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Motosport | Mar 1, 2017 12:56 PM

We recently spent a long weekend in SoBe. I was hoping to find some good steamed blue claw crabs but they were not in season. Such is life!!

We stayed at the Kimpton Surfcomber which was excellent. We had one meal at the pool and it was surprisingly good. Some of the best chicken wings I've ever had.

Their Social Club Café has great ambience but we only had drinks a couple of nights out on the patio while we watched the Ferraris and Lambos go by.

In my search for Blue Crabs we walked down Ocean Drive to CJ's Crab Shack which a 5 out of 10 for the roasted oysters and crabcakes.

We were in the mood for Crème Brulee and read menus all the way back North until we stumbled upon the Front Porch Café. We had some decent Crème Brulee on the Front Porch and felt as if we had found a pot of gold.

For breakfast each morning I walked down Collins Ave to a French café La Provence and had the absolute best Croissants ever. Even better than in Paris.

For lunch the next day we went to Sushi Samba which also has a place in Manhattan. We sat at their sidewalk café and enjoyed a few sushi rolls and miso soup which were top drawer.

Moreno's Cuban restaurant for a perfect dinner of empanadas, pulled pork and tostones.

On our walk back to the hotel we stopped at Maxine's Bistro to check out their Crème Brulee which was as good as the Front Porch but a much more generous serving.

Just up Collins Ave was a Middle Eastern café called Sultan's. We'd walked past a few times and decided to hit it up for lunch which was excellent. Sometimes those busy small places outdo the fancy restaurants. We had shish kebab, hummus and kafta kebab which all came with a nice salad and grilled pita, outstanding.

For our next supper we went to A Fish Called Avalon which was nothing short of amazing: Lobstah bisque, tuna tartare and broiled grouper for dinner. WOW!! But the (you guessed it) Crème Brulee overshadowed the whole meal. It was presented in a sort of sesame candy shell nd was the tastiest I have ever had. Spectacular service and ambience too. Our only disappointment was that we could not get an outside table as evening weather was perfect.

Our last dinner was at Thai House which was a bit off the beaten path. Superior tasty curry and seafood at a reasonable price.

I still wish I had found some steamed blue crabs!!!!!

The Front Porch Cafe,
Maxine's Bistro and Bar,
A Fish Called Avalon,
Thai House South Beach,
The Social Club,
La Provence South Beach
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