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Miami mega list: feel free to comment! (wall of text!)

CaptCrunch | Jan 11, 201501:35 PM

Hello everybody!

I will arrive in Miami on Jan 14, leaving on monday Jan 19, and I made a pretty large list of potential bars, restaurant and attractions.

Instead of the typical "please tell me what is best" I usually like to post my "short list" and invite comments (and insults? why not!).

I usually prefer local, low brow food and beverages. I live in Montreal and have access to pretty good food but your cuban, south american, caribean, central american, fast food scene is far superior to ours. I'm not looking for "the best chef in the us", I am not price adverse but I usually prefer an authentic/historic/local cheap shack than a 5 star 14 course dinner.

For the bar scene, I make cocktails myself so I am not usually impressed by cocktail bars but anything "authentic", unusual: ie craft beer, a specific cocktail history/bar, even trashy alcoholic slushy by the beach will get my interest.

As far as attractions go, I like architecture, art deco, art nouveau, vintage sites and attractions, tiki, kitch, historical places.

I am residing in south beach so I have divided miami beach and other locations.

The goal is not to do everything but to have a good list to improvise. I put asterix on the side of things that looks particularly interesting.

Sorry again for the wall of text... (!)

On Miami beach
*Cadillac hotel

•3925 Collins Avenue
•Miami beach
oHistoric US hotel, now a courtyard mariott hotel

*Fontainebleu Miami Beach
•4441 Collins Avenue
•Miami beach
oHistoric US hotel built in 1954

*Ocean Spray Hotel
•4130 Collins Avenue
•Miami beach
oArt deco hotel, built in 1937

*Ritz Carlton South beach
•1 Lincoln Road
•South beach
oIt’s the ritz carlton

The Raleigh
•1775 Collins Avenue
•South beach
oInteresting art deco hotel, Bourdain goes there

*Lincoln road
•Lincoln road
•South beach
oNice road to walk

LOLA restaurant & grill
•5555 Collins Ave
•Nortish Miami beach
•Inexpensive steamhouse, great burgers, hidden place
•Every day: 12pm to 3 pm, 6pm to 11pm
oFish and steak, great price
oBlue cheese croquettes
oChimchurri marinated chicken
oLola burger
oCreamy spinach gratin
oSweet potato fries

*Yardbird southern table and bar ($$)
•1600 Lenox Ave
•North South beach
•Week: 11h30 to 11, Fri: 11h30 to 12am, Sat 9:30 to 12am, Sun 9:30 to 11pm
oChicken and waffles
oShrimps and grits
oElvis pancakes
oBLT benedict cast iron casserole
oSmoked brisket sandwich
oBig Ol’Waffle
oChicken n’ watermelon n’ waffles
oLewellyn’s fine fried chicken
oCrunchy yardbird sandwich
oMama’s chicken biscuits
oJar of corn bread

*Taptap Haitian restaurant
•819 5th St
•South beach
•Mon-Fri: 1pm -11pm, Sat-Sun: 12pm-11pm
oGriyo (fried pork chunks)
oMalanga fritters
oPlat fritay (fried platter: akra, sweet potatoes and plantain)
oFried plantains
oStewed goat
oGrilled conch
oGrilled chicken

•661 Washington Ave
•South beach
•Peruvian, colombian
•Mon-Wed: 10am to 10pm, Thu-Sat: 10am to 12am, Sun: 11am to 10pm
oMeat, skip the seafood
oEmpenadas colombianas (deep fried fillo paties with shredded beef and potatoes)
oMazorca (corn on the cob with home spicy butter)
oBandeja Paisa (Colombian plater: steak, red beans, rice, sweet plantains, fried eggs, fried pork belly and corn cake

Puerto Sagua
•700 Collins Ave
•South beach
•All week: 7am to 2am
oRopa Vieja (shredded flank, brisket or skirt steak in tomato sauce base)
oCuban café
oFried plantains
oFried pork chunks
oFrita cubana

Latin Cafe
•441 W 41st St
•Mid Miami beach
•Mon-Fri: 8am to 8pm, Sat: 7am to 6pm, Sun: 8am to 3pm
oPapaya shake
oBeef with pepper
oSmoked pork chop
oTostones (smash fried plantains)

Café del mar
•710 Washington Ave
•South beach
•Sandwich, juice, smooties
•Always open
oNothing special but… always open

Burger and beer joint
•1766 Bay Rd
•South beach north west
•Sports bar, burger, beer
•All week: 11h30am – 12am
oDuck fat fries
oFish and chips
oHome style chili and cheese fries

Crazy Mexican Taco Bar
•1533 Washington Ave
•South beach
•All week: 11am – 9:30pm

Taste Bakery Cafe
•1686 Jefferson Ave
•South beach
•Breakfast and sandwiches
•Mon-Fri: 8am-9pm, Sat-Sun: 9am – 9pm

Joe’s Stone Crab
•11 Washington Ave
•South beach
•Seafood, bar, open since 1913
•Sun-Mon:5pm-10pm, Tue-Thu: 11h30am-2h30pm, 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat: 11h30am-2h30pm, 5pm-11pm
oCreamed spinach
oHash brown

Shake Shack
•1111 Lincoln Rd
•South beach
•Fast food
•Sun-Thu: 11h30a, to 11pm, Fri-Sat: 11h30-12h00am

*South beach tiki bar
•1505 Washington Ave
•South beach
•Tiki bar
•Mon: 5pm – 12am, Tue: closed, Wed-Thu: 5pm – 12am, Fri-Sun: 12pm – 12am
oHidden, has to walk through cheeseburger baby to get there
oHappy hour 4-8 daily

*The abbey brewing company
•1115 16th St
•South beach
•All week: 1pm – 5am
oOpen to 5am
oServe white castle burgers
oMust visit for Pat

*Wet Willies
•760 Ocean Dr
•South beach
•Trash slushy cocktails near the beach
•All week: Sun-Thu: 11am-3am, Fri-Sat: 11am – 4am
oSlushy! With Alcohol!
oHas food

*Kill your idol
•222 Espanola Way
•South beach
•NY style hipster “dive” (not really) bar
•All week: 7pm-5am
o8-10pm happy hour
oLots of art installation (punkish)

*Lost weekend
•218 Espanola Way
•South beach
•Cheap dive bar
•All week: 4pm-5am
o1$ PBR, 7$ domestic pitchers, 3$draft beer

Rose bar in the Delano hotel
•1685 Collins Ave
•South beach
•Expensive hotel bar (20$ drinks)
•Sun-Thu: 12pm – 2am, Fri-Sat: 12pm-3am
oHidden, has to walk through cheeseburger baby to get there
oHappy hour 4-8 daily

Regent cocktail club
•1690 Collins Ave
•Upper south beach (almost Miami beach)
•Speakeasy bar, located in the rear of the gale hotel
•All week: 7pm-2am
oCraft cocktail
oCocktail 16$ each

Club deuce
•222 14th St
•South beach
•Cheap dive bar
•All week: 8am-5am
oCheapest drinks in south beach

South beach Bar crawl route (1 drink each place):

No hotel:
•Start at Abbey Brewing company (1115 16th st)
•Walk 16th st to Washington avenue
•Turn right on Washington avenue
•Stop at South beach tiki bar (1505 washington avenue)
•Go south on Washington avenue
•Turn left on Espanola way
•Stop at Kill your idol (222 espanola way)
•Stop at Lost weekend (218 espanola way)
•Go to Collins avenue
•Go south to 14th street
•Turn right at 14th street
•Stop at Club deuce (222 14th street)
•Go on 14th street towards ocean drive
•Turn right on ocean drive
•Stop at Wet willies (760 ocean drive)

•Go up Collins avenue to Regent cocktail club (1690 collins avenue) and Rose bar at Delano hotel (1685 collins avenue)… two expensive-ish (15-20$ drinks) cocktail clubs where you might not want to drink

Outside Miami beach (Miami city&others)
*Arcade Odyssey
•2045 Southwest 117th Avenue
•Miami (pass Glenvar Heights, before Palmetto estates)
•Mon-Thu: 12pm – 12am, Fri-Sat: 12pm-2pm, Sun: 12pm-10pm

*Magic City Casino
•450 Northwest 37th Avenue
•West of little havanah
•10am to 5am

*Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
•3251 S Miami Ave
•Coconut grove
•Type: Museum + mansion
•9:30am to 4:30pm closed on Tuesdays

*Mai kai
•3599 N. Federal Highway
•Fort Lauderdale
•Tiki restaurant extravaganza, ultimate, uber tiki place
•Tue-Thu 5pm-9:30pm, Fri 5pm-11:30pm, Sat 4:30pm-12am, Sun 4:30pm-10pm
oArrive 1 hour before the show

Opa Loka buildings
•Around Ali Baba avenue
•North Miami, Opa Loka, near opa-loka executive airport
•11am to 10pm every day
oBuildings to see, Moorish revival buildings build in 1920s

Coral Gables City hall
•405 Biltmore Way
•Coral Gables
oMediterranean revival architecture building

Coral Gables Biltmore hotel
•1200 Anastasia Avenu
•Coral Gables
oNational historic landmark built in 1926

*Food truck invasion
•January 15: Bob Graham Movie night at BGEC PTSA 15901 NW 79 Ave 9 (in Miami Lakes, NW of Hialeah, south of country club)
•January 16: Westwind Lakes Park, kendall west, west of Olympia Heights, past Coral Gables
•January 17: Magic City Casino: 450 NW 37th Ave, between little havanah and Miami international airport
•Type: Foodtruck extragavanza
•Jan 15: 4pm à 8h30
•Jan 16; 6pm à 9pm
•Jan 17: 5pm à 10pm

*El Palacio de los jugos
•5721 W Flager St between NW 57th CT and S Red Rd
•South of Miami International Airport
•Type: Cuban street food
•Opens at 8am, closes at 9pm except on Sundays (8 pm)
oFresh juice
oCuban food
oBring cash

*Chayito’s Fritanga
•6153 SW 8th St
•West Miami, south of Miami international airport
•Nicaraguan food
•11am to 8pm, closed sundays
oQueso frito
oCarne asada
oNicaraguan Fritanga
oGallo Pinto

*Royal Castle
•2700 NW 79th St
•Gladeview, just before Hialeah
•Historic burger restaurant, open since 1950

•3555 SW 8th St
•Miami central (ish?)
•Historic Cuban restaurant, open for 40 years
•Mon-Thu: 8am-1:00am, Fri: 8am – 2:30am, Sat: 8am-3:30am, Sun: 9am-1am
oFriend plantains
oBlack beans

*S&S Diner
•1757 NE 2nd Ave
•Miami, just leaving Daytona beach by venetian causeway
•Miami’s oldest diner since 1938
•Mon: closed, Tue-Fri: 7h30am-6pm, Sat:7h30am-5pm, Sun:7h30am-3pm
oCorned beef hash

*Chef Creole
•200 NW 54th St
•Miami (near miami beach)
•Creole food
•Mon-Sat: 10:30am – 11h00PM
oConch fritters
oFried shrimps

*El Rey de las fritas
•1821 SW 8th St
•Miami (little havana?)
•Cuban food
•All week: 8am-10h30pm

Sweet Dogs
•4749 SW 8th St
•In west miami
•Type: Signature hot dogs
•11am to 10pm every day
oHot dog

Super subs
•6380 Bird Rd
•In Coral Terrace (west of coral groves)
•Type: Subs
•9am to 8pm every day except Sundays, where its 10 to 5

Area Code 55
•16375 Biscayne Blvd
•North Miami beach
•Type: Brazilian steakhouse
•12 to 10pm every day
oPan de queso (cheese bread)
oThey have a 20$ lunch special (12 selection of meats!)

El Taquito
•3410 Main Hwy
•Between south Miami and Coral gables
•Type: Tacos
•Don’t know… says “late night”
oSteak tacos
oAl pastor

Tinta y Café
•268 SW 8th St
•Brickell (south Miami)
•Type:Cuban café and sandwich
•Don’t know… says “late night”
oSteak tacos
oAl pastor

LoKal Burger & beer
•3190 Commodore Plz
•Between south Miami and Coral gables
•Type:Burgers and beer
•12pm to 10pm
oKey lime pie
oSweet potato fries

La Patagonia Argentina
•4802 NW 7th St
•West Miami, south of Miami international airport
•Argentinian grill
•Mon to thu 11:30am to 10pm, Fri-Sat 11h30am to 11pm, sun 12pm to 10pm
oPollo santa cruz (chicken with spinach and potatoes)
oParilla (steak-ish)
oEntrana (grilled skirt steak)

Jalito Taqueria Mexicana
•3622 W Flagler St
•South of Miami international airport
•Mexican food
•Mon to thu 9am to 10pm, Fri-Sat 9am to 11pm, sun 9am to 10pm
oTacos el pastor

Kush Wynwood
•2003 N Miami Ave
•Miami downtown, just out of Miami beach venetian causeway
•Burgers and beer
•Sun, Mon to tue 12pm to 11pm, Wed-Tue: 12pm to 12 am, Fri-Sat 12pm to 1am, sun 9am to 10pm
oFrita Burger

Arbetter’s hot dogs
•8747 SW 40th St
•Past coral terrace, before Olympia heights
•Historic hot dog restaurant, open since 1959
•Sun-Thu: 10h30am to 8h30pm, Fri-Sat: 10h30a, to 9pm
oHot dogs
oCash only

Frankie’s pizza
•9118 SW 40th St
•Past coral terrace, before Olympia heights
•Miami’s oldest pizza joint since 1955
•All week: 11am-10pm
oGarlic rolls

Walter’s coffee shop
•17009 S Dixie Hwy
•Past palmetto bay
•Familly owned for 55 years
•All week: 5h30am-2h30pm, except Sundays, when it starts at 6am.
oBiscuits and gravy
oCorn beef hash
oCash only

Chick Fill A
•3995 Northwest 107th Avenue
•Fast food
•Don’t know
oFried chicken

Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen
•5534 Northwest 7th Avenue
•Miami (little Haiti?)
•Fast food
•Don’t know
oFried chicken

Bolivar Restaurant Bar,
Puerto Sagua Restaurant,
Latin Cafe 2000 - Lejeune,
Latin Cafe 2000,
Taste Bakery Cafe,
Abbey Brewing Company,
Sweet Dogs,
El Taquito,
Tinta Y Cafe,
Royal Castle,
Chef Creole,
La Patagonia Argentina Restaurant,
Fritanga Monimbo,
El Rey De Las Fritas
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