My husband and I are going on a Caribbean cruise leaving from Ft. Lauderdale. We plan to spend a few days in Miami beforehand and are looking for some good chow. I prefer local gems to tourists traps. No need to return to Joe's Stone Crab. We visited about 6 years ago and really enjoyed Cuban food and some of the local seafood (my husband loves Grouper).
We are visiting from Seattle so we'd really love some of the local cuisine. As far as price, lots of moderate options, maybe $50 pp not including tax and tip. Also cool coffee shop recs are welcome too. Is International News still around? Not sure where we are staying yet, but probably South Beach. Last time we stayed at Loews and loved the location close to Lincoln Mall. We'll probably have a car, so not confined to that immediate area. I remember liking the Coconut Grove neighborhood too.
We also want a lunch option in Ft. Lauderdale since we need to be on the ship at 3:30 pm.
Thanks for any suggestions on dining or lodging.