Arthur Baker's Guide Eating and Drinking in Miami During WMC
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Originally published March 2013
It’s time once again for our annual guide of where to eat and drink in Miami during Winter Music Conference and Ultra Music Festival week(s), dance music’s annual pilgrimage to this beautiful, tropical city by the sea.
Expect plenty of late night and all day dance parties with top notch DJs mixed with some serious sun lounging by the pool.
This year, we updated our list with a little help from legendary producer, DJ and Miami lover/almost local, Arthur Baker. Last year, we bumped into him at our favorite eateries, so we decided to go straight to the source this year, and ask for his Top 5 picks. Scroll down to see our full list of places to eat and drink all week too!
Arthur Baker’s Miami Picks:
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1600 Lenox Ave | www.runchickenrun.com
Yardbirds brings Southern style, comfort food to South Beach. This place serves a farm fresh menu of seasonal veggies, fried chicken, biscuits, shrimp and grits and lots of other tasty choices. They also have a full bar with bourbon, cocktails, beer and wine. Arthur suggests the brick chicken.
130 NE 40th St. | www.michaelsgenuine.com/miami
Michael’s Genuine is highly recommend for their brunch. The menu features oysters, shepherd’s pie, breakfast pizza with house smoked bacon and Florida shrimp and grits. This place is big on the whole slow food movement and supporting local farmers, and their farm to table philosophy really comes through in their dishes. The menu is always based on what’s in season and is constantly changing, so check the site or call ahead for today’s specials.
Scarpetta at Fontainebleau
4441 Collins Ave | www.fontainebleau.com
Scarpetta is a fine dining Italian restaurant in the Fontainbleau Hotel on the beach. They serve a great mix of Italian classics with a modern, seasonal twist, and all of their pastas are made in house. Arthur recommends the chef’s tasting menu.
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1424 20th St. | www.pubbellysushi.com
Pubbelly Sushi serves up a daily and seasonal selection of sushi, sashimi and Japanese inspired snacks in a relaxed pub setting. Snacks include tostones con ceviche, hamachi with jalapeno, and New England style rolls like Maine lobster with yuzu and celery. Also try the original Pubbelly next store (1418 20th St) which is an Asian-inspired gastropub with dishes like fried chicken with kimchi, steak frites with shiso bearnaise, duck and pumpkin dumplings and udon carbonara.
Las Vacas Gordas
933 Normandy Drive | www.lasvacasgordas.com
This is a proper Argentine eatery in Miami with lots of traditional grilled delicacies on the menu including steaks, blood sausage, chorizo, provoleta (grilled provolone) and grilled chicken. Arthur recommends the enrollada (skirt steak).
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3555 SW 8th St. | www.versaillesrestaurant.com
Versailles is an old school, Cuban restaurant in Little Havana. Don’t let their tagline “The World’s Most Famous Cuban Restaurant” scare you. The food is great, the portions are huge and the atmosphere is fun. It kind of feels like you’re at a banquet hall with etched mirrored walls and lots of older Cuban ladies wearing sequined blouses. Bonus: A scene from Scarface was filmed here.
3632 SW 8th St. | www.lacarreta.com
Another established Cuban restaurant with several locations throughout Miami, including the airport. We’ve only been to the location on SW 8th Street (across from Versailles), and the food was just as delicious, if not better than Versailles!
700 Collins Ave | No Website
Puerto Sagua is another old school Cuban restaurant, but this one is located right off the beach in Miami. It’s a no-frills, diner style place that stays open late and serves all your favorite Cuban classics like cubanos and chicken with yellow rice.
Lido Restaurant & Bayside Grill at The Standard Hotel
40 Island Ave. | www.standardhotels.com/miami
We love the outdoor Bayside Grill at The Standard. It’s a perfect place to chill on the dock and have a drink for happy hour at sunset, or come early for a sunny lunch by the sea. Since the hotel is also a spa expect to find a lot of light and healthy salads, appetizers, fresh sandwiches, fish and chicken dishes. They also serve tasty burgers, fries and steaks for those of you who aren’t trying to detox. Afterwards, you can take a dip in their stunning infinity pool.
5600 Biscayne Blvd. | www.andiamopizzamiami.com
We live in New York City where we have some of the best pizza in the world, but we will go on record as saying Andiamo is very, very good. We love the Vesuvio pizza with salami, hot and sweet peppers and the Capricciosa with ham and artichokes. It’s located close to the Design District, so it’s a nice change of pace from the beach and they have lots of outdoor seating.
229 14th St. | www.lasandwicherie.com
This place has been serving up delicious sandwiches and smoothies since 1998. They are open until 5am every night, so it’s also a favorite spot for late night party goers on South Beach. It gets great reviews everywhere and for good reason. Try the pate sandwich!
1111 Lincoln Rd. | www.shakeshack.com
Yep, the same one they have in New York, although surprisingly with less lines! Great burgers, shakes and fries. For those of you who have never been to Shake Shack, do yourself a favor and order a double cheeseburger and fries.
1208 Washington Ave | www.tonisushi.com
We came here years ago when we first started coming to Miami, and we always try to go back whenever we visit. Toni’s is a low-key, Japanese spot serving super fresh sushi and traditional dishes. It’s unassuming from the outside, but the vibe inside is super chill and they have semi-private booths along the sides of the restaurant that are cool for groups.
Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish Market
398 NW North River Drive | www.garciasmiami.com
Garcia’s gets their fish delivered fresh to their dockside restaurant everyday, so you know it’s always fresh and tasty. Plus it’s got a nice, chill vibe with outdoor wooden picnic tables along the Miami River where you can have a beer and enjoy your fried fish sandwich, seafood chowder and house specialties.
El Palacio De Los Jugos
5721 W Flagler St | No Website
A popular and well-known spot for fresh squeezed juices and cheap and filling Cuban food.
Mac’s Club Duece Bar
222 14th St. | No Website
Classic (and one of the last) South Beach dive bars. A must stop!
100 Collins Ave | www.theroommiamibeach.com
Small, chill and intimate bar in South Beach with a large craft beer and wine selection.