By Ashley Brozic | August 5, 2015 | Food & Drink
Whether it’s 7 am or 7 pm, Miami Beach’s culinary scene is always happening, and it's entirely possible to eat your way through the city in just one day, indulging in everything from classic comfort foods to artfully displayed Spanish dishes. Here’s a guide that will keep you satisfied through an entire 24-hour binge.
The vibe: Part patisserie, part boulangerie, part salumeria, Market at Edition proves that chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten can do a simple South Beach restaurant just right. (Then again, did we ever doubt him?) With white marble floors, wicker and wooden café chairs, and lavish food stations that serve everything from fresh cuts of charcuterie to decadent pastries, this laid-back eatery may be the perfect place for a quick midweek breakfast or a casual weekend feast.
Try this: Opt for an organic egg white omelet with spinach and goat cheese, and pair it with a dish of croissants and Danishes. Recently, Market added a grab-and-go station with light yogurts, cold-pressed juices, and more. 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-257-4600
The vibe: When you're craving modern Italian fare in a lush, sophisticated setting, Bianca at the Delano has a seat waiting. If the weather permits, sit outside on Bianca's terrace, which overlooks this iconic hotel's eclectic garden and pool, and order yourself a glass from the lengthy wine menu. Lunch is served seven days a week, but most notable is Bianca's weekend brunch served from 11 am to 4 pm.
Try this: Leaving unsatisfied is not an option here, where the menu boasts of delectable starters, hearty pastas, and meaty entrees. Start your table off with an order of burrata and prosciutto served on a rustic slab. Continue your meal with pasta carbonara, or go big with the all natural sirloin bistecca—a delicately grilled meat paired with roasted shallots and crispy truffle potatoes. 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-5752
The vibe: Tucked inside the Hotel Croydon, The Tavern offers an artful and intimate reprieve from South Beach's hustle. With mismatched tiles, lush tufted seating, and amusing chalkboard illustrations covering the walls, The Tavern has an eclectic midday dining setting with a lengthy menu of comfort dishes. Happy hour runs daily from 3 to 7pm, when select beer and wine and food items are available at exclusive prices.
Try this: The Tavern's menu lists dinner classics like burgers, sandwiches, pastas, and salads. Go for something simple like the chili flake-sprinkled calamari, and complete your meal with the chicken picatta, sautéed in lemon butter sauce and served with angel hair pasta. 3720 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-938-1145
The vibe: Going out for sushi is always an event, but having it at Morimoto is something out of this world. Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto mixes Japanese and Western ingredients to form a menu that satisfies the most discerning palate, in an atmosphere that is upscale, intimate, and never without the right kind of buzz.
Try this: Begin your night with the Morimoto Sashimi or Ceviche, and complete it with something hearty, like the Duck Duck Duck dish or the 16-oz. Wagyu ribeye. Have some simple rolls of Morimoto's sushi and sashimi—some of South Beach's freshest—on the side. 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-341-1500
The vibe: STK is the kind of restaurant that will either start off your night splendidly, or star brightly as the sole occasion. It's a cave of culinary excellence, with waves of lively music and swarms of heel-clad women and blazer-adorned men setting up a glamorous dining scene. Since its reopening in March, it's given South Beach's dining crowd a place to go when they want to enjoy a chili-rubbed rack of lamb or glazed short rib, along with a lively, loud audience.
Try this: As the name might suggest, STK prides itself on its meat cuts; start with beef tartare before a nice cowboy rib steak or a porterhouse. You haven't lived until you've tried the jalapeño cheddar grits, but save room for banana cream pie in a jar for dessert. 2311 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-604-6988
The vibe: Dark, sultry, and never without an empty booth, The Regent Cocktail Club is the perfect place to head for a nightcap or an artfully mixed precursor to a night out. This classic, speakeasy-style bar transports you back to Havana in the 1940s and offers classic cocktails muddled with Latin influences. There's live music Monday through Thursday, from soft rock to Latin jazz and flamenco to blues. Grab yourself a partner and enjoy South Beach's classier side.
Try this: The cocktail list changes constantly, so be prepared for new libations every week, especially if you veer off menu and ask your bartender to whip up something special. Gale, 1690 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-975-2555
The vibe: Located in the always-bustling Catalina Hotel, this eatery is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and offers a robust menu of small and large plates, pizzas, burgers, salads, pastas, and sandwiches. Although not everything is served at all hours, the breakfast is, and Maxine's offers many different versions of waffles to try, from Nutella-covered to bacon-topped. The restaurant is always packed with locals and travelers alike.
Try this: You can't go wrong with American and Italian classics, so order a late-night pizza for your table, and maybe a breakfast waffle for yourself. 1756 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-3527
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