Dining in the Everglades area centers on mom-and-pop places serving hearty home-style food, and small eateries specializing in fresh local fare: alligator, fish, stone crab, frogs' legs, and Florida lobster from the Keys. American Indian restaurants serve local favorites as well as catfish, Indian fry bread (a flour-and-water flatbread), and pumpkin bread. A growing Hispanic population around Homestead means plenty of authentic, inexpensive Latin cuisine, with an emphasis on Cuban and Mexican dishes. Restaurants in Everglades City, especially those along the river, specialize in fresh seafood including particularly succulent, sustainable stone crab. These mostly rustic places are ultracasual and often close in late summer or fall. For finer dining, head for Marco Island or Naples.
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Bobbie Jo's Diner1320 N. Krome Ave. 305-246–2990
Whether you check in at the Miccosukee Resort or just drop by for slots action, Empeeke Aaweeke's all-you-can-eat international buffet, served on the resort's second floor from 6 am until midnight, provides a sure-fire return on your dollar with salads, cold cuts, chicken, seafood, meat dishes, and desserts. Restaurant art deco furnishings and tribal-art murals meld with the rest of the resort. The standard buffet price jumps (on occasion nearly doubling) on some holidays, and there's a more expensive seafood buffet during dinner hours on Friday that is higher when crab legs are on the table. Ages 6 to 11 pay half price.
Bobbie Jo's Diner
For Southern home-style cooking with breakfast all day, head to Momma D's Kountry Kitchen, previously known as Bobbie Jo's and as of early 2015 under new ownership. (The sign may still say "Bobbi Jo's" so don't be confused.) Dinners—including chicken livers, chicken and dumplings, and fried clams—come with fresh-baked corn bread and a daily selection of sides such as okra with tomatoes, turnip greens, pickled beets, or onion rings. Don't miss out on the changing lineup of homemade soups and desserts. All this goodness comes comparatively cheap, but at the expense of anything-but-glamorous dining environs at Formica tables and booths, with friendly service.
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