Biking around Miami offers some of the most gorgeous vistas you’ll ever see, but there’s also an opportunity to visit some of the many fine restaurants the city has. If you’re the adventurous type, here are some of the best South Beach restaurants to point yourself towards.
Big Pink / 157 Collins Avenue / With a lively atmosphere and early morning service, this SoFi diner attracts an interesting mix of locals and tourists who will want to share a plate or two of the oversized portions, addictive sweet potato fries and spicy breakfast burritos.
Eos / 485 Brickell Avenue / Breakfast service overlooking the Miami River begins at 7am at Dine high atop the pool deck at the quirky Viceroy Hotel in the heart of the Financial District today.
Oceanaire Seafood Room / 900 South Miami Avenue / The decidedly upscale Brickell Village sustainable seafood spot replaced Chef Sean Bernal with a junior member of his team and we find we’re still crazy about the food, the service and the whip smart staff. Participating in Miami Spice every night, now is the time to check out Oceanaire.
Azul / 500 Brickell Key/ Miami’s summer heat makes chefs restless. Chef Clay Conley recently announced a new venture in Palm Beach and will be departing Azul next month so run (don’t walk) to the delicious dining room at the Mandarin Oriental to sample the finest Florida seafood, house made pastas and delicate desserts before Clay flies up north for the season. Miami Spice dinners available Monday through Friday.
Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill / 3250 NE First Avenue / Midtown’s most successful restaurant launch has got to be Sugarcane where the cold sushi meets the hot tapas and lets diners craft a meal of small and large plates to pair with house specialty cocktails that make everything (and everyone) go down easy. With 4,200 square feet of indoor and outdoor mingling space, you’re sure to meet Mr. or Ms. Right before the night is through.
The Forge / 432 Arthur Godfrey Road / Chef Dewey LoSasso may have been thoughtfully under the radar during the first months of the renovated Forge’s reopening, but he’s definitely spreading his wings with his Thursday night three-course wine pairing dinners. The set menu changes weekly with the fresh produce of the market and costs $55 plus tax and tip. Sommelier Gino Santangelo pours 3 glasses of perfectly matched wines from the restaurant’s impressive cellar.
Nikki Beach Club / 1 Ocean Drive / If you can work your way past the dilemma of an all-you-can-eat brunch at a place where many patrons are fit, trim, tan and nearly bare, then belly up to the buffet at Nikki where an impressive spread of morningtime treats plus seafood, salads and pasta awaits you. The beach front location and Sunday party atmosphere make this an ideal destination.
Burger & Beer Joint / 1766 Bay Road / Chances are you’re not hungry enough to order the 10 pound burger served up by a parade of hacksaw wielding waiters who heft the large platter all through the restaurant, but the hope that SOMEONE might order one brings us back to South Beach’s gourmet beef spot hoping to catch the ruckus one more time. Enjoy juicy beef, fish or veggie burgers, thick onion rings and a lively crowd.