The Ten Best Athlete-Owned Restaurants in South Florida


BY MAUREEN AIMEE MARIANO
TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2017 AT 12 P.M.

6. The Woods Jupiter
The greatest golfer of his generation, Tiger Woods continues his stroke of talent off the golf course and into the dining scene with his Jupiter eatery, the Woods. It boasts delicious American fare and exceptional service. Starters include everything from spinach and artichoke dip ($13) to lollipop lamb chops ($18), but save your appetite for the real show-stopper: the meat. From the rib-eye steak sandwich ($19) and the Woods burger ($17) to the center-cut pork chop ($24) and the ten-ounce Wagyu strip steak ($48), the meats are varied enough to satisfy any whim. Fresh seafood selections such as Chilean sea bass, Atlantic salmon ($23), and local hog snapper ($31) round out the menu.

Photo by Natalia Molina

7. Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza 
The dough is made fresh in-house every day. The plum tomatoes are imported from Italy. The coal-fired brick oven leaves the crust blackened and bubbly. Oh, and NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino is a restaurant partner of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. With locations popping up left and right, CEO Anthony Bruno and Marino must be doing something right. Try the pizza named for the legendary QB himself — the Eggplant Marino — topped with fresh tomato sauce, thinly sliced eggplant, grated Romano cheese, and fresh basil. The oven-roasted chicken wings, priced at $8.95 for ten or $14.95 for 20, make a great side.

Courtesy Bokamper’s

8. Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill
Broward and Palm Beach Counties are home to Dolphins legend Kim Bokamper’s namesake restaurants, serving game-day classics plus the real game-changer in the sports-bar world: sushi. Sample Bokampers’ collection of small shareable bites, comfort-food favorites, craft beer, waterfront views, and an unmatched ambiance that lets you root for the home team.

Courtesy of Offerdahl’s Café Grill via Facebook

9. Offerdahl’s Café Grill
Bringing the bagel craze to a conveniently local zip code, former Dolphins linebacker John Offerdahl and his wife Lynn sold their chain of bagel shops to Einstein Bros. Bagels before expanding on the concept and devising a menu full of fast-casual American fare to create Offerdahl’s Café Grill. Think fresh fire-grilled chicken, steak, salmon, and shrimp. Stop by for breakfast at the Palmetto Bay location (14685 S. Dixie Hwy.) and get a taste of what started it all: Johnny O’s famous bagels, which come in must-try flavors such as chocolate chip, cinnamon raisin, pumpernickel, and a cheese blend. The bagels go best with one of Offerdahl’s specialty coffee drinks.

nis Haslem and business partner Ramona D. Hall.

10. Einstein Bros. and Starbucks
With beloved Heat lifer Udonis Haslem and business partner Ramona D. Hall at the helm, their company, JFC Miami, opened a Starbucks and Einstein Bros. Bagels on Jackson Memorial Hospital’s campus, located at 901 NW 17th St., in late 2016. Two other locations, at Miami Central Station, are also slated to open. The venti iced coffee and everything bagel are just two other reasons to love Haslem. The Miami Heat power forward continues to make a lasting impact in the city as the longest-tenured player in franchise history and through his community-building work with his children’s foundation and JFC Miami.

 

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