Lost and Found- Saddle up cowboy, or cowgirl for that matter and venture off the beaten path into the Wynwood area. This unassuming saloon is definitely a find. Try the posse club burrito with grilled salmon, bacon, and spinach leaves. Wash it down with a blueberry sea dog on tap. And if you remember to check in on Facebook, remind the friendly waitress about the oversized peanut butter cup cookie a la mode that she owes you. Get there for the Giddy Up, "don't call it a Happy Hour, Happy Hour" between 3-7pm and everything is twice as nice.
185 N.W. 36th Street, Miami FL 33127
La Sandwicherie- This is a no frills all locals type of place in the heart of SOBE, the perfect pit stop on your way to or from la playa, less than two blocks away. Sit in along the outdoor counter that backs into an alley and enjoy one of the many truly authentic French subs on their delicious baguettes. You could try the turkey and Camembert, but you won't go wrong with any of the 20+ sandwiches. Whichever you choose, make sure to have it all the way with an extra side of their homemade vinaigrette and a few extra cornichons.
229 14th Street, Miami FL 33139
Yardbird Southern Table and Bar: Brand new to the South Beach scene, this southern inspired cuisine is the latest brainchild of "Top Chef" Jeff Mcinnis. He was also the man behind the anything but ordinary menu, at the wildly popular midtown hangout, Gigi. A few deviled eggs, and a sip from Yardbird's specialty blackberry bourbon lemonade, and you'll have a whole new appreciation for southern style cooking. If you’re ambitiously hungry, stop by for the weekend brunch and don't forget to try Mama's cut little chicken biscuits.
1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach FL 33139
Spris- People watching on Lincoln Road has been featured as one of the 1,000 things to do before you die, and dining at Spris puts you front and center to take it all in. Take a seat, order one of their many tremendous brick fired thin crust pizzas with a liter of ice cold Peroni and enjoy the show. If you want to take advantage of their "beat the clock" menu, then get there between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm when select pizzas are priced according to the clock (example: at 5:30 you pay $5.30 and so on).
721 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach 33139
Buena Vista Deli- Just on the outskirts of the swanky Design District is an exquisite French bakery fairly new to the Miami scene. The charming ambience and classic French cafe menu make it the perfect spot to slow down and enjoy the finer things in life such as a glass of their house rose, without paying "finer thing prices." Check the chalkboards behind the deli counter for the daily specials, but honestly you can't go wrong with any of the sandwiches or specialty salads. Go for the Nicoise salad and roasted chicken and goat cheese panini combo for a sampling of the best of both worlds.
4590 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami 33137
Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish- The Garcia Brothers have been catching, cooking, and selling the freshest catch in Miami since 1966. Their dedication to providing seafood seekers with excellent fish and stone crab has resulted in two restaurants, a food truck, and a fish market. To get the most out of your Garcia Brothers experience, follow these simple instructions:
1. Sit as close to the Miami River as possible.
2. Enjoy the complimentary crab dip and saltine crackers while you look through the menu.
3. If you're still looking through the menu when your crab dip runs out, ask the sweet little old Cuban lady for more. She will more than happily oblige.
4. Pick something delicious (such as the fish ceviche or grilled whole yellowtail), and refreshing (such as an ice cold beer)
5. Repeat until full and happy.
398 NW North River Drive Miami 33128
La Camaronera- Head over to Little Havana for the Garcia's brothers "stand-up" fare. The very affordable fried fish sandwich may be the best you'll ever have.
1952 W. Flagler St., Miami 33135
The Room- The name says it all. A dimly illuminated sign above the entrance doors is the only indication that you're in the right place. The inside is dark and simple and straight to the point. One glance at their beer and wine menu and you'll see what this place is all about. It's a local's favorite that is jam packed with quality beers and wines.
100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139
The W- The Living Room Bar at the W in South Beach is the place to lounge at if you are craving interesting and upscale cocktails. It is situated in back of the swanky W Hotel in South Beach and houses interesting elixirs concocted by their own mixology staff.
2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139
Hofbrau- You will inevitably spend a lot of time on Lincoln Road, and a lot of time on Lincoln road will call for some cold beer. Stop in at Hofbrau for some quality German beers in quantities such as a liter or if you're feeling extra ambitious, a boot.
943 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, FL 33139