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10 Restaurants Perfect For A Day Trip Outside Miami

South Florida spots that are well worth a 45-minute drive.

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Updated February 8th, 2021

Sometimes you need a vacation, but don’t feel like booking a plane ticket. Luckily Florida is an obnoxiously large state, with plenty of day trip options in case sleeping in your own bed is very important to you. If that’s the case, feel free to use some of these great restaurants - which range from a 45-minute drive to a three-hour adventure - as the excuse you so badly need to travel more than 10 miles from your couch.

All drive times are approximate, starting from Downtown Miami.

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Tropical Smokehouse

$$$$ 3815 S Dixie Hwy

Drive Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Operating Hours: Tue-Sun from 11:30am-10pm

We will happily travel far and wide for good barbecue - and West Palm Beach has a great little barbecue spot called Tropical Smokehouse. They’ve got classic things like brisket, baby back ribs, and burgers - but they also have some great Florida-specific dishes like smoked fish dip, gator sausage, and smoked cobia. They’ve got indoor seating, a patio, and they use crinkle-cut fries, which is a very underrated fry shape.

Sweet Delights Bakery

$$$$ 1485 NE 1st Ave

Drive Time: 45 minutes

Operating Hours: Daily from 8am-6pm.

Yet another reason to drive down to Homestead: the best key lime pies in the universe, which you’ll find at Sweet Delights Bakery. Here’s how a visit to Sweet Delights goes: you walk into a small storefront in Homestead and are greeted by baker/literal angel Debra Allen. After welcoming you, she conducts a brief interrogation about your pie interests, then returns with a big tray of pie samples. They have standard key lime, but they also have a selection of incredible fruit-infused key lime pies - like banana key lime, guava key lime, mamey key lime, and coconut key lime. There are about a dozen more options. Some, like the sweet potato key lime pie, require ordering three days in advance. But most of them are ready for you to take home in your trunk.

Cap's Place Island Restaurant

$$$$ 2765 NE 28th Ct

Drive Time: 45 minutes

Cap’s, which has been around since 1928, is Broward County’s oldest restaurant. The seafood spot is accessible only by boat, but they shuttle patrons to and from the dock continuously, so don’t worry if you don’t have a watercraft handy. Al Capone and Winston Churchill have both eaten here, which is pretty cool. They do a pretty famous hearts of palm salad and have plenty of other seafood dishes. But you don’t necessarily come here for the food. You come for the history, experience, and to potentially use the same butter knife as the guy who got the UK through WW2.

City Seafood

$$$$ 702 Begonia St

Drive Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Operating Hours: 9am-3pm Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm Sat-Sun

City Seafood is a seafood spot on the west coast of Florida. You might be thinking, “Hey, we have seafood in Miami.” And you’re right. But it’s one of those old school seafood spots made almost entirely out of wood, the kind of place where you might actually see an alligator while eating an alligator. We don’t have a ton of those restaurants in Miami anymore. City Seafood also has a very impressive amount of delicious things that swim: conch fritters, alligator bites, shrimp, frog legs, oysters, and more. Plus, to get to this place, you have to drive by the Skunk Ape Headquarters, which is one of the best pit stops in South Florida.

Laspada's Original Hoagies

$$$$ 233 Commercial Blvd

Drive Time: 45 minutes

Operating Hours: 10am-8pm Mon-Sat, 11am-8pm Sun

So, I’m from Fort Lauderdale, which means my blood type is “warm Corona with expired lime.” Just kidding. It does, however, mean that I grew up on a steady diet of Laspada’s, the best Italian subs in all the land. They have a few locations, but the best one is in South Florida’s most hyphenated town, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Because only there can you grab your sandwich (my order is a large Italian, no tomatoes, no mayo) and then take it down to Commercial Pier for a little beach picnic. If you want the real Fort Lauderdale experience, wear sandals and get into a fight with a man named Trevor. I do love my hometown.

Alabama Jack's

$$$$ 58000 Card Sound Rd

Drive Time: 1 hour

Operating Hours: Daily from 11am-6:30pm

Florida dive bar connoisseurs will definitely appreciate Alabama Jack’s, a salty seafood spot that sits at the mouth of a causeway leading to Key Largo. The seafood is fried, the beer is cheap, and the threat of splinters is very real. There’s sometimes live music too. This place feels like if Mac’s had a baby with an alligator that ate Trevor from Fort Lauderdale. That’s certainly worth an hour drive in our books.

Knaus Berry Farm

$$$$ 5980 SW 248th St

Drive Time: 45 minutes

Operating Hours: 8am-5:30pm Mon-Sat

Knaus Berry Farm is nothing new to Miamians, who happily make the annual pilgrimage here to spend three hours in line for some seriously good cinnamon rolls and milkshakes. It’s still a worthwhile day trip whether you’re someone with the words “Cinnamon Rolls!” written on their calendar, or a first-timer to Knaus Berry. The Homestead farm and bakery sadly closes for the summer months and reopens November through April. If you’re not reading this in November through April, we’re sorry. Please don’t be mad at us.

The Fish House

$$$$ 102401 Overseas Hwy

Drive Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Operating Hours: Daily from 11:30am-10pm

A trip to the Keys always sounds like a good idea, until you remember that Key West is like 23 hours away. Alright, not really, but it’s still a longer drive than we’d like it to be. Driving to Key Largo, however, is much more manageable. And one of our favorite places there is The Fish House, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. You come here to eat a lot of fish, maybe have some frozen drinks, and definitely eat pie. The dining room also has a bunch of string lights and puts you in a sort of tropical Christmas mood.

Robert Is Here

$$$$ 19200 SW 344th St

Drive Time: 45 minutes

Operating Hours: Daily from 9am-5pm

With all due respect to Kelis, there is no milkshake that brings us to the yard quicker than the ones at Robert Is Here. This Homestead spot is a famous and essential stop on any drive to The Keys. It’s equal parts market, tiny zoo, and milkshake stand with a ton of very cool homemade sauces, jellies, and honey available as well. But you’ve also got to get a milkshake. Those are the rules. If you’re still hungry afterward, stop at one of Homestead’s many fantastic Mexican restaurants, like Taqueria Morelia or El Rincón De Jalisco.

Bubble Room

$$$$ 15001 Captiva Dr

Drive Time: 3 hours

Operating Hours: Daily from 11am-9pm

So this one’s a longer drive because it’s located in Captiva, which is about a three-hour trip. But maybe you’re one of those people who doesn’t mind road trips or you just have a ton of podcasts you’ve been meaning to get through. If you’re cool with the commute, the Bubble Room is totally worth the voyage. It’s a fun, colorful, unique property where every square inch of space is taken up by some random antique. They have slices of cake big enough to do deadlifts with, cheesy bread you’ll want to marry, and a solid prime rib. Just try to come early or during off-hours - they don’t take reservations and waits can be an hour plus.

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