If you're keeping kosher in South Florida, you don't have to settle for falafel the next time you're looking for a certified and supervised place to eat. Across Broward and Palm Beach counties are a number of restaurants serving kosher fare to suit a variety of religious gourmands.
Although many restaurants across both counties offer kosher-friendly items, if you're seeking something truly kosher, consider these options. From delis and bistros to
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10. Orchid's Garden
9045 La Fontana Blvd., Boca Raton. Call 561-482-3831, or visit orchidsgardenorb.com.
Technically, there is no such thing as kosher-style food — kosher is not a style of cooking. Even Chinese food can be kosher if it is prepared in accordance with Jewish law, and there are many fine kosher Chinese restaurants in South Florida. That includes Orchid's Garden in Boca Raton, where you can find an entire menu of all the most popular Chinese dishes prepared kosher. Dine in and you'll be seated with a complimentary dish of fried noodles and tea. From there, find various beef and chicken dishes — like honey walnut beef and pepper chicken with onions — served family-style.
9. L'Chaim Asian Cuisine and Steakhouse
4000 N. 46th Ave., Hollywood. Call 954-362-0777.
Sometimes you want sushi. Sometimes, that sushi needs to be kosher. When that happens, head to this Hollywood restaurant, which is certified by the Orthodox Rabbinic Board. The chefs hand-pick local meats and vegetables and draw from a selection of imported spices, seasonings, and ingredients to ensure a kosher dining experience. The menu — available for both dine-in and takeout — is designed to satisfy a variety of dietary concerns and dining preferences, offering a wide spectrum of cuisine, from Chinese and Southeast Asian to sushi and steaks.
8. Mozart Cafe
7300 W. Camino Real, Boca Raton. Call 561-367-3412, or visit mozartcafebocaraton.com.
The Mozart Cafe menu offers a variety of vegetarian dishes, appetizers, pasta, pizza, salads, and epicurean fish entrées — and, that's right, they're all kosher. This Boca Raton restaurant knows the importance of food presentation and plate design as well, so it's not your average trip to yet another
7. Mizrachi's Pizza Kitchen
5650 Stirling Road, Hollywood. Call 954-505-3190, or visit mizrachispizzakitchen.com
This pizza joint off Stirling Road is both unassuming and informal, but it still has some pretty delicious kosher pies. If you're looking for fast and cheap, it's a great option. Like many kosher restaurants, the menu here is simple: Use the highest-quality kosher ingredients to prepare some of the most popular Italian dishes. That includes everything from the San Marzano plum tomatoes to the highest-grade all-white albacore tuna. Selections include plain cheese or several specialty vegetable-topped pies like the Pesto Pizza, made with a homemade pesto sauce and
6. Sunrise Pita & Grill
2680 N. University Drive, Sunrise. Call 954-748-0090, or visit sunrisepita.com.
Like the authentic Israeli street food of Tel Aviv, Sunrise Pita is cheap, fast, fresh, and kosher. The simple, unadorned dining room and kosher kitchen
5. Levy's Kosher of Hollywood
3369 Sheridan St., Hollywood. Call 954-983-2825, or visit levyskosherofhollywood.com.
With a name like this, you know it's the real deal. This family-owned kosher eatery serves traditional shawarma and kebabs in a low-key atmosphere. But that's not all: From appetizers and soups to sandwiches and burgers, Levy's of Hollywood prepares everything on the menu according to kosher rules and regulations. Get a corned beef sandwich, chicken schnitzel, or mushroom and barley soup — and end the meal with a sweet treat like baklava. The restaurant is open six days a week (closed Saturday) and offers dine-in and takeout options.
4. Grand Cafe
2905 Stirling Road, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-986-6860, or visit
This Hollywood establishment started with just six tables and 12 chairs in January 2012. Today, the café off Stirling Road boasts nearly 20 tables and a lot more chairs. The founding owners were childhood friends who grew up in the same town in Israel, played on the same professional soccer team, and served in the Air Force before finding their calling in the
3. Century Grill
9060 Kimberly Blvd., Boca Raton. Call 561-571-6144.
Crispy chicken spring rolls. Fresh fish tacos. A
2. Nava's Kosher Kitchen
5021 S. State Road 7, Davie. Call 954-588-3701.
Look no further than Nava's Kosher Kitchen in Davie for family-friendly, homestyle kosher cooking. Chef-owner Nava Kauffman and her daughter Kim prepare some of the best Israeli-style dishes in Broward County, offering everything from spicy-sweet chili chicken wings to fish and chips, meatloaf and potatoes, or one of the area's best oven-style roast chicken platters. A new menu item to look out for: malawach, a fried, pancake-like bread traditionally served with boiled eggs — or here, with meat — that can be sweetened with a touch of honey. It's Israeli comfort food at its finest.
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1. Cafe Emunah
3558 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-561-6411, or visit myemunah.com.
Located on a quiet strip off A1A, Cafe Emunah isn't just a restaurant; this Fort Lauderdale eatery, owned and operated by Rabbi Moishe Meir Lipszyc, is all about offering an experience for the senses too. Described as an oasis for the mind, body, and soul, the restaurant offers an interpretation of modern, organic, chic Jewish fare. Cafe Emunah — which means "faith" in Hebrew — will take you on a gastronomic journey into your spiritual self. There's also a specialty kabbalistic tea bar where you can share pots of peach blossom, lemongrass herb mate, and masala chai tea. Next, select from starters like crab cakes, a golden beet salad, or tempura-battered mahi fingers. Last, sushi and seafood come in the form of creative small plates like tuna tataki and tartar, scallop tempura, or jalapeño poppers with wahoo.
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.