Chuy's Tex-Mex opens in Doral

Chuys Tex Mex Opens Doral Miami

A bright orange sun was setting when a group of us arrived at the new Chuy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant in Doral. Walking inside, we were greeted by a mix of Americana décor with a Mexican flair. The atmosphere was much like the food, a mix of the best parts of both worlds.

The food at Chuy’s is familiar if you’ve ever been to a Tex-Mex restaurant, but still offers many standouts with their tasty dishes. Every plate had a hefty portion of the essentials for any Tex-Mex place: refried beans, Mexican rice, pico de gallo and guacamole.

The sides were all satisfying and true to what one would expect, but what really makes Chuy’s stand out are the tacos, burritos, enchiladas and other Tex-Mex staples.

Chuy's Tex Mex Doral Appetizer Platter

We started with the Appetizer Plate which was piled high with Nachos, Chicken Flautas, Quesadillas, Chili Con Queso, Guacamole and Sour Cream.  It is great starter to share. 

First thing I noticed when biting into one of their beef tacos was the tortilla. Their soft flour tortillas have a handmade feel and bite to them.

Then came the rest of the taco. The juicy, tender beef with a heaping dollop of sour cream and guacamole, a spoonful of the refried beans, a sprinkle of cheese and a couple of jalapenos for heat, all creating the perfect bite.

Chuys Tex Mex Doral Chicken Taco

We also tried their chicken tacos, with charred tender chicken, rice, beans, cheese all wrapped up in that warm flour tortilla and topped with plenty of guacamole.

Chuys Tex Mex Doral Miami Crispy Tacos

This winning formula was carried through to their other dishes, the "Big as Yo Face" burritos, the crunchy tacos, their piled-high crispy and cheesy nachos and even a baja shrimp taco. All fresh, all delicious, and all very much true to Tex-Mex.

Chuys Tex Mex Doral Miami Tres Leches Dessert

Even the desserts were delicious and we shared the Chuy's Tres Leches topped with fresh strawberries.

If you are looking to escape the typical chain Tex-Mex world and trying to find a place with quality and pride in their fusion of choice, then Chuy’s Tex-Mex restaurant might be the place.

Chuy’s Tex-Mex

8001 NW 36th St

Doral, FL 33166

786 646 9986


Wellness Wednesday: Eat Healthy in Miami with Healthy Bowls & Vegetarian/Vegan Dining

Plant based vegan dining in Miami

Spring in Miami is here and getting that bikini body in shape requires some healthy eating choices.  So, let the healthy eating begin at these Miami places, feel better and even maybe lose some of those extra pounds.  Here are MIAbites favorite spots for Juices, Healthy Bowls and Vegetarian or Plant-based/Vegan dining:

Dr Smood-  Fresh juices, snacks and healthy eating options. Mulitple locations including 1800 Bay Rd. Miami Beach and in Brickell at 701 South Miami Ave and Wynwood at 2230 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33121

Green Gables Cafe- Small eatery specializing in to-go and delivery orders. Try the roasted eggplant & hummus wrap, a salad, Green gazpacho or other vegan soups made daily. Smoothies, organic vegetable and fruit juices, tea and coffee (soy, almond and rice milks available). Local and organic ingredients. Open Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch, 7:30am to 4:30pm. 327 Alhambra Circle. Coral Gables, FL 33134 (305) 445-7015

The Last Carrot- No-frills deli with wide assortment of hummus wraps, salads, smoothies and more. The spinach pie is a winner. 3131 Grand Ave. Coconut Grove, FL.

Choices Cafe- The all-vegan, 95% organic menu at Choices includes wraps, quinoa bowls, pizza, salads and soups. The Mental Lentil wrap (lentil patty, black beans, quinoa, pico de gallo, plantain, sauteed onion, avocado, tahini sauce) is one of their popular, signature dishes. Juices and smoothies, delicious desserts, and beer and wine are also available. Ask about their weekend brunch. 646 NE 79th Street Miami 33138 (786) 803-8352.

GLAM Vegan Midtown Miami

GLAM- Plant-based dining in Midtown that is both delicious and beautiful.  Special daily soup options, pasta (or zucchini noodles) with meatless meatballs, mushroom faro "risotto" and jackfruit al pastor tacos. 3301 NE 1st St in Midtown. Miami, FL 786 864 0590

Soul Tavern Vegan Miami Beach

Soul Tavern-  Plant-based and Gluten Free comes to Sunset Harbor.  Lots of fresh salads, pizzas and creative dishes like an oyster mushroom and burnt eggplant handroll, black bean and sweet plantain sliders and Korean BBQ tempeh banh mi. Open for lunch. 1801 West Ave. Miami FL 305 925 0799.

Full Bloom- While we miss the gorgeous Biscayne Bay view from Full Blooms original location on Island Ave, the menu is still a vegan eaters dream, with jackfruit empanadas, a creamy turmeric kale salad, Thai red curry with Thai red rice, oven baked plantain lasagna and jackfruit ropa vieja. Open for lunch and dinner. Crest Hotel 1670 James St. Miami Beach, FL. 

Berri Bar Miami Beach Acai Bowls

Berri Bar - Right off Lincoln Road. Go for freshly made great acai bowls, healthy juices and smoothies. 1630 Pennsylvania Ave. Miami Beach. FL.

Plnthouse Vegan Matthew Kenney Miami Beach 1 Hotel

Plnthouse-  Upstairs and thru the fitness center at the 1 Hotel is Matthew Kenney’s plant-based café with fresh pressed juices, vegan hummus and pita chips, avocado toasts and a variety of colorful and healthy salads and mains. Open for breakfast, lunch until 5 pm.  1 Hotel 2301 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL

Planta Miami Beach vegan plant-based

Planta- Newest to join the plant-based space is Toronto based, Planta in the South of Fifth neighborhood. Creative vegan options include Planta “Burger”, Hearts of Palm “crabcakes”, crispy cauliflower lettuce wraps and a unique selection of Pizzas.  850 Commerce St. Miami Beach, FL   

della Test Kitchen- Anchoring Wynwood Yard, della's offers favorite bowls in addition to "Build your own" healthy bowls will selections including bases of rice, quinoa and greens topped with proteins like tempeh, chickpeas, veggies like marinated kale or sweet potato, sauces like citrus tahini and curry cashew and boosts of avocado and raw roots.   Wynwood Yard 56 NW 29th St. Miami, FL.

Seasons 52 - Recommended for its vegan options, including the Winter Market Vegetable Plate (roasted vegetables, grilled tofu and cracked wheat tabbouleh). Also, vegan soups, salads and appetizers, and delicious flatbreads that can be made vegan. Tofu may be substituted for meat in other dishes (ask your server). 321 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables,  FL,  33134 (305) 442-8552.

DIRT- where clean eating and great taste coexist in Miami Beach. DIRT is a new fine food served fast dining experience in Miami Beach: a farm-to-counter eatery and wellness bar combining fresh, great-tasting food with health, convenience, and simplicity. 232 5th Street, Miami Beach (305) 239 3000 and 1834 Bay Rd. Miami Beach, FL. 

Did we miss your favorite place?  Please let us know in Comments below. 











Citi Taste of Tennis Returns to W Miami in Brickell

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Citi Taste of Tennis made its return last night at the W Miami in Brickell. The action-packed evening took place 50 stories above Miami, featured signature cuisine prepared by top chefs paired with some of the world’s best tennis players. Guests were able to enjoy up close and personal interaction with their favorite athletes and chefs and along with an array of amazing cocktails, music and interactive experiences.

This year’s chef line up included of some of South Florida’s star chef’s:
Julian Baker (Le Zoo) - Timon Balloo (SUGARCANE raw bar grill - Michelle Bernstein (Headline Chef) - Adrianne Calvo (Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant & Wine Bar) - Carlos Garcia (Obra) - Santiago Gomez (Tacology) - Oliver Lange (Zuma Miami) - Pedro Lopez (Soyka) - John Mooney (CTOT Executive Chef) - Diego Oka (La Mar) - Karina Rivera (Bachour Bakery) -Douglas Rodriguez (Mojito Bar) - Justin Smillie (Upland) - Bill Telepan (WITS Executive Chef) - Christian Quinones (W Miami).

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Wellness in the Schools, which inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness, and fitness as a way of life for kids in public

Huge shout out to our friends at Pryme Production for the photos!

Six Top Miami Coffee Shops to Make Your Office for the Day

 Pictured: Latte at Vice City Bean

Pictured: Latte at Vice City Bean

Living in today’s digital age, much of our work day can take place remotely. It’s a nice change of pace when you don’t have to sit in an office every day and can bounce around until you find a spot that feels right and gets your creative juices (or just plain focus) flowing.

Miami has a growing cafe scene with plenty of places to not only make your office for the day but also enjoy some great coffee and even a delicious lunch.

Here are a few of our favorite spots to get work done:

St. Roch Market

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The newly opened food hall is ready to start your day as early as 8am serving coffee from Sabal Coffee. The color coordinated bookshelf wall has the power to put you in a zen-like trance. The cafe setting is a great spot to perch with your laptop. Stick around until lunch and have your pick at options ranging from some of the best sushi in town at Itamae, hot chicken from Coop, or vegan treats and nachos from Chef Chloe140 NE 39th St Suite #241, Miami, FL 33137


Brewing Buddha Cafe & Arthouse

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If you’re working in Pinecrest, then Brewing Buddha is the place to go. This welcoming coffee shop doubles as an art gallery and boasts a menu with everything from dirt cup cappuccinos to super trendy honey turmeric lattes. Brewing Buddha is owned and operated by two brothers and is one of those places that you'll find yourself quickly coming back for more. If you need a bit more than just coffee (or tea), they’re serving pastries, but in the near future the food menu will be expanding.  Protip: if you’re vegan, but on the lookout for that new menu — you’re gonna love it. 8219 SW 124th St, Miami, FL 33156


Box Cold Brew

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Remember that great little Wynwood coffee spot made out of a shipping container? Well, it’s gotten a bit of an upgrade in the form of a roof and air conditioning. Right in time for the warmer Miami months, Box Cold Brew has a new home inside the Voah Campus co-working space. This remote working space is ideal for quick meetings and high caffeine needs. Fun fact: the new bottles teas have more caffeine than a Redbull and can also be found at Milam’s Supermarkets. Bring on the extra energy! 10 NE 27th St, Miami, FL 33137


All Day

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This downtown favorite and its rotating coffee lineup are perfect for remote work days. You’ll find everything from cold brew to cupping and it’s all delicious. If it’s one of those days where you also need a hearty meal — check out the food menu. The pan con croqueta with homemade smoked pork croqueta, gouda, sauce gribiche, with pickles, on cuban bread is always a winner. Note: Come with a fully charged laptop, there are limited outlets at All Day. 1035 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33136


Vice City Bean

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This bright sunny coffee shop is always an ideal workspace, and is conveniently located between Downtown and Wynwood. Serving up coffee, tea, and locally made treats (hey, True Loaf and Cindy Lou's Cookies) to make your remote work day complete. It’s a great spot for a quick meeting or a quiet focused workday. The staff is extra friendly and the coffee is expertly prepared, which is important since their motto is "drink good coffee." It’s one of those spots that once you’re settled in, it feels like home. 1657 N Miami Ave unit c, Miami, FL 33136


Small Tea

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If you’re more of a tea drinker when you’re working, then we’ve got your mecca. Small tea is a cozy little spot right down the street from Books n’ Books in Coral Gables. There’s a serious tea menu that’s broken down into sections with descriptions of each tea — and how much caffeine is in them. Because we all know, some days we need more than others. Grab a sandwich or a hummus appetizer to pair with the tea of your choice and get to work. The quiet low key vibe makes for a productive remote workday. 205 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Every Vote Matters! VOTE MIAbites for 2018 JWU Zest Influencer Award

JWU Zest Awards 2018 Top Food Influencer MIAbites

We are honored that MIAbites is nominated for a Johnson & Wales University JWU Zest Award as Top Food News Influencer and we would appreciate if every follower, friend and fan VOTES for us!  VOTING ends March 23rd. VOTE thru this link.  Takes just a minute.  Thank you!

The ZEST™ Awards were created in 2012 to showcase and honor leaders in culinary arts within the South Florida region. From newcomers to established chefs, the ZEST™ Awards honors all its nominees in each category for their respective accomplishments. Each year, the event attracts chefs, culinary entrepreneurs and community leaders from across the region, including JWU alums and industry professionals, to celebrate and honor South Florida’s rich culinary heritage.

Some amazing local talent has been nominated in every category, but only two categories are open to general public voting and we're part of one of them…VOTE FOR US!

Every Vote Matters!

Voting ends 3/23 and you can vote here.


Saturday Sweets: Better Than A Box Brownie Recipe

Did you know chocolate is officially America’s favorite flavor? As a serious chocolate lover, that comes as no surprise to me. Today is National Chocolate Day, and I’ll be in my kitchen making all sorts of chocolate delights to celebrate. But first, I’m sharing one of my favorite chocolate recipes so you guys can join in on the chocolate fun as well!

Truth be told - I’m a HUGE sucker for boxed brownies, especially the Ghirardelli ones. But once I discovered this recipe, I realized how easy a really good batch of brownies can be. If you’ve got a decently stocked pantry or do any baking at all, then you’re likely to have everything you need to make these ooey gooey out of hand brownies right now. Trust me, you won’t regret it. So much better than box brownies, and almost as easy to whip up!

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James Beard Semi Finalists Shine in South Florida

On the day before the James Beard Foundation announced its finalists for the coveted “Oscars of Culinary” James Beard Awards, four of the six South Florida semifinalists treated a small group of local journalists and food bloggers to a sample of what makes these chefs so special and recognized by this renowned culinary organization.

It was hosted by Chefs Janine Booth of Stiltsville Fish Bar, Clay Conley of Buccan Palm Beach, Lindsay Autry of The Regional Kitchen & Public House in West Palm Beach and Brad Kilgore of Alter.  Fellow nominees, Niven Patel of Ghee and Zak Stern of Zak The Baker could not attend due to prior commitments.  

By now, it is no secret that the next day, Chef Bradley Kilgore of Alter was named as the lone South Florida Finalist, making him the first JBFA finalist in a number of years.

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Weekly Nibble: St Patrick's Day in Miami and more


It's that time of year where everyone pretends to be Irish for the day. We've got the scoop on where to find the best green themed parties full of leprechauns and Sunday's hangover. If celebrating St. Patrick's Day isn't up your alley, there's a murder mystery dinner, Slow Food Miami, and a Mediterranean meal at The Betsy you're not going to want to miss. Keep scrolling to check it all out!

Slow Food Miami’s “Snail of Approval” Tasting Party

Slow Food Miami’s “Snail of Approval” Tasting Party will return for a seventh successful year on Friday, March 16. Regarded as Miami’s Freshest Night Out, the annual celebration will be held from 7PM to 10PM at The Palms Hotel & Spa, home to trend-setting farm-to-table concept Essensia Restaurant & Lounge. This year’s unforgettable evening under the stars is possible thanks to partnerships with The Palms Hotel & Spa, Whole Foods, JetSet Sounds, Just Ask Boo, Menu Men Inc., Vero Water, XXI Wine & Spirits, The Scout Guide Miami, and Brustman Carrino Public Relations. The tasting party will unite dozens of the city’s top chefs, local growers and producers for a night of tasting and honoring Miami’s food scene.


General admission tickets are $98 per person in advance; $128 per person at the door. Tickets can be purchased here with all event proceeds benefiting Slow Food Miami’s Edible Garden Program. VIP Garden Sponsor tickets are $750 and includes a garden box for a school and free entry to Freshest Night Out with early bird admission at 6:30PM. 


St. Patrick's Day in Wynwood

After throwing the most raved about celebration in 2017, SWARM is back at it again with South Florida’s largest St. Patrick’s Day party. The party returns to Wynwood for the third year in a row with overflowing green beers, a massive beer garden, food trucks, and more. It's free and open to the public it will take place from 12pm to 3pm. Find this party at 2250 NW 2nd Ave Miami, FL 33127



Death or Glory

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 17 at Death or Glory with their first annual ‘Party in the Parking Lot,’ located right behind the popular restaurant. Death or Glory will have a bar open outside starting at noon, in case parade goers would like to get a drink before or during the Delray Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade. The band, Brendan O'Hara, starts at 3:30. The restaurant will have full service food starting at 4 p.m. and there will be a DJ starting at 6 p.m. Complimentary flower crowns as well as complimentary Gunpowder Irish Gin cocktails from The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney in Drumshanbo, County Leitrim, Ireland, ill be available, hile supplies last. Flower crowns will be $10 each, once the free crowns have all been given out. Sponsors also include Absolut and Jameson.

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Death or Glory, known for inspired cocktails and creative fare with global influences, will feature house made shepherd’s pie ($14) and vegan shepherd’s pie made with Impossible Meat  ($18) on St. Patrick’s Day.

Death or Glory is located at 116 NE 6th Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483.  Hours are For additional info, call 561.808.8814. Facebook@dealthorglorybar; Instagram @deathorglorybar_delray.


Brimstone Murder Mystery Dinner

Have you ever wanted to solve a murder mystery? Now you have the chance to do just so at The Dinner Detective event at Brimstone Woodfire Grill in Pembroke Pines on March 25th from 5pm-8pm. Guests will participate in solving a crime while enjoying a fantastic 3-course dinner paired with a glass of wine or beer. The person who solves the crime will receive a gift card to Brimstone Restaurant Group.

Tickets to the event are $100 per person. Availability is limited, call Brimstone Woodfire Grill at (954) 430-2333 to reserve your spot now! For more information, check out


American Social Brickell Goes Irish

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day surrounded by Miami’s most festive leprechauns and fairies at the 3rd annual St. Patricks Day Bar Crawl in Brickell! Hop between Baru, RedBar, American Social, Barsecco and Batch and enjoy 1 free drink at each stop along with various drink and food specials. Between 2 and 6 p.m., get in the St. Paddy's spirit with $4 Green Beer, $5 Jameson Shots, served in carved pickles and $8 Boilermakers, a pint of Guinness topped off with a Crown Royal shot. Tickets are selling out quick so don’t test your luck! Tickets are available for purchase at Eventbrite.


305 Brews Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a Brews Fest

305 Brews is celebrating the luck of all things local beer with a St. Patrick’s Day Brews Fest. The St. Patrick’s Day Brews Fest will kick off at 4pm on Saturday, March 17th and will be pouring beers all night long from some of the city’s favorite local breweries including: Lincoln’s Beard Brewing, Wynwood Brewing, Nightlife Brewing Company, and Vez Sur to name a few.

 Tickets for the St. Patrick’s Day Brews Fest are $25 for an unlimited sampling of beers from all of the participating breweries.

Aside from the free flowing beer, 305 Brews will be offering Irish inspired menu items throughout the evening, including the classics like Bangers and Mash. There will also be live music by Uma Galera and a photo booth to help you remember your night after drinking like an Irish man or woman.

For more information on the St. Patrick’s Day Brew Fest call 786-391-0122. 305 Brews is located at 3535 NE 2nd Ave.


No. 3 Social

Wynwood’s stylish rooftop lounge, No. 3 Social, will extend its happy hour pricing till 9:00 PM, including bites from $5-$7, beer and wine at $5 and $7 cocktails, with the addition of two special cocktails – The Lucky Charm made with Jameson, honey, fresh-pressed lemon juice and mint leaves, and Draiochta (Irish word for magic), using London gin, luxardo, Chartreuse and fresh-pressed lime juice.  



Better Days Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a Kiss Me, I’m Irish Party

Everyone will be a little Irish at Better Days’ “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” St. Patrick’s Day party! When you walk through the door you’ll get a name tag with your new Irish name and then get to drinking your favorite Irish drinks. Will O’Thompson has some drink specials for everyone to enjoy throughout the night including Irish coffees and an Irish Car “Alarm” featuring Tullamore Dew.

Land a bullseye on the resident leprechaun and you’ll receive a free shot.


Biscayne Bay Brewing Company

The luck of the Irish is heading to Biscayne Bay Brewing Company on Saturday, March 17th. Come wearing your favorite green shirt and raise your glass in celebrating St.Patrick's Day with your drink of choice from a nice cold crisp Guinness for $3, Irish car bombs for $5, or enjoy any in-house brewed green beer. The party will take place from 1PM – 6PM.


The Social Club

This St. Patrick’s Day, eat, drink and be Irish at The Social Club! On Saturday, March 17th, South Beach’s “daily brunch” spot will be offering its daily bunch from 7AM to 3PM, featuring green bottomless mimosas, as well as its popular brunch items such as the award-winning Breakfast Sandwich, fried chicken and waffle and more. Guests purchasing “going green” by purchasing the bottomless mimosas will also get a complimentary green jello shot, until supplies last. The restaurant will also offer $5 Guinness pints and $7 Jameson, all day.

Staying true to the Irish holiday, Executive Chef Jeffrey Williams will offer exclusive St. Patrick’s Day food specials including The Social Club Reuben with mustard roasted corned beef, kraut, truffle thousand island and marble rye; corned beef hash with fried egg, potato and roast beef and shaved corned beef with roasted red potatoes and cabbage, with lager broth. A fun Irish-themed photo booth will also be available for great photo opportunities!


Saffron Supper Club at The Betsy

The Betsy - South Beach will be hosting the latest installment of Miami's traveling Mediterranean dinner club; the Saffron Supper Club. The dinner will take place on Sunday, March 18 at 6:30pm on The Betsy’s Skyline Deck.

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The menu, prepared by Executive Chef Danny Ganem, will feature a traditional Israeli steak dinner accompanied by Israeli wines by Recanti Winery. The night will begin with a cocktail hour of passed hors d’oeuvres followed by a sit-down three-course meal featuring a variety of Mediterranean appetizers, entrees, sides and finished off with specialty desserts.  Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased here:

Full menu details are as follows:

  • Cocktail Hour Hors D’oeuvres:
    • Falafel Lollipop with Tahini, Chicken Kebabs  
  • Appetizers:
    • Kibbeh nayyeh, fattoush salad, charred eggplant dip w/ pita, watermelon, feta & mint salad
  • Entrees:
    • Rib eye, porterhouse, whole roasted cauliflower
  • Sides:
    • Smoky babaganoush, hummus, pickled veggies, laffa bread, Israeli salad, Mejadra Rice
  • Dessert:
    • Tahini ice cream, rugelach ice cream, mini baklava

Saturday Sweets: Vice Cream Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth While Benefiting Cancer Patients

I’ve always been a big treat yourself, YOLO kind of girl. Especially when it comes to desserts. Growing up my grandma, who I inherited my major sweet tooth from, would always remind me to save room for dessert — even if that meant not being able to finish all of my dinner. While I can definitely get behind sugar-free healthier desserts, I’m still going to lean toward the indulgently rich options.

So when an unapologetically delicious ice cream brand called Vice Cream launched in all Publix grocery stores across Florida I had to see what all the hype was about. Vice Cream comes in five decadent, playful flavors with cheeky names such as Breakfast in Bed, Toffee Wife and Afternoon Delight.

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Step off Collins and discover Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill

Many people still think of Miami Beach as the bright lights and art deco buildings along Ocean Drive, or the luxury hotels along Collins Ave. Yes, there are many many restaurants up and down Ocean and Collins, but sometimes just a block or two off these main streets some of the best dining can be found. Sweet Liberty Food and Drink, 27 Restaurant and Macchialina are all spots not to be missed and to add to this list, just under a year ago, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill opened in the Plymouth Hotel on 21st street and Liberty just across from the Bass Museum.

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