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must try places in SoBe?

headed to south beach on wednesday for a week ... I was wondering if anyone could recommend some "must try" places.

from fast food to nicer restaurants

I have already gone to some of the more "popular places" like pizza rustica, cheeseburger baby, la sandwicherie, puerto sagua ... done places like joes stone crab, sushi samba ...

this time around i was thinking of trying nemo, nobu, meat market, baires grill, quattro ... should I avoid any of those? and add some new spots to the list as well?

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  1. forgot to add I was also thinking of trying out

    grillfish

    1. I think the best food on South Beach is at Talula. Other places you didn't mention that I think are worth a visit: Sardinia; Indomania; Burger & Beer Joint; The Spot; Alibi. Casale has been hit or miss for me, but when it's good, it's quite good. Only been to BLT Steak once, but it was very good - the warm chicken liver mousse and popovers that come out as gratis starters are probably alone worth a visit.

      I have not heard much about Nemo for several years. It was excellent when Michael Schwartz was the chef there, but that was many years ago at this point.

      www.foodforthoughtmiami.com

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      Talula
      210 23rd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

      Indomania
      131 26th St, Miami Beach, FL 33140

      Nemo
      100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

      The Burger & Beer Joint
      1766 Bay Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

      8 Replies
      1. re: Frodnesor

        thanks for the reply ... will defo take a look at some of those spots. talula looks good ...

        1. re: Frodnesor

          Hi Frodnesor et al,
          We've decided Miami is our new go-to for spring break. Highly disappointed by an expensive trip to Jamaica last year. So where do we go this trip? Staying at SOBE Marriot. I'm thinking
          Meat Market, Puerto Sagua (sp?), News Cafe, Michael's Genuine. We'll have 4 dinners. Need good breakfast recs. DH will probably insist on Joes, which was better than I expected. We've beem to Talulas, Osteria, Michy's, Ortanique on the Mile, Indomania, Wolfie's, the Haitian place, Versaille (? Cuban place in Little Havana). Might like some other Latin cuisine besides Cuban. We land Easter Sunday. Is there anywhere above that we should reserve NOW?

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          Michy's
          6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

          Puerto Sagua Restaurant
          700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

          Little Havana Restaurant
          12727 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami, FL 33181

          Indomania
          131 26th St, Miami Beach, FL 33140

          Meat Market
          915 Lincoln road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

          Talula's Cafe'
          3045 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306

          1. re: VAfoodie

            VA - Welcome back!

            Of the places you've been, what have you liked, what not so much? Would make it easier to make suggestions.

            Of the places you mention as possibilities for this visit, you'll definitely want to make reservations for Michael's Genuine, and may need them for Meat Market as well. The food at News Cafe is far from special, I'd sooner go to have a coffee or a drink and hang out than have a meal there. Puerto Sagua is also not exceptional food and is a little grungy, but if you're looking for Cuban food on South Beach the options are somewhat limited.

            For breakfast on South Beach, the standards are Icebox Cafe on Lincoln Road, Front Porch Cafe on Ocean Drive. BIg Pink can be very hit or miss, but I think the risks are somewhat lower at breakfast time. I might have a look at BLT Steak in the Betsy Hotel on Ocean Dr., I've heard good things about their brunch. Speaking of brunch, Talula does a very nice Sunday brunch that is pretty reasonably priced.

            For non-Cuban Latin American food, your options depend on whether you want to travel off South Beach or not. I haven't personally tried many of the South Beach options, but I know there's Baire's Grill for Argentinian, Chalan on the Beach for Peruvian, Plus for a more contemporary upscale take, there's Douglas Rodriguez's restaurants - Ola (which is sort of Pan-Latin) and the newer D Rodriguez (more focused on Cuban food).

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            Talula
            210 23rd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

            Front Porch Cafe
            1418 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

            Puerto Sagua Restaurant
            700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

            Meat Market
            915 Lincoln road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

            South Beach Cafe
            121 5th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

            1. re: Frodnesor

              Hmmm, what did I really like...now considering taste, bang for buck, and atmosphere, I'd have to say Indomania, Wolfies, Talula. Apples and orange,s I know. Since I can't remember what I ate at the "hot spots"--Michy's, Ortanique, then they must not have been all that great. Should I be embarrassed that, while I concluded that I just don't like stone crabs, I liked the whole experience at Joe's? Found the service at Osteria to be great but the food just ok. Icebox Cafe was very disappointing. They were out of everything, and the Icebox cake we got tasted like it had been in the icebox far too long.
              Tell me more about Doug Rodriguez's restaurants. If I could only go to one, which would it be. Puerta Sagua and News are just cheapeats kind of places--any better cheapeats? We've been to famous little sandwich shop. Had a very subpar experience at Icebox (and the Icebox cake tasted like it had been in the ice box far too long).

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              Indomania
              131 26th St, Miami Beach, FL 33140

              Talula's Cafe'
              3045 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306

              1. re: VAfoodie

                No shame in that at all, I think you said it well - if you can't remember what you had, it must not have been a great experience.

                Unfortunately I haven't been to Doug Rodriguez's places in a long time and have been meaning to try the new one for a couple months since it opened up. I used to like Ola quite a bit when it first opened up on Biscayne Boulevard, but only went back once since it moved to South Beach. He does updated contemporary takes on Latin flavors. As I noted above, Ola's influences span all of Latin America - the ceviches in particular are pretty clever and good from my earlier experiences. D Rodriguez stays more closely to just Cuban food - it's also in a great hotel, the Astor, a beautiful space that unfortunately hasn't been able to hang on to a good restaurant for very long. Since it's been a while since I've been to Ola, and I still haven't tried D Rodriguez, I can't really make any recommendation between the two: look at the menus and see what looks better to you.

                As for "cheap eats" kind of places, this is an old thread, but recently updated, with several good suggestions ->
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/487460

                1. re: Frodnesor

                  Frodnesor--If my husband insists on a steak ( I hate to pay for overpriced, underwhelming steak i.e. Peter Luger's), where do we go. Seems such a waste to seek out steak that you can get anywhere.

                  1. re: VAfoodie

                    The steaks at Talula happen to be excellent, but if it's an actual steakhouse you want, fortunately South Beach has about 950 of them. I'd do either Meat Market or BLT Steak.

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                    Talula
                    210 23rd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

                    Meat Market
                    915 Lincoln road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

                    South Beach Cafe
                    121 5th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

                    1. re: VAfoodie

                      I find Meat Market best for the flavor of the steak and the scene. They season it just enough that it enhances the flavor of the meat without masking it.

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                      Meat Market
                      915 Lincoln road, Miami Beach, FL 33139