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Jun 1, 2010 02:04 PM

Late Night SOBE Dining

Hello. Crossposting from the FLA board as more people might read this here.

Coming to SOBE in a few weeks on a plane that lands after 10:30 PM.

Are News Cafe, Big Pink and Le Sandwicherie still the best places in the area for late night dining?

Been to these three many many times so always looking for something new.

Will be traveling with my wife who is a vegetarian (eats fish, guess that makes her a pescatarian...). All types of food welcomed and encouraged.

Also, lunch suggestions on Key Biscayne? Will have car, but won't have time to travel too far.

I'd appreciate suggestions.


Le Sandwicherie
229 NW 14th St, Miami, FL 33136

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  1. Just suggested you do exactly that. Here's my response which was also posted over there.

    News Cafe, Big Pink and Le Sandwicherie would never fall into anyone's (sober) list of best places in SoBe unless you're talking exclusively late-night, and even then ...

    A few places you can throw into the late night mix, first on South Beach:
    - The Alibi - in Lost Weekend on the east end of EspaƱola Way - very good philly cheesesteak, plus burgers, shrimp po'boy, good fries, open till 5am.
    - Burger & Beer Joint - perhaps not ideal for a pescetarian, though if she can subsist on french fries, fried pickles and onion rings she'll be OK.
    - El Scorpion - Mexican - haven't tried yet.
    - Smith & Wollensky - steakhouse, open till 2am Fri-Sat.

    Then off-beach, in Midtown:
    - Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill - great food, open till midnight Sun-Wed, 1am Thur, 2am Fri-Sat
    - Mercadito - Mexican, open till midnight Sun-Tue, 1am Wed-Thu, 2am Fri-Sat.

    Here's a good article from New Times with some other options ->

    Le Sandwicherie
    229 NW 14th St, Miami, FL 33136

    Smith & Wollensky
    1 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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

    4 Replies
    1. re: Frodnesor

      Who said anything about being sober!!??

      Thank you, Frodnesor. Sugarcane looks perfect for us, and it's a straight shot to the hotel from there. My wife can eat, I can drop her off, and then hit up Burger and Beer for second dinner.


      1. re: Ewilensky

        Heading out later this week so any last minute suggestions are welcomed.

        Any picks for a nice Friday lunch?

        Going to wedding rehearsal diiner of Friday at Bongos - am I totally screwed or is there a dish there that can salvage my dinner?


        1. re: Ewilensky

          "am I totally screwed or is there a dish there that can salvage my dinner?"

          Eat beforehand.

          Actually I've never been to Bongos, and think it's even occasionally recommended here.

          1. re: Frodnesor

            Seems to have one champion on the board but not really endorsed by anyone. I'll sneak off after the toasts, for some toast...

    2. Out of curiosity, did you ever work at a sleep away camp in North Carolina? Had a counselor with the last name Wilensky and his first name started with an E.

      Onto the questions, the Alibi is a great suggestion, as is Burger & Beer. If you want a big meal when you get in, you could probably sit at Prime 112 around then with no problem. Their fish is better than their steak too.

      Prime 112 Restaurant
      112 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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      1. re: mikek

        Hi Mikek, no. Never worked at a camp but there is another gentleman that shares the exact same name as me who used to work in NC and now works in New York as a principal. We are often mistaken on the interwebs.

        Wife likes the idea of Sugarcane - especially for a late dinner - something light would work best. But Burger and Beer is a strong contender for pre-bongos.

        Anyone know how they source their meat? Trying to only eat grassfed, sustainable, meat - makes it hard but it keeps me from eating lots of meat which isn't a bad thing...

        Thanks for the suggestions everyone!

        1. re: Ewilensky

          The B&BJ menu variously describes their beef as "freshly ground Angus beef," "free range beef," and "all natural beef," but the only one of those that is arguably meaningful is "Angus," though even then it's not "Certified Angus Beef." I don't know what "free range beef" means; it sounds like it means grass-fed but then again, perhaps not.

          Late night at Sugarcane is a good call, it's a menu that lends itself to light eating if that's what you're looking for.