Where to Eat After a Day at the Beach
by galena mosovich
Ravenous after a day on the sand? Here are some of Miami Beach’s best après beach meals.
Yellowfin tuna burrito and signature lime-spiced popcorn from My Ceviche.
After braving the surf or basking in the powerful Miami sun, it’s just a matter of time before hunger strikes (vitamin D is known to increase the appetite). When it does, there are a handful of fantastic spots on the beach that elevate casual cuisine to an art, and they don’t mind if you show up with a little sand in your sandals. Below, we’ve picked the best dish from each.
Just four blocks from the Atlantic Ocean in South Beach, My Ceviche operates out of a tiny doorway and boasts an impressive menu with big flavors for fast and healthy meals. As the name implies, ceviche reigns supreme here, with fresh wild-caught fish from local fishermen. We particularly love the “build your own” ceviche bowl made with coconut jasmine rice, coconut-style sauce (Florida citrus juices with coconut water, avocado, jalapeños, cilantro, red onions, and radishes), and a protein-packed combo of fish, shrimp, and octopus. 235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-397-8710
BOOKS & BITES
The grilled organic tofu wrap at The Café at Books & Books.
The sport of record on Lincoln Road is people watching, and there’s no better place to do that than The Café at Books & Books. Walk off the beach, grab a table, and enjoy the show. To stay on your toes, we recommend the grilled organic tofu fajita wrap, with caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, avocado salsa, and sweet mustard sauce wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla with roasted corn salad as a complement. 927 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-695-8898
Walk (or bike) right up to the roadside La Sandwicherie. Bicycle courtesy of the Surfcomber’s Public Bike Program.
Belly up in your bikini or board shorts to the outdoor counter at the legendary La Sandwicherie, a French-owned and decidedly beachy eatery where the turkey and Camembert cheese sandwich is served on one of Miami’s best baguettes and topped with your choice of hearty portions of lettuce, tomatoes, green and hot peppers, black olives, onions, cucumbers, or cornichons (French pickles), and then doused with a shot of La Sandwicherie’s vinaigrette dressing. Although it’s hotly debated, this is our best bet for curbing beach-day cravings. The food is so good, you may even leave with an extra jar of cornichons and a bottle of vinaigrette. 229 14th St., Miami Beach, 305-532-8934
SALAD A GO-GO
A convenient hot spot for South Beach’s health-conscious, Go-Go Fresh Food has an immense menu of fresh and delicious bites as well as indoor and outdoor seating. The cranberry chicken mini salad— breast meat mixed with cranberries, celery, walnuts, and a touch of mayonnaise—gives you greens, protein, and a delightful mix of fruit. Mandarin orange slices and fresh house-made Asian dressing add an exotic flair. Still hungry? Add the signature baked-to-order Go-Go empanadas to your meal—there are more than a dozen varieties representing nearly every kind of cuisine. 926 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305-673-3137
Organic kale Caesar salad with salmon from IceBox Cafe.
Miami’s most active locals can often be found in the hip Sunset Harbour neighborhood, paddleboarding in Biscayne Bay, sweating their way through boot camp, or raising their heart rate with spinning or yoga. All of the action is just steps away from IceBox Cafe’s fantastic kale Caesar, an indulgent post-workout dish with organic kale, cherry tomatoes, Grana Padano (semi-aged hard Italian cheese), and housemade Caesar dressing. Wild salmon is our pick for a protein add-on. Take it to go for a meal by the marina. 1855 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, 305-538-8448
LET’S TALK TACOS
Todd Erickson at Huahua’s Taqueria.
Take a seat in the shade under Huahua’s Taqueria’s umbrellas and order the refreshing elote, the eatery’s grilled Mexican sweet corn on the cob, smothered with spicy mayo, Cotija cheese (Mexican cow’s milk cheese), and cilantro. Follow that up with a set of three chili-rubbed shrimp tacos. Huahua’s puts a nice char on the crustaceans, which are then paired with crisp jicama, lime, cilantro, cabbage, and spicy mayo. Top the tacos with any of the delicious, fiery housemade hot sauces, and the beach will seem cool by comparison. 1211 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-534-8226
photography by felipe cuevas (my ceviche); gesi schilling (la sandwicherie); jipsy castillo (erickson); nichole franzen photography (kale caesar)
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