Where To Eat In South Beach

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Planta Burger at Planta

By: Shayne Benowitz

South Beach is a hot spot for everything under the sun, from nightlife to the beaches and definitely when it comes to dining. With new restaurants opening every day and classic spots not to be missed, follow our guide to some of the best spots to eat in South Beach.

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Time Out Market

To get a comprehensive taste of Miami all under one roof, head to Time Out Market near Lincoln Road. A concept by the eponymous taste-making magazine, the food hall boasts more than 20 stalls that encapsulate the best of the best of Miami’s culinary scene. Sink your teeth into Kush’s signature burger, sample vegan delights at Love Life Café, chew on pizza by Norman Van Aken at Peace Pie and indulge in dishes by some of Miami’s most exciting young chefs like Jeremy Ford and Giorgio Rapicavoli. The market is anchored by a main bar that boasts the best of Miami’s cocktail culture including libations from Broken Shaker and Sweet Liberty, along with the support of an adjacent cocktail bar and a wine bar. There are plenty of options to end your meal with a sweet treat, including Azucar ice cream straight from Little Havana.

    Joe's Stone Crab

    Established in 1913, Joe’s Stone Crab is the most historic restaurant on Miami Beach. It’s beloved for its Old-World white tablecloth style and for its local stone crabs, which are in season from mid-October to mid-May. Make stone crabs the focal point of your meal here and order plenty of sides to compliment them. Don’t skip the Key lime pie for dessert. Joe’s doesn’t take reservations and it's not uncommon for visitors to “grease” the maître d’ for a prime table with little wait time. Another option is to head to the adjacent Joe’s Take Away for deli-style service with nearly all the same menu items and then take your picnic to the beach.

      Byblos Miami

      Byblos is a Toronto transplant dishing up fresh and fragrant Eastern Mediterranean fare highlighting both traditional and local ingredients. Indulge in mezzes such as duck kibbeh or the Turkish manti dumplings with eggplant and yogurt sauce. The Turkish pide bread with black truffle, buffalo mozzarella and haloumi is a heavenly indulgence. For entrees, you can’t go wrong with items like the short rib kebab or yogurt baked Atlantic salmon with a harissa hot chili pepper paste. The dining room is just as opulent and colorful as the menu.

        Lucali

        Situated inside an airy warehouse-meets-Italian-grandma’s dining room in hip Sunset Harbour, Lucali is a Brooklyn import with a cult following. They specialize in a straightforward menu of brick-oven pizzas, indulgent calzones and sophisticated salads. It's the perfect chewy crust, the fresh mozzarella, pungent parmigiano and sweet, balanced tomato sauce that make the pizzas so good. Lucali doesn't take reservations and draws a crowd, so get there early. If you have to wait, put your name on the list and grab a cocktail at their adjacent Bay Club bar, which also serves a limited menu and personal-sized pizzas. For dessert, indulge in their Nutella and ricotta pie.

          Stiltsville Fish Bar

          Stiltsville Fish Bar is the brainchild of chef power couple Janine Booth and Jeff McInnis of Top Chef and James Beard Award fame. A fish house blended with down home Southern comfort fare; you’ll delight in everything from local snapper ceviche to decadent sweet corn spoon bread with the option to add butter-poached lobster. The shabby chic maritime décor with its location on Biscayne Bay is especially popular for a breezy brunch date with specialties ranging from shrimp ‘n grits to wild mushroom omelets.

            Pubbelly Sushi

            The scene inside Pubbelly Sushi’s buzzing dining room is hip and casual, and there's outdoor sidewalk seating as well. The perfect order includes the bigeye tuna roll on a crispy, sticky rice cake with truffle oil, the snow crab roll with clarified butter, wagyu beef tartare roll, rock shrimp tempura and Shishito peppers. Think of it as deconstructed sushi because the rolls don't resemble anything you’ve seen before. Pair everything with a bottle of sake and you're set. The success of the Sunset Harbour location in South Beach has led to a handful of other locations across Miami.

              La Sandwicherie

              La Sandwicherie is a classic sandwich counter in South Beach is open virtually around the clock and functions both as an unrivalled hangover helper and a quick, filling meal before a day at the beach. It serves made-to-order sandwiches stuffed with lettuce, tomato, green peppers, black olives, onions, cucumbers and cornichons on a baguette or croissant with your choice of protein, as well as salads and smoothies. Unless you're really hungry, portions are large enough to share. It’s their tangy, homemade French vinaigrette dressing that makes the sandwich complete–if you dine at the counter, bottles are set out to douse your sandwich. Additionally, there are locations in Brickell, Wynwood, and North Beach.

                Planta

                For those who subscribe to a plant-based diet, or the merely curious, Planta is a stylish destination in South Beach’s SoFi neighborhood from nightlife impresario David Grutman. The architectural clean lines of the dining room are suited to the menu’s clean eating with global plant-based delicacies that range from nigiri to pizza to brunch dishes. Think, ahi watermelon maki rolls with scallion, spicy mayo and masago or the Frenchie pizza made with mushrooms, squash, arugula, cashew mozzarella, almond Parmesan and truffle oil. The banana pancakes with Vermont maple syrup will make you forget you ever craved animal proteins at all.

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