South Dade’s got the usual bars and coffee shops, but what’s special down here are the milkshakes, the juices, and the tropical wines. They’re made with all kinds of fruit, from the basic strawberry to the exotic canistel, and they’re all as fresh as it gets. Also, who knew wine could be made from lychee? Plus, the cafe con leche served down here has a kick, a nod to the Mexican roots of many of the restaurants.
Burr’s Berry Farm
Burr’s Berry Farm is usually described as “Knaus Berry Farm but without the wait,” but that’s not fair – it’s pretty amazing on its own. You can pick your own strawberries there during the season, then cool off with a delicious strawberry milkshake or ice cream sundae. They’re open from December to early May.
Curbside Market and Milkshakes
Milkshakes and bakery goods seem to be the Homestead recipe for success, because Curbside has it on lock. Some say their cinnamon rolls are as good as Knaus Berry Farm’s. That seems impossible, but maybe the lack of a wait makes them taste better. They also sell pies, apple dumplings, and doughnuts, plus jams and produce. Endorse.
Glaser Organic Farms
The market at this farm is rumored to have the best cold-pressed juices in South Dade – everything from lemon-gingerade to fresh coconut water. They specialize in all things raw and vegan, and also have a pretty superb selection of tea and homemade nut milks, but be warned: the prices can be a bit steep. Grab a juice and wander the lush property while you sip.
Goodfellas Bar & Grill
This is a good and proper dive bar. It’s grimy, dark, and raunchy, with an odd choice of decorations. But the mixed drinks are only about $3, the bartenders and other patrons are always friendly, and there’s a pool table to pass the time. That’s all you really need, right?
Last Chance Saloon
It’s called the Last Chance Saloon, presumably, because it’s your last chance to grab a drink before you make your way into the Florida Keys. Expect the standard biker bar fare at this dive: a jukebox playing The Grateful Dead or Steely Dan, a giant hanging sign saying “s***t happens,” and guys wearing leather (and not in the San Francisco way). The bartenders and regulars grabbing a drink here are typically friendly, though.
What they do: Dive bar
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Address: 35800 S Dixie Hwy, Florida City
Robert is Here
Six-year-old Robert used to sit on the side of the road and try, but fail, to sell his dad’s cucumbers. His dad, thinking drivers didn’t see the little boy, put up a sign that read, “Robert is here.” By noon, he’d sold all the cucumbers. The next day a farmer added tomatoes to Robert’s inventory. Since then, Robert has been selling all kinds of fruits at his stand (now more of an open air market) at the same spot and turning it into milkshakes (which are to die for). Come for weird and wonderful produce, like canistel and sapote.
Rositas Mexican Restaurant
Look, you’re not going to get Rick Bayless Mexican at Rosita’s, but we’re sure you’re going back once you experience its “crazy cheap, good food, super casual atmosphere,” as one reader wrote. Try the tacos al carbon or hit the road to Homestead early for desayuno with Rositas’ amazing Mexican-style cafe con leche. That alone is worth the trip.
Schnebly Redland’s Winery
You didn’t know that you were missing lychee wine in your life. Well, maybe you’re not. But the quirky tropical fruit wines produced down at Schnebly’s Winery are definitely worth trying, even if you’re not going to be stocking up on them for your fine wine collection. Miami Brewing Company (not the same thing as MIA Brewing Company) is also based here. You can tour both the winery and brewery, plus the lush property.