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Jul 31, 2011 03:32 PM

6 hours in Miami, have car, have appetite

I've got a long layover in Miami and would like to get out of the airport for about 6 hours. I'm willing to rent a car if that's the best way to go about things. My priority is finding something very good to eat. Definitely ethnic. I've never been to Miami, except for the airport on many occasions, so I don't really know my way around all that much, but GPS will solve that problem. I will be by myself, so that means I am open to any and all options. I will say, though, that my idea of great food is not typically housed in a big, showy, expensive restaurant -- I tend to like more casual, more authentic options than that. I'm interested in farmers markets and very good food stores, too.

I recognize this is broad, so to narrow it down, I guess I'd say that I am going to confine myself to one neighborhood. That'll keep me out of traffic and make best use of my minimal time.

Should I visit South Beach? My impression from reading the board is that is too showy and glitzy. Calle Ocho? That seems like a viable option. Or somewhere else? Thanks for your help.

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

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  1. How do you feel about Spanish tapas? There are a few places I've tried that I loved. There are others too, but I haven't been there. They're all in Coral Gables/Miami and not too far from the airport and very low key as far as trendy chichi places go. :)

    Por Fin (more high end)
    2500 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 33134

    El Rincon Asturiano
    225 SW 17th Ave, Miami, FL 33135

    Xixon (closed sundays
    )2101 SW 22 ST, Miami, FL 33145

    Different part of MIA, higher end but really good (and IMO not traditional, but Michelle Bernstein does a wonderful job anyway
    )Sra. Martinez
    4000 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137

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    1. re: OysterHo

      Sra. Martinez looked great -- I'm familiar with Michelle Bernstein from the endless press coverage she gets -- but it's not open for lunch on Saturday (I should have mentioned that).

      The other places look great. Beyond these restaurants, are there other things for me to do around El Rincon Asturiano? A farmers market, food stores, or something along those lines?

      Thanks for your help.

      Sra. Martinez
      4000 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137

      El Rincon Asturiano
      225 SW 17th Ave, Miami, FL 33135

    2. Grab a free shuttle to the Crowne Plaza Hotel Airport, it's just south of the Airport very close. When you get there walk across Le Jeune to the Latin Cafe not fancy but decent Cuban Food and great Cuban Coffee.