New Miami dining spots are opening every week for the busy social season, so we’re off to explore some of the best where local flavors are spreading their wings over South Florida, Wynwood and beyond. You can get the full list of top miami restaurants here, but this will get you started…
For breakfast try the News Cafe at 800 Ocean Drive where you can tuck into French Toast topped with strawberries and bananas while watching the early risers hit the beach to burnish Florida-perfect tans. You’ll know you are in Miami instead of blizzardy old New England, and since the News has catered to visitors for so many years, this a “must-see” on your Florida vacation.
Recommended Miami restaurants…
PB Steak / On Saturday night, clever carnivores head north for a gratis trio of duck fat fries, a juicy slab of beef and a neat bourbon in the bar rather than wait in line at any South Beach restaurant. Enjoy the All Star highlight reel and a quiet dinner instead.
Texas de Brazil at 300 Alton Road. Stop in the bar to meet Aisha Sharpe at 6:30pm for a Brazilian Cocktail Class featuring LeBlon Cachaca – the secret ingredient to the Caipirinha (which is the Brazilian answer to the margarita). Meet and mingle with other cocktail enthusiasts and learn how to mix a better drink.
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink at 130 NE 40 Street. If you’re growing weary of New Year’s Resolution dieting, book a table at once to sample all of Hedy Goldsmith’s sweet delights on the Sunday brunch dessert menu she crafts anew each weekend. From house made pop-tarts to sublime coffee cake, this award-winning pastry chef makes getting out of bed worthwhile.
STK / 2377 Collins Avenue / One part sizzle and one part steak, this popular nightclubby steak restaurant employs a DJ to keep the atmosphere as lively as you want it to be when carving into prime beef, truffle fries and gazing deeply into the eyes of your dining companion. The lively atmosphere and thumping soundtrack may make small talk obsolete!
Burger & Beer Joint / 1766 Bay Road / South Beach’s best burger bash celebrates the big game upstairs in the lounge where $20 gets you a beer and open buffet at halftime including chicken wings, potato salad, mac and cheese and a build your own burger bar with all the fixings!
Joe’s Stone Crab / 11 Washington Avenue / With fresh bakery treats, crabcakes & eggs and lightning quick service, Joe’s is the best breakfast spot no one knows about on South Beach. At Joe’s Takeout breakfast is served daily from 7:30am-10:30am with most entrees priced under $10.
Monty’s at the Marina / 300 Alton Road / Grab a shady barstool overlooking Biscayne Bay and toast happy hour like a local at this popular tiki raw bar where boaters, beach goers and salty dogs rub elbows 7 nights a week.