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South Beach recs for vacationing college kids

orangemitch Aug 14, 2007 06:10 AM

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!

  1. netmover Aug 14, 2007 04:12 PM

    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
      yomyb Aug 15, 2007 02:30 PM

      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
        advisor_Girl Aug 15, 2007 02:49 PM

        "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 Hour 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...


      2. yomyb Aug 14, 2007 01:06 PM

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


        Have fun!

        1. Blind Mind Aug 14, 2007 07:55 AM

          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
            tpigeon Aug 14, 2007 08:08 AM

            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
            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...)
            Pasha is ok
            Tapas and Tintos

            1. re: tpigeon
              Porthos Aug 14, 2007 04:53 PM

              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. lax2mia Aug 14, 2007 07:13 AM

            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.

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