Last week, Patrick and I went on a quick overnight trip down to Miami. The moment we arrived at our hotel, we immediately went into “vacation mode” where calories don’t count and conversations about things like bills and work are not allowed, and I must say – I was pretty impressed with our ability to relax so well and try so many different bites of food in such a little time period.
For those times when you are months away from a real vacation and even the thought of a weekend getaway seems impossible, I highly recommend a quick 24-hour excursion into the next town over. Break away from the grind, take a deep breath and maybe a sip of something bubbly, and remember what life is all about.
If you find yourself in Miami anytime soon, I would highly recommend any of the following restaurants. We based our food/drink picks off the two best resources when visiting any town – recommendations from a friend/local Miamian combined with Yelp reviews.
Tap 79 -MiMo
Tap 79 was our first meal when we arrived in Miami. While driving to our hotel, we saw Beer & Burgers on the sign, found 4 stars on Yelp, and decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed! Then again, how could anyone be upset over smoked gouda and fontina macaroni and cheese? Oh my gosh, y’all.. amazing. So good I completely forgot to take any pictures..
Coyo Taco – Wynwood
Mexican street food in the art district of Miami makes Coyo Taco the perfect spot for a laid back lunch. This was our favorite stop of the day, where we shared carne asada tacos, esquite (corn off the cob topped with chipotle aioli and cotija cheese), and a side of guacamole. Every single bite was incredible, and the Don Julio® margarita made it all that much better!
Panther Coffee – Wynwood
A sweet local coffee shop right beside Coyo Taco. We picked up a cafe au lait and a couple of waters and then wandered around the neighborhood and through Wynwood Walls.
El Exquisito – Little Havana
Ever since we moved to South Florida, I’ve been on a bit of a Cuban food kick. I guess it’s not the worst kick to be on? El Exquisito is located in Little Havana – the Cuban neighborhood of Miami. We each had a beef empanada (amazing) and shared a Cubano.
Ball & Chain – Little Havana
Directly across the street from El Exquisito is a Cuban inspired bar called Ball & Chain. They offer authentic Cuban dishes and cocktails. Even at 2pm on a random Tuesday it was buzzing with live music and dancing. We sat out back in a quiet, little ivy-covered terrace and sipped on a Miami Mule. It was the perfect ending to our 24 hour sprint through Miami.
- 1/4 cup vodka
- 3/4 cup ginger beer
- 1 Tablespoon key lime juice
- 1 lime wedge
- Pour vodka, ginger beer, and key lime juice over ice into a copper mug.
- Stir well with a spoon.
- Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!
What are some of your favorite Miami spots for food and drink? I’d love to hear.. and then plan another trip to try them all!
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