The fridge is empty and you have no desire to go grocery shopping. Luckily, Miami is brimming with world class restaurants. With dining options that vary from farm to the sea, the hunger pains surely won’t last long. Miami is well known for its vast ethnic diversity, and the gastronomic selection reflects that multiculturalism. From fine steaks to authentic Cuban specialties, you’ll find it somewhere in town. Below, you’ll find a few of the best spots in town to grab a bite to eat.
Tropical Chinese is the real deal. This South Florida establishment offers authentic and traditional Chinese cuisine, including a popular Sunday afternoon dim sum. Tropical Chinese is located in an unassuming strip mall, just across from Tropical Park (the site of Santa’s Enchanted Forest). The best way to an enjoyable Tropical Chinese experience is to dine family style. Order one (or a few) of everything for the table-you’ll get to experience every flavor, while quickly finding your favorites.
If you want a laid-back, yet trendy spot on South Beach, the News Café is the place to head. Opened in 1988, the owner (who has since opened several other successful restaurants around Miami) started with a few tables, several bookshelves and a newspaper stand. Currently, the restaurant boasts a sprawling sidewalk café, newsstand and gift shop full of interesting finds. From breakfast served 24 hours a day to a roast duck pizza to crab cakes, you’re sure to find something on the menu that suits your taste. After dessert, be sure to check out the shop’s wide selection of beautiful Miami-themed coffee-table books.
If you find yourself in South Florida during stone crab season (October 15th – May 15th), a stop at Joe’s Stone Crabs on South Beach is absolutely-repeat, absolutely-mandatory! This former lunch counter opened in 1913. Joe’s Stone Crab is more than a seafood restaurant; it’s a Florida landmark and institution. Joe’s started out as nothing more than a humble seafood stall on the beach, and has evolved into a prestigious restaurant, well-known around the world. The stone crab claws dish is to credit for Joe’s fame. Although Joe’s serves a very wide range of seafood, this is the dish you will want to try if you are looking for the ultimate Joe’s experience. Cheap it is not, but if you are looking for a dining experience with a genuine history, and quality dishes, this is one restaurant you do not want to miss.
Mint is a 52-story condominium tower located in downtown Miami’s exclusive Riverfront urban development – the only gated community of its kind in the heart of the city. This is no mirage, this is Mint.