Making it up as I go along -- Miami Beach

  • slimnmuscly

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    Nov 30, 2010 3:21 PM GMT
    Hi all: Long shot I know, but I'm heading to Miami Beach tomorrow for Art Basel and all the other fairs, and my bosses -- I'm a newspaper writer -- also want me to come back with some kind of travel story.

    I've had zilch time to research/prepare so this will be done totally on the fly, and of course I'll be asking people at the fairs, but if anybody can recommend places to eat/shop/drink (they can be gay but don't have to be) -- ideally concentrated nearish the convention center -- I'm all ears.

    Sending me off to Fort Lauderdale won't work, but if there's some part of Miami where I can take a cab that has walkable clusters of places to recommend for travelers, that would be good to know. Thanks!
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    Nov 30, 2010 7:25 PM GMT
    Hi.

    I went to Art Basel in 2008 with my then boyfriend, now friend, and really enjoyed it. We even got into some party with the help of one of his clients.

    Although I don't live in Miami Beach, I visit often and have some favorites that you may want to check out. Lincoln Road is a great place near the MBCC; Lincoln Road is about 1.5 blocks south of 17th Street. A lot of it is touristy but a favorite spot of mine is Meat Market (915 Lincoln Road) meatmarketmiami.com and Frieze Ice Cream (1626 Michigan Avenue) thefrieze.com‎. In addition, a number of the luxury hotels on Collins Avenue such as The Delano, The Setai, and The Raleigh have decent restaurants. Another good spot is BLT Steak at The Betsy at 1440 Ocean Drive, http://www.thebetsyhotel.com/dining/blt-steak.

    SoFi (South of Fifth) is home to some decent places such as Big Pink (157 Collins Avenue), Nemo (100 Collins Avenue), and Prime Italian (101 Ocean Drive) all of which can be seen at mylesrestaurantgroup.com‎.

    Le Sandwicherie (229 14th Street, between Washington and Collins Avenues) has awesome sandwiches and is a 'locals' type of place, http://www.lasandwicherie.com/
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    Nov 30, 2010 9:12 PM GMT
    Too many places to list them all. Stay between Meridian and Ocean Drive, from 17th street to ~5th street...lots of eating and party places in that area...all walkable within a few minutes. I walked the whole thing this morning as the sun was coming up after the club closed.
  • slimnmuscly

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    Dec 01, 2010 12:39 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidToo many places to list them all.


    How about the first three that come to mind? Or two? Or one?
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    Dec 01, 2010 1:51 AM GMT
    slimnmuscly said
    paulflexes saidToo many places to list them all.


    How about the first three that come to mind? Or two? Or one?
    Jonny Rockets on Ocean Drive, some cutey little diner (forgot the name) on the corner of 11th and Washington, and Pizza Rustica. Oh and there's a McDonald's, a few Starbucks, and lots of great Italian food places on Lincoln Rd...haven't eaten at a bad one yet.
  • slimnmuscly

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    Dec 01, 2010 2:25 AM GMT
    Many thanks to you both.
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    Dec 01, 2010 2:42 PM GMT
    I love Art Basel, I was there the whole time last year
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    Dec 01, 2010 10:01 PM GMT
    amar_m saidI love Art Basel, I was there the whole time last year
    I just met a few of the guys putting it together last night...and one took me back to his hotel room for a couple hours. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 04, 2011 2:07 PM GMT
    Art Basel is just Great!
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    Jan 04, 2011 2:21 PM GMT
    My favorite place to eat breakfast in Miami is the Front Porch Cafe on Ocean Drive in SoBe. Try the French Toast. Yum.

    Lots of places off Lincoln Road to eat/drink/shop too. Went to Maya Tapas & Grill last time I was there for dinner. Very good food.

    Also try Gelateria Parmalat on Lincoln Road if you are in the mood for ice cream/yogurt.
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    Jan 04, 2011 5:24 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    amar_m saidI love Art Basel, I was there the whole time last year
    I just met a few of the guys putting it together last night...and one took me back to his hotel room for a couple hours. icon_biggrin.gif


    Cool, I got 3 hours in Miami B. soon so will check that place out... unfortunately its at breakfast time though
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    Jan 04, 2011 5:30 PM GMT
    Tazo995 said
    paulflexes said
    amar_m saidI love Art Basel, I was there the whole time last year
    I just met a few of the guys putting it together last night...and one took me back to his hotel room for a couple hours. icon_biggrin.gif


    Cool, I got 3 hours in Miami B. soon so will check that place out... unfortunately its at breakfast time though
    Call me up when you arrive and I'll meet you down there for breakfast...if I'm awake. icon_lol.gif
  • joncfernan

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    Jan 04, 2011 5:34 PM GMT
    I completely missed Art basel this year but if its not too late - beers & burgers is not to be missed. Even though its in mary brickell village - its not that far off. Then again, I'm a huge burger fan haha
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    Jan 04, 2011 5:40 PM GMT
    If you're a burger fan, you should try 8oz Burger Bar. Best burgers in Miami Beach in my opinion.
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    Jan 04, 2011 5:41 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Tazo995 said
    paulflexes said
    amar_m saidI love Art Basel, I was there the whole time last year
    I just met a few of the guys putting it together last night...and one took me back to his hotel room for a couple hours. icon_biggrin.gif


    Cool, I got 3 hours in Miami B. soon so will check that place out... unfortunately its at breakfast time though
    Call me up when you arrive and I'll meet you down there for breakfast...if I'm awake. icon_lol.gif


    K deal icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 04, 2011 5:42 PM GMT
    Tazo995 said
    paulflexes said
    amar_m saidI love Art Basel, I was there the whole time last year
    I just met a few of the guys putting it together last night...and one took me back to his hotel room for a couple hours. icon_biggrin.gif


    Cool, I got 3 hours in Miami B. soon so will check that place out... unfortunately its at breakfast time though



    If you like crepes for breakfast, A La Folie on Espanola Way is the best and they have great coffee. For an American-style breakfast, the 11th Street Diner on 11th and Washington is probably your best bet.
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    Jan 04, 2011 5:43 PM GMT
    cmhoh1985 saidHi.

    I went to Art Basel in 2008 with my then boyfriend, now friend, and really enjoyed it. We even got into some party with the help of one of his clients.

    Although I don't live in Miami Beach, I visit often and have some favorites that you may want to check out. Lincoln Road is a great place near the MBCC; Lincoln Road is about 1.5 blocks south of 17th Street. A lot of it is touristy but a favorite spot of mine is Meat Market (915 Lincoln Road) meatmarketmiami.com and Frieze Ice Cream (1626 Michigan Avenue) thefrieze.com‎. In addition, a number of the luxury hotels on Collins Avenue such as The Delano, The Setai, and The Raleigh have decent restaurants. Another good spot is BLT Steak at The Betsy at 1440 Ocean Drive, http://www.thebetsyhotel.com/dining/blt-steak.

    SoFi (South of Fifth) is home to some decent places such as Big Pink (157 Collins Avenue), Nemo (100 Collins Avenue), and Prime Italian (101 Ocean Drive) all of which can be seen at mylesrestaurantgroup.com‎.

    Le Sandwicherie (229 14th Street, between Washington and Collins Avenues) has awesome sandwiches and is a 'locals' type of place, http://www.lasandwicherie.com/



    Can't recommend La Sandwicherie enough!