There are so many great and reasonably-priced places to dine on South Beach.

You can start the day at any of the little walk up Cuban bodegas and have a strong cafe Cubano and a pan Cubano. This is a super strength espresso fortified with a lot of sugar and served in a thimble (trust me - a little goes a long way) with a raft of crispy toasted extra light grill-pressed bread. Miami runs on this breakfast of champions. Most places serve right out on the sidewalk through a little window, but some have a counter inside offering just squeezed juices too. Check this out one morning...

If you are more a bacon and eggs type, the Front Porch Cafe on 14/Ocean Drive has a lovely menu to start the day. The News Cafe is further South at 9/Ocean but is a go-to spot for visitors and locals alike open 24 HOURS!.

You can also do what every red-blooded American does and walk 10 steps in any direction and find a Starbucks to customize a cup of something... with a low fat muffin to go. You want them - we have them. There are 3 separate Starbuck's on Lincoln Mall. Plus, Denny's 29/Collins and McMuffins @ Lincoln/Washington.

There are lovely brunches as well. On Sunday - make reservations at Yardbird, Khong, FIX, Local House, or an AYCE at the Ritz Carlton Hotel at Lincoln/ Collins Ave

At 2/Collins is the all day and all night diner Big Pink which serves huge plates of breakfast standards (including a great breakfast burrito) and a host of giant salads, juicy burgers, wrap sandwiches and hefty desserts too. Be sure to substitute sweet potato fries for the regular ones on someone's order - they are wonderful! Oh - the fries come in a BUCKET - So do the beers...

Around Lincoln Road, the other breakfast and brunchy-lunchy places worth mentioning are

Books & Books Cafe 927 Lincoln,

Balans 1022 Lincoln (which is actually cheaper on weekdays and has a lovely eggs benedict),

Nexxt 700 Lincoln (giant portions),

Van Dyke (live jazz every night on the 2nd floor), and

Just north of the mall on Meridian is Abuela's Cafe, the Cuban storefront to visit for that jet fuel cafe and a super reasonable breakfast menu (all locals, open 24 hours!!)

Also near by is A la Folie Cafe on Espanola for a French pastry, crepes and a latte.

For the rest of the day and evening, you can check out the following places. 

La Sandwicherie at 229 14th Street

San Loco Tacos next door to La Sandwicherie 

Spris/Tiramesu Italian 721 Lincoln

KHONG RIver across from Abuela's on Meridian (Thai) & Yardbird just off the mall at Lenox (Southern fried goodness)

Piola Pizza 1625 Alton at the west end of the mall under the movies for just-baked little pies

Rosinella 525 Lincoln for pasta

Grillfish fresh Seafood 14/Collins

Bond Street 150 20th for hip sushi

Sushi Siam 646 Lincoln for Thai

Altamare seafood 1223 Lincoln

or the best burgers in town at Burger & Beer Joint 1766 Bay Road (a favorite local hangout).