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A No Nonsense Guide to Doing South Beach Like a Local

By Shayne Benowitz | Originally appeared on Miami.com

The New York Times’ Frugal Traveler Lucas Peterson recently paid our fair, seaside city of South Beach a visit and like so many travel writers and first time visitors before him, he fell into the typical tourist traps of Ocean Drive and its surrounding streets, rattling off (for the most part) a list of bars that no self respecting local would be caught dead in. He even called Mango’s the “quintessential” South Beach club experience—uh, not quite, bro. See: LIV, Story.

To be fair, South Beach isn't the easiest place to penetrate with pockets of coolness hiding in plain sight amidst, well, a lot of weirdness. Having lived in South Beach for the last six years, I’ve created a no nonsense guide distilling down the best locals spots in the ‘hood. And, yes, they happen to be places that I personally enjoy frequenting.

So what makes a spot local?

First, it’s gotta have a good vibe. We like a place that’s both approachable and stylish with serious quality backing it up.

Second, the price needs to be right. It’s far too easy to drop $80 to $100 a head at restaurants of wildly varying quality on the beach (most places being just okay). We want to pay half that. Also, spare us the $18-$24 cocktails, please! We live here. We need a place we can go any night of the week and not feel totally ripped off and despondent when the bill comes.

Finally, we love anything locally owned and operated. That’s how we’re slowly, but surely building a community on this crazy, neon-festooned, tacky, tourist loving, melting pot of an island that’s slowly sinking into the Atlantic. We like a place where we might run into our neighbors that still feels somewhat undiscovered by the masses who live elsewhere.

Local Restaurants

We like healthy, organic food in South Beach, so we frequent the newly opened fast-casual Dirt for its super fresh and delicious menu of salads, bowls and sandwiches.

 

Where to Eat Lunch in South Beach Right Now

By Priscilla Blossom | Originally appeared in Miami.com

There are so many beautiful things about South Beach: the ocean, the people, the architecture and, also, the food. You can find a wonderful variety of culinary delights here, from first-rate steak houses to refreshing vegan juice bars--fitting for an area that prides itself on its diverse population. No matter what you crave at noontime, you’re certain to find something to fill you up and keep you satisfied and we’ve rounded up the best of the best for your future eating pleasure.

What's Healthy

DIRT

For those concerned with the environmental impact of their meals, look no further than Dirt--a fast casual eatery that’s committed to serving up meals that are seasonal, organic, and local. Vegan and vegetarians love it for the avocado toast, santorini salad, and berkley beets wrap. Omnivores and the paleo crowd fawn over the dirty steak and cheese (served in a collard wrap) and curried cauliflower bowl.

232 5th Street, Miami Beach; 305-763-8548

4 South Florida restaurants to try right now

By Carlos Frías | Originally appeared in Miami.com

There's no need to save tasty dining for the weekend.

Here are four restaurants to try today from "Dining Discoveries" food writer Linda Bladholm. Mom-and-pop restaurants are the heart of Miami and Bladholm gives us an inside look at what makes these special.

Her column highlighting South Florida restaurants appears weekly in the Miami Herald.

DIRT EAT CLEAN

"Whether you adhere to a vegan, vegetarian or Paleo diet, there is something for all at Dirt Eat Clean in South Beach. It’s a hip café with all-day smoothies, housemade juices and nut milks flavored with cocoa powder. Most of the menu is plant based with vegetables the star." (Read more)

232 5th Street, Miami Beach (at Washington). 305-239-3000, dirteatclean.com

Miami.com: DIRT restaurant to boast clean eating in South Beach

Written by Evan S. Benn | This originally appeared on Miami.com

The newest option in Miami's fresh-casual scene is DIRT, opening soon at 232 Fifth St. in Miami Beach. 

Opening this fall in the heart of South Beach: DIRT, a clean-eating, fresh-casual restaurant at 232 Fifth St., between Washington and Collins avenues. 

The restaurant, which will be open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, will feature a juice bar, build-your-own salads and plenty of other plant-based options. That's a natural fit for chef Jonathan Seningen, who previously helmed Elizabeth's Gone Raw in Washington, D.C., and trained with noted raw-foods chef Matthew Kenney.  

Dirt isn't all fruits and veggies: There's also beef (grass-fed), poultry (pasture-raised), eggs (cage-free), fish (wild, sustainable), coffee (Fair Trade) and more.  

For updates on Dirt's opening, follow DirtEatClean.com and on Twitter: @DirtEatClean