South Beach Restaurants
Apple a Day
1534 Alton Rd., South Beach
Located in a nondescript shopping mall, Apple A Day’s interior is likewise nondescript, but their cold-pressed, organic juices, made in house, are so fresh and so good. They also do smoothies, acai, salads, wraps, quinoa and brown rice bowls; they serve Panther coffee; and you can order online for delivery.
1424 Alton Rd., South Beach
Considering its location in a nondescript strip mall, you could walk right by the Drunken Dragon without knowing it was there—look for the "MARKET" sign to guide you into the space, which deceptively offers lofty ceilings, a long, dramatic bar, and sleek wooden midcentury chairs. Food here (the menu is helmed by The Dutch, Nobu, and Zuma alum Xavier Torres) is served Korean barbecue-style, so while you'll order a few sides for the table (the bok choy is a crowd pleaser), the main event is really a plate of raw cuts of meat that guests grill themselves over specially designed flames at the center of the table. The drink menu is appropriately dramatic, focusing on Tiki-style rum cocktails, and you can enjoy them well into the evening, as the restaurant stays open until 6am on weekends.
1680 Michigan Ave., South Beach
Mister O1 (formerly Visa O1, named for the US visa given to people with extraordinary ability or achievement in their fields) serves Neapolitan-style, thin-crust pies at their popular South Beach location. Small, cozy, and usually packed, they're known for a pie with a photogenic star-shaped crust topped with San Marzano sauce, ricotta, Calabrese salami, and fresh basil. Pretty much any pizza from their varied menu is sure to please, though—if you prefer, you can opt for vegan cheese, and there are plenty of salads to choose from for the gluten-averse. There's a location Downtown, too.
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