Located on the Atlantic coast in the southeastern state of Florida is the city of Miami. It is known as a major center and a leader in the sectors of finance, commerce, culture, media, entertainment and the arts. A few years ago, it had the distinction of being adjudged as the cleanest city in the United States because of its good air quality, expansive open and green areas, the clean streets, the potable drinking water and the recycling programs that the entire city is implementing. It is also known as the Cruise Capital of the World, as it is the number one cruise passenger port in the world, hosting some of the world’s largest cruise ships, and serving the most number of cruise lines and passengers.
The cosmopolitan city is also renowned for its ethnic diversity. And with this melting pot of different cultures comes the variety of eating options. Miami has a lot of restaurant options, from Cuban to steaks and Chinese. Below is a list of the top ten best restaurants in Miami.
1. Joe’s Stone Crabs
Joe’s Stone Crabs has become a Miami institution since its opening in 1913. Located at the end of South Beach along Washington Avenue, the restaurant serves up some of the best tasting seafood in the city. Stone crab season usually lasts from 15 October to 15 May, and the restaurant claims to have discovered this delicacy. It also serves steaks, ribs and chicken, and their hash browns are as famous as their stone crabs. And if you live far from South Florida, Joe’s Direct can ship you your craving of crab claws while in season. Prepare to wait, however, as the lines can be long. They do not accept reservations either.
You come here to watch people and to be seen as well. The restaurant has a pretty innovative menu, but it can be quite pricey. But what you are actually paying for in this restaurant is the magnificent view of Biscayne Bay. Located inside the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Brickell Key, the restaurant offers an outstanding wine list that is one of the best in the city. The list has over 700 labels listed and has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence three times.
3. News Café
Located at the corner of Ocean Drive and 8th Street, News Café is a restaurant known for its whole-day breakfast offerings. Its specialties include the eggs Florentine, smoked salmon bagel and buttermilk pancakes. It also offers some decadent desserts involving strawberries and champagne. It also sits right in front of the ocean, making it a great place to watch other people. Laidback and trendy, you can also read to your heart’s delight the restaurant’s outstanding collection of both national and international publications.
4. Capital Grille
The Miami branch of Capital Grille offers an outstanding selection of prime beef cuts. It also has an outstanding wine list. And if you cannot decide, the restaurant has experts who can assist you in choosing the best wine in the selection. It also has desserts to die for. The price may be on the high side, however, and you will be well advised to make a reservation.
5. Café Prime Pasta
The one located in Miami Beach is probably one of the best Italian restaurants in the city. Café Prime Pasta offers homemade pasta, chicken and veal. The restaurant has actually won top awards from surveys of the best restaurants in Miami.
6. Tobacco Road
This is the oldest bar in the city, as it has operated continuously since 1912. Just a heads up…this is not a fine dining place. Nor is this a place for healthy snacks and meals. The restaurant has actually served as a gambling den, gay bar, and strip joint in the past. Despite its checkered history, there is no denying its great burgers. The restaurant also has a Lobster Night, Ribs Night and a Steak Night, all of which come with a minimum of two drinks. The live blues music makes Tobacco Road a place to experience.
7. Shorty’s Bar-B-Q
This is barbeque at its best. The price is amazingly affordable, though you should not expect anything fancy in this place. Customers here eat with their hands, with condiments that come out by squeezing plastic bottles. Definitely old-style, and its ambiance is further highlighted by the use of wooden benches. It has four branches, though the original one along South Dixie Highway is probably still the best.
8. Tropical Chinese
Located in a strip mall along Bird Road is probably the best Asian restaurant in the city of Miami. Tropical Chinese offers authentic Chinese food and the best dim sum in the area. The great taste is complemented by prompt and attentive service from its staff and a relaxed atmosphere that is typical of any restaurant in South Florida. It may get crowded during the weekends, however, so schedule your visit properly.
9. Perricone’s Marketplace
Perricone’s Marketplace is an extremely popular restaurant that serves classic Italian food in the heart of downtown Miami. The restaurant provides a great ambiance with its garden café providing the location for outdoor dining. Try out their specialty food, like its homemade potato gnocci and cioppino. These can be eaten like good old-fashioned thick Italian sandwiches. They also have outstanding homemade pasta. It may be quite difficult to get a table during evenings, however, so try to secure a reservation. Also, check out the restaurant’s Italian marketplace for some irresistible and hard to find Italian goods.
10. The Palm
The Palm is the classic steakhouse restaurant. The restaurant serves a variety of fine beef and lobsters, as well as some other specialties. The Palm also features a sophisticated, yet romantic, ambiance. It also has quite a homey atmosphere, with the food attendants remembering even tiny details of a customer’s life. They also have an amazing cheesecake dessert that they fly in straight from the Big Apple.
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