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20 Stellar Places to Eat in Pinecrest

Plenty of culinary finds, from high to low

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The Village of Pinecrest spans a total of a very minimal 7.6 miles. Yet the number and variety of tried and true established eateries — some have been in the same location for more than three decades—and newer trendier spots that will surprise you.

With an abundance of local and international cuisine available, Pinecrest has something you're bound to be craving. Fine dining? Check. Home-style cooking? Yep. Fast-yet-healthy? That too. Organic, gluten free, or vegan? Of course. Down 'n dirty? Oh yeah. Below are the 20 restaurants that are worthy of a visit in the neighborhood.

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Grown's motto is that food should not be made or manufactured but rather grown. To that extent, Shannon Allen, a Miami local and wife of NBA Champion, Ray Allen, opened “farm-to-fork” Grown to provide a healthy alternative to fast food for patrons on the go as well as those with dietary restrictions and allergies. Plus, all items on the menu can be made vegetarian and vegan friendly.

Two Chefs

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French American nouveau cuisine is what founder and chef Jan Jorgensen has brought to Pinecrest. For more than two decades, patrons have been enjoying fine dining in a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere with Two Chefs’ menu of local and seasonal infused creations. But one thing does remain the same — Two Chefs famous towering soufflés can’t be missed, and also must be ordered 30 minutes ahead.

Roasters' N Toasters

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A Pinecrest staple since 1984, it offers guests the true taste of a New York deli and serves as the original location of Roasters & Toasters, which now has three additional eateries in South Florida. At Roasters & Toasters diners will find traditional New York style fare such as house-made bagels and schmears plus breakfast dishes including smoked fish platters, corned beef, pastrami and Reuben sandwiches, soups, wraps, and larger plates like stuffed cabbage and meatloaf. Make sure to check out the Specialty Sandwiches' Menu boasting bigger-than-your-mouth sandwiches like the West Side Story and Trifecta.

Trattoria Luna

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Trattoria Luna is a Tuscan style restaurant that has been in the neighborhood since 1997. Serving generous portions of traditional northern Italian cuisine, Trattoria Luna has been a favorite of Pinecrest locals due to its hearty lunch and dinner specials that change twice a day to include appetizers, pasta, meat, fish, desserts, special wines, and more.

Rincon Espanol

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This cozy and modern Spanish restaurant serves up sharable tapas like croquetas, tortillas (Spanish omelet), gambas (garlic shrimp), and tablas (charcuterie) as well as larger plates like its generous paellas. Wine lovers will appreciate the extensive list of sublime wines, and domestic and imported beers to compliment the food or as a well-deserved end of the day treat.

APizza Brooklyn

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No need to leave the Sunshine State for Brooklyn style pizza and pasta when Apizza Brooklyn is right here in Pinecrest. Born and raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, the owner has brought recipes to this local gem for Italian food similar to ones found in Brooklyn's Italian neighborhoods. With a large selection of pasta dishes, including whole grain and gluten-free options, plus salads, New York style and Neapolitan brick oven pizzas, which can be complemented by an impressive wine list.

Shaddai Fine Lebanese Cuisine

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One of the best things about Shaddai's food is that everyone can enjoy it. Whether they are a carnivore, vegetarian, pescetarian, or vegan, Shaddai has plenty of options for everyone. Its Mediterranean menu offers a wide selection daily specials from mezze selections, salads, and hummus, to entrees like marinated and grilled meats, seafood, and homemade desserts. Shaddai also offers a selection of Lebanese wines and coffees to compliment the meal.

Captain's Tavern

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Serving local seafood and house-made specialties for more than 40 years, this is the go-to place in Pinecrest for seafood lovers. This modest and comfy establishment with custom-built aquariums throughout strives to keep up with modern cuisine while staying true to its origins. Captain's Tavern also has an extensive, award-winning wine list to enhance your meal as well as a seafood market next door.

Keg South

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This hidden hole-in-the-wall is one of Pinecrest's oldest established spots. For more than 50 years sports bar Keg South has been serving judgment free American fare including burgers, wings, hot dogs, fries, poppers, and cold beers. Patrons come to watch the local sports on the jumbo screens, shoot some pool, or to just hang out while enjoying their food despite the fact that it's actually a little difficult to find. Protip: entrance is through the ally.

Wagon’s West

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This family owned Wild West themed diner has been a Pinecrest local favorite since opening in 1981. Slide into any of the elevated booths or on a swivel chair along the L-shaped counter and get ready to eat. Wagon's West serves up large portions of comfort food in a casual, no nonsense setting suitable for couples, families, and anyone looking for good old-fashioned grub. On the menu diners will find many favorites like omelets and waffles, barbecue chicken and ribs, meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy, desserts, and domestic beer and wine.

Daily Bread

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Family owned and operated Daily Bread is a Middle Eastern restaurant and marketplace offering many staples from Israel, Greece, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. A fixture and vegetarian favorite in Pinecrest since 1978, the entire menu is available for take-out, as well as catering or one can opt to enjoy a meal in its cozy dining area adorned with a colorful mural of eggplants and zucchinis.

Tani Thai

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Get Cocky! Seriously, order the Get Cocky; one of the many varieties of quirky named Thai dishes available at Tani Thai. Decorated with intricate wood carvings, stained glass panels, and orchids while subtle music plays in the background, Tani will make guests feel like they are in another place. The menu lists more than 100 items (plus a full vegetarian menu) full of unique ingredients to invoke all kinds of flavors and textures. 

ChillN Nitrogen Ice Cream

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Everyone screams for ice cream and even more so when it's nitrogen ice cream. This ice cream is created through a rapid freezing technique that provides for less fat and ice crystals resulting in a creamier consistency. Get that scientist groove on with an ice cream table of elements representing your base (Ic=ice cream and Y=yogurt), flavors (Vn=Vanilla, Cb=Cake, N=Nutella plus seasonal ones like Mg=Mango), and mixtures (Bn=Bananas, Pt=Pop Tarts, Re=Reese's) and experiment on developing a unique combination. 

La Boulangerie Boul'Mich Pinecrest

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Established in 1998, this French bakery with a Latin twist has expanded to several stores throughout South Florida including Pinecrest. On the menu, diners will find egg dishes including Benedicts and omelets, along with soups, salads, gourmet sandwiches, pastas, and desserts. It also has sodas, mimosas, and a variety of coffees,

Malanga Cuban Café

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Deriving its name from an edible tropical root used in many Cuban homemade remedies, Malanga brings the flavors of Cuba to Pinecrest. While Malanga serves all types of traditional Cuban cuisine like arroz con pollo, vaca frita, and camarones al ajillo, the specialty is pig and Malanga serves it up well. Feast on split-roasted, stuffed, barbecued, marinated, or shredded hog while you listen to old-school Cuban music and admire the historic black and white photos family owned restaurant.

The Big Tomato

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Consider this deep dish style pizza perfection in Pinecrest. Since being founded in 1994, the Original Big Tomato has been a neighborhood favorite due to its own homemade recipe for its sauce, dough, and vegetables, plus meats and cheeses. Since then, the menu has expanded to include soup bread bowls, salads, healthy wraps, oven-roasted chicken wings, and panini sandwiches with multiple vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

Anacapri Italian Restaurant, Market and Wine Bar

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With a three-in-one Italian outpost dubbed "Italian Village" in Pinecrest, Anacapri has all Italian cravings covered. A familiar destination since 1990, Anacapri provides a traditional Italian culinary experience in its cozy dining area. Walk through the archway and enter the wine bar where one can sip on a variety of wines from the extensive wine list, select a bottle to have with the meal, or purchase for home. The Italian market is stocked with imported Italian goods like sauces, meats, cheeses, and pastas for sale to gift or take home and recreate an Italian meal for family and friends. 

1111 Peruvian Bistro Pinecrest

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Those seeking Peruvian fare will embrace the menu here. Highlights include dumplings, huramakis (egg rolls), tiraditos, ceviches, sushi rolls, and the 1111 lomo saltado with beef tenderloin, red onions, tomatoes, and French fries served over white rice and topped with a sunny side up egg. Make sure to leave room for the flourless chocolate cake.

Sea Siam

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With an assortment of Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine, just about any dish one might be wanting to dine on can be found at Sea Siam. Whether it's fresh sashimi or sushi, heartier Thai entrees with rice or noodles, or hot and savory pho, Sea Siam will satisfy that hunger with an menu full of the flavors.

Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant

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A Pinecrest staple serving Mexican cuisine for more than 20 years, Guadalajara will delight with an array of dishes such as fajitas, burritos, tacos, ceviche, soups, salads, and many vegetarian options. Owner Cesar Berrones is almost always around to make sure that patrons are well taken care of and enjoying their meal, and will not hesitate to ensure that all are happy even if it means bringing in a pinata. 

Grown

Grown's motto is that food should not be made or manufactured but rather grown. To that extent, Shannon Allen, a Miami local and wife of NBA Champion, Ray Allen, opened “farm-to-fork” Grown to provide a healthy alternative to fast food for patrons on the go as well as those with dietary restrictions and allergies. Plus, all items on the menu can be made vegetarian and vegan friendly.

Two Chefs

French American nouveau cuisine is what founder and chef Jan Jorgensen has brought to Pinecrest. For more than two decades, patrons have been enjoying fine dining in a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere with Two Chefs’ menu of local and seasonal infused creations. But one thing does remain the same — Two Chefs famous towering soufflés can’t be missed, and also must be ordered 30 minutes ahead.

Roasters' N Toasters

A Pinecrest staple since 1984, it offers guests the true taste of a New York deli and serves as the original location of Roasters & Toasters, which now has three additional eateries in South Florida. At Roasters & Toasters diners will find traditional New York style fare such as house-made bagels and schmears plus breakfast dishes including smoked fish platters, corned beef, pastrami and Reuben sandwiches, soups, wraps, and larger plates like stuffed cabbage and meatloaf. Make sure to check out the Specialty Sandwiches' Menu boasting bigger-than-your-mouth sandwiches like the West Side Story and Trifecta.

Trattoria Luna

Trattoria Luna is a Tuscan style restaurant that has been in the neighborhood since 1997. Serving generous portions of traditional northern Italian cuisine, Trattoria Luna has been a favorite of Pinecrest locals due to its hearty lunch and dinner specials that change twice a day to include appetizers, pasta, meat, fish, desserts, special wines, and more.

Rincon Espanol

This cozy and modern Spanish restaurant serves up sharable tapas like croquetas, tortillas (Spanish omelet), gambas (garlic shrimp), and tablas (charcuterie) as well as larger plates like its generous paellas. Wine lovers will appreciate the extensive list of sublime wines, and domestic and imported beers to compliment the food or as a well-deserved end of the day treat.

APizza Brooklyn

No need to leave the Sunshine State for Brooklyn style pizza and pasta when Apizza Brooklyn is right here in Pinecrest. Born and raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, the owner has brought recipes to this local gem for Italian food similar to ones found in Brooklyn's Italian neighborhoods. With a large selection of pasta dishes, including whole grain and gluten-free options, plus salads, New York style and Neapolitan brick oven pizzas, which can be complemented by an impressive wine list.

Shaddai Fine Lebanese Cuisine

One of the best things about Shaddai's food is that everyone can enjoy it. Whether they are a carnivore, vegetarian, pescetarian, or vegan, Shaddai has plenty of options for everyone. Its Mediterranean menu offers a wide selection daily specials from mezze selections, salads, and hummus, to entrees like marinated and grilled meats, seafood, and homemade desserts. Shaddai also offers a selection of Lebanese wines and coffees to compliment the meal.

Captain's Tavern

Serving local seafood and house-made specialties for more than 40 years, this is the go-to place in Pinecrest for seafood lovers. This modest and comfy establishment with custom-built aquariums throughout strives to keep up with modern cuisine while staying true to its origins. Captain's Tavern also has an extensive, award-winning wine list to enhance your meal as well as a seafood market next door.

Keg South

This hidden hole-in-the-wall is one of Pinecrest's oldest established spots. For more than 50 years sports bar Keg South has been serving judgment free American fare including burgers, wings, hot dogs, fries, poppers, and cold beers. Patrons come to watch the local sports on the jumbo screens, shoot some pool, or to just hang out while enjoying their food despite the fact that it's actually a little difficult to find. Protip: entrance is through the ally.

Wagon’s West

This family owned Wild West themed diner has been a Pinecrest local favorite since opening in 1981. Slide into any of the elevated booths or on a swivel chair along the L-shaped counter and get ready to eat. Wagon's West serves up large portions of comfort food in a casual, no nonsense setting suitable for couples, families, and anyone looking for good old-fashioned grub. On the menu diners will find many favorites like omelets and waffles, barbecue chicken and ribs, meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy, desserts, and domestic beer and wine.

Daily Bread

Family owned and operated Daily Bread is a Middle Eastern restaurant and marketplace offering many staples from Israel, Greece, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. A fixture and vegetarian favorite in Pinecrest since 1978, the entire menu is available for take-out, as well as catering or one can opt to enjoy a meal in its cozy dining area adorned with a colorful mural of eggplants and zucchinis.

Tani Thai

Get Cocky! Seriously, order the Get Cocky; one of the many varieties of quirky named Thai dishes available at Tani Thai. Decorated with intricate wood carvings, stained glass panels, and orchids while subtle music plays in the background, Tani will make guests feel like they are in another place. The menu lists more than 100 items (plus a full vegetarian menu) full of unique ingredients to invoke all kinds of flavors and textures. 

ChillN Nitrogen Ice Cream

Everyone screams for ice cream and even more so when it's nitrogen ice cream. This ice cream is created through a rapid freezing technique that provides for less fat and ice crystals resulting in a creamier consistency. Get that scientist groove on with an ice cream table of elements representing your base (Ic=ice cream and Y=yogurt), flavors (Vn=Vanilla, Cb=Cake, N=Nutella plus seasonal ones like Mg=Mango), and mixtures (Bn=Bananas, Pt=Pop Tarts, Re=Reese's) and experiment on developing a unique combination. 

La Boulangerie Boul'Mich Pinecrest

Established in 1998, this French bakery with a Latin twist has expanded to several stores throughout South Florida including Pinecrest. On the menu, diners will find egg dishes including Benedicts and omelets, along with soups, salads, gourmet sandwiches, pastas, and desserts. It also has sodas, mimosas, and a variety of coffees,

Malanga Cuban Café

Deriving its name from an edible tropical root used in many Cuban homemade remedies, Malanga brings the flavors of Cuba to Pinecrest. While Malanga serves all types of traditional Cuban cuisine like arroz con pollo, vaca frita, and camarones al ajillo, the specialty is pig and Malanga serves it up well. Feast on split-roasted, stuffed, barbecued, marinated, or shredded hog while you listen to old-school Cuban music and admire the historic black and white photos family owned restaurant.

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The Big Tomato

Consider this deep dish style pizza perfection in Pinecrest. Since being founded in 1994, the Original Big Tomato has been a neighborhood favorite due to its own homemade recipe for its sauce, dough, and vegetables, plus meats and cheeses. Since then, the menu has expanded to include soup bread bowls, salads, healthy wraps, oven-roasted chicken wings, and panini sandwiches with multiple vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

Anacapri Italian Restaurant, Market and Wine Bar

With a three-in-one Italian outpost dubbed "Italian Village" in Pinecrest, Anacapri has all Italian cravings covered. A familiar destination since 1990, Anacapri provides a traditional Italian culinary experience in its cozy dining area. Walk through the archway and enter the wine bar where one can sip on a variety of wines from the extensive wine list, select a bottle to have with the meal, or purchase for home. The Italian market is stocked with imported Italian goods like sauces, meats, cheeses, and pastas for sale to gift or take home and recreate an Italian meal for family and friends. 

1111 Peruvian Bistro Pinecrest

Those seeking Peruvian fare will embrace the menu here. Highlights include dumplings, huramakis (egg rolls), tiraditos, ceviches, sushi rolls, and the 1111 lomo saltado with beef tenderloin, red onions, tomatoes, and French fries served over white rice and topped with a sunny side up egg. Make sure to leave room for the flourless chocolate cake.

Sea Siam

With an assortment of Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine, just about any dish one might be wanting to dine on can be found at Sea Siam. Whether it's fresh sashimi or sushi, heartier Thai entrees with rice or noodles, or hot and savory pho, Sea Siam will satisfy that hunger with an menu full of the flavors.

Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant

A Pinecrest staple serving Mexican cuisine for more than 20 years, Guadalajara will delight with an array of dishes such as fajitas, burritos, tacos, ceviche, soups, salads, and many vegetarian options. Owner Cesar Berrones is almost always around to make sure that patrons are well taken care of and enjoying their meal, and will not hesitate to ensure that all are happy even if it means bringing in a pinata. 

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