I don't know what compelled Hofbräu Munchen to open a beer hall among the euro cafes and nightclubs on Lincoln Road, but I'm glad they did! I was strolling along, admiring the sights and looking for a place to sit and people-watch, when I was thrilled to see the illuminated Hofbräu Munchen sign, and cute beer maidens carrying large draughts to the outdoor tables. Crazy German folk music plays over the loudspeakers, making you want to sway back and forth with your mug in hand. The hostess was even German!
Favorite Dish: True to the nature of a beer hall, Hofbräu Munchen serves only one brand of beer (Hofbräu Munchen from Munich!), with several varieties. Their menu also features an amazing range of wurst and other German specials. On the light side, you can always just get a pretzel. You can get beer in three sizes: .5 litre, 1.0 litre, and the 2.0L Beer Boot, which is brought forth with the ringing of a huge cowbell. Be proud!
I enjoyed this place and the Hofbräu beer was fantastic. It's a good switch from the South Beach norm and they've really done their best to simulate the beer hall experience.
Pollo Tropical serves fast food, Cuban style. Their specialty is fire grilled chicken with a variety of sides to choose from, including black beans and rice. You can order a quarter, half or whole chicken, white, dark or both. It is healthy food and fast and cheap...what's wrong with that? If I lived in Miami, I would probably eat there once a week at least.
Typical parisian bistro-cafe offers a genuine French ambiance by its interior design, music, food and staff! Youll totally feel like you were lost in Paris! You can even practice your French!
They have great crepes, french sandwiches and salads!
Favorite Dish: Definately their salad...I think it was called salade campagnarde...it was huge with brie cheese, pate de campagne, croutons, pickles, etc..and served with french bread.
The only think I didnt like was that they take a huge gratuity amount.
After we toured most of the house, we went back over to the swimming pool side where there was a cafe and got lunch (kind of cafeteria style). We could have eaten outside, but it was too hot for me out there.
Favorite Dish: Our bill for lunch was $19.25. I had a salad and some fruit
If you're looking for one of the "In" places in Miami where the "beautiful people" hang out then this is it! It's a little off the beaten track but is well worth it.
Favorite Dish: They specialize in seafood and you'll have your choice of a number of scrumptuous assortments to choose from!
Always popular with the locals, Versailles is a great place to take those out-of-town visitors for a complete immersion in Cuban culture. The restaurant is a lot like the Cuba of old -- loud, boisterous, and full of excitement, just dripping in Cuban patriotism.
Favorite Dish: I especially like the garlic and egg soup, a beef-based soup with chunks of tender (and mild) garlic.
Located in the 5 star Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Brickell Key, Azul was recently awarded the 5 star award for a restaurant. Now I have traveled the world many times over, and eaten a numerous 5 star restaurants, and this is one of few that I question the rating from the pro's !!!!! The food is simple, and the prices HIGH and the portions very, very small........if you were to eat 3 portions on the same plate then it would be worth the price but I had a hard time paying $46 a plate for 4 ounces of seared Chilean sea bass and a half cooked scallop !!!!! Not to take away from the place....it has awesome views of the city of Miami, and the bar area is ultra chic. Only valet parking and at $20 a pop, but when you come to eat here $20 for parking is a bargain for what your gonna spend here !!!!! also they have a 1935 Chateau Latour wine bottle that was confiscated from Adolf Hitler when the Americans soldier's found his wine collection in the Swiss Alps in 1945 after the fall of the Nazi's for a mere $14,500 !!!!!!! Only 20 left to exist in the world !!!!!
Favorite Dish: For serious wine drinkers.....the 1965 "Le Montrachet" from Joseph Dourhin at $5,000 a bottle........
Located in the ultra chic Delano Hotel the Blue Door restaurant is an ultimate dinning expericence for a special night.......the food is amazing, good wine list, but pricey and the service excellent. Located towards the back of the hotel lobby ask for a table inside and you'll be rewarded with a romantic and quiet place, ask for a table outside and you'll see the tons, and tons of people coming in and out of the hotel....great people watching place, but no very private !!!!!! and indeed sometimes very loud !!!!!! but be prepared to drop major $$$$ when dinning here !!!!! but if you can....HIGH RECOMMEND IT !!!!!!
Favorite Dish: Oven roasted Tuna.....just amazing !!!! excellent selection of Opus One wines.....a bit pricey though !!!! $300 for a 1999 vintage......$1,500 for a 1990 vintage !!!!!!
The newest and most expensive and without a doubt hippest place to be at the beach THE SETAI Hotel......this place is all about the bling !!!!!! Be forwarned you must come with $$$$$ this place isn't for everyone !!!!! There is 2 restaurant with the same cusinine, we chose to eat at the smaller and quite one on the far side of the bar. The service was not bad, not good either that was probably the most disappointing part of it, but the place is ULTRA COOL, ULTRA CHIC !!!!!!
Favorite Dish: We chose to have warm lobster salad, WOW !!!!! with lemongrass sauce, the best part that they served a good size portion of lobster......$32 a plate and with a wine cellar meant to impressive the who's who of any client......a tab for this place is easily $250 + for 2 person. Great for a special evening !!!!! well worth it give it 8 of 10, if it wasn't for the impersonal, and just OK service !!!! if the service improves....this place would get a perfect 10 out of 10 !!!!
Many people feel intimdated into driving into Little Havana to eat authentic Cuban food, but many don't know that the best place to eat Cuban food isn't the overpriced Gloria Estefan's place on Ocean Drive but this place on Collins ave.... dead smack in the middle of South Beach.....you can't get better Cuban food even if you were in Habana itself !!!!! The menu has english translation, and the food is excellent and cheap !!!!! come early come late, this place is always packed with both tourist and locals that know that this is the place to eat CUBAN food !!!!!! Come to eat the portions are HUGE !!!!!!
Favorite Dish: Culeta de cerdo con gris (grilled pork chops with black beans and rice) $9.00 AWESOME !!!!!
the van dyke cafe is a very good cafe style restaurant on lincoln road in miami beach. the van dyke serves breakfast, lunch, and diner. the breakfast and lunch menus are moderately priced while the diner menu is more espensive. van dyke offers american cuisine, steaks, and seafood. the van dyke cafe has a upstairs bar that has live entertainment in the evenings. a fun place to eat and drink in miami beach.
the miami beach china grill is a branch of the famous china grill in new york city. the miami beach china grill offers chinese and pacific rim cuisine with a tropical accent. this elegant restaurant is one of the better restaurants in south florida. reservations recommended.
Critics of the arts (be they visual, performing or culinary) get a bit miffed when something they are sent to review is so flawless, they have nothing to sling clever barbs at. Can you even remember a meal anywhere during which everything was absolutely spot on? If not, let me answer your first question first: YES, you should (and indeed MUST) dine at Michy’s on Biscayne Blvd, Miami.
I will take you through this amazing foodie adventure. Michy’s was participating in Miami Spice, a prix fixe $35 3-course menu. But, we choose to order a tasting menu for our party of 4, with continuous advice from our spectacular server, Jason.
Indeed, not only did we sample 11 plates, but where we skipped something Jason felt the adventure wasn’t complete without, it showed up anyhow. We never told him which to bring half orders for, and which to serve full orders. We told him what we were most enthused about, and he ran the show from there.
The house sent out two apps before we could order. A ham and cheese croquette and a ceviche were already on the way. The croquettes (served with a fig jam) went over well, but with the ceviche, I was already in foodie nirvana. The punchy, citrus-filled tilapia was served in a bowl (thank God it wasn’t yet another dull ceviche in a martini glass!), with corn “three ways”, i.e, popcorn, niblets on the cob, and corn nuts. The fish was fantastic.
Next came 3 more plates, 2 of which we didn’t order, but “the journey wouldn’t be complete without”. We ordered a Greek salad with watermelon. The feta was unlike any I had ever had, soft, fresh, not salty. This was exceptional. Duck confit (baked 5 hours than quick fried before serving) over a bed of mandolin-sliced brussel sprouts, and Sweetbreads over fava bean pesto plated over a sauce accented by fennel seeds, orange peel and a few mandarin orange segments were presented “for the adventurous”. We tried the sweetbreads, & mostly found it to be tasty, and not dissimilar from particularly well prepared, lightly-fried chicken. The duck lovers among us went wild for that dish, as did the “Duckless Diner”, who marveled at the brussel sprouts “slaw”.
Favorite Dish: Then the fettucini carbonara with crispy prosciutto arrived, along with short ribs (with oven roasted tomatoes) , Malaysian curried yellowtail snapper, and truffled creamy polenta with a truffled poached egg, which we were encourage to mix in to the polenta. Huge kudos on all. The meat from the short ribs may have been some of the most tender bites of meat I have ever known. The complex Thai flavor in the yellowtail snapper sauce (served over a hearts of palm salad and rice) had me scraping at the plate to savor.
We were far too stuffed for dessert & declined, so naturally, 2 desserts for sampling arrived anyhow. One was their signature baked Alaska (referred to as the “Sarah Palin” dessert) & a bread pudding with vanilla ice cream, raisins and chocolate chunks. The baked Alaska was visually fantastic, but not terribly exciting on the palette. The bread pudding could have used stronger notes of rum & raisin, and came across as not dramatic enough to cap off so fantastic a meal. But, as these were comped, we could hardly complain. (We had noted that had we ordered dessert, the chocolate brownie with salty caramel & seasonal fruits or the nightly Granita with basil & mint would have been the way we went.)
We had no clue how Jason would go about pricing all this, but was beyond reasonable for such an outstanding feast, coming in at about $58/person (with a nice gratuity), with two of us having a glass of wine, & two of us having an espresso.
When I think of how two of us had atrocious food on Lincoln Road (one split appetizer, two dull-to-unacceptable entrees, one of which made me sick from bad fish, and cocktails that were supposed to be comped and weren’t at Aura), this amazing culinary event was an absolute bargain.
The simple synopsis is that you should absolutely go and dine at Michy’s… ASAP, and then undoubtedly often thereafter.
the palme d' or is located in the biltmore hotel in coral gables. this wonderful french restaurant is situated in a 1920's era dining room over looking the biltmore pool. the palme d' or is one of the best french restaurants in the state of florida. the fare is classic and contemporary french cuisine offered in a six course prix fixe menu. if you are interested in fine dinning in south florida the palme d' or should not be missed. reservations recommended. expensive.
When we found this Argentinean steakhouse we did not realize it was an all-you-can-eat type of place - and I'm glad we didn't, or we would not have stayed. The restaurant is pretty big and in the main hall there's a large salad buffet, while in a side room you can find "the meat": a yummy selection of beef, chicken, and pork charcoal grilled in the traditional way.
Favorite Dish: Excellent chorizos and churrascos - of course. But even the salad bar has many highlights, including some truly delicious sundried tomatoes. Try the pancake filled with dulche de leche as a dessert: it's a bomb!
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