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Calling all Local Foodies! First trip to Miami ... how does my restaurant itinerary look?

popchow | Feb 17, 2010 09:45 AM

Thanks so much for reading my post!

Two days ago, a close friend of mine surprised me with a trip to Miami for my upcoming birthday in a few weeks (I've never been to So. Florida but have been dying to go ... so excited!).

I spent the good part of yesterday reviewing all the chow blogs and various websites to bring me up to speed on Miami restaurants. Given the limited time I have (I leave the week after next) and the complete unfamiliarity with the Miami area, I would definitely appreciate any input, advice, suggestions you have with the tentative itinerary I've come up with below.

Just a couple of specifics:
1. We'll mainly be located around the South Beach area but we'll rent a car so I'm willing to travel outside to noteworthy destinations
- We're coming from SF and have been to most of the top-rated restaurants here (all types of cuisine) . For Miami, I'm particularly interested in local cuisine that I wouldn't be able to experience at home (e.g. Cuban, Caribbean food). Anything else?
2. We're not looking for anything super-pricey or formal but would like a combination of a fancy destination places as well as very casual eateries/take-outs).
3. Please let me know if there is too much overlap in my itinerary below (e.g. cuisine or experience would be too similar with other restaurants listed or from what I can find in SF) or if there's anything in particular I should know (e.g. not a good neighborhood or best time to go).

Itinerary (over three days)
1. Michael's Genuine (have resos for dinner and Sunday brunch) - which is better?
2. Michy's
3. Joe's Take Away (heard that stone crabs are a MUST when in season)
4. La Sandwicherie
5. Cuban restaurant - I'm unfamiliar with cubano food so could would appreciate suggestions (I've narrowed it down to Puerto Sagua, Versailles, El Palacio de los Jugos or Little Havana Restaurant) - any one of these clearly stand out over the others?

Should I replace any of these? Or have I missed an absolutely MUST-HIT place? I came across Sra. Martinez, which seems great too but we have a lot of tapas/Spanish places in SF so I'm willing to skip it.

Thanks in advance!

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