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11th Street Diner
11th St. & Washington Ave., Miami Beach
305-534-6373
www.eleventhstreetdiner.com

Housed in an original Art Deco railroad dining car, this is the classic roadside diner, SoBe style. That means a “Body Builder Special” (six egg whites, three fillings, fruit) along with the other all-day breakfast specials and the best American coffee in town -- 24 hours a day.

News Café
800 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
305-538-6397
www.newscafe.com

This is where Gianni Versace used to hang out, and it’s still the most cosmopolitan place for coffee and a sandwich on the beach.

The Palace
1200 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
305-531-7234
www.palacesouthbeach.com

“Every queen needs a palace” is the motto for this bistro just off the gay beach and where everyone eventually congregates after a day of sun, surf and sin. It doesn’t get any gayer than this.

Joe's Stone Crab
11 Washington Ave. 
305-673-0365
www.joesstonecrab.com

Yes, it's flooded with tourists. But that's because being over a century old here makes it the best example of what it was like when the only neighbors were alligators. Even if most of the seafood isn't local, the side dishes, all old-style comfort food, make up for it. 

Alter
223 NW 23rd St. 
305-573-5996
www.altermiami.com

Locally sourced, seasonal offerings from the latest "in" spot headed by a celebrity chef. The $65 tasting menu is a (relative) bargain, considering the quality.