Straddling Interstate 75 in western Broward County, the Outer Weston/Davie
area still contains a great deal of farmland and undeveloped real estate. Two country clubs, numerous parks, and a close proximity to both the ocean and the huge outlet mall of Sawgrass Mills make this a highly desirable region to live within.
This neighborhood, carved from the Everglades and speckled with ponds and lakes, feels more like a rural area than city living, but the perks of big city life sit just around the corner. Southeast of Fort Lauderdale by about 15 miles and the Palm Beaches by about 60 miles, and 30 miles northwest of Miami, Outer Weston/Davie residents enjoy easy access to several key destinations in the area.
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Restaurants & Nightlife
Multiple restaurant choices in various styles grace this area, spread out with no real central restaurant location.
The European-style Vienna Café & Bistro in Cooper City serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a lovely, intimate setting both indoors or out on the garden patio with the tropical palm trees, flowers and soothing waterfall fountain. Stop by for a glass of wine, dessert or traditional English high tea. The owner hails from England, so you won't want to miss out on the delightful roast beef dinner with Yorkshire pudding.
Urbanspoon called Bru-sket-ta one of the best kept secrets in Broward county, and you can see why when you stop by this truly authentic Italian Restaurant. If you enjoy the full "Italian family" experience and cuisine, you'll find just that here, with dishes such as pizza and pasta lovingly prepared with the freshest of locally-sourced natural ingredients.
Be prepared for generous portion sizes at Beverly Hills Cafe. The over-sized salads, huge burgers and ample portions of steak, chicken and fish tend to be enough to share between two people, or you can take half of it with you to-go and still leave full. Everything on the menu comes cooked to perfection and made fresh daily, including the multitude of soups, salads and dressings, and yummy dinner rolls.
Check out both the BB&T Center and Seminole Hard Rock Casino for concerts, gambling and sporting events nearby, but a number of other entertainment options also exist in the area. The nightlife in this neighborhood trends rich and diverse, featuring numerous music venues for a variety of genres. A few of the best bars and clubs in South Florida can be found right here in the Outer Weston/Davie area.
Cowboys Saloon & Grill, open Tuesday-Saturday, offers a two-for-one happy hour from 5-9 p.m. and a weekly ladies' night. Cover charges apply for some daily events, contests and specials, which sometimes involve big prizes for participants. Enjoy ping pong tournaments, line dancing, various theme nights and concerts as well. This 12,000-square foot nightclub even has a mechanical bull for your entertainment pleasure.
LandLubber’s Raw Bar & Grill gets top marks as a sports bar with 50 flat-screen and big-screen TVs. Interactive games and competitions as well as constant promotions keep the level of excitement high, and you can rent the private party room for your own events and special occasions.
The Village Tavern stocks a large selection of unique handcrafted and micro-brewed bottled and draft beers, as well as an award-winning list of premium wines served by the glass, bottle or even in tasting portions. In addition to all of that, the bartenders prove quite capable of turning out top-notch cocktails and martinis.
History & Culture
The suburban community of Weston, one of South Florida's youngest cities, holds the distinction of being the westernmost city in Broward County.
was originally called Zona. A developer named Robert Parsell Davie built a school there (The Old Davie School, which now exists as a public museum), and in 1916 the people were so grateful they renamed the town in his honor. Davie's character, distinctly "Western" in nature due to the cattle ranches that once dominated the area, provides a perfect backdrop to a large population of equestrians.
The Young at Art museum supports the local arts scene by encouraging budding talent and a number of annual events and festivals in this part of town.
Although most locals prefer to travel by car, a number of Broward County Transit routes traverse the Outer Weston/Davie area. Some of these take passengers to the Tri-Rail for north-south transit to Miami, Fort Lauderdale and the Palm Beaches. Taxicabs and Uber, only a phone call away for those who prefer the best of both worlds, can take you anywhere much faster than buses will. You can find plentiful, free public parking in the Outer Weston/Davie area just about everywhere.
Interstate 75 runs right through this neighborhood and may be accessed from Orange Drive or 595. Griffin Road leads to Florida’s nearby turnpike, which may also be reached via 595.
If you like to jog, walk or ride a bicycle, this area has plenty of places for you to do so, but with no sidewalks in some spots, it may be safer to engage in those activities at one of the many local parks. On the other hand, loads of equestrian trails criss-cross through this region, and you’ll see horses everywhere.
At $1,300 a month for a one-bedroom
apartment, rents here won’t be the lowest you can find in South Florida. The cost of living here trends a bit higher than the surrounding vicinity, but no more than living in downtown Miami or Fort Lauderdale, and this area offers a lot more elbow room than the inner city does. Local pubs have beers ranging from $2 for a draft to around $5-7 for bottled domestic and imported brews.
For $5-10 round trip, you can visit the nearest cities via public transportation. Those who choose to drive their own cars enjoy gas prices that hover around 10 percent below the national average.
Sawgrass Mills provides the greatest outlet shopping treasure nearby, but high-end boutiques and specialty stores dot the roadways around town.
lovers flock from all over to enjoy Barker's Lane. If you need a grooming spa or holistic pet wellness center, look no further. Bring Fifi or Fido in for professional grooming, full-body canine massages, and even yoga classes for your canine companions. Appointments are encouraged at this licensed, insured, and veterinarian-recommended pet paradise.
For grocery shopping, you can visit Publix or the Walmart Supercenter, both on Griffin Road in opposite directions. Take a short ride down Flamingo Road to Southwest Ranches Farmers Market, which opens daily -- except Thursday -- until 5 p.m.
Robbins Preserve, an equestrian-oriented park, sprawls for 160 acres, where open spaces, equestrian trails, gazebos and a children's play area await your enjoyment. A lodge capable of seating up to 110 guests may be rented, and you may also book the patio area, which features its own restrooms, grill and picnic tables. The park also has shelters and a wedding gazebo available for rent, as well as an equestrian center with appropriate amenities, such as wash racks, a mounting block, water trough and horse trailer parking area.
These parks charge no admission fees on most weekdays, but be prepared to pay for entry on weekends and holidays. Most of the local parks gladly welcome dogs, provided they remain on-leash and closely attended by their owners.
Choose from a number of annual festivals and events, particularly in Davie, including the Annual Orange Blossom Festival, Parade and Rodeo, Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, Downtown Hoedown and a number of others. Some of these have an admission fee, while other events are free to attend.