I took the suggestions from various posts of chow-worthy restaurants in the Miami area, and I want to report back on our dining experiences. We stayed at the Trump Sonesta, so our breakfasts were Manhattan Bakery across the street. The cafe con leche was good, but one morning, I found grinds at the bottom. The fish empanada was really yummy. The beef empanada had a rich flavor.
One night, we had dinner close by at Timo's, which was surprisingly better than we expected given its location and a post I read. We had the scallops starter, and I had the yellowtail snapper - both were executed well.
We also had dinner at Wish, which was everything that people described. The dishes were creative. I had the battered shrimp with kimchi watermelon and the snapper (again) with chinese sausage and sticky rice. Both dishes had an Asian-influence. My boyfriend's dishes were really good to me, but I forget now what they were. One note about The Hotel: we had drinks at the Spiral Roof-bar. We watched the hip-hop gatherers walk by below. This was my favorite bar b/c it was less crowded than others. We went also to the Delano and the Shore Club - both very chic.
We drove down to Key West, and we stopped for a strawberry-key lime milkshake at Robert is Here. This was soooooo yummy. The key lime gave it just the right amount of bite. When we got to Key West, we had dinner at Cafe Marquessa. The meal was worth the drive. I had the shrimp bisque and mahi-mahi. My boyfriend had the grouper. If we ever come back to Key West, we promised ourselves a meal here. In general, Key West was not much of our scene. We also looked around for Louie's backyard but couldn't find it.
Next time we're in Miami, we want to try Ola and Blue Door.