Plantation, this is a family-friendly spot for an all-American breakfast. Be prepared to wait in line, as this is a popular place; however, with indoor and outdoor seating, sometimes opting for outdoors can get you seated faster. From the menu, go for the classics: eggs, hash browns and toast, or pancakes.
Vigneto’s is a place to sit back, relax and enjoy authentic Italian home-style cooking and hospitality at its best. A place where the Vigneto’s Italian heritage and joy for cooking come together and are shared through family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. The eggplant stack, lasagna and fresh catch fish francese are must-haves.
In the early 1980s, the Molina Family left El Salvador for the United States with the dream of making a future for the family. Hard work paid off resulting in La Bamba, an authentic Latin restaurant. With a la carte menus, Happy Hours and early bird specials, La Bamba will not disappoint. From their lunch special menu, the tostada combo, which comes with chips, salsa, tostadas, rice and beans, plus a drink, is highly recommended.
Padrino’s is well known for being one of the top Cuban restaurants in South Florida, recognized by a variety of local and regional news sources. Diosdado Padrino sent his wife and children to the United States to escape the Castro regime. With roots in the food and beverage industry, the Padrinos opened a restaurant in Hialeah serving family recipes. This tradition continues in Plantation with Mario Padrino’s restaurant. Don’t miss the mariquitas, lechon asado, and pechuga de pollo.
Koume Japanese Restaurant is the proud establishment of owner and sushi chef Toshi Sekika. The small, well-decorated, intimate restaurant offers authentic Japanese cuisine that is rumored to be the best in town. Ask the chef for a recommendation, or try his Japanese nachos, which consist of tuna wontons with avocado and fish eggs soaked in garlic and perched atop a fried wonton.