AAJ has its winter conference in Miami quite often, so we feel like we’ve gotten to know South Beach pretty well at this point. While we rarely have time for the beach (though Jen did dip her toes in on this trip), we always make sure to have plenty of time for food. When in South Beach, you eat.
We made sure to hit Joe’s Stone Crab first. It’s a classic for a reason. We brought the whole family in for dinner and made sure to arrive at 4:45 so that we would not have trouble seating such a large party. They don’t take reservations, and by 6, there was a crazy line. Our waitress put bibs on all of us, which just made us giggle in anticipation of a great meal. We ordered a little bit of everything. You, of course, must have stone crabs (we got a couple of the jumbos and a couple of the large), the king crab legs, crab bisque, salmon and even ribs. I think the consensus was a tie between the stone crabs and the king crab – no surprise there.
Another new find that was fantastic was Fi’lia South Beach. It’s the second outpost for the restaurant and it’s right across from the Lowes, which is where the conference was held. Fortunately, there wasn’t a large crowd because the restaurant is still very new. We had absolutely phenomenal service (shout out to manager Andrea and waitress Sonia!). Again, we decided to try everything, but the gnocchi cacio e pepe al tartufo blew our minds. It was incredible. Amanda is going to Miami with her kids in March and she already made reservations again.
We also had a great time at the Opening Reception sponsored by Colson Hicks Eidson at Nikki Beach. Firedancers, glow-in-the-dark cornhole, lounges abound – what more could you want?