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Need some suggestions for upcoming trip

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My Husband and I are going to be in SOBE next week. I already made a reservation for Meat Market. I was planning on going to Joe's Stone Crab until I realized it was closed for the season. I would love to hear your recommendations for a good seafood place as well as a good Cuban place. We aren't going to have a car so I would like to stay in SOBE. Also, we are from NYC so I don't want to go somewhere that we could eat here. I am looking for something under $100/PP

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Joe's Stone Crab
11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Meat Market
915 Lincoln road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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  1. Particularly if you're looking to stay on South Beach I'd suggest Altamare, on the west end of Lincoln Road (across Alton Rd.), which focuses on seafood, particularly locally sourced. If you're looking to venture off South Beach, I would add Area 31 (downtown in the Epic Hotel) and Fin (Design District) to the list as well.

    For Cuban, if you want something more upscale and contemporary, I'd suggest De Rodriguez in the Astor Hotel. More downscale options include David's Cafe or Puerto Sagua though neither is exceptional.

    You can read some more about several of those places here ->
    Altamare - http://www.foodforthoughtmiami.com/20...
    Area 31 - http://www.foodforthoughtmiami.com/20...
    Fin - http://www.foodforthoughtmiami.com/20...
    De Rodriguez - http://www.foodforthoughtmiami.com/20...

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

    Epic Hotel
    270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131

    1. This is a pretty old thread, but I thought I'd add an update about AltaMar (Altamare?), here, since it's one of the more recent mentions.

      It's hard to judge on the basis of a single meal, of course, but we weren't really all that impressed with the restaurant, given the price point. Some of the seafood (locally sourced grouper) was not terribly fresh and a lot of dishes were overwhelmed by the addition of copious amounts of lemon peel. That said, there are many details that the restaurant gets right: farro served underneath a grilled octopus dish was glorious. Cobia ceviche was nicely marinated and well balanced. Risotto was cooked al dente and wasn't at all mushy, a common sin at restaurants.

      We'll probably be back at some point, but I'm not in a huge hurry.

      Full writeup and pictures, here: http://www.girleatscity.com/2011/01/a...