Locals Only: Where to Avoid the Snowbirds in Miami

By Michelle Muslera for ZAGAT

 

Snowbirds. They invade our beaches during the cool months, hogging parking spaces and snagging the good seats at our favorite restaurants. This is their season in Miami, and while we may not be able to help much with the parking situation, we can at least suggest 10 tasty spots where you’ll find a locals-heavy crowd.

 

Sylvano’s
Blink and you might miss this Italian spot just a block off Collins Avenue. It serves Italian antipasti, pizza and homemade pasta and a great selection of regional wines for a reasonable price, making it a rare gem given its location. The staff is mostly Italian and very friendly, and there’s always a row of chatty locals drinking at the bar. The lush patio feels miles away from South Beach’s hustle and bustle.

1925 Liberty Ave.; 305-673-3959

 

Pubbelly
This Sunset Harbour gastropub got some good exposure when it opened a few years ago, but the buzz has quieted a bit with all the hot new arrivals in the area. But its menu of Asian-inspired, pork-centric small plates is still a solid choice for a bite before a night of drinking at nearby bars and clubs. Note: its sister property Pubbelly Sushi, located right next door, is always a good bet too.

1418 20th St.; 305-532-7555

 

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