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Scotty's Landing, Miami

3381 Pan American Drive
Coconut Grove
Miami , Florida
Tel: 305 854 2626's insider take:

Coconut Grove is one of the oldest neighborhoods in town, and tucked in among the expensive homes and mini-malls you can still find vestiges of Miami the Way It Was: ancient banyan trees, Bahamian-style wooden cottages, and the historic Coconut Grove Playhouse (where Waiting for Godot had its U.S. premiere). Scotty's isn't particularly old (it opened in 1991), but it captures the right feeling: Right on the waterfront, between the Chart House and Miami's incongruously sited City Hall, it's an unpretentious locals' joint that stands as a sharp counterpoint to the commercialized surroundings. Sit outside, order a cold beer with conch fritters and a grilled dolphin sandwich (the fish, not the mammal), and watch the million-dollar boats dock at the marina. The menu warns, "We are not responsible for well-done orders, special requests, or natural occurrences"—how much more laid-back Miami can you get?

Lunch and dinner daily.

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