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Aug 21, 2011 05:39 AM

Which restaurants to choose in SoBe for a five day trip????

Me and my girlfriend are in south beach for the week (currently in the airplane!!!) and we've made a list of restaurants that seem's great for great food and the scene... We've already been to south beach to Meet Market , Scarpetta and Nemo... We have loved Meet Market and Scarpetta and we found Nemo ok... We will be staying at the Dream South Beach and don't have a car...

Here's a list of what we are looking at, please give us your feeling and feel free to add more!

Joe's Stone Crab or takeaway(for lunch)

Scarpetta (again)
Casa Tua
Sardinia Enoteca
Prime Italian

Steak House:
Meat Market(again)
Prime 112
Red steakhouse

Asian/pan asian/Sushi:
China Grill
Blue door Fish
Asia de Cuba
Blue Sea

Gastro pub:
Tudors House
Pied a terre
Micael's Genuine (is it worth the taxi ride?)

Lunch/ hole in the wall/ less expensive:
Puerto sagua
El Chalan
Big Pink


El Chalan Restaurant
7971 Bird Rd Ste 17, Miami, FL 33155

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

131 26th St, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Miami Beach, FL, Miami Beach, FL

Casa Tua
1700 James Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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

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

Prime Italian
101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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  1. I forgot to ask for good place's to go take a drink and/or lunch on Ocean Drive????


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    1. re: gdeguise

      There's plenty of archives here to look at! Joe's is open, but stone crab season is closed. They still have great seafood there and I love the shrimp / lobster cocktail. The dill shrimp salad is to die for!

      I'm big on Casa Tua and Sardinia - - - both top tier establishments. I'd skip Prime 112....a lot to do over nothing. Michael's Genuine is worth the cab fare as is Graziano's in Coral Gables (argentenian steak).

      Hit those archives and pay close attention to what 'tpigeon' and 'frodnesor' have to say.

      Ft. Pierce, FL

      Casa Tua
      1700 James Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

      Graziano's Restaurant
      9227 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33165

    2. You've got a pretty good list, a few notes ->

      Naoe is excellent, but is nowhere near South Beach - it's about a 20-30 minute cab ride north.

      The chef at Casa Tua left fo Cecconi's in Soho House.

      I'd add BLT Steak in the Betsy Hotel to your steakhouse list.

      Most notable omission is Pubbelly, which is an Asian / Spanish / gastropub - which sounds like a car crash, but works. I like it quite a bit, though it's something of a love it or hate it place.

      Blue Door Fish is more a seafood place than an Asian or sushi place. They recently brought in Sean Bernal as chef, who used to do good things at Oceanaire.

      I don't think Pied a Terre is particularly gastropubby, more higher-end French influenced. The chef recently left and their replacement plan is a bit odd - they've said they are going to have a rotating head chef every 3 months. Which might be really interesting if they were going to let each chef bring in a new menu, like a pop-up, but it's less clear that's what they envision.

      Yes, Michael's Genuine is worth a taxi ride.

      1. I agree with what frod said above.

        Things you might want to add to your list

        Asian/pan asian

        Chowdown grill recently opened.

        Gastropub (I don't think anything on your list is a gastropub btw)


        Burger & Beer

        Lunch/hole in the wall

        Shake Shack


        Bernies La Cafe

        Cha Cha Cha

        Alibi (late night cheese steaks)

        La Sandwicherie

        Not a huge fan of big pink (breakfast is better there than other meals)

        La Sandwicherie
        229 14th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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        1. re: tpigeon

          In all the restaurants listed above,which would you choose for italian?Asian fusion? Steakhouse? Seafood/Fish?

          We need one of each for tomorrow,tuesday,wednesday and thursday!!!!


          PS: We went at la Sandwicherie for lunch and it was GOOD!!! Tonight we are eating at our hotel at the Tudors restaurant....

          1. re: gdeguise


            Scarpetta (failing that because you have been already, sardinia)

            Your asian fusion list

            Hakkasan - even though it is not asian fusion

            You could also do Pubbelly on wednesday or thursday and maybe tuesday (if they are open tuesday) which is actually an asian fusion place. Or you can try the newly opened chowdown grill in south beach.


            If I had to choose from the above, prime 112, but I would not eat steak there.

            I would rather try Burbon Steak over all of them, or closer to you BLT steak, if I was going to eat steak.



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