How To Turn The Brightline Into A South Florida Food Tour
Let the Brightline give you a ride to the best places to eat in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach
Now that there’s a convenient train that connects South Florida, it’s only right that we think of creative ways to use it other than just communing Monday through Friday. Here’s a light of restaurants that you can string together for the perfect day of traveling and eating.
First Stop: Miami
Central Fare is the Brightline Miami station’s food hall, offering a multitude of options. As you reach the top of the escalator, you’re greeted by a grand entrance to the marketplace, where Parliament Coffee stands front and center. The shop offers sustainably sourced beans for a morning coffee fix. Enjoy gluten-free buckwheat crepes, including vegan and vegetarian varieties, from Bucks Crepes; a selection of pastries at Rosetta Bakery; and a wide selection of empanadas at Patagonia Flavors by Delicatessen Patagonia. There’s also a World Famous House of Mac outpost and La Estación American Brasserie by Juvia Group, both ideal for lunch.
Second Stop: Fort Lauderdale
Stroll around the Las Olas Riverwalk or Flagler Village; then head to Fort Lauderdale’s newest boutique hotel, the Dalmar. Just five minutes from the Brightline, this newcomer is brimming with places to eat and drink. Sit poolside at Sip N’ Dip, where you can enjoy light grilled fare and refreshing cocktails for lunch. The Lobby Bar and Rose’s Coffee Bar offer indoor bites and snacks all day, while the Terrace Grill is a beautifully designed dinner destination. The rooftop bar, Sparrow, boasts panoramic views of the ocean and skyline with a ’60s-Palm Springs vibe. The move here is sunset drinks beginning at 5 p.m.
Last Stop: West Palm Beach
The ride to West Palm Beach takes about 43 minutes from the Fort Lauderdale station, so feel free to sip one of the train’s featured libations from the drink cart as you journey north in the afternoon. Just a ten-minute walk or a four-minute Lyft ride from Brightline’s West Palm Beach station, the Regional is where you’ll want to stop for dinner at The Regional Kitchen & Public House. But be sure to make a reservation: This award-winning restaurant is helmed by Top Chef alum and James Beard nominee Lindsay Autry. Her menu is a celebration of Southern cuisine with some Mediterranean influence. Popular items are the tableside-prepared pimento cheese, roasted tomato pie, and sweet tea-brined fried chicken thighs.