October 2016

Hidden Gems of South Beach

South Beach is famous for its bar scene, fancy restaurants, and night life. Of course, there are the top hot spots that people go to and know about, however, the area has plenty of other establishments that are definitely worth checking out. Although they might not be as talked about as some other places, they are gaining attention with their good quality food and ambiance – in short, they’re the hidden gems of South Beach. Below, we’ve listed a few restaurants and bars that can be considered hidden gems of South beach (often favored by the locals); you should try one…or all of these out on your next trip to South Beach!

Foxhole Bar | 1218 14th Ct., Miami Beach

The bar is known as the first speakeasy of South Beach; it opened in 2011. The bar has a modern vibe; people can enjoy the music played by DJs, play a game of pool or darts here while drinking reasonably-priced drinks. A “Drunken Dragon Menu” is offered from 6 to 11:30 p.m. featuring food like popcorn, twice-fried chicken, lobster rolls, and edamame. Food prices range from $6 to $18. It’s a classier dive bar, and even has bottle service.

Moreno’s Cuba | 318 20th St., Miami Beach
This spot offers delicious Cuban food, like many other places in the area, but it stands out. It is owned by a Latin Grammy winner Jorge Moreno and is situated in a courtyard behind the boutique Riviera Hotel. It’s known for its tasty mojitos, bistec palomilla, and lechon asado. Moreno performs frequently, and live music occurs nightly.

Bodega Taqueira y Tequila | 1220 16th St., Miami Beach
Think Mexican street food combined with a super cool bar. This play has daily food specials. Some featured menu items include: chimichurri steak tacos, mahi ceviche, hongos tostada, and panza tacos. Prices range from $2 to $13.  The inside of this place look like a taco truck. There is live music on Wednesdays and happy hour takes play daily from 6 to 8 p.m.

Other Hidden Gems: Krispy Krunchy, Las Olas Café, The Alibi, The Bar at 1306, and Drunken Dragon.

Stay Nearby these South Beach Hidden Gems

Whether you’re in the mood for BBQ carnitas, or a party with friends, these places will guarantee you a good time. And you’re still guaranteed the South Beach experience with cheaper prices and smaller crowds! While you’re out and about in one of these hidden gems of South Beach, check into the Cavalier Hotel. The Cavalier is within walking distance to the hottest spots in South Beach. To book your stay, call 305-673-1199 or click here.




Celebrity Chef Hot Spots in South Beach

Did you know South Beach and all of Miami are known for having some of the best food around? In Miami, the dining and food scene is ever-changing and evolving. There is food from all cultures represented and presented in many different ways. What makes some of Miami’s restaurants even more special is many of them are owned by a celebrity chef. These chefs’ spots range from fancier dining food options to comfort food. If you like watching cooking shows or have a favorite chef, there’s a good chance they own a place down here!

Here are some South Beach restaurants owned/operated by celebrity chefs that you should most definitely check out on your next visit to the area.

The Bazaar by Jose Andres
SLS Hotel, 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Celebrity chef: Jose Andres
This is a world-renowned restaurant that mixes sophisticated cuisine with a playful atmosphere. The place features a Spanish tapas style of dining with South Beach Latin flavors woven into the dishes. Andres is a James Beard award winner.

1 Hotel & Homes, 2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Celebrity Chef: Tom Colicchio
This restaurant features amazing fish and antibiotic-free meat dishes, has a stocked raw bar and freshly made pastas. Organic and fresh food is key here. Colicchio is a five-time James Beard award winner and the author of three cookbooks.

The Dutch Miami
W Hotel, 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
Celebrity Chef: Andrew Carmellini
This American restaurant features fresh fish, shellfish, meats and local produce. Some special items featured: a deluxe steak with a tower of shellfish, flavorful curry, fresh pie, and more. Carmellini is a two-time James Beard winner and has many successful restaurants and his grandfather owned Miami Beach’s Surf Club in the 1940s and 1950s; he is also the author of two cookbooks.

Other Celebrity Owned South Beach Restaurants

Matador Room at the Edition –  Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Tropicale –  Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Scarpetta – Scott Conant
Stripsteak – Michael Mina
Michael Mina 74 at Fountaineblue – Michael Mina

Visit South Beach

After spending the evening stuffing your face full of excellent cuisine from one of these celebrity chefs, you’ll want to spend the night locally so you can enjoy another restaurant tomorrow. The Cavalier Hotel is located nearby all these restaurants. To book a room, call 305-673-1199 or click here.