Cliktrips likes the beach, palm trees, mountain hikes, desertscapes, forest walks, the jungle, tropical islands, swimming pools, lake swims, rocky seaside cliffs, sunsets, soundbaths, hot tubs, the occasional cold plunge, bicycle rides, road trips, spritzes of all kinds, lots of snacks and the colors pink and green. Cliktrips also enjoys late night techno parties, balearic rooftop hangs, weird weekenders, tropical sounds, trippy disco, and dancing ‘til dawn.

 

Arthur Baker's Guide Eating and Drinking in Miami During WMC

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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Yardbirds

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.

Michael’s Genuine

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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Pubbelly Sushi

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).

OUR MIAMI PICKS

Versailles

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.

La Caretta

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!

Puerto Sagua

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.

Andiamo Pizza

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.

La Sandwicherie

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!

Shake Shack

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.

Toni’s Sushi

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!

The Room

100 Collins Ave | www.theroommiamibeach.com

Small, chill and intimate bar in South Beach with a large craft beer and wine selection.

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