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Feb 2, 2010 10:44 AM

Dining Alone in Miami- Needs Rec's

Hello Florida Chowhounders.

I am coming into Miami for work Wednesday the 3rd and leaving Friday the 5th... I know.. right in the middle of a little thing called Super Bowl.. Anyway, this will be my first time in your city and need some help.

A little background on me: I live in Phoenix, Love most ethnic cuisines and have a adventurous palate. What I get a lot of in Phoenix is Mexican cuisine, Indian and Thai. What we obviously don't have being in a desert is an ocean, even though most restaurants fly in fresh daily, for me it's just not the same.

Love Sushi, Love Fish, Love Spice. What should I not miss? Looking for Dinner on Wed, and then Breakfast and substantial Lunch on Friday. Have Car, will travel, not looking to spend a fortune but not necessarily eating on the cheap(but sometimes those are the best places!)

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Since you titled this "Dining Alone in Miami", I will list places that have great food where you can also sit at the bar and keep to yourself or engage in some good conversation with the barkeeps and/or patrons:

    - Michael's Genuine Food & Drink (Design District, "American cuisine" i.e. multiple influences, focusing on local fish and other local ingredients, my favorite bar in Miami)
    - Sra Martinez (Design District, Spanish tapas, killer bar menu)
    - Red Light (MiMo District, New Orleans cajun, fantastic seafood dishes, really laid back and affordable though you will definitely wait 30-60 minutes for your food depending on how crowded it is. Its worth it though)
    - Jaguar (Coconut Grove, ceviche spoon bar and Latin American Grill, great vibe at this place and the ceviche spoons are terrific)
    - Meat Market (Miami Beach, steakhouse that does some great seafood dishes as well, sexy restaurant atmosphere, a little pricey but definitely worth it)
    - Ortanique (Coral Gables, "floribbean" cuisine)

    I think you should do pretty good with those selections over 3 days. If I think of more, I'll repost. Enjoy your stay in Miami.

    2 Replies
    1. re: Blind Mind

      Thanks Blind Mind, Sra Martinez sounds right up my alley, love Spanish tapas!

      1. re: Leanne

        I'd add River Oyster Bar in the Brickell area to the mix. Tons of single diners eat at the bar and it's usually a friendly group.

    2. If I remember correctly, Bin No 18 has bar seating. It's a wine/cheese bar in a trendyish area. Service can be annoying but the food is very good and the wine list is excellent.


      Bin Number 18
      275 NE 18th St # 107, Miami, FL

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