If you're looking for some seriously delectable pizza to enjoy with the whole family, Andiamo is the place for you. Their menu features countless different kinds of specialty pizzas, as well as the option to build-your-own. There are also salads, Panini's, and either non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverages to wash it all down. Kids can meander the desserts menu if they feel a sweet tooth coming on, while parents reenergize with a cappuccino or latte.
•Miami Beach, FL •305-531-0888
It's hard to miss the Big Pink, located on a corner of Miami Beach's bustling Collins Avenue - it's a big pink building! The 50's-style restaurant is a classic Miami diner with tons of breakfast options and large lunch and dinner menus. The restaurant even offers free delivery Mondays through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 11:45 p.m., and Fridays through Sundays, 9 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.
Bongos Cuban Cafe
•Miami Beach, FL •(305) 532-9577
Owned by Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Gloria Estefan and her husband, this restaurant is a lively yet family-friendly place to sample traditional Cuban cuisine. Of course, Latin music reigns supreme in a setting filled with tropical colors.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
•Miami, FL •3055718345
Shrimp-lovin' families paying a visit to Miami have to make a trip to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. before they leave. The menu is filled with all different kinds of shrimp dishes, including popcorn shrimp and shrimp and veggie skewers, as well as shareable items like the Shrimper's Net Catch (peel 'n eat shrimp steamed in beer). A kids' menu is available.
•Miami, FL •305-956-2808
Cheen Huaye is the perfect place for families looking to devour some authentic, southern Mexican cuisine at a fair price. Their menu is filled with all the basics like tacos and quesadillas, as well as specialty dishes such as Enchiladas de Mole - corn tortilla stuffed with your choose of shredded chicken or cheese, and topped with mole sauce, melted cheese, and table cream. Parents can treat themselves to margaritas while the kids inhale strawberry quesadillas for dessert.
•Miami, FL •305-759-3433
Be sure to grab a quick bite at this ultra-casual little eatery next time you're in the Miami area. The menu features hot dogs, sausages, burgers and sandwiches. Kids will love the Chili Burger, while parents drool over the Jersey Dog (topped with grilled onions, sweet peppers and potatoes). Open daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
•Miami, FL •305 571 8345
Five Guys has been grillin' up some seriously sweet burgers since its inception in 1986. The menu is simple and to the point -- burgers, dogs, sandwiches, and fries -- so come in and treat your family to a meal rich in greasy goodness!
Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill
•Miami, FL •305-870-0530
Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill serves fares typically found at these kinds of establishments, like burgers and ribs, as well as their signature WayTooBig Sandwiches™. Fill up on their take on a Philly cheesesteak, which consists of an abundance of sautéed beef, onions, mushrooms, and melted Swiss American cheese. Kids will be pleased to find a menu all their own, featuring items such as macaroni and cheese and mini corn dogs, all for just $4.99 and includes a choice of soda or lemonade in a souvenir "JOE" Character Cup!
Joe's Stone Crab
•Miami Beach, FL •305-637-0365
Since 1913, Joe's Stone Crab has welcomed decades of seafood-loving diners in an unpretentious setting. Stone crabs are obviously a must, but don't miss the restaurant's signature dessert: key lime pie.
Kings Creek Village Tavern Miami
•Miami, FL •305-273-6123
This traditional American tavern offers burgers, Southwestern dishes, seafood, barbecue and just a little bit of everything. The casual space is located in the Kings Creek Village and features indoor and outdoor seating.
Peacock Garden Cafe
•Coconut Grove, FL •305-774-3332
A serene and lushly gardened Coconut Grove restaurant, Peacock Garden Cafe is a bistro with a twist. Enjoy homemade breads from the cafe's bakery, including Fig and Pecan Bread, and select from burgers, sandwiches, entrees, salads, omelets and classic breakfast dishes. The cafe offers brunch on weekends from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. During the week, it is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (an hour later on weekend nights).
•Miami, FL •305-238-2131
This fun teppanyaki (hibachi) restaurant is entertaining for kids while serving up delicious Japanese cuisine. A special menu for kids under 12 allows kids to enjoy the full experience with a smaller portion. Samurai also features sushi, including sashimi and hand rolls. The restaurant is open for lunch daily at 11:30 a.m. and serves through dinner closing at 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
•Miami, FL •305 670 7732
BBQ is clearly a favorite in Southern Florida, but that's not all Shorty's Bar-B-Q has to offer its patrons. They also serve burgers and salads. A Lunch Special menu is available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those families looking to save a buck or two.
Soyka’s Restaurant, Café & Bar
•Miami, FL •305-759-3117
Menu items include soups, salads, pasta, steak, ribs and burgers. Kids will without a doubt inhale the crab cakes or the BBQ Chicken pizza for lunch, while parents give the Lobster Ravioli a try or the Pork Chop. Dinner includes Sesame Salmon, ceviche and wings. Open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight.
Sparky’s Roadside Barbecue
•Miami, FL •305-377-2877
Serving finger-lickin'-good barbecue since 2010, families need not worry about getting a tasty, filling, and reasonably priced meal when visiting Sparky's Roadside Barbecue. They can choose from starters such as hush puppies and onion rings, followed by a swan dive into a half or full rack of baby back ribs. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.
Swensen's Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant
•Coral Gables, FL •305-661-7658
When I was a kid growing up in South Florida, I couldn't make it more than a month without a visit to Swensen's. An old-fashioned ice cream parlour, the family restaurant serves up traditional American fare like burgers and sandwiches, but leave room for its ice cream sundae desserts.
The Big Cheese
•Miami, FL •(305) 662-6855
Treat your family to a meal full of cheesy goodness at The Big Cheese in the heart of Miami. Families can choose from an extensive menu of appetizers, soups, and salads, as well as menus featuring different kinds of pizzas and calzones. A kids' menu is also available and features standard items such as chicken fingers and cheese pizza by the slice.
The Filling Station
•Miami, FL •786-425-1990
The name says it all -- come fill up yourself and your family at The Filling Station. This extensive menu includes chicken wings, burgers, and fried chicken, as well as sandwiches and salads for those trying to keep it a little lighter. Kids can treat themselves to lemonade or root beer, while parents can choose from the long list of drafts available at the Garage Bar section of the restaurant.
Tropical Chinese Restaurant
•Miami, FL •305-262-7576
If you and your family are craving Chinese one night, head over to Tropical Chinese Restaurant where an abundance of satisfying meal options can be found to satisfy everyone's cravings. For dinner, there is the healthy option of chicken lettuce wraps or juicy and perfectly buttery lobster for those healthier palates. A takeout menu is also offered for those patrons not looking to leave their comfy hotel bed, which includes basics such as beef fried rice and chicken fried rice, as well as a wide variety of pan fried noodle dishes.
•Miami, FL •305-444-0240
Everyone in the family is sure to find something to eat at Versailles Restaurant in Miami. Menu items include pancakes, omelets, French toast, soups, salads, sandwiches and seafood. Kids are sure to enjoy the Bar-B-Que Spare Ribs or the Roast Turkey sandwich, while parents dabble in the Beef Stew With Potatoes or the Sweet Crust Chicken Pie. The kids' menu (for those under the age of 12) includes grilled cheese, spaghetti, cheeseburgers and chicken tenders. Open Monday through Thursday, 8 to 1 a.m., Friday, 8 to 2:30 a.m., Saturday, 8 to 3:30 a.m., and Sunday, 9 to 1 a.m.