Twenty-three miles north of Miami lies two neighboring hidden-gem, foodie-centric areas: Pembroke Pines and Miramar. These fast-growing cities in Broward are not just for families looking for a safe neighborhood with nearby schools. They are diverse places, filled with many established and new culinary hot-spots – here are 9 you don’t want to miss!
This super cute Italian restaurant serves up not only the best Italian espressos and desserts around, but also some of the best pasta dishes in the area. They pride themselves in offering fresh, quality, local ingredients and call their food “Authentic Italian, Feel-Good Food”. With menu items like Brie al Forno & Fettucine with Burrata – can you really go wrong?
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Craving some Fish & Chips? This lively pub in The Shops at Pembroke Gardens has been nominated for having the best in the USA! They also have a $5 shareables happy-hour menu from Monday to Friday, 3PM to 7PM, always have 20+ rotating beer taps and Monday-night trivia.
If you’re looking for a way to try a plethora of dishes from the Mediterranean, this is it. Mezes serves up delicious Greek tapas like “Dolmadakia”, grape leaves stuffed with rice, scallions & dill, grilled octopus, and “Cheese Saganaki”, pan-fried and flambéed with brandy & lemon. They’re sure to have tapas for everyone’s taste and if not, they’re dinner platter menu is filled with options for meat-eaters, vegetarians and seafood-lovers alike!
You can find some of the best sushi chefs in South Florida at Blue Ginger – and what’s better? They’ll prepare your meal for you right at your table! Blue Ginger is a traditional Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse that features the Teppanyaki cooking style – and PS: they have killer lunch specials Monday to Friday from 11AM to 3PM which can include sushi, hibachi and so much more.
Blue Ginger Seafood Steakhouse
This coffee shop is a true hidden gem in Pembroke Pines! Not only do they have very good coffee blends, but they make juices, smoothies and light bites in case you get hungry while you post up on your laptop. There is plenty of seating with outlets, great service, and strong wi-fi. What else do you need?
Whether you want breakfast or lunch, bagels or salads – Mayor’s has you covered! With 20+ different sandwiches, breakfast skillets and salad platters on the menu at affordable prices, if you need a quick and satisfying meal for work, this spot is a must if you’re a local or just passing through!
The Haywire Honey
Mojo fries, grilled cheese with tomato soup, mac & cheese? You can get comforting foods like these and more at Our Humble Abode. Known for their weekend brunch menu which features chicken and waffles, and biscuits & gravy – this spot will not disappoint if you’re looking for something warm & flavorful for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Don’t let the simple counter set-up fool you – The Pita Shop is as authentic as it gets if you’re looking for hummus platters, shwarma or falafel on a pita or alongside some rice or tabbouleh. Their Middle Eastern menu will inspire you to experience new flavors – and bring your appetite because their portion sizes are generous.
For a later evening option, Maxi Arepa curbs every craving for a cheesy, Venezuelan arepa. Arepa sandwiches, burgers, topped with chorizo, chicken, sweet plantains and more. These tasty arepa options will not leave you hungry but if you want a real treat, you’ll save room for their flan or tres leches. You won’t regret this stop in Miramar!
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