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Help with favorite restaurants in Miami/South Beach...

My Husband and I are going to be in Miami shortly.
We are going to go out to 1 or 2 nicer dinners while we are there and also want some good places to go in between that aren't super expensive (Sandwiches, or good values).
We don't mind taking a cab but would prefer closer by if possible. We are staying in South Beach.

Any recommendations? We love Italian, Sushi, Seafood, Chinese, Tapas, Steak, American, French... EVERYTHING really.
We're thinking maybe a Seafood and one Tapas but we're open to everything and anything that's good.

If I could get a couple higher end choices.
Also, I'd love some great places to eat that aren't SUPER expensive.
We want to do one or two nicer dinners and then eat well but not super pricey after that.

Really appreciate it! :)

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  1. Nicer Options: The Dutch, Bazaar, Joe's Stone Crabs

    Pubbelly & Macchialina are nice options that shouldn't break unless you go nuts. Sardinia is also good.

    Inexpensive Options: Jimmyz Kitchen, Sandwicherie, Bernie's, Meatball Joint, Lime, Spris, Shake Shack

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    1. re: SobeChower

      I would do macaluso's market instead of meatball joint. Macaluso's market (lunch only) is a bit more expensive, but much better. I would also do My Ceviche and El Chalan over Lime, Spris and Bernies for that matter.

      You may also want to consider Milos for lunch. It is really hard to find a better bang for the buck than their $24.12 lunch in SOBE.

    2. One suggestion for eating well but not super pricey, a little off the beaten track in South Beach is Oliver's Bistro on West Avenue. We were there a few nights ago and enjoyed adinner al fresco. Basic stuff made well and good service.

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      1. Nice options: Bazaar, The Dutch, Hakkasan

        Mid-range options: Altamare, Sardinia, Yardbird*, Pubbelly*

        Inexpensive options: Indomania, Tap Tap, Spris (Pizza), Shake Shack (burgers), Burger n Beer Joint, A la Folie (on Espanola Way, more of a lunch spot)

        *on the higher end of mid-range

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        1. re: Blind Mind

          Heard something recently about B&BJ getting bought out and recent visits not being as good.
          http://burgerbeast.com/2012/12/31/201...

          I've also had good pizza at Fratelli la Bufala.

          1. re: Frodnesor

            That's a valid point. I havent been in a bit and I know they no longer get beef from Larry Klein Meats which was a downgrade. Last visit for me was subpar too.

        2. Thanks everyone for the recommendations. I'm going to google everything :)

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          1. re: Staceyy

            FYI - Indomania largely underrated hidden gem.

          2. With the pleasant weather we are enjoying, a Cobb salad and a bloody mary for lunch at The News Cafe on Ocean Drive works. Sidewalk table, great people watching.

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            1. re: Veggo

              Ugh. If you want really mediocre (at best) food, prepared and served with indifference, go to News Cafe. I went there last year or so after not having gone for nearly a decade, having witnessed its steady decline (there was once a time, a long time ago, when you could get a decent meal there). It's not good. If you want to people watch, eat elsewhere and walk Ocean Drive, or go and get a (lousy) coffee and camp out at a table like the other tourists.

              1. re: Frodnesor

                Good bite for oceanfront people watching is at Dilido Beach. Decent burger there & fried oysters w/ chorizo. Their sangria is pretty refreshing too and the views are terrific