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11 Family-Friendly Restaurants in Miami and Fort Lauderdale

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Maybe you haven’t heard, but kids can be picky eaters. And if you have a whole crew of them in tow, then it can be difficult to find the right place to dine out without emptying your bank account. Luckily, these family-friendly South Florida restaurants, in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, take the guesswork out of pleasing the kids while still offering up dynamic dishes for the adults. Swing by any of these 11 eateries, and you’ll be sure to find something affordable and tasty that even the finickiest members of your family will love.

A number of Miami restaurants have opened up their dining rooms at 50 percent capacity. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for outdoor dining, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit floridahealthcovid19.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Bohemian Latin Grill

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At this relaxed Fort Lauderdale Latin-fusion restaurant, high-quality flavor comes at a reasonable price. Start your meal with one of Bohemian Latin Grill’s dozen small tapas plates. Follow that up with sandwiches, tacos, or a rice bowl. Whatever savory meal you choose, it’ll pair well with a little soda. Grab a Sprite for something extra bubbly and cold.

Smoke BBQ

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Venture to this Fort Lauderdale spot for some real southern barbecue. Smoke serves its vittles chuckwagon-style. Your meal comes served on a paper-lined tray, and of course, you eat it all with your fingers. Choose from a long list of barbecue standbys, including brisket, pulled pork, ribs, sausage, chicken wings, burnt ends, and more. The quality of meat is what sets this joint apart from the rest: Smoke BBQ prides itself on using all natural, antibiotic-free meat.

Beehive Kitchen

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If you’re craving fresh food in a hurry, then run over to Beehive Kitchen where everyone in your family can create their own gluten-free power bowl. Select a base, veggies, protein, and sauce, and you’ll create a power-packed meal that’s as healthy as it is delicious — and did we mention to-go friendly? Beehive Kitchen is also perfect for parents who want something fresh and ready-to-eat when they’re feeling drained. Order large helpings of their meats and veggies, and then serve them at home for a family-style meal.

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza

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When owner Anthony Bruno moved to Florida, he missed authentic New York-style pizza so much that he decided to make his own. Now, years later, the chain has spread across the Sunshine State and beyond. This spot is known for its cheesy pies, from the most traditional square margherita to modern takes like white pizza and meaty pies decked with pepperoni, sausage, and meatballs. Round out your meal with wings, a salad, a New York Style cheesecake and a round of Cokes.

222 Taco

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On an island in Biscayne Bay, you’ll find this unassuming but totally fun taco restaurant that’s like a vacation to Acapulco in the middle of Miami. If you’re dining in, you can chill out on colorful throw pillows and gaze out onto the bay. You can also grab your tacos to-go, if you prefer a homestyle moment. These handhelds come in many types, from classic tacos al pastor to California-style burritos. Arguably the best part? The family-style platters are big enough to feed your whole crew.

iBurger

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Even in artsy Wynwood, it’s not uncommon to find a juicy cheeseburger, fries, and a Coke. (Try to find a more iconic trio. We’ll wait.) But at iBurger, you can take these classic bites up to gourmet levels. Don’t just get fries — get truffle fries. Add a hunk of brie or burrata to that burger. And of course, there’s a whole lot of bacon. iBurger even has options for the more particular eaters in your squad, including veggie burgers, hot dogs, and mac and cheese.

A cheeseburger from the restaurant iBurger in Miami.
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Huahua's Taqueria

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This relaxed South Beach taco place will throw a fiesta for your tastebuds. They’ve already set the scene with their pinata décor. Equal parts tradition and invention, at Huahua’s Taqueria you can order classic tacos, or ones stuffed with fried-chicken and topped with cornbread. If you’re not feeling tacos, the menu also has a variety of nachos, quesadillas, burritos, and salads. For your beverage, go south of the border with a Mexican Coca-Cola.

GoGo Fresh

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If you’re trying to get your kids to eat their vegetables, then this is the place for you. At Gogo Fresh, they can create their own salad from a variety of greens and toppings. Or they can choose from one of the delicious Argentinian salads on the menu. And what’s the biggest the secret to getting your kids to eat these vegetables? You bribe them with after-dinner dessert empanadas. According to locals, Gogo’s empanadas are the best in Miami.

Big Pink

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Down in Miami Beach, this iconic diner lives up to its name. Yes, the restaurant is as pink as it is big, and this whimsical joint serves up all-American, kid-friendly food with a side of nostalgia. Go here for all-day breakfast, burgers, chicken fingers, and TV-dinner style trays made from scratch. You’d be remiss not to ask for a Coke float as a post-dinner treat, but why wait? Order dessert first and drink it with your meal.

Karmen Bakery

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When you venture past Calle Ocho’s tourist traps, you’ll find the real backbone of Cuban Miami: its cafeterias and bakeries. (Karmen Bakery is so tiny that you might miss it if you don’t know what you’re looking for.) Order some of their affordable but oh-so delectable treats to go and enjoy them while gazing out over the water. Here, a traditional Cuban sandwich on fresh-baked bread with a drink goes for less than $10 total. Make it a meal or go for smaller bites like croquetas with a cafecito. It doesn’t get much more Miami than that.

La Pizza

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This could be Miami’s best pizza, according to locals who show up in droves. La Pizza piles their pies high with meats and veggies. Their crispy crust holds up to whatever your desires heap on it. Snag a slice and a soda for a quick hot lunch, or plan ahead to feed your big family with one of La Pizza’s special combos, which includes a pie that will please even the most ravenous sweet teeth: their scrumptious hazelnut dessert pizza.

A sandwich and Coca-Cola from La Pizza in South Miami.
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Bohemian Latin Grill

At this relaxed Fort Lauderdale Latin-fusion restaurant, high-quality flavor comes at a reasonable price. Start your meal with one of Bohemian Latin Grill’s dozen small tapas plates. Follow that up with sandwiches, tacos, or a rice bowl. Whatever savory meal you choose, it’ll pair well with a little soda. Grab a Sprite for something extra bubbly and cold.

Smoke BBQ

Venture to this Fort Lauderdale spot for some real southern barbecue. Smoke serves its vittles chuckwagon-style. Your meal comes served on a paper-lined tray, and of course, you eat it all with your fingers. Choose from a long list of barbecue standbys, including brisket, pulled pork, ribs, sausage, chicken wings, burnt ends, and more. The quality of meat is what sets this joint apart from the rest: Smoke BBQ prides itself on using all natural, antibiotic-free meat.

Beehive Kitchen

If you’re craving fresh food in a hurry, then run over to Beehive Kitchen where everyone in your family can create their own gluten-free power bowl. Select a base, veggies, protein, and sauce, and you’ll create a power-packed meal that’s as healthy as it is delicious — and did we mention to-go friendly? Beehive Kitchen is also perfect for parents who want something fresh and ready-to-eat when they’re feeling drained. Order large helpings of their meats and veggies, and then serve them at home for a family-style meal.

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza

When owner Anthony Bruno moved to Florida, he missed authentic New York-style pizza so much that he decided to make his own. Now, years later, the chain has spread across the Sunshine State and beyond. This spot is known for its cheesy pies, from the most traditional square margherita to modern takes like white pizza and meaty pies decked with pepperoni, sausage, and meatballs. Round out your meal with wings, a salad, a New York Style cheesecake and a round of Cokes.

222 Taco

On an island in Biscayne Bay, you’ll find this unassuming but totally fun taco restaurant that’s like a vacation to Acapulco in the middle of Miami. If you’re dining in, you can chill out on colorful throw pillows and gaze out onto the bay. You can also grab your tacos to-go, if you prefer a homestyle moment. These handhelds come in many types, from classic tacos al pastor to California-style burritos. Arguably the best part? The family-style platters are big enough to feed your whole crew.

iBurger

A cheeseburger from the restaurant iBurger in Miami.
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Even in artsy Wynwood, it’s not uncommon to find a juicy cheeseburger, fries, and a Coke. (Try to find a more iconic trio. We’ll wait.) But at iBurger, you can take these classic bites up to gourmet levels. Don’t just get fries — get truffle fries. Add a hunk of brie or burrata to that burger. And of course, there’s a whole lot of bacon. iBurger even has options for the more particular eaters in your squad, including veggie burgers, hot dogs, and mac and cheese.

A cheeseburger from the restaurant iBurger in Miami.
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Huahua's Taqueria

This relaxed South Beach taco place will throw a fiesta for your tastebuds. They’ve already set the scene with their pinata décor. Equal parts tradition and invention, at Huahua’s Taqueria you can order classic tacos, or ones stuffed with fried-chicken and topped with cornbread. If you’re not feeling tacos, the menu also has a variety of nachos, quesadillas, burritos, and salads. For your beverage, go south of the border with a Mexican Coca-Cola.

GoGo Fresh

If you’re trying to get your kids to eat their vegetables, then this is the place for you. At Gogo Fresh, they can create their own salad from a variety of greens and toppings. Or they can choose from one of the delicious Argentinian salads on the menu. And what’s the biggest the secret to getting your kids to eat these vegetables? You bribe them with after-dinner dessert empanadas. According to locals, Gogo’s empanadas are the best in Miami.

Big Pink

Down in Miami Beach, this iconic diner lives up to its name. Yes, the restaurant is as pink as it is big, and this whimsical joint serves up all-American, kid-friendly food with a side of nostalgia. Go here for all-day breakfast, burgers, chicken fingers, and TV-dinner style trays made from scratch. You’d be remiss not to ask for a Coke float as a post-dinner treat, but why wait? Order dessert first and drink it with your meal.

Karmen Bakery

When you venture past Calle Ocho’s tourist traps, you’ll find the real backbone of Cuban Miami: its cafeterias and bakeries. (Karmen Bakery is so tiny that you might miss it if you don’t know what you’re looking for.) Order some of their affordable but oh-so delectable treats to go and enjoy them while gazing out over the water. Here, a traditional Cuban sandwich on fresh-baked bread with a drink goes for less than $10 total. Make it a meal or go for smaller bites like croquetas with a cafecito. It doesn’t get much more Miami than that.

La Pizza

A sandwich and Coca-Cola from La Pizza in South Miami.
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This could be Miami’s best pizza, according to locals who show up in droves. La Pizza piles their pies high with meats and veggies. Their crispy crust holds up to whatever your desires heap on it. Snag a slice and a soda for a quick hot lunch, or plan ahead to feed your big family with one of La Pizza’s special combos, which includes a pie that will please even the most ravenous sweet teeth: their scrumptious hazelnut dessert pizza.

A sandwich and Coca-Cola from La Pizza in South Miami.
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