Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner: Retro diners. Cuban cafés. The requisite South Beach celebrity-filled dining room. Below, our picks for a full day of meals.


S&S Diner Housed in a 1938 Art Deco building, the S&S has seasoned waitresses, a stream of eccentric regulars, and classic breakfasts, including French toast and buttery grits. 1757 N.E. Second Ave.; 305/373-4291; breakfast for two $14

The Lido Restaurant at the Standard Begin the day with Eggs Lido—salmon, asparagus, and poached organic farm eggs (you’re at a spa hotel, after all)—on a wooden deck overlooking Biscayne Bay. 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach; 305/673-1717; breakfast for two $35

Donut Gallery Restaurant A local favorite since 1972, this cute-as-a-button diner is known for the Ted’s Special, an open-faced English muffin with eggs, bacon, ham, cheese and tomatoes. 83 Harbor Dr., Key Biscayne; 305/361-9985; breakfast for two $16


Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish Market Miamians love the views of speedboats and overloaded cargo ships at Garcia’s, but the real star is the seafood, grilled to perfection and served with sweet plantains. 398 N.W. North River Dr.; 305/375-0765; lunch for two $30

Blue Door at the Delano The restaurant’s patio, near the garden and pool, is a tsunami of flesh and flash—a perfect backdrop for showy dishes like beef tenderloin carpaccio with cepes, shiitakes, and white-truffle oil. 1685 Collins Ave.; 305/672-2000; lunch for two $75

Café at Books & Books The most civilized sandwich spot (try the grouper) on Lincoln Road, South Beach’s shopping artery, and the prime place to practice Miami’s principal sport: people-watching. 933 Lincoln Rd.; 305/695-8898; lunch for two $35


Table 8 Dreadlocked star chef Govind Armstrong splits his time between L.A. and his new haunts at the Vincci hotel (formerly the Regent), where he dishes out New Zealand rack of lamb and his trademark salt-roasted porterhouse. 1458 Ocean Dr., Vincci South Beach; 305/672-4554; dinner for two $150

Versailles The standard-bearer of Little Havana, replete with mirrored walls, girls in party dresses, and Cuban exiles arguing politics over supercharged café con leche and voluptuous sandwiches. 3555 S.W. Eighth St., Little Havana; 305/444-0240; dinner for two $30

Indomania This hole-in-the-wall Dutch-Indonesian gem serves flavorful standards such as rijsttafel, a rice platter with sides like chicken in coconut sauce and curried eggs. 131 26th St., Miami Beach; 305/535-6332; dinner for two $60