Last month I (spontaneously) went to Miami for a long weekend. While I still came back to DC whiter than rice, I did stop into some awesome restaurants and a couple cool shops worth noting.
#1 One // National Hotel // 1677 Collins Avenue
I stay at the National Hotel right in the heart of South Beach. The outdoor pool space was awesome and even though I hate sand, it was nice to have direct access to the beach. Pro-tip: Book on the Hotels Tonight app - saved hundreds off the room I got.
#2 Two // Yarbird // 1600 Lenox Ave
One of the best meals I had. Yardbird is this southern-inspired restaurant just West of South Beach. Highly recommend the chicken and biscuits, fried green tomatoes, and breakfast skillet. Brunch cocktails were great too.
#3 Three // David Castillo // 420 Lincoln Rd
Cool art gallery City Center - a strip of stores, restaurants, and shops.
#4 Four // Big Pink // 157 Collins Ave
This place was incredible. The place is pretty small and had a line out the door when I got there. Ended up nabbing a seat at the bar because of how long the wait was. The menu is huge and was recommended the grilled cheese by a reader (above). It was double layered with about half a dozen pieces of thickly cut bacon and tomatoes. I didn't eat for the rest of the day.
#5 Five // The Cafe at Books & Books // 927 Lincoln Rd
Best. Tacos. Ever. This place is a little shack on the main drag of South Beach. If it hadn't started pouring after taking this picture, I would have ordered another three. 100% must try.