Finding the Best Spots for Solo Dining in Miami and Fort Lauderdale

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DUNE - American/Seafood - Fort Lauderdale

"Sourcing local quality ingredients is key to creating delicious food, but high standards of execution are just as important."     Edgar Beas - Executive Chef at DUNE

Alter - American - Wynwood

Alter would have made my top five list for solo diners without me even tasting the food....



CinéBistro @ CityPlace - American - Doral

Dining out alone does not have to be restricted to an actual restaurant! Why not treat yourself to dinner AND a movie! Did I find the perfect spot in Doral to do so?  Read all about my experience and find out ...




Describe the establishment in three words: 

Comfortable, Chic, and Alcohol 🍷🍸


Solo dining rating:
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Parking: 

If you've ever been to Dolphin Mall, you know you need to be prepared to drive in circles for a while trying to find a parking spot. There is, however, free valet parking for any guest with a ticket purchased on the same day. GREAT DEAL! Additionally, there is a large, free parking garage where you will more than likely have to drive up to the higher levels to find an open space.

Can you eat at the bar?

Yes, there is a very nice bar at CineBistro...most guests enjoy an adult beverage while waiting for the cinema doors to open. You can also eat at one at several hightops in the lounge which is very South Florida sexy and retro chic.

Fully Stocked Sexy Bar

Lounge Area

What to wear:

Smart Casual; it was a cool night in Doral, so everyone had on long pants and was covered in sweaters and jackets. It is not a casual establishment, but you don't have to dress for the typical SoFl night out.

People watching/entertainment/atmosphere rating:

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CinéBistro is a movie theater...so there's no people watching going on. The atmosphere inside the lounge and bar area is very much like any other cozy bistro; high-top tables, cozy white leather sofas and chairs, warm red walls and carpeting, and dazzling modern chandeliers. Inside the actual theater is intimate and comfortable. For the theater enthusiasts, it boasts 4k digital projection and 7.1 surround sound. I was quite cozy and eager to watch one of my pretend husbands, Liam Neeson, in The Commuter.


Organic/Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly
Yes; there are a few items to choose from, such as the BLT sandwich with Seared Salmon, Bianco Roll, Bacon, Arugula, Lemon Basil Dressing, Sliced Tomato & Sweet Tomato Jam, and a Kale Salad with Salted Almonds, Dried Cherries, Pickled Shallots, Sliced Radish, Pecorino Vinaigrette. There is not much in the way of gluten free items.

Ella's Cafe - American - Plantation

Oversized coffee mugs, mason jars, and old fashioned milk bottles are only a small portion of what makes this warm and fuzzy eatery a true escape from the madness of daily life. Learn more about Ella's Cafe ... 






Describe the restaurant in three words: 

Rustic, Cozy, Inviting



Solo dining rating:
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Parking: 

 Lots of free parking in the plaza.


Can you eat at the bar?

There is no bar at Ella's Cafe, however you don't need one. There are a limited number of small tables and chairs in this narrow eatery at which to enjoy your meal. 


What to wear:

Casual; anything from shorts to yoga pants.

People watching/entertainment/atmosphere rating:

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Ella's Cafe is busy enough to keep the people watching fresh and interesting. Everyone, especially the staff, is very friendly and ready with a quick smile. The clientele is a mixed bunch as far as age, ethnicity, and attire. There were a few small children at the cafe on the evening I visited, but they were not a distraction.

The cafe has a very rustic, somewhat European vibe. Exposed brick on one wall and deep green vines on the opposite wall. Lots of wood and metal used for the tables and chairs, and in the rear, two low-rise heavy wooden tables with thick, wooden stump stools. Add to that, a cosy sitting area to the very back of the cafe consisting of four soft comfy chairs and a large pastoral coffee table under the exposed industrial ceiling. The Indie music playing in the background was too loud for me, but other patrons did not seem to mind.


Organic/Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly
Yes; there are many choices from which to choose! There are several salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, and pastries on display -- everything is delicious -- just dive in!

Stubborn Seed - American - Miami Beach


Hi guys! Top Chef Season 13 winner Jeremy Ford has blown the doors off of American Fusion in Miami! I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get a taste of his mind-blowing menu. Keep reading for my full review. 

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