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Sep 11, 2011 02:11 PM

Help Me decide - 2nd trip South Beach/ Miami

Hello Again.

As I mentioned before my husband is working down in Miami until at least December. He's set up in South Beach. I'm taking some time off to have some long weekends with him. and my second visit is fast approaching.

I'm looking for restaurants primarily on or very near to south beach but will travel for further for good food.

Still need to check out Cuban. Versaille or La Camaronera Restaurant & Fish Market. I really think that is going to depend on where we are at and what we are doing sat and sun.

Miami Spice - whats the best thing being offered on south Beach? Is DB Modern as good as I've heard?

Sandwiches - Le Sandwicherie, or Crumb on Parchment?

I'm also looking for an easy option on South Beach for dinner - no reservations, and casual attire.

suggest something you think I should eat.

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

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

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  1. Did I not give enough information? I would have hoped I would have at least one comment

    I leave for this weekend.

    2 Replies
    1. re: Sandwich_Sister

      The biggest issue with the post is we have no idea where you have eaten before. Also you are mixing up south beach locations with locations off the beach so it is confusing. Finally almost everywhere on south beach is casual and most places don't require reservations.

      1. re: tpigeon

        Hmmm. I guess you don't remember replying to my first post.

        I even posted an update to the places we went.

        It's okay if you don't get my drift. I'm not confusing or mixing up areas. I'm looking for both Sobe and Miami locations with a focus more on SoBe since that is where I am staying. but if a great can't miss restaurant is else where I'd be will drive.

        I am driving down from Orlando. I will have my car, his truck is down there and he also bought a scooter for around SoBe.

        I think I asked some pretty specific questions here, sorry you didn't seem to understand.

    2. Your question is massive. City-side, at some time, you should go to Versailles. You should also visit La Camaronera with its new specials, though the simple pan con minuta and fritters always seduce me. You have to go to Crumb on a weekday. Then you can walk around and see Mai Tardi, and cross under to Sakaya Kitchen, Sugarcane, 100 Montaditos, etc. Even Morgans and Wynwood Kitchen are within walking distance if you are willing to give up a few hours to see what's happened here. On the beach, go to La Sandwicherie when its dark to get the vibe. For the easy option, maybe Otentic? I don't know -- I love the beach but eating there is often a pain in the ass.

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      1. re: taiga

        Thank you for your comment and ideas. I did read on here that La Camaronera has added new specials. Do they offer beer there? and how is it, that you stand up to eat? are there any tables at all?

        Is Crumb not open on the weekends? If so is it just better on the weekdays?

        I'll check out Otentic.

        Thank you!

        1. re: Sandwich_Sister

          Crumb is M-F. La Camaronera is sro -- no tables. I don't remember if they had beer because I've always gone at lunch.

          1. re: taiga

            ah so unless I hit crumb on Monday before I leave it will be near impossible. Husband typically works late on Fridays and I'm taking a half day at work and then driving down.

            So best bet is La Sandwicherie. La Camaronera has peaked my interest I would like a place to set my food as I'm not the most graceful person in the world when it comes to stand up eating, especially anything messy.

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

        2. re: taiga

          A SOBE restaurant to avoid - Puerto Sagua. Was there tonight. I can tolerate depressing decor and lousy service if the food is dynamite Unfortunately, the food matches the decor and service: bland, boring, subpar and oily.

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

        3. For more detailed writeups on a lot of locations in Miami, you should visit fellow Chowhound Frodnesor's blog at

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            1. re: Sandwich_Sister

              Frodnesor is the mayor of the local blogs. Check out Eater as well, and posts from TPigeon, Chowfather, Blind Mind, Netmover, lax2mia, Icantread, non sequitur, etc. who have been posting here for years.

          1. I was recently at DB Bistro Moderne - did not get the Spice menu myself but several in my party did. Everyone enjoyed the meal but I don't think the Spice menu there lets you see the best they have to offer. The charcuterie platter, on the other hand, was really exceptional, and great to share among a few people.

            I've had good Spice experiences at Bourbon Steak in Aventura (the small $10 upcharge for an American Wagyu steak will make for one of the best $45 meals you'll find), La Cofradia (Coral Gables) for lunch. Tudor House (South Beach) is putting out a nice menu and several people have had good meals there.

            Everything on South Beach is fairly casual. Necessity of reservations is something of a crapshoot depending on where you go. I like Indomania on South Beach but I think it's closed till October. I've not been to the new SoBe spot but would definitely check out Chow Down Grill if you've not already. We love the dumplings, the daily specials, the banh mi style sandwiches, and the rice and noodle dishes at the Surfside location.

            Thanks all for the kind words by the way.

            131 26th St, Miami Beach, FL 33140

            La Cofradia Restaurant
            160 Andalusia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

            Bourbon Steak
            19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura, FL 33180

            1. Thank you all for your recommendations and helping me out.

              We ended up going to Versaille which I loved. Beef empanada, yucca fries, plantain chips and a cuban sandwich. All delightful. I enjoyed picking apart the differences between the Venezuelan cuisine I am used to in Orlando versus and the Cuban down in Miami. My husband had the steak sandwich and said it was better than one he normally gets at a Cuban place in Orlando.

              La Sandwicherie - I had the roast beef on a croissant I enjoyed it. The croissant helped make the sandwich. I was over the top impressed but a great sandwich none the less.

              Took some advice and went to Chow Down Grill - My husband and I had a hard time deciding on the which dumplings as he doesn't like eel or mushrooms we went with the pork chive and carrot dumplings which were a hit. Shared some fried rice and I had some ramen. All very good. Service was decent seems like the place opened not to long ago.

              My husband said that the guys would love chow down grill and the prices are decent. I think he's planning on taking them there.

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