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Help me finalize my Miami itinerary!

Hi, my friend and I are chowhounds from Boston and going to Miami tomorrow for 3 nights. We're planning in hitting up Versaille for lunch tomorrow. We also Have reservations at Michy's and Yardbird for dinner and may try Joe's Stone Crab for lunch one day. That leaves us with 1 lunch and 1 dinner to plan. We're staying in Miami beach near Lincoln road and would prefer not to have to take a cab anywhere (but we're not opposed to walking up to a mile). Would prefer to keep entrees for dinner in the low $20 or below range if possible (given that we're splurging on Michy's) but are willing to pay more if worth it. Also would appreciate recs for bars with good drinks near Michy's. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Your plan makes no sense.

    You say you don't want to cab or walk more than a mile but you are going all the way to Michy's and Versailles when you are clearly on a budget. You will be spending $40+ each way to get to Versailles and Michy's.

    Instead,
    Go to El Chalan or Puerto Sagua for lunch tomorrow. Walking distance.

    Dinner
    Splurge at the Dutch or Bazaar (Bazaar is better but more expensive) , both are walking distance.

    I would consider any of the following (though they are a little further away than Yardbird, in no particular order).

    Alta Mare
    Macchialina
    Pb Steak
    Pubbelly
    Barceloneta
    Lucali (Pizza - a bit expensive but within your budget)
    Sardinia

    All of them are better than Yardbird.

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    1. re: tpigeon

      Thanks for your recs. We'll be with someone with a car tomorrow which is why we're going to Versaille. Michy's is our splurge dinner and we're also willing to splurge on a cab for that as well- which is why we're hoping to keep the rest within walking distance and less expensive.

      1. re: AnjLM

        I'm probably more down on Michy's than others but IMO, Bazaar is much much better than Michy's. The food is more interesting and the execution is better; the high points are higher; the scene is more "Miami" (I mean that in a good way); the ambiance is a lot more fun. And, unless you go crazy at Bazaar, the price point should be pretty similar.

        I thought the Dutch was also similarly priced to Bazaar when all was said and done.

        1. re: bouncepass

          Thanks for the recs. We made a reservation for Bazaar and will make a game time decision for either Michy's or Bazaar but are leaning towards Bazaar. We're also planning on visiting pubbelly or pubbelly sushi followed by drinks at the standard. I see that the pubbelly restaurants don't take reservations, how crowded do they get on week nights? Are there certain times that are better than others to go?

          1. re: AnjLM

            Earlier is better, but weeknights should not be too bad. Pb Steak does take reservations and is my favorite of the bunch.

            Pubbelly Sushi is good but is the weakest of the bunch.

      2. re: tpigeon

        What's the general opinion on Yardbird on here? We were excited to try some southern cuisine (which we don't really have in Boston unless you count Sweet Cheeks) but if you think other places are better then we could adjust our plans!

        1. re: AnjLM

          I think going to Yardbird because you don't have southern food in Boston is a mistake. I think Yardbird serves good, honest food but is vastly overrated by the press and there are many places I would rather go to.

          1. re: tpigeon

            I disagree about Yardbird. I lived two years near Savannah and learned about Southern cuisine at Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House in Savannah. Fried chicken and shrimp and grits are very good at Yardbird. Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade is not to be missed. I would go there just to have that drink. Has a great SOBE vibe and is always packed. Their brunch is excellent also. BTW, Khong River House at 1661 Meridian in South Beach is regional Thai and Burmese food and is managed by 50 Eggs, the same organization as Yardbird. Not your usual pad thai. Marinated chicken a must. Both places have interesting wine and beer lists. Enjoy.

            1. re: rebus1805

              Khong is good like yardbird is and is vastly overrated by the press. I liked the chicken, but I have not since returned.

              As for Yardbird, the Dutch's fried chicken is superior and PB Steak's brunch beats Yardbird by a mile.

              1. re: tpigeon

                Is The Dutch doing fried chicken again? I know they took it off the menu for a while, at least at lunch.

                1. re: lax2mia

                  They have been doing ayce $35 fried chicken sundays this year. You should check if they still are doing it. I think they are...

            2. re: tpigeon

              I agree that Yardbird is overrated. The menu items sound great, but I've never had anything live up to expectations.

              1. re: emily

                Thanks for all the opinions! We hit up Versaille yesterday for a big, late lunch when we got in. Really enjoyed it especially the roasted pork! But then we were too full for dinner and ended up just doing drinks at the Standard that night- it was a gorgeous venue. Tonight we've cancelled our reservations at Michy's and are instead going to Bazaar. Any dishes that you'd recommend? Planning on Puerto sagua for lunch tomorrow and are keeping our reservations tomorrow at Yardbird- will let ou know what we think!

                1. re: AnjLM

                  Just found food for thought's blog review on Bazaar- I think we're all set now for recs at Bazaar!

        2. Hit up Puerto Sagua for breakfast. The Spanish tortillas are fantastic and the hot chocolate is wonderfully creamy. We were just in Miami a few weeks ago and also went to Joe's Stone Crab. It was very good and I'm glad I went there but I probably wouldn't go back. We're not too far from Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay so I have very definite crab opinions and stone crabs are not for me :) Certainly nicely cooked but just not my thing.

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          1. re: Hobbert

            Thanks, we've had a few other recs for Puerto Sagua so we'll be sure to hit that up. Haven't quite decided on Joe's Stone Crab yet- menu doesn't seem super exciting but from what I've read it's a Miami institution!

            1. re: AnjLM

              Yeah, that's why we went. I'm glad we did, just for the experience and it was good, but not really my preference. Also, the dress code online seems more casual than most people were dressed. It seemed like polo shirts, khakis, and skirts/dresses were the norm. Enjoy!

              1. re: AnjLM

                Instead of taking cabs in south beach ,consider the local bus "sbl" (south beach local ) which runs every 15-20 minutes and does a loop around Washington ave and swings out west to the bay from 22nd st to 1st for only a quarter exact change.Save the cab fare for food.

                1. re: travlnmike

                  Thanks for the tip- does it go by Michy's on its loop?

                  1. re: AnjLM

                    No, and they don't always run efficiently. If you place any premium on time, it may not be worth it.

            2. Grasshoppas!......You would do well to listen and follow tpigeon's advice.....Tpigeon and Frodnesor really know the Beach and what's what.....Not to say other's don't....but these two are really in the know....

              EMac
              Ft. Pierce, FL

              1. Thanks for all the recommendations! We loved Bazaar and were very happy we switched our reservation from Michy's. We started with the frozen caipirinha which was a fun/exciting way to start out. We then ordered 6 dishes- the standouts were the papas a la huancaina, black rossejat and the signapore street food. Finished the meal with the deconstructed key lime pie which was delicious. We were quite impressed with th service there.
                We were very happy we kept our reservations tonight at Yardbird. Started with the fried green tomato BLT which we loved- would go back just for that dish. We then split the fried chicken and a side of biscuits. I will write this next statement with a disclaimer that I have lived in MA my whole life so my experience with fried chicken is limited but we thought it was delicious- crispy on the outside and flavorful and juicy on the inside. Loved the atmosphere and service here as well. Thanks again for the recs, now off to the Bahamas!