The 7 Best Restaurants in Miami Beach
July 26, 2018
When it comes to eating out in Miami, you can’t go wrong with Miami Beach. Featuring a wide range of options from casual sandwich cafés to fine dining, Miami Beach has got you covered.
Here are seven tasty choices for the best restaurants in Miami Beach.
Though you may not immediately think of southern cooking when you picture Miami Beach, Yardbird is here to change your mind. Featuring fresh takes on southern staples like fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits, everything on the menu is elevated comfort food with a new, unexpected twist.
For example, their fried green tomato BLT doesn’t just have bacon–it’s made with house smoked pork belly. Their mac & cheese has five artisanal cheeses. Their piece de resistance is their chicken ‘n’ watermelon ‘n’ waffles, which comes with honey hot sauce and bourbon maple syrup.
With an open, airy feel, Yardbird is a must-visit in Miami Beach. And the drinks are nothing to scoff at either. Their signature Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade is great for a summer evening.
Roasters 'N Toasters
This New York-style Jewish deli serves up fresh bagels, specialty sandwiches and wraps and traditional deli entrees like meatloaf and stuffed cabbage. Roasters ‘N Toasters Miami Beach is an outpost of the original Pinecrest restaurant.
The bagels and deli sandwiches are both authentic and delicious—the West Side Story, with corned beef, pastrami, sauerkraut and swiss cheese is particularly tasty. And the brunch selection is excellent and reasonably priced. We especially love the Challah French Toast.
This rustic South Beach Italian restaurant features house-made pastas that elevate traditionally simplistic Italian dishes. With a warm, homey feel and friendly service, Macchialina has a small but excellent menu that leaves you feeling satisfied, as most Italian food tends to do.
All of the pasta dishes are yummy, but the Tagliolini ai Funghi is exceptional. And with $10 pastas on Thursday nights, you can’t go wrong—order them all if you dare.
Pubbelly Noodle Bar
An Asian-inspired gastropub is not something you come across every day, but then, Pubbelly Noodle Bar isn’t an everyday kind of restaurant. Chef Jose Mendin, five-time James Beard Award Semifinalist, aims to reinvent traditional flavors with Asian ingredients and European techniques.
Pubbelly shines with its Asian-fusion plates such as Green Spring Rice and Foie Gras with salted chocolate, caviar, burnt cream and apple ‘pain perdu.’
Popular dishes include chopped bone marrow, pork belly and mofongo. If you’re feeling particularly hungry, we recommend getting the Pubbelly Tasting Menu, which comes with 8 dishes, 4 courses and dessert for $60 per person.
Joe's Stone Crab
Joe’s Stone Crab is a Miami Beach staple. Founded in 1913, people have been coming to Joe’s for its famed stone crab for over a century.
Though the restaurant is open year-round, stone crab season runs from mid-October to mid-May, so be sure to visit during those months if you want to try their signature crab. If your trip falls outside of crab season, Joe’s has a full selection of fresh seafood and steaks–we recommend the King Crab Legs or steak frites. Their key lime pie is legendary, too.
Joe’s doesn’t take reservations, so come early if you don’t want to wait. Weekends and holidays are typically more crowded than weekdays. Dress code is casual but neat.
Featuring fresh baguettes from Le Chic Bakery, all the accoutrements you could want, and a French vinaigrette dressing (made in-house and truly superb), La Sandwicherie is more than just a sandwich counter–it’s an experience.
Our favorite sandwich is the SOBE Club, which has turkey, brie cheese and avocado. This gourmet, French-owned eatery also sells salads, juices and smoothies. We especially love the Acai smoothie–it’s fruity, creamy and delicious.
Pro tip: La Sandwicherie is open till 5 a.m.–perfect for an early morning (or late-night!) craving.
Known for its modern twists on Thai street food and sushi, NaiYaRa is a Miami Beach must-visit when you’re craving Asian dishes. The menu is inspired by Chef Bee’s upbringing in Thailand and his various global trips.
If you’re headed there for dinner, be sure to get the popcorn shrimp with spicy mayo and the Thai street dumplings with oyster sauce and Thai chili.
Be sure to check out their weekend brunch. From more traditional Thai dishes like miso ramen to “traditional-ish” fusion choices like black sesame pancakes with Thai chili maple syrup, it’s one of the most exciting and unexpected brunches in town. Plus, you can never go wrong with bottomless drinks.
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