Top Five Miami Snack and Drink Pairings for Summer

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Hoo-boy, I tell you. It's so hot outside I saw a chicken lay an omelet. It's so hot the cows are giving evaporated milk. Why, it's so hot even Mitt Romney seems cool.

And it's so hot that it's time to think about where to get refreshing food and drink to help sustain us through the day (we mean food-and-drink in a one-stop-shop sort of way).

Here are five unbeatable snack/drink combos to chill on:


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Lee Klein
Salad, smoothie, and a car wash.
5. Hummus and smoothies at Carrot Express in South Beach
Gourmet Carrot garnered a large share of fans who enjoyed the healthful salads, sandwiches, and smoothies served at the old shop on West Avenue in South Beach. Last year the Laufer family moved its business to the Texaco station on Alton Road at 18th Street in SoBe. It's easy to miss from the street, but in the rear of the Texaco is the Carrot Express counter -- serving the same old favorites. We suggest hummus as the snack, mainly because its made well here. But really, any of the salubrious salads will amount to a light, heat-beating meal at a great price ($7 is about the most you'll pay for anything). The smoothies are a steal in terms of price -- $3.50 brings a strawberry smoothie with fresh-squeezed apple juice, banana, honey, and ice. Fresh-squeezed juice is incredibly refreshing too, and the price is the same $3.50. Plus, while you're cooling off indoors and sipping your reviving tonic, you can be getting your car washed.

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William Brinson
The ice cream gets whipped into a chilly custard shake.
4. Shackburger and frozen custard shake at Shake Shack
Hamburgers and hot dogs are synonymous with summer. You can get both at Shake Shack, but we recommend the former. The Shackburger ($4.75 for a single, $7.25 for a double) brings a hormone-and-antibiotic-free beef patty of freshly ground sirloin and brisket, capped with American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and Shack sauce (a spicy mayonnaise-based spread). As for the frozen custard shake -- it's the best shake in town, and who doesn't crave that feeling of a smooth, creamy custard avalanche rolling down a parched throat and leaving a coating of ice in its wake? The ice-cream-thickened shakes come in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and a couple of other flavors that don't seem as refreshing (caramel, peanut butter). They're $5.15 each, which ain't cheap, but it's still worth the extra 50 cents to make it a malted.



Location Info

My Ceviche

235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Carrot Express

1840 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Shake Shack

1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Mi Rinconcito Mexicano

1961 SW 8th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

The River Seafood & Oyster Bar

650 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant


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