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Sep 7, 2011 04:12 PM

Best area to stay for foodies?

HI, I couldn't find this question asked before, so here it goes: Where is the best area to stay for foodies?

Some specifics about us: We are two SF Bay foodies coming to the Miami - FT. Lauderdale area the end of Sept. We will be spending 2 days with my SOs family and plan to spend the other 2 sight seeing, swimming in the ocean, and eating good food. We are mainly interested in eating food that isn't prevalent in the SF area like Cuban, Caribbean, local Seafood, etc...
In SF we have a lot of tourists, and the most touristy areas here have the worst food at the worst prices. Right now we are leaning towards staying in South Beach, but I am worried that it may have that same problem as our touristy areas. Are my concerns unfounded? I am also considering staying at Lauderdale by the Sea.
We are in our early 30s, but we are boring for our age and don't like clubbing. We want to stay at least walking distance from the beach and have access to good breakfasts, lunches, dinners (although we are willing to drive for dinner since we will have a car), and some nice places to have a glass of wine, a well balanced cocktail or a microbrew.... For meals, we not into atmosphere as much as food quality. A hole in the wall or fancy meal... both will please if the food hits the mark.

I will do more research on this board for where to specifically eat once I figure out where we should stay. Your help is much appreciated.


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  1. South Beach for sure. If you stick to to the recommendations from the other threads in this board, you will have no problem with tourist traps. There are also lots of goodies nearby in mainland Miami.

    1. Miami definitely has a better food scene than Fort Lauderdale. We live in Ft. Lauderdale but go south for good food...You definitely don't want to stay in Lauderdale by the Sea if you are looking for good food.

      1. So long as you don't make it your goal to have all your meals there, given your interests South Beach (or mid-beach or north beach, i.e. the stretch along Collins Avenue up to 71st Street) is still probably the best place to stay.

        Most of the area's best restaurants these days are in the Design District / Midtown / Biscayne Corridor area, but there are no hotels within walking distance that are more than one step up from by-the-hour type places, so you'll be driving there regardless. It's only about a 15 minute drive across the causeway.

        You can certainly eat very poorly on South Beach and there are a lot of tourist traps, but there are some good places as well (and a good amount of South Beach advice on this board already).

        1. Thanks everyone! We booked a place in South Beach. I think there is enough information on the forum for us to figure out where to eat, but I will post again if we are having trouble deciding.

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          1. re: lrealml

            Good move. We live in Hollywood and just spent several weeks on the Beach and had some amazing food on South Beach and in Miami. We got a chance to try many new to us restaurants and were not disappointed (for the most part). Miami Spice runs through the end of September, so you may want to look into that.
            Enjoy your visit!

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

            1. re: lrealml

              Good move as you will need a car to get the very best food no matter where you stay in miami.