Four Miami Beach Restaurants That Won’t Disappoint You
South Beach doesn’t lack for restaurants – every main street offers up dozens of places to grab a meal. Some disappear after a few months, while some have so-so food. Here are four eateries we tried in South Beach that you don’t want to miss.
We were in South Beach to spend a day brainstorming our businesses with friend and sister entrepreneur Sherry Truhlar of Red Apple Auctions. Sherry owns a place in South Beach so she’s familiar with the scene.
Dinner the night before our brainstorming day was at Oh Mexico, at Washington and 14th. It’s the street floor of the historic Clay Hotel, and it’s filled with nooks and crannies that offer small eating areas and street-side tables. We loved that the menu offered traditional Mexican dishes, but if you’re into Tex-Mex you can find that at Oh Mexico, too. We ordered the salmon topped with shrimp and avocado, tacos carnitas, guacamole, and a pitcher of sangria.
- Excellent food
- The best sangria I’ve had anywhere!
- Authentic dishes
- Friendly service
- It’s loud – they could take the music down a notch
- Like other restaurants on a main street, it’s pricey
Would we go back? Absolutely!
Morning Coffee on Brainstorming Day
Sherry suggested dropping by an authentic Cuban eatery, Las Olas Cafe, for smooth Cuban coffee to kick off the day. Las Olas offers a few street-side chairs but it’s basically carry-out food. The coffee is way better than Starbucks (although smaller). The cafe offers tasty Cuban sandwiches and other food at very reasonable prices and opens at 6:00 AM. Thumbs up.
We ordered take out from Big Pink and opted for delivery to our door so that we could continue working. The portions are, well, big. I have no picture of the one piece of carrot cake we ordered, to split among the 3 of us, but it was seriously the biggest single slice of cake I’ve seen in my life. Split three ways it gave us each a large serving, and they brought fresh whipped cream to go on top. Big Pink has been serving its super-sized portions since 1996, find it at 157 Collins Avenue.
- Huge portions – you could easily split a meal
- Tasty food
- Delivery took forever, so plan accordingly
Brainstorming day done, we needed food and a place to continue our conversation. We strolled down Washington to Havana 1957 and grabbed a sidewalk table. Our biggest mistake at Havana 1957 was the sangria – it tasted like watered down Kool Aid and gave no buzz. I enjoyed the Especialidid de la Casa (brined and roasted chicken with delicious sides). Bill tried their Ropa Viejo and gave it a thumbs up. Sherry’s salad was good, but nothing special. It’s not cheap to sit at Havana 1957 and have a meal, but you can’t beat the street scene and the service was great. Havana 1957 has several locations, we were at 405 Espanola Way, Miami Beach.
South Beach has hundreds of restaurants to try. These four will give you a true South Beach experience and great food.