Jetsetters and tastemakers flock to Art Basel Miami Beach to satisfy that eternally insatiable appetite: the eye's. But as the culture club gallery hops, ponders line and form, and studies the newest names to know, they're bound to get more earthly cravings.
Luckily for them, Miami's food scene mirrors its design world: The city is filled with promising new culinary talent, some old-school gems, and even a bit of handmade delicacy.
Michael's Genuine Food and Drink is helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz and features farm-to-table cuisine (which includes the delicious-sounding slow-roasted and grilled Harris Ranch beef short rib with toasted almonds and roasted cipollini onions). Plus, it's conveniently located in the heart of the Design District.
A gallery-hop away is the local favorite, Mandolin, offering light Mediterranean fare...and legendary sangria. It's the perfect start to a long night of (artsy) festivities or a celebratory lunch.
Should you be nursing a hangover—whether induced by too much vodka or too much Rothko—a hearty brunch at Bon Appétitand James Beard favorite Yardbird is in order. Eater, beware: It's real Southern food. If you can't stomach a stick of bacon in your bloody Mary, your palate is nowhere near refined enough for a table here.
Perhaps Pubbelly Sushi is more up your alley. It's Southern-meets-sushi: Start with the Frenchonion miso soup and then try the porkbelly and clams roll if you're feeling adventurous. (Or the rock shrimp with spicy mayo and chives if you're not.)
The New York art brats will be pleased to know that, after a gala or evening opening, there's a midnight menu at Cecconi's, the Venetian restaurant at Soho Beach House. Perhaps a dessert or two is just the thing you need to seal the deal after a long night.