Another Birthday Back in South Beach: South Beach Diet


If you’ve followed some of my Trip Reports, you know that Joann and I love our food (VancouverKauai, Maui). With only two nights in Miami, we had to make sure we hit up some of the best spots!

Sra. Martinez

My buddies took me here last December for my bachelor party and the tasting menu was insane. When Joann and I went, it was just as good. So many great courses. Too many to remember. Even Chef/Owner Michelle Bernstein was in the house that night so it was a real pleasure to try her creations. I guess she was in a giving mood because we enjoyed a few comped drinks and huge portions of every tapas dish. Way too much for just two people.

Cafe Charlotte

Authentic Argentine food. Argentine empanadas are my favorite and their beef ones were super rich. We also had the pabellon which was kind of like ropa vieja. Again, really homey food. And they threw a fried egg on top of the rice which is like adding bacon to something; it’s cheating but I love it.

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

For our last stop before departing, we stopped by a favorite from last year’s Miami jaunt – MGFD. We started with the appetizer special – a caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes and burrata. The tomatoes were so fresh and the burrata was melt-in-your-mouth creamy. For lunch, we ordered the Short Rib Panini with Fontina Cheese & Caramelized Onions and the Lamb Burger. Both were amazing and bursting with flavor. The panini was served with a tomato chutney to add some acidity and cut richness of that tender short rib meat. The burger was packed with all the lamb flavor that you could ask for, cooked perfectly and very juicy. We thought the food was good last time for dinner but this lunch was definitely the way to dine before heading home.