Prems Chennai Delight

Taking advantage of both the Indian expatriate population between Cincinnati and Dayton as well as a nascent interest in good Indian food around this part of the state, Prems Chennai Delight is a traditional sit-down-style restaurant that has a relatively small menu of dishes and a modest feel. Comfortable, respectful, and with a love of recipes specifically coming from southern India, this dive is based on the tasty curries and generous spices to really stand out. Worth a try if you want to learn more about this kind of cuisine.

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Old’s Havana Cuban Bar & Cocina

One of many eateries along the main strip of Miami’s iconic Little Havana neighborhood, Old’s Havana Cuban Bar is a pretty straightforward eatery of Cuban specialties. Live music charms lunch diners and while a bit cramped, the spot does offer a wide variety of good foods. While there are a lot of dishes here that will satiate your curiosity for Cuban cuisine, some of the dishes themselves are a bit overdone. The end result in some of these dishes can be a bit of a mess. 

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The Local House

A bit on the lighter end, this seafood restaurant is a place of substance; its cocktails a creative menagerie of fruits, its seafood fresh and standing on its own. Those wonderful outdoor seats make this spot good for a date or an intimate dinner. Definitely a bit more upscale than what you’ll find to the north.

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Miu’s Tea

Bubble tea shops are increasingly common in the U.S., especially in places that draw an international crowd. Miami Beach has one very attractive option in the form of Miu’s Tea, along the main Washington Avenue stretch a few blocks from the beach. Highly customizable teas you can take and walk. There’s a market for something sweet when you’re on the beach and watching the calories. For a quick drink without a lot of hassle, you’ll find a lot of really pleasant variety here.

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Chalan on the Beach

There are many, many Hispanic eateries around Miami, most of them either hearkening to the region’s strong Cuban cultural heritage, or the Caribbean destinations nearby. But on Miami Beach, a more global experience can be found. And so, Chalan on the Beach, on the main Washington Avenue stretch, focuses on Peruvian cuisine, a distinct and different kind of food that emphasizes creative uses for rice, a variety of seafood and ingredients many other nations in South America don’t use as often. It’s a unique tint, and it plays really well here. 

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El Pub Restaurant

Little Havanna, on Eighth Avenue (“Calle Ocho,” as it’s more commonly termed locally) is an expansive nod to the local culture. Little parks where folks play dominos. Shops of hand-crafted goods. This neighborhood is a beloved gem in the city.

Inevitably, when a gem has a reputation like that, it will sometimes see its struggles from both the onslaught of visitors and the tourist traps looking to grab some of that hype. El Pub Restaurant, I fear, suffers from a little of both.

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Hiro’s Sushi Express

Miami Beach draws visitors from around the world, so it’s no surprise to the streets of this resort area filled with cuisine from all over, and at different levels of quality. If you’ve got a hankering for sushi but don’t want to blow your budget, this spot is one worth consideration. It serves up sushi and other Japanese street foods and in a pretty inexpensive manner, as well. As food goes, this stuff is cheap, approachable and, really, pretty fresh. A safe choice if you’re looking for some easy sushi.

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Blocks Pizza Deli

There are a hundred places to grab a bite of pizza along Miami Beach, but a taste of that’s at Blocks Pizza Deli along Washington Street. Pizza is served up in these enormous thick-crust blocks. One’s a meal, and two or three? Well, they’re a party.

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Burrito San

The sushi burrito came to be a big fad a few years ago as the combination of healthy sushi and build-your-own burritos collided. In downtown Miami, where the wonderful warm weather and nearby beach ensures a healthy desire for healthy food, this kind of food thrives. Burrito San has so much polish and such a well trained staff that you would think this was a major chain, but no! It’s a one-off shop and it’s a convenient option for a quick and healthy meal. The food is great, but most importantly, it’s fresh.

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Spris Pizza

When you’re on Miami Beach, one of the better restaurant hubs for people watching has to be the Lincoln Road Mall. A hub for shopping, dining and all things luxury, you’ll find more than a few good happy hour deals around here if you know where to look. One of the better choices? Spris, little more than a giant pizza oven with a patio, offers inexpensive Italian-style thin crust pizzas and a very memorable people-watching charm. 

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