hink back to the scene from Scarface filmed on Miami’s seafront. Beautiful women, cyclists, skaters, hundreds of bars, exclusive restaurants and venues: the place you have in mind is Ocean Drive on the Atlantic coast, one of the most famous streets in the world. It faces a beach lined with palms and dotted with lifeguards’ huts, while all around stand the unmistakable buildings of the Art Deco District.
As you walk past a hotel, a restaurant, a boutique or a Hollywood-style villa, you cannot help feeling hopelessly fat – everyone is in perfect form – and possibly a bit poorer than average. But don’t let that daunt you, here are some tips for finding out the best places to eat in Miami without spending a fortune.
Places to eat in Miami up to €25
The new Metropolitan by COMO hotel on Collins Avenue is totally designed by Paola Navone, the Italianissima Archistar, who is highly acclaimed in the US. It is perfect for enjoying the hotel facilities even as non-residents, like us. At the Gin Bar and Traymore restaurant you can choose from 40 different gin labels (from eight to 18 euros).
The rooftop spa is imbued with a holistic spirit, with its ocean view and exposure to all the elements: it goes under the name of COMO Shambhala Urban Escape and offers locally grown organic produce. And since the byword in Miami is “healthy”, you can still keep to your budget and choose one of the therapeutic wellness juices (around €10), a kind of magical potion for eliminating water retention, made from cucumber, parsley, celery, fennel, pear and mint. Alternatively, go for a dish such as “Marinated chicken skewers with assorted grains, dried fruit and nut salad with tahini yogurt sauce” (around €18 euro).
Also on Collins Avenue, on Thursday evening, try dropping in at the STK Miami Beach, which has just launched its Lip Service Party in the lounge area, a rather special happy hour that continues into the night: drinks are priced at $5. The trendiest are Flower Power: Fernet Branca and St. Germain.
Places to eat in Miami from €25 to €50
To enjoy the breathtaking night-time view from the Traymore Restaurant you have to be prepared to part with a few more euros. Here you can try the best seasonal Florida fish recipes by chef Joan Loaisiga: for about €32 Euros ($36) you can enjoy a dozen East and West Coast oysters, pomegranate mignonette, aji amarillo and horseradish.
At number 1685, take in the Deco atmosphere of the Delano South Beach hotel and get dazzled by the all-white furnishings. Go upstairs to the Rose Bar and order a Provence cocktail, made from Absolut Elyx, Lavender and Lemon (€18) together with a plate of House-made chips (€14). All the Italian-style food of this iconic hotel is produced under the supervision of chef Jason Bamford, while the main restaurant is Bianca, which certainly lives up to its name. Your budget will allow you to try whatever first course you fancy: spaghetti with tomato sauce ($25 dollars, approximately €22) or with squid ink ($32 dollars, about €28) or pappardelle with a Bolognese sauce.