Ten Reasons South Miami Is the Best Dining Neighborhood

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Fine and fashionable restaurants have been opening in South Beach, downtown, midtown, and the Design District for years. These areas seem to attract all the major chefs. So why venture to South Miami and nearby Pinecrest? Well, down here, you won't find many major openings, but you will find reasonably priced local favorites, including a wide selection of Asian and Cuban joints. Read on to find out why you should make the trip.

See also: Ten Reasons North Beach Is Miami's Best Dining Neighborhood

10. No waits
There aren't many trendy restaurants in the area. Everything caters to the local crowd. So unless there is some wild deal going on (two-for-one lobster night at Captain's Tavern), you can arrive at your destination and sit right down.

9. Radical lunch deals
Delicious $8 bento boxes at Matsuri? Don't bet on it. Down south, there are so many small places in strip malls and so many businesses close to one another that they have to be competitive. With so many lunch options, there are also a lot of great deals. Be sure to get the monstrous rice noodle bowl for $12.95 at Miss Saigon Bistro. Yes, rice noodles -- with about eight spring rolls.

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8. Over-the-counter options
Counter-top restaurants uptown are mainly thinly veiled sit-downs. Down south, however, when you go to a counter-top spot, you can expect to get your food within five minutes. From chains such as the classic Chicken Kitchen and Mojito Grill, to newer ones like Shake Shack, Evos, and Jimmy'z Kitchen, you can be sure to find those quick, on-the-go options you need. Make sure to try Jimmy'z Kitchen's mofongo.

7. Asian eateries
You'll find more family-owned, authentic Asian restaurants in the South Dixie Highway strip malls here than anywhere else. Phô Thang serves some of the best pho in town and gives you generous portions. The aforementioned Miss Saigon has been a South Dixie favorite for years because of its delicious, spicy food and it spring rolls that you can't beat. In another strip mall a few blocks south, you will find Imlee, which serves excellent Indian cuisine. Another great Indian place is Ayesha's Fine Dining. Be sure to try the saffron lettuce wraps.

6. Brews at Titanic
For years, University of Miami students have been going to Titanic to cap off a busy day of studying and sunbathing. This restaurant and brewery serve a nice selection of house-brewed beers, ranging from lighter triple screws to the dark, chocolatey Shipbuilders Oatmeal Stout. Another option if you want to relax with some coeds is to go to the on-campus Rathskellar.


Location Info

Pinecrest Wayside Market

10070 Red Road, Pinecrest, FL

Category: Restaurant

Pinecrest Bakery

12101 S. Dixie Highway, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Shorty's Bar-B-Q

9200 S. Dixie Highway, Pinecrest, FL

Category: Restaurant

Matsuri

5759 Bird Road, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Miss Saigon Bistro

9503 S. Dixie Highway, Pinecrest, FL

Category: Restaurant

Pho Thang

9539 SW 160th St., Palmetto Bay, FL

Category: Restaurant

Imlee & Indian Bistro

12663 S. Dixie Highway, Pinecrest, FL

Category: Restaurant

Ayesha's Fine Dining

14151 S. Dixie Highway, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Titanic Brewery and Restaurant

5813 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL

Category: Music

Daily Bread Pinecrest

12131 S. Dixie Highway, Pinecrest, FL

Category: Restaurant

Whisk Gourmet Food & Catering

7382 SW 56th Ave., South Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Atelier Monnier

9563 S. Dixie Highway, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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22 comments
Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Oh PLZ more self serving BS, since when is South Miami a dining destination? when will it EVER be? give us a break dudes,,,,STOP SHILLING for advertisers will ya?

Kristen Fisher Friedman
Kristen Fisher Friedman

Well that's your own fault! It must have been too overwhelming at the time hahaha! MAY. DO IT.

Leslie Anne Lemon
Leslie Anne Lemon

Girl well I didnt have no shake and thats what matters! Take me back!

Kristen Fisher Friedman
Kristen Fisher Friedman

Leslie Anne Lemon we totally went here once with you back in the day! It was on one of our mission days lol but we didn't get any shakes, just random other stuff! Pinecrest staple!

Leslie Anne Lemon
Leslie Anne Lemon

Kristen Fisher Friedman why have I never been here and had a strawberry shake!!??

aneltiha
aneltiha

You have more options than that here in South Miami/Pinecrest area like Cao Chocolates for sweets, Macitas if you love real Colombian Food, Ernesto's for nice and not fancy mexican food, Asian Fusion if you are looking something asian and more...

Audrey Wolf
Audrey Wolf

we are actually on our way now..LOL..chicken curry!!

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Not gonna bother opening this up. You have ZERO idea what you're talking about. South Miami has decent food, but its ONLY selling point is that it is close to East Kendall, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay and Coral Gables. So if the point of your article is to say that rich folks have a good area to eat? then sure. Otherwise, its BOGUS.

stevieb305
stevieb305

No mention of The Big Cheese? C'mon man...

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