More often than not, fulfilling the civic duty of jury duty can be less than thrilling. While it can feel great to take part in the duties of an American citizen, the actual process involves plenty of waiting around and sometimes duty calls during a less than ideal time. There are definite upsides to jury duty, however. Sometimes there’s the chance to meet some interesting locals in the form of other jurors and, of course, lunchtime is typically the highlight of the day. These restaurants make up the top lunch spots near jury duty courthouses in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
105 N.E. 3rd Ave.
Miami, FL 33132
Ceviche 105 is a Miami restaurant hotspot featuring traditional cuisine from Peru offered in modern presentations. The atmosphere is trendy and urban and the service is fantastic. Dishes that include Peruvian rotisserie chicken, arroz con pollo, poached fish and others are joined by a number of tiraditos and ceviche as promised by the name. Ceviche 105 received the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Valet parking is available.
901 S. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33130
Balans is a popular lunch spot located in the Mary Brickell Village. The chic restaurant attracts an interesting mix of working professionals and families for delicious meals made with fresh ingredients and great service. The Brickell location features attractive indoor and outdoor seating and such menu picks for lunch as delicious churrasco steak and Chilean sea bass along with an extensive selection of salads, sandwiches and pastas. The prices are fair and there is a great happy hour from 3 to 8 p.m. everyday that works great for jurors (of course minding not to order any alcohol). The happy hour includes $8 pizza and $5 bites such as spring rolls, grouper bites, quarter rack ribs and tuna tartar.
Perricone’s Marketplace & Cafe
15 S.E. 10 St.
Miami, FL 33131
Perricone’s is a local favorite with good reason. Its incredible deli as well as its delicious restaurant offerings makes it an easy option for lunch. The restaurant’s Italian fare includes pastas, sandwiches and grill menu items such as veal marsala and free range chicken. The deli offerings include a staggering selection of high-end imported Italian cheese, meat, olive oil and even chocolate truffles. Diners with extra time to spare can even enjoy a lovely walk just around the corner through Brickell’s Mary Brickell Village featuring top shopping, services and entertainment.
200 S.W. 2nd St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Tarpon Bend is a casual, friendly restaurant with affordable prices. The kitchen conveniently opens at 11:30 a.m. – perfect timing for many jurors in Fort Lauderdale. The primarily seafood menu has everything from a raw bar and yellowfin tuna salad to mahi tacos and a crispy grouper sandwich. Those seeking non-seafood delights can still enjoy Tarpon Bend for lunch with choices ranging from Caesar salads to cheeseburgers.
La Bamba Mexican and Spanish Restaurant
4245 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33060
La Bamba offers a friendly and inviting atmosphere as well as good service. The Fort Lauderdale location is one of five – all of which are located in South Florida. The restaurant offers an interesting menu mix of both Spanish food and Mexican food with classic dishes as well as more continental fare such as steaks and sandwiches. Daily lunch specials are offered each day from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. consisting of specially-priced menu items – quesadillas, enchiladas, ropa vieja, grilled chicken sandwiches – and more.
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