If you're near Ocean Drive and don't feel like eating in places that are too fancy, a good alternative is to eat at this hamburger chain. Johny Rockets has locations across the country and they have a certain charm for typical American decoration. In addition, the burgers are great, I recommend it.
Diner is open 24 hours and one of the unique things is that they serve breakfast all day. Although it might not make sense in Spanish culture, but if I tell you "brunch" perhaps you'll understand it better, because in recent years this has become fashionable. Brunch can include typical breakfast items (eggs, fruit, juice, coffee, toast, etc..) but outside of typical breakfast hours.
You should not miss the scrambled eggs and their pancakes (similar to a crepe but thicker). I highly recommend the banana or strawberries pancakes. They are real good! Of course, they also have other dishes that include meat, fish and vegetables. The food is very good and has a homemade quality, but at an affordable price. Additionally, recommend the salad with walnuts and cheese if you're dieting, and if you do not mind calories, the "eggs Florentine" (which despite its Italian name is very popular in the U.S.). Be sure to have a cocktail, a house specialty.
As for its peculiar structure and decoration, is a real restaurant from the 1940s, when it was built in New Jersey. In the 1990s, it was bought and moved to South Beach. Its interior decor is the typical American style we see in the movies, so it feels as if you were in one. Within the latin area of Miami, this is your best bet if you want to feel like you are in the United States. It really authentic inside and out. The best day to go: The Sunday brunch typical day for locals.
You might think that a place like Miami will be all tropical fruit juices, but make no mistake: there are also very cold days (about 15 degrees). Those days what you need is a good hot chocolate. Although chocolate is very common, Ghirardelli (originally from California and a division of Swiss Lindt chocolate) has been in the U.S. for more than a century. They definitely make the best chocolate in Miami. Located in the heart of South Beach, it is a local favorite. Aside from the hot chocolate, I also advise the mousse and pralines that include a few shocking flavors (such as squash, yummy).
At the junction between Collins Avenue and Spanish Way is one of the most famous restaurants in Miami Beach. It is open 24 hours and has an absolutely stunning menu. You spend hours deciding what you want ... There is American food with some Mexican, Italian ... But, hey, it's recommended. Very nice, like most things in Miami, but okay.
This Peruvian restaurant is simple and unpretentious. The food is especially good. We ate chili chicken (tasty, very slightly spicy) and ceviche mixto (which, as always, was much better fish, seafood pieces were of normal quality). Portions were very generous (we came home with leftovers), so no need to ask for appetizers and we had no room for dessert. You can get cheap American beer ( about$ 3.5) and service included already added to the bill (18%!). It worked out to about $40.00 for two people in Miami beach, not too bad. By the way, they have another branch in Miami, at 7971 SW 40th Street.
Tap Tap has been opened in Miami for more than 20 years and is considered classic Creole food. Haitians are the third largest cultural group in Miami. Creole is the as popular as Spanish and English in Miami. You must not skip going to a restaurant like this. It is also one of my favorite restaurants in Miami because whenever I'm there, I feel like I'm at the table of a Caribbean grandmother that prepares me my favorite dishes of this region: fried taro, yams with gravy, okra, plantains, pie sweet potato. It is a dish served throughout the Caribbean.
I like to go with friends, order several starters and a main course- especially the fish- it is prepared in a delicious spicy sauce. The restaurant is great, but my favorite spot is the terrace outside. Something that makes the restaurant unique is that Tap Tap is a canvas in itself. All the walls are hand-painted by a local artists with scenes of Haitian culture, representing their fruits, music and religion. I highly recommend it!
There's nothing not to like about Juvia: the kitchen, the atmosphere, the decor, the clientele, the music, the sights, even the sea breeze blowing past you as you enjoy a panoramic view of Miami Beach. All I can say is that if you're in Miami beach, make a point to visit this restaurant and cocktail bar, one of the most chic in the area. Juvia comes with signature dishes because everyone from the chefs to the sommelier are well-known in Florida.
The chef Sunny Oh has created a delightful Asian fusion menu and the desserts at the hands of Gourreau Gregory are a revelation for the palate. The decor is the most impressive I've seen in a restaurant in South Beach. Based on the colors purple, green and white - very art deco - the interior incorporates a number of distinct elements including an agate bar lit from within and an impressive terrace with a hanging garden of tropical plants and orchids cascading down the walls to the trickle of running water.
The view is definitely the highlight: you have a panoramic view of the skyline all the way from the beach to the bay. Dinner is around $50.00 - $60.00 for two courses, dessert, and drinks, a price I found more than acceptable given the nature of the restaurant. The cocktails are made with top-shelf liquor and run for about $14-16.00, a bargain given the atmosphere and views.
Carpaccio Bal Harbour is an Italian restaurant located in one of Miami's most exclusive shopping centers: Bal Harbour. The restaurant has two areas: an internal air-conditioned dining area and a roof terrace. If you are someone you are passionate about luxury cars, the terrace of the restaurant is the perfect place to eat as you can watch each of the vehicles crossing the parking lot. Although it is not my particular passion, I must confess that I was impressed with the amount of Rolls Royces which sped in front of us. As we discussed our respective impressions of each car, we shared a delicate carpaccio with arugula and Parmesan, very appropriate for a light dinner. I also suggest the bistecca tre colori. The food was delicious and tasted homemade. The restaurant itself is nice and cozy.
I fancy myself something of a hamburger aficionado. I love a good burger and prefer to eat at my leisure in a nice sit-down place but there are days when it just impossible. In those cases, fast food is usually the only answer. Luckily, we have Five Guys: the bread is always freshly-baked, the meat cooked to perfection, and the fries are top notch!
South Beach is an area with a lot going on so it is sometimes difficult to choose the perfect place. Sushi Samba Dromo stood out with its warm lights, graffiti decoration and large sushi bar...it seemed like a nice place and had the perfect lounge-vibe for a Friday night. My favorite roll was the Samba Drome roll filed with avocado, salmon, and eel sauce. I also tried one of the best mojitos I've ever had!
TGI Friday's (Thank God It's Friday) is a very popular American fast food chain. It is fun, curious, full of characters, photos of celebrities like Elvis and Marilyn, walls with car replicas, popular American brands such as Levi's, guitars, surfboards, and everything that is remarkable in American culture is carefully organized in the decor. This is combined with delicious sandwiches, well-prepared dishes, traditional portions that are known by fans of the network and delicious drinks that are served with impeccable presentation. The place is delicious, facing the sea on Ocean Drive, the main road on Miami Beach. The service was great! I ate a vegetarian bean burger, delicious and spicy! Therefore, it is a place where friends (carnivores and vegetarians) can eat together, options for everyone!
Seafood fans will love this restaurant just steps from South Beach. If you can afford them (in the $25-80.00 range), the crab specials are delicious and incredibly fresh. Bryan Johnson, the manager of the restaurant, told us that they mainly served crabs claws rather than legs because they're actually much better. If you have any doubts, just remember that anywhere between 500 and 2,000 patrons pass through the restaurant each night, so they can't all be wrong, right? Again, really great place to eat, especially for a night out with friends.
While walking down Ocean Drive on a Saturday afternoon, I came across one of the most popular bars in South Beach: the Palace Bar. Opened in the late 80's, this restaurant-bar is known for its iconic slogan "every queen needs a palace" and its live cabaret featuring lush drag queens and professional dancers parading around the tables. It's primarily a meeting place for the LGBT community, but a group of lookers-on invariably forms on the street around the entrance. Palace Bar also serves casual fast food and large a large menu of cocktails served in massive glasses.
Sensational decor and amazing food. The place itself is beautiful; it's covered in these amazing combinations of tiger and floral prints that clash on paper but go together wonderfully in real like. There is a restaurant on the ground floor and a nightclub/bar on the second floor. I had the tomato carpaccio and a good fish dish, but the thing I remember most was the Tiramisu. It was simply the best of my life!
I heard there was a nice little French cafe on Española Way, and I went down to check it out. A La Folie is, in fact, a French cafe with very young multilingual servers who serve crepes, sandwiches, and salads as well as French classics like snails, quiche lorraine and tartiflettes. The restaurant's decor borrows pays homage to a lot of mid-twentieth century French figures but doesn't veer into kitschiness. Great place if you're looking for a slice of France in Miami.
Bolivar Restaurant is located in the heart of South Beach, not far from Collins Avenue and the Art Deco district. They serve large portions of Latin American specialties like Bandeja Paisa, a Colombian dish, churrasco, picanha and chicken saltado, as well as some Peruvian specialties. For startes, I'd suggest empanadas and patacones. Excellent cocktails. On Groupon you can usually find coupons for full menus. Reservations are recommended.
You can not leave Miami without trying the burgers and salads at Big Pink in South Beach. There's always a line to get a table, so you know the food is good. The portions are huge and the food is great...oddly enough, it's popular among joggers who come to whoof something down after their workout. The interior is usually pretty noisy and crowded so if you want something a bit quieter I'd suggest getting a table on the terrace outside.