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By: Shayne Benowitz

Nestled between North Beach and Bal Harbour, Surfside is prized for its serene beaches and a vibrant food scene that has something delicious for everyone, including plenty of kosher options. Here’s a guide to this charming community’s best restaurants, all of which are walking distance from the ocean.

Josh’s Deli: Jewish Fusion in a Friendly Setting

Fresh homemade bagels, challah bread and latkes are a few of the many beloved dishes at Josh’s Deli. The artisan deli proudly fuses Latin American, Asian and Jewish cuisine to push the needle on traditional Jewish deli food. The deli's signature dish, the "Jewban," is a quintessential triple-decker Cuban sandwich featuring the deli's own cured pastrami, roast pork and swiss cheese.

Tuna tataki encrusted with sesame seeds & topped with microgreens
Tuna tataki at 26 Sushi & Tapas

Maki & More at 26 Sushi & Tapas

In the mood for an umami-rich meal in Surfside? Look no further than the Asian-Fusion restaurant 26 Sushi & Tapas. Lauded for its finely crafted sushi rolls and Nikkei-style cuisine, 26 Sushi & Tapas offers an internationally influenced culinary experience with impressive dishes like ceviche aji amarillo and nitro scallops. The menu includes kosher and vegan options, so everyone who dines here will be happy. Finish off your meal by indulging in the delectable churros dipped in dulce de leche and chocolate ganache.

The Fresh Carrot: Fresh, Healthy & Filling

If you're looking for a healthy energy-boosting meal a short walk away from the shores of Surfside's beach, then you're going to want a bite of The Fresh Carrot. The local cafe has something for everyone on the menu – from cold-pressed juices and tropical fruit smoothies to mouthwatering poke bowls and nutritious wraps. Whether you're vegan or an omnivore, the food is always fresh, delicious and kosher.

Kids enjoying ice cream cones at Serendipity
Home-made ice cream at Serendipity Creamery and Yogurt Café

Cool Off at Serendipity Creamery and Yogurt Café

There's nothing better than cold, creamy ice cream on a warm Miami day. Serendipity Creamery and Yogurt Café will satisfy your sweet tooth. Savor Serendipity's 24 signature flavors and yummy toppings that are all made from scratch with lots of love. Its tasty sorbet is vegan and its Cholov Yisroel-inspired ice cream is certified kosher by Kosher Dairy Miami. Serendipity uses organic ingredients and supports local farms and artisans whenever possible. If you like Miami’s cult-favorite coffee shop, Panther Coffee, you can enjoy an exclusive ice cream flavor at Serendipity crafted with Panther Coffee's famous coffee beans.

Kosher Meats at Mendel’s Backyard BBQ & Brew

Mendel’s Backyard BBQ & Brew specializes in kosher meats, making it a local favorite. You know the BBQ is phenomenal when you're driving to Mendel’s and you can smell the restaurant before you see it. There are over a dozen kosher smoked meats to choose from, with the dinosaur short ribs being a finger-licking top seller. Why limit yourself to trying one meat when you can try everything with the all out smoker platter? Trust us, you're going to want to save room for the scrumptious bourbon pecan pie, which will make you want to keep coming back to Mendel’s for more.

Tables at La Plage with a view of the ocean
Dine with an ocean view at La Plage

La Plage at the Grand Beach Hotel Surfside: Ever-Evolving Fusion Fare

There's no better way to enjoy your time in Surfside than dining at La Plage at the luxurious Grand Beach Hotel Surfside. La Plage is in a prime location less than half a mile away from the Bal Harbour Shops and a few steps away from the serene ocean. Soak in the sounds of the waves crashing on the shores while diving into La Plage's ever-changing Latin and American fusion menu. Relish the unbeatable oceanfront views of La Plage's indoor or shaded alfresco dining.

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