What’s Hot in South Florida? Top Spots in Miami by Ms Traveling Pants

Looking to escape the wintery weather this year with a visit to South Florida?  Or are you a local looking to spice up your typical routine?

Here you go, a list of top spots in one of the HOT, up and coming US culinary scenes, Bienvenido a Miami….

Must eats:

Michy’s is an excellent culinary destination with James Beard award winning, Michelle Bernstein as the Executive Chef. Native to Miami, Bernstein blends her Latin and Jewish heritage into “luxurious but approachable food.”   Michy’s is a modern bistro using local farms and seafood on Biscayne Boulevard. Talk about a foodie paradise!

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, located in the Design District as well, is the creation of Michael Schwartz.  With a relaxed, bistro feel, you can enjoy an impressive wine list in combination with foods from its wood roasted oven. Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink comes recommended by not only The New York Times, but one of my well traveled peers, @Travelogged.

Bin 18 is what Chef-Owner Alfredo Patino calls, “Roadside Mediterranean Cuisine.” Located within minutes from the Art Center, the European bistro allows its guests to explore wonderful wines and an ever-changing menu amongst its unusual decor of cement slabs on top of wine barrels.

* The Red Light, once a Chinese restaurant, has quickly turned into a budding sensation by Chef Kris Wessel. I stumbled upon this through a recommendation by another of my travel peers (via @Kcom). The menu changes weekly often featuring regional produce and seafood such as Florida spiny lobster or a wahoo fish dip.

Must see (walk, explore, rest, & perhaps eat/drink some more)

*Art Deco District – walk by the neon, pastel colored signs of the hotels lining Collins Avenue and stop in the Delano Hotel for a MIA cocktail at the Rose Bar. Don’t forget to head outside past the Blue Door Restaurant to take a peak at the pool, cabanas, and the view. (Thanks for seconding my opinion @Travelogged)

*Walk amongst the beautiful people and end at the Southern-most point of South Beach’s strip to spend a pampered, lazy day at Nikki’s beach. The ideal agenda is to grab a cabana and enjoy a pitcher of Mojitos (typical Cuban cocktail made with rum, sugar, mint, and soda water).

* Take a paseo on Lincoln Road while viewing the funky stores & art galleries including Britto and more. For a bite, perhaps stop at Pizza Rustica or Ice Box

Come and visit South Florida, where what’s hot is a combination of the weather, the people, and the culinary scene!!

If you have other favorites that I didn’t mention, please comment and share the must see / must do / must eat in Miami!

Bienvenido a Miami!

8 Comments

  1. brian says:

    Thanks for the suggestions. Got to get to Miami. Feels like I really need to do it now with all the cold weather. You’ll have alot of visitors in the next few weeks with the Pro Bowl and Super Bowls coming.

  2. Yes, South Florida is getting ready to welcome many football fans. It is going to be rather exciting.
    I have listed some of my favs in Miami, but in the next few days I will be putting something together for Fort Lauderdale as well. Stay tuned!

  3. David says:

    I was born and raised in South Florida (Fort Lauderdale/Miami), and I always used to escape to certain parks or beach areas to stargaze since there was quite a bit of light pollution in the city. Would anybody happen to know of any truly GOOD spots for stargazing in South Florida?
    Thanks.

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