MIAMI: FOOD FOR THOUGHT



Casa Tua
1700 James Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Note: Nestled in a Mediterranean villa, Casa Tua combines a bohemian chic Bed & Breakfast, a romantic gourmet restaurant, and a private bar to form the perfect storm of Miami decadence. Expect to find your suite or dinner table covered in fresh flowers and the warm glow of candlelight, with even the waitstaff carrying small lanterns. Casa Tua is most definitely a place for lovers.

Joe’s Stone Crab
11 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Note: Celebrating their 100th anniversary, Joe’s Stone Crab is without question a South Beach institution. A restaurant doesn’t get that title without some muscle to back it up, so it should come as no surprise that the stone crabs are to-die-for. If you’re not in the mood for crustacean – don’t fret, the rest of the menu is just as appetizing. One thing though, expect quite a wait for a table, if you’re in a rush: pop by their takeout counter.

Versailles Restaurant
3555 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135
Note: You don’t get to your 40th year of being hailed as “The World’s Most Famous Cuban Restaurant” for nothing, so it comes without surprise as Versailles is where you will likely find one of the best Cuban sandwiches in Miami. The portion sizes match the atmosphere, which is to say that they’re both larger than life, that being said the service is speedy and the turnaround is fast – the perfect place to start an evening on the town.

La Sandwicherie
229 14th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Note: After a night at Art Basel, you’ll find no better cure than a day on the beach – lucky for you we’ve found the perfect sandwich to toss in the beach bag. La Sandwicherie has one of the best lunches in town, but you’ll be happy to know that they’re open into the wee hours of the morning, try 5AM. The sammies are piled high with fresh ingredients, but the signature is their French Vinaigrette dressing, available in take home bottle size. 

Cecconi’s
4385 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Note: Originating in Venice, with locations in London and West Hollywood, Cecconi’s is without question one of the most beautiful (and storied) restaurants in South Beach. Located in the SoHo Beach House courtyard, Cecconi’s is a brilliantly delicious way to get into SoHo Beach House without a coveted membership. Make sure you try the tableside prepared tuna tartare, it’s our personal favorite. 

The Dutch
2201 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Note: You’re likely already familiar with SoHo hotspot by the same name – a place that bills itself as “the perfect place to hang out, no matter what the occaision” you’ll find The Dutch to be everything you know and love about its New York counterpart. The bar specializes in some top notch libations, the hot sauce is home-made, and if you are in the mood for a bottle from your own cellar, there’s a much welcomed BYOB option.

Yard Bird
1600 Lenox Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Note: As far south as Miami is, South Beach is typically reknown for its cuisine inspired by the New Yorkers that frequent it, so when Yard Bird took the city by storm with its fresh take on fried chicken, more than a few locals were caught off guard – and that’s a good thing. Yard Bird is one the hottest new restaurants in SoBe, and likely one of the only ones where you’ll find fried chicken and waffles on the menu. 

Michael’s Genuine
130 Northeast 40th Street
Miami, FL 33139
Note: Michael’s Genuine is passionate about one thing: food. Their menu changes daily, undergoing a radical overhaul every season. You’ll find Michael’s situated in the Miami’s Design District, a location that makes award winning chef and owner Michael Schwartz’ delicious take on American comfort food stand out even further – take a seat in the charming courtyard and enjoy a fantastic meal.

Bond St
150 20th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Note: The sister restaurant to New York’s sushi mecca, Bond Street Miami upholds its part of the bargain for producing truly fantastic sushi. Expect to find your favorites (like Blue Fin Toro Carpaccio, Kanpachi Jalapeño, and an exquisite selection of sashimi) on the familiar menu. When Art Basel rolls around, expect a bit of a wait – unsurprisingly this spot is popular with Yankees on holiday.

Hakkasan
4441 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Note: Situated in the classic Fountainbleu Resort, this location of Hakkasan was the first to reach stateside. Often hailed as some of the best Chinese cuisine in the world, Hakkasan fanatics often cite the ambiance as enchanting as the cuisine. As the night ebbs forward, the lights dim darker and the volume on the signature progressive disco/trance clicks a little bit louder – both of which make dinner at Hakkasan unforgettable.

Sugarcane
3250 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33127
Note: Like sister restaurant SushiSamba, Sugarcane is guaranteed to offer more than just a fantastic meal – which, judging by the bacon wrapped dates, steamed pork buns and goat cheese croquettes is saying quite a lot. The space is light and airy, the music ebbs towards the South American side, and the scene is young and vibrant. Expect a bit of a wait during Basel, this place is known to be packed even during the off seasons.

Michy’s
6927 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33138
Note: The second on our list of James Beard Award Winning chefs, Michelle Bernstein is the master of braised shortribs, brilliant service, and starkly colored decoration. Michy’s is a breath of fresh air in Miami, and patrons have been treating it as such, lauding praise on the continually evolving menu. They understand if you’re having commitment issues to any one dish – Michelle is more than happy to serve her menu at half portion, tapas sized dishes.

Juvia
1111 Lincoln Rd

Miami Beach, FL 33139
Note: Spanning 10,000 square feet, Juvia’s indoor outdoor restaurant model is a spot on match for the Asian-fusion menu put together by Daniel Boulud protégé Laurent Cantineaux and Sonny Oh, fresh from his tenure as executive chef of Nobu South Beach. The scale of the space allows for several ways to enjoy your evening, whether it be at the raw bar, the roof deck, or of course: the sprawling dining room.

— Posted by GrandLife Hotels , December 3, 2012