We started off the first night of our trip at Joe's Stone Crab, which was an excellent choice. The waiters were very dressed up, very attentive to our questions and their service was impeccable. It's only been these past couple of years that I've warmed up to seafood and even then, I can't eat too much without feeling sick. This was different though, I could have kept on eating all night! The lobster mac and cheese was by far my favourite.
11 Washington Ave. Miami Beach.
Chalan on the Beach was a little restaurant on the street of the apartment we had rented. We saw that it was filled with many locals so decided to pop by. I wasn't too familiar with Peruvian food and so the menu was a bit hard to navigate. We ended up asking the waitress to recommend something and I had the Pescado Al Ajillo. It was mainly fish with shrimp in a delicious sauce.
1580 Washington Ave. Miami Beach
We were shopping on Lincoln Road when I turned around and saw Shake Shack! I didn't even know they had one in South Beach. I had seen my friends eat burgers from them on Instagram and I was dying to get my hands on one! It didn't disappoint and my only regret is not going back. The shake was a lifesaver in the hot and humid Miami weather.
1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.
Tap Tap was my favourite restaurant this trip. It is a Haitian restaurant with the cutest decor. There were murals all along the wall, the chairs and tables were painted and a live band played inside. I had been eating a lot of West Indian meals with the beau lately and was craving some more. This hit just the spot!
819 5th Street, Miami Beach
We wanted to do an all you can eat brunch in Miami and after some research, it seemed like Terrazza at the Shore Club was the best bet. It was $44 for ladies and $60 for guys and all you can drink bellinis and mimosas. The guys opted for all you can drink bloody marys. They gave them a mason jar of vodka and ice and they got to make their own bloody marys at the bar! The selection was decent, there was an omelet station, a noodle station, cheese, cured meats, salads, fruits, desserts and a bunch of little bowls of steak, crispy chicken or calamari, etc. After we were full and tipsy, we were able to hop into the hotel pool. This is not a hardcore pool party but it was more calm with a DJ and a poolside bar.
1901 Collins Ave. Miami Beach.
Yardbird was named one of the 50 best new restaurants in 2012 by Bon Apetit. I was naturally excited to try out this place. The restaurant was unlike the other restaurants around South Beach, I almost felt like I was back on Ossington Street in Toronto. It had a hipster vibe and the cocktail drinks in mason jars only strengthened that feeling. The food lived up to its expectations and the grits were my favourite that night.