The swanky South of Fifth neighborhood caters to a high-end clientele with high expectations. As such, local staples such as Joe’s Stone Crab, Prime 112, Milos, and Il Mulino must serve consistently perfect dishes with proper service in impeccably clean and nicely decorated environments. It’s certainly not an easy market for new restaurants and bars to break into, but once they do, the have the opportunity to achieve boundless success.
Below is a list of five newcomers, each striving to make a good impression that will hopefully elevate their reputation, turning them into a local favorite and tourist destination.
New Hot Spot #1: Upland Miami- If you have yet to eat at Upland Miami, you’re definitely missing out! This Stephen Starr – Chef Justin Smillie collaboration serves Cali-Italian cuisine and is affectionately named after Chef Smillie’s hometown in California. Just like it’s sister restaurant in NYC with the same name, Upland Miami combines fresh, seasonal ingredients with fine dining to create masterful dishes that are both flavorful and aesthetically pleasing. They began only with dinner service, but have since added brunch and lunch.
Signature dinner dishes include a selection of high-end pizzas and pastas, wood-fired prawns, coal-roasted short rib, chargrilled striped bass, and Tuscan-style lamb. Lunch options include many of the same dinner dishes plus sandwiches, salads, and their mouthwatering cheeseburger. Brunch adds eggs benedict, chilaquiles, and decadent pancakes while keeping many of the same lunch options on the menu as well. This spectacular new restaurant is quickly gaining plenty of attention so we recommend making a reservation beforehand.
New Hot Spot #2: Bakehouse Brasserie- This charming bistro, full of high energy and delightful aromas, will make you feel like you’re in a café on the streets of Paris. Opening at 7am everyday for breakfast, enjoy one of their many homemade pastries with Panther Coffee or fresh squeezed juices. Their optional over-the-counter service allows customers to grab & go easily as they please. Starting at 10am everyday, brunch is served until 5pm. Their brunch offer includes bottomless mimosas and complementary live jazz music on Saturday and Sundays.
For breakfast, choose from a variety of breads, pastries, and bagels made fresh every morning, eggs benedicts, omelets, croissant French toast, croque madame, avocado toast, pancakes, and many more delicious options. For brunch, they add sandwiches and burgers, main course dishes such as salmon, steak frites, mussels, salads, and the rotating quiche of the day. This French brasserie fills a breakfast and brunch void in the neighborhood where the entire family can feel at home.
New Hot Spot #3: South Pointe Tavern- A great new addition to the bar scene in SoFi, South Pointe Tavern serves a wide array of spirits, craft beers, and wine in a fun, nautical setting. If fact, it is said that this bar offers more different types of whiskeys and tequilas than any other bar in Miami Beach. This cozy cocktail bar also provides tasty snacks that perfectly complement the drinks such as ceviches, crudos, charcuterie, cheeses, flat breads, and paninis. South Pointe Tavern is increasingly growing its number of regular customers that appreciate a good drink in a fun and beautiful setting.
New Hot Spot #4: Lolo’s Surf Cantina- For authentic Mexican cuisine steps away from the beach, head over to Lolo’s Surf Cantina. Chef Richard Ampudia, member of the team that opened La Esquina, the famed Mexican restaurant in Manhattan, named his South Beach joint after his adored grandmother, Lolo. Inspired by her traditional recipes, Chef Richard adds a modern touch to his menu filled with vibrant vegetables, fresh seafood, and meats. From savory raw aguachiles, soups, salads, tacos, and various entrees to new takes on sweet desserts, Lolo’s brings a much-needed dynamic Mexican restaurant to the neighborhood.
New Hot Spot #5: Now and Zen- Last but not least, Now and Zen adds something totally new to the neighborhood: a South East Asian and Chinese influenced eatery. They open for lunch and dinner from Monday-Saturday and serve brunch and dinner on Sunday. They specialize in dim sum, a style of Chinese cuisine where small portions are served in steam baskets or small plates, such as dumplings, gyozas, and bao buns.
As a matter of fact, their brunch offering includes an unlimited dim sum buffet and bottomless Moet Ice. Additionally, they serve a host of appetizers, entrees, sushi, and desserts such as rock lobster tempura, seared beef salad Thai style, truffle and pork dumplings, and the very indulgent 12oz rib eye with foie gras, yuzu, uni, and shiso. Wash down your meal with any of their perfectly paired signature cocktails, wine, or sake.