What: The Local House, 400 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Why: It’s light, airy and reminds me of a homey Kennebunkport beach cottage. It’s the kind of restaurant you’ll linger in; it’s like sitting in your own living room or at least, the kind of living room I’d love to have. The menu is interesting, healthy and yummy. My favorite is the Kale and Roasted Beet salad. Although known for its raw bar, The Local House has a bit of Latin flare, too, and its Sunday Brunch is to die for.
The eatery is nestled into the cool and beyond-comfy Sense Beach House. The boutique hotel reminds me of the set of a Nancy Meyers movie: think “Something’s Gotta Give” or “It’s Complicated.” It’s like Ralph Lauren and Martha Stewart had the perfect hotel baby. It’s private, cozy and like the lyrics to that popular 70’s Eagles song (slightly altered,) You can check in anytime you want, but ‘you’ll never want to leave.’
Where: It’s near the end of THE most popular street in Miami, Ocean Drive. The good news is, it’s South of 5th, allowing you to avoid some of the crazy South Beach traffic, but at the same time, you can still enjoy its popular Art Deco charm and atmosphere.
When: Mon-Thur 8am-11pm, Fri-Sat-12pm, Sun 8am-10pm