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One night with a car in South Beach - what's a nice drive to a worthy destination?

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Michele_H Apr 17, 2013 10:52 AM

It was cheaper to rent a car for one day than take a cab from FLL to SoFi. So Thursday night, we will have a fancy car to sport around in before we turn it in at Avis the next morning.

We will be staying for several days in South Beach, and have lots of great ideas from the posts here, but we just can't decide among the mainland options - anything within about 30 minutes or so (each way)? I was thinking about River Oyster, but I know that's not really "a drive." Does anything spring to mind? Husband and I are way into seafood, sushi. A view and/or outdoor seating would be sweet, but the food part has priority over atmosphere.

Oh, and one more thing - we are getting mani/pedis at the Standard Spa on Friday morning. What do you guys think of the food options there? Would you stay for lunch or go elsewhere?

Thanks - you guys have a great board.

  1. Frodnesor Apr 18, 2013 05:17 AM

    If you're way into seafood and sushi then you should make a reservation at Naoe, on Brickell Key. Second option would be Makoto in Bal Harbour.

    I've never eaten at the Standard but have heard generally good things - not that I'd necessarily venture to go there if I wasn't already there, but I wouldn't avoid it if it's convenient.

    1. taiga Apr 17, 2013 06:36 PM

      Forgetting the food for a moment, driving through Coral Gables' side streets by the Biltmore, Columbus Ave, and the Venetian Pool is quite beautiful. Then you could eat at Bread + Butter, Bulla, Eating House, or Swine (if you can stand the throngs.) Bulla's Happy Hour is quite generous -- 50% off all drinks every day including bottles of wine. Riding through the Grove's back streets between LeJeune and Ingraham Highway is also quite beautiful.

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        tpigeon Apr 17, 2013 03:27 PM

        Zuma for the mainland.

        Standard is good food and is a good place to hang out as you get the view. There are better food options in the Sunset Harbour area very near there.

        PB Steak
        Sardinia
        Pubbelly Sushi (a definite 3rd choice here - I like PB Steak and Sardinia more but this place is still solid).

        You need to balance your desire for a great view and good but nothing special food vs very good food and not so great of a view.

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          Michele_H Apr 19, 2013 02:17 PM

          Well, American Airlines conspired to rob us once more of an entire day of our lives, so the car was used to make a mad and starving dash down the freeway from Ft. Lauderdale at 8 p.m. Instead of a leisurely afternoon jaunt. And many remained behind roaming the canyons of DFW, so we were lucky. We walked right around the corner and had a lovely meal, and kind welcome at Tongue and Cheek. As it only opened Monday, hard to say how it will turn out, but they are on best behavior right now. The pâté was delicious and the crispy pig ear lettuce wraps were both rich and light at the same time. My husband loved the fish and chips; I'm not such a fan, but the fries were kick ass.

          More importantly, thanks for the Sardinia rec. We walked over from the Standard. It was a very mellow sidewalk scene. I had some mini stuffed burratas and husband had the 3 course lunch special. The asparagus soup is great. That bread basket is enough to make a meal, with the Parmesan "spread." Not sure what to call it, never had that before. Also the wine list was very fun to peruse, and the quartinos are just the perfect size for lunch. Thanks again for the recommendations!

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            tpigeon Apr 20, 2013 11:58 AM

            Thanks for the report. Glad you liked Sardinia. I think the spread is actually pecorino btw. Regardless of what it is, I like it much more than butter or olive oil.

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