Here are a few of the many fine
restaurants you may not be familiar with.
Enoteca Ristorante at 1801 Purdy Avenue provides regional
Italian fare in a lovely dining room frequented
mostly by locals, Sardinia is a hidden treasure on
the quiet west side of South Beach. Friendly servers
are enthusiastic about the menu, the wine list is
interesting and offers unique pours from small
Italian vineyards. All in all a perfect spot for a
savory Sunday night supper.
BLTSteak at 1440 Ocean Drive. Chef Laurent
Tourondel's celebrated restaurant serves prime beef,
sparkling tuna tartare, steamy popovers and classic
cocktails to a preppy looking crowd who gather on
the terrace to toast the sunset overlooking Ocean
Drive. Miles away from the hype and spandex of Prime
112, this South Beach steakhouse offers a more
relaxing vibe and better food than most of the Kobe
Charlotte Bakery at 1499 Washington Avenue. Blink
and you will miss this cozy Latin cafe where the
empanadas, arepas and cheesy Colombian "pan de bono"
breads make mornings so much sweeter. Stop in for a
coffee, a pastry and a friendly smile from the mom &
Burger & Beer Joint at 1766 Bay Road. Chances are
you're not hungry enough to order the 10 pound
burger served up by a parade of hacksaw wielding
waiters who heft the large platter all through the
restaurant, but the hope that SOMEONE might order
one brings us back to South Beach's gourmet beef
spot hoping to catch the ruckus one more time. Enjoy
juicy beef, fish or veggie burgers, thick onion
rings and a lively crowd.