1 Night in Sobe - drinks at S&W then where?
There are lots of great recommendations here but I have some specific questions that I'd appreciate some help with...
S&W for drinks sounds like our idea of a good time, so given this as a starting point which restaurants would fit the following:
- walking distance from S&W
- something in the $200 or less range
- not too jarring of an atmospheric change (if we're in a "great drinks at S&W" mood and want to continue in that vein then where would we go?) - not sure if I'm making sense, but I guess what I mean is if S&W has a relaxed, not see & be seen vibe then we probably won't be in the mood for a big change in tempo or for a wardrobe change
- we do want a place that has a unique SOBE feel. We live in DC and have lots of great restaurants here, we want to feel like were in SOBE not at home
- we're only in SOBE for the evening (unfortunately) so we would like a place we can make a reservation at since we don't have much flexibility
Oh, and one more thing, our one night is St. Patrick's day - does this make any difference?
I know - crazy list of Q's - any help you can offer would be great! Slainte!
One other thing - I just found a thread that mentions Joe's Stone Crab has fried chicken - I am a huge crab fan, but my boyfriend isn't so I hadn't considered Joe's. In light of the fried chicken maybe we would consider going here?...Is there a good strategy for getting in on a Saturday night? Thanks!
The Joe's fried chicken is (1) excellent; and (2) possibly one of the greatest deals in town at $6.95 for a half chicken. However, my only strategy for getting in has been to go with someone who has mastered the art of greasing the maitre'd. I don't know the secrets, I just know who to ask to go with when I'm in the mood.
For SoBe feel but not too jarring a change from S&W, I'd suggest Nemo. It's around 1st or 2nd and Collins Avenue, and while the food is good to very good (unfortunately the menu almost never changes so locals don't return often), I really do love the feel of the place even more. You're not right on Ocean Drive but you're one street over and really do feel close to the beach, there's a bunch of nice seating areas inside and out, doesn't feel like it's trying to be a nightclub, etc.
Thanks Sobe! I think we will try for Joe's and if it looks impossible to get in we'll try Nemo's or Prime 112 (both have great looking menus). Would it be horrible of me to book one of those for later in the evening, see if we can get into Joe's earlier and if we can I will cancel our reservation? I am imagining it will be busy in South Beach so my cancelled table will not go unoccupied...
One other thought - we love Ceviche (the restuarant) in Tampa. Are there any good tapas places for dinner in SOBE?
Interestingly, I think Nemo & Prime 112 are under same ownership. For better or worse, folks routinely book and cancel, much to the chagrin of restaurant mgmt - at least making an early call to cancel lets the restaurant free up the table.
There is a place called Tapas Y Tintos on Espanola Way (between 14th & 15th Streets running west from Washington Ave.) which I've heard good things about but haven't been to. Espanola is a fun little side street to walk but is on the other side of South Beach from S&W.
My favorite tapas place is off SoBe, a place called El Carajo in the back of a gas station off US1 and 17th Ave. (yes I know that sounds unlikely) about 10-15 minutes off the Beach and on the way toward Coconut Grove.