5 Mouthwatering Meals in Miami

Next time you visit South Beach, don’t pass up these must-eat munchies!

Miami Beach is known for their B’s — beaches, bods and bars. But don’t get too distracted with their hotness and nightlife scene. SoBe has some of the best grubs Miami has to offer! Here are 5 of my most memorable munchies.

Jimmy’z Kitchen
shrimp mofongo

Jimmy serves up Puerto Rican comfort food at its best. And you must get the mofongo! Mofongo is fried mashed plantains mixed with pork cracklings, and who doesn’t love pork fat! Plus, did I mention it’s also fun to say?

You can have it many ways, but most will recommend you get it with shrimp. One bite and I was hooked!

Supposedly it’s does wonders for your hangovers too.

Joe’s Stone Crabs
stone crabs

Pretty damn pricey, but worth the splurge. Take a bite of these one-of-a-kind sweet & meaty crab claws and you’ll find out why this institution has been around for almost 100 years.

Order through Joe’s Take Away corner next door if you’re not in the mood for fine dining. Don’t forget to finish off with a slice of their key lime pie.


Puerto Sagua
ropa vieja

What’s this Cuban restaurant most known for? Old clothes. You heard right. Well at least that’s how it translates to English. The Ropa Vieja dish is shredded beef that’s simple yet tender andflavorful. Your entree comes with a side of some of the best fried plantains I ever had. The boys and I liked it so much, we were about to go back the next day!

The other famous dish here has to be the oxtail stew.


Go-Go Fresh Food Cafe

This fresh food place outside SoBe serves up salads and soups, but they’re really known for their Argentinian empanadas. Sweet or savory, they have you covered. Just a sample of pies from their list: chimichurri steak, mozarella/tomato/basil, dulce de leche/blackberry, and guava/cream cheese.

Wash it down with a refreshing melon green tea or strawberry lemonade and you’re good to go!


News Cafe
huevos rancheros

This is an iconic breakfast brunch spot on Ocean Dr. You simply can’t beat the location for beautiful people watching in South Beach. Oh yeah, the food is pretty good too.

I had the huevos rancheros, but many recommend the eggs benedict substituting the hollandaise for the cream cheese sauce.



Have you been to Miami? What are some of your favorite SoBe eats?

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  • http://www.scenewithahart.com Fidel Hart

    Mouth watering! I write a lot of food blogs, but when you read someone else’s, you realize why people tell you how hungry the blogs make them. I want some of those stone crabs right now.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Agreed! I easily drool with envy when I see someone else’s food blog. Bobby Flay said those Stone Crabs were some of the best things he’s ever ate.

  • http://www.indohoy.com Vira

    mouthwatering indeed! oh my, I should go out and grab some food right now.
    By the way, I stumbled upon this website of yours, and I love it. Well I haven’t gone though all the pages, but I really like the layout with the world icons on the background n’ all. Plus you guys got great photos! Slurp!
    Oh and I read that you have ‘biking around Bali’ in your 30 before 30 list.. When you’re doing that, make sure you go further east , west, and north from Bali, exploring much more of Indonesia, cos it truly is a fascinating country :D

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Hi Vira. I’ve been following you too since we’ll be visiting Indonesia. Love the tagline, more to Indonesia than just Bali! hah. The only problem we’ll have in Indonesia is lack of time. Looks like we’ll have a little less than 2 weeks there. So it’ll be tricky on how we prioritize where we want to go in your great country.

  • Anonymous

    Nice list. SoBe’s got great food, even if the service doesn’t match up. There’s a pizza place I love when I go. And, it’s open most of the day and night. Wish I could remember the name to add to your list.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks. Could it be Pizza Rustica? They’re pretty popular.

  • http://www.theworldofdeej.com The World of Deej

    This hit me right in my sweet spot…I am a huge fan of Cuban food, and Joe’s Stone Crab is one of my all time favorites…

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Joe’s Stone Crab was delicious. I also had the lobster roll there.. It hit the spot for me too.

  • http://malloryontravel.com/ Iain Mallory

    Those dishes have my mouth watering thanks for sharing

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thinking of these dishes still do the same for me… Anytime Iain! Thanks for trippin’ by!

  • Anonymous

    We’ll be in Miami this saturday! We’ve changed our plans so that we can get a car and visit these places you recommend! Can’t wait! Thanks for the tips!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      How exciting! There are 2 Jimmy’z Kitchens. I’d probably recommend going to the original hole-in-the-wall (not Wynwood). Always feels more authentic. :)

  • https://www.jimmyzkitchen.com Chef Jimmy Carey

    Thank you so much for that ‘mouthwatering’ mention of the Mofongo ‘Cure’ !! We loved that you loved it and look forward to seeing you again!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks for sharing our site and the great tasting dishes you put out Chef Jimmy! I recommend your place to everyone I know visiting Miami! That Mofongo Monster will scare away any hangover!

  • Idalia Agramonte

    Loved that Mofongo!!!! Thank you for writing about it and sharing with the world! We miss you, come back!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks for taking me there in the first place! The hole-in-the-wall version too! Next time I’m there you will hear from me.

  • Thai Chu

    Why did I just discover your blog? I was in Miami a couple weekends ago Yelping awesome Latin-Caribbean places to eat!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      i don’t know. Maybe I don’t post enough on FB? Did you find any other good eats in MIA?