Whether Miamians like it or not, out-of-towners love to visit the Magic City. And when they do, it's the job of the local hosts to show them the best the city has to offer. It's a big responsibility, but we've narrowed it down to the top five places you should take your guests. So although your visitors may leave here complaining about the heat (or cold?) and the traffic, they certainly won't leave hungry.
5. Joe's Stone Crab
Restaurants don't become institutions for nothing
— they have to earn it, and by God has Joe's Stone Crab earned it. This sprawling South of Fifth eatery has been around for more than 100 years, before Miami Beach was even a city and before most people knew you could even eat stone crabs. But Joseph "Joe" Weiss had the idea to throw the crustaceans into boiling water and serve them with hash browns, cole slaw, and mayonnaise. They were an instant hit, and Joe's became the place to see and be seen in Miami Beach. Today, the wait for a table can stretch to more than an hour for Joe's famous Florida stone crabs (market price) and the restaurant's equally popular key lime pie ($7.95) and fried chicken ($6.95). But despite the wait, dining here is an experience that's unique to South Beach, and thus
no visit is complete without a stop at Joe's.
4. 27 Restaurant & Bar
Many visitors have preconceived notions of what South Beach is like: i.e., glamorous and overpriced. However, some gems prove there's a different side to the posh part of Miami, and it's always a treat to show that side to guests. Case in point: 27 Restaurant & Bar at the Freehand Miami
hostel. Located in a historic house, this seasonally driven spot has an eclectic-meets-homey menu and vibe. After all, 27 is the brainchild of Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi, the duo behind one of Miami's hottest and hippest bars, the Broken Shaker. Try the kimchee fried rice ($19) and the delicious shakshuka ($15), as well as one of the many excellent cocktails. Afterward, treat your visitors to another drink at the Broken Shaker — there's no need to head to a second destination when you're here.