New Year’s is on the approach and that’s got many thinking about the 365 days ahead. Us? We’re thinking about the past–Miami’s killer throwback restaurants, in particular. While delicious new wave spots open up every day, there’s a cadre of classics that remain. Below, you’ll find some of our favorite old school joints, from South Beach and beyond.
The Forge has been around since the 1920s, when it was actually, well, a forge. In the 1930s, the space transformed into a restaurant/casino that drew Hollywood types on the hunt for glamor and gambling. Today, the cards are off the literal table, but it still draws the stars. As for the food, the steak is the main draw here, as is the robust wine cellar.
432 W 41st St, Miami Beach, FL 33140
When it comes to French food in Miami, Palme d’Or is the pinnacle. The Biltmore Hotel restaurant is 100-percent Old Money Miami, with all the warm woods and palm fronds you’d expect. On the plate, Michelin-starred chef Gregory Pugin goes classic French with a twist. The meats are rich, the desserts decadent, and the cheeses a must.
1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Ahoy, mateys! Captain’s Tavern really feels like a trip down below, with a wood-paneled nautical theme setting the seafaring scene. The casual restaurant has been serving seafood for the last forty years, and people keep coming back for whole lobsters, bisque, and grilled fish. Fair warning: try coming here at off hours; it gets packed.
9625 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156
Joe’s Stone Crab
Home of the killer crustacean. No trip to Miami is complete without a stop through Joe’s Stone Crab. For over 100 years, it’s been the reason countless diners have tied bibs around their necks for a chance to dig into some black-tipped beauties. Grab the butter, we’re going in.
11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
S & S Diner
At S & S Diner, surrounded by old movie posters and various ephemera, you can do what locals have done since 1938: order the 2-2-2-2 special. That’s two eggs, two pancakes, two strips of bacon, and two sausages. In other words: eight reasons why you’re not leaving here hungry.
2699 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137
Header photo courtesy of Nichlas Andersen