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Hey, anyone have recommendations for nice, somewhat inexpensive dining around the South Beach Miami area? Considering the area, I'm not expecting any bargains, but let me know if anything comes to mind. I heard Versailles is good, is this the truth? Thanks!

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  1. Versailles is OK (it's not on South Beach) foodwise. There are better, but Versailles is an institution.

    There's tons of recs on cheap eating on the beach if you do a search on this board. Try Piola on Alton Rd., also Tiramesu on Lincoln has an early special before either 7 or 7:30. Also, if you want to splurge one night, there's the Miami Spice promotion where a bunch of area restaurants, some usually pricey, offer a 3 course dinner for $35 (a bargain in Miami). Try Tuscan Steak or China Grill.

    1. Pita Plus on Washington in between 11th and 12th (I think?) has the best falafel pockets ever. Cheap stuff too and you get full. I also like little places like Panifiore on Alton Rd for sandwiches, etc. Spris on Lincoln Rd has great pizza and a few good salads. Miami Spice is a decent option, but youre not getting out of there for $35. More like $50/person.

      Also, one place you really wanna go is Zeke's on Lincoln Road. $3 beers and they have at least 150 selections in the bottle. $3 no matter what kind of beer you get. Nuff said.

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      1. re: Blind Mind

        I doubt pita plus has the best ever but they are very good. I think they are between 10th and 11th btw. There are a couple of other entries (the one on 6th between washington and collins is really good to - and so is the greek place by the shore club)

        Some places for the OP:
        Puerto Sagua
        Davids
        El Chalan
        Popcorn Paradise (chicago style hot dogs)
        BBQ Beach
        Le Bon - Between 5:30-7 only
        A la folie (lots of mosquitos around though...)
        Liberty
        Pasha is ok
        Tapas and Tintos
        Rosinella

        1. re: tpigeon

          Puerto Sagua and Chalan on the Beach are two of my favorite eats on South Beach. At Puerto Sagua, the fried chicken chunks is some of the best fried chicken you'll ever taste. A splash of vinegar makes it really easy to down an entire plate. Sometimes I want two.

          At Chalan on the Beach, try the seafood. It's excellent. Try the fish "macho" style which is basically more seafood over the fish. And the fried rice there is actually very tasty. I just wish the corn was peruvian corn and not regular corn.

      2. Do a search on the board...there are plenty of recs. I recently posted my thoughts on it on this post:

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/132521

        Have fun!

        1. La Sandwicherie 14th St
          San Loco 14th St
          Front Porch Cafe Ocean Drive & 14th St
          News Cafe Ocean & 8th St.
          Taverna OPA Ocean & 1st
          Quarterdeck Alton & 14th St
          Latin Cafe 41st St
          Pita Hut 41st St
          Chicken Kitchen 41st St.
          Montys 4th St Marina
          Primo's Pizza 1st St
          Big Pink Collins Ave and 2nd St
          Dogma Washington Ave & 15th St
          Cheeseburger Baby Washington Ave & 15th St
          Pizza Rustica Washington @ 9th & 15th also on Lincoln Rd
          Van Dyke Cafe Lincoln Rd
          Chalan Washington & 16th St
          BBQ Beach according to AG should likewise fit the bill Washington & 16th.
          Wild Oats Grocery Alton & 10th

          That ought to get them thru their stay here in sobe!

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          1. re: netmover

            Oh I always forget Chalan...I agree with that!

            Sorry netmover, I usually agree with you on many places but I do have to disagree with Big Pink and chicken kitchen though...no need with so many other good choices.... Big Pink's menu may be huge, but the quality IMHO is just not good.
            Wild Oats grocery on Alton is a terrible representation of Wild Oats supermarkets. The produce is never great and the place smells, and cheeseburger baby has gone downhill over the years...again just IMO...

            1. re: netmover

              "That ought to get them thru their stay here in sobe!" ~ Net

              Yes - and so will ladies night info:

              Monday free dinner/drinks for ladies B.E.D. on Washington
              Tuesday at Blue (free until midnight) 222 Espanola Way
              Wednesday at Felt (drink free til midnight then $2) 12/Washington
              Happy Hour. $7 pitchers, $7 pool tables. 2 PM - 8 PM, 7 days a week.
              Wednesday at Lost Weekend. 218 Espanola Way
              $5 Happy Hour at the Catalina - in the lobby bar 5-7 daily
              Thursday at Purdy Lounge (drink free 10-1am) 1811 Purdy Ave
              Friday free champagne diLido Beach Club RitzCarlton 5-9pm
              Friday BBQ happy hour Beach BBQ 16/Washington
              When all else fails - hit Mac's Club Deuce on 14th street - the only bar that offers an eleven-hour happy hour @ 2 for 1 drinks from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day (that's not a typo - eight in the a.m.)

              And bar grub at Finnegan's 1344 Ocean Drive happy HourĀ Half Price Drink Specials 4-7pm Appetizer Specials 4-6pm each only $4.95: Tuesday - Prime Rib Night 6pm $15.95 Wednesday 6pm Lobster with all the trimmings - $20.95
              Thursday - Steak Night 6pm - $16.95

              Have fun & don't talk to strangers...

              AG