Diners in Plantation

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Moonlite Diner transplants stomachs into the middle of a 1950s high-school date or a Norman Rockwell painting, with hearty platters of comfort food and sleek red and white décor. Tucked within a streamlined dining-car exterior, munching molars can grind up selections from Moonlite Diner's massive menu. Rev up for a day of lifting steam engines and rescuing Roombas from trees with the body builder, which stuffs an egg-white omelette with grilled chicken, tomatoes, onions, broccoli, and mushrooms ($9.99). Midday noshers can anchor incisors in a bevy of sandwiches such as the grilled tuna melt, where tuna salad, tomato slices, and a hearty duo of swiss and american cheeses bridge the gap between two pieces of grilled rye ($8.99). Comforting portions of homemade meatloaf snuggle up with sides of warm smashed potatoes, veggies, and brown gravy for an evening treat ($12.99), and Moonlite's smattering of burgery delights sates appetites anytime. Cool off after a marathon meal by slurping down a sundae or splashing your face with a milkshake.

6201 N Andrews Ave
Fort Lauderdale,
FL
US

By day, Diner By-The-Sea is just that?a classic American spot for good grub, where visitors will often find the owner, Billy, manning the grill or refilling coffees. In the morning, the cooks turn out piles of crispy, browned home fries next to eggs benedict draped with creamy hollandaise, and midday, they match soups and sandwiches with sides of slaw or salad.

215 Commercial Blvd.
Lauderdale By Sea,
FL
US

Scattered pimento-like across the Boca Raton area, Mitch and Cory Shidlofsky's microcosmic Brooklyns serve teetering deli sandwiches and hearty breakfast fare. Every morning, diners tuck into 20 types of bagels, including egg, sunflower seed, pumpernickel, and marble, and slather them in cream-cheese flavors such as scallion, honey walnut, and strawberry. Sweeter options abound as well, including challah french toast, and Oreo pancakes that help children-at-heart relive their glory days when their heads were the size of cookies. Gloriously messy sandwiches star on the lunch menu—foremost among them the New Jersey sloppy joe, in which roast beef, corned beef, and turkey spill out from under russian dressing and coleslaw.

5906 Coral Ridge Dr
Coral Springs,
FL
US

Pappas Restaurant's epicurean owners craft hearty meals from family recipes, which entice palates from a mouthwatering menu of traditional Greek and American dishes. Regional Greek specialties such as a flaky chopped-meat-and-eggplant moussaka ($9.95) square off in a fight for diners’ affection against italian vegetable lasagna ($9.95). Lunch-farers satiate stomachs with coleslaw- flanked corned beef and pastrami sandwiches ($8.95) or gyro platters ($7.95), which excite incisors more easily than a piñata made out of pita bread. Dinner-feasters can tuck into Hungarian goulash with tender beef, vegetables, and savory sauce over a noodle bed ($11.95).

10299 Royal Palm Blvd
Coral Springs,
FL
US

When he was a kid, Dave Harmon would watch his mom make dinner. Little Dave was so attentive, and so interested in the way she sliced, diced, and saut?ed, that he swiftly developed culinary skills of his own. In fact, he was helping out in the kitchen before he even turned 5, the age when most spatula hands start growing in. Dave grew up to be a professional chef, and after working in other people's restaurants for more than 10 years, he finally opened his own: Super Dave's Diner. The eatery is a community-oriented space, and its menu reflects geographic pride in the form of signature Southern favorites: hickory-smoked ribs, cracked conch, and Louisiana-style fried catfish join the likes of George collard greens and from-scratch mac and cheese.

2166 North Dixie Highway
Boca Raton,
FL
US

Back in 1945, Coopertown Airboat Tours was founded on frog legs. When John Cooper would take his airboat out frogging in the Everglades, observers often asked for rides in the unique machine. The demand became so great that he built a passenger airboat?and today, the company has a fleet of seven. Coopertown itself has a population of only eight, and is a largely wild slice of land on the edge of the Everglades, making the popular airboat tours a main source of traffic.

The airboats that depart from Coopertown head deep into the wetlands, where sawgrass covers the water and gators are plentiful. Guides point out a wide variety of wildlife, ranging from herons and turtles to endangered species such as the snail kite. For a more intimate encounter with nature, they also run private tours, voyaging into areas that are only accessible by smaller airboats. Tours typically culminate by the Coopertown restaurant and gift shop. There, guests can snack on the frog legs that started it all, or sample other swampland delights including gator-tail nuggets and catfish.

22700 SW 8th St.
Miami,
FL
US