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South Beach Miami: What to Eat for a First-Time Visit

Want a tasty tour of Miami’s South Beach? From taco walk-ups to fine dining, here are my favorite culinary picks based on my most recent visit to Miami Beach.

Taco Rico Tex Mex Café is a small local chain, with just six area locations, but you’ll want to seek them out after your first bite. This is a classic late-night grab-and-go eatery with a walk-up counter, extensive menu, and quick service. You’ll find combo platters and taco deals aplenty, so you won’t lose your wallet while grabbing a generous meal.

For authentic, homemade Italian comfort food book your table at Caffé Di Mauro. The window displays alone will tempt you with fresh made pasta. The cozy atmosphere inside will warm you with tradition and hospitality. The Caffé Di Mauro house pasta (dalla casa) features baby arugula, walnuts, and lemon with melted burrata cheese.

Want a casual lunch before hitting the waves? Stop in at Lolo’s Surf Cantina tucked alongside the Stanton South Beach Hotel—directly located on the beach. I devoured burritos and tacos and monstrous breakfasts (over several days, ahem) and loved this vibrant eatery. Their grab-and-go menu is perfect for a last minute beach picnic on the sand.

Experience the charming Spanish village eateries of Española Way. This pedestrian-focused outdoor culinary extravaganza is home to a cornucopia of establishments including Havana 1957, Tapas y Tintos, and Numero 28 Pizzeria. A simple stroll down the twinkle-lit walkway will tempt you with every sense. 

There’s plenty more discovery with dining in Miami Beach, but these favorite picks will get you started. For more travel planning ideas, go to VisitFlorida.com.

Lori A. May is a Seattle-based travel writer.
Photography © CT Shier.

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