4 Puerto Rican Restaurants in Florida That Are Kid-Friendly

4 Puerto Rican Restaurants in South Florida That Are Kid-Friendly

Photo courtesy of Pal Campo

By Crystal Harlan

February 17, 2023

If you’re a young family with kids looking for a delicious and comforting meal that feels just like home, look no further! Here are four of the best Boricua restaurants in Florida that are perfect for couples with kids. 

Pal Campo

Surrounded by colorful colonial fachadas adorned with Spanish balconies, you will feel transported to a cafe in beautiful Old San Juan. This convivial restaurant and bar features traditional Puerto Rican favorites rooted in tradition like mofongo and arroz manposteao, and even includes some vegetarian sides.

Named Best Puerto Rican Restaurant in Orlando by Big 7 Travel Magazine and #25 Best Puerto Rican Restaurants in America, Pal Campo invites you to “relax and enjoy grandma’s cooking away from home.” Family friendly and fun, it features cocktails, tropical Mojitos, and live music.

13605 S Apopka-Vineland Rd.

Orlando, FL 32821

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El Bayu de Wela Sara

“Wela,” of course, stands for “abuela,” and this restaurant with an authentic “Taíno” theme was created by Chef Iram Ayala in memory of “the heart and soul of the family,” his abuela, Sara.

According to Chef Ayala, Wela Sara would always say, “Aquí se cocina con mucho amor y cariño.” That became the inspiration for his traditional Puerto Rican cuisine, which brings authentic native flavors to the table.

The chef’s invention of vegan and vegetarian versions of Puerto Rican dishes—like alcapurrias de vegetales and croquetas de mofongo—also allows for a Boricua gastronomical experience for vegans and vegetarians who have never tried Boricua dishes before.

1917-B Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood, FL 33020

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La Casona Restaurant 

With warm interiors and elegant old world decor, there is a very good reason why this cozy, family-owned restaurant is also known as “El Pabellón del Mofongo.” That’s because although it serves a great variety of Puerto Rican and Caribbean dishes, it is best known for its stuffed mofongos, which can be rellenos with almost anything you desire. Essentially, there is a mofongo for everyone! So it is suggested that whatever you order, be sure to get an order of mofongo on the side.

La Casona also has a kids’ menu, and for those with a sweet tooth, it offers a tempting dessert selection that includes the traditional tembleque de coco, flan de vainilla, and tarta de queso con guayaba.

5709 N. Armenia Ave.

Tampa, FL 33603

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La Cosinita Latina

4 Puerto Rican Restaurants in Florida That Are Kid-Friendly
Photo courtesy of La Cosinita Latina

Its promise: “We guarantee you’ll not leave hungry.” And you won’t! Serving authentic Puerto Rican cuisine that includes alcapurrias, pastelillos, empanadas, and, reportedly, “the best mofongo in West Palm Beach,” La Cosinita Latina is a family-owned business located in the heart of South Florida.

The food is prepared with the same ingredients used in la isla, and includes a varied choice of seafood dishes served in a friendly, pleasant atmosphere, where, according to the owner, “We take pride in treating all of our clients as if they are our own family.”

2480 S. Congress Ave.

West Palm Beach, FL 33406

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  • Crystal Harlan

    Crystal is a bilingual editor and writer with over 20 years of experience in digital and print media. She is currently based in Florida, but has lived in small towns in the Midwest, Caracas, New York City, and Madrid, where she earned her MA in Spanish literature.



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