Hi Miami chowhounds,
I’m turning to you for help after spending a lot of time researching. We are 5 people converging from LA, Chicago, and Boston for a week next Thursday. Mostly adventurous, like spicy, interesting, casual food. Although I am willing to organize my trip around food, not all of my family will. So I’m wondering if in addition to commenting on my choices, you can help think about location. We are staying in a condo the design distict/wynwood area. Many thanks in advance for your help.
Thursday –Arrive mid-day, thought we could go to Sakaya Kitchen for a close by, quick lunch or maybe Gigi; not sure about dinner. I have to do an airport pick up at 6:30. Is there anything interesting around the airport or in route? I heard about las Canarias Restaurant? Is it worth going to? Also do you know if there’s market with good produce around DD/W to stock the condo?
Friday–We may go to Bill Baggs State Park/cape Florida lighthouse for beaching and kayaking. I heard there’s a casual, good fish restaurant Boater’s Grill/no name Bay? Is it worth going to? Is there something better around here? If we are using a day for beaching, (beside some time at Lummus park—son’s a volleyball player and hoping to see some), would it be better to go to Biscayne National Park and Vizcaya Gardens. What are good places to eat around there?
Saturday— I’m thinking brunch at Sustain or Crumb or Buena Vista Bistro/Bakery. Which is the best choice? I made a reservation for xmas eve at Catina 27. They were very nice on the phone; they seem to get good recs on this board. Is this a good choice or are there better ones? Not looking to spend a fortune.
Sunday xmas—dinner reservation at Hakkassan. I know it’s expensive. What are standout dishes?
Monday— we’re thinking about an Everglades/Key West day trip. Is this feasible in a long day? If so, what are the best food options for lunch on the way from the everglades to Key West and dinner in Key West?
Tuesday—We have early lunch reservations at Michael’s Genuine; dinner is up in the air. I thought maybe we’d take a river boat ride and have dinner at Garcias? Or maybe we should go to the TapTap. Is this more of a lunch place? Can we see little Haiti in the evening, in an hour or does it take longer and is better to do during the day?
Wednesday—daytime in little Havana; thought we’d check out one of these: la rey de las fruitas or casa juanchoor or la Carreta. What is their relative deliciousness? We’re going to Sra Martinez for dinner and would appreciate knowing any special dishes to order?
Some other places I’m interested in:
Yakko San—sounds great, supposed to have ½ price lunch in December. Which part of town is it in?
Michy’s —seems to be far away from most tourist sites.
1st and 1st southern baking company—is it worth going out of our way to have breakfast here?