Bring out the kids for these family-friendly Miami Spice restaurants

Everybody loves tacos, especially the tacos al pastor at Tacology in Brickell City Centre.
Everybody loves tacos, especially the tacos al pastor at Tacology in Brickell City Centre.

Time to put away the box of macaroni and cheese. You can expose your kids to some of the best dining South Florida has to offer during Miami Spice from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30.

Check out the menus at these family-friendly restaurants.

1. Lolo's Surf Cantina

Lolo’s Surf Cantina- Carne Asada (4)
Carne asada from Lolo's Surf Cantina on Miami Beach.

Right across from the beach, Lolo’s is a great spot to consider for lunch. Kick off your meal with homemade tortilla chips and fresh salsa, then opt for the tuna tostadas with the crispy, crunchy tortillas to bite into.

If your kids prefer a sandwich, get them to try the Torta Ahogada (pork carnitas inside a warm baguette). Dessert is the easiest choice of all: the warm chocolate cake.

Lolo’s Surf Cantina

(305) 735-6973

161 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

2. Sugar Factory

Mac n cheese pops at Sugar Factory
Mac 'n cheese pops from Sugar Factory (Facebook)

Going to the Sugar Factory is like being a kid in a candy store, but there are more than just sweets here – including an unpretentious Miami Spice menu.

Start off with the mac ‘n cheese cake pops. Deep fried mac ‘n cheese balls on a stick? Yes please! There’s also a juicy Sugar Factory signature burger.  Then finish on a sweet note with warm bread pudding served with vanilla ice cream.

Sugar Factory

(305) 674-6670

647 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

3. Blue Collar

SHrimp ‘n grits
Shrimp 'n grits at Blue Collar (Facebook)

There’s no way you can go wrong with the comfort food they’re serving at this diner-like staple in the Mimo district.

The shrimp and grits are a no-brainer for an appetizer because they’re creamy, the shrimp are plump and succulent, and the bacon is just an added bonus. Another good choice is the daily braise with mashed potatoes and braising jus because it’s tender and melts in your mouth (like anything that’s braised at Blue Collar). Try the rich decadent Valrhona chocolate cake with ice cold milk for dessert.

Blue Collar

(305) 756-0366

6730 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

4. Bird & Bone

hot chicken at bird & bone
Get a big pile of hot chicken at Bird & Bone during Miami Spice.

Chef Richard Hales is a master in the kitchen and what he does with fried chicken is a good reason to bring the family to Bird & Bone at the Confidante Miami Beach.

Come here for lunch and start with the can’t- stop-eating-them Florida cheddar and chive biscuits served with homemade strawberry jam (it’s Hales’ wife’s recipe). Then dig into the Chef Hales’ hot chicken sandwich (it’s not super spicy so fine for the younger kids). Finish with the fried apple hand pies drizzled with caramel.

5. Tacology

Tacos al Pastor Tacology
Everybody loves tacos, especially the tacos al pastor at Tacology in Brickell City Centre.

You don’t have to wait until Taco Tuesday to hit Tacology in Brickell City Centre.

Opt for lunch, when the choices are family friendly, like the elote preparado (grilled corn with queso fresco and four specialty mayos for dipping). All the three taco choices are great, but try the Al Pastor with the sweetness of the pineapple and tender roasted pork. Finish off the meal with the creamy arroz con leche (rice pudding).


(786) 347-5368

Brickell City Centre, 701 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130