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...

There are few quality bakeries & coffee shops on Lincoln Rd & around. 

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),

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).