Empanadas, stone crabs, ceviche and shaken-rum cocktails, this is our kind of South Beach Diet.
Empanadas, stone crabs, ceviche and shaken-rum cocktails, this is our kind of South Beach Diet.
From an off-the-beaten sushi counter inside of a Japanese market to the ever-popular Joe's Stone Crab to poolside cocktails and late night bites, here's where chef, bartenders and sommeliers recommend you eat, drink and shop on Miami Beach. To get the full Miami Guide download the Find. Eat. Drink. iPhone app.
"This is a quintessential South American pastry shop with savory things like great empanadas. It's incredibly delicious and feels so old school and homey. It’s as I imagine what it would be like being in Venezuela in the ‘40s and ‘50s." - Pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink and The Cypress Room
1499 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
T: 305.535.0095 | charlottebakeryinc.com
Specializing in sourdough breads using organic flour. They also sell country and olive loaves.
"They have amazing breads like brioche and croissants. It's all excellent." - Chef Daniel Serfer of Blue Collar
1894 Bay Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | T: 786.216.7207
One of two locations of this Miami-based coffee roaster that specializes in small-batch roasting of beans.
"For coffee, there really is only one place, and that's Panther. Without them I would have moved back to New York." - Chef Roel Alcudia of The Cypress Room
"They're local coffee roasters who come from Stumptown and do a very dark roast. With the exception of them, it seems it's illegal to have good coffee in Miami." - Bartender Trevor Alberts of Orange Blossom
1875 Purdy Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | T: 305.677.3952 | panthercoffee.com
The Epicure Market began as a butcher shop in 1945 and has grown to one of the best specialty markets in South Beach. Many of the items are made in-house, like their soups and baked goods. They also sell wine and have a cafe to sit for a quick bite or a cup of coffee.
"Visit here for their excellent variety of cheeses." - Chef Clayton Miller of Yardbird Southern Table, Khong River House, and Swine Southern Table & Bar
"This a standard on Miami Beach, being around for so many years, but I will tell you they have amazing grab-and-go. You can get a bunch of stone crabs and take them to eat al fresco and they have great bottles of cold wine to go too." - Pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, The Cypress Room
1656 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139
T: 305.672.1861 | epicuremarket.com
One of the most famous seafood houses in America offers a take-away version of their entire menu. No need to wait on a long line to get into the restaurant, simply call ahead, pick up your crab claws and eat them on the beach.
"They have the most ridiculous Lobster Reuben in existence. It is seasonal, but when it's open, I take all of my visiting friends here." - Bartender Danny Valdez of Regent Cocktail Club
"You can get really upscale gourmet food. Anything and everything to go, it's a great little market." - Pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, The Cypress Room
11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | T: 305.673.4611 | joesstonecrab.com/today/takeaway.html
A seasonal antiques and flea market with vintage finds and mid-century gems. The show features over 100 vendors.
"This is my favorite antiques market, which goes from October until May. It happens the second Sunday of every month and you need to be here early to get the deals. They have great glassware." - Bartender Gabe Ort of Broken Shaker
"You can always find something here. I've been able to get vintage glasses from the 1940s." - Bartender Ramsey Pimentel of the Ritz-Carlton
October to May
Lincoln Road at Lenox and Michigan Avenues, Miami Beach, FL 33130 | T: 305.673.4991 | antiquecollectiblemarket.com
A tiny take-out spot serving freshly-made ceviche from James Beard-nominated chef Sam Gorenstein. The menu includes six styles of ceviches, seafood tacos, burritos, and stone crabs from George Stone Crab.
"This is my go-to spot for ceviche. You must get the octopus ceviche with aji Amarillo." - Chef Nina Compton of Scarpetta
"Get whatever is fresh that day. He makes it a la minute and it's incredible." - Chef Michelle Bernstein of Seagrape
"It's my favorite place for seafood. I believe that I can make a pretty mean ceviche, but these guys are doing it right. There are different choices: they have traditional ceviche; they have a Peruvian; and they have an Asian one." - Bartender Gabe Orta of Broken Shaker
235 Washington Avenue, Miami, FL 33139 | T: 305.397.8710 | myceviche.com
Chef Josh Marcus is a new school chef giving old school deli recipes an unorthodox spin.
“Josh is a one-man show and his food is excellent. He’s bringing back the deli wrong. He does all his own corned beef, his own pastrami, his own bacon, his own bagels and tons of other things that you might not think is deli. It’s shellfish to swine.” - Chef Daniel Serfer of Blue Collar
9517 Harding Avenue, Surfside, FL 33154 | T: 305.397.8494 | joshsdeli.com
Hidden inside of a family-run Japanese market. Sushi chef Michio Kushi comes from Katsuura, Japan, and has worked in Miami sushi restaurants since the early 80s and took over his brother-in-law's store.
"The father is the sushi chef, the daughter is the second-in-command and the wife runs the market. The quality of the fish is very unique for such a small place.” - Chef Josh Marcus of Josh's Deli
"He has fish flown in from Japan and the best days are Thursday through Sunday." - Chef Norman Van Aken
"It's pretty hard to find and really off-the-radar - foodies and chefs know about it. If you don't get here early, you could be here for awhile, since it's just one guy and he makes you whatever he wants." - Bartender Ryan Goodspeed of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
1412 79th Street Causeway, North Bay Village 33141 | T: 305.861.0143
This poolside cocktail haven began as a pop-up bar. Expect handcrafted cocktails with elixirs, syrups, and infusions made from things plucked from their garden.
"You feel like you’re in the Keys when you’re here. They have some of the most phenomenal cocktails that you could ever think of. It’s like ice heaven, where they have a full walk-in freezer just for their ice. They have one of the largest selection of bitters they make in-house, it’s really outrageous. They always change their menu. You could have a cocktail and three weeks later, you can’t get it again." - Bartender Ramsey Pimentel of the Ritz-Carlton
"It's part-funky bar, part-speakeasy and part-California-style cocktail bar with a big outdoor patio feel. They have their own garden right here so the herbs in your glass were just picked seconds before they go into your drink." - Bartender Ryan Goodspeed of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
"The atmosphere is unbeatable. It's the best place to chill out and relax." - Bartender Julio Cabrera of Regent Cocktail Club
The Freehand, 2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33140 | T: 305.531.2727 | thefreehand.com/venues/the-broken-shaker
Without an insider to tip you off, you wouldn’t know this poolside beer bar exists.
"It's definitely off the beaten path. It’s in the back of a small boutique hotel (The New Hotel), just a no-frills poolside bar with tables around the pool. They have a great beer selection and reasonable prices." - Bartender Ryan Goodspeed of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
"It's very laid back, non-pretentious with a good selection of food.” - Bartender Gabe Orta of The Broken Shaker
7337 Harding Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33141 | T: 305.704.7879 | lousbeergarden.com
Family-style Italian dishes from the Pubbelly crew. They're doing their own twist on classic fare and have a salumi and raw bar, small plate dishes, pizza and a five course tasting menu for $45.
"The best homemade pasta in town. Chef Mike Pirolo’s taglioni with abalone mushrooms is insane." - Sommelier Allegra Angelo
"They have delicious charcuterie and the Fontina Fonduta is fantastic!" - Chef Clayton Miller of Yardbird Southern Table, Khong River House, and Swine Southern Table & Bar
Joe's has become the legendary restaurant that everyone measures as where the bar is set for stone crabs. A few things to know in advance: it ain't cheap and they don't take reservations. So be prepared to wait for a table (which could be hours). They do offer items other than stone crabs. Stone crabs are only in season from mid-October to May, so make sure they're open.
"Joe's Stone Crab has been around since 1913. It's definitely an icon down here and won't disappoint." - Chef Michael Schwartz of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
"I love anything about this place, from the amazing crabs, the inexpensive fried chicken, the surly service, the long waits at the door and the whole experience of what it is to go to Joe’s. Their fried chicken is cheap and, next to Publix, is the best fried chicken in town." - Chef Daniel Serfer of Blue Collar
11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | T: 305.695.3232 | joesstonecrab.com
This bar harkens back to the former glam days of Miami beach with barman Julio Cabrera dressed to the nines serving contemporary and classic cocktails. The cocktails change daily, all with proper ice formations. On Tuesdays during the summer they serve two cocktails for $22.
"This is one of the finest bars I’ve ever been to with the best bartenders I've seen. The cocktails are classic with a daily selection that people may not be too familiar with, which allows you to learn a little something. It has a Floridian ambiance and the cocktail program takes you back to practices they did fifty years ago." - Bartender Trevor Alberts of Orange Blossom
"It is staffed by the best bartenders in Miami. I'd say that all of the bartenders have at least ten years of bartending experience." - Bartender Ben Potts of Blackbird Ordinary
"They have a star team of bartenders. Come here for a Sazerac or a classic martini." - Bartender Gabe Orta of Broken Shaker
Gale Hotel, 1690 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | T: 305.673.0199 | galehotel.com/nightlife/regent-cocktail-club
This is the mother of all dive bars housed inside a classic Miami deco building. They have the full check list: pool table, well-stocked jukebox, horseshoe bar, vintage neon signage and barflies that look like they were sent from central casting, ranging from drag queens to movie stars and occasionally Mickey Rourke.
“I think it’s the oldest bar on the beach. That is dive bar central." - Bartender Ryan Goodspeed of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
"I love the Deuce, it’s so real. They have the wavy bar, there’s good music, guys standing across the bar that look like Keith Richards, who's a fixture here. It just feels right." - Chef Paul Kahan of One Off Hospitality Group
222 14th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | T: 305.531.6200
The same, dark loungey vibe that has made the other Rooms successful in New York and Los Angeles. Serving beer, wine, champagne and sake in a dimly-lit, industrial chic space.
"They have the best beer selection in Miami." - Bartender Gabe Orta of Broken Shaker
"It’s my favorite hole in the wall with class." - Andreas Schreiner of Pubbelly Restaurant Group
100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | T: 305.531.6061
No cover, cheap drinks and reggae on Monday nights. Avoid the weekend nights, unless you crave long lines and mayhem.
"Good for late night, away from the chaos. Local spot - no cover, nightclub/lounge type environment. It’s really hopping at 3am." - Bartender Ryan Goodspeed of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
"I head over here around 2am. They have an enormous spirit selection and a big beer selection. Mostly what they are known for is a place where you can go hang out with a bunch of locals. Really good vibe and staffed with some of the best DJs in the city." - Bartender Ben Potts of Blackbird Ordinary
"This is my favorite dive bar. It’s a fun local spot to get some dancing in while having reasonably priced drinks." - Chef Clayton Miller of Yardbird Southern Table, Khong River House, and Swine Southern Table & Bar
Open until 5am
1811 Purdy Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | T: 305.531.4622 | purdylounge.com
Not for the health conscious. As the name implies, they serve burgers, beer and adult shakes.
"They feature great hand-made burgers with a wide variety of preparation and toppings, along with an extensive list of craft brews. It's open late night for the 'in the biz crowd' as well. - Chef Joe Mizzoni formely of DJM Restaurants
Open until 5am on weekends
1766 Bay Road, Miami Beach, FL | T: 305.672.3287 | bnbjoint.com
Walking distance from the South Beach night clubs and across the street from Mac's Club Deuce, La Sandwicherie is there to serve you when you need a food fix in the middle of the night.
"I order a baguette with prosciutto, mozzarella and tomatoes, usually at 2am!" - Bartender Ryan Goodspeed of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
Open until 6am on weekends
229 14th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | T: 305.532.8934 | lasandwicherie.com/sobe/menu.html
Columbian fast food joint with chicken wings, antojitos, tacos, arepas and burgers.
"For late night Colombian fast food. It's French fries, hot dogs, hamburgers and quail eggs. The quail eggs are served with a pink sauce and I’m not sure what is in it, but it’s good." - Bartender Ben Potts of Blackbird Ordinary
Open until 6am
1427 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL | T: 305.673.9400 | losperros.com
Michael Schwartz -- chef and co-owner at The Genuine Hospitality Group in Miami.
Allegra Angelo -- Sommelier for the Mercer Restaurant Group.
Gabe Orta -- bartender at Broken Shaker and co-founder of Bar Lab in Miami.
Julio Cabrera -- bartender at the Regent Cocktail Club in Miami.
Danny Valdez -- bartender at the Regent Cocktail Club in Miami
Ben Potts -- bartender at Blackbird Ordinary in Miami.
Ryan Goodspeed -- bartender and beverage director at The Genuine Hospitality Group in Miami.
Trevor Alberts -- bartender and beverage director at Orange Blossom in Miami.
Ramsey Pimentel -- bartender at Ritz-Carlton in Miami.
Andreas Schreiner -- co-owner of Pubbelly Restaurant Group in Miami.