Breakfast / Brunch
Icebox Café (1855 Purdy Ave.)- Head over to Icebox for a quick and healthy breakfast or a hearty brunch. Favorites include the Egg White Frittata made with scrambled egg whites, quinoa, mushrooms, potatoes, mixed greens and multigrain toast. Also on the favorites list is the Guava-Filled French Toast, made with homemade brioche, sweetened cream cheese and guava filling, butterscotch sauce, and thick-cut apple-smoked bacon, yum! A great selection of salads is also available for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Located in the heart of Sunset Harbour, this restaurant is a local’s go-to that you can never get bored of.
Estiatorio Milos (730 1st St.)- Recognized as one of the world’s finest seafood restaurants, Milos is genuinely a gastronomical delicacy focusing on Greek cuisine. Furthermore, the lunch deal is the best price for quality you’ll find in Miami. While an a-la-carte menu is also available, for only $25, you can have an exceptional 3-course pre-set meal, and if they deliver it in over an hour, lunch is on the house! Appetizers include the authentic field-grown Tomato Salad with barrel-aged feta cheese and Kalamata olives. For an additional $10, you can splurge on Bigeye Tuna Tartate or sushi-quality Mediterranean Grilled Octopus. Main Courses consist of the Dorado Royale, a perfectly prepared Mediterranean Sea Bream, or for a supplementary $10 order the extraordinary Lamp Chops served with fried potatoes and steamed veggies. Dessert, served family style, is your choice of Greek Yogurt with thyme honey or Seasonal Fruit. Deals this good are hard to find, especially with food of this caliber!
Joe’s Stone Crab (11 Washington Ave.)- Established in 1913 before Miami Beach was even founded, Joe’s is the oldest restaurant in the city. This local staple, open only from October – May, is world-famous for its Stone Crabs and Key Lime Pies. Other decadent dishes include the Fried ½ Chicken, Lobster Macaroni & Cheese, and Chilean Sea Bass. All of their meats, sourced from some of the best beef in the country, are tagged, aged, and hand cut in house. They’re cooked in cast iron and finished with beef butter. Did we mention that they’re also world-renowned for their impeccable service? Servers, dressed in tuxedos, promptly cater to your every need. Get there early to avoid the long lines as they do not take reservations or pop into the next door Take Away café for a faster, less expensive version of arguably the best restaurant on the Beach.
Continental Miami (2360 Collins Ave.)- Stephen Starr’s sequel of the Philly original definitely does it justice, serving a wide array of global cuisines all perfectly prepared. For starters, we love the Duck Bahn Mi and the Tempura Shrimp Bao Bun. The Pastrami Fried Rice is one of their best Chinese Specialties as is the Honk Kong Fooey. Other scrumptious savory dishes include the Jamaican Jerk Chicken cooked in a wood grill, the Korean Fried Chicken, and the Baja Fish Tacos, but be sure to save some room for any of their heavenly desserts!
Juvia (1111 Lincoln Rd.)- Although this place is a restaurant, we recommend going for drinks instead. A James Beard Award winner for Outstanding Restaurant Design, this spot is complete with living plant walls, both inside and on the terrace. If you make a reservation, request to sit outside so that you may enjoy the unparalleled city views. If you’re lucky, the maitre d’ might be able to accommodate your party. If not, you may get to enjoy the magnificent view for the floor-to-ceiling windows inside. Some of their best cocktails include the Juvia Lemonade made with gin, blueberry preserves, and fresh lemon sour; the Elderflower Mule prepared with cucumber vodka, St. Germain, lime juice, ginger beer, lemongrass syrup, and grapefruit; and the Exotic Caipirinha comprised of cachaca, guava puree, passion fruit, lime, and sugar. Go for the view, stay for the drinks!
Basement at the Edition Hotel (2901 Collins Ave.)- If you want to go the extra mile and take part in the ultimate Miami Beach nightlife experience, Basement’s “new kind of multidimensional entertainment hub,” featuring a nightclub, bowling alley, and ice-skating rink, all furnished with a world-class sound system and lighting, is the place for you. Here you’ll dance, skate, or bowl the night away and have the time of your life. You really have to go here to fully grasp this wildly amusing and innovative concept!
Duck Tours (1661 James Ave.)- For a really entertaining tour of the Magic City, check out Duck Tours, a 90-minute excursion on both land and water. Start off driving down Ocean Drive and Collins Ave, viewing the Art Deco landmarks, followed by a splashdown into Biscayne Bay where you’ll drift by some of the most extravagant homes in the city. Although a tad touristy, it will give you some great insight into the Miami real estate market and you’ll laugh a lot while you’re at it since every tour guide has a background in acting and comedy! Adult tickets cost $32, seniors $26, children ages 4-12 $18, and infants ages 0-3 $5.
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