Everything tastes better in the sunshine, right? We think so! We enjoyed all the food we ate on our recent trip to Miami Beach, and we already can’t wait to go back for more! In the meantime, here’s a run-down of what we ate, what we recommend, and what we’re still having food dreams about!
Thank goodness for the Tropical Beach Cafe! Surprisingly, there were not a lot of restaurants near our hotel. (Some had closed indefinitely because of COVID.) We were about a mile to a mile and a half in either direction from the vast majority of restaurants, but we’d had kind of a rough travel day (an hour and a half delay taking off from IAD, an hour in traffic from the airport, our room wasn’t ready at check-in time, you know), and we just wanted something quick.
This little Cuban hole-in-the-wall had Spanish music playing, locals clearly sitting to enjoy their usual, and a vast menu that definitely screamed “authentic!” We ordered a variety of things to-go, and it was exactly what we needed to get our trip back on track! We had the seasoned chicken with sweet plantains and fries, and the shrimp in garlic sauce with rice and salad. We went to sleep full!
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We had breakfast at this hipster-healthy cafe our first morning, and you know what I learned about myself? An oatmilk latte isn’t half bad! In all seriousness, the food was great, we left full, and I’d go back again! I had the salmon-avocado toast with eggs, and Steve had the fire egg wrap that included egg, quinoa, avocado, feta, spinach, onion, red pepper, and spicy soy ginger sauce.
More about that oatmilk latte here: The Best Coffee in Miami Beach
This little shop fits right in with the Art Deco style of Miami Beach, and their food and coffee are delicious, too! Steve and I both got sandwiches on our way to an afternoon at the beach, and I got a big ‘ol iced mocha, too!
This was the biggest breakfast we had on our trip, and after a six-mile walk-run (knowing there was still a mile and a half to go after!), we earned it! My California omelette (avocado, swiss cheese, mushroom, spinach, and tomato) was amazing, the size of the bowl of fruit was impressive, and the biscuit with strawberry jam and honey butter was to die for! Steve’s three-stack of granola pancakes was loaded with granola, oats, honey, and almonds, then topped with maple syrup.
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This was the best surprise of the trip! It was surprisingly difficult to find pizza for take-out, but we stumbled up this tiny cafe just moments before fresh pizzas made their way into the oven. It was one of the best pizzas I think we’d ever had!
But even better, we were introduced to cachitas, which are Venezuelan filled rolls! The dough was sweet and yeasty, and the insides were savory and gooey! One was filled with cheese, and the other was filled with ham and cheese! I would go back in a heartbeat just for those.
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This tiny restaurant was our last food stop of the trip, and it didn’t disappoint. They have some of the heartiest breakfast sandwiches I’ve ever seen or tasted–some of which are actually burgers with an egg on top! I got the bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich with avocado on a brioche bun, and it was amazing. Steve got the turkey burger egg sandwich, and he was delighted with his choice as well!
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