Sunset Harbour Is Miami's Best Dining Neighborhood, and Here's Why

Categories: The Critic

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Places like Pubbelly Sushi make this neighborhood great.
Sunset Harbour, you complete me. You're there for me on Friday nights, when nothing but Sardinia's spaghetti alla bottarga will do. You keep me going with Miami's best americano, which is served perfectly every time at Panther Coffee. At Jugofresh, you steer me on the righteous pathway with goji berries and kale juices. They always help me start the week off right.

And when I don't want to start the week off right, you sell bottles of wine half-off on Mondays at Barceloneta. I appreciate that -- I really do. So though this may sound odd, I have to say: Sunset Harbour, I have a crush on you.

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It started long ago. I drifted into Burger & Beer Joint, where I'd often go for the, um, burgers and beers. Then things got serious. I tried the branzino baked in salt at Sardinia; the rich udon carbonara at Pubbelly; the buffalo-style rock shrimp tempura at Pubbelly Sushi; the steak tartare sliders at PB Steak; the sourdough croissant at True Loaf; and, yes, the $24 pizza at Lucali.

Sunset Harbour, you're just as good during the day as you are at night. For lunch, I can pick up Zak the Baker sandwiches and cold brews from Panther Coffee, then have a picnic at Maurice Gibb Memorial Park. For dinner at Barceloneta, I can order a platter of Spanish cheeses -- Valdeón, Idiazabal, Garrotxa -- followed by oysters, crudos, and flatbreads.

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Hi, you.
In a city where most folks rather drive than walk a block or two, your restaurants are just steps away from each other. Where else in town is there such a dense concentration of good food?

Sure, Design District lures me in with its chef-driven restaurants and pretty furniture stores. I've enjoyed many happy hours at Oak Tavern, dinners at Harry's Pizzeria, and fresh pastas at MC Kitchen. When my birthday comes along, my boyfriend better dust off the credit card and take me to the Cypress Room.

But when it comes to full-on neighborhood affairs, Sunset Harbour, it'll always be you.

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MajorFrancisDade
MajorFrancisDade

Great spots for sure, but crazy pricey.  Can't help but feel taken at some of them.   

GoodEats
GoodEats

Too expensive.    


I'll take the Upper Eastside 50th to 79th.   Hard to beat this list:


Michys, Blue Collar, Moonchine, Jimmys, Choices Cafe, Guarapo Organic Juice Bar, JugoFresh (coming in 2014), Big Fish, Minas, Boteco, Federal, Metro, Dogma, NiDo Cafe, Lo de Lea, the Soyka complex, Andiamos, Via Verdi Cucina, La Tour Eiffel, Mi Vida Cafe, Balans, Gourmet Station, Siam Rice, The Honey Tree and more!

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

....................OVERpriced and UNDERwhelming = period

BILLY JOEL who travels the world goes to FULVIOs

MIAMI is just too pretentious with fly-by-night here-today-gone-tomorrow rip-offs and faux operations that typically get outted within a year or so - then they CLOSE

and to top it all off the biggest scam is the PREDATORY TOWing with the waiters themselves calling in as spotters who have their patrons cars towed away while they eat

MIAMI is one scam on top of another scam

DO WHAT billy joel did - come to great italian from a thirty-nine PLUS year existing FAMILY OWNED institution at FULVIO SARDELLIs or his TIPSY BOAR = period

DON'T get scammed like a TOURIST by fly-by-night scammers

Alex Muriel
Alex Muriel

Agreed. The lemon ricotta pancake at Icebox Cafe is delicious too! The parking garage has made is so convenient.

calles
calles

I find this article borderline offensive without the inclusion of Tequiztlan

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