If you are lucky enough to live in the SOFI neighborhood (south of fifth street in Miami Beach), then you can walk to one of the many incredible restaurants nearby, but if not, it is worth hopping in your car or Uber and venturing down to this part of south beach for some of the city’s best eats. The best SOFI restaurants are Joe’s, Milo’s, Prime 112 and Upland, but there are a number of other great places in the vicinity. These are all pricey but worth it, so dress in your chicest Miami attire and get ready to eat like a king or queen.
Joe’s Stone Crab (“Joe’s”) is a Miami institution where celebrities, locals and tourists alike crowd the large interior on a daily basis. This family-owned and operated restaurant is of course known for its fresh, delicious name-sake stone crabs, but everything from the mouth-watering steaks to the surprisingly spectacular fried chicken to the decadent creamed spinach and famous key lime pie is perfectly cooked and delicious. Please note Joe’s does not accept reservations.
Milo’s is a Greek restaurant with incredible fresh fish in a beautiful, chic setting. The fish is flown in daily from Greece, Spain and Portugal, and there are a number of delicious salads, veggies and sides to go along with your entrée. The prices are steep, but they have a great “twilight” special which includes a four-course meal for under $50 per person. There are sister restaurants in New York, Montreal, Vegas and London.
Prime 112 is known for its steaks, but they have great seafood too. There are many unique items on the menu, such as tuna sliders with wasabi slaw, truffle provolone cheese fondue and Kobe hotdogs. When ordering your steak, you select the sauce , i.e. peanut hoisin, horseradish cream, etc., the specific “butter” (like truffle or foie gras) and chapeau (fried farm egg or gorgonzola, to name a few). The portions are generous, the people-watching is incredible and the place is iconic – enjoy!
Upland is a California-inspired restaurant that boasts an open kitchen and unbelievably delicious food. The focus is on the wood-fired oven, but the pastas are divine as is everything else on the menu. There is the delectable pistachio pizza with fontina and stracciatella, truffle fettucine with shaved black truffles and parmesan, coal roasted short rib for two ad Tuscan style lamb chops with mint, just to name a few. Stephen Starr, the genius restaurateur behind Makoto and Le Zoo, opened this restaurant in NYC first and then the SOFI location followed.
Parking in the area is tough so take an Uber if possible. These are just a few of the SOFI gems, so make sure to check out the neighboring restaurants once you have experienced Joe’s, Milos, Prime 112 and Upland.
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Felise Eber of The Jills® grew up on Miami Beach and has been with the team almost since its conception. She has an exceptional knowledge of South Florida real estate and boasts an extensive background in home design and fashion. A power walking and spinning enthusiast, she supports a number of organizations and is known for always providing exceptional personalized service. Together, The Jills have sold more than $3.17 billion in real estate since 2005 and have been named the #1 Coldwell Banker sales team worldwide for the past five years and #1 team in Florida.