Miami celebrates 305 Day

MIAMI – Happy 305 day!

For some, loyalty is a lifestyle. The Miami area code is written on tattoos: “305 Until I Die,” “305 Girls”, and “305 State of Mind”. Adventurous Latin American expats who are fluent in Spanglish rule the area. Pitbull and Dwyane Wade are kings and the AmericanAirlines Arena is their palace.

Here is a list of lunch and dinner venues that honor the spirit of the 305:

1. The competitive gourmet scene forces restaurateurs to innovate or to die. There’s a new restaurant in Edgewater that is touted as a “love letter to Miami” that looks like it could stay here. The Amara at Paraiso counts on its magnificent views of Miami’s Biscayne Bay and the impeccable genius of the James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz. His restaurant, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, in the Design District, a fashionable area in Miami’s Little Haiti, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

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2. Don’t let the name fool you. Versailles, a restaurant in Miami’s Little Havana, doesn’t have anything great going for it, and although it’s considered a tourist trap by 305 residents, the place is a popular landmark. There is no better place to experience a Cuban colada while others chat about politics. The spot’s regulars include passionate Cuban abuelitos who could share interesting stories about shaking hands with John F. Kennedy while planning to get rid of Fidel Castro. If you’ve never had a colada before, remember that two cups of Cuban coffee are enough to keep all Miami Heat players energized. That is why the espresso is served in mini cups by the window.

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3rd Take-away at Palacio de los Jugos, a market in Miami’s Flagami neighborhood, offers Latin American and Caribbean flavors that come with a voucher for your cholesterol medication. There are dishes with variations of roasted and grilled pork, and the sweet and creamy mamey fruit juice is their specialty.

4th The menu at Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar and Latin Grill in Miami’s Coconut Grove includes dishes inspired by two of the most popular Latin American cuisines – Mexican and Peruvian. The quick lunch date restaurant is located near Peacock Park and serves a mean flan, the Spanish creamy custard dessert that is served across Latin America.

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5. When it comes to crab and Florida’s signature key lime pie, there’s no better place than Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami Beach. It opened in 1913 and has a take-away market. Other brand names include lobster beetroot and their soy, truffle and tuna ceviche.

6th Happy hour is best in Area 31, a hotspot at EPIC downtown. They serve late night food overlooking the area where the Miami River meets Biscayne Bay. The other places with the best views of Miami are Rusty Pelican, La Mar by Gaston Acurio, and Sugar at EAST Miami.

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