My husband and I will be staying in South Beach for 5 days over New Year's. While we imagine it is going to be crazy for the holiday, it is a priority for us to hit as many exciting food spots as possible. I've been searching this board for a couple of days, and trying to find good food blogs and trustworthy recommendations, but I need some help with refinement.
Here's my list of potentials:
Michael's Genuine - seems like not to be missed from what I read here and elsewhere?
Michy's or Sra. Martinez. - Any recs between the two? What are the salient differences?
Talula - I think I've mostly read good things
Joe's Stone Crab - Will probably do the takeout, since I'm not into waiting for hours...
Latin American Cafeteria
Other Cuban options = Versailles? ISlas Canarias? El Rey de Las Fritas? ?
Here's a little more about what we're looking for to help with the recs. I know this doesn't really help, but we are ambitious and adventurous eaters and just want to try the places a local would say shouldn't be missed.
We probably will skip most Asian places unless they come very highly recommended (we get enough of that at home). We will want to do no more than one fine dining type place (i.e. $100 per person or more, tasting menu type of place) and maybe one or two upscale, casual, artisan food type of places (like I believe Michael's Genuine to be?). We'll definitely want hole in the walls, casual, cheap places for lunch and even for dinner. Suggestions for delis and the like are very welcome.
Oh and at this time we do not have a rental car, but I'm starting to think we may need to, so don't hesitate to recommend restaurants that are not at the beach (but I appreciate geographic tips, as I'm still trying to get familiar with the areas and whether the distance equates to a reasonable taxi ride or should use a rental if we only get one for a day or two).
Thanks in advance!