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Best Restaurants in Miami-Miami BeachOur favorites include some of this destination's best restaurants—from fine dining to simple fare.

Restaurants throughout Miami wisely take advantage of the abundance of fresh, locally grown (and freshly caught) ingredients and the diverse cuisines of the city's international population, blending components of each in creative, innovative ways.

The warm colors of the brick walls and the wood-beamed ceiling, pottery, artwork and traditional Spanish music are as evocative of Spain as the cuisine at Casa Juancho Restaurant. The restaurant's tapas menu, with more than 30 choices, serves as a prelude to the regular menu, which features fresh fish prepared Spanish style, aged Black Angus beef and, for dessert, crema Catalana, a custard dish with a crunchy, caramelized coating. The restaurant is known for its rare Armagnacs, Spanish brandies and large selection of wines from Spain.

Several miles southwest, off the main road in a small strip shopping center, is Tropical Chinese Restaurant, which many regard as Miami's finest Chinese dining experience. Finding the restaurant the first time might be a little difficult, but once there you will be rewarded with a sumptuous Hong Kong-style meal. The comprehensive menu at this elegantly simple establishment accommodates connoisseurs of Chinese food as well as those who prefer traditional American fare. Be adventurous and try the braised sea cucumber with spicy sauce or indulge in the shredded chicken with shark fin soup or the popular black bean lobster. The 56 items on the dim sum menu are sure to tempt. An open kitchen allows diners to view the chefs in action.

You can't visit Miami without having a meal at the legendary Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant, a South Beach fixture since 1913. At the very southern end of Miami Beach, this institution has been serving stone crabs since 1921. Joe didn't discover the delectable little rascals, but he certainly put them on the map (or menu, in this case). As you would assume, this is a popular place and waits are to be expected. Reservations aren't accepted, though, so get there early and relax in the lounge or courtyard until your name is called. Then put on a bib and enjoy Joe's signature dish brought to you on trays by tuxedo-clad waiters. If you prefer, steaks, chops and chicken also are available, but you must end your meal with a slice of Joe's Key lime pie.

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Miami Population

399,457

Miami Elevation

20 ft.

Miami Beach Population

87,779

Miami Beach Elevation

4 ft.

Sales Tax

Miami-Dade County sales tax is 7 percent. An additional hotel room tax is 6 percent in Miami-Dade County, with the exception of Surfside and Bal Harbour, where the resort tax is 4 percent.

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Police (non-emergency)

(305) 476-5423 (Miami-Dade County) or (305) 579-6111 (Miami)

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(786) 331-5000 (Miami-Dade County) or (305) 416-5400 (Miami)

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(305) 324-8811

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Baptist Hospital of Miami, (786) 596-1960; Jackson South Community Hospital, (305) 251-2500; North Shore Medical Center, (305) 835-6000; University of Miami Hospital, (305) 689-5511; Westchester General Hospital, (305) 264-5252.

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701 Brickell Ave. Suite 2700 Miami, FL 33131. Phone:(305)539-3000 or (800)933-8448

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Miami International Airport

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Miami and Miami Beach are served by many major car rental agencies. Hertz, (800) 654-3080, or (305) 871-0300 at Miami International Airport, and (305) 534-4661 inside the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail Service

The Amtrak Station is at 8303 N.W. 37th Ave. For arrival information phone (305) 835-1221; for reservations and other information phone (800) 872-7245.

Buses

Greyhound Lines Inc. stations are at 3801 N.W. 21st St., (305) 871-1810, in Miami; at 16000 N.W. Seventh Ave., (305) 688-7277, in North Miami.

Taxis

Cabs are plentiful and operate on the meter system. Fares are $2.95 base fee plus $2.40 per mile and 40c for each minute of waiting. A $1 fuel surcharge and an airport surcharge may apply. The largest companies are Yellow Cab Co., (305) 444-4444, and Metro Taxi, (305) 888-8888.

Public Transportation

Transportation by elevated light rail, people mover and bus is available in Miami.

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