The King of Ocean Drive draws even locals onto
the most tourist-ridden street in the area.
The News Cafe is one of the places that helped
define the South Beach renaissance. Originally
opened in 1988 as an oasis for the ever-present
production company crews and models shooting
on South Beach, its location at the corner of
8th and Ocean Drive allowed the News to become
the strip's premiere people-watching perch.
Now we're hearing that this South Beach classic
might be moving up in the world--all the way
up to 13th and Ocean at The Cardozo Hotel. (Gloria,
you little devil) We'll see what changes, if
any, the new location brings to the menu. As
for now, just enjoy the setting and the great
view. Eleven o'clock in the a.m. is a great
time to be selecting your seat, but if all the
good spots are taken, don't despair, it's a
24 and 7 operation - eleven o'clock in the p.m.
is just as good!
There's no better place to get a taste of tanned, buffed, sweaty, touristy
South Beach than News Cafe. Whether you come by foot or blade, Harley
or Ferrari, make sure to snag a table on the cramped outdoor patio, ground
zero for full immersion in the SoBe experience. Don't expect much in
the way of service, though: Staff can be slow and attitudinal.
The menu offers some fairly good bites, among them the Middle Eastern
platter (hummus, tahini, tabbouleh, and grape leaves), made-to-order
hamburgers, gigantic fruit plates and omelettes with (or without) all
the fixins'. If you're not very hungry, staff won't hassle you if you
order just a Pellegrino or a cappuccino.