Thursday, November 10, 2011


Chicago isn't too shabby when it comes to food, but South Beach has a lot of noteworthy restaurants too. After returning from a long weekend in Miami, I thought it the perfect time to mention a few of my favorite dining spots. Below, an eater's guide to this fabulous city:

Prime 112
If you want a real scene, great people watching, and incredible food, this is the place to be. Plus, you're likely to spot a celebrity or two while you're there. Prime 112 is a true Miami hot spot and the steak is the best I've ever had. The portions are enormous so be sure to share and don't miss the bacon at the bar!

Is this not the biggest shrimp cocktail you've ever seen?
The fried oreos (to die for!!)
Nowhere else can someone get the freshest stone crabs they've ever had for the incredible price Monty's offers. After a day hanging at the beach or shopping along Ocean Drive, this is THE best place to get a drink (try the Miami Vice) and meaty stone crabs. Hit the raw bar during happy hour (4-8 PM on weekdays) to take advantage of great deals.

Barton G
Barton G. is a renowned event planner in Florida and his restaurant reflects the awe-inspiring production he's known for. While the food isn't nearly as phenomenal as Prime 112, the presentation and experience are incredibly unique. Request an outdoor table for a more romantic feel.

sashimi snow-cones
popcorn shrimp
cotton candy carousel

Big Pink
The size of Big Pink's menu rivals The Cheesecake Factory's. Owned by Myles Restaurant Group (the same folks who own Prime 112), Big Pink has any type of food you crave from omelets to pizza. Open til 5 am on weekends, it's the perfect place to get a late night bite. Check out the pink Beetle delivery cars!

Cafe Ragazzi
My favorite restaurant, Cafe Ragazzi has the yummiest Italian food in a cozy atmosphere. Located in Surfside, about 20 minutes from central South Beach, it's well worth the drive. The staff couldn't be nicer and the pizza, meatballs, and pasta fagioli are simply fantastic.

Finally, for a drink and glamorous scene, have a cocktail at Wall Lounge at W South Beach Hotel or the roof top at Gansevoort South Beach.


  1. love the pink cars ! and the shrimp cocktails! oh I love florida, I went there last year I loved it !

  2. food pictures make me soo hungry lol. I love them all! I would love to try these places

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  3. Brings back memories of our trip! Can't wait to go back!

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