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Tell This NYC Hound What Miami's Known For

NYC Hound here headed to Miami (area around the Galeria Mall and southern Miami Beach) looking for the best of what your region has to offer. I know I'm supposed to try Cuban sandwiches, daiquiris and stone crab claws, but surely there must be more to Miami than that! And where should I find these South Florida delicacies?

We will likely do one high-end/nice dinner but will also need recommendations for casual lunches/dinners/snacks (priced under $25 without drinks) as well as recommendations for happy hours, cocktail lounges and other nighttime affairs. Coming from NYC, I don't want to have to shell out big bucks and dress up, after all, I'm on vacation! And I look forward to whatever you can offer to make this a great trip!

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  1. central and south american food
    Grazianos, Francesco - many good lower priced options.
    There is no Jacket required place in miami that I know of btw.
    Stone crabs are out of season...

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    1. re: tpigeon

      agree w tpigeon---miami is best known for latin cuisine. leave the rest for your hometown. sadly , stone crab season is over until October 15. If you go anywhere offering them, do NOT eat 'em!

      1. re: tpigeon

        Too bad about the stone crab; I'll have to try it another time. But other than that and Latin cuisine, is there really nothing else that Miami has to offer?

        1. re: JungMann

          Expensive prices (for what you get, even by New York standards), rude service, and long waits for all the trendy places.

      2. For lunches try Cafe Books & Books on Lincoln Road. They have a fantastic lobster mango wrap that they press and serve warm.

        "Coming from NYC, I don't want to have to shell out big bucks and dress up, after all, I'm on vacation!"

        Unfortunately, this is Miami. All show and all dough ($$$)...

        1. If that is the Galleria Mall in Sunrise, one of my favs is right there - Sukko Thai. Although, you can probably get better in NYC. ;)

          For authentic Cuban try La Carretta (locations on their website).
          For great mofongo try Benny's Seafood in Miami.
          You might want to try a small local Jamaican place as well. There are a bunch on 441 in Lauderhill (such as Aunt I's) but I am not familiar with the Miami locations.

          Good luck!

          --Lisa

          1. Found this thread, looked good enough

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/424082

            I hope it helps you on your quest in Miami, sorry can not help more I am more of a (Bermuda) and Fort Lauderdale Goddess!

            1. South Florida also has a lot of Carribean influences. Close by the Galleria is the Jib Room, on Oakland Park Blvd, just west of Federal Hwy. Great little place with great food.