As I sit in a West London coffee shop writing this, all I keep thinking about is “how the heck has it been a month since Miami already!?” Time travels incredibly fast when you have so much to look forward to but also a lot to look back on with amazing fondness. Miami is perhaps our favourite city we’ve ever visited and the food is a massive contributing factor to that. If you haven’t seen our breakfast and lunch posts then do check them out, but it’s time now to bring you the dinner and last food focused post from the trip.
Diez y Seis
1901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
After a 10 hour flight from London, a quick browse around Collins Avenue and a stroll on South Beach, it was suddenly dinner time but we were happy to settle for average nearby to where we were staying. Out of pure luck we opted for the nearest Mexican, which happened to be Diez y Seis. It was hands down the best Mexican meal we’ve ever had. Set in the beautiful Shore Club hotel, we were sat on the outdoor patio under a full moon and with the background of an infinity swimming pool.
It was here we of course had our first taste of American customer service. It was impressive although we completely ignored our waiter’s recommendation of the smaller tapas dishes in favour of something more substantial. All three of our dishes – duck confit enchiladas, chicken tamales and truffle potatoes were truly outstanding, faultless and memorable. The meat was beautifully tender, the truffle on those potatoes were literally mouth watering the cheese was so stringy!
It got our Miami food adventures off to an unprecedented start and should we ever go back, we’d make it our first stop again. A little pricey, but worth every penny.
237 20th St Suite B, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
Another of our favourite dinner spots gave us a big help in doing exactly what is emblazoned across the interior walls. ‘Pursue Happiness,’ in bright pink neon is perhaps the most light you’ll find in Sweet Liberty, making it difficult to take decent photos of what was perfectly delicious and famous American cuisine. However the menu was sprinkled with global influence, Jessica opting for the above tuna poke bowl but it was perhaps the drinks menu that took centre stage here.
The bar shelves were impressively stacked with all that you could imagine, with the menu endlessly listing an extensive beer selection, all kinds of cocktails and rare spirits. It’s no wonder Sweet Liberty has found itself awarded place 21 in the list of The World’s 50 Best Bars – the accolade highlighting the fantastic food and hospitality, live music and atmosphere.
Pubbelly Noodle Bar
1418 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
We’re not the first to give a shout out to Pubbelly Noodle Bar. Everywhere we looked for restaurant recommendations we seemed to come across this wonderful place. A noodle bar but with a separate sushi restaurant next door, we were initially in a dilemma as to which entrance to walk through. We needn’t have been as we were given the menu from both restaurants and made sure to capitalise on that, ordering both a ramen bowl each and some crispy salmon rolls to share.
The open brickwork and dimly lit wall hanging spotlights deck out the bar with style but it doesn’t cover up how phenomenal the food is at all. The ramen has its own take on classic dishes but with creativity and outrageous amounts of flavours that cuddles the tummy with warmth, cooled down only by the impressive beer menu that Pubbelly boasts. However we didn’t go overboard with drinks on this particular occasion, as we planned to take the short walk to our next destination….
1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
Once you’ve been to any of the above spots, do make sure you’ve got time and some left over dollars for this rooftop bar. We’re not going to lie, we found out about this gem from a Love Island ‘star’s’ Instagram feed so we knew heading up the same lift as the celebs for our cocktails could burn a small hole. 44 dollars for two drinks… we were absolutely not getting a second round but as far as we’re concerned we may only be in Miami once and it made for some fantastic panoramic views of the glorious skyline. We sipped those drinks slowly!
Which of the four above restaurants stand out the most to you? Been to Miami and got any other recommendations? Share what you think down in the comments…